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Outstanding Australian and New Zealand Partners Honoured at Cisco Insight Awards at Cisco Live!

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/18/14 -- Cisco Live! -- At a glittering ceremony at Cisco Live! (NASDAQ: CSCO) in Melbourne last night, teams and individuals that demonstrated excellence in 2013 were acknowledged for their efforts. In total there were 15 award categories in which Australian and New Zealand partners were recognised for innovation, leadership and achievement.

"Cisco continues to be a business that is reliant and committed to its partners," says Jason Brouwers, director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco® Australia and New Zealand. "We strive to support our partners to help them build their business, and as such we are proud to recognise those who have demonstrated the highest achievement in 2013."

Each one of this year's recipients has been recognised for taking an innovative approach to addressing customer business requirements, focusing on sales and technical excellence in delivering strong customer satisfaction and helping clients prepare for the major industry transitions such as the Internet of Everything.

"I would like to personally congratulate all of this year's winners for demonstrating clever thinking, strong customer understanding and technical excellence across the breadth of our portfolio."

The full list of 2013 Cisco Australia and New Zealand Partner Insight Award winners are:

Internet of Everything Partner of the
Year 2013                                 Rockwell Automation
Vertical Solution Innovation Partner of
the Year 2013                             Telstra
Innovation Partner of the Year 2013       Dimension Data New Zealand
Small Business Partner of the Year 2013   Correct Communications
Business Transformation Partner of the
Year 2013                                 Dimension Data Australia
Services Partner of the Year 2013         Optus Business
Security Partner of the Year 2013         NEC Australia
Enterprise Networks Partner of the Year
2013                                      Telstra
Cloud Partner of the Year 2013            Telstra
Technical Excellence Award of the Year
2013                                      Peter Aikins, Optus Business
                                          John Graham, UXC Ltd. and Rob
Teaming Excellence Award of the Year 2013 Quinn, Cisco
Alliance Manager of the Year 2013         Rachel Willoughby, Optus Business
Solutions Delivery Excellence Award of
the Year 2013                             Chris Day, Data#3
Learning Partner of the Year 2013         Dimension Data Learning Solutions
Community Contribution Award of the Year
2013                                      Dimension Data Australia

Cisco ANZ's Partner Insight Awards celebrate innovation, leadership and excellence within the business partner community. Award criteria include: innovative and architecture-led approach to success, business differentiation and strategic outcomes, and deep customer understanding. All winners were selected by a group of Cisco Australia and New Zealand Partner and Country executives.

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