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ITAO settles credit with HP

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major href="https://www.dqweek.com/mumbai-bans-hp">HP has

finally agreed to pay the outstanding due for the

sponsorship in the IT Conclave held earlier this year to the host, IT

Association of Orissa (ITAO). The move came in after the successful

meeting of ITAO's executive body and HP local representatives which

was held recently.
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an exclusive interview with
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DQ Week
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ITAO Secretary, D Ratho said that soon after the conclusion of the IT

Conclave, held in association with the state nodal agency, HP

refrained to clear off the outstanding amount of Rs 50,000 as part of

the sponsorship deal promising to pay by August 15, this year. “Even

after August 15, HP did not pay ITAO the money for the sponsorship

despite reminders from the association,” said Ratho.

color="#000000">With

the

deadline extending by over six months, the agency finally called

for a meeting of the executive body and HP representatives in

Bhubaneswar to decide upon the payment. “The payment due on ITAO's

account will be settled by HP through their channel partner Lalani

Infotech based in the same city. In the executive body meeting held

in mid-October, HP and ITAO agreed to these terms of payment,”

commented Ratho. “There has clearly been some communication gap

between ITAO and HP for which the payment has been delayed,” he

added. However,

sources in the association have revealed that the primary cause of

the delayed payment is due to change of HP employees in the city. HP

went for sponsorship in the IT Conclave based on the deal struck by

its local representatives and no direct communication to the company

was made by ITAO. With these employees leaving the company, ITAO

suggested that the IT major took sometime (three months) to

understand the process and afterwards cleared off the payment.


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always prefer payments or sponsorships by the vendors through their

local channel partners. There have been cases in the past where ITAO

had to do a rough follow-up with these vendors in terms of dues as it

was a direct vendor sponsorship. BUT from the past we have learnt to

go for sponsorships from vendors routed through their local channel

partners,” concluded Ratho. He said that the outstanding payment by

HP will be cleared by the end of this month.

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