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22 December 2016 New Advisory Board Appointment Lexel is pleased to announce the appointment of Garth Biggs as an advisory board member, after a successful recruitment campaign where an extensive response was received from quality candidates. As a well-known industry icon, Biggs is an exciting addition to Lexel’s advisory board, bringing with him a vast amount of IT strategy and mentoring experience.

Previous roles held such as CEO of Gen-I Limited, highlight Biggs’s renowned ability for building strong, capable and successful leadership teams.

As Lexel celebrate 30 years in business, this appointment will help cement Lexel’s continued growth of its key capabilities. Lexel established its Advisory Board in 2013 to act as an independent source of support. 2016 has involved key changes to the board with the unfortunate passing of Lars Fellman and the resignation of Mike Smith upon accepting the role of MD at IBM NZ.

Founding members of Lexel's Advisory Board:
• Murray Ward – Current Chairman, ex Datacom (28 years)
• Mike Smith - ex CEO for Oxygen, ex Jade, Ex IBM
• Lar Fellman - ex VP Carlsberg Europe

Lexel welcomes the valuable contribution Garth Biggs will bring to assist Lexel in being the information technology integrator of choice.

7 December 2016 A taste of the new Microsoft Surface Hub Lexel and Microsoft hosted A 'brew or two for you' to showcase the new Microsoft Surface Hub.

This provided a relaxed and interactive opportunity for customers to come together and interact with the latest in collaborative technology.

The demonstration was run by Paul Bloem, Lexel's Unified Communications practice lead. This was then followed by a chance to network and enjoy a slice of Toto's pizza and a craft brew.

The Surface Hub is a powerful meeting room device designed to advance the way people work together naturally.

- Video Conferencing
- Whiteboard
- Presentation Board
- Plus, more collaborative tools
Most importantly, it's easy and intuitive to use and avoids "Need IT to create the call" scenarios. See the video
Contact your Lexel Account Manager to arrange a time to come over and view our 55” Surface Hub demo unit.
29 November 2016 Choose your weapon- HPI OfficeJet Pro 8745 All-in-One printer! Last September, HP Inc. and Lexel hosted an epic MasterChef battle at Sachie’s Kitchen in Parnell. As part of the event, attendees were given the opportunity to complete a print assessment service with Lexel to go in the draw to win a HPI OfficeJet Pro 8745 All-in-One printer for their workplace.
Congratulations to Ian Cannan from Burger King who was our lucky winner!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our print assessment service.
25 November 2016 Ignite your passion for Lexel! For the third year in a row, Lexel was again proud to sponsor the water bottles at Microsoft Ignite 2016.

As part of this sponsorship Lexel ran a "scan to be into win" competition, with the prize being a Piaggio Zip 50 2T scooter. People entered by simply scanning the water bottle barcode and signing up to receive a monthly newsletter, which allows Lexel to connect with new like-minded, tech savvy professionals.
The Lexel scooter was won by Howard Sutton from Frucor.

Howard says, "I am very excited to win the Lexel scooter, and I look forward to taking it for a ride."

This promotion allowed Lexel to promote its extensive Microsoft capabilities along with project delivery and support expertise - and of course to hydrate fellow techies!

A big congratulations to Howard, enjoy your prize!
Thank you to all who entered, we look forward to seeing you at Microsoft Ignite 2017.
12 November 2016 Sky TV outsources service desk and desktop support to Lexel SKY Television, New Zealand's leading Pay TV provider, has today announced its appointment of Lexel Systems as their new provider for internal IT service desk and desktop support.

As a part of this 3-year agreement, Lexel will provide full outsource support 24x7x365 for SKY's internal IT service desk, incident management, walk-in support IT centres and desktop support for both their head office and regional offices, covering approximately 1300 users. Lexel will also be managing SKY's desktop lifecycle management including procurement, asset management and patching, along with office relocations and peak period Pay Per View Event onsite support.

SKY ran a market process, seeking out partners who could help them deliver a step change in the way technology services could be delivered moving forward. Lexel responded with an innovative FTE model that incorporated the existing SKY desktop and service desk resources as well as utilising Lexel's own service desk and national support capability. Lexel's response included a further piece of innovation around process automation which enabled Lexel to drive yet more efficiencies into the partnership from day one. Lexel commenced the service in March 2016.

