For the third year running, Commander is sponsoring the female Brumbies rugby union team. The deal will help cover operating expenses such as uniforms, travel and accommodation. Commander is also hoping to lift the women's rugby profile and popularity. Under the sponsorship, the ASX-listed integrator will have naming rights of the ACT Women's Rugby Union team on their jerseys and ground signage.
"Rugby is extremely popular in the ACT but there isn't nearly as much support for the women's game as the men's," Commander managing director, Adrian Coote, said.
"The female Brumbies share Commander's passion and energy to achieve great results and this sponsorship gives us a great opportunity to support the women's side of the game. We wanted to be associated with a team with strong spirit that strives for success, just like we do."
IBM's channel partners rocked it out in style at the recent annual PartnerWorld Conference in St Louis, Missouri. Attended by 5500 global staff and partners, the three-day conference featured sessions around IBM strategy, direction and offerings. Motor racing legend, Mario Andretti, was also on-hand as guest motivational speaker. Once the formal agenda was over, famously bearded band, ZZ Top, took to the stage to play some of their greatest hits. Those who were more inclined towards sports than music got the chance to attend the St Louis Cardinals baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, which the Cubs won.
During the event, select partners were presented with awards for their achievements over the past year. At a local level, the Beacon award for Best Information Management Solution went to CSC Australia. BearingPoint's Technology Solutions group scooped the A/NZ Geography Excellence Award for Information Management for software sales.
"We are committed to developing our IBM practice in the Asia-Pacific region and we have proved that commitment by leading the region's sales of IBM Information Management licenses in 2006 by a technology partner," BearingPoint managing director, Frank Farrall, said.