Convergence expected to kick off electronics/IT turf war

Though eSys distributes standalone components, it expects converged products to take off.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 27, 2005

"One of the fastest and deepest changes taking place in the market today is the convergence of products and services into one single item," says Pavan Gupta, general manager, Esys. "Information Technology is getting into consumer electronics and the reverse is also true. They say we're encroaching on their turf and we say exactly the same thing about them." "I can now take photos here in Dubai, and my grandparents in India can see them in no more than 10 minutes,” says Gupta. “At the sametime, I can watch my colleagues back in the office on the company's surveillance cameras, which is hooked up to my mobile phone via GPRS internet service, while I'm here at Gitex 2005," he continues. Gupta like some other future lookers is convinced that buying new converged products really won't be an option in the future, it will be a "have to have" for everyone. "Not wanting to use them is like saying ‘I don't want to sit in a car', which would have been fine a few decades ago when it was still a choice. Well, it's the 21st century and today you have to sit in a car. And you have to use converged products," proclaims Gupta. However, Gupta believes that like any other major change, there will surely be a struggle before things settle down and a general standard is established. Still, Gupa - a firm believer in convergence - is rooting for the change and he plans to put eSys right in the middle of the battle. eSys was founded in the new millennium with its primary base in Singapore and it has quickly become one of the ‘watch-dog’ firms making sure that consumers around the world move with the rapidly changing times. The company - one of the leading IT component distributors in the world - has 27 subsidiaries in Asia, Europe and the Americas, and 65 other points of presence. Today, eSys is not only the the world's largest hard disk drive distributor, but also the largest distributor of Hynix Memory chips in Asia and Europe; and a leading global distributor of other IT components, including CPUs, motherboards, optical storage units, floppy disk drives, monitors, casing, mice, networking components and various peripheral devices.

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