CSA wins HP ExpertOne Skills Achievement Award 2013 - Friday, February 21, 2014

After 28 years CSA's Head Office in Newcastle to relocate to 21 Annie St Wickham - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CSA Now Authorised Device Reseller for New Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet - Friday, October 04, 2013

CSA helps deliver "XBox learning" to the University of New England via Microsoft Lync. - Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Fantastic media coverage in the Australian of CSA's joint project with Microsoft to deliver a truly collaborative unified communications solution to 23,000 students and staff at UNE. Click here for a PDF of the article.

CSA in the media - RECON 2013 coverage on NBN Nightly News - Thursday, May 09, 2013


CSA Tops HP Certification Leaderboard! - Thursday, March 28, 2013


CSA has bolstered its status as one of HP’s preferred partners by winning the title of HP Enterprise Group Certification Champion for the second half of 2012.
The award recognizes CSA’s exceptional efforts to keep up to date with HP training requirements over the period. Channel Marketing Manager for HP Enterprise Group Rebecca Clarke commended CSA’s dedication to certification of its sales and technical staff.
“CSA has demonstrated the benefits of HP Enterprise certification both with its technical expertise and ability to provide appropriate solutions to clients,” said Ms Clarke. “In doing so they have become one of our preferred partners in the enterprise space.”
Accepting the award, Managing Director John Schneider thanked CSA staff for their hard work to achieve the certifications. “What this award means is that CSA holds more certifications in HP technologies than any other Australian Partner,” said Mr Schneider. “It is a huge achievement and really defines our core values of enabling personal potential, thirst for knowledge, learning and excellence".

CSA Wins Again! SOPHOS ANZ Partner of the Year 2012 - Tuesday, September 04, 2012

CSA shocks by winning back to back SOPHOS ANZ Value Added Reseller of The Year Awards for 2011 and now for 2012.

When asked why CSA won this coveted industry award, SOPHOS Partner Manager Julie Malcolm said "Certainly revenue is an important reflection of success, however there is more to receiving this award than that. CSA work with us closely and proactively to provide valuable feedback from their customer knowledge to ensure our joint customers are well looked after. A feature of the CSA business model is their commitment to training and accreditation for their staff. We are always comfortable that CSA people ‘know their stuff’. Overall, it’s success built from knowledge, mutual co-operation and hard work."

CSA Managing Director John Schneider was elated at the back to back wins, the first in CSA's history. "This is testimony to not only the exceptional work done by CSA staff two years running but the growing strength of our relationship with SOPHOS and the quality and relevance of SOPHOS solutions" he said.

CSA now one of only 10 Microsoft Partners in Australia with new Gold Competency - Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It’s with pleasure that I can announce that CSA has just met the requirements for the “Microsoft Management & Virtualisation Gold Competency”. We are now one of less than 10 partners to hold this competency in Australia and the combined capabilities of OEM, Server & Storage, Advisory Services and RedSky see CSA well placed to capitalise on such potential.

This is an important achievement for CSA as just two weeks ago Microsoft announced System Centre 2012 – a major new development in their data centre virtualisation, systems management and private cloud strategy. System Centre 2012 enables you to manage your virtual, physical and cloud environments from a single console providing full control of all your datacentre assets.
CSA Makes First Splash into Customer Immersion - Friday, November 25, 2011


After becoming one of the first technology partners in Australia to be qualified to facilitate Microsoft’s Business Productivity Customer Immersion Experience (CIE), Computer System Australia (CSA) has just launched the first of its CIE “Immersion Suites” at its head office in Newcastle, NSW.
After more than 5 weeks of construction, configuration and rigorous testing, a successful internal launch of the CIE suite occurred today to rapturous applause from CSA’s sales and account service teams.
Today’s launch means CSA is one of the first partners in Australia to commission a CIE suite and due to huge customer demand sessions will be scheduled 1 month ahead of schedule.

“There is great anticipation and excitement from our customers. The CIE will enable them to road-test Microsoft’s user facing applications, all working as one integrated solution to increase business productivity” said Brett Woods, Portfolio Manager.

To qualify as facilitator of Microsoft’s CIE, CSA had to acquire Microsoft’s Unified Communications Gold Competency and Portals and Collaboration Gold Competency of which CSA was one of the first in Australia to achieve.
Rather than a demonstration or a presentation, the CIE is a hands the CIE is a hands-on experience based on role-playing, where senior business and IT decision makers test-drive Microsoft’s fully integrated business productivity platform that includes Unified Communications, Collaboration, Content Management, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Search.&l

CSA Wins 2011 SOPHOS ANZ VAR of the Year - Thursday, September 15, 2011


CSA is proud to announce that it has just won the prestigious 2011 SOPHOS ANZ Value Added Reseller of the Year Award.

At a presentation in North Sydney CSA's Managing Director John Schneider was pleased with the win "This further testifies to CSA's strengthening relationship with SOPHOS and reflects the strong focus CSA has had on SOPHOS' quality products and particularly the hard work shown by CSA staff over the last 12 months".

Julie Malcolm, Channel Manager of SOPHOS attributed the deserved win to CSA exceeding all revenue and certification targets as well as its quality of service.

“Our partnership with Computer Systems Australia continues to grow year on year and this VAR of the Year award is well deserved. Sophos values the integrity and enthusiasm of the CSA team and our joint customers are very vocal about the quality of service they provide. I know CSA have recently celebrated 25 yrs in the industry, a great feat in today’s challenging market, and we look forward to building on a successful partnership.”

CSA is rightly proud of this accolade and looks forward to 2012 with SOPHOS and delivering its quality security solutions. 

CSA Achieves Microsoft Unified Communications Gold Competency - Tuesday, September 13, 2011



At the time of writing CSA was one of only 4 Partners in Australia with Microsoft Unified Communications Gold Competency.


"Further to the Microsoft Portals and Collaboration Gold Competency achieved in August, it’s with pleasure that I can announce CSA has just met the requirements for the Microsoft Unified Communications Gold Competency (Voice Option)." said Brett Woods, CSA's Product Manager for Operating Environment and Messaging.
CSA are now one of only four Australian Microsoft partners to hold these competencies. This is especially significant given our Q1 focus on Communications and Collaboration. It also positions us well with Microsoft who is aiming to transact > 100,000 Lync voice seats in Australia, and become number 1 or 2 in voice seats worldwide in FY12.
Brett Woods personally thanked CSA's Naimesh Mistry, Nam Hoang, Eric Ling, Dan Gilbertson, Jason Harmer & David Jacobs – "this team has delivered the ask on-time and without fault. Thank you must also go to others that have enabled them to achieve this."

CSA Celebrates 25 years! - Friday, July 22, 2011


July 24, 2011 will celebrate 25 successful years of CSA.

Formed in 1986 CSA has grown from a small by dynamic computer company into Australia's leading Integrator of Risk-Tolerant Information and Communication Solutions.

CSA still retains the private ownership, drive, passion, unparalled integrity and enthusiasm that started the company back in the 1980's.

As one of the largest privately owned regional integrators in Australia it has grown to almost 90 staff and has achieved many vendor Partner of the Year Awards and Sales Achievement Awards.

John and Libby Schneider look forward to celebrating this milestone by doing what they do best, a passionate focus on delivering technical and service excellent to all CSA's customers. Their only regret being that this milestone could not be celebrated with Gordon Long, their long term business partner and close friend who sadly passed away last year.

CSA confidently embarks upon it's 25th year with strong growth plans to deliver even greater capability... "CSA's success is no secret" says John Schneider, Founder and Managing Director, "Surround yourself with the best people, create an environment where they want to be and focus on the needs of your customer".




Local governments could significantly reduce their telephony and communications costs while improving service to rate payers if a ground-breaking trial of the next generation of unified communications (UC) proves successful.
Computer Systems Australia is conducting the first large scale trial of Microsoft LYNC to be conducted within Local Government in Australia, and has invited local councils in New South Wales and Victoria to participate free of charge.
The manager of the trial, CSA’s Sarah Cunningham, says the three month trial is designed to demonstrate that a new generation unified web communications platform like LYNC can deliver more for less by reducing operational costs and improving productivity.
“With local government managers under pressure from rate payers to reduce costs, they are looking at ways to reduce telephony charges, eliminate unnecessary travel and improve staff productivity,” said Ms Cunningham.
“The rich presence information available through LYNC helps employees find the most effective way to communicate at a given time.”
“Instead of travelling or e-mailing documents back and forth for approval, LYNC enables physically separate workers to enjoy real-time collaboration while at the same time reducing their environmental footprint.”

North Sydney office moves to bigger, better premises at L4 221 Miller Street North Sydney - Monday, November 29, 2010




Newcastle Herald reports CSA RECON 2010 most successful partner event for Microsoft - Monday, April 26, 2010

Microsoft joined forces with Newcastle company Computer Systems Australia (CSA) to launch the highly anticipated BPOS "Cloud Computing" solutions as the RECON 2010 Business Expo in Newcastle last week. More than 150 information technology executives, representing more than 100 leading Hunter companies, attended the event hosted by CSA at the Crowne Plaza.

"Microsoft were gobsmacked, they said they had never seen this many peopel attend a (partner) expo they had done before," CSA marketing Manager Grant Belcher said. 

CSA Launches Industry's first IT Solutions Profiler - Friday, October 23, 2009

Australia's leading integrator of Risk-Tolerant Information and Communications solutions has today formally launched the IT industry's very first solutions profiler. Responding to feedback from customers that they were being overwhelmed with often irrelevant product-centric IT offers, CSA has created the 'XITPAIN' campaign which sought to remove the pain and frustration of chosing IT solutions to meet future requirements.

CSA Marketing Manager Grant Belcher, says "XITPAIN is long overdue for the IT industry. We have reversed the traditional channel model by asking customers and prospects to tell us what their IT priorities are for the next 12 months and we'll do the rest". Using the new PP5 profiling algorithm the customer simply enters a score from 1 to 5 indicating their priority in addressing a known "pain point" such as cost reduction, green computing or risk mitigation. PP5 then creates a unique "pentagram fingerprint" for that customer and profiles that against our full range of vendor IT solutions in software, server, storage, security, communications, networking and more. It produces a "prescription" of the best solutions to achieve a customers goals over the next 12 months.


Local Government will be the first vertical market to benefit from XITPAIN and PP5 and premieres this week at the 2009 CIVICA National Users Conference in Sydney. Grant Belcher says "For the first time customers can get a vendor-neutral mix of solutions tailored to their needs from a single website. This will save a grea deal of time and effort for IT managers looking to invest wisely in IT". Go to



Computer Systems Australia on approved Telecommunications panel contract for NSW Government

Monday, April 27, 2009


This week CSA, Australia’s leading integrator of Risk-Tolerant Information and Communication Solutions, was approved to be on the panel contract for the NSW Government Telecommunications Agreement (GTA) Category 5 - 0800542 and 0800182.

The GTA will improve the procurement process for telecommunications systems and services by engaging Government departments and agencies to use panel contractors. As well as generating lower costs and improved efficiencies to Government, it also offers benefits for successful tender providers such as CSA.

The NSW Government has amalgamated the annual procurement of almost $300 million of communications and collaboration solutions via the new panel contracts.
CSA’s Managing Director, John Schneider, is very excited by the panel appointment for CSA. “While CSA has already enjoyed a long and successful history of communications projects with Local Governments across NSW, acceptance onto GTA 5 will enable both CSA and NSW Government to partner more effectively resulting in more resilient communication solutions and successful project outcomes.”

“CSA is excited at the prospect of delivering risk-tolerant IP Telephony, unified communications, wireless, mobility and collaboration solutions to NSW Government agencies. Additionally while delivering excellent value, lower TCO and meeting new environmental requirements”. said Mr. Schneider.


For further Information contact

Grant Belcher - Marketing Manager on 4915 1105

CSA launches new risk-tolerant brand to differentiate from competitors - Friday, December 05, 2008

This week CSA celebrates the launch of its new corporate branding. Computer Systems Australia (CSA) has finally retired its friendly, familiar face which has existed in various forms since 1986. The bold new logo and corporate livery reflect CSA's emerging competitive strengths and a more contemporary visual identity.


More importantly however the new brand signifies a more differentiated brand positioning against competitors. For many years CSA has focused on reliable, resilient IT projects, hardware, communications and infrastructure.


CSA is now Australia's leading integrator of Risk-Tolerant Information and Communication Solutions. We are the first integrator in Australia to use the P3 Risk-Tolerant Methodology. P3 is a holistic approach to your IT needs expertly balancing Effective People, Resilient Product and Risk-Tolerant process. P3 helps minimise project risk and increases the reliability, resilience and overall success of your project.


