As I write this, we're just a day into Sydney's PC IT '98 show. Already, visitors have told me they see a new direction and perhaps a new life for the show. The change started in the Melbourne show late last year when organisers added the "IT" to the name, hoping to widen a PC show that, for many people, was far less necessary than in earlier years.
One of the new aspects of this year's show was the recognition that one still-strong visitor group is resellers. Many exhibitors sported "Dealer/Resellers wanted" signs, inviting resellers in to view potential new products. There were also more OEM exhibitors at the show this year, showing products like cases, motherboards and add-ons.
Australian Reseller News hosted a reseller lounge at the show, and I'm pleased to say many ARN readers popped in for a chat with editorial staff, a cup of tea and a good sit down. One common remark, summed up by WA reseller Gunther Jank from Computer Cash and Carry, was that there just aren't enough distributor events in the eastern states, let alone places like WA and country Australia.
We need more events
A number of people also said there simply aren't any events where resellers can get together to talk with each other. People still lament the passing of Merisel's SofTeach weekends, and say TechPac's product days, while very good, aren't long enough and don't encourage fraternisation.
Anyway, thanks to all readers who dropped by with good wishes and comments. It was great to see you, and great to hear your feedback.