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COMPASS 2007 :Reinventing Itself

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As one of the most successful IT expos of the East, there were several new

aspects to Compass 2007. Three new sets of awards were handed out and the

association also leveraged the electronic and radio media to publicize the event

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The 12th chapter of Compass 2007 saw some innovation in the form of a new set

of awards that were handed out. The event also moved back to the Netaji Subash

Chandra Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, as on two occasions, the outdoor venue proved

to be ill fated for the event.

That the event is one of the most popular IT expos in the east goes without

saying. This time around, besides dealers from mofussil areas of the eastern

region, one could spot several youth at the expo.

“The most important aspect at Compass 2007 is the increased number of

visitors in the form of students and youngsters, executives and IT

professionals. This is again very encouraging for us since this user segment is

the prime user of IT right now and in the future,” said a visibly delighted Arun

Jalan, Chairman-Exhibition Committee, Compass.

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Other innovations



This year, the expo witnessed a few first timers. For the first time,

Compass utilized the electronic media as a publicity vehicle, as it had tied-up

with Radio Mirchi. Also for the first time during the exhibition, online IT

quizzes for school students were conducted.

Besides this, seminars on different topical subjects like devices for users,

use of IT for business issues and solutions, application of IT in surveillance

and protection against threats from PCs to cell phones, etc were also conducted

during the four-day exhibition.

Stalls of various products on

display during the event

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Remarked Jalan, “The Compass Inter-School IT Quiz was well-received by

partici­pants. We have received great encouragement from the schools as well as

parents.” Compass gave prizes in the form of  LCD monitors, speakers, gift

hampers, trophies and certificates to the winners. “This is an effort on behalf

of Compass to help the students enrich their IT knowledge, and also to create

better interest and awareness of IT among them,” added Jalan.

Speaking on the success of the event, Pawan Jajodia, President, Compass

informed, “Encouraged by the response, we have received from all participanting

schools, students and parents, we are planning to make this quiz a standalone

event to be organized by Compass. The executive committee is exploring the

possibilities to make it a branded property of Compass by the name of Compass

Inter-School IT Quiz.”

Compass offers a platform to IT companies to showcase their latest products

and technologies. “With the increased association of bigger companies each year,

the event is getting all the more powerful. This is one medium which is very apt

for creating brand awareness, both among the end users as well as the channel,”

said Jajodia.

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Problems present too



However, with the growing volume and popularity of the show, Compass members

regreted the unavailability of a bigger venue, for the event. The association is

hopeful that by next year, the exhibition complex erected by the local

government will be completed soon so that it can organize the show there.

“In that case, we are planning to divide it in two parts. One will be

dedicated entirely for product and technology display which is the objective of

most participants, and another part to be used as a sales venue where those who

want to sell their product can do so,” said Jalan.

The Compass expo saw the participation of some new brands like DSK Worldman,

LCC PC, RealTime Systems, Gemini, Cartridge World, Re-Feel and Kanry. But there

were some companies, which refrained from participating in the event because

they felt that the quality of the crowd has gone down. “The footfalls reduced

over the past couple of years and the people the event is attracting are not the

IT buyers per se,” a partner claimed.

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COMPASS 2007 Award Winners
Best

Products




TFT/LCD monitors: Samsung


Harddisk drives: Seagate


Motherboard: Intel


Input devices: Logitech


UPS: APC


Anti-virus: Quick Heal


Desktop: Compaq


Laptop: Lenovo


Networking products: D-Link









Most Popular Distributor



Winner:
Ingram Micro



Runner-up: Redington

Most Popular OEM



Winner:
Intel



Runner-up: Samsung


Personality Of The Year:VK Bhandari (Supertron Electronics)

Woman Achiever Of The Year: Veena

Jalan (Jalan Compu Data Systems)

Lifetime Achievement Award: KL Lalani

(Lalani Infotech)

Compass officials too maintained that the turnout in the four-day show was a

bit lower but that did not daunt the spirit of the organizers. “We had expected

a turnaround of one lakh people but the actual turnout is possibly around

75,000, which was also not bad given the high ratio of quality crowd,” informed

Jalan. “One thing which is noteworthy here is that the percentage of serious

visitors was more this time than the previous years. This is a very healthy sign

and is a welcome change,” he added.

The aerial view of the

exhibition area

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Partners in success



The main sponsor for this year's exhibition was Xenitis Group while DSK

Worldman and Amconics were the co-sponsors. The associate sponsors for the show

were Zenith, Netgear, HP, Lenovo, MSI, RPG, Nvidia and APSIS, and the entrance

gate sponsor was D-Link.

The official IT magazine was DQ Channels. This year, the theme of the

exhibition was 'Computer for Everyone'. “Our objective is to promote IT to be

every man's tool. We want to create more awareness through the Compass expo

among the users, which will add on to the computer literacy rate in the state,”

said Jalan.

Like every year, Compass also organized its annual award ceremony at Spring

Club. Sponsored by Seagate, the event witnessed introduction of three new award

categories-Lifetime Achieve­ment, IT Personality of the Year and Woman

Achiever-apart from the regular categories.

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“These types of awards act as great motivation for the individuals and

encouragement to produce better results,” said Jalan. Next year, the association

is planning to introduce a few more categories, which will be worked out by the

executive committee in due course of time.

Based on a survey by IMRB, the awards were given out to the winners in

different categories. Another set of awards were given, based on the performance

of the exhibitors at the exhibition venue for different categories. For this the

association had appointed neutral judges comprising of experts from different

verticals.

DQC News Bureau

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