After much research CSA determined this is the area customers really needed to see outcomes and with P3, CSA offers the assurance and peace of mind which a resilient, risk-tolerant solution provides.


CSA's new logo graphic has been inspired by titanium, one of the World's most resilient metals and strongest for its weight. These attributes were a perfect symbol for CSA and the graphic device itself is the stylised molecular structure for titanium.


CSA Achieves clean sweep by winning Cisco 2007 ANZ Commercial Partner of the Year Award - Monday, July 16, 2007

Company Computer Systems (Australia) Pty Ltd (CSA) has completed an unprecedented clean sweep of coveted awards from global networking leader Cisco®. CSA has been awarded 2007 Australia-New Zealand Commercial Partner of the Year – meaning it has won all three awards available to Cisco Premium Partners in Australia. It follows the recent honours of 2006 Cisco Asia-Pacific Business Partner of the Year and 2006 Cisco ANZ SMB Partner of the Year awarded to CSA in Shanghai and Las Vegas respectively. CSA was presented with the coveted award for the Australia New Zealand region at Cisco’s APAC Business Partner Summit on the Gold Coast in Queensland last Thursday.

CSA wins Cisco Australia New Zealand SMB Partner of the Year Award! - Monday, May 07, 2007

Leading Newcastle IT company Computer Systems (Australia) Pty Ltd (CSA) has been awarded the Small-to-Medium Business (SMB) Partner of the Year Award by United States’ networking leader Cisco®. CSA was presented with the coveted award for the Australia-New Zealand region at Cisco’s Global Partner Summit in Las Vegas. Cisco Australia and New Zealand Director, Channels, Jeff Sheard said the award is recognition of CSA’s superior commitment to small-medium business, certification and marketing efforts.

Understanding Virtualisation Seminar - Huge success! - Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tuesday March 13 - Boulevard on Beaumont Hotel - A strong turnout of interested and receptive attendees enjoyed hearing Reid Purvis of VMware demystify much of the confusion surrounding virtualisation. With 100% of all respondents indicating the seminar was "relevant and useful" and most indicating they wanted more information about the next steps of virtualisation and data storage the first of CSA's "Hot Topic" seminars was a huge success. The seminar was followed by an informal lunch where attendees and CSA staff mingled and talked about virtualisation and where to go from here. CSA's Marketing Manager Grant Belcher, told the audience that further workshops, seminars and luncheon briefings are planned for 2007 and that "CSA was keen to provide seminars on topics which mattered most to CSA's customers". With strong interest in Unified Communications, IP Telephony, Security, Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint 2007 expect topical and engaging seminars to follow... keep an eye on our events page.

Advances for IT Firm - Newcastle Herald - Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A NEWCASTLE company has become the first in regional Australia to achieve certification in Advanced Unified Communications, which is set to make dramatic changes to how business operates. Computer Systems Australia, established at Lambton in 1986, was certified in the new technology from US internet networking giant Cisco Systems yesterday. Unified Communications is the convergence of voice and data using internet protocol with a single digital identity, eliminating the need for separate phone numbers and email addresses.

     Greg Wendt

CSA Helps Hunter Water win 2006 ATUG Award - Friday, December 01, 2006

CSA congratulates Colin Stephenson, Hunter Water for taking out the "Best Communications Solution in the Hunter" Award at the 2006 ATUG Hunter Valley-Housley Awards. Held on the 30th November 2006 the 6th annual ATUG awards recognise expertise and innovation in Hunter telecommunication projects. Hunter Water won Best Communication Solution in the Hunter with a full IP Telephony solution deployed by CSA encompassing their new site at Honeysuckle Drive and a backup/DR site. "Since implementation, the IPtel (Cisco) system has performed very well and the integrator CSA did a great job" said Colin Stephenson.

CSA wins Cisco 2006 APAC Business Partner of the Year! - Saturday, July 01, 2006

CSA was recognised at the Cisco Asia Pacific Partners Summit, held in Shanghai in June, as the 2006 Cisco Asia Pacific Business Partner of the Year. The award recognises CSA's increasing success in deploying solutions based on Cisco's market leading technologies including Converged Technologies like Unified Communications and VOIP solutions, Security and general IP switching and routing.