We are proud supporters of Backpacks 4 VIC Kids

Today (29th June 2022), Blue Connections IT delivered 40 filled backpacks to give to children entering out-of-home care and emergency accommodation.
Blue Connections are proud to be a long-term supporter of Backpacks 4 VIC Kids. Please reach out to the BC team if you would like more information on how to support this wonderful charity.
View the photos here.

Blue Conn Sales Kick Off in Tasmania

After a 2-year delay, our sales team finally made it to our Blue Conn Sales Kick Off in Tasmania.

“We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.”  View the photos here.

2022 Australian Service Excellence Awards (ASEA)

We are beyond excited to receive the news that the Blue Connections Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) has been named as a finalist in the CSIA Australian Service Excellence Awards for Customer Service Team of the Year – Medium. Massive shout out to Mathew Marasco and Amanda Williams for leading such an amazing customer centric team and for the support of our wonderful customers. www.csia.com.au/2022-asea-finalists

Blue Connections IT achieves VMware Cloud Verified status

Based upon our deployment of VMware technology, we are proud to have achieved VMware Cloud Verified status.

Cloud Service Providers who display the Cloud Verified badge offer services based on the most complete VMware-based cloud infrastructure technology available, providing compatibility, choice, and control of VMware Cloud Infrastructure at data center locations where this service is offered.

Erica Smith wins at WIICTA!

Well done Erica Smith for winning the ARN – Channel News WIICTA award for Innovation – (Partner National) and congratulations to our two other category finalists Jane Murphy and Kiara Barbis.

View the photos here.

We’ve reached 2000 LinkedIn followers!

We are excited to share that Blue Connections has hit the 2,000+ follower mark on our LinkedIn company page

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who follows us, likes our posts, and shares our content. We really appreciate your support and enjoy engaging with you.

Cheeseboard to the Keyboard with Lenovo

Due to popular demand, our online Blue Connections IT and Lenovo “Cheeseboard to the Keyboard” sessions are back.

From the comfort of our own homes, we had a great evening consuming a delicious wine and cheese selection that was perfectly complemented by a product update on the latest Lenovo technology.

Thank you to Maria Crews and Nicholas Burgess from 14 Days of Cheese for their expert knowledge and amazing logistical skills of making this event happen and to the Lenovo duo of Joe Ciardi and Takuro Mizuno – we were able to “drill” down on the latest in Lenovo technology. View the photos here.

Top Gun: Maverick with Lenovo

I feel the need – the need for speed – and that’s what you get with Lenovo technology.
What a great night being able to attend the highly anticipated premiere screening of Top Gun: Maverick – and yes – that is a cinema of guests all wearing aviator sunglasses. View the photos here.

Opening of our new Enterprise Service Desk office space

Earlier this week Blue Connections celebrated the opening of our new Enterprise Service Desk office space. Thanks to rapid customer adoption and acquisition, the team quickly outgrew their original area and needed to utilise additional floor space at the Blue Connections head office in Scoresby.

Stop by for a tour when you are next in the area. View the photos here.

ARN Women in ICT Awards 2022

Blue Connections IT are proud to be finalists in three categories at the ARN Women in ICT Awards 2022.

Erica Smith Innovation – Partner (National), Kiara Barbis Graduate (Partner) and Jane Murphy Achievement (Partner).

Blue Connections prides itself on championing female leadership and career advancement so we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to honour our female talent.

Good luck to all the finalists!

Blue Connections IT and Dell Technologies held their inaugural ‘Back Pack Giving Day’ for Anglicare Victoria

Anglicare Victoria was the recipient of over 200 backpacks thanks to our amazing customers, Blue Connections staff and our vendor partner Dell Technologies. Everyone jumped at the opportunity to join in, with sleeves rolled up, ready to assist with packing the backpacks, to give those kids in need something special, from people who care. The home transition backpacks will be used to support children and young people in areas like foster care and residential care. Anglicare will also provide the education backpacks to kids in their programs like TEACHaR, helping kids to feel a sense of achievement and belonging in education settings. Watch the video here.

