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SA’s resellers choose favourite vendors


HP once again dominated the hardware categories in the Enterprise section of the 2015 Channelwise Awards – but saw its traditional leadership position challenged by Dell in a number of the SME/Consumer categories.
In the 2015 Channelwise Awards, South African resellers were asked to select their favourite vendors and distributors in a range of categories across two different surveys: one for SME/consumer resellers and one targeting enterprise VARs.
In the Enterprise survey, HP swept the boards in the End User Computing section, being named as the top vendor for handhelds, mobiles and PCs/workstations. In the Printers, Peripherals and Consumables section, it came top in inkjet printers and MFPs, laser printers and MFPs, consumables, managed print services and monitors – narrowly edging out second-placed Samsung in monitors. Epson was named top vendor for projectors.
HP also dominated in the Servers, Storage and Networking section of the Enterprise survey, taking top honours for servers, storage hardware, switches and routers and wireless networking. APC/Schneider Electric was the top UPS/disaster recovery vendor, Cisco took the award for PABX/unified communications, and VMware was the winner for server virtualisation/cloud platform and storage virtualisation.
Hp made one more appearance in the Enterprise survey, as top vendor for document management in the Software section. SAS was named as the top business intelligence software vendor, while Sage pipped the opposition in accounting software and Pastel Payroll won for payroll software. Kaspersky Lab and Symantec shared the winner’s podium for security; and Microsoft swept the boards for software as a service, ERP software and customer relationship management software.
In the SME/Consumer survey, Kingston showed well in the Components section, winning both the memory and USB honours. Seagate was the top disk drive vendor and Nvidia the winner in graphics cards.
In the End User Computing section, HP showed in just one category: notebooks; with Dell winning in desktop computers and Samsung dominating in handhelds.
Dell also came through strongly in the Servers, Storage and Networking section of the Enterprise survey, winning for both servers and storage hardware. Cisco was named the top switches and routers vendor; and APC/Schneider Electric won for UPSs.
HP came back strongly in the Printers, Peripherals and Consumables section, as top vendor for inkjet printers, laser printers, multi-function printers and consumables. The top monitor vendor was Samsung, winning the projectors category was Acer, and Logitech took honours for accessories.
The SME/Consumer section on Software saw Pastel named as the top accounting software vendor, Pastel Payroll as the winning payroll software supplier, and Kaspersky as the leading security software vendor.