Stories by Vera Alves

SaaS provider eyes NZ for growth

Online security SaaS provider Manage Protect says it is committed to increasing local partnerships in New Zealand. The first step towards that goal was the recent appointment of Steve West to the role of ANZ partner manager. Following that appointment, the company signed its first distribution deal in the country, with Soft Solutions now representing the company and carrying its entire product portfolio.

Peter Benson and the focus on the big picture

Trend Micro’s senior security architect Peter Benson started his career in a technical space as a radio technician before evolving into teaching and systems thinking, and systems management. He says he “almost fell” into security while doing project management: “I worked out that security was cool to my way of thinking and mindset, and have been privileged to have been involved and active in security ever since,” he says. “I also worked out that there is just so much opportunity out there in the information security space, and scope for solutions companies and changing the mindset of society, and liked the concept of helping to grow security awareness and economic protection in New Zealand.”

EMC simplifies channel programme

EMC has introduced changes to its Velocity Solution Provider Programme that the company says will make it easier for partners to deal with the storage vendor.

Bela Duclos' journey from TV to IT

She traded a career as a film and TV producer in Brazil for the IT industry in New Zealand. Bela Duclos, Samsung Electronics key account manager, still worked as a freelancer in the production of several TV commercials in New Zealand, when she first moved in the beginning of the last decade, but a role as client manager for Origin IT kickstarted a fresh career in a new industry. back in 2005.

Adobe expands cloud offering in ANZ

A few months after the launch of Creative Cloud for individuals, Adobe has announced the availability of Creative Cloud for teams in Australia and New Zealand, a new membership option to the vendor’s cloud services, which is tailored specifically for small and medium businesses.

F5 Networks aims to upskill resellers

Application Delivery Networking vendor F5 Networks has announced the launch of a security-specific accreditation programme for channel partners worldwide, following the launch of the vendor's application delivery-focused accreditation programme earlier this year.

Beyond the nerd and his slide rule

Frank Ollie returned to New Zealand in 1996 in order to retire. Somewhere along the line that plan got put on hold and, instead, he spends his days managing the business of different international vendors in New Zealand, through his company Packet Technologies.

HP converged portfolio an 'opportunity' for resellers

HP has combined its storage and networking solutions and created a new range of Converged Infrastructure to better service the needs of a market that, according to the company, can no longer cope with fragmented IT infrastructures, especially with the rise of virtualisation and mobility.