Fortinet has announced the winners of its Australian partner awards, which recognise the achievements of partners that have helped customers to accelerate the move beyond traditional networks securely. The awards are judged on factors including year-on-year revenue growth, investment in training and marketing, and success in leading customer engagements with Fortinet.

Tim Fitzgerald, Channel Director, Fortinet, said, Fortinet is excited to celebrate the value of the contributions made by its entire partner ecosystem in 2020. Due to their hard work, we saw record quarters as customers mobilised to meet changing workplace challenges. This year, Fortinet plans to extend its significant investment in training nationally, including continuing to offer free training, which was originally offered in 2020. Fortinet will also continue to invest in existing partners while selectively adding complementary partners and helping partners continue to add value for their customers. With new products in the pipeline and a strong team in place, Fortinet is well-positioned to support its partners for further growth in 2021 and beyond.

The award winners are:

Australian Regional Partner of the Year: Blue Connections

This award recognises partners in regional areas who do great work in a particular market. Blue Connections has shown excellent progress and results on numerous levels, primarily in Victoria, during 2020.

Tim Fitzgerald said, Blue Connections has achieved strong growth by leading its customer engagements with Fortinet and demonstrating strong partner program compliance. The Blue Connections and Fortinet teams have really enjoyed working together and winning new business during 2020. We look forward to accelerating this even more in 2021.

Gordon Brownell, Sales Director, Blue Connections, said, Blue Connections and Fortinet have had a long standing partnership spanning more than 12 years. Our security practice has grown over this period from humble beginnings to being one of our key pillars, alongside our networking, infrastructure, Microsoft/cloud and product divisions. Along this journey, we have invested heavily in our staff and have carefully selected the right vendors to help us achieve this growth.

Having Fortinet as a trusted partner has enabled both sales and technical staff to complete the highly regarded Fortinet NSE training program. This certification gives our clients the confidence knowing that they are receiving up-to-date guidance and product knowledge, while being fully supported by the Blue Connections technical managed service team.

We work closely with Fortinet to ensure our customers are receiving the best advice for solutions that meet their business needs.

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