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2016 Reseller Choice Awards Winners

Our 10th anniversary Reseller Choice Awards winners were announced on February 2nd, 2017 in Toronto for 81 categories. Over 500 vendors were nominated. VARs, MSPs and ITSPs voted from across Canada for their favourite vendors and distributors. The companies with the most votes won the top spot in their respective categories.

This year, the voting trend continued to shift towards Cloud/SaaS related vendors. As channel partners refocus their attention on building recurring revenue, their voting is also shifting towards those types of vendors.

TechData won the top spot for the 10th year in a row. Hewlett Packard also dominated the printer category and so did Cisco for Networking for the 10th year in a row. These companies were the first to receive a special 10 Times Winner Award.

Datto proved that they can retain the top spot as Best Overall Vendor for the second year in a row and best Vendor Program. Further signaling that the new wave of Cloud solution vendors are taking over the mindshare of the channel.

While most of the usual leading vendors won their respective categories, the big story was in the battle for the #2 spot and below. Lots of movement happened within the top 10 rankings. It was also interesting to see how the vendors and distributors were ranked by region. After 10 years of voting, we are seeing a clearer pattern of the vendors and distributors as perceived by the channel, year over year, and by region.

Winning this award is purely a popularity contest from channel partners. It has nothing to do with sales figures or quality of product but I am sure these are contributing factors from the voters. Most channel partners tell us that their voting is influenced by the profitability and support that they get from the vendors and distributors. They also tell us that relationship with the representatives of the company is also an important factor.

Votes can be casted for any or all categories, but only one vote per category per VAR, MSP or ITSP was allowed. If a vendor or distributor is getting votes, it means that those channel partners who voted for them, believe that they are the best. You simply need the majority of partners to feel the same way in order to win.

When you win this prestigious award, it says that the channel thinks that you are #1…The best of the best! It is a solid recognition for the channel team and the company, that should be celebrated. You want the entire channel to know when you win this award. However, if you did not win, it is a good opportunity to review and explore how you can improve your channel game for the next year. It’s a good time to reach out to your channel partners to thank them for voting for you and let them know that you will do better to serve their needs in the future.

Every year, we will continue to add and delete some categories to reflect the changes in the channel. This is the largest such survey of the channel in Canada and with every year passing, it gets even bigger. This year, we celebrated our 10th anniversary in black tie and live entertainment. For the first time, we combined the Reseller Choice Awards with Canada’s 50 Best Managed IT Companies Awards. It brought together the very best vendors, distributors, VARs, MSPs and ITSPs under one roof to be recognized for their brilliant accomplishments and celebrate! Next year, we are already planning something even bigger as we continue to make this the #1 industry social gathering for the top leaders in the Canadian channel.

Congratulations to all the winners of 2016 and to everyone who participated in the process to make this a huge success! While this is a great recognition for the winners for their hard work, the underlying mission is always to encourage the vendors and distributors to continue to improve how they serve the needs of their channel partners. Everyone wins with a bigger, better and stronger channel!

Very special thanks to our sponsors of this year’s Reseller Choice Awards: Hewlett Packard, Tech Data, Bluestar, Eaton, Epson and ConnectMeVoice.
This year’s “Thank you for voting” prize winer is Susan Y. of Advanced Systems in Alberta.

Please mark your calendars that voting starts on November 1, 2017 for the 2017 Reseller Choice Awards and the Awards Gala will be held on February 1st, 2018. See you next year!

Watch video coverage at www.ecntv.tv.

Here are the winners of 2016…

 

Best Of Category Name

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Best 3D Printer

Hewlett-Packard

MakerBot

Stratasys

Best Anti-Spam

Barracuda

Malwarebytes

Fortinet

Best Anti-Virus

Kaspersky Lab

Webroot

Symantec

Best Availability/Delivery

Tech-Data

Synnex

Ingram Micro

Best Backup and Recovery

Datto

Veeam

Acronis

Best Black & White Laser Printer

Hewlett-Packard

Lexmark

Brother

Best Broad-Based Distributor

Tech-Data

Synnex

Ingram Micro

Best Business Desktop

Dell

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Best Business Intelligence/Analytics

