Stories by CIO New Zealand staff

New categories feature in Hi-Tech Awards

Two new categories in this year’s Hi-Tech Awards are expected to boost entry numbers, say organisers. The first is the International Business Wales Exporter of the Year which demonstrates achievement in global sales with technology products or services that have been developed locally. It recognises companies that have sold internaitonally for at least three years.

Optimation signs with SilverStripe

Optimation has joined open source content management system (CMS) provider SilverStripe’s global partner programme to provide web and intranet sites for its customers. SilverStripe CMS is a web-based platform used to build websites and applications.

Intergen achieves SharePoint Elite status

Microsoft partner Intergen has become the first reseller to pass the locally developed Sharepoint Elite programme. SharePoint is Microsoft’s business collaboration software. As reported by Reseller News in September last year, several companies including Datacom, Provoke, Information Leadership and Fujitsu are taking part in the training. According to Microsoft, Datacom is also close to achieving Elite status.

Datacraft deepens Cisco relationship

IT services provider Datacraft is going after the CIO market with Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS). It signed an exclusive local partnership with the vendor this week. UCS offers networking and virtualisation in one platform.

Symantec donates software to charities

As part of its social responsibility initiatives, Symantec is donating enterprise software to eligible groups including charities and voluntary organisations. Local groups can apply through TechSoup, a software donation programme. They are charged a small fee for the products.

The $Unlimited Investment Challenge

The $Unlimited Investment Challenge is an initiative led by Unlimited magazine and originally set up for entrepreneurs who wanted to grow their business globally via the UK. This year the programme will be open to New Zealand companies seeking investment to grow in all export markets. The programme is strongly supported with expertise from early-stage investors, professional service providers, export market experts, sponsoring partners and leading entrepreneurs. Click here to register.

New director for Intergen

Westlake Consulting director Richard Westlake has been appointed as an independent director of Wellington-based IT company Intergen. He will sit on the Intergen board, which includes company directors Paddy Payne, Wayne Forgesson, Chris Auld and managing director Tony Stewart.

IDC: 37 percent of companies still investing in IT

Despite the economic downturn, local companies are still investing in IT according to an IDC Asia Pacific advanced customer care and retention poll. The poll found that while some are freezing their investments, 37 percent of respondents still want to invest in IT products that help increase earnings.

IT companies feature in NZTE awards

Five IT companies have made the cut of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise International Business Awards. They include IT distributor Phitek Systems, Author-it Software, Mobile Mentor, Futrix and Enatel. More than 90 entries were received for the awards.

Insite Technology teams up with NComputing

Renaissance subsidiary Insite Technology has finalised a deal with desktop virtualisation company NComputing to distribute its low cost X-and L-series virtual desktops. The desktops virtualise a single PC so that up to 11 people can share it.

Orcon acquires ISPs iGRIN and Infogen

Internet service provider (ISP) Orcon has acquired ISPs iGRIN and Genesis Energy's Infogen. Whagarei-based iGRIN has been using Orcon's network for the past eight years and offers broadband, dial-up, web hosting and domain services.

Dell confirms Dick Smith NZ partnership

Dell is ramping up its local retail programme by selling its Inspiron PC products in all 70 Dick Smith New Zealand stores. Earlier this month Dick Smith NZ country manager James Cunnold told Reseller News that the company was considering a partnership with Dell and said to "watch this space."