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Ingram Micro Australia announces Storage Networking Security Showcase

  • 13 May, 2004 17:16

<p>Sydney, Australia – Ingram Micro Australia, part of one of the largest global providers of technology products and supply chain management services, has announced its latest Storage Networking Security (SNS) Showcase, to be held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney later this month.</p>
<p>Ingram Micro is holding these morning seminars to educate its resellers about the issues associated with SNS and how it affects the small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) within the competitive Australian market.</p>
<p>“Our goal is to educate our channel partners and resellers on the SNS issues facing Australian SMBs today, and on the solutions available to that market,” said Rodney Thorne, Business Manager, SNS division, Ingram Micro Australia. “We’ve attracted high-calibre speakers and vendors to present our resellers with a holistic picture of the SMB market, with a view to helping them provide comprehensive SNS solutions for their SMB customers.”</p>
<p>Keynote speakers at the showcase include The Australian SMB Editor, Peter Switzer, and ninemsn Small Business columnist and media specialist, John Hanrahan, who will address the economic environment and IT requirements of Australian SMBs respectively. Vendors attending the showcase will include HP, Microsoft, Ozemail, Trend Micro and VERITAS, presenting on current topics such as broadband growth and adoption, data protection, security, and much more.</p>
<p>Small Business Professional Development, an organisation that monitors and supports SMB development in Australia, believes 90 per cent of all Australian businesses are small businesses, and employ over half the workforce. A recent IDC report[1] pegs the Australian SMB market at close to $AU16 billion, or just less than 60 per cent of the overall IT market.</p>
<p>“What these figures show is the investment and revenue potential in a market that essentially defines the IT landscape in Australia,” said Thorne. “The more we focus on providing our resellers with the tools they need to fashion competitive and cost-effective solutions for their customers, the better we prepare them to manage the growing demand for business-critical services in the SMB sector.</p>
<p>“According to IDC2 the post-Y2K refresh that boosted sales in larger enterprises has been delayed in SMBs, so we expect a sustained period of investment growth in the near term,” he added. “It’s therefore incumbent on resellers to educate their customers about solutions that enhance business efficiencies, such as SNS, mobility and infrastructure development as they look to grow and expand their business activities.”</p>
<p>Presentation topics will include: “Economic environment of SMB” (Peter Switzer), “IT requirements for SMB” (John Hanrahan), “How to capitalise on broadband growth and adoption”, “Networking infrastructure”, “Securing the SMB” and “Data protection”.</p>
<p>Showcase dates and venues:</p>
<p>Brisbane: Tuesday, 18th May 2004, Rydges South Bank, Glenelg Street, South Bank
Melbourne: Thursday, 20th May 2004, Park Hyatt, 1 Parliament Square, Melbourne
Sydney: Tuesday, 25th May 2004, Four Points Sheraton, 161 Sussex Street, Darling Harbour</p>
<p>For more information contact Ingram Micro Australia on (02) 9701 4500 or visit www.ingrammicro.com.au</p>
<p>About Ingram Micro Australia Pty Ltd
Ingram Micro Australia Pty Ltd carries a broad range of products including: components, hard disk drives, memory, networking, notebooks, PCs, peripherals, printers, servers, software, storage products and modems to serve the needs of Australia's IT marketplace. Offices are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.au</p>
<p>About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro Inc. is the largest global wholesale provider of technology products and supply chain management services. The company operates in 37 countries with sales of more than $25 billion for the fiscal year 2001. Ingram Micro's global regions provide the distribution of technology products and services, market development programs, and supply chain management services to nearly 170,000 technology solution providers and 1,700 manufacturers. The company is focused on maximising shareowner value and achieving customer satisfaction through innovation in the information technology supply chain. Visit Ingram Micro at www.ingrammicro.com</p>
<p>[1] IDC, May 2003, SME Market Forecast, 2003-2007
[2] IDC, March 2004, Australian SME Buying Behaviour: Desktop and Mobile PCs</p>

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