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10 Best Channel Events for 2009

From Kylie Minogue impersonators to trips to the Kokoda Trail, <i>ARN</i> picks the top 10 channel events that have happened so far this year.

  • March: Over 250 resellers and vendors attended Alloys launch of its new Melbourne distribution centre. The company pulled out all the stops with live music, Cirque Du Soleil styled acrobatic show and even a special appearance from Queen Elizabeth II.
  • March:Around fifty Trend Micro partners were invited to Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley to participate in its annual Affinity Partner Summit. Speeches were given, awards were handed out and – most importantly – the wine was flowing.
  • March: Ingram Micro Expotech tradeshow brought in around about 1000 resellers to the Sydney Convention. Centre. The event included presentations from Ingram’s vendor partners, technology accessories fashion show and prize giveaways
  • May:Key Oracle partners were invited to speak at the vendor’s first user group conference, InSync09. Held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, more than 550 people attended the two-day event.
  • May:The crème de la crème HP enterprise server and storage channel sales representatives were swept away to Gallipoli for this year’s ANZAC Day service. Twenty-two reps and their partners also got to tour around Turkey.
  • May:Intel partner’s travelled to the Gold Coast for the vendor’s Solution Summit. The three-day event not only provided informative sessions but also showcased fire dancing performances and a Kylie Minogue impersonator.
  • May: Ingram Micro rewarded 26 lucky customers with a trip to Papua New Guinea, where they attended The Best of Kokoda event. The participants were taught about military history of the trail and spent five days trekking through it. Places were won by reaching and beating set sales targets in a five-month long competition.
  • June: The CA Expo managed to attract more than 2800 visitors, who were interested in how to achieve ‘Lean IT’.
  • June: Thirty-five Juniper Network partners were treated with a three-day trip to Byron Bay for the annual J-Summit. Comedian, Vince Sorrenti, was there to entertain the crowd.
  • July: Bluechip Infotech took some of its customers to QNAP’s offices and Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, where they enjoyed the local beverages and cuisine.
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