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Tech Data announces European distribution agreement with Worldsensing for Smart City Solution
2017-08-22

Broadliner Tech Data has unveiled a European distribution agreement with Worldsensing, a recognised specialist in wireless technology and smart software solutions. Through the agreement, Tech Data will offer FastPrk, an Internet of Things (IoT)-based smart parking management system through its Smart IoT Solutions business practice, which offers validated, end-to-end solutions for systems integrators and service providers, enabling them to identify and drive new revenue opportunities. FastPrk is an intelligent parking management system that allows cities and operators to manage parking resources more efficiently and parking operators to generate additional revenue. The wireless system uses smart sensors installed in parking spaces, enabling parking operators to direct drivers to areas with vacancies via electronic panels and mobile applications. Fastprk also enables cities and operators to gain control over parking utilization, while implementing better strategies on monetization of parking in line with demand.

"As our cities continue to grow rapidly, there is an increasing need to invest in smart technology to become more efficient, better connected and more environmentally friendly. For example, helping drivers find parking spots quickly reduces traffic and lowers carbon dioxide emissions with less fuel wasted", said Victor Paradell, vice president, Tech Data Smart IoT & Analytics, EMEA. "Our agreement with a global IoT pioneer in smart cities and wireless infrastructure sensor networks like Worldsensing adds a game-changing component to our portfolio, allowing our partners provide connected operational intelligence solutions to their clients."

Ignasi Vilajosana, CEO and co-founder of Worldsensing, said: "Welcoming Tech Data as a strategic partner is a great step forward for us and a huge milestone for our commercial expansion. We are looking forward to working closely with the Tech Data team and enriching our sales process with their experience and know-how."

Worldsensing product should be available through Tech Data's IoT BUs in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Nuvias named Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Partner
2017-08-18

VAD Nuvias has achieved Platinum partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). By attaining Platinum level membership, Oracle has recognized Nuvias for its in-depth expertise and excellence in Oracle Communications Session Border Controller (SBC) and Operations Monitoring solutions. This achievement further strengthens the EMEA product portfolio for the recently launched Nuvias Unified Communications (UC) Practice, which resulted from the acquisition of leading UC specialist SIPHON Networks at the end of 2016.

Oracle Communications' SBC will form the core part of a range of Nuvias' end-to-end UC solution packages aimed at the service provider and enterprise reseller markets. These include the Nuvias Hosted Unified Communications Package, integrated with Broadsoft UC cloud technology, as well as the Nuvