The Winners Of The 2013 Reseller Choice Awards are…

    This year, the number of categories increased to 93 from 82 to include a variety of Cloud and Managed Services sectors. All together, there were over 14,000 votes. Over 500 Vendors were nominated. VARs did not have to vote for every one of the 93 categories, but each vote got them a ballot for the “Thank-You For Voting” prize draw.


    Audience at Reseller Choice Awards 2013

    Voting started on November 1st 2013 and ended on January 17th, 2014. The awards were handed out on February 6th, 2014 in Toronto. It covers the performance of the Vendors and Distributors in 2013. Check out all of the winners and runner-ups below and watch videos on www.ecntv.ca Also look for more news coverage on www.channelbuzz.ca

    Although most last year’s winners held on to the top positions, there were a few surprises.


    Stefan Bockhop of Lenovo Canada

    The big winners this year were Lenovo for sweeping most of the notebook categories and the first surprise was that they also won Best Tablet, replacing Apple (who dominated the category for the past years). Lenovo also won the big one for Best Overall Vendor.  For the second year Lenovo took over the Notebook categories that was dominated by HP for the previous 5 years.HP dominated the entire printer category again this year and took the top spot for Best Servers. Although other printer companies are catching up, HP continues to stay ahead. Print Managed Services is category one to watch as this a growth market for the channel and several Vendors are making a push in the space.


    John Cammalleri of Hewlett-Packard Canada

    Tech Data won Best Distributor for the 7th Consecutive year. Who will challenge them this year? Their competitors got more votes than last year, but Tech Data continues to move ahead.  Tech Data also won in the other areas such as Best Product Support, Best Terms and Conditions, Best Availability and Delivery and Best Customer Service. Another surprise came from Interwork, who won for Best Specialty Distributor for the first time, overtaking Bluestar who has been winning this Award for the past 3 years.


    Greg Myers of Tech-Data Canada

    Cisco cleaned up most of the networking categories and mobility. Cisco is always strong in every category in which they are nominated, including the hottest Cloud categories. No surprise that Intel won again for Best Processor with no significant challenge from AMD. Epson won for best Home Theater Projector and has increased in the number of votes in all of their categories. Epson may be the one to watch next year.

    Julian Lee, President of TechnoPlanet comments, “Each year, we look forward to handing out these awards that are voted on by Canadian VARs, MSPs and ITSPs. Every year it grows bigger and has become a great opportunity for vendors to be recognized for their hard work and to give a report card to all other vendors so they can improve for next year ”

    After slipping last year, Symantec regained their top positioning in both Security and Back Up and Recovery. The refocusing on their global support for their channel may have been the key to them regaining the top spot. We saw many new entries in the Back Up/Recovery space so we expect this category to heat up for next year.


    Jim Chalmers of Symantec Canada

    Best new vendor went to a Canadian company, Hammond Manufacturing. It is interesting that Hammond won this category after being in business for 95 years. It just shows that companies who choose to innovate can remain relevant in the future. Hammond makes a full line of server racks and cabinets, among other products. 

    A great big thank you to all the VARs who took the time to vote for their favorite vendor and distributor! Your voice was heard loud and clear. You can listen to the comments from the vendors about their commitments to the channel as well as their goals to improve the way they do business with you in 2014. In the end, it all benefits the channel. 

    A big thank-you to Tech Data, Epson, Bluestar, Symentec and Eaton for supporting the event this year and for the prize donations to thank VARs for voting!
    The reseller winners for the prizes are:

    1. Matt K. of A+ Computers & Services (A 4-Post Rack Unit donated by Hammond Manufacturing)
    2. Steve S. of Herjavec Group (An AppleTV donated by Symantec)
    3. Keith Y. of BaystreetIT (A 5S Samll UPS donated by Eaton)

    For more pictures on the summit and ceremony, please go to: http://www.channelnext.ca/postevent.php (Click on 7th Annual 2013 Reseller Choice Awards)

    Check to see video coverage of the 2013 Reseller Choice Awards at www.ecntv.ca (click the Awards section).

    Best Of Category Name

    First Place

    Second Place

    Third Place

    Best Accounting

    Sage Software

    Intuit

    Microsoft

    Best Anti-Spam

    McAfee

    TrendMicro/Symantec

    Malwarebytes

    Best Anti-Virus

    Symantec

    TrendMicro

    Kaspersky Lab

    Best Availability/Delivery

    Tech-Data

    Interwork

    Synnex

    Best Backup and Recovery

    Symantec

    Veeam

    Acronis

    Best Black & White Laser Printer

    Hewlett-Packard

    Lexmark

    Brother

    Best Broad-Based Distributor

    Tech-Data

    Synnex

    Ingram

    Best Business Desktop

    Lenovo

    Hewlett-Packard

    Asus

    Best Business Intelligence/Analytics

    Sage Software

    EMC Corp.

    Sophos

    Best Business Notebook

    Lenovo

    Hewlett-Packard

    Asus

    Best Business Projector

    InFocus

    Epson

    Viewsonic

    Best Business Router

    Cisco

    WatchGuard

    Asus

    Best BYOD Device Management

    Cisco

    MobileIron

    Symantec

    Best BYOD/Mobility Vendor

    Hewlett-Packard

    Citrix

    Fortinet

    Best Channel Event

    Tech-Data

    Synnex

    ChannelNext

    Best Channel Video News Media

    CDN

    ecntv

     

