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Nuvias becomes first pan-EMEA VAD for GitHub

GitHub, the software development platform (and the world's largest community of developers used by more than 23 million people across the globe) has signed its first pan-EMEA distribution agreement with fast-growing VAD Nuvias. The new partnership will further expand GitHub's enterprise customer base across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and represents a commitment by Nuvias to accelerate the growth of its DevOps business.

GitHub has rapidly become the leading web-based Git version control tool and repository for code development, providing access control and collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management and wikis. GitHub already has over 64 million repositories, making it the largest host of source code in the world.

"Software and applications are now the heart of business and the basis for digital transformation, innovation and efficiency", said Paul Eccleston, CEO Nuvias Group. "With businesses needing to deliver quality applications quickly so they can compete and gain market share, GitHub will be at the centre of our portfolio of integrated tools and services to enable collaborative development, quality, security, automation and user-experience monitoring."

"GitHub Business allows companies large and small to collaborate on important projects more effectively, improving productivity within their development teams", said Catherine King, Channel Manager at GitHub. "With Nuvias' focus on accelerating its DevOps business, this partnership will help more companies across the globe get the most from their GitHub deployments, whether they choose the hosted option or on-premise."

Development teams of all sizes, from start-ups to global teams of thousands, can harness the GitHub platform to discover, use and contribute to projects more effectively, regardless of organisation or geography. Managers get a powerful insight into work, in near real-time, across projects and teams, or can use the Activity Dashboard to view work across every project on GitHub Enterprise with easy-to-read graphs. GitHub source repositories can be shared in the cloud or privately on-premise, while members can follow each other, review each other's work, receive updates for specific projects and communicate publicly or privately. "The way software is developed has fundamentally changed and the advance of open source means there is no point in reinventing the wheel", said Paul Eccleston. "GitHub allows companies to multiply forces and employ 1000s of developers on improving and optimising code.". GitHub's platform is available in the region through Nuvias offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Ring and Arab Business Machine sign new partnership

Middle East: Ring, a vendor of home security products, has signed a distribution agreement with Mac specialist Arab Business Machine Middle East (ABM) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As per the agreement, ABM will promote and distribute Ring's innovative home security products and solutions and offer value-added services through its extensive channel partner network. Ring is expanding its global presence and operations in response to the region witnessing a positive growth of the property sector with many developers focusing on building master-planned communities and the increasing demand for home security solutions.

"Your home is not an asset – your home is a place that has much more meaning to it and it is something you want to protect and also monitor. Ring believes in keeping homes and communities safe rather than just comfortable and we hope to change the way home owners view security by keeping an eye on their family and property, even when they can't. Ring re-imagined the doorbell so consumers could respond – using a smartphone – to someone at their front door from anyplace, anytime while simplifying the technology with the combination of App, Cloud and Security hardware. ABM is very well placed in the MENA region to position our smart home security products with its broader reach across key retailers, Internet Service Providers and online stores. ABM's experience in selling Apple products for more than a decade gives us further confidence of its capabilities on best in class retail execution for Ring’s range of the products and solutions", says Mohammad Meraj Hoda, Managing Director of Ring.

Ring has evolved as the leading brand in the Smart Home Security Space represented by 16000 plus stores across North America and Ring's products globally have been hailed as dependable second set of eyes and ears to deter would-be thieves from entering homes and communities. It has been proven that Ring doorbells can reduce crime by up to 55% in neighbourhoods, and the goal is to bring the same convenience and security to the Middle East neighbourhoods. ABM will distribute Ring's latest suite of smart home security products such as Ring Video Doorbell, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Video Doorbell Elite, Ring Floodlight Cam and the new Ring Spotlight Cam and conduct channel engagement, training and activation programs for partners. ABM will also set up go-to-market strategies with key retail partners and provide the needed infrastructure for micro-channel to engage with the Ring brand. "“We are continuously evaluating new and innovative technologies and emerging trends to add to our portfolio, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the home security industry in the residential security sector in the MENA region. This makes our partnership with Ring a perfect fit. We see exciting new possibilities in this partnership with Ring across the MENA region and it will help ABM to better address our customer’s needs in today’s environment of ever-increasing demand for home security solutions", said Ghassan Bendali, General Manager of ABM Middle East.

