Stories by Vera Alves

TomTom Go Live Services Update

TomTom GPS owners with a Go Live services subscription can now tweet their location and ETA from their devices, as part of a range of new software features the GPS manufacturer has recently rolled out. I got given a GO LIVE 820 to review the new social features.

The hunt for the perfect MDM solution

Vice president of ICT at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Winston Fong highlighted the need to find the right solution to manage the wide range of mobile devices that the company has to incorporate, when he spoke at the CIO Summit last month. According to Fong, the ‘one size fits all’ model does not apply to MDM solutions.

FitBit hunts for resellers

Following growing popularity in the US, FitBit has this month entered the New Zealand market and is looking to build a reseller community around the ‘connected health’ devices category.

Gearing SMBs with enterprise features

Storage vendor Netgear has launched its SMB-focused ReadyData 5200 product into the New Zealand market saying it includes features that, up until now, had only been available to enterprises.

Liz Hatton returns to the UPS industry

Liz Hatton's career started in the early 1990s with Financial Systems. From there she moved onto APC where her UPS industry career really took off. Her career included a stint as channel manager for APC and APC sales specialist at Westcon. A couple of months ago, Hatton joined UPS Power Solutions as the company's new strategic account manager.

Avaya and Ricoh join forces in NZ

A breakfast event at the top of the Sky Tower in Auckland set the scene for the official announcement of the new partnership between Ricoh and Avaya in New Zealand. The two companies have signed a 'networking solutions' partnership and the milestone was marked with the visit of Marc Randall, Avaya's US-based senior VP and general manager who travelled to New Zealand to talk about “applications and cloud-aware networking.”

The new role of the distributor

Resellers everywhere have been discussing the evolving nature of their role and the need to adapt as new technologies and new ways of doing business emerge. But what about the distributor? According to Nick Verykios, managing director of Distribution Central, the distie role is also transforming.

Business is good in the south

Only just over a year has passed since Steve Knutson and his business partner Peter Cummins found themselves out of jobs as the doors of Datasouth Business Solutions were closed and the business went into liquidation. Its owner, Gavin Bennett, has since been sentenced to eight years in jail, after an investigation led by the Serious Fraud Office found a $23 million fraud.

Shirley Wigley looks at the industry with optimistic eyes

Shirley Wigley is the daughter of New Zealand's first and only wrestler to be included in the country's Sports Hall of Fame, Lofty Blomfield. She carries that heritage with pride and it was from her father that she learnt that "you can be anything you want to be".

LifeSize says it is creating 'new market' for resellers

LifeSize’s country manager for ANZ Tim Fulton says its videoconferencing solutions are the perfect fit for the New Zealand market, as they are specifically aimed at small to medium businesses. The vendor has recently signed on Unity Systems, a division of Distribution Central, as its second distie in the country, along with Atlas Gentech.

One Fibre seeks partners

Business ISP One Fibre, the first ISP to peer with Chorus for UFB in Auckland, says it is also the first to connect a business customer to the new government UFB network. The company is now looking for partners to further extend its UFB business.

HP job cuts may affect NZ staff

They called it speculation when the first reports came out last month but, while announcing the last quarter's financial results, HP has confirmed plans to cut as many as 27,000 jobs worldwide, as part of a long-term restructuring plan.