Services Briefs: Parallel Solutions, Microsoft

Services Briefs: Parallel Solutions, Microsoft

Ockers chirpy about Kiwi expansion

A move into New Zealand is paying off for Australian company, Parallel Solutions, which took over Tech Pacific New Zealand’s business for HP spare parts in January. The company said sales were exceeding expectations, it needed two more staffers for its Christchurch office, and planned to have a North Island salesperson within 6 months. In the warranty spares market, in which Parallel Solutions competes with Visual Electronics, company director, Chris Russel, said Parallel’s sales had already exceeded the $17,000 monthly sales figure which HP had quoted to NZ Reseller News in January. “We believe the business is worth double that [amount] in the short term,” he said. “Parallel Solutions has added an online partner program since it took on the New Zealand contract and hopes to gain ISO 9001 quality accreditation for the Christchurch office.”

MS details Web services for devices

Microsoft has detailed the next steps it is taking to extend Web services to devices such as printers and digital cameras at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference. The software vendor discussed the implementation of a new devices profile called Web Services for Devices application program interface. It includes a runtime and tools to generate code for specific device classes and services and expands on WS-Discovery, a Web services specification for simple device connection which Microsoft introduced in February. Another announcement was a management protocol based on Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), called Web services for Management Extension (WMX).

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