Stories by Mike Gee

EDGE set to lead the channel in 2015

A year ago over the space of one month, ARN publisher and president, Susan Searle, had requests from three A/NZ marketing managers to host a destination conference for the trans-Tasman channel.

IN PICTURES: SAP Partner Kick-Off Meeting, Melbourne

The SAP Partner Kick-Off Meeting, Melbourne leg, was held on Tuesday. The event gave partners a chance to gain strategic insight into SAP’s 2015 business strategy. Attendees could see the some of company's latest solutions, hear about its Cloud and Platform opportunities, and connect with SAP executives and colleagues from all segments of the SAP sales, services, marketing, and field support teams. They could also learn about its new programs, incentives, sales rewards and engagement models. The final leg will be held in Canberra on March 18, from 9am-3pm. Here are some of the highlights from the Melbourne event.

IN PICTURES: Nextgen Distribution Summer Party 2015 (+37 photos)

Nextgen Distribution took to Centennial Park in the heart of Sydney for a party to thank, together with its vendor partners Oracle, Nimble Storage, Violin Memory and CommVault, all of the people who have done business with the company and supported it over the past year. The rain stayed away,and there was Pop Up Bar to ensure everybody was well refreshed. In fact, it was impossible not to have a good time. Photos by IAN SHARP.

Kasperky Lab tips cyberthreats and crimes only going to get worse in 2015

With cybercriminals growing in confidence, Kaspersky Lab anticipates that the coming year will see attacks move beyond just targeting users of banking services, widely seen as the weak link in the security chain, and grow towards higher-stakes targeted cyber-attacks hitting the banks themselves.

Canalys Channels Forum: Impact of geopolitical forces underscored

2014 has been a tumultuous year for the APAC region, according to analyst company, Canalys. The slowing Chinese economy, a coup in Thailand, protests disrupting Hong Kong and tensions between South East Asian countries have contributed to an unsettled business environment.