SmartHub Event with Lenovo

Connected technologies have been essential in enabling our new work-from-anywhere world. But not everyone is out of the office.

Today we were able to learn more about adapting to a work-from-anywhere world thanks to Lenovo Smart Hubs and Microsoft Teams – all done whilst enjoying delicious food and some golf simulator fun. View the photos here.

Smash Splash with Lenovo

Thanks to Lenovo our customers were able to smash and splash away their stresses and discover how their business can smash away the competition with Lenovo’s extensive range of devices. Watch the video here.

‘The Batman’ with AMD

“Those Who Know Performance Know AMD Ryzen”
And the best way to showcase to our sales team is by presenting the latest in AMD technology on the big screen followed by the premiere of The Batman. Thank you Francis Mammone, Egor Pyrkov and Matt Carr for a great night and an informative session that clearly demonstrated the pure speed of laptops powered by AMD Ryzen™ processors. View the photos here.

12 Days of Christmas

This year we celebrated Christmas a little bit different to what we have done in previous years. We welcomed our customers and staff to join us at our head office to reconnect in our “12 Days of Christmas” campaign. Thank you all for your continued support and a big thank you to Violet Café – Coffee Cart Hire for Events in Melbourne and Regional Victoria, All Day Donuts, The Taco Truck, Bigger than Texas BBQ , 14 Days of Cheese, Yarra Valley Cherries, Cherry Hill Orchards & Lions Clubs International Christmas puddings and cakes. View the photos here.

Aruba Mid-Market Partner of the Year Award

Well done to all the team at Blue Connections IT for winning the Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company FY21 Mid-Market Partner of the Year Award (Southern).

‘Beef up your Threat Protection’ with iLand Cloud

Many thanks to Dave Young and Dave Hamilton from iland Cloud for presenting to our Blue Connections IT customers on how to “BEEF up their Threat Management”. Followed by a Red Gum BBQ pack to cook at home. MMMMM

James Bond: No Time to Die with Lenovo

And we are finally back… in person.
Well done Stephen Pisani, Lorena Deriu Sal Ciardulli and Liz Crooks from the legendary Lenovo team for enabling our customers to reconnect at the premiere of James Bond – No Time to Die. View the photos here.

Threat protection the easy way

Informative session from Sophos to our local government customers on how to best protect against cyber attacks without causing time and resource drain on your IT department. Thank you Ben Verschaeren and Robert Collins for taking the time to share your insights. If you would like any further information on how Blue Connections IT can assist, please reach out to Bill Mackay.

Blue Connections IT goes green with HP

Our customers were able to receive their own piece of greenery followed by an online presentation from Mark Fenson on how to grow your business with HP’s sustainability vision and technology of the future. View the photos here.

Gnocchi & Profiteroles with Dell Technologies

Today the Blue Connections IT & Dell Technologies sales and tech teams were able to come together with an online cooking class from the team at 14 Days of Cheese. Once we finished cooking our gnocchi and profiteroles, we were able to relax and enjoy an informative roadmap session from the team at Dell Technologies. Thanks again to Jiby Varghese Thomas Ira Manalac Paul Mineo and Stuart Anderson for taking the time to present to the Blue Conn team and a massive thanks to Maria Crews and the chefs at 14 Days of Cheese for confirming we are not meant to be left alone in the kitchen. View the photos here.

Lockdown Lunacy and Trivia

The Blue Connections sales and accounts team were able to have some lockdown fun with an online trivia night. Thanks to the team at Applause Entertainment, we were able to celebrate with a B & C themed dress up up, B and C Beverages & Cuisine and a B & C theme zoom background. well done to the Bulldogs supporter, Cardi B, and Bumble Bee for the win. View the photos here.

Warm up from Winter with Fortinet

Thanks for joining Blue Connections and Fortinet to see why cheese, whisky and chocolate go together like Glenn Maiden, Andrew Stark and Paul Wilson at our online event discussing the impact and implications of today’s cyber-attacks.

Workplace transformation with Microsoft and Asahi

What a way for our customers to finish off the EOFY with the Blue Connections, Microsoft, Asahi Beverages and 14 Days of Cheese teams collaborating to experience cheese, beer, and cider pairing, whilst delving into how Microsoft Surface solutions can benefit your business in the workplace transformation journey.

We were delighted to have Asahi’s Digital Capability Lead Victoria Ortega join Chris Plumridge from Microsoft and Yuvesh Sharma from Blue Connections to share how we collaborated with Asahi to seamlessly implement their ANZ fleet of devices for their future of work project.

Cheese Evening with the Lenovo Team

Last night our sales team was able to connect in person with the Lenovo team. A few cheesy stories were shared as we created our ultimate take home cheeseboard selections. View the photos here.

Well done Bernie!

Well done Bernard Tyers on achieving the Dell Technologies PowerStore specialist certification. Earners of this badge are able to implement and administer PowerStore storage arrays in open systems environments. The certification focuses on configuration, administration, migration, upgrades and basic troubleshooting.

Set your mind at cheese with Aruba

We were able to set our mind at cheese thanks to the team at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Darren Smith provided our customers an engaging and thought provoking session on how to get the Aruba Edge, whilst we devoured a delicious cheese selection from 14 Days of Cheese.

View the photos here.

Thanks Fortinet!

Thanks to the team at Fortinet for our Regional Partner of the Year award celebration. It was wonderful to catch up and enjoy some FortiGate cake. – yes that’s a real FortiGate cake.

View the photos here.

Blue Connections awarded Fortinet’s Australian Regional Partner of the Year

Blue Connections awarded Fortinet’s Australian Regional Partner of the Year

Congratulations to Blue Connections IT for winning the Fortinet Australian Regional Partner of the Year Award 2020. Well done team. Read more here.

Gadens leads the way to give its people, clients and visitors the ideal modern workplace

We are beyond excited to share this amazing video on how Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company and Blue Connections IT assisted Gadens with their network and Wi-Fi infrastructure.

Watch the video here.

Lenovo and Blue Connections Customer Golf Day

For the first time in 12 months we were able to host an in person customer event. Thank you to the Lenovo team for their support and vision. Congrats to all the winners, but I think we were all winners by just being able to collaborate in person.

View photos of the day here.

Lenovo and Blue Connections Bobbleheads

Lenovo and Blue Connections Bobbleheads

Just holding a sales team meeting 2021 style.
Guess which team member submitted a photo from 20 years ago.

Welcome back to the office!

Looking forward to getting the BC sales team back into the office -fully fitted with their own personalised cups.

Congratulations Joe

Congratulations Joe!

We are excited to announce that our very own Joe Williams has achieved his Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) Certification. The VMCE certification includes a technical deep-dive that provides extensive information on Veeam solutions. The certification is documented proof that an engineer possesses the necessary level of expertise to correctly deploy, configure, and administer Veeam Availability Suite. Well done Joe.

“Pinot and Picasso” with HP

Thank you to Mark Fenson and Matthew O’Dwyer for the opportunity to showcase our customers the latest in HP technology and to engage in an online art experience.

Click here to take a look at the gallery of masterpieces that were created by IT professionals.

“Cheeseboard to the Keyboard” with Lenovo

Just what us Melburnians needed – “Lenovo and Blue Connections IT – Cheeseboard to the Keyboard”

Thank you to Maria Crews at 14 Days of Cheese for the most amazing home delivered cheese selection to devour whilst listening to Joe Ciardi present an informative update on the latest Lenovo technology.

View photos of the event here.

Blue Connections IT Backpacks 4 VIC Kids

We have struck GOLD – Microsoft GOLD

We are delighted to share the exciting news that Blue Connections are now gold certified in 5 competencies.
Well done team.

Blue Connections IT Backpacks 4 VIC Kids

Lenovo 2020 PCSD Australian Innovation Partner of the Year!

Congratulations to the Blue Connections IT team for winning Lenovo’s 2020 PCSD Australian Innovation Partner of the Year award.

Blue Connections IT Backpacks 4 VIC Kids

Dell Technologies Growth Partner of the Year!

Let’s Bring It – Blue Connections IT wins Dell Technologies Growth Partner of the Year – Workforce Transformation award at the Dell ANZ Partner Summit.

