Cisco is giving away a $50,000 technology makeover to a local small business.
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Distributor Renaissance has bought another of its resellers.
Samsung’s local general manager of marketing left the company abruptly last week.
Time is running out for IBM business partners to show the world, or New Zealand at least, how excellent they are. A week today entries for the 2008 IBM Business Partner Awards, presented in association with Reseller News, are closing. In its third year, the awards aim to celebrate excellence in the local channel. Although the focus is on IBM partners, these awards are relevant to more than IBM partners. Innovation and forward thinking should be celebrated by all in the industry, regardless of what technology is used to achieve this. One category in the awards recognises this specifically. The Best Non-IBM Business Partner Solution of the year award is designed to recognise and encourage organisations who are not IBM contracted resellers, but who are providing innovative technology products and services. In addition, a new category has been added to this year’s awards that endeavours to highlight the achievements of some of the champions of the channel community. The People's Choice Reseller Award recognises individual performance that goes beyond the normal call of duty. These are the unsung heroes who work on the front line, but who are delivering exceptional services to their customers. Whether or not you are an IBM partner, I urge you to identify someone in your organisation who constantly exceeds customers’ expectation and nominate that person for this award. Also, if you believe your company is providing extraordinary services to your clients and you are not an IBM partner, you should seriously consider entering the Best Non-IBM Business Partner Solution of the year award. Entering will help raise your profile among the leading industry figures who make up the judging panel for the awards, while progressing to the finalist stage will bestow much deserved recognition to your company. All IBM partners meanwhile should consider entering at least one of the categories in the awards. Each of you could have at least one project that you believe is truly exceptional and worthy to make a noise about. After all, is producing innovative results not an inherent element of this industry? But just celebrating your perceived success internally or with your customer is taking a too narrow view. After all, accolades such as the IBM Business Partner Awards, are an opportunity to measure just how good you are in comparison to your peers.
Partnering with Microsoft will not diminish collaboration specialist Crossware’s long-standing relationship with IBM, the company says.
Swapping teaching maths, biology and science to secondary students for a career in technology is a move Vivienne Larsen has never regretted.
NEC has embarked on what it calls a major assault on the local unified communications market.
Integral aims to become a $50 million business on the back of its acquisition of Auckland-based firm APL Plus.
A few weeks ago a visiting Australian-based vendor’s PR manager asked me during lunch if there has been as much consolidation in the local channel as there has been across the ditch.
Following a surge of interest from small businesses in New Zealand and Australia, NEC has launched a business version of one of its most popular computers.
It is critical that the New Zealand technology industry directly influences official policy on funding for research and development, education and infrastructure to allow innovation to flourish.
Greg Skinner’s name is as synonymous with Epson in New Zealand, as the company’s name is with printing.
A sequence of events in the past week left me with disparate feelings on how well this country celebrates its success.
An international expert on innovation has warned that New Zealand’s lack of investment in research and development will “come back to haunt” this ‘‘‘country by impeding its chances to innovate.
Determined to defend its position as the top-selling, next-generation gaming console, the Microsoft Xbox team is already accumulating its arsenal for the end-of-year retail battle.