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Config reorganizes and expands in Africa
French network and security VAD Config has decided to reorganize itself. The company has poached Pascal Barascud from networking specialist ACTN to become the manager of its new infrastructure division, while Denisa Monville, who joined from Arrow ECS in last December, becomes the manager of its security division. Pascal Barascud, who is based in Toulouse, also manages its new southern France sales office. Besides all this, the distributor has hired a sales agent based in Dakar, Senegal, to cover locally the French-speaking African market.
API signs with SecurePoint
Germany: broadliner API has unveiled on Cebit a distribution deal with local UTM vendor SecurePoint.
ScanSource and Avaya come together to drive cloud adoption in EU channel
As businesses in Europe increasingly look to adopt cloud technologies, Avaya announced that telecom and video VAD ScanSource Imago will be the first wholesale distribution partner in the EU for Avaya's cloud solutions, through its offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom. Based on Avaya's Powered by IP Office, ScanSource will provide its reseller partners with cloud-based solutions they can market to their end-user customer base. The cloud market is expected to rise across western Europe at a compound annual growth rate of 23.2 percent between 2015 and 2020, according to market researcher IDC, with spending in the region forecast to hit €21.8 billion this year. Avaya's solutions leverage cloud technology to meet businesses' needs for highly efficient and cost-effective engagement and collaboration offerings, enabling them to move at the pace today's digital market demands.
Resellers will be able to provide their customers with the same rich communications experiences they would expect from Avaya solutions delivered on-premises but in a streamlined model that allows companies to better manage costs by eliminating up-front capital investments and upgrades. Channel partners will also benefit from the combined reach and market share of Avaya and ScanSource, enabling them to build innovative solutions for their end-user customers and deliver future-proof communications experiences. Businesses will have greater flexibility to react to changing market conditions and demands, and will be better placed to leverage emerging technology trends. What's more, ScanSource is Avaya's largest global distribution partner and is committed to providing an in-depth knowledge of Avaya's solutions and the tools and value-added services resellers need to grow their business.
According to James Vickerage, the president of ScanSource Imago, "ScanSource is committed to helping its channel partners maximize their business opportunity and deliver the best experiences to their end-user customers. This partnership with Avaya will enable us to give our partners the freedom to sell cloud-based solutions to their customers, while benefiting from the reliability and quality that is synonymous with the Avaya brand." While Ioan MacRae, UK managing director for Avaya, says: "As enterprises in Europe increasingly look to adopt cloud-based solutions, the EU channel has been calling out for more agile methods of meeting their customers' demands. By combining with ScanSource, we can more effectively reach the indirect channel, enabling resellers to leverage our cloud-based solutions and create innovative offerings that meet today's digital business needs. We look forward to developing this partnership and offering a wider range of solutions and services in a cloud-based model."
Mark Chlebek to Head Pan-EMEA Ingram Micro Division
Broadliner Ingram Micro has unveiled a change of leadership in its pan-EMEA division. Mark Chlebek replaces Robert Beck as executive director of this division, managing relationships with pan-EMEA vendor partners. Beck will "gradually withdraw from the day-to-day business", before ending his 25 year career with the distributor. A 20-year company veteran, having joined Ingram in 1997, Chlebek takes responsibility for "purchasing and business management" for regional vendor partners managed by the distributor on a centralised basis. As part of the EMEA senior management team he reports to global group president of EMEA Mark Snider. "I'm excited to have Mark Chlebek coming into this strategic role. Mark brings with him years of EMEA-wide experience driving innovation and growth for our business. I am looking forward to working with him in his new capacity", Snider says. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Beck for his many years of service and dedication to Ingram Micro. I'd also like to thank him for volunteering to help with a smooth transition, ensuring Ingram Micro business will continue without interruption to our vendor and customer partners." Chlebek is but one recent promotion in Ingram management. In February the distributor appointed Jacek Murawski as VP of EMEA vender engagement, with Günter Schiessl and Jordi Muñoz reporting into him in roles overseeing the management of partnerships with volume and value vendors respectively.
Exclusive Group transforms leadership team
Network and security value distribution group Exclusive Group has restructured the business to exploit continued global growth and opportunities with two key promotional appointments. Julien Antoine, currently Group Director of Global Operations is taking the new position of VP of EMEA while Will Smith, currently Group IT Director increases his scope to become Group CIO. Julien Antoine's new remit as VP of EMEA recognises the need for increased scale and support to the Group's largest operating region, enabling the structure to flex and adapt to the challenges of a fast changing billion euro business unit. The promotion of Will Smith as CIO, recognises the importance of the Group’s digital transformation and the significance of IT and data intelligence in this journey. These enhancements to Exclusive Group’s leadership team complement the recent high-profile appointments of Stéphane Duplaix as Director of Strategic Global Alliances, and David Ellis as Group Director of Global Services. The senior leadership team now benefits from a wealth of successful entrepreneurialism, diversity and know how in building a highly agile global business structure, designed to deliver local value. "Our long-term success has always been centred on the ability to anticipate and adapt to disruption without diluting any of our value, and these important new positions will safeguard these unique strengths as we scale to new levels", said Barrie Desmond, COO of Exclusive Group. "Julien and Will bring huge energy and talent to the team and are fully committed to our VAST mission. These moves also recognise that we need to transform ourselves as well as transforming technology consumption and distribution if we are to maintain our disruptive position." "We are the only major VAD to be headquartered in Europe, and EMEA will always remain an important part of our growing global operations", said Julien Antoine. "Our value-adding principles are absolutely central to our continuing market relevance and our future growth throughout the region. There are exciting opportunities ahead as we continue to expand our services capabilities as well as market presence for Exclusive Networks and BigTec." "The Group IT function has doubled in recent years, making us well-positioned at the forefront of digital disruption to ensure we are creating value internally, and for customers, partners and vendors", said Will Smith. "Customer requirements are constantly evolving and we must continually address these while remaining efficient and easy to work with. I firmly believe that if you are not disrupting then you risk being disrupted."
