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Innovation Centre opens

The Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, has officially opened the Intel/Microsoft Innovation Centre at Oakton in Melbourne. The brainchild of software consultant Oakton Computing, the solution centre is the joint initiative of vendors Intel Australia, Microsoft and Dell Computer. The solution centre is designed for current and potential customers of Oakton and the three vendors who wish to conduct proof-of-concept, scalability and performance testing for proposed applications. It is fully equipped for flexible delivery of project-specific loads and conditions required for extensive load testing, capacity planning and application optimisation engagements. The centre's main areas of focus include enterprise application architecture, design and integration, and business intelligence.

Ingram has a tough Q3

Worldwide distributor Ingram Micro did it tough in its fiscal third quarter, and is not expecting a peachier outcome in Q4. Ingram reported a 23 per cent drop in year-on-year sales for Q3, on the back of a $US13.3 million net loss. With an upturn not expected until next year, Ingram's sales were down $1.73 billion compared to Q3 last year. Ingram said it expected its fourth-quarter operating income to range between $6 million and $15 million on sales of between $5.7 billion and $6.2 billion.

Inform's retail developments

Channel research company Inform announced it is now reporting on the retail sales of IT and interactive games on a weekly basis. Inform is hoping to get the jump on its mainly US and European-based multinational competitors that offer monthly or quarterly reporting. The company has also unveiled the i3 section of its Web site, which provides customers with access to a database of online market intelligence and retail sales data, including unit and value sales of individual products. Retailers that belong to Inform's Retail Panel also gain access to the data in return for their weekly sales information.


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