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Meet the Specialists: United Kingdom & Ireland NetApp Partner Awards 2020

Denise Bryant

What a year it has been! We felt it was time to celebrate the specialists and pop open the champagne! 

As the holiday season approaches, so does the end of the working year, and we enter NetApp’s award season within our partner community. Awards give us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contribution and support provided to us and to our customers throughout the year.

Our NetApp partners consistently deliver outstanding customer experiences through excellent sales successes, truly innovative solutions, and unequaled levels of service. Therefore, it’s so important that we recognize and reward the achievements of our partners with the NetApp® UK&I Partner Awards. We’re delighted to celebrate our partners’ contributions to the growth of our collective business.

We wish we could all celebrate your success together, but unfortunately, as with so many gatherings this year, an in-person event isn’t possible — so we’re holding a virtual event instead. Here’s hoping next year is a different story, and we get to clink glasses and celebrate together in person.

The (virtual) NetApp UK&I Partner Awards

Nominations for all the awards have been provided by the UK&I NetApp community. We decided the shortlists and chose the ultimate winners for each award based on performance and stand-out achievements in 2020. This was no easy set of decisions, and we spent many hours deliberating.

It’s time to meet the specialists — this year’s UK&I Partner Award winners:

Star Solution Provider Partner of the Year: Q Associates Platinum Solution Provider Partner of the Year: Creative ITC Gold Solution Provider Partner of the Year: Cetus Rising Star Partner of the Year: MTI Growth Partner of the Year: Maple Networks Service Provider Partner of the Year: Node4 Cloud Innovation Partner of the Year: IBM Cloud Portfolio Partner of the Year: Computacenter Flash Partner of the Year: Proact FlexPod® Partner of the Year: Q Associates Transformational Partner of the Year: DXC Public Sector Partner of the Year: SCC Enterprise Partner of the Year: Softcat Commercial Partner of the Year: CDW Distribution Partner of the Year: Arrow Marketing Partner of the Year: Tech Data Partner Sales Contribution of the Year: Krishna Keshvara, Softcat Partner Technical Person of the Year, Presales: Shorne Beatty, CDW Partner Technical Person of the Year, Postsales: John Blackwell, EACS Partner Marketing Person of the Year: Jessica Poulter, CDW Reseller of the Year: CDW

To make the awards a true celebration and to say thank you to all our partners, we were joined by the talented stand-up comedians Dara Ó Briain and Mark Dolan. They helped present the awards and provided endless entertainment throughout the ceremony.

I’d like to personally thank all our partners for their support in this difficult year. We’re truly grateful for your efforts in ensuring that the NetApp UK&I business continues to grow. It’s safe to say: We cannot do it without you.

Massive congratulations to all the nominees and to our 2020 NetApp UK&I Partner Award winners.

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Denise Bryant

Denise Bryant is the head of NetApp’s channel organization in the UK&I. With a focus on growth, she and her team are working on topics such as Cloud, AI, enterprise applications and DevOps to unlock their potential for partners.

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