The Canalys Forums are the most influential, highest quality independent events in APAC and EMEA. In 2022, the events reached record numbers of attendees. The two-day conference in EMEA kicked off in October 2022 at the W Hotel, Barcelona, marking its fifteenth anniversary. The tenth edition of the APAC event was celebrated in November 2022 at the Shangri-La Orchard, Singapore. Both conferences were exceptional in attracting senior executives in-person and virtual attendees representing the most important IT distributors, channel partners and vendors. The Canalys Forums brought together key partners in a single location with well over 2,250 delegates, including hybrid attendees, setting a record. 

The events were powered by Canapii, an event management platform developed using over a decade of Canalys’ world-leading in-house digital and events expertise. The refreshed fast-paced sessions included physical and virtual interviews with the CEOs of channel partners and distributors, and the leaders of vendor sponsors. Attendees could access content on-demand during and after the conference and schedule meetings via Canapii. Over 2,000 discussions took place via the platform, using its integrated networking, planning and video tools. 

“We’re proud to be celebrating the long-term success of the Canalys Forums. In 2022, we brought together senior decision-makers to help inspire planning and channels sales growth. Our event platform capabilities meant we could host our biggest hybrid event in what has been an extraordinarily challenging environment for events,” said Gemma Edwards, VP, Events. “We are extremely pleased to have our distributor sponsors supporting the event, hand in hand with the global IT companies that lead the way in their commitment to channel partners in the region. Thanks to all who have come together to meet and plan for future success. As promised, we will return for the Canalys Forums 2023 in Barcelona for the EMEA conference, and Bangkok for APAC, in December.” 

Canalys Forums 2022 highlights

Candefero Channel Partner of the Year awards 2022 

The Channel Partner of the Year awards 2022 were hosted in the closing session of each event. They recognize outstanding performance in specific areas: Innovation and Sustainability, plus an overall Candefero Channel Partner of the Year award. Channel partners were able to nominate themselves or be nominated by vendors and distributors. Senior Canalys analysts researched and assessed how a partner made sustainable investments for the future, its performance, its demonstrated expertise and customers’ resulting business value.  

Candefero Channel Partner of the Year 2022

Overall Channel Partner of the Year 2022 
APAC: Galaxy Office Automation Pvt Ltd 

The Overall Channel Partner of the Year for APAC was Galaxy Office Automation Pvt Ltd (GOAPL). GOAPL has recorded exceptional revenue and profit growth. It has invested extensively in building capabilities, such as hybrid cloud and cybersecurity, scaling up its NOCs and centers of expertise, as well as managed services for data center and cloud management. ​ 

“The key reason for us winning this award has been our people and the power of teamwork. Our investment in technology and skilling resources have made this possible,” said Sanjay Patodia, CEO, Galaxy Office Automation

EMEA: Dustin 

Dustin, a leading IT partner in the Nordics and Benelux, has been named Overall Channel Partner of the Year for EMEA. It saw high growth in its business, both through acquisition and organic growth. Dustin’s focus on sustainability was also notable, prioritizing the circular economy and investing in sustainable skills expertise. 

“We are very proud to become Channel Partner of the Year and see it as a recognition of the daily hard work and engagement Dustineers put in to keep our customers moving. A strong focus on customer needs, working with sustainability in all aspects of our business and building close partnerships is always our first priority,” said Thomas Ekman, President and CEO, Dustin

Innovation Partner of the Year 2022 

NSW from Japan was awarded Innovation Partner of the Year at the Canalys Forum APAC. The Japanese independent IT company brings innovation through its IoT capabilities, elevating everyday objects such as sewing machines, garbage bins and bathtubs to the next level.​ 

“The key reasons for being innovative have been collaborating with partners, providing value for our customers, and offering high-value technology and training. With these three factors we are now set to lead digital transformation in 2023,” said Daisuke Takemura, Executive Corporate Officer, NSW Inc

EMEA: Egiss  

Egiss is growing strongly, working with large enterprise customers, delivering and supporting the widescale deployment​ of technology to those customers globally. Egiss acquired Refurb earlier this year, bringing IT asset disposition (ITAD) capabilities in-house. 

Jesper Ravn, Founder and Group CEO, Egiss, said, “Having attended the Canalys event for more than 10 years, and my company Egiss now being awarded ‘Innovation Partner 2022’, is something that I take huge personal pride in. We work tirelessly every day to stay innovative and valuable to our customers, partners, employees and shareholders. This award is something I could never do without all my 160-plus wonderful hearts and minds working at Egiss.” 

Sustainability Partner of the Year 2022 
APAC: Truis  

Truis, an Australian IT solutions company, has a strong commitment to sustainability, both in terms of thought leadership and action. It leads by example through initiatives such as adopting the use of solar energy to power its premises and the installation of water tanks to service gardens and washrooms. 

Norm Jefferies, Managing Director, Truis, said, “We are very proud to have been recognized for our sustainability efforts,” after winning the award.  

EMEA: Softcat 

Softcat’s carbon emission platform, Enexo, has been made available to its customers and partners. Softcat has also partnered with Matchable, a volunteering platform. Softcat participates in numerous projects, including developing a marketing strategy for a charity supporting BAME women.  

“This is great, and we are chuffed to bits to be receiving this award. We have come a long way on the sustainability journey and whilst there is still a ton to get done, we are pleased with our progress to date,” said Graeme Watt, CEO, Softcat.  

The Canalys Forums 2023 

Sponsors and channel partners can register their interest for 2023 participation now.  
EMEA: 3-5 October 2023 in Barcelona, Spain 
APAC: 5-7 December 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand 

About the Canalys Forums 

The Canalys Forums are the world’s largest independent, influential and high-quality insight-driven channel events. They bring engaging content from senior decision-makers to the world’s undisputed experts in the partner ecosystem. The Canalys Forums bring hassle-free hybrid networking and partner workshops and give a premium experience to the channel community and drive maximum ROI.  

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