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Westcon appoints GM

Networking distributor Westcon has appointed Peter Williams as its general manager to head up its operations in Australia. Williams comes from Canon, where he was state manager responsible for business-to-business sales of copiers, scanners, faxes and document management software. He has also worked for IBM and Informix, as well as reseller operations JBA and CSSL. Williams said one of his primary goals as general manager of Westcon was to help its resellers sharpen their competitive edge. `In today's competitive environment, it is crucial for a distributor to make the time to understand its reseller partner's business,' he said.www.westcon.comIBM/Cisco team upIBM and Cisco have announced they are working together on an initiative for a scalable technology foundation for e-business solutions using IBM S/390 servers, IBM Host Integration software and Cisco network systems. These will be used for advanced e-business solutions which can drive and support the growth of high-volume Internet transactions. Functions include the ability to produce Quality of Service in mixed traffic environments. This is achieved using IBM S/390 traffic prioritisation with Cisco's priority enforcement within the IP network for more predictable response times.

Xircom joins WAP forum

Xircom has announced it has joined the Wireless Application Protocol Forum. There are now more than 200 companies who are members of the forum, including Ericsson, IBM, Intel and Oracle. The forum works with international standards organisations advising on official WAP specifications.

According to the WAP Forum, 90 per cent of all mobile phone manufacturers have already committed to developing and shipping WAP devices.www.wapforum.orgPowerlan acquires Strictly TrainingIT services organisation Powerlan has acquired Strictly Training, a company which provides customised training for large corporates on topics such as Standard Operating Environments, Lotus Notes, client-specific intranet environments and AIRS (Automated Incident Response Systems). Powerlan plans to broaden the customer base of Strictly Training by offering customised IT&T training solutions to its Asia-Pacific customer base. Powerlan managing director Theo Baker said the acquisition of Strictly Training extended Powerlan's training activities into the customised training segment of the market.


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