Stories by Vera Alves

Don Williams continues to reach for the cloud

Before entering the IT world 16 years ago, Veeam Software’s regional director Don Williams sold alcohol, toilets, and buckets. It is fair to say he did not follow the conventional path into technology.

InIn gears up for local growth

Following the acquisition announcement last April, Interactive Intelligence has now fully completed the purchase of New Zealand reseller Amtel and all staff have moved into the company's Newmarket office.

From refugee to entrepreneur

Coming from a family of engineers, it is little surprise that Mitchell Pham would one day pursue a career in the ICT sector. Considering that he first arrived in New Zealand from Vietnam as a refugee, at the age of 13, makes the fact that he climbed so far up the ladder even more interesting.

One size does not fit all

"Rumours of the demise of the desktop PC are greatly exaggerated," says HP's category manager for printing and personal Systems, Greg Morris.

Synnex picks Ingram Micro staff

Synnex has appointed Matt Read to the role of product manager responsible for Microsoft Xbox and Christchurch-based Heath Wallace as logistics account manager, also to look after the Microsoft Xbox portfolio.

Most SMBs aren't exploring all opportunities, says Cappel

Luigi Cappel left GeoSmart in July last year after eight years with the company but he hasn't strayed far from the geolocation business. He has since taken up the role of chief operations officer at Imersia, a startup marketing services company specialising in mobile, augmented reality and location-based services. When he's not at Imersia, he's also busy running SoLoMo, his own consultancy company, so a day's work in Cappel's life sees him moving in a variety of directions.

TomTom Via 225

When I received the TomTom Via 225 to review, I was excited to see what updates TomTom had made to its in-car navigation units. It turns out, as Scribe would so poetically put it in a hip hop single back in 2003, “Not many, if any”.

Jono Cochrane is proud to wear the Synnex colours

Synnex business development representative Jono Cochrane has recently taken on the Xbox part of the business for the distributor, an area he says he is very excited to learn more about. Cochrane says Xbox will be his main focus for the next 12 months, as he works with his team to grow that business for Synnex.

Allied Telesis axes NZ staff

Kamlesh Mani, Steve Rose and Roger Bennett — all appointed as business development managers at Allied Telesis just over a year ago — are no longer on the company's payroll. Managing director Paul Batchelor says Allied Telesis is “streamlining the business” to focus less on sales and more on services and support.

Gillespie wants to 'keep the ship moving'

Cloud, mobility and IT outsourcing will be Simon Gillespie's key areas of focus as he takes on the role of CEO of Dimension Data, a gap left open by the departure of Robin Hartendorp, who had been the company's CEO since 2000.

Growing the local supply chain optimisation business

Even since his appointment as ANZ managing director of global supply chain optimisation provider Manhattan Associates, in January 2011, Sydney-based Raghav Sibal has been working with local customers and partners in the country to expand the company’s footprint in the market.