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Westcon Group NZ’s Imagine 2014 Best Practice Series

01 Oct 2014

Registrations are now open to attend New Zealand’s leading information technology event – Westcon Group NZ’s Imagine 2014 Best Practice Series.

Celebrating a decade of success in the market, what started ten years ago as a small sales and technical roadshow has now evolved into the premier New Zealand technology event.

Featuring some of the latest best practice solutions IT has to offer, paired with some of the greatest and most skilled IT professionals both locally and globally, the spotlight on the 2014 Westcon Group NZ Best Practice Series, Imagine 2014 should not be missed by IT resellers, integrators and technology focused end users.

“Westcon Imagine provides an innovate event that is about technology, finding out what is new and what are the true areas of industry focus,” says Mark Baker, Sales and Marketing Director, Westcon Group NZ.

“It allows end users and resellers alike to gain valuable insight through the streams of business, technical and innovative seminars throughout the day.

“Invest a day and gain a year’s worth of insight in one easy to navigate event. It’s also a great opportunity to network with industry, peers, leaders and vendors as the format allows social interaction and conversation.”

Baker says resellers have the ability to cover Westcon’s key vendor technologies in one location, gaining insight into what’s new and innovative, while understanding industry trends along with developing and maintaining key relationships.

“Often today making time to gather valuable information and meet the right people who can help deliver the right solution is prohibitive,” he adds.

Yet Baker says Imagine brings all these elements together, saving a reseller partner or end user valuable time and effort.

“End users can expect an event where they can gather key technology insights, meet vendor sales and pre-sales contacts,” he adds. “The ability to talk through solutions and explore what might be the right fit for their requirements ahead.”

The programme will include business, technical and innovative workshops, presentations from industry leaders, panel discussions and practical hands on technical demonstrations from over 25 leading IT brands.

Cloud launch…

Westcon’s Cloud Service Reseller partners will also have the opportunity to meet John McCawley, founder and CEO of Verecloud, which is the first Value Added Distributor focused on the delivery of Cloud based IT applications and services and was recently acquired by the company.

Also in attendance is Dave Robbins, VP of Cloud Solutions at Westcon, who will discuss the company’s current plan of digital distribution in context of the Verecloud deal.

“Both John and Dave will be available to discuss our roadmap and look for New Zealand feedback from our Cloud Providers and Cloud Resellers as to what they are looking for from Westcon in the future,” Baker adds.

“We will also discuss our Cloud Catalogue and our Cloud Reseller Partners - with some real examples of how we have gone to market and how we can help our customers to fast-start a Cloud procurement and services business.”

During a jam-packed event, Baker says Westcon will also introduce its Cloud Service Providers to its customers and to End-Users, in the Cloud section of Imagine.

Further highlights…

In conjunction with Westcon Group New Zealand’s global organisation, the Kiwi branch also welcome two keynote presenters who are sure to engage and inform attendees across all sectors.

Providing the morning keynote is Richard Foy - General Manager of the newly formed Digital Transformation team at the Department of Internal Affairs.

Responsible for leading the Better Public Services result of New Zealanders being able to complete their transactions with government easily in a digital environment, it is Foy’s his job to open the way to an average of 70 per cent of New Zealanders' most common transactions with government being completed in a digital environment by 2017.

He will be presenting on how the digital landscape in New Zealand is changing the way New Zealanders interact with government, and provide a view of the future as it relates directly to the current business technological challenges.

Nick Tuffley, ASB Chief Economist, is also presenting as Westcon’s afternoon keynote. Tuffley was appointed as ASB’s Chief Economist in January 2007, having previously worked at Westpac and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

He will be presenting on “The State of the Economy”, providing valuable insight and analysis on economic developments both locally and globally and the economic outlook going forward.

Imagine 2014 is a one-day event and will be held on:

21st October 2014, Langham Hotel, Auckland

Registration opens at 7.30am, event starts at 8:30am

23rd October 2014, Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington

Registration opens at 7.30am, event starts at 8:30am

Join us at Westcon Group’s Imagine 2014 to find out what's next - click here to register