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Two thirds of UK retailers plan to upgrade their networks during 2007 to incorporate new open standards technology

• Retail industry is one of the leading sectors for innovative IT adoption.
• 88% of IT managers are considering open standards networking systems in order to save money.


22 January 2007 - One of the primary 2007 New Year’s resolutions for IT managers in the retail sector is to upgrade their networks, according to the results of a Vanson Bourne survey of over 300 IT managers, commissioned by Zycko, a leading value-added distributor of converged storage and IP solutions.

The survey discovered that 67% of IT managers in the retail sector plan to upgrade over the next 12-18 months, fuelled by their desire to adopt new business productivity technologies, such as WiFi, Chip and PIN and contactless payment cards.

For 71% of respondents, maintaining end users’ network performance is their number one networking headache. Likewise, 73% of respondents said that a secondary driver behind their desire to upgrade is the worry that their IT is not delivering the results that their business needs.

David Galton-Fenzi, group sales director at Zycko, said: “2006 saw retailers begin to upgrade their network infrastructure in order to take advantage of new technologies coming onto the market, such as RFID and contactless payment cards, and this trend will increase fourfold throughout 2007.”

"It is essential that retailers implement robust network systems that can manage these new technologies and general business peaks, such as the January sales,” he said. “Given the formidable power of the Internet, it is essential that retailers remain competitive by offering customers a fast and efficient service, especially at the point of sale. Retailers should also be mindful that any downtime could result in huge financial losses and a potential loss of custom.”

Interestingly, IT managers in retail are already well aware of the benefits of moving to an open standards networking system in order to reduce operating costs. Furthermore, 88% cited cost reduction as a motivation for moving to an open standards network and 40% of respondents admitted that being locked into proprietary systems with expensive licensing upgrades is another pressing problem.

Half of all respondents also admitted that they were unhappy with their current networking supplier and 59% believed that open standards networking will deliver significant cost savings, for example through improved choice and flexibility.

“IT managers have had enough of under performing networks. They are no longer prepared to loose sleep over IT networks that fail to deliver benefits to their business,” added Galton-Fenzi. “2007 will see the retail sector lead the way in the adoption of open standards networks that save money and improve business productivity."

For more information please contact:

James Sherwood
PR Officer
Zycko
Tel: +44(0)1285 868 516
Mob: +44(0)7780 714 827
Email: james.sherwood@zycko.com

Kathryn Hughes
hbl media
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 1830
Email: kathryn@hblmedia.com

About Zycko

Zycko is a solutions providing distributor of best-in-class convergent storage and IP, ranging from open-system storage architectures to voice and video communications - sold through a channel of resellers, systems integrators and service providers.

Zycko is privately held and has been profitable since inception in 2000, when the company’s original charter was to market data networking accessories to resellers as a wholesale distributor. Zycko now employs over 190 staff, serving over 3000 resellers around the world from six offices on three continents. The company enjoys an annual turnover of more than $120m.

Zycko’s provision of cost-effective IT products and logistics management is supported by vital industry services such as technical support, custom configuration, training and marketing support. These combined factors make Zycko the channel partner of choice.

Zycko’s strategic partner base includes world-class companies including: Avago, Asigra, CommVault, Diligent, Edgewater, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Intransa, Isilon, MGE, NeoScale, ONStor, Polycom, QLogic, Riverbed, StoreAge and Storewiz.

For more information visit www.zycko.com or contact us at:

Zycko Ltd
The Mallards
South Cerney
Cirencester
GL7 5TQ