This week

*Metafore Technologies Inc. has announced theappointment of David Toms to the position of vice-president and general manager,Central Region, and Frank Fuser to the position of vice-president, services. Tomstakes over for David Kelly, who has left the company for personal reasons, andwill be responsible for all facets of Metafore's sales and customerrelationship management activities with private and public sector organizationsacross Ontario. Fuser, who was briefly Dell Canada’s channel chief, will beresponsible for all facets of Metafore's IT services delivery across Canada.

*Symantec Corp. has released its 2010 InformationManagement Health Check Survey, and it found a majority of enterprises aren’tfollowing their own advice when it comes to information management. Eighty-seven per cent of respondents believein the value of a formal information retention plan, but only 46 per centactually have one. Survey results alsofound that too many enterprises save information indefinitely instead ofimplementing policies that allow them to confidently delete unimportant data orrecords, and therefore suffer from rampant storage growth, unsustainable backupwindows, increased litigation risk and expensive and inefficient discoveryprocesses. Canada had one of the largestinformation retention gaps. Eighty per cent of respondents stated that aninformation retention plan would allow them to delete information, however only15 per cent actually had a plan in place.

*Avnet Technology Solutions announced that SteveKedzior has joined its Americas’ leadership team as vice-president and generalmanager of services. In this newly created position, Kedzior will draw upon hismore than 25 years of experience in the IT industry to lead the design andimplementation of Avnet’s services strategy in the Americas. “Steve has theideal combination of IT and channel experience for this key position. Hisskills and results-driven approach are the right combination necessary to leadthis extremely important area of our business,” said ATS Americas presidentJeff Bawol. “With analysts predicting the total global services market to beapproximately US$775B by 2013, Avnet is well-positioned to help our partnerscapture the opportunities in this lucrative market segment.”

*D&H Distributing invites its customers toenter the “It’s About People” Sweepstakes, to help celebrate D&H’sdedicated employees. As part of an overall “It’s About People” brandingcampaign, D&H Canada customers can enter to win either a Mobility PrizePackage or a Portable Entertainment Prize Package, each valued at more than$500 each. The sweepstakes runs untilthe end of August. The “It’s About People” branding campaign inspired a specialD&H logo, which has been physically created from the names of D&H’s1,000+ employees from its headquarters and from each of the distributor’s fiveNorth American warehouse locations. Takea look at the new logo graphic and learn more about the sweepstakes on theD&H Web site.

New Products

*Dell Canada has debuted its latest ultraportable,the Inspiron M101z laptop. The ultrathin, sub-four-pound laptop easily in ahandbag or backpack and features an 11.6-inch TrueLife HD glossy WLED display.It’s built around a hinge-forward design that moves the display closer andkeeps the body rigid to help enhance strength and durability. It features afull-width keyboard and is powered by AMD Athlon II Neo Mobile processors andintegrated ATi graphics, boasting over 6 hours of operation with its standard6-cell battery. Pricing begins at $449 and comes in a selection of colors andfinishes including Clear Black, Peacock Blue and Tomato Red with Jax pattern,and Promise Pink with DigiPais pattern and matching design on palmrest.

*Lenovo Canada has launched a number of newThinkCenter and ThinkServer systems. The ThinkCentre A70, created for small tomedium businesses, features the latest processing, memory and graphicsperformance at a price tag starting under $400. The M70e builds on the A70’splatform with advanced features for greater expandability, stability andmanageability for large business customers.The desktops come in two sizes – small form factor or tower. They alsosport a new modern black minimalist exterior design. The power button, mediaand USB ports are located in easy-to-reach locations on the front of the PC,and a new top handle makes moving the PC easy. They’ve also introduced threenew ThinkServers targeted at growing businesses, branch offices and managedservice providers. With models starting under US$900, the ThinkServer RD230,RD240 and TD230 mark Lenovo’s entrance into the value dual processor servermarket. Features include remote management, energy saving configurations andadvanced data protection.

*Intuit Inc. has brought its Merchant Service forQuickBooks to Canada for the first time. The service makes it easier forbusinesses to accept credit and debit cards without the cost and complexity ofpoint of sale systems, and cuts the chore of separately tracking payments. Thenew payments option allows businesses to get paid faster by accepting paymentsfrom within their copy of QuickBooks. It’s designed for contractors,consultants, service businesses, manufacturers, wholesalers, and other smalland midsize businesses that typically invoice customers or receive payment bymail or phone. The service works with all 2010 versions of QuickBooks, and acceptsVisa, MasterCard, and American Express payments without a terminal. InteracDirect Payment requires a separate swipe card terminal. Business can obtainfull pricing and requirements details at, and Intuitwill waive the $75 setup fee until Oct. 31, 2010.

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