SMB Nation Announces Winners of SMB IT Channel Vendor “Hot Shot Awards”

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Media integration company recognizes channel vendors at this year’s Fall Conference in Las Vegas who have made a difference in the SMB IT space.

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We salute these winners as having passed a high bar of community scrutiny. This is truly an ‘earned award’ and not just an honorary title.

SMB Nation announced today the winners of its 1st Annual Hot Shot Awards contest. The awards, which recognize SMB channel vendors who have made a difference for VARs, MSPs, and IT consultants through their commitment and efforts in the SMB IT space, were presented during the final day of SMB Nation’s Fall Conference in Las Vegas last week.

The Hot Shot Awards recognized vendors in 11 different areas, including Backup and Disaster Recovery; Cloud and Virtualization; Hardware and Peripherals; Managed Print Services; Marketing and Educational Services; Mobility; On-Premises Infrastructure; Remote Monitoring and Management; Professional Services Automation; Security; and Unified Communications.

The vendor nomination and voting process for the Hot Shot Awards was conducted over a one-month period from August 15, 2012 to September 15, 2012. Once the preliminary voting period closed, a panel of SMB channel experts reviewed the ballots and made a final determination based on the vendor's product diversity, uniqueness, ability to enhance the SMB industry, cost efficiency, ability to overcome technology obstacles, and impact on SMB IT solution provider operations.

The winners of SMB Nation’s 1st Annual Hot Shot Awards are listed as follows (by category):

BDR: Axcient

Cloud/Virtualization: FiberCloud

Hardware and Peripherals: Lenovo

Managed Print Services: OKI Data

Marketing and Educational Services: ChannelEyes

Mobility: Research in Motion (RIM)

On-Premises Infrastructure: BIS Computer Solutions, Inc.

PSA: Autotask

RMM: N-Able Technologies

Security: AVG

Unified Communications: Plantronics, Vocalocity

“While I’m naturally hesitant to identify anything as a ‘first annual’ at the risk of it not proceeding, I can wrap some exciting context around our Hot Shot Awards! Truth be told, we’ve had on-site voting for several years at the SMB Nation Fall Conference with ‘paper ballots’,” shared Harry Brelsford, Founder of SMB Nation. “But we knew we could improve the process, avoid voting irregularities and hanging chads. So we wisely went to online voting where attendees had more time to study the ballot, investigate each sponsor and vote prudently. We salute these winners as having passed a high bar of community scrutiny. This is truly an ‘earned award’ and not just an honorary title. And yes – you can look forward to even more electoral excitement next year at SMB Nation Fall 2013 to be held October 10-12, 2013 in Vegas!”

Beyond the Hot Shot Awards, this year's fall conference focused on "Life after Small Business Server" and the ongoing transformation of the SMB technology channel due to cloud computing, virtualization, mobile computing, Windows 8 and Server 2012, and other emerging technologies. Save the date for SMB Nation Fall 2013, which is scheduled to occur Oct. 10-12, 2013, and will be presented in conjunction with 1105 Media (Redmond Channel Partner magazine).

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