By SHABBIR H. KAZMI
Dec 31, 2001 - Jan 06, 2002
Mir Nasir is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
He was born in 1975 and studied at St. Patrick's High School in Karachi.
Then he went to Southern University, Washington D.C. to complete BS in
Financial Management. Currently he is Director, Technical Sales and
Network Solutions at Inbox Business Technologies. Earlier he has worked
for Virtual Services (acquired by Inbox in June 2000), Information
Technology Warehouse and Electro Sales and services.
PAGE: Has IT fizzled out or lost energy it
had enjoyed in the recent past?
Mir Nasir: In the recent past there was an
unprecedented upsurge in Information Technology (IT) in
most parts of the world. Some were encompassed in the 'too much too
soon, state, while others progressed along smoothly, slowly but surely.
After September 11, disintegration and lay-offs have become common. As
opposed to this the local scenario holds more promises. With active
participation of the GoP and integration of latest computing technology
in commercial and educational institutions, sales of hardware has not
declined so drastically.
PAGE: What are the future prospects for
hardware marketing companies?
Nasir: Inbox has been able to attract attention
of buyers for its products and services. Inbox has emerged as one of the
leading local computer companies in a span of just over a year. The
reason being that since inception, Inbox has always striving to deliver
the best — not just in terms of computers and technology but also
service. We believe that business is not merely selling but, more
importantly, cultivating client loyalty and customer satisfaction. We
aim at educating people about computers and their utility. For example
the Inbox Speed Show, showcasing Intel Pentium 4 processor based
machines, served an excellent platform whereby the general public got an
opportunity to experience superior Inbox technology.
PAGE: What distinguishes Inbox from other
hardware marketing companies?
Nasir: Inbox completed the necessary steps to
achieve the much-valued Inter Premier Provider status to begin with.
Being the first certified Inter Premier Provider, clients are assured
that we are capable of delivering exceptional technological solutions
and services. This is possible only because of following the worldwide
Premier Provider set of instructions, guidelines and training. Inbox is
at par with standards set by Intel Corporation. Intel Premier Providers
have an edge over other computer manufacturers/assemblers in the form of
early access to advanced industry information and tools and the ability
to competently assemble genuine and superior quality products. All Intel
Premier Providers receive Training and Education from Intel on regular
basis, ensuring they are capable of offering solution based on latest
technology validated by successful completion of certification
examinations guaranteeing that the Intel Providers are truly competent
and qualified to take on this status.
PAGE: What have been the major achievements
Nasir: University of Karachi has recently
purchased over 200 Intel Pentium III desktop PCs from Inbox. This
staggering order was placed keeping in mind University's computer
requirements and determination to provide students with quality computer
education. Karachi University wanted to ensure that students have access
to the latest technology and are familiar with the computing concepts. A
data network company has built its infrastructure based on 25 high-end
Inbox e-Bridge servers.
PAGE: How does Intel recognize Inbox efforts?
Nasir: Inbox was recently awarded the Intel
Premier Provider Programme Marketing Award at the Intel Solutions Summit
2001 ceremony in Singapore. The award's importance and relevance could
not be overlooked. This recognition will go a long way for us at Inbox.
Intel's recognition reaffirms our approach to addressing the computing
needs of the Pakistani market and motivates us to deliver more than what
PAGE: What is your forecast about outlook of IT
Nasir: The personal computing market has expanded
dramatically. There is a noticeable change in the way companies look
towards computerization. The rate of software and hardware innovation is
dynamic. This continues to sharply increase system performance and
relatively reduce the cost of computerization. Since computing
performance is improving and relative cost has been declining, new
computer population is growing in double digits.
PAGE: Why should people use computer?
Nasir: The growth in computer population is
driven by speed, efficiency and convenience. Internet is fast becoming
an integral part of our daily lives. Businesses rely on the Internet for
commerce and real-time information exchange. From servers that power
Internet connectivity, to desktops and palmtops that provide the
interface, to work stations used to develop digital content, the
competence to provide products and services that facilitate Internet
access and enhance peoples on-line experience will be vital for
companies in the IT industry.
PAGE: Does Inbox also arranges financing?
Nasir: For most people, a computer is the third
largest investment they will make in their lives after their home and
automobile. Inbox with its business partners offer affordable financing
options putting computers within the reach of more and more people. The
packages offered thereby reduce the cost of a system to manageable