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April Fools for Symantec split - what does this mean for NZ channel partners?

16 Mar 15

Symantec will officially begin operations as two separate companies as of April 1, splitting its sales divisions into two separate storage and security organisations, the company has confirmed.

“It's a really exciting time at Symantec as we split the company into two,” Tricia Atchison, senior director of channel marketing at Symantec NA, told Symantec employees. “We think it will provide us a lot of opportunity as we go forward in both businesses ."

As reported earlier this year, Symantec announced its separation into two companies, with Veritas Technologies Corporation as the name for its independent publicly traded information management company. 

“We are preparing the Symantec and Veritas sales organizations to operate independently at the start of the Symantec fiscal year at the beginning of April, 2015,” the company said in a statement at the time. 

“ We have begun to realign the sales and marketing organizations to support the businesses, starting by selecting Brett Shirk as our new global sales leader for Veritas.”

“Over the coming months we will begin sharing details on each business’ territory coverage and sales structure. The separation remains on track for the end of the year, and we continue to expect to deliver better results for customers, partners and shareholders.”

It is not known what the April 1st date means for New Zealand channel partners. As reported in late February, it is rumoured Symantec will be exiting New Zealand come March 31st, with the company neither confirming nor denying the rumours.  

Instead the company said, “As part of Symantec’s plan to separate into two companies, we are carefully reviewing our enterprise business strategy in New Zealand.”

With the official split only weeks away, Symantec’s New Zealand partners are potentially left in the dark.

Early this year Brenton Smith, Symantec ANZ managing director, vacated his role at the company, after two-and-a-half years at the helm, ‘to pursue other opportunities’.

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