Symantec to ramp up channel activity

Symantec to ramp up channel activity

Five new hires across the country to be made by the vendor, as it sees managed services becoming a priority for enterprises

Symantec is looking to expand its Australian channel presence with new hires as the vendor looks to take advantage of cost-conscious organisations.

Speaking at the launch of the Altiris 7.0 product suite, Symantec vice-president and managing director, Craig Scroggie, highlighted the vendor was looking to make five channel hires across the country.

Scroggie also said he was considering approaching some of the staff made redundant as a result of Ingram Micro shutting down its Adelaide and ACT offices to increase its presence in those locations.

“Managing assets in a more effective way has become a core concern for CIOs,” he said. “We’re finding a lot of organisations don’t know their hardware or software deployments and are paying licenses for things that are not being used.

“We need to get some very simple messages out to mid- to large-sized organisations about the savings we can offer.”

The vendor is also using the launch of the Altiris product suite to promote its managed services message to its channel.

Symantec director of managed services, Scott McCrady, said the vendor’s partner base would be closely involved in the process.

“Partners can leverage the back end security that we offer, and then provide the services around that,” he said. “Our partner base is closely involved in our managed services solutions.”

Altiris 7.0 will be distributed by Symantec’s partner Express Data, and integrators Data #3, Thomas Durea, Corporate Express and ComputerCorp will support the solutions.

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