ALSO launches WePrintSmarter
Broadliner ALSO has launched WePrintSmarter, a new online print marketplace to help resellers. The first service to be offered on the platform will be SmartSupplies, a fully automated print supplies re-ordering service. The system aims to give resellers a continuous flow of orders without customers having to manually re-book or know the required part numbers. ALSO CEO Gustavo Möller-Hergt said: "with this initiative ALSO is further growing its extensive services portfolio. The innovative WePrintSmarter services have a modular build-up, helping more and more resellers and vendors to optimise the management of their customers' printing needs." WePrintSmarter is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
Integrasys strengthens its foreign business
French telecom VAD Integrasys, which had a sales office in Switzerland since some time, has decided to accelerate its local development through the acquisition of a local company, Assydis. Damien Panchaud, the founder of Assydis, becomes the managing director of Integrasys SàRL, which focuses on video-security, network management, rugged notebooks as well as IP telephony, mainly with Panasonic products.
Ingram Micro becomes a strategic partner of Dell EMC
Germany: laid on the foundations for a strategic partnership signed by Dell for its Business products back in 2014, the Advanced Solutions division of broadliner Ingram Micro has been granted official distribution rights over the full Dell EMC portfolio. According to Klaus Donath, Executive Director Value Ingram Micro: "this confirms the success of our cooperation and holds significant potential for Ingram Micro and our reseller partners. Our team possesses excellent expertise and is well-positioned to provide the best possible support to resellers in the Dell EMC business."
Enterprise Systems and Starlink ink new distribution deals
Middle East: network and security VAD Enterprise Systems has signed a value added distribution agreement with network access management vendor ANTlabs. The agreement will enable Enterprise Systems' regional channel partners to offer ANTlabs products to UAE enterprise customers. Plus is aims to empower Enterprise Systems to recruit and manage partners in building steady revenue streams and scale ANTlabs business in the region. Enterprise Systems will focus on government, finance, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, oil & gas, and education sectors.
Its competitor StarLink has expanded its solutions lifecycle portfolio by signing a distribution agreement with Rubrik, a converged data management company. Under the agreement, the VAD will sell, install and support Rubrik's products and solutions through its extensive network of Channel Partners to enterprise and government customers in the GCC (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) as well as Egypt. Nidal Othman, Managing Director StarLink, said: "StarLink continues to build a diverse portfolio for our partners, and with focus tremendously shifting to cloud-based solutions, having Rubrik onboard is very timely. Apart from being a world-class cloud data management platform that allows backup, recovery, replication and analytics, I am most excited about how Rubrik can prevent ransomware from being able to access and encrypt backup data and that Rubrik's approach can provide much of the benefit of Isolated Recovery at a fraction of the cost." Roland Stritt, Director Channels EMEA for Rubrik, said: "we are thrilled to partner with StarLink and bring Rubrik to their huge channel network. With our new approach to cloud data management, data protection and archival, we have not only eliminated the complexity of legacy solutions, but also reduced our customers data centre footprint and capex costs by up to 50%. We see increased demand for our solution in the region and look forward to StarLink's expertise to help us meet this demand." (source: ITP Middle East and Reseller Middle East).
Maverick and PolarAudio find new partners, while Mayflex opens in Scotland and Nimans expands warehousing
United Kingdom: display vendor ViewSonic has entered a new agreement with AV distribution expert Maverick, following the success of their collaborations in France and Spain. The agreement sees Maverick become an official distributor of ViewSonic's AV products. Maverick are now offering next day availability on ViewSonic product ranges to its channel partners. Audio specialist PolarAudio has agreed a deal to become Radial Engineering's sole distributor in the country of Radial brands (Radial, Tonebone and Primacoustic). John Midgley, Polar MD, said: "Primacoustic is the first acoustic treatment product line we have been involved with and will dovetail well not only with our range of studio equipment but also into the wider installation sphere. Clearly, we are delighted to have secured this exclusive deal which expands and broadens the scope of our portfolio." Cabling and networking specialist Mayflex has opened training, meeting, and demonstration facilities in Scotland. Located at Maxim Business Park, Eurocentral, the office is operational since early April, and feature an M-Tech product demonstration area, as currently operated in London and Birmingham together with space for training sessions, meetings and presentations. Finally, telecom VAD Nimans is building a major warehouse expansion. Work has begun to increase floor space by over a third, with the multi-million-euro scheme on the outskirts of Manchester due to be completed by October. Chairman Julian Niman says the project represents a high profile symbol of how Nimans is gearing up for an even brighter future – ahead of the imminent launch of a new trade catalogue which showcases an expanded 8,000 strong product range.
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Config reorganizes and expands in Africa 2017-04-25
API signs with SecurePoint 2017-04-25
Exclusive Group transforms leadership team 2017-04-25
ALSO launches WePrintSmarter 2017-04-24
Integrasys strengthens its foreign business 2017-04-24
Two new brands for Infodip 2017-04-21
Another office for Littlebit 2017-04-20
News from AB, ALSO, Nelro Data and Veracomp 2017-04-20
Audio-Technica appoints Ertekin Elektronik 2017-04-19
Gandalf fights viruses with ESET 2017-04-19
Soft Expansion distributes Nexcopy 2017-04-18
Tech Data announces leadership appointments 2017-04-18