The 9th Annual Reseller Choice Awards, held last night, marked the dawn of a new era as the next generation of IT companies took some of the top spots, challenging all of the big brands. Datto was the big winner, scooping up six awards including Best Overall Vendor. The relatively new company recently reached a market valuation of one billion. It also demonstrates that companies that decide to be 100% channel-focused can be very successful.
Cloud related companies were always gaining ground in the awards survey, but this year was sort of a tipping point. Over 80 companies were nominated in the cloud space as the channel demonstrated its strong support with their votes. The channel seems to be looking for the next generation of technology solutions to fuel their growth. Others companies including Storagecraft, Veeam, Sophos, N-Able, Connectwise and Autotask did very well. RapidFire recently entered the Canadian market and already won the best IT assessment tool and best new vendor.
Tech Data won for best Broad-Based Distributor for the 9th consecutive year – an amazing achievement. Their team continues to be very strong. While most distributors saw their voting numbers increase, so did Tech Data as they kept their lead. Synnex took one of the distributors awards in Best Availability and Delivery, demonstrating that the channel recognizes and rewards excellence. It’s a good thing for the industry when the channel lets the distributors know how they each performed in this annual report card.
On the specialty distributor side, Bluestar was the winner and Interwork the runner up. These two companies continue to battle for the top spot in this category, but in a way they are both the best as they do not compete in the same space. Bluestar is in the POS sector and Interwork in the Security space.
All of the major players took home multiple awards including Microsoft, HP, Cisco and Lenovo. HP also regained some of the ground that it had lost to Lenovo in the past few years. With the new two-company HP, we will see what happens this year. Epson also dominated the projector category, widening the gap between all of its competitors.
Schneider Electric continues to win the Power back up and data-centre rack categories but is being challenged by companies like Eaton and Hammond Manufacturing as they close the gap. It is great to see healthy rivalry still exists in a World where consolidation continues to eat away at the spirit of the competition.
We handed out 86 awards! Congratulations to all the winners! It was a great opportunity for all of the winners to celebrate with their channel team for a job well done. All of the finalists should also take pride in their outstanding channel performance as being on this exclusive list means that the channel believes you are doing a great job. When vendors and distributors improve their performance, the entire channel wins!
A special big THANK YOU to all the VARs, MSPs and ITSPs who took the time to vote and express your opinion this year. The winners of the prizes for voting has been picked…your prizes will be on its way!
Much much more to come as we digest the results of the 2015 awards. The videos and related news articles will be published soon on www.e-channelnews.com, www.ecntv.tv, www.channelbuzz.ca and www.varcoach.com.