IN PICTURES: Your channel round-up, w/e April 26 (+15 pictures)

ARN's Community Manager, Hafizah Osman, has disappeared under a flood of community picture stories and reports of company events, so we thought what better to do than put them all in a slideshow summing up the week in the channel. This week features company awards and partner events amongst others. Are you pictured?

  • Meru Networks CEO and president, Dr. Bami Bastani, recently took a trip down from the United States to meet with the company’s Australian distributor, Wavelink, and some of its reseller partners. Dr. Bastani spent three days in Sydney and Melbourne undertaking several core activities, including delivering a presentation to Meru resellers outlining Meru’s corporate direction, updates on its partner program, its focus on key verticals such as education, healthcare and hospitality, as well as outlining its product roadmap. He also used the time to have one-on-one meetings with some of its key resellers and met with selected prospective resellers that play in the main verticals Meru specialises in. In addition, Dr. Bastani made a few visits to both existing and prospective end customer sites with its resellers.

  • Tablet, smart phone owners and punters will be ecstatic to learn that a fast and easy connection to the Internet is now available at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick racecourses in NSW. Xirrus has rolled out the Xirrus 802.11abgn and ac ready wireless technology at the racecourses, in an attempt at improving the racegoer experience.

  • The company was chosen for this deployment after its successful implementation of a similar system at the US Open Tennis Tournament. Racegoers can now tap into this free, high-speed Internet stream, which allows them to read the latest form, glance at the odds, place a wager or log onto social networking sites and brag about their winnings.

  • To celebrate the launch of the new deployment, Xirrus, along with its partners Distribution Central and Seccom Global enjoyed the inaugural Xirrus Fireball Quality race, won by Catkins. The companies also enjoyed a three-course lunch and trackside experience of the race.

  • Celebrating Huawei’s first anniversary as the major sponsor of the Canberra Raiders, a number of the Canberra Raiders’ star players have replaced their old mobiles with Huawei’s Ascend D1 quad smartphone.

  • Raiders players using the Ascend D1 quad include the captain, Terry Campese; centre, Jarrod Croker; five-eighth, Josh McCrone; winger, Sandor Earl; front rower, Brett White; and lock Shaun Fensom. “Having the Raiders make the switch to Huawei Devices is a great way to kick off the 2013 season – Huawei has the goal of being a top-three mobile device company in the next three years, and we’re all backing the Raiders for a top finish this season too,” Huawei Australia chairman, John Lord, said.

  • McCrone said he uses the device for features like calendar sync to always arrive at training on time, as well as social media apps to keep fans up-to-date with the team. A number of additional players are expected to make the switch to Huawei.

  • IBM recently held its 2013 IBM Business Partner Summit in key cities around Australia, namely Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. Aside from discussing IBM's strategic roadmap for 2013, the event hosted the 2012 IBM Business Partner Awards, recognising top achievers across the A/NZ region. State and New Zealand awards were presented in each location, whilst the Australian Regional Awards were presented in Sydney. In this picture: IBM A/NZ's Phillip Cameron with team Avnet

  • Avnet won the IBM Hardware Distributor of the Year Australia award, while the Somerville Group took home the IBM Express Business Partner of the Year Australia award. In this picture: IBM A/NZ's Phillip Cameron with team Tardis

  • There were also multiple award winners at the IBM event – Tardis went back with two awards, Advent One took home three awards, Certus Solutions also won three awards and Computer Merchants was the superstar of the night, bagging five awards. In this picture: IBM A/NZ's Phillip Cameron with team Computer Merchants

  • Other award winners include: Sundata, SMS, Info Systems, Blumark, ISW, Infoready, Decipher Works, Cortell New Zealand, Cortell and ISI. In this picture: Advent One northern region manager, Graham Murray, and IBM A/NZ's Phillip Cameron

  • In this picture: Team InfoReady win 2012 IBM Business Partner Award

  • Two members of Axis Communications’ senior management team have been honoured for their outstanding entrepreneurship in separate ceremonies. Axis Communications founder, Martin Gren, has been awarded the Swedish Business Medal for his work in the IP Surveillance industry. Each year, the Swedish Business Medal is awarded to about ten people, who have created and developed companies. The purpose of the medal is to honour the recipient for long-term important work and to inspire others.

  • Axis' global sales vice-president, Bodil Sonesson, has been named woman of the year in the manufacturer category by the Women's Security Council, a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring the professional success of women working in the physical security industry. Women's Security Council founding committee member, Rhianna Daniels, said Sonesson was awarded for her systematic determination to promote women inside of Axis, her help in highlighting successful female professionals in the industry and her focus on women’s issues at global events.

  • Dimension Data has made a step to reach out to the community by presenting a $38,819.48 cheque to World Vision Australia. Dimension Data’s Andrew Phillips, presented the gift to World Vision Australia’s Tim Costello at Dimension Data’s office in Canberra. The funds were raised from the proceeds of the second Dimension Data Fundraising Ball, held in May 2012, and will be directed towards World Vision’s Yawar Education Project in Papua New Guinea. By supporting this project, the company hopes to help improve literacy and numeracy skills and providing essential life skill training for the local community. Dimension Data has been working with World Vision Australia since 2011 and the relationship is aligned with Dimension Data’s Heads, Hearts and Hands (HHH) program.

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