Just over a week to go now until we kick off Australian Partner Conference 2014. We’ve revealed most of the agenda on the website and I hope you’ll agree there are some great speakers and sessions lined up! I’m pleased to make an addition to the agenda today in partnership with CRN – “Charting New Territory” is the topic for our industry partner panel which we’ll be hosting on Wednesday afternoon just before the networking drinks. Hopefully plenty to debate and it should provide some great fuel for further discussion into the evening.
See you on the Gold Coast
Charting new territory – The roadmap that got us here might not get us where we need to go
In a discussion chaired by CRN magazine, leading partners reveal how they are evolving their businesses for the era of cloud, mobile and more. Hear from some of the best know names in the industry on their perspectives on the changes surrounding us and how their businesses are changing to capture new opportunities.
Brian Walshe, National General Manager, End User Computing
Brian has worked for global solution provider Dimension Data for more than a decade. Dimension Data has over 15 years of experience deploying on-premises Exchange, SharePoint and Lync solutions for clients in Australia and has migrated more than one million end users to public cloud business productivity solutions, with Brian overseeing many of these projects.
Scott Gosling, National Practice Manager, Microsoft Services
Scott leads Data#3’s Microsoft solutions practice nationally, and develops their strategic initiatives, including leading their transition to cloud. He also sits on the Microsoft Australia Security Partner Advisory Council, and the Microsoft Worldwide
Infrastructure & Cloud Partner Advisory Council. Scott is also a member of the Griffith University Industry Advisory Board.
Dave Stevens, Managing Director
Dave founded this mid market-focused IT provider in 1997 and has led it to be one of the country’s most respected technology businesses, with more than 200 staff in offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle. Brennan IT’s broad array of services span cloud, data networking, phones, video and unified communications, IT security, software development, IT services & support, hardware procurement and software licensing.
Nicki Bowers, Managing Director
Nicki runs one of the fastest-growing and most successful ‘born-in-the-cloud’ Microsoft partners in the country. Established in 2010, Kloud reached 130 staff and over $30 million of sales in less than four years of operation. Nicki’s credentials includes roles at Microsoft, Dimension Data, Compaq and BHP Billiton.
Graeme Strange, Managing Director (FAICD)
Graeme has headed up this software services business since 2007. In 2013, Readify secured $26 million of investment from Blue Sky Private Equity, including $10 million for acquisitions. In the same year, Readify was named Microsoft’s Worldwide, Australian Country Partner of the Year, following closely on the heels of being named as Microsoft’s Global Software Development Partner of the Year. The company has seen eight years of rapid and profitable growth.
Moderated by Steven Kiernan, Editor, CRN Australia
Steven heads up this leading print and online channel publication, the Australian home of the world’s biggest media brand for resellers, systems integrators, managed service providers, ISVs, distributors and vendors. Steven and his team strive
to provide the best content to meet the needs of Australian businesses in the rapidly evolving IT channel.