Microsoft

SAP

Sophos

Best Business Notebook

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Dell

Best Business Projector

Epson

InFocus

BenQ

Best Business Router

Cisco

WatchGuard

D-Link

Best Mobile Device Management

Cisco

HP Enterprise

Blackberry

Best Distributor Channel Event

Tech-Data

Synnex

Bluestar

Best Cloud Application

Datto

Microsoft

Google

Best Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery

Datto

Veeam

Storagecraft

Best Cloud Platform as a Service

Datto

Microsoft

Salesforce

Best Cloud Services Vendor

Datto

Microsoft

Google

Best Cloud Storage/Solution

Datto

Microsoft

Dropbox

Best Colour Laser Printer

Hewlett-Packard

Brother - Lexmark

Xerox

Best Consumer Notebook

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Asus

Best CRM

Microsoft

Salesforce

Tigerpaw

Best Customer Service

Tech-Data

Synnex

Bluestar

Best Data Centre

Cogeco Peer 1 Hosting

Equinix

F12 Networks

Best Database

Microsoft

MySQL

Oracle

Best Digital Signage

LG

Viewsonic

NEC

Best E-Commerce Solution for VARs

Shopify

iBiz10

Synnex LeadGen

Best Endpoint Security

Webroot

Kaspersky Lab

Symantec

Best Enterprise Switch

Cisco

HP Enterprise

D-Link

Best Enterprise Telephony

Cisco

Avaya

Polycom

Best Financial Software/ERP

Sage

Intuit

Microsoft

Best Firewall

Fortinet

Wtachguard - Sophos

Cisco

Best Gaming Desktop

Asus

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Best Home Theater Projector

Epson

BenQ

InFocus

Best Home/Consumer Router

D-Link

Cisco Asus

Best Infrastructure as a Service

Microsoft

HP Enterprise

Cisco

Best Ink-Jet Printer

Hewlett-Packard

Epson

Brother

Best IT Assessment Tool

RapidFire Tools

Labtech (Connectwise)

Kaseya

Best Label Printer

Zebra

Dymo

Brother

Best Messaging/Collaboration

Microsoft

Skype

Google

Best Moblie App

Microsoft

Waze

ZOHO

Best Mobile Device Vendor

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Blackberry

Best Mobile Scanner

Fujitsu

Epson

Brother

Best Multi-Function Printer

Hewlett-Packard

Brother

Epson - Xerox

Best Multi-Purpose Display

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

LG

Best NAS

QNAP

HP Enterprise

 

Best Networking Vendor

Cisco

HP Enterprise

TP-LINK

Best New Vendor

Pure Storage

Infrascale

Arbor Networks - Auvik Networks

Best Online Channel News Media

E-Channelnews

CDN

eChannelLine

Best Overall Vendor

Datto

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Best Personal Laser Printer

Hewlett-Packard

Brother

Lexmark

Best Portable Printer

Hewlett-Packard

Canon

Epson

Best Portable Projector

InFocus

Epson Viewsonic

Best Portable Storage

Western Digital

LaCie

Seagate

Best POS Vendor

ELO Touch

Epson

Tripp Lite

Best Print Managed Services

Hewlett-Packard

Xerox

Brother

Best Product Support

Tech-Data

Synnex

Bluestar

Best Productivity Software

Microsoft

Google

Apple - SAP

Best Professional Display

Hewlett-Packard

Lenovo Viewsonic

Best Rack or Server Cabinet

Schneider APC

HP Enterprise Startech

Best Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM)

Solarwinds MSP

TeamViewer Autotask

Best SAN

HP Enterprise

Dell Lenovo

Best Scanner

Fujitsu

Epson

Hewlett-Packard

Best Security Vendor

Fortinet

Sophos Webroot

Best Server

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Dell

Best Service Automation (PSA)

Connectwise

Autotask

Solarwinds MSP

Best SMB Network Switch

Cisco

HP Enterprise

D-Link

Best SMB Telephony (VOIP)

Cisco

Avaya HP Enterprise

Best Software as a Service

Microsoft

Google

Citrix - VMWare

Best Specialty Distributor

Bluestar

AVNET

Arrow

Best SSD

Intel

Samsung

Kingston

Best Storage Vendor

Hewlett-Packard

Lenovo

Dell

Best Computer Systems Vendor

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Dell

Best Tablet

Microsoft

Apple

Lenovo

Best Terms/Conditions

Tech-Data

Synnex

Ingram Micro

Best UPS Battery Backup

Eaton

Schneider APC

Tripp Lite

Best Vendor Channel Program

Datto

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Best Virtualization Software

VMWare

Microsoft

Citrix - Veeam

Best Wide Format Printer

Hewlett-Packard

Epson

Canon

Best Workstation

Lenovo

Hewlett-Packard

Dell

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