Business Partner Cogent receives "Partner of the Year" in ANZ



Cogent, one of the leading providers of communications and data solutions in New Zealand, has been awarded ‘Best UC Cloud Partner of the Year’ and ‘APAC New Business Model Partner of the Year 2013’ at the 2014 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Global Executive Partner Days conference.

These awards recognized Cogent for its successful go-to-market in New Zealand with the Alcatel-Lucent OpenTouch Enterprise Cloud (OTEC) as well as its as-a-service model offering based on OpenTouch Suite for SMBs. The organization was also commended for being one of the fastest-growing Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise partners in Asia Pacific.

Cogent has been able to take advantage of the consumption-based model of the OpenTouch solution to build and deliver unified communication as a service to New Zealand organizations. The very competitive TCO makes it achievable for businesses to tap into the functions of OpenTouch solutions to deliver productivity, cost and efficiency benefits.

“The growing adoption of mobile devices in the office is seeing employees demand more communication and collaboration flexibility in their work environment. In turn, our clients no longer look for just a telephony solution, rather, they seek a full collaboration suite that helps empower their workforce to become more productive and communicate seamlessly anytime, anywhere and on any device,” said Scott Funnell, Product Strategy Manager of Cogent.

Since transforming its go-to-market model, Cogent has seen year-on-year growth of 35 per cent across its business while still maintaining momentum; winning new clients and providing managed services to existing clients.

“We are proud to achieve such strong growth in what is considered a mature market. Since taking the OpenTouch solutions to market, we have seen exceptional interest particularly with early adopters in the media and technology industries.”

“The award is testament to our commitment and strong partnership with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to deliver robust and commercially viable services to both our enterprise and small and medium business customers. We are pleased that our go-to-market model is taking off. We have confidence in the roadmap of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and look forward to furthering our collaborations and partnership in the future.”