July 28, 2008
Upcoming Meeting Notice

The Association of Service and Computer Dealers International (ASCDI) is a 30 year old, worldwide non-profit organization made up of companies who provide technology solutions, technical support or value added services to the business community.

Members and non-members are invited to learn how to grow your business, find new business opportunities, hear from industry representatives and enjoy some fabulous networking events at our conferences:


ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE:  October 16 – 18
SAN DIEGO, CA

ANNUAL ASIAN CONFERENCE:  November 14-15
BANGKOK, THAILAND


Click here for more information on ALL ASCDI MEETINGS, to view the agendas, lodging details, attendee lists and to REGISTER AT THE EARLY BIRD RATE.




ASCDI Inside
Meet the new members
Employment
HP
IBM
Productivity
Storage



ASCDI Inside

ASCDI welcomes the following companies, voted in as new members in June:
Advanced Technology Services, Inc. – John Farley
Computer Parts Now – Jason Colyar
DaBergy Inc. – Rossi Dagnino
Dell Financial Services LLC – Jeff Hutchinson
Enhanced Network Systems – Walter Hammersley
Hal Data Services – Pedr Cain
ICC – Leon Wheeler
Infinite Technology Systems, Corp. – Major Jan
IVC Concept GmbH - Sandro Fleischer
PCM Leasing Corp. – Harry Zecy
RetroFit Technologies, Inc. – Fran Ahern
Save System Inc. – Daniel Fecteau
Sparctech Solutions LLC – Michael Hettesheimer
Sure Tech Solutions LLC – Paul Llamas
Tech Data Corp. – Tim Orselli
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Meet the new members

Sparctech Solutions
Sparctech Solutions is an independent reseller of new and used IT hardware and services. Our staff of IT professionals will help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget.  Need assistance setting up an office? We can help. Sparctech Solutions can provide affordable desktop PCs and network servers & switches. Our technicians will also run cable, monitor your network and rush to your site if you have any service impacting issues. 

Ralph Capozzoli
ralph@sparctech.com
www.sparctech.com




Infinite Technology Systems, Corp.
Infinite Technology Systems, Corp. , headquartered in Sanford, Florida, has been in business for a little over 2 years with a combined experience of over 7 years. We buy and sell new and used IT hardware; from servers, storage, server options and networking equipment all around the world. Our main strengths are in Hewlett-Packard and IBM products; however, we also deal in used/new Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, APC, as well as many more. We have a very strong and focused sales team who will help the buyer in purchasing the right equipment at a great price.

Major Jan
major.jan@itsyscorp.com
www.itsyscorp.com




Enhanced Network Systems
Enhanced Network Systems was formed in January of 2008. We are owned by our parent company Mushkin Enhanced, a high end memory manufacturer out of Denver, Colorado. Enhanced specializes in Tier-One excess products. Direct relationships and excess channels enable us to sell these commodities at lower price points than the traditional distribution channels. We focus primarily on new retail products, but have access to bulk, refurbished and end-of-life products as well. Some of the product line we are better known for are: Cisco, HP/Compaq, IBM, Nortel, 3Com, Qlogic, Emulex and Sun. We are very competitive on the Cisco networking line and with the HP/Compaq Proliant and IBM X-series line of servers and server components. We are able to do in-house configurations to meet your specifications.

Walter Hammersley
whammersley@enhancedns.com
www.enhancedns.com




Advanced Technology Services
Founded in 1985, Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS) leads the industry in delivering innovative IT solutions through an award-winning remote monitoring service, iTWatch(TM) Managed Services. iTWatch manages and supports data, networks, onsite technicians, disaster recovery, patch management, help desk and much more in efforts to assist IT providers in servicing their small, mid-sized and global enterprise clients. ATS employs over 2,300 people across the US and Mexico. ATS IT Solutions is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Jack Freislinger
(847) 781.8756

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Employment

Despite economy, IT employment soars
The turn-of-the-millennium recession caused a lot of pain in the IT industry and the channel. Scores of people who enjoyed good pay and benefits during the 1990s were laid off. But this isn’t 2001 anymore, and it turns out IT is faring considerably better than other industries in the current economic slowdown. Staffing firm Jobfox concluded in a recent report that the IT industry has some of the most recession-proof jobs out there. Based on job vacancies, the firm found the IT industry has more high-demand professions than any other industry. The highest-demand profession currently is for sales representatives/business development professionals, according to the Top 20 Most Recession-Proof Professions list, which Jobfox compiled after analyzing statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor. Sales rep is a broad category that includes jobs in the IT industry. The same goes for administrative assistant and finance staff, which ranked seventh and 10th, respectively.

But Jobfox’s list also included IT-specific jobs, four of which are in the top 10 -- software design and development (which ranked second); networking/systems administration (sixth); business analysis: software implementation (eighth); and business analysis: research (ninth). The Top 20 also included the IT-specific occupations database administration (14th) and technology executive (16th), in addition to the following categories, which also cover IT: project management (11th), testing/quality assurance (12th), product management (13th), account/customer support (15th); and sales executive (18th). Jobfox’s figures cover the time period from last November through July 7. The company’s findings support another recent report, this one from the trade association NACCB (National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses), saying that U.S. IT employment reached an all-time high in June, at 3.9 million.
Visit www.jobfox.com or www.naccb.org.
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HP

HP certified to manage customers’ IT asset disposition
HP has been recognized as a certified IT Asset Disposal vendor by IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice. In evaluating and certifying HPs IT asset disposal capabilities, IDC noted that business customers can have confidence in the companys ability to safely and securely decommission IT assets they no longer need whether those assets are made by HP or another manufacturer. IDCs Green Recycling and Asset Disposal for the Enterprise (G.R.A.D.E.) certification process was focused on the U.S. market and considered 34 separate functions and tasks. According to IDC, it used a multidimensional weighting system that incorporates the broad offerings of remote applications, on-site services, logistics, in-plant processing and post treatment.
Certification criteria cover manufacturing processes and end-of-use practices, including managing disposition of IT equipment in an environmentally sound fashion and helping customers safeguard proprietary information.
Visit www.hp.com/environment.
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IBM

