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The Best of Articles for 2018

Monday, January 07, 2019

We hope that you had a good Christmas break and are back refreshed and ready for a tremendous 2019. Last year there were a couple of dominant themes we believe will continue to shape the channel throughout 2019. Unsurprisingly the clear leaders were cloud compute and storage, connectivity and security, really all just components of “cloud computing”.

Here are 6 articles from ARN & CRN we believe are worth a second read, or perhaps a first read as most appeared over the holiday period, to bring you right up to speed. Speaking of speed, we have included the 2 stories on new subsea cables, as we believe they are “game changers” for cloud in Australia, providing an additional 79 terabits of connectivity. Cloud computing only works if you are connected! We wish everyone a prosperous and secure 2019. ...Read More

Is Amazon a Disty's Friend or Foe?

Friday, January 04, 2019

The rise of home grown e-tailers and international online platforms such as Amazon, eBay and even Gumtree, have not only given consumers the ability to access a broader range of products, they also enable them to purchase less expensively and more conveniently than through traditional bricks and mortar retailers. A consequence of this, is that these e-tailers and online platforms have also provided resellers with an alternative channel to access to product.

A survey of 7000 resellers across EMEA and ANZ by Supply chain research organisation 'Context', highlighted that resellers are procuring on average 10% of their products through these platforms, with the predominant drivers being availability and price. In this CRN article, Simon Sharwood examines the question, if a vendor can partner with an Amazon to reach resellers and consumers, what value does a distributor provide? ...Read More

ANZ CompTIA Channel Community in 2019

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The new year has begun and we are really excited about what 2019 will hold for the ANZ CompTIA Channel Community. This year we have a big focus on expansion, growth and engagement. We will continue to run our half day community meetings in Sydney, complete with key note speakers and facilitated workshops. In addition to this we are looking forward to running more MeetUps in different locations across the region, giving other cities across ANZ a chance to attend, contribute and engage with CompTIA and other community members, something that is critical to the ongoing growth and development of the community.

There will also be webinars, podcasts and community initiatives that will be rolled out over the course of the year. Stay tuned as we release more information on each of these things as it becomes available. In the meantime, click here to read more about the CompTIA ANZ community and what it has to offer.  ...Read More

CompTIA: 2018 Wrap Up and New EC Members for 2019

Monday, December 10, 2018

With 2018 drawing to a close we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the ANZ CompTIA community this year. Without your participation and contribution we would not have the meetings, meetups, webinars and initiatives that we have had for the ANZ CompTIA Community in 2018. Your continued support, attendance and contribution is hugely appreciated and we believe is what delivers value back to our community. 

2019 is now only around the corner and we are sad to farewell some of our Executive Council (EC) Members that have finished their terms on the EC. Our heartfelt thanks go out them for their outstanding contribution to our community, and without whose assistance, the community would not be as strong as it is today ...Read More

Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019

Friday, December 07, 2018

It is that time of year again where we start to look out for the business and technology predictions that are available for the coming year. In our industry we have seen technology trends have huge effects on business models, solutions and how we service our customers, making it all the more important to stay across what is coming.

Gartner have released their top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019 and while not all of them may be relevant to your business, it is always helpful to know what customers are demanding and how that can produce change in the IT industry at every point in the channel. Happy holiday reading! ...Read More

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