IN PICTURES: Your channel round-up, w/e May 17 (+ 20 photos)

ARN's Community Manager, Hafizah Osman, has disappeared under a flood of community picture stories and reports of company events, so we thought what better to do than put them all in a slideshow summing up the week in the channel. This week features company awards and partner events amongst others. Are you pictured?

  • CA Technologies held its annual global conference – CA World ’13 – in Las Vegas where it took the opportunity to name the winners of the 2013 CA Technologies Partner for Impact Awards. Some of the winners include Fujitsu Limited, which nabbed the CA Technologies service management partner of the year award; HCL Infosystems, which won the Asia-Pacific/Japan partner of the year award; and Deloitte & Touche, winning the security partner of the year award. In addition, CSC was awarded the progress award, Harris Corporation with the vision award and Logicalis with the impact award. In this picture: Fujitsu Australia’s Cameron McNaught accepts the service management partner of the year award

  • The three-day conference attracted more than 5000 IT and business professionals from across the globe and provided an opportunity for guests to preview CA Technologies’ innovations, hear from its leadership team, meet its developers and engineers, as well as connect with industry experts.

  • The event also saw CA Technologies host deep technical sessions, participate in hands-on lab exercises and engage with partners. In this picture: CA Technologies CEO, Mike Gregoire

  • Partying is part of the culture at Distribution Central and some of its partners say no one throws a greater party than the company.

  • Distribution Central and some of its partners recently took the opportunity to let their hair down and boogie the night away at its inaugural St Patrick’s Day partner celebration in Brisbane.

  • Held at a traditional Irish venue, the Mick O’Malley’s Irish Bar, the event saw more than 100 DC partners and resellers turn up to enjoy a beer or two.

  • Many also packed the bar to appreciate some entertainment from an Irish folk band, Leaping Lizards, and a performance by traditional Irish dancers.

  • Vendors who supported the event include Avaya, CommVault, Blue Coat and F5.

  • Traditional Irish dancers at DC's inaugural St Patrick’s Day partner celebration in Brisbane

  • Distribution Central and its partners boogie the night away

  • Websense has revealed the winners of its partner awards at a ceremony held at the Four Seasons in Thailand. Promoted by Websense to recognise and encourage the best partners in the region, Australian companies Data#3, Alphawest Optus, and Commulynx were awarded with the partner of the year award, fast growth award, and technical excellence award respectively. In this picture: Data#3’s Marla Stotland receives the award from Websense

  • Other winners included: Wipro Limited for the pathfinder partner award; VADS Berhad for the rookie partner of the year award; iValue InfoSolutions for the single country region distribution of the year award; and Avnet Technology Solutions (Thailand) for the multiple country region distributor of the year award. In this picture: Commulynx receives the award from Websense

  • Websense said the awards were based on performance analysis, loyalty and commitment, with selection criteria that included the achievement of goals, growth, technical certifications and sales support.

  • “We recognise the importance of our channel partners as a vehicle to help deliver customers with our portfolio of solutions to protect against modern threats,” Websense Asia-Pacific sales vice-president, Alison Higgins-Miller, said.

  • Digital Networks Australia (DNA) has nabbed the Splunk Asia-Pacific distributor of the year award for the third year in a row. The award was presented at the Splunk Asia-Pacific partner conference in Bali, in recognition for how critical DNA has been in growing Splunk’s local business. Splunk country manager, Daniel Miller, said DNA has been an integral part of the successful growth of its local business. DNA director, Munsoor Khan, said DNA has found incredible success with Splunk by simply understanding what it does, and by being able to articulate that to the market in a way that resonates with resellers and customers alike. In this picture: DNA’s Munsoor Khan and Splunk’s Godfrey Sullivan

  • Juniper Networks Australia recently hosted what it calls its most important channel event of the year – its 2013 Juniper Networks Partner Conference. More than 115 of its global partners, including 32 partners from across A/NZ attended the conference in Sydney. The event included a sit-down breakfast and was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art at The Rocks.

  • The conference focused on the company’s strategy and vision for 2013 and included a keynote address from Juniper Networks CEO, Kevin Johnson, on the organisation’s positioning and direction. Other presentations on the day were delivered by a team of Juniper Networks technology specialists, discussing four key focus areas of Juniper's strategy and how partners can profit from its key differentiators: datacentre, WAN, security, wired and wireless, as well as partner program updates and opportunities. In this picture: Juniper Networks CEO, Kevin Johnson, addresses the room

  • The Huawei-sponsored Tour De Cure and Canberra Raiders have joined forces in support of Ronald McDonald House Canberra, presenting a $5000 cheque to the charity at the conclusion of the Tour De Cure 2013 Signature Tour. The donation follows the successful completion of the Tour De Cure’s 1521km ride from Adelaide to Canberra, which raised over $2 million to go towards finding a cure for cancer. Tour De Cure co-founder, Geoff Coombes, recently presented the cheque to Ronald McDonald House Canberra executive officer, Deirdre Brown. According to Brown, the funds will be used to assist in the establishment of a wall garden to grown plants and herbs for use in the house kitchen, which aims to enhance the outdoor area for those using the centre.

  • Internode has collected its latest accolade from satisfied customers by receiving the 2013 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers award for Broadband ADSL services. This is the third Canstar Blue customer satisfaction award for Internode, which received a Bundled Communication Services award last year and the Broadband ADSL award in 2010. Internode founder, Simon Hackett, said its success comes hot on the heels of the company receiving the Home Internet Service Provider award for 2012 at the recent Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Awards. He added that its five-star rating in the Canstar Blue Broadband ADSL survey reflects its strong customer satisfaction in areas including overall satisfaction, speed, reliability of service, billing and download quota value for money.

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