Stories by Brian Corrigan

  • A sign of the times

    Having written about this industry for a few years now, it was very sad to hear last week's news that Optima had finally hit the wall and called in administrators. It was no great surprise, whispers had been flying around for some time, but it still feels like a significant milestone in the decline of local PC manufacturing.

  • Best in class

    What are the differences and similarities between the role of a CIO within a large corporate and a state education department?

  • Inspecting the boundaries

    You can't please all of the people all of the time, which can sometimes make corporate communications a minefield. Just ask Symantec's chief operating officer, Enrique Salem, who stirred up a hornet's nest when he told a roomful of Wall Street analysts about plans to take hundreds of large accounts direct and automate SMB subscription renewals.

  • Back to school

    Education is hardly a greenfield market for the IT channel. In fact, it has been a happy hunting ground for a long time now. But this special ARN vertical guide takes a fresh look at the huge opportunities it presents today and in the years ahead.

  • Fasten your seatbelts

    With the local financial year now finished, attentions are fixed firmly on planning for the next 12 months and executing on strategies for the current quarter.

  • Trading places

    You're best known as the local guy who took on the multinational outsourcers. What are you doing in SMB?

  • Sheard quits Cisco

    Cisco is looking for a new local channel director after Jeff Sheard announced plans to leave the networking vendor and start his own company. His last day is August 1.

  • Finding new energy

    Listening to a lot of the communications flying around at the moment, I can't help but think we're seeing a change in approach to 'green IT' that can only be good for the market and, in turn, the environment.

  • A farewell to arms

    On the face of it, Microsoft without Bill Gates seems a bit like The Simpsons without Homer. This isn't meant to be a cruel comparison; my point is simply that the two 'people' are largely synonymous with the vehicle of their fame.

  • Doing data with Dicker

    It's fair to say that David Dicker isn't everybody's cup of tea. His long hair and preference for tracksuits over the pinstriped variety make him about as far from the standard image of a businessman as you can get. He also has a habit of speaking his mind instead of saying what other people think he should. But whether or not you like his style, there's no doubting he's a very smart operator and one of the local IT industry's most colourful figures.

  • Sphere of influence

    By the time you read this, there are only a few days left in the financial year and you no doubt have a very good idea of how it panned out for your business. There's still time to close a couple of big deals that will sweeten the numbers but, at this stage, they'll be little more than a cherry on top of the cake.

  • Lucas to leave HP printer post

    Shane Lucas is stepping down from his role as vice-president and general manager of HP's local Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) after just six months in the job.