One of the most remarked-upon absentees from the recent Govis forum was esolutions.
Last year, representatives from the EDS-Telecom-Microsoft alliance attended the conference and sponsored a lecture room. With the heavy existing presence of co-parent EDS in government computing and a rumoured significant role for Microsoft in the e-government initiative, several attendees expressed surprise at the company’s absence this year.
“It was simply a choice of where we spent our sponsorship money,” says esolutions channel manager Sue McCarty. “We did offer some speakers,” but they were turned down. “I think because the organisers prefer [private-sector] speakers to come from sponsor companies.”
Esolutions already has good “reach” to government through its parent companies and channels, she says. “We get sponsorship requests all the time, and it was just a decision to spend our money on other initiatives this year.”