Fightback '09: ICT flexibility sweetens tough times

Fightback '09: ICT flexibility sweetens tough times

Good news from the channel

ICT continues to justify industry buzz with a week of tenders and flexible solutions sweetening the current outlook.

The Melbourne-based, Sissit Group, is taking the sting out of airport check-in counters with its new SMS boarding pass due to be seen in airports across Australia and New Zealand by Christmas.

Although an agreement prevents the Sissit Group from selling its technology to Jetstar’s domestic competitors a swarm of interest from a number of international airlines in Asia and the Middle East could lead to big things for the 18-month-old company.

The opportunities don’t stop there. CEO of the Sissit Group, Aaron Hornlimann, said the technology was not limited to mobile phones and paper boarding passes but could be used widely in venues such as theatres, concert venues and car parks, as well.

Another taking advantage of ICT expertise is The Family Court of Australia which opened a $350,000 tender for videoconferencing systems in four locations around the country.

This move echoes claims made by analyst firm, Frost & Sullivan, which predicted almost 50 per cent of Australian organisations would use a videoconferencing or telepresence option by 2010. This prediction spells big things for ICT and massive growth in tenders for companies.

Another community member covering new ground was IT financer, Moneytech which showed off its new payment gateway, Pay-Gate. It allows resellers to pay any distributor in the IT industry with their Visa, MasterCard or Amex cards.

Moneytech CEO, Hugh Evans, said the gateway would allow resellers a secure and efficient way to perform transactions using credit cards.

The good news isn’t all new technology. ASX-listed retailer, JB Hi-Fi (ASX:JBH) reported an increase in profits of 45 per cent over the full financial year. The retailer pointed to an unexpectedly strong June trading period and sales growth across all categories as contributing to the $94.4 million profit.

Computer vendor, Ace,r has certainly recognised the potential for growth in the blooming ITC sector with the re-launch of its Gateway PC in Australia.

The vendor will target customers that would normally purchase Toshiba, HP and ASUS notebooks with billboard, print and online advertising. One hundred resellers in both Australia and New Zealand are taking part in the initial product launch.

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