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GazWebTech – Garry Hamilton-Smith

Web & Technology Specialist

iMedia Summit Hunter Valley May 2014

Well, it’s come around yet again, next Monday I am off to the Hunter to meet up with a whole lot of professionals in the online industry.

Looking at the attendee’s think it is going to be a good one, seems to be more attending this year or something.

See you all there Monday.


The Mens Shop has gone fishing…

The Mens Shop has gone fishing…

On 31 Mar 2014, The Mens Shop has gone fishing to be replaced by Van Heusen.

For the full story, please visit and read the following:
Power Retail – The Mens Shop has Gone Fishing.

I hope this explains this a little better as I get a few calls on the matter.

2013 ORIA Awards

The Mens Shop was nominated as a finalist for the second year running, launched Mar 2012, and nominated at the 2012 ORIA Awards for “Best New Online Retailer”, this year we were nominated as a finalist for “Best Site Optimisation and Design”.

A great night out were we all got dressed up, will say all the boys from The Mens Shop had an advantage, one of the perks…

Was a better location this year at The Star and not cramped, and again seems we lost out to Bing Lee Electronics. Well done “Bing Lee”, oh well. Second is good! Great effort to everyone in my team and The Mens Shop.

A good night out !

Online Retailer Conference 2013 – Sydney

Well here we are once again at the 2013 Online Retailer and each year I hate to say it, but the content seems to be getting worse.

Still great for the novice to learn or newbies to attend, but not to sure I will be attending this event in 2014.

Overall I would say 90% of the sessions could have put me to sleep including 1 of the keynote speakers.

Don’t want to say much more, but if you are reading this and you are experienced in the Online and Web industry, then I would not be attending.

Anyone starting out, then get yourself along to it, as you have lots to learn.

So overall, pretty poor guys.

Let’s hope it gets better in 2014 and I hear some good reviews.

iMedia Summit Hunter Valley May 2013


Attended the iMedia Summit in the Hunter Valley (May 2013) and it was once again a great networking event between suppliers and retailers.

Caught up with an old buddy Simon West who was CEO of during my time there and is now CEO of

Also, had a round of golf with Larry Adler and 2 others in a 4 ball event, and we won ! Think I missed out on my prize though, oh well there is always next year.

As per the 2012 event, this is one of the best Australian Online networking events out there, well done to the iMedia Team.

Only negative is that some of the smaller talks in the breakout sessions were not up to scratch, but overall a good event. Will go again and recommend to others.

Also a big thanks to the Exact Target boys, thats all I will say on that one, anyone that attended the event will know what I am talking about. Well Done.

Sign mw up for next year again.

Thanks for the invite.

2012 ORIA Awards

Part of the Online Retailer Conference is the ORIA Awards.

In only April of this year, Ecommerce Apparel Pty Limited (part of the Gazal group) launched a new web site called The Mens Shop.

It was great news that just after 3 months of trading, we made the finalist in the awards for “Best New Online Retailer” along with 5 others including The Iconic and Harvey Norman.

I guess it is pretty hard to compete with the likes of The Iconic knowing the budget they have and are spending as a new online retailer. The award on the night was taken out by The Iconic, but I would like to think came in a close second.

Maybe next year will be our year.

It was a good night out and all the best to SurfStitch who took out 2 awards and the overall award of “Online Retailer of the Year”.

See you next year, where hopefully we will have a winner.

iMedia Summit Hunter Valley May 2012


Just attended the iMedia Summit in the Hunter Valley (May 2012) and can say when they phoned me in December 2011 and invited me, I had no idea how this would turn out.

But good news, it was a great 2+ days with loads of networking between both providers and other retailers.

Can say will probably take up and use the services of one or two service providers that I meet at the Summit.

Great work to Mark and James at iMedia. Will be there next time around…

Thanks for the invite.

Percona Live April 2012 – Santa Clara CA USA


Well I can report, that the Percona MySQL Conference held at the Hyatt in Santa Clara CA USA from April 10 was just as good if not better then the O’Reilly version.

What would have helped is that is has been two years since attending the 2010 O’Reilly MySQL Conference and so much has changed.

To start, the Maakit toolset has been taken over by Percona and rewritten and branded as the Percona Toolkit. If you are not using the Percona Toolkit, I suggest you read up on them and use them.

Next, Monty and the MariaDB team are just going great guns, with the GA release of MariaDB 5.3.6 and MariaDB 5.5 which is some areas out performs the Oracle version and google patches.

Can say, I now run MariaDB and love it.

Heaps of other tools from MySQL Sandbox and others.

If you have not yet attended the MySQL Conference and you are actively involved in decisions around it or you administer or use it, get yourself along to a conference next time around.

A great trip, long days, and loads of new tools.

See you again soon…

Off to MySQL Conference 2012 tomorrow


Off to the Percona MySQL 0212 Conference tomorrow flying United direct to San Francisco.

The conference is being held at the Hyatt in Santa Clara, CA, USA.

Also have lined up a few meetings, so looking forward to it all. Have a few goals set, and looking to see where Drizzle is at and who is now using it in a production environment.

Anyone that is there and wants to catch up, just give me a bell or drop me an email.

In the News – Our Latest Creation


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