IN PICTURES: Your channel round-up w/e July 19

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 last week in the channel. This week features company awards and partner events amongst others. Are you pictured?

  • The EMPR Group is, once again, beefing up its preparations to raise funds during City2Surf, for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The EMPR Group has already confirmed 72 registered entrants for City2Surf and have thus far raised more than $20,000 – naming the company as the current top team fundraiser entered in the fun run.

  • The company has been increasing its community efforts, with 17 EMPR Group entrants joining the fundraiser in 2011 and 37 people in 2012. The funds it raised has also been on the rise – from $4000 in 2011, $15,029 in 2012, and it sits at $20,000 now. It is $6000 off its group target.

  • The EMPR Group made a commitment to throw its full support behind Starlight in 2010, and has also been working closely with its technology partners, HP, Toshiba and Asus to place technology products in the Starlight Express rooms in hospitals across Australia.

  • Huawei MediaPad tablet computers are contributing to saving the lives of children in remote areas throughout the Asia-Pacific region, thanks to a collaboration between the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and Huawei. At a recent event in NSW Parliament House, the SCHN announced the results of a trial which saw MediaPads given to doctors and paediatric nurses in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kenya, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Fiji. This trial is part of an emerging global program, the International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate (IPPC), and has helped vastly improve access to more than 100 new participants around the world. Huawei global board director and Australian board director, Chen Lifang, also presented a $50,000 donation to the IPPC at the event.

  • NEC Australia has announced its role in a significant IT services project for the NSW Commission for Children and Young People. It has designed, built and implemented a new IT system for the NSW Working with Children Check legislation. NEC Australia said the Web-based application is Australia’s first online working with children screening system and is an important part of helping NSW workplaces to become child-safe. Volunteers and workers use the online system to apply for a clearance to work with children and employers then use an online portal to verify the status of an employee or volunteer. The internal Web application automates correspondence with applicants, task allocation for personnel, risk assessment and criminal records procurement from the police and is designed to provide personnel with decision suggestions based on complex business rules, and management with analytics reporting. The system also facilitates the back end processing of checks, streamlines decision-making processes by staff and provides management with analytical data.

  • The winners of the Symantec sales campion promotion, along with representatives from Express Data and Symantec, recently headed to San Francisco for a five day trip. The winners of the promotion were Express Data sales champions, who either sold the highest revenue of Net Backup appliances or who closed the highest number of opportunities of the same products within the promotional period. In this photo: Symantec and Express Data sales champions outside the Symantec World Headquarters in San Francisco

  • Symantec claimed, in a statement, that the trip was both educational and enjoyable, and the attendees enjoyed invaluable networking opportunities with fellow group members. The group got the opportunity to spend a day at the Symantec world headquarters and participated in strategy sessions with Symantec’s top management and technical executives. The group also attended a San Francisco Giant baseball game, toured the city on Segways, as well as visited the Napa Valley wine region. In this photo: Symantec and Express Data sales champions tour San Francisco on Segways

  • Adobe has announced the inaugural winners of the Adobe Digital Marketing 2013 Partner of the Year Awards. The winners were announced at the Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium in Sydney, where more than 500 attendees gathered to hear about the latest innovations in digital transformation. Biztech Enterprise Solutions took home the Partner of the Year 2013 Award while Ardent Digital won the New Partner of the Year 2013 Award. In this picture: Ardent Digital picks up its New Partner of the Year 2013 award

  • Adobe picked both companies for its results in delivering the benefits of Adobe Marketing Cloud across a wider enterprise client base. Adobe A/NZ managing director, Paul Robson, said this is the first year Adobe has recognised its digital marketing partners in Australia and New Zealand and it is a reflection of the expansion and investment of digital marketing across the region. “Working with partners is important for Adobe to allow more enterprise clients to access the Adobe Marketing Cloud. “Similarly, when partners work with Adobe they are able to leverage the Adobe Marketing Cloud’s analytics, technology and creativity to develop rich cross-channel customer and brand experiences,” he said. In this picture: Biztech Enterprise Solutions takes home the Partner of the Year 2013 Award

  • Oakton and Kloud Solutions have both been awarded with Microsoft awards. Oakton has received the first National Systems Integrator (NSI) Award for Australia, and is one of only 12 organisations globally to receive the accolade, while Kloud Solutions was awarded Microsoft Asia-Pacific Messaging Partner of the Year 2013. Microsoft said, in a statement, that the award recognises Oakton’s contribution and commitment to driving solutions on Microsoft’s application platform as well as the success of Kloud in the Asia-Pacific region. Oakton CEO, Neil Wilson, said Microsoft offers the NSI awards to acknowledge key partnerships globally and with about 80 NSIs in 30 countries around the world, the distinction places Oakton as a leading systems integrators in the Asia-Pacific region. Kloud managing director, Nicki Bowers, said the award is a recognition of its transitional work for its customers over the last two years. “Everything that Kloud does is focused on helping our customers realise the value of Cloud Computing and our Microsoft partnership is key to this strategy,” Bowers said.

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