MEA: infrastructure VAD Ingram Micro North Africa, based in Morocco, has inked a distribution partnership with Lenovo, focusses on its storage systems and servers.
In Dubai, network and security VAD Nuvias MEA has started to distribute solutions from Mimecast, an email and data security company, in the Middle East to support its growth plans across the region. This partnership is in response to the growing business, robust customer base and strong demand for its cloud security solutions in the region. Nuvias MEA will drive business in the area through its strong channel network and innovative channel programs. Channel partners will benefit from enablement programs, technical support and consulting services, backed by highly qualified experts from both Mimecast and Nuvias. Alasdair Kilgour, Vice President Middle East and Africa at Nuvias, commented: "Mimecast is a very significant addition to the Nuvias MEA Cybersecurity Practice solution stack because of its ability to protect the enterprise from email-based attacks including impersonation attacks, social engineering and ransomware. We are delighted to be working closely with the local Mimecast team to bring their cloud email continuity services to our reseller partners and their end-users across the region."
Meanwhile and still in Dubai, Nuvias' competitor Redington Value and Chinese vendor Huawei, have started a collaboration in the information technology space with the objective of developing smart, futuristic solutions together. "Huawei is not only one of the leading providers of information and communication technology but is also steadily changing the landscape in emerging technologies such as cloud computing and internet of things", said Ramkumar Balakrishnan, President, Redington Value. "Huawei and Redington Value have a common ideology in terms of how digitalization is transforming the IT industry and how different industry verticals can use disruptive IoT technology to their advantage and increase productivity. The partnership is focused on collaboration with Huawei's cloud offerings and internet of things. We will also leverage the Red Vault to host leading Huawei technologies for the benefit of industry specialists while engaging jointly on smart city projects. Additionally, we look towards our other key initiatives such as the Red Cloud and our consultancy arm - Citrus Consulting to provide impetus to our strategy this year."
Finally, Taïwan-based vendor TP-Link has appointed telephony specialist SALE International as its distributor for the Neffos smartphone portfolio in Oman, after the distributor has started to diversify its business into mobile phone distribution some months ago. According to the vendor, the appointment of SALE International as its distribution partner paves the way for the company to develop its business in the channel space in Oman. Lucas Jiang, General Manager TP-Link Middle East and Africa (MEA), said the company is delighted to have signed SALE International as its distributor in Oman: "SALE is one of the largest telecoms focused distributors in Oman and the wider Middle East. By appointing SALE International to distribute the Neffos range of smartphones and accessories, we are demonstrating the commitment that TP-Link is serious about growing its mobile devices business in the region." Jiang said TP-Link selected SALE International because it is a reputable distributor with solid presence in the telecoms distribution space in Oman and the region. Naser Khalid, Country General Manager SALE International, said: "adding Neffos to SALE's basket will bring further value to us as a distributor that wants to grow its business in the mobile devices trade. TP-Link is a well know brand in the computer industry and with Neffos as the company's mobile brand, we will have their commitment to innovate and provide an aggressive line up of mobile handsets. The plans presented and the interest shown by TP-Link in building the mobile brand was impressive and is what led us to sign as their distribution partner. The partnership between TP-Link and SALE International is a strategic one, which will bring value to consumers with quality products being delivered to the market through a well-established distribution set up. SALE International's strength is distribution and we currently have business relations with more than 2,000 mobile phone independent retailers in the Sultanate. The response for the Neffos range from channel partners has been positive and we are looking forward to maximise the positive feedback."
Nuvias opens new office
Switzerland: network and security VAD Nuvias (which includes Zycko, Wick Hill and SIPHON) has opened a new office in Zurich. Nuvias AG Schweiz gives Nuvias complete coverage across the DACH region and complements its existing offices in Germany (Munich, Hamburg and Berlin) and Austria. Helge Scherff, Regional Vice President, Central for Nuvias, said: "our business in Switzerland, which we have been servicing from our German office, has been growing, so we decided to open a Swiss office, with both sales and technical personnel to support our customers there. We want to act as a true local partner to the local reseller base, providing the service and support they need. We have already appointed sales and technical staff to the office and will be building the numbers during the coming months. Besides providing local support, the Swiss office will also have access to the portfolio and facilities available to the wider Nuvias Group across EMEA."
A key motivator in opening the office was Nuvias' appointment by Riverbed as a Swiss distributor, an extension of Nuvias' existing EMEA distribution agreement with the networking vendor. Zycko (now part of the Nuvias Group) has been a Riverbed distributor since 2005, and is the most extensively resourced, qualified, experienced and successful Riverbed distributor in EMEA. The new office allows Nuvias to give Riverbed the best service and support at a local level in Switzerland.
