Friday, 12 August 2016 12:40

ICT industry change opens up opportunities for business to grow & ‘thrive’: CompTIA

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CompTIA Australia and New Zealand, the non-profit association for the technology industry, has identified key elements of change in the ICT industry and how businesses can successfully navigate those changes to take advantage of new opportunities to grow their business.

The issues were canvassed at a recent CompTIA ANZ channel community workshop in Sydney — attended by 70 members which established the foundation for an industry “change roadmap” looking at industry changes including “relevant elements that are fading, current, and emerging, across technologies, services, partnerships, customer expectations, regulation, and the channel”.

Jim Hamilton, vice-president, member communities, CompTIA, said, “It was clear from the discussions that the representatives from vendors, solutions providers, and distributors, already have a clear understanding of some of the key focus areas for change over the short- to medium-term”.

“Most attendees agreed that traditional IT vendors, on-premise computing, single-vendor partnerships, brand loyalty, and hardware-centric solutions are all fading. Current elements include savvier customers that self-educate, and know more about potential solutions and options than in the past,” Hamilton said.

“The way people buy things as individuals is likely to be mirrored by the way they buy as businesses. For example, consumers thoroughly research a key purchase by searching websites for information and reviews on the product.

“Social media is likely to play a larger role in purchase decisions as people look to see what their peers say about the item they’re purchasing. That is likely to be reflected in the way they buy technology for their businesses: they will know more, understand more, and demand more than they have done previously.

“The group agreed that, currently, customers tend to want solutions delivered faster and have high expectations. As a result, more partnerships and collaborations are emerging, along with technology that can predict customer behaviour.”

Hamilton says other emerging elements include augmented reality, especially following the success of Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game, as well as the Internet of Things, everything as-a-service, more disruptors like Uber, and “the need for channel organisations to be able to provide an end-to-end solution seamlessly, necessitating more integrated partnerships and collaborations”.

“Now that we have identified key elements of change, the CompTIA ANZ Channel Community will be able to start working in earnest on a roadmap to help all channel-related businesses navigate this change more successfully. These changes offer significant opportunities for businesses to thrive; it’s simply a matter of approaching change strategically and purposefully.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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