Harbour IT has been named Cisco Australia and New Zealand 'Mid-Market Partner of the Year' at Cisco's annual Partner Insight and Partner Marketing Excellence Awards ceremony, held in Melbourne on 17 March - ahead of the opening of Cisco Live, Cisco's annual conference and expo - to acknowledge the achievements of Cisco partners and distributors.
The Partner Insight Awards recognised 13 Australian partners in three categories: innovation, leadership and achievement. The teams and individuals where chosen for "their demonstrated excellence in both technical and customer service roles throughout 2014." All winners were selected by a group of Cisco Australia and New Zealand partner and country executives.
Jason Brouwers, director of Cisco’s Partner Business Group in ANZ, said: “Our partners have always been, and will continue to be one of our main priorities as they are at the heart of our business model. We are committed to helping our partners grow their business, and are proud to recognise those who have achieved outstanding results."
He added: "Each of our award winners have been singled out for showing exceptional initiative, whether it’s delivering outstanding marketing programs, or bringing the best possible value for their Australian and international clients.
“Personally, I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners for their tenacity, innovation, customer service and technical excellence in their respective fields.”
At this year's Cisco Live, Cisco made two major announcements. It announced plans to open an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation centre in Australia, saying it would invest $US15m in cash, in kind and in people resources over five years. It will be Cisco’s eighth around the world, and will, says Cisco, “serve as a hub for open innovation ... and accelerate innovation and the adoption of IoE in Australia.”
The centre will be located in Curtin University in Perth and in a commercial organisation, Sirca, a provider of online services owned by 40 Australian and New Zealand universities that provides support to finance and other data-intensive research at universities, government and financial market participants.Woodside Energy will also be a partner in the project.
Cisco also made a global announcement, simultaneously at Enterprise Connect 2015 in Orlando, Florida and at Cisco Live! in Melbourne, of a new collaboration service introduced under the name 'Project Squared' at Cisco’s Collaboration Summit in November, and now officially named Cisco Spark. Cisco says the service allows workers collaborate simply and securely inside and outside their organisations in ways not previously possible.
"Just by downloading Cisco Spark from an app store or by pointing a web browser to http://web.ciscospark.com any member of any team can initiate the service and start a Cisco Spark room on any topic," Cisco says. "Once in the room, team members securely send messages, share and view files, start multiparty voice and video calls and share their screens."
Because a Cisco Spark room is the one place where all the teams’ files, documents and decisions are stored and the same place where the team holds all its virtual meetings, video calls and chat sessions – teams are instantly more productive."
An early user in Australia is Telstra, which is Cisco's first Australian reseller of the service."