IBM recently staged its annual business partner event to give its channel a heads-up on strategies and direction for the coming year. About 840 partners took part in the series of conferences held across Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. IBM claimed the number of attendees was up by 25 per cent year-on-year.
Awards were handed out by the vendor's Software Group (SWG) and Systems Technology Group (STG) for top performing partners. Ingram Micro took out the National Hardware Distributor 2006 award, while itX picked up the gong for Software Value Added Distributor 2006. The STG national reseller award went to Computer Merchants; Tardis picked up two awards - National Solution Provider and System p. Other winners included Data#3 (System i award), Blue Connections (System x), and Kaz (Storage award). ISV partners were also recognised, with Pronto picking up System p ISV and IBS achieving the System i ISV award.