It’s been a full year since we offered up a roundup of the top vendors and channel-partner businesses in the industry.
These are the best of the best, as determined by suppliers, master agents and more. Even we here at Channel Partners got in on the act, doling out awards to partners showing excellence in digital services delivery, top channel execs and best in show at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo.
In the gallery below, see who picked up hardware in the first half of 2018 from such companies as Intelisys, Green Cloud Technologies, TBI and many more. Some of these same businesses on the giving end of honors also were on the receiving end. Get caught up on who’s leading the way in the channel.
Of course, we couldn’t cover every acknowledgement of top partners in the business, but this hits some of the highlights. Miss our last “Best of the Best update? It’s here.
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AT&T Alliance Channel
In February, AT&T's Alliance Channel
honored 70 companies with Solution Provider Champion status, giving four of them platinum elite recognition: Presto Tech Solutions, Spearhead Networks, BCDR Solutions and Nordicom Technologies.
Platinum was previously the highest award from the Alliance Channel, but the channel program added platinum elite this year. The awards were for performance in the carrier's 2018 fiscal year.Click here
to see all of the platinum elite, platinum and gold honorees.
Master agent TBI
handed out 10 awards to its top suppliers, including AT&T as vendor of the year.
Verizon hit the daily double with TBI, claiming back office partner of the year honors for Omni Center, the master's multichannel contact center, and Omni Center vendor of the year.
The awards were handed out at TBI's Big Event in Chicago, May 9. See who else won
Nice InContactNice InContact
, the cloud contact-center software provider, recognized Telarus as its top master agent for 2018. Fellow masters Avant, TBI and Intelisys all earned "diamond" recognition, as did vendors AT&T and Verizon.
NiceInContact named RingCentral its top reseller, while Skybox Communications was ID'd as a platinum-certified implementation partner.Check out the rest of the winners
and what they accomplished to take home the hardware.
, the data center services provider that formed from the merger of ViaWest and Peak 10, honored master agents, agents and a VAR for revenue performance from 2018.
Avant was the biggest winner, identified as the top revenue producer. Intelisys won the title of master agent of the year and MicroCorp was the breakout partner of the year.
Be sure to see who won agent and VAR of the year awards.
Excellence in Digital Services
We at Channel Partners got in on the act, doling out awards to 13 partner businesses in the inaugural Excellence in Digital Services Awards. The event was held at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.
This baker's dozen of elite companies took home a "Digi" in such categories as Brand Builder, Cloud Builder and Code Controller.Click here
to see who were the envy of the partner community or here
to learn more about the awards and how you can take home an award in 2020.
Circle of Excellence
Also at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, we honored a number of channel executives
for their roles in promoting the channel during a time of transition and convergence.
Now in its sixth year, we recognized newbies from Telarus, RingCentral, Avant and more. There were also a couple of familiar faces who made a repeat performance on our list
Channel-only Green Cloud Technologies
identified its top partners at its partner summit in Greenville, South Carolina.
Dyonyx was named partner of the year, OnePath the "all in" partner for selling all of Green Cloud's products and solutions, and ScanSource the most innovative partner. Abacus Solutions took home the Rising Star Award and CompuTech City garnered technical MVP honors.Read more
about the awards and see highlights from the Green Cloud Partner Summit.
Sungard ASSungard AS
, which emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than 24 hours
earlier this year, recognized seven "exceptional" partners with its yearly Partner Performance Awards, which go to partners for their execution and customer service in helping clients solve IT transformation problems.
There are some familiar names here, with Avant as master agent partner of the year, AWS as strategic technology alliance partner of the year and Zerto as breakout technology partner of the year. But there were four other honorees.
, the analytics and data security provider, gave 19 partners in six countries something to cheer about with its annual Partners in Excellence awards, which recognize the contributions and results demonstrated by partners in providing data-centric security solutions.
A big challenge for Varonis partners in 2018 was helping customers with GDPR requirements.
Sirius, Optiv, Dell EMC and more than a dozen other companies took home hardware.
Cloud GirlsCloud Girls
, the nonprofit that dubs itself a female next-gen think tank, handed out awards to four women tech leaders and cloud "evangelists" on stage at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in April. It was done in collaboration with the Alliance of Channel Women.
Trailblazer honors went to Lorraine Bassett and Cristina Martin-Greysman of AWS, while Alexa Sorice of TierPoint and Melanie Sunahara of Cyxtera were named "rising stars."Learn how
Cloud Girls pegged these women as worthy of such honors.
Best in Show
Channel Partners was pleased to recognize a dozen companies with Best in Show awards from the Channel Partners Conference & Expo
in Las Vegas.
Categories included best new exhibitor, best booth design, best giveaway, and even best mascot! Vonage, Ribbon Communications, AT&T, TBI and Reinvent were among the honorees.
Master agent Intelisys
added an 18th and 19th member to its platinum partner club.
In May, Sidepath, a California-based IT provider and integrator, reached $1 million in monthly billings
with Intelisys. 17-year-old Sidepath has strategic partnerships with RingCentral, Palo Alto Networks, Dell EMC and more, and sports a portfolio that features SD-WAN, UCaaS, call center, security management and hybrid cloud.
Just a month later, Blue Front Technology Group of Boston reached the same milestone
. The company's lineup includes managed IT, unified communications, managed services and network services.
Tableau SoftwareTableau Software
, the visual analytics provider, honored both channel and technology partners during its Partner Executive Kick-off in Seattle, Feb. 1.
You might recognize InterWorks, Teradata and Apogee as three of the nine honorees, but do you know the other six
? They all were given props for excellent performance and significant achievements in the Americas in 2018.
, the asset and service management software provider, recognized a number of distributors and partner businesses at its Interchange conference in Nashville.
CDW was Ivanti's NSP partner of the year, while Ingram Micro nabbed honors for top distributor. Networking Consulting Service, Flycast Partners and six other companies
got well-earned recognition.
, the security vendor, handed out a number of awards to kick off 2019. Winners were recognized in six categories.
They included Carahsoft as USPS & Americas distributor of the year and Optiv for top performance in the Americas. The awards were for sales performance in 2018.See who else