I have recently attended three work-related functions.
- Microsoft/Intel “Go Wild” promotion;
- Xero http://gjscomp.com/OWtuOt Partner; &
- ICT123 Telstra Dealer.
A few observations about the above attendances.
It is very clear nowadays the popularity of Tablets versus Desktop Computers and even Laptops. A figure was provided at the Microsoft Function that over 70% of technology devices purchased via retailers are now Tablets.
It is further apparent that Microsoft has been very unsuccessful in the Tablet Space and is hoping to recover some ground with releases of new Windows Tablets and Laptops, and in particular Hybrid Devices (Half Tablet/Half Laptop). These Hybrids are in my opinion vastly superior to the likes of iPads as both work related as well as consumption devices. Battery life is great.
It is also clear that Microsoft is under constant pressure due to sluggish PC sales.
What was fascinating about the Xero Partner event was the number of attendees at the Hilton. They were predominantly Accountants and Bookkeepers, not IT people as such. It is hard to imagine that an MYOB or a QuickBooks function would gather such numbers of attendees. Additionally interesting were the number of companies present that have applications and services that hook in to the Xero Platform.
There are many Xero attributes to like; whether from an Accountant’s perspective or that of end users. Two in particular:
- Customers can see their accounts in real-time, and
- The Platform is always up-to-date.
The ICT123 function was interesting in three particular respects.
Firstly, there was an overview of the National Broadband Network [NBN] as it currently stands. Incredibly complex is the best words to describe it. If you are interested to see when your address might be getting the NBN enter your address here http://gjscomp.com/1hIIBEs. Secondly, Telstra is serious about further developing its SMB offerings together with Telstra Partners. This includes upcoming changes in how Office 365 will be sold in Australia; no longer exclusively via Telstra. Last, there was a demonstration of the SlideShark & BrainShark products – http://gjscomp.com/1n6tXZY & http://gjscomp.com/1i9I81v.
On Wednesday 5 March 2014 I will be the official photographer for ESET And The Channel Function. It is being held at the Langham Sydney. For more information click here http://gjscomp.com/1jwz83P.