Story image

Microsoft NZ to host dragon den style event for partners

27 Feb 15

Microsoft New Zealand is inviting all partners that sell to SMB customers to put their pitch skills to the test in a Dragon’s Den style competition for the chance to win prizes and further accolades at the upcoming Partner Awards event.
 
Following the announcement of the Awards finalists earlier this week, Microsoft says the competition will run as a bonus round to the main event on 19 March, with up to six finalists receiving a ticket to the gala dinner and the winning pitches taking home prizes of Surface Pro 3s, Xbox One devices or Lumia phones.
 
While traditional Dragon’s Den competitions ask participants to pitch a new business idea for investment, Microsoft is instead seeking the best examples of partner pitches to customers in each of two areas: 1) Helping a customer shift their productivity services to the Cloud, and 2) Moving a customer from Windows Server 2003 to the Cloud.
 
Entrants will have just seven minutes to present their sales pitch to the judging panel, with three minutes available for Q&A. The competition will take place at the Microsoft NZ offices in Auckland, on Thursday, 12th March, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm.
 
The competition is limited to 12 entrants and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so partners are encouraged to register here as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Judging criteria, terms and conditions and presentation timeslots will be provided after registrations are received.
 
Winners will be announced at the 2015 Microsoft NZ Partner Awards event at the Pullman Hotel on Thursday 19 March.
 
Shifting to the Cloud
Brent Kendrick, Microsoft New Zealand’s SMB and Partner Lead, says that moving business to the cloud has been one of the most significant industry paradigm shifts of the past five years, so is keen to hear the Dragon’s Den pitches from partners that are successfully selling cloud migration to small and medium sized customers.
 
He also says that with just four months to go until the end-of-service deadline for Windows Server 2003, it’s vital that Microsoft’s partners are clear on communicating to small business customers how they can move to more modern platforms.
 
“In mid-2014, Microsoft announced that the 11-year old Windows Server 2003 operating system will no long receive updates or security patches after July 15, 2015.” He says. 

“Many companies in New Zealand – of all sizes and from all industries – are yet to migrate from Windows Server 2003, but the transition is especially crucial for small businesses. 
 
“A recent Gartner report pointed out that business leaders may not be aware of the risks they would face if Windows Server 2003 systems are not migrated in time. 

“It could leave IT leaders at fault for incomplete disclosure if problems later arise, which is why we are encouraging partners to help customers with their server migration as soon as possible.”
 

Fujitsu’s WA data centre undergoing efficiency upgrade
Fujitsu's Malaga data centre in Perth has hit a four-star rating from National Australia Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).
Google says ‘circular economy’ needed for data centres
Google's Sustainability Officer believes major changes are critical in data centres to emulate the cyclical life of nature.
How to keep network infrastructure secure and available
Two OVH executives have weighed in on how network infrastructure and the challenges in that space will be evolving in the coming year.
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
How Fujitsu aims to tackle digitalisation and the data that comes with it
Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations aim to be the ideal platform for accelerating innovation and data-rich design.
QNAP launches a new hybrid structure NAS
"By combining AMD Ryzen processors with a hybrid storage structure and 10GbE SFP+ connectivity, the system packs performance into a compact 1U frame."
Ramping up security with next-gen firewalls
The classic firewall lacked the ability to distinguish between different kinds of web traffic.
Platform9 aims to allow enterprises to run Kubernetes instantly
Snapfish, HPE, and Juniper use Platform9’s hybrid cloud solution to deliver a modern cloud infrastructure-as-a-service experience.