    Best Cloud Application

    Microsoft

    Google

    VMWare

    Best Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery

    Barracuda

    Evault

    ExpertCloud

    Best Cloud Server Platform

    Microsoft

    Amazon Web Services

    Parallels

    Best Cloud Services Vendor

    IBM/HP

    Google

    Lenovo

    Best Cloud Storage/Solution

    Dropbox

    Hewlett-Packard

    QNAP/ExpertCloud

    Best Colour Laser Printer

    Hewlett-Packard

    Lexmark

    Xerox

    Best Consumer Desktop

    Lenovo

    Hewlett-Packard

    Asus

    Best Consumer Notebook

    Lenovo

    Hewlett-Packard

    Asus

    Best CPU

    Intel

    AMD

     

    Best CRM

    Microsoft

    SalesForce.com

    Sage Software

    Best Customer Service

    Tech-Data

    Interwork

    Bluestar

    Best Database

    Microsoft

    MySQL

    Oracle

    Best Desktop Storage

    Western Digital

    LenovoEMC

    Seagate

    Best Digital Signage

    Samsung

    NEC

    Viewsonic

    Best E-Commerce Solution for VARs

    iBiz10

    CNET

    SynnexLeadGen

    Best Endpoint Security

    McAfee

    Symantec

    TrendMicro

    Best Enterprise Switch

    Cisco

    Hewlett-Packard

    D-Link

    Best Enterprise Telephony

    Cisco

    Avaya

    D-Link

    Best Firewall

    Cisco

    WatchGuard

    McAfee

    Best Graphic Card

    nVidia

    Asus

    AMD/PNY

    Best Graphic Design

    Adobe

    Apple

    Microsoft

    Best Graphic Tablet

    Wacom

    Fujitsu

    Penpower

    Best Hard Drive

    Seagate

    Western Digital

    LenovoEMC

    Best Home Theater Projector

    Epson

    BenQ

    Sony/InFocus

    Best Home/Consumer Router

    Cisco

    D-Link

    Asus

    Best Infrastructure as a Service

    Cisco

    IBM

    Hewlett-Packard

    Best Ink-Jet Printer

    Hewlett-Packard

    Epson

    Canon

    Best Keyboard

    Logitech

    Microsoft

    Lenovo

    Best Label Printer

    Zebra

    Dymo

    Brother

    Best Memory

    Kingston

    Corsair

    Crucial

    Best Messaging/Collaboration

    Microsoft

    Apple

    Cisco

    Best Mobile Scanner

    Fujitsu

    Epson

    Brother

    Best Mouse

    Logitech

    Microsoft

    Razer

    Best Multi-Function Printer

    Hewlett-Packard

    Brother

    Lexmark

    Best Multi-Purpose Display

    Lenovo

    Asus

    LG Electronics

    Best NAS

    QNAP

    LenovoEMC/NetApp

    Buffalo/HP

    Best Networking Vendor

    Cisco

    Hewlett-Packard

    D-Link

    Best New Vendor

    Hammond

    Palo Alto Networks

    Brocade

    Best Online Channel News Media

    E-Channelnews

    CDN

    CRN

    Best Operating System

    Microsoft

    Apple

    Red Hat

    Best Overall Vendor

    Lenovo

    Hewlett-Packard

    Cisco/Asus

    Best Personal Laser Printer

    Hewlett-Packard

    Brother

    Lexmark

    Best Platform as a Service

    Dell

    ExpertCloud

    Red Hat

    Best Portable Printer

    Hewlett-Packard

    Canon

    Epson

    Best Portable Projector

    InFocus

    Epson

    Asus

    Best Portable Storage

    Western Digital

    Seagate

    LaCie

    Best POS Vendor

    ELO Touch

    Datalogic

    Toshiba

    Best Print Managed Services

    Hewlett-Packard

    Xerox

    Lexmark

    Best Product Support

    Tech-Data

    Interwork

    Bluestar

    Best Productivity Software

    Microsoft

    Adobe

    Google

    Best Professional Display

    Asus

    Samsung

    Viewsonic

    Best Publishing

    Adobe

    Microsoft

    Corel

    Best Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM)

    N-Able/LogMeIn

    Level Platforms

    Dell

    Best SAN

    Hewlett-Packard

    IBM

    EMC

    Best Scanner

    Fujitsu

    Hewlett-Packard

    Canon

    Best Security Vendor

    Fortinet

    Symantec

    Kaspersky

    Best Server

    Hewlett-Packard

    IBM

    Lenovo

    Best Service Automation (PSA)

    ConnectWise

    GFI

    Autotask

    Best SMB Network Switch

    Cisco

    Hewlett-Packard

    D-Link

    Best SMB Telephony

    Cisco

    Avaya

    Hewlett-Packard

    Best Software as a Service

    Google

    LogMeIn

    Citrix

    Best Software Vendor

    Microsoft

    TrendMicro

    McAfee

    Best Specialty Distributor

    Interwork

    Bluestar

    Arrow

    Best SSD

    Kingston

    Intel

    Samsung

    Best Storage Vendor

    Hewlett-Packard

    Seagate

    EMC Corp.

    Best Surge Protector

    APC-Schneider

    TrippLite

    EatonPower

    Best Systems Vendor

    Lenovo

    Asus/HP

    Apple

    Best Tablet

    Lenovo

    Apple

    Asus

    Best Terms/Conditions

    Tech-Data

    Interwork

    Bluestar

    Best UPS Battery Backup

    APC-Schneider

    TrippLite

    EatonPower

    Best Utility

    Microsoft

    Adobe

    MalwareBytes

    Best Vendor Channel Program

    Lenovo

    Hewlett-Packard

    Cisco

    Best Virtualization Software

    VMWare

    Microsoft

    Citrix

    Best Wide Format Printer

    Hewlett-Packard

    Epson

    Canon

    Best Wireless Access Point

    Cisco

    Asus

    Meraki

    Best Wireless Router

    Cisco

    D-Link

    Asus

    Best Workstation

    Lenovo

    Hewlett-Packard

    Asus

     

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