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ASCDI Chair attends NATD Meeting
As convergence continues, synergies grow between dealer groups
ASCDI Chairman Evan Windholz of Frontier Computer Corporation attended the North American Association of Telecommunication Dealers (NATD) Meeting in Orlando, FL, in late January in search of finding synergies between the two groups. Windholz was particularly interested in NATD’s expanding involvement with the Cisco product line, as well as other products typically considered ‘data.’ “As telecom networking and data networking technologies converge, it makes sense for the NATD and ASCDI leadership to look for ways to work together and to develop meaningful programming for both memberships,” said Windholz.
The change in focus from used to new in telecom is another shared experience. The two groups began over twenty years ago, both primarily consisting of companies selling used technology products: computers in the case of ASCDI and telephony gear in the case of NATD. Increasingly, however, many NATD members have become authorized dealers of new complete platforms and/or accessories, even while continuing to have a secondary market business. As a result the NATD has been strengthening its direct relationships with OEMs such as Avaya and Cisco. This shift occurred in the data world some years earlier, so that the ASCDI’s migration path may have much to offer the NATD as telecom evolves to a more software based industry.
Growing market demand recognized for used AS/400 and used iSeries servers
According to Abacus Solutions, a leading provider of new and refurbished servers, the demand for used AS/400 and used iSeries servers continues to climb across key industry segments. The company attributes this growth to two key factors: the growing trend of on-demand business environ-ments and the heightened focus on technology ROI. “We see tremendous demand for all generations of used AS/400 and used iSeries models,” said Patrick Hiller, CEO of Abacus Solutions. “The used IT equipment market, which was once considered an alternative way of trimming IT expenses, is now mainstream. Companies of all sizes across the globe are realizing the business benefit of refurbished equipment - the ability to acquire their ideal IT equipment via purchase, lease, rent, or trade, while drastically reducing costs. The end result is a significant return-on-investment.”
Linksys announces SIP-based IP PBX, desktop phones and Gateway
Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., announced a new line of SIP-based telephony products for Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs) targeting large residential, SOHO and very small business customers. The new line of IP communication solutions includes an IP PBX/Key system, a wide range of IP desktop phones and an Analog Gateway for connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network. Used together with an ITSP voice service, they provide a complete IP telephony system for up to 16 users. According to AMI research, there are more than 35 million small businesses worldwide. 56% of these businesses have 1 to 4 users, and another 11.8% have 5 to 19 users. The new Linksys IP telephony products target this market segment. ITSPs focusing on the higher-end of the residential market or the lower end of the small business market can deploy services on this platform to help customers save money.
Disaster Recovery Directory released
Following the most active hurricane and natural disaster season in years, many business owners and professionals have felt the frustration of not knowing where to turn to find the help they need to get their operations running normally again. Edwards Information announces the release of the 15th edition of Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory to help businesses and organizations plan for and cope with disaster. Now in its 15th year, Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory is a 400 page business-to-business directory designed to help companies be better prepared and save time and money when every second counts by quickly locating crucial but hard-to-find recovery services throughout the United States and Canada. Available in both hard copy and on CD with hotlinks to vendor websites, Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory contains thousands of vendor listings organized into more than 400 categories such as data recovery, drying and dehumidifica-tion, disaster planning software and more.
Newmerix Corp. closes $5 million in Series B financing led by Siemens Venture Capital
Newmerix Corp., a provider of automated testing and change management software for packaged applications, announced that it has closed a successful $5 million follow-on Series B financing round, led by Siemens Venture Capital GmbH. Existing investors Mobius Venture Capital and IDG Ventures also participated in the round. Newmerix will use the funds to grow its research and development team and sales staff, as well as expand the breadth and depth of its Automate! software suite. Newmerix's Automate! software is an integrated suite of program management, automated testing and change management software specifically designed for the unique architecture of packaged applications such as PeopleSoft, SAP, Oracle and Siebel.
Supply chain technology
leaders colla-borate to demonstrate Gen2 RFID at work
announces availability of Kronos iSeries Central 5.1
Technology's insure/MONITOR automatically tracks iSeries performance problems
Asia-Pacific key growth market for iSeries
The Asia-Pacific region remains a major market for computer giant IBM Corp., which sees strong growth for its products, especially the eServer iSeries systems. According to its director, eServer iSeries, system and technology group Asia-Pacific Nick Lambert, the region currently contributes 20 percent of IBM's worldwide revenue. Japan is the largest market for IBM while Asean is the fastest-growing region. As for New Zealand and Australia, both countries have recorded reasonable growth. "There are over 400,000 iSeries systems sold in over 100 countries, with 17 percent of the systems installed in the Asia- Pacific region. More than 245,000 customers have installed an iSeries system, with 17 percent of them from the Asia-Pacific region," Lambert said. IBM's customers include those from the insurance, banking, retail, manufacturing, automotive, consumer electronics and pharmaceuticals sectors. In Malaysia, IBM is targeting similar sectors with a special focus on pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, automotive and banking.
RFID market $2.71b in 2006 to $12.35b in 2010
IDTechEx has extensively researched the RFID industry to announce new forecasts for the years ahead. Cumulative sales of RFID tags for sixty years until the beginning of 2006 total 2.4 billion, with 600 million tags being sold in 2005 alone. In 2006, IDTechEx expects 1.3 billion tags to be sold. Of that about 500 million RFID smart labels will be used for pallet and case level tagging, but the majority will be used for a range of diverse markets from baggage and passports to contactless payment cards and drugs. In the short term large “closed loop” markets requiring high value RFID will remain very profitable and companies will seek to position themselves as the leader in hardware and integration in different vertical market segments. Challenges with tag yield versus cost, frequency acceptance, specification creep and required performance levels are some of the key issues that are being resolved to grow the RFID market exponentially over the coming years to be almost ten times the size in 2016 that it will be in 2006. IDTechEx is a knowledge based company which gives strictly independent marketing, technical and business advice and services on these subjects