Congratulations to Renata Di Stefano for winning the ‘Personal Innovation – Marketing Excellence (Partner)’ category and to blueAPACHE for being awarded the ‘Partner Innovation – Mid-Market’ winner for a 4th consecutive year!

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022: ARN is proud to reveal the winners of Innovation Awards in 2022, featuring a leading and diverse line-up of partners, vendors, distributors and individuals across Australia.

The winners were selected from 354 finalists (including 120+ individuals) which made the shortlist from a pool of over 200 organisations and more than 480 nominations, spanning partner, start-up, telco, vendor and distributor businesses.

Celebrated during a black-tie event at ICC Sydney on 15 September that brought together more than 700 members of Australia’s channel community, this year’s Innovation Awards celebrated the accomplishments of more than 39 winners including blueAPACHE’s Head of Marketing, Renata Di Stefano who was named as the 2022 winner in the ‘Personal Innovation – Marketing Excellence’ category, and for the fourth consecutive year, blueAPACHE celebrated as Australia’s leading Mid-Market Partner, taking out the ‘Partner Innovation – Mid-Market’ category.

ARN congratulates blueAPACHE on your recognition in the ‘Partner Innovation – Mid-Market’ category, and to Renata Di Stefano for winning the ‘Personal Innovation – Marketing Excellence (Partner)’ award,” said Cherry Yumul, vice president of Channel, APAC at Foundry.

“This is an impressive line-up of business and individual excellence across the channel and we are proud to recognise and celebrate such achievements.”

“The success stories behind these awards are testament to how adept the technology industry is at turning challenges into opportunities and how as a community we come together to do good. Congratulations from ARN.”

In 2022, the Innovation Awards honoured the channel across no fewer than eight categories, spanning Partner Innovation, Tech Innovation, Australia-wide Innovation, Start-up Innovation, Personal Innovation, Vendor Innovation, Distributor Innovation and Hall of Fame.

This year saw the introduction of a new category, Australia-wide Innovation, which recognises partners headquartered outside of the two most-populated metropolitan areas in the country (Sydney and Melbourne) delivering customer value and transformation.

Reflective of a diverse technology network, finalists ranged from large-scale multinational consultancy firms to emerging start-ups, alongside leading system integrators, managed service providers and solution consultants, plus cloud specialists, independent software vendors, boutique agencies and application developers. This is in addition to channel-centric vendors, telecommunications providers and supply chain experts.

Within this standout group, finalists, highly commended and winners were located across the entire country.

In addition to honouring winners, ARN also holds wider responsibility for ensuring as many credible technology providers are endorsed through this unique awards program, aligned to the collective goal of providing a platform upon which the ecosystem can shine across Australia.

“Enormous credit to the market-leading companies and individuals continuing to press ahead in helping customers innovate at pace – despite the notable difficulties – which once again demonstrates the depth of transformation taking place across the region. Congratulations blueAPACHE, nothing can stop your pursuit of excellence.”

The winners were selected by an executive panel of industry judges – acknowledging creativity, innovation and excellence.


Partner Innovation recognises customer innovation and excellence across the key market segments, in addition to pioneering technology specialists and collaborative providers.

Winner: blueAPACHE

blueAPACHE is rapidly capitalising on changing economic conditions and new opportunities by bringing a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ model for technology and telecommunications adoption. The IT service provider is committed to delivering solutions with greater automation, lower overall total cost of ownership and improved time to value.


Personal Innovation recognises standout individuals who contribute to customer, company and channel success through a transformative approach to management, channel, sales, technical and marketing positions.

Winner: Renata Di Stefano – blueAPACHE

Renata Di Stefano has developed blueAPACHE’s marketing department from scratch, developing a fully integrated brand strategy and marketing plan to elevate the organisation globally. She has played a pivotal role in the acquisition of several of blueAPACHE’s largest customers and also established its vendor alliance program. Striving to raise the blueAPACHE brand in the market, Di Stefano has built a significant pipeline of digital, PR and customer advocacy programs, as well as regular customer roundtable events.

Additional information:

ARN Innovation Awards website
ARN Innovation Awards winner article 

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