Channel Elite Awards deadline extended to Sept. 17

Canadian resellers have a little extra time to showcase their success stories in the country’s leading recognition program for IT solution providers.

The deadline for the 2008 Channel Elite Awards has been extended from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17. Make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to tell your story. Go to www.itbusiness.ca/cea for an online application form and submit an entry to this year’s awards.

The CEAs are a chance to talk about the great ROI solutions you build, the fantastic employees you have and what a great business you are to deal with.

One of the many stories from last year’s event comes from Don Conaby of Conpute.

The Oshawa, Ont.-based solution worked with the Town of Georgina to provide the community with wireless broadband, along with solutions for the South Shore community and the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Each of the implementations had its challenges said Terry Buchanan, Conpute’s vice-president and CTO.

The Town of Georgina project, for example, saw Conpute coordinating the laying and digging of foundations and the pouring of concrete to erect 120 foot towers with wireless IP equipment, and also introduced the company to the nuances of government regulations and permits. The towers were needed to bring wireless broadband Internet access to the rural area.

“It was a new forte for us that we’re now very comfortable with,” said Buchanan. “We do a lot of towers now.”

A key to success in all three projects, said Conaby, was that all involved areas of emerging technology that Conpute began to invest in five years ago when Buchanan joined the company, such as broadband wireless, VoIP, disaster recovery and business continuity.

It’s stories like Conpute’s that make the Channel Elite Awards a great event to be at. So make sure to get in the contest and go online to submit your great solutions story.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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