Stories by Mike Gee

  • IN PICTURES: 2016 ARN Judges' Networking Lunch - First Look (+29 photos)

    The traditional kick-off to the ARN ICT Industry Awards, the ARN Judges' Networking Lunch, was held in the Ballroom at the Ivy in Sydney. More than 100 IT industry leaders gathered to hear an outstanding address by ARN Hall of Fame inductee and senior vice-president and managing director of Insight Enterprises Asia-Pacific, Andrea Della Mattea, who spoke about doing business in China. The gathering was also addressed by ARN president and publisher, Susan Searle, ARN associated editor, Jennifer O'Brien, and ARN Editor, James Henderson. Nominations for the 2016 ARN ICT Industry Awards open on May 24 and close on June 24. The Celebration Dinner will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney on September 15. Photos by Editorial Director, Mike Gee.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Cloud Executive Lunch (+39 photos)

    The ARN Cloud Executive Lunch brought together a group of industry experts who illustrated how they approached the Cloud market in a unique way, the challenges, opportunities and successes they had seen, and offered advice for those who are still making the transition. The lunch was sponsored by Dicker Data. Photos by ARN Editorial Director, Mike Gee.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Flash Roundtable (+41 photos)

    A group of select players gathered at Sydney's Cafe del Mar to discuss the growing popularity of Flash storage. Certainly, flash storage continues to make a big impact in the industry, particularly in enterprise infrastructure. It is considered one of two big disruptions (alongside virtualisation) that has upended the enterprise datacentre and infrastructure stack for large companies.This exclusive roundtable discussed the latest trends in the storage market, highlighted where the technology makes sense, and examined the market opportunities for service providers. Photos by Maria Stefina.

  • IN PICTURES: Four years of DC Delirium - Were you delirious?

    A glorious part of the channel's history has been the parties thrown by companies associated with Distribution Central bosses Scott Frew and Nick Verykios. Most notable were the LAN Lunacy (LAN Systems was an associated company of Nick Verykios and Scott Frew which set the standard for all out parties) and DC Delirium parties. This slideshow takes highlights from four years of the latter from 2011-2014. The parties were as follows: 2011: It was back to the 1920s with burlesque dancers and entertainment from three bands including The Potbelleez at DC's inaugural channel party at the Arthouse Hotel in Sydney. 2012: Held at Simmer on the Bay, Sydney. DC's partners let their hair down and partied to disco-style music amidst drinks and canapes. 2013: DC's annual party was held at Sydney's The Star Casino, in the Boom Box Marquee Bar. 2014: The fourth DC Delirium Distribution had a Carnivale L’Obscurite theme. Entertainment was delivered by The White Tree Band with a fortune teller seeing into the future of guests, along with contortionist and Rolla Bolla performances.

  • IN PICTURES: Distribution Central over the years - a tribute (+70 photos)

    The Distribution Central history goes back to when it was founded in 1992 as Firewall Systems, an IT security services provider. The company was acquired by Scott Frew and Nick Verykios in 2004, with Frew founding LAN Systems - now Westcon-Comstor - and both founding 1World Systems and Micro Networks. ​​This slideshow pays tribute to DC over the years, its co-founders, and the people that have graced both it and Frew and Verykios' associated companies. So here's some some DC party meltdowns plus plenty of history.

  • Distribution Central acquired: Arrow's corporate run down

    Through a network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries, Arrow brings electronics and enterprise computing solutions to industrial and commercial markets, and specialises in redeploying, remarketing and recycling technology equipment.

  • Dream your own dream - the Nick Verykios story

    <i>2012 ARN Hall of Fame inductee, Nick Verykios, is a rock’n’roll survivor, poet, Buddhist and philanthropist, as well as co-founder of the $250 million Distribution Central. This is his story.</i>

  • Distribution Central acquired: Scott Frew - The street fighter

    ​Distribution Central founder, Scott Frew, is the proverbial boy from the bush who made good. His induction into the ARN Hall of Fame recognised his incredible business success story from LAN Systems and Distribution Central to Editor-In-Chief, MIKE GEE, has the story.​

  • Distribution Central acquired: All you need to know about Arrow

    ​Arrow Electronics was founded in 1935 when a retail store named Arrow Radio opened on Cortlandt Street in the heart of lower Manhattan’s “Radio Row”, the birthplace of electronics distribution. Arrow Radio, established by Maurice (“Murray”) Goldberg, sold used radios and radio parts to retail customers. Other industry pioneers with businesses nearby were Charles Avnet and Seymour Schweber.