ABM will distribute Ring's best-of-breed home security solutions in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia and the UAE.

Next UPS appoints Copaco

UPS vendor Next UPS has appointed broadliner Copaco as an official distributor for Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

Tech Data brings SUBPAC immersive sound experience to the UK market

United Kingdom: broadliner Tech Data has signed a distribution agreement with SUBPAC, the maker of the revolutionary physical audio system that silently pulses sound through the body to add a whole new dimension to the experience of listening to music. This revolutionary product comes in two form factors – a wearable backpack and a seatback unit that fits into any chair. While silent on the outside, the SUBPAC enables users to experience sound physically and to "feel" as well as hear the music. Totally portable, rechargeable and plug-and-play, the SUBPAC is designed to work with all kinds of music, gear, games, film and other media. Already used by thousands of music producers and sound designers as the new standard for monitoring and experiencing sound, SUBPAC has built a strong reputation in professional audio. Even so, Mike Cain, Business Development Manager at Tech Data for New Technologies, believes the potential is massive for new target markets: "SUBPAC is a truly revolutionary technology. By transferring low frequencies directly to your body, it effectively allows you to 'feel' sound. This creates a truly amazing experience. It stands out as a pioneer in next-generation wearable technology and while it was created with audio professionals in mind, the concept translates perfectly to gaming and virtual reality, providing much more immersive experiences. It transcends the consumer mainstream and is also making a huge impact within the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. This is a great signing for Tech Data and an important addition to our wearables portfolio and wider VR ecosystem. The potential is absolutely huge."

Commenting on behalf of SUBPAC, co-founder Todd Chernecki, stated: "we are delighted to be working with Tech Data to extend the reach and market potential of SUBPAC in the UK. Tech Data will help us expand into the various professional, entertainment and consumer segments in which SUBPAC can enhance user experiences and have a positive and beneficial impact. Tech Data has the in-depth market intelligence and a keen appreciation of how needs differ across diverse customer groups that will maximise SUBPAC's ability to reach its full potential." Cain said that retailers and resellers need only to look at the SUBPAC website to see the possibilities and potential. SUBPAC is already used by professional musicians and sound designers – on stage and in the recording studio – to enhance dance and streaming, for immersive film and VR, to help deaf children experience sound, and in many other scenarios.

Extenso launches its Smartkid offer

France: smart object and mobility specialist Extenso Telecom has launched its Smartkids offer, including smart products for children which will be distributed through the mail etailers and retailers in the country (Fnac-Darty, Carrefour, Auchan, La Grande Récré, Jouets Club, etc.). Through Smartkids, Extenso Telecom positions itself as the main distributor of smart products for children, with a complete offer. Extenso Telecom brings the latest technologies within the youngest's reach with products dedicated to early learning, education or safety. Extenso Telecom brings its expertise to the service of retailers, by doing a link between digital and retail, bringing a clear and afordable offer and an appropriate merchandising to help end customers discover new uses. "These new generation of educative products are so playful that their use is more like a game, thanks to intuitive interfaces. We are delighted to democratize these new uses and help French startups", says Stéphane Bohbot, President of INNOV8 Group and Extenso Telecom. The Smartkids offer, which will grow throughout the year, already includes several vendors, among which Lunii (La Fabrique à Histoires), Urban Hello (REMI connected babyphone), Coji (a robot), Technology Will Save Us (STEM products), koakoa (flashlight building), Kiwip Watch, Octopus, Beawarn or ZeKid (smartwatches with embedded GPS) or Weenect (GPS for kids).