SKY’s director of technology, Julian Wheeler said "In our relentless pursuit to improve the end user experience, we must be agile and progressive. Lexel enhances both of these focus areas for us through their innovative thinking and flexible client centric philosophy". He added that "At the top of our mind throughout the discussion, was how we would integrate the people, tools and processes to make this partnership work. A huge benefit for us was that Lexel was able to illustrate in a simplistic way, exactly where we would see the efficiencies. When it came to transition, Lexel did an exceptional roll in transitioning SKY staff into its own team, and in a way that was a win win for all including our SKY staff".
22 September 2016 IDC Digital Transformation Workshop at Cable Bay Vineyard Lexel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise hosted key clients at the exclusive Cable Bay Vineyard, for a half-day workshop which provided key insights into digital transformation challenges, run by Adam Dodds from IDC.

The afternoon encouraged a networking opportunity to mix with peers. The food and wine was first-class, with a highlight being the wine tour!

An enjoyable and informative day, on beautiful Waiheke Island.
7 September 2016 Choose your weapon – Wok. Whisk. Or Spoon? HP Inc and Lexel hosted an Epic MasterChef Battle at Sachie's kitchen.

Customers first learnt about Lexel's lethal weapons to slice print cost through HP Inc's and Lexel's flexible procurement, transition and management options.

The night then took a competitive turn, armed with their cooking weapon of choice customers were put in teams to compete in an epic battle. They chopped, whisked, fried like they never had before. It was close but Chop Chop Shop came out on top.

A big thank you to the team at Sachie's Kitchen who helped the teams create something not only edible but delicious.

Great company, competitive fun, amazing food and an informative evening on HP Managed Print.
9 October 2017 Mobile trendsetter prize pack for one lucky winner In September, Lexel promoted the new HP Elite POS and as part of the promotion Daniel Villard of Smith and Caughey won an exciting HP prize pack.

The prize included the HP Spectre X360, HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 dock, HP power pack, HP headset, HP Roar Mini Bluetooth speaker, HP tote and sleeve to make a statement without saying a word.

“It's a very nice package with so many accessories & features, very fast & light laptop. Please pass my appreciation to Lexel & HP for this superb prize.” –Daniel Villard.

The HP Elite POS is a brand new addition to the HP offering and is a versatile point of sale system with security, durability, and flexibility built into its gorgeous design ensuring you are powered to perform.
1 April 2016 Lexel wins Microsoft's Communications Partner of the Year Award Lexel Systems was awarded Communications Partner of the Year at the 2016 Microsoft Partner Awards held last night at the Langham in Auckland.

The awards recognise Microsoft partners who show excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technologies.

Lexel Systems CEO Noel Simpson says "The team is very appreciative of the award and its recognition. It’s a result of years of investment and focus in building our Skype for Business practice, where we have become the most trusted, focused and most capable Skype for Business partner in New Zealand.

The award also recognises Lexel's integration capability, where we successful integrate backwards into legacy systems and also integrate additional layers of functionality with other business applications such as call centre and management systems”.

Lexel's industry leading Microsoft Skype for Business implementation at travel company JUCY, showcased the benefits of a unified communications solution that has achieved excellent call quality and tailored regional queue requirements from a single centralised system.
17 March 2016 A Good Catch with Lexel Lexel's customers enjoyed a fun days fishing on the Hauraki Gulf. Great company, great food and a few tall fishing tales were to be had on-board the ultimate charter boat, Zefiro.

Several spot prizes were won on the day, including awards for the 'Loudest Fisherman' and the 'Snappiest Snapper' This event that was immensely enjoyed by all.
16 February 2016 A great day out on the track with Lexel Lexel hosted key clients for a BMW driver training day at the premier Hampton Downs race track.

Although it was not a race day, a competitive atmosphere brewed amongst the Auckland and Waikato based customers. This lead to even more hilarity when it was discovered that two of the drivers (we won’t mention any names) had forgotten to put their vehicles into Sports Mode!

The BMW Driver Training is modelled on BMW's official driver training programme in Europe. This programme offered clients an active and dynamic drive experience that provided driving pleasure, education and fun in a controlled and safe environment.

The course utilized a fleet of new BMW 3 series cars and at the end of the day an experienced racing driver took each client for hot laps of the circuit in a BMW M3 driven by one of New Zealand's most experienced race car drivers, Mike Eady.

Lexel thanks sponsor, Veeam for their support of this great event, an excellent day was had by all.
12 February 2016 Lexel unleashes its 'new loo' reception Lexel officially open their new, smart, modern looking reception with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. The new area consists of a glass encased meeting room, casual seating area with HP digital signage and visitor registration console. Lexel plans to carry-on their crisp, clean lined 'new look' with renovations planned for the rest of the building this year.