Future tech explored at upcoming CompTIA meeting
An upcoming CompTIA community meeting will focus on the future of technology and how it will impact on the business world.
Topics to be explored at the ANZ Channel Community meeting include virtual/augmented reality, the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and the role/future of the nbn.
“It is important for the channel to be across emerging technologies and understand how these will impact their business, and their customers’ businesses,” said Moheb Moses, ANZ community director, CompTIA, and director, Channel Dynamics.
“This will help channel businesses be on the front foot when it comes to meeting customer demands and offering solutions that surpass their expectations.”
Keith Masterton, executive manager for ICT channel development for the nbn, will speak about how the transition to the nbn access network represents a significant opportunity for the ICT industry to assist in the digital transformation of Australian business. By providing solutions and services that will increasingly rely on fast broadband provided over the nbn access network, the industry can help to drive this digitisation.
“Our research reveals many small and medium businesses turn to trusted IT advisors during their transition to the nbn access network, so we are developing a new ICT channel to mobilise the partner community to better inform businesses about the new network, and the digitisation opportunity it presents,” said Masterton.
In addition, Nick Beaugeard, CompTIA ANZ community vice chair, and CEO and founder of HubOne, will talk about the implications of blockchain for the channel, including advantages and the opportunity to work with customers to identify opportunities for blockchain-related solutions.
“Blockchain technology has some great advantages such as non-repudiation and customers paying on time, but it doesn’t come without threats to the technology channel. A core threat is the lack of infrastructure required to instantiate a working blockchain solution,” said Beaugeard.
Finally, Glen Boatwright, business development manager at Intel Australia, will discuss some of the emerging trends being enabled by smart software solutions coupled with future tech trends like VR, IoT and autonomous driving. He will also talk through some real-life examples of Australian SMBs that are already taking advantage of them.
“There are a number of Australian businesses already creating really innovative solutions around these emerging technologies that are having a real impact on the way their customers do business, and this will only continue to grow,” said Boatwright.
The CompTIA ANZ Channel Community was launched in June 2015. The group is dedicated to technology resellers, solution providers, distributors, vendors and channel associates based in Australia and New Zealand.
The ANZ Channel Community meetings aim to let members network, and learn from peers and industry experts in a vendor-neutral environment. The upcoming meeting will be held at The Westin, Sydney on 8 November.
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