IT industry association CompTIA launches new ANZ Channel Community

CompTIA LogoSYDNEY, Australia – CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry association, announced the launch of its ANZ Channel Community, a new group dedicated to technology resellers, solution providers, distributors, vendors and channel associates based in Australia and New Zealand.

Nearly 90 business owners and executives from companies engaged in the delivery of information and communications technology products, services and solutions – a nearly A$100 billion industry, according to the Australian Trade Commission – have joined the CompTIA ANZ Channel Community. A complete list of the individuals and organisations championing this effort can be found at http://www.comptia.org/communities/anz-channel/leadership.

Jim Hamilton, vice president, member communities, CompTIA, said, “These early adopters are benefiting from having a dedicated forum for ANZ-specific discussions on issues and opportunities impacting channel companies in the region. They’re also providing great direction and feedback on how CompTIA can best serve the ANZ channel and its members.”

Members will meet for their first official face-to-face community meeting on 18 August in Sydney at the Sheraton on the Park hotel. Australian IT industry veteran Moheb Moses has been appointed as director of the ANZ Channel Community, while continuing is his role at Channel Dynamics, the boutique channel sales consulting firm he co-founded.

Moheb Moses, said, “The creation of the ANZ CompTIA Channel Community comes at an opportune time. Australian businesses are expected to increase their IT spending by 4.3 percent on average in 2015, according to CompTIA’s International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends Study. Many of the technology solutions companies plan to invest in – IT security, data storage and analytics, mobility and cloud computing – are the areas where ANZ channel companies excel in.”
The community’s initial focus will be to help ANZ solution providers transition their current businesses to alternate emerging pathways, such as new service delivery models, new economic business models and new distribution models. This will be accomplished through the creation of new educational resources, financial benchmarking and organizational credentials.

Nick Verykios, managing director, Distribution Central Pty Limited, said, “The Australian and New Zealand channel is at a point of maturity where the participation of global institution such as CompTIA is vital. The ANZ channel has presented some world class innovations and CompTIA will provide a reciprocal platform to showcase our own home grown innovations and initiatives.”

Karl Sice, head of Staples Technology Solutions in Australia and New Zealand, said, “The community seeks to be the voice of the entire ANZ IT channel: small-, medium- and enterprise-focused businesses. K. CompTIA’s status as a non-profit, vendor-neutral industry association affords the community an opportunity to develop a unique voice in the industry where all can participate for the purpose of improving and shaping the future of the ANZ Channel.”
To join the ANZ Community or for more information visit http://www.comptia.org/communities/anz-channel.

To register for the first official face-to-face community meeting on 18 August and for more information, visit https://www.comptia.org/events/view/comptia-anz-channel-community-meeting–sydney

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