NEWS GRAB: latest from Websense, Symantec, Southern Cross, Oracle, Good Technology, and Acoustic3D

NEWS GRAB: latest from Websense, Symantec, Southern Cross, Oracle, Good Technology, and Acoustic3D

Websense announces Australian channel roadshow, Southern Cross gains platinum status, Oracle enters into Australian Hearing, and Good Technology and Acoustic3D make key appointments

Websense taking off on Aussie channel roadshow

Websense is hitting the road in May for an Australian channel partner roadshow which will visit Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane.

Hosted by Websense APAC vice-president, Alison Higgins-Miller, the focus of the roadshow will be to present ways in which organisations can increase their productivity by embracing the social web, mobility and the Cloud.

The forums will also provide an analysis on the latest security industry news, technology, and the impact of changing computing environments, including BYOD and corporate mobile devices.

“Our aim is to help our partners understand the market opportunity they have with Websense solutions in the year ahead, how to find opportunities and win deals,” Higgins-Miller said.

“The events will also be an opportunity for partners to meet both the Websense channel team and senior executives to learn more about our Triton solutions and how users can effectively manage Cloud, mobile and social.”

The roadshow will also feature speakers who will outline how Websense solutions meed the needs of Australian public and private sector organisations.

Information and dates can be found on the Websense website.

Southern Cross gains Symantec platinum status

IT services provider, Southern Cross, has increased its status within the Symantec Partner Program by becoming a ‘Platinum Partner’.

Symantec Specialisations recognise partners with proven expertise in a particular solution or business area, and provide partners with the skills and experience required to deliver differentiated service to their customers.

Southern cross currently holds specialisations for data loss prevention, encryption, enterprise security, IT compliance, and SMB solutions.

Partners achieve such Specialisations by meeting requirements that extend their knowledge and proficiency in a solution family. Those partners receive exclusive benefits as a result of their investment.

“By achieving these specialisations, Southern Cross has demonstrated a commitment and expertise in delivering Symantec solutions,” Symantec director for channels and alliance, Pacific region, Jeff Arndt, said.

Oracle enters Australian Hearing IT department

Government agency and hearing service provider, Australian Hearing, has undergone an IT overhaul initiative by implementing the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, E-Business Suite, Fusion Middleware 11g, and Database 11g Release 2.

Australian Hearing provides hearing to individuals up to the age of 26. Its IT department supports over a thousand staff, including a mobile workforce, a network of hearing centres, and its research division, National Acoustic Laboratories.

The agency selected Oracle Exadata as it promises a flexible and high performance platform for a new IT infrastructure to address Australian Hearing’s strategic imperatives.

Thus far, Australian Hearing has reported that it has experienced a reduction in outages, which previously amounted to an average of two per week.

The Oracle E-Business Suite replaced a collection of software implemented in 2000. Additionally, Fusion Middleware 11g solutions minimised the complexity of applications integrated by allowing the IT department to build, deploy and manage the new system and manage end-to-end lifecycle of user identities.

The implementation of Oracle offerings is on par with Australian Hearing’s IT goals of replacing paper-based records and automating its business processes.

Good Technology fills new channel position

Managed enterprise mobility provider, Good Technology, has appointed David Cockerham to the newly created position of partner program director for APAC.

Good hopes that the appointment will boost its partner ecosystem in the region through Cockerham, who has over 15 years experience in engineering, marketing, sales and management.

Based in Sydney, Cockerham will be in charge of developing existing and new channel relationships that help the company expand its footprint for its mobile device management (MDM), secure wireless email and mobile application development platforms (MEAP) solutions in the enterprise and mid-market space.

“The BYOD phenomenon has opened up new market opportunities for mobile device management, secure mobile email and mobile applications development, and we’re seeking to expand our channel network with partners who want to align themselves with us,” Cockerham said.

“The channel plays a key role in expanding our market presence in APAC,” Good Technology vice president and corporate general manager for APAC, Jim Watson, said. “With Cockerham, we…will streamline our partner program and drive future growth across key market segments.”

Previously, Cockerham held senior channel management roles at F5 Networks in A/NZ, and spent a decade with Intel.

Acoustic3D’s new CEO, Simon Allison

Acoustic hologram generator developer, Acoustic3D, has appointed a new CEO, Simon Allison.

Allison’s appointment will provide leadership and expertise across strategy, planning and operations. He brings an array of experience specific to consumer electronics to Acoustic3D.

“Allison is a highly experienced senior business professional with a strong track record for leadership across distribution and channel creation both in business to business and business to consumer,” Acoustic3D founder and managing director, Joe Hayes, said.

Prior to joining Acoustic3D, Allison held the position of CEO at Leading Edge Group.

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