HP once again swept the boards in the 2013 Channelwise Awards, as voted by Large/Enterprise resellers – although some surprise contenders have come through this year to challenge the vendor’s dominance in the South African market.

Enterprise resellers were asked to name their favourite vendors and distributors across seven categories.

In the Mobile Computing category, HP came up trumps for notebooks and ultrabooks, but were pipped by Lenovo in tablets and Samsung in smartphones. The overall category winner was HP, with Apple and Lenovo as runners-up.

However, it was the HP show in Personal Computing, with the vendor scooping all the awards on offer: personal computers; workstations; thin clients; and all-in-ones. HP also won the overall award, followed by Lenovo and Dell.

HP also won the overall Servers and Storage award, followed by Dell and EMC, having walked off with certificates for volume servers, enterprise servers, blade servers, networked storage, direct storage and back-up storage.

In the Peripherals category, Samsung won the monitors award and Acer the projectors award, although LG Electronics slipped through as the overall category winner, with Acer and Samsung both runners-up.

Canon won the desktop laser award in the Printers and Consumables category, with Kyocera taking the honours for managed print services, although HP was once again named as the top vendor for desktop MFP and printing consumables. HP was the top vendor in the category, followed by Canon and Samsung.

HP was named as the top vendor for switches, wireless networking and converged infrastructure in the Networking and Infrastructure category. Cisco took top spot for routers and unified communications, while APC scooped the award for UPS/disaster recovery and power/cooling/environment. The overall winner of the category was Cisco, followed by HP and APC.

In the Software category, Nashua scored tops for document management, while SAS Institute was named the top business intelligence vendor and Symantec won the security software award. Pastel was won the accounting and payroll categories. Meanwhile, Microsoft walked away with awards in ERP, collaboration, CRM, personal productivity, SaaS/cloud, system management and virtualisation. The overall Software category winner was Microsoft, with IBM and SAP coming through as runners-up.

Mark Davison, editor of Channelwise, comments that the latest Channelwise Award winners closely map the top global vendors as determined by a number of international surveys.

“It’s encouraging to see that the local market is following the same trends as the international markets,” he says.