Ingram Micro New Zealand’s Showcase event enters its 21st year this year. As always it’s going to be a chance to get quality face-time with the vendors presenting their new products in the market. The departure from previous’ years agenda is that this well-known industry premier technology exhibition has come “of age”. The 2016 show promises to be an engaging one with more time spent on sharing insights across a broader set of IT conversations, led by a think-tank that will head up the keynotes for this year’s event. These keynotes will be crucial in creating a new “knowledge event” with a focus on a range of futurist technology issues, such as the impact of technology on New Zealand’s economy, and the benefits that technology will bring to businesses and consumers in the future.
Showcase this year is an open event for both channel and end-users. With over 60 vendors participating, and 1,100 registrations already, the event is poised to become the most comprehensive technology show in New Zealand. There is a widening in both factors and scope with which speakers can address C-level attendees and ITDM, IT managers and IT professionals as well as your traditional resellers.
“The reason we’re broadening the scope of the show is that technology is poised to become one of New Zealand’s most significant exports,” Simon Shaw, Ingram Micro Marketing Manager, said. “The sector is expected to become a bigger exporter than dairy1, and for a nation that was previously focused on primary industry, that’s a massive story.”
Ingram Micro has developed a comprehensive agenda of keynote addresses, panels, and speakers who will attend each of the three showcases; in Christchurch, Wellington (now postponed due to the recent earthquake) and Auckland (30th November - going ahead as per scheduled). This is the first year where there have been such a diverse range of keynote speakers at the Showcase event (and there are five).
A significant keynote of high standing is Ingram Micro’s very own Nimesh Dave, Executive Vice President, Global Cloud who will be appearing at the Auckland event. His expertise and vast experience across the strategic direction for Ingram’s cloud business unit will make his talk an invaluable and very much welcomed addition to the Auckland leg of the Showcase.
Additional keynotes include, two highly regarded technology futurists, Dr. Michelle Dickinson, and Frances Valintine, respectively, Dickinson is a senior lecturer in Engineering at the University of Auckland, and, Valintine, the founder of The Mind Lab by Unitec and Tech Futures Lab, who will share their vision on the future direction and impact of technology on New Zealanders.
As an attendee, you can also expect an overview on the crossroads of finance and technology and what this will mean for New Zealand’s economy in the coming years with economists from Westpac New Zealand, Michael Gordon, Acting Chief Economist. The inclusion of these speakers considerably adds to what attendees can expect to reap from the Showcase, and turns the Showcase on its traditional slant of being only an exhibitor-led event.
Showcase does not disappoint if you are looking for vendor inclusion; in fact, the number of vendor-specific presentations has risen from six in 2015 to 17 this year as well as two dedicated workshop streams on a range of Cloud computing topics . “In the past at our roadshows people would walk around, pick up a couple of things, and walk back out. We wanted to re-focus the event on the educational piece, so now we’ve got interesting things happening all day long,” Shaw said.
“As a consequence of the rapidly growing ICT industry that we have, we’re seeing that businesses are rapidly transforming how they approach technology and opportunity. We’re good at making the transformation in New Zealand because businesses tend to be smaller and more nimble than counterparts overseas, but it means that there’s an unprecedented appetite for innovative technology solutions across the entire channel through to the end user.”
As always, the event will also provide considerable networking opportunities, with the who’s who of both the channel and corporate end user ICT industry in attendance. With end users invited along, channel businesses will also have the opportunity to develop new contacts with prospective clients and partners.
To register for Ingram Micro Showcase, for more information, and to see a full list of exhibitors and speakers, please visit: http://showcase.nzingram.com/about.html
We hope for calmer days ahead for all those who have been impacted by these events in the South Island.