IBM adds new power systems to AS/400 and iSeries removal program
To help encourage customers first with vintage AS/400s and then iSeries gear as time rolled by to move to newer machinery, IBM has been offering customers a no-charge service to remove the older gear from your site when you get a new box. Recently IBM extended its AS/400 and eServer iSeries no-charge removal offering, whereby IBM will pick up and responsibly and ecologically dispose of that vintage machine if customers buy new machines. That offering was set most recently for Power5 and Power5+ System i5 520, 515, 525, 550, 570 and 595 machines, and with the update, customers acquiring Power Systems 520, 550, 570 and 595 gear, which is based on Power6 processors, can also have IBM cope with the old gear. That old gear can be any AS/400 machine.
Visit www.ibm.com.


IBM to invest $1.5B in New York
IBM agreed to invest $1.5 billion U.S. for computer-chip manufacturing and research in New York state, creating 1,000 new jobs aided by $140 million in government subsidies. The agreement, announced by the company and state officials, also calls for the company to retain more than 1,000 existing jobs at its East Fishkill research and manufacturing facilities, which are to be upgraded, according to a statement by Gov. David Paterson. New facilities include a semiconductor manufacturing plant and development center in a still-to-be-determined upstate New York location.
Visit www.ibm.com.
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Productivity

Xerox joins IORG to combat information overload
Building on decades of helping companies and people more easily and quickly share information, Xerox Corporation has signed on as a founding corporate member of the Information Overload Research Group, which is dedicated to boosting workplace productivity by fighting information overload. Xerox joins Microsoft, Intel, IBM and other high tech leaders who are committed to developing solutions to sort and categorize the flood of electronic information that gushes every day from cell phones, e-mail, instant messages and billions of printed pages worldwide. Founded this summer, IORG’s mission is to build awareness of the world’s greatest challenge to productivity, conduct research, help define best practices, contribute to the creation of solutions and resources, offer guidance and facilitation and help make the business case for fighting information overload.
Visit www.xerox.com.
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Storage

IBM and Sun hit 1 TB
Sun Microsystems and IBM have announced they will break the 1 TB barrier for tape drives with their next generation of enterprise drives. Sun revealed it will ship the Sun StorageTek T10000B in July, while IBM followed by launching the IBM System Storage TS1130 due to ship in September. Sun and IBM have a lock on the enterprise tape market, which consists largely of mainframe customers and open system companies in the life science, high-performance computing and financial services markets. IBM claims a faster data transfer rate than Sun with its 1 TB tape drives. IBM's drive has a transfer rate of 160 Mbps compared to Sun's transfer rate of 120 Mbps. IDC analyst Robert Amatruda said the new drives show tape vendors are advancing the technology as tape faces increasing competition from backup and archiving alternatives, such as SATA drives, virtual tape libraries (VTL), removable disk and optical media.
Visit www.ibm.com or www.sun.com.
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ASCDI At Your Service

DecisionOne - www.decisionone.com

DecisionOne announces ASCDI program launch
DecisionOne provides cost effective, local, reliable technology support services including remote, onsite and logistics services. We offer break/fix services nationwide for Sun, IBM, and HP used and refurbished equipment. Call now for pricing and check out our new website at www.decisionone.com.
Contact: Susan Warnke
Phone: 612-253-4218
susan.warnke@decisionone.com

Trident

Trident is a third party cross platform hardware maintenance provider for Sun, HP and Dell.  Trident services new and used equipment and can help equipment resellers and vendors increase their footprint with customers.  “End of Life” is a specialty. 
Contact:  Steve Studley
Phone:  202-558-5527
sstudley@tridentusa.com
www.tridentusa.com

 

Olympic

Bulletproof your support and expand your maintenance budget. Independent Multi-vendor Enterprise Support from Olympic Support offers big discounts on manufacturers listed support costs and provides better coverage and fix times compared to vendor & OEM packages. Find out how you can profit from our success.
Contact: Roger Taylor
rt@olympicsupport.com
www.olympicsupport.com


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Reduce Your Data Center Support Costs 25% – 40%
Akibia is a 20-year old global provider of multivendor systems maintenance services, including support for Sun, HP and Dell systems. Our customized SLAs and unique approach results in 25-40 percent cost savings compared to other maintenance providers.
Call 1-866-4-AKIBIA x 4907 for more information.


Micro Memory Bank launches new on-line division
MemoryStore, a leading provider of computer memory upgrades for virtually every computer model and brand, old or new, announced the launch of its new online store at www.memorystore.com . MemoryStore.com now offers consumers even more choices. This is the only online store on the web where customers can instantly view side-by-side comparisons between brand-name, factory original and 100% guaranteed compatible computer memory upgrades, allowing them to decide what memory solution is best for them. Memory upgrades for Dell, IBM, Apple, DEC, HP, Sun and hundreds of others are all available for purchase online at MemoryStore.com or by calling 877-ADD-RAM9.

For the first time, customers do not need to know their exact model number. The Memory Wizard tells the customer exactly what computer memory they have and exactly what memory is needed. What separates MemoryStore.com from the competition is the Memory Wizard tool; a proprietary feature that enables the site visitor to find their exact memory type with the click of a button.
Contact: Bob Kanoff
Phone: 877-ADD-RAM9
Phone: 877-233-7269
Phone: 215-643-6020
www.memorystore.com

 

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