Paul Eccleston, CEO of Nuvias, commented: "Nuvias has traded successfully in Switzerland for many years, through Zycko and Wick Hill. The growth of our business in Switzerland, and the opportunities we see here, are the reason for opening this new office. We see this is as a serious commitment to the territory, and in particular to Riverbed, with significant opportunities for local resellers. As planned, we are extending our reach in EMEA to bring the highest quality of service and support to our channel partners across the region."
All three companies in Nuvias Group, the pan-EMEA high value distribution business, which is redefining international, specialist distribution in IT, announce major 2016 award wins. Unified communications (UC) specialist SIPHON (present in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) has been named the 24th fastest growing technology company in the UK, as part of Deloitte's prestigious UK Technology Fast 50 rankings. Security specialist Wick Hill, which is present in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom, has been awarded CRN's prestigious Security Distributor of the Year 2016 title, for an unprecedented third time in a row. And advanced networking specialist Zycko (present in Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom has won two channel awards from videoconferencing vendor Lifesize. Zycko has been declared EMEA Distributor of the Year 2016 and EMEA Marketing Partner 2016. Paul Eccleston, CEO of Nuvias, said: "these awards show a significant achievement for all companies in the Group in 2016 and illustrate their commitment and ability to deliver excellence to channel partners. Although two of these awards are UK-based, the industry leading solutions and services that all companies in the Group provide are available to channel partners across EMEA. In the last few months alone, for example, we have signed pan-EMEA contracts with Malwarebytes, Nokia and HID Global. The awards also justify the acquisition of all three companies into the Nuvias fold, as forward thinking organisations with a focus on innovation and technical excellence, as well as an ability to fulfil channel and vendor partner needs."
VAD Nuvias Group has become a member of the HID Advantage Partner Program. The Program is a loyalty-based program which provides partners with the ability to evolve their relationship with HID Global for scalability and overall growth. As a member of the HID Advantage Partner Program, Nuvias works closely with HID Global to enhance end user value. Nuvias will distribute the full range of IAM Solutions (Identity and Access Management), including HID Global's ActivID Authentication Solutions and ActivID Credential Management System through its offices in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Ian Kilpatrick, EVP cyber security, Nuvias Group, commented: "HID Global has a uniquely valuable brand in the IAM Solutions market, which provides resellers with a great opportunity to diversify their offerings. The products solve a number of the key cyber security challenges that businesses are faced with today. We look forward to working with HID Global to successfully expand its IAM offerings across EMEA. The partnership with HID Global complements our other recent pan-EMEA Nuvias Group collaborations, including those with Malwarebytes and Nokia. It's a growing recognition of Nuvias' ability to deliver specialist value distribution across EMEA." Miguel Braojos, Vice President Global Sales, IAM Solutions with HID Global said: "addressing and fulfilling end-users' requirements is critical in order to invest with confidence in HID Global's trusted identity solutions. As a member of the HID Advantage Partner program, Nuvias helps support the essential links in the HID Global value chain. The company's strong team of security experts has extensive experience of working with multi-national and financial institutions, further extending our commitment to quality and driving end-user value."
United Kingdom: Karl Roe has been appointed VP Services and Cloud Solutions for pan-EMEA high value distributor Nuvias Group. Based in the United Kingdom, he will focus on transforming the delivery of services at Nuvias, utilising and enhancing current distribution routes to enable further channel adoption of cloud and annuity-based models. Roe has over 20 years' proven experience in qualifying, creating, selling and delivering profitable data centre, ASP, SaaS, IaaS, cloud and outsourced ICT business solutions into SMB and enterprise markets. He was instrumental in founding and developing the UK and MEA Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud marketplaces, lately for broadliner Ingram Micro. Roe has held global channel, service transformation and cloud enablement leadership positions, working on both vendor and reseller transformation, as well as working at major software companies such as Odin, Microsoft and Oracle. He has previously led 'Buy & Build' service acquisition strategies for venture capital backed businesses, and has created customer-success driven organisations with double digit business growth. Over the last ten years, he has focussed on enabling cloud services across the Middle East, Africa and Australia. This includes being engaged by sovereign wealth funds and public companies in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to transform their local data centre investments into locally delivered, secure and scalable cloud service businesses.
"I am really excited about bringing my years of experience in developing market-leading cloud and managed services to Nuvias and its channel and vendor partners", said Roe. "Having held senior leadership positions with both IT vendors and resellers, I believe I can bring a global view of the service opportunities that are available. My focus is very much on customer success through developing and delivering innovative support and partner enablement services."
Paul Eccleston, CEO of Nuvias, said: "We are delighted that Karl has chosen to join Nuvias Group. Karl brings a unique blend of skills and experience to our business, with a strong background in traditional services, consulting, integration and engineering, coupled with unparalleled experience of assisting channel partners and vendors build and transition to cloud services. Karl has held key service and cloud roles throughout EMEA and APAC, and has invaluable experience in building services fit for all parts of the market. With a strong focus and track record on delivering customer success, Karl will be instrumental in helping Nuvias deliver new levels of business value to all our partners."
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