Sophos Gold Partner

Sophos Platinum Partner

After completing the technical certifications, rigorous sales enablement training and achieving platinum partner revenue thresholds, we are delighted to announce Blue Connections IT is now a Sophos Platinum Partner.

View our dedicated page here.

Blue Connections IT Backpacks 4 VIC Kids

We are proud supporters of Backpacks 4 VIC Kids

The team at Blue Conn are proud as punch to once again support Backpacks 4 Vic Kids. This time we were able to assist with a special delivery of 2 pallets to the Kennerley Children’s Home in Tasmania filled with much needed backpacks for children entering foster care.

“There are no words to thank you for your generous gift to children entering foster care. Our hallways were jam packed with two pallet loads of love in the form of backpacks for children and young people entering Foster care. Thanks Backpacks 4 VIC Kids – so pleased to have such great neighbours.”

Please reach out to Blue Connections if you would like further information regarding the various ways in which you can help support this amazing charity.

Blue Connections IT warehouse and quarantine area

Showcasing our impressive warehouse

The Blue Connections IT building front façade tends to steal the photography limelight, so we thought we share a picture of our 1500 sqm warehouse and quarantine area.

Separation Panels from Humanscale

As the cases of COVID-19 are slowing in Australia, businesses are beginning to prepare to return to work in a COVID-19 safe environment. Blue Connections IT are proud to introduce Humanscale’s new Separation Panels, providing a safer environment for employees, stakeholders and customers when they return to the office. Available in two materials (easy to clean) and six mounting options.

Reach out to learn how the Humanscale WellGuard Separation Panels can work with your current or future workplace configurations or further information is available here.

Congratulations on 20 plus years’ service

At Blue Connections, we have always known that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are delighted to recognise that in 2020 we will have 6 team members achieve 20 plus years’ service.

On behalf of the entire team at Blue Connections, it is with great pride and admiration that we congratulate Gordon Brownell, Jane Murphy, Shanan Egerton, Dmitry Lin, Anthony Dunn and Anthony Carfora on this service anniversary milestone.

Our original Blue Connections branding may have changed, but it so wonderful to recognise our employees that have made us the passionate organisation we are today and we look forward, with great expectancy to many more good years to come.

Sophos Gold Partner

Sophos Gold Partner

After completing the technical certifications, rigorous sales enablement training and achieving gold partner revenue thresholds, we are delighted to announce Blue Connections IT is now a Sophos Gold Partner.

View our dedicated page here.

Operational & Shipping UPDATE

In light of recent government announcements regarding Stage 1 shutdowns, we have received numerous enquiries regarding clarification on our business operations. Click here for an update.

Dell Technologies Platinum Partner

The team at Blue Connections are proud to announce that we have achieved Platinum Solution Provider tiering in the Dell Technologies Partner Program.

View our dedicated page here.

Knox BIZ Business Life Article

Check out the article on Blue Connections IT and our new premises, as seen in Knox BIZ Business Life.

View the article here.

Our Service Desk deploy a new Contact Center platform

We are all smiles on our Blue Connections Service Desk thanks to installing Mitel MiContact Center Business Release 9.1 for the MiVoice Business Platform.

Our very own Networking, Security and Unified Comms team worked closely with the Service Desk team in the successful deployment of a state of the art Contact Center platform to enhance business growth and productivity.

We have been able to enhance our service desk representatives productivity and operational efficiency with highly sophisticated contact centre technology that integrates with existing communication infrastructure. Features include connecting customers to the right person, to managing our workforce and easily monitoring quality of service via the Ignite web interface.

Escape Room Experience with Veeam

Blue Connections IT and Veeam were able to help our customers solve the Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan puzzle in an escape room experience.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator ensures IT service continuity and resilience at any scale with extensible orchestration of recovery plans giving your IT team a level of preparedness and response execution for any app, any data, at any time.

View photos of the evening here.

Congratulations Paul on your achievement!

We are excited to announce that whilst attending the Palo Alto Networks SE Summit 2020, our very own Paul Wilson completed his Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Engineer (PCNSE) exam.

This is Palo Alto Networks highest attainable examination and indicates that those who have passed it possess the in-depth knowledge to design, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot most implementations based on the Palo Alto Networks platform.

Thanks to Energy Power Systems

The team at Blue Connections would like to thank Energy Power Systems for making a generous donation of mobile phones to be used by those that have been affected by the recent bush fires.
The Blue Connections decommissioning team was able to wipe and restore the phones to their factory settings and then deliver with cables and chargers via Superior Energy Services to those that needed them most. Thank you to all involved.

Bushfire Food Truck Fundraiser

Thank you to all our amazing employees, family, friends, suppliers and customers for supporting our Blue Connections Bushfire Food Truck Fundraiser. Blue Connections management was able to match the donations received on the day making the total raised $9000.

We are excited to announce that 3 worthy charities have been selected for the $9K donation.

$3K – Australian Red Cross  fundraise.redcross.org.au
$3K – Wildlife Victoria www.wildlifevictoria.org.au
$3K – Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund www.gerf.org.au

View photos of the day here.

Gin Tasting Evening with Lenovo

An ideal setting to taste a gin,
Sending thanks to Lenovo for the win.
Thank you for the Christmas cheer,
We look forward to working with you next year!

View photos of the evening here.

Thank you Cheryl and congratulations

After 16 years, Cheryl Langford, the face and voice of the Blue Connections reception desk is retiring. Cheryl’s friendly smile will be sorely missed by all our customers and vendors, but most importantly by her Blue Conn team mates.

Our move into Caribbean Park

Blue Connections IT are delighted to share the journey of our successful move into Caribbean Park.

View the video here.

Christmas Drinks & Fine Food at Sette Bello Restaurant

The perfect Melbourne evening to share fine food, awesome entertainment and Christmas cheer with our wonderful customers.

View photos of the evening here.

The Annual HP Awards Ball

Congratulations to the Blue Connections team for winning HP Value Partner of the Year.

See more here.

Blue Connections IT & NEXTDC Partnerships at the Core

We live and breathe a channel-first ethos at NEXTDC, which essentially means we place our strategic channel partnerships at the heart of our business. NEXTDC may provide the infrastructure platform that powers the digital era, but it’s our ICT partners like Blue Connections who provide the critical services and expertise that allows customers to innovate and thrive.” Michael Johnson
Find out more here.

Oaks Day with Lenovo

Ladies, Lads and Lenovo celebrating Oaks Day.
View photos of the day here.

Blue Connections’ new home

Picture perfect!
Our new building at 1B Dalmore Drive, Scoresby VIC 3179. View the full size image here.

VMware Customer SDDC Workshop

A Bigger than Texas thank you to our customers who attended our VMware SDDC workshop.
Elver Sena Sosa definitely challenged and delivered the reasons why VMware SDDC is the most efficient & effective path to a true hybrid cloud. No Slides, No marchitecture, just bare-metal whiteboard ‘Chalk n Talk’. View photos of the day here.

HP & Blue Connections Technology Day

Thank you to Mark Fenson and the HP team for taking the time to present to our customers on the latest HP technology solutions. View photos of the day here.

The gelato’s on us at the Dell Technologies Forum

We think it’s pretty sweet that we get to talk tech and sponsor the gelato stand at the Dell Technologies Forum in Sydney. Be sure to visit us for some delicious gelato.

Game Show Extravaganza Trivia night with Lenovo

As always, our Trivia night with Lenovo was a extremely popular. View photos of the fun-filled evening here.

Blue Connections Open Day 2019

The grand opening of our new building in the Caribbean Business Park was a huge success. View photos of the Open Day here.

Congratulations Ashley!

Congratulations to our very own Ashley Alexander Joseph on completing his Fortinet NSE 7 certification. Ashley is one of very few in Australia to have completed this highly regarded Fortinet technical certification.

Casino Royale Launch Party

The Blue Connections team officially celebrated the move to the new building in style, with our Casino Royale launch party. View the photos here.

Blue Connections are pleased to announce we have been re-selected as a Procurement Australia IT Products & Services panelist, under Contract # 2106/0712 Information Technology Products & Services contract effective 1st July 2019.