A month from now, Australia's first independent conference for the IT channel will be under way. It's a two-day event in Sydney, organised and sponsored by Australian Reseller News, Inform Business Development, and leading vendors and distributors in this industry.
ChannelWorld '99 is a business-to-business event which will perform a number of functions. Not the least of these is to get 300 channel people together to discuss the challenges you face in the months and years ahead.
There will be a number of business briefings on subjects such as Personnel, Finance, Customer Service and Marketing, as well as Trends and Opportunities sessions on new technologies and markets.
Attendance is by invitation, but everyone will get to share in the information via the ChannelWorld Web site channelworld.idg.com.au and detailed reports in ARN.
The event is funded by a number of industry sponsors, and you'll hear more about them in the next few weeks. But just let me say how impressed I am that these companies are behind this event.
They've done it, not because they're going to get more orders from you, but because they're responsible members of the channel, aware that everyone has to put something back, not just take.
You can contact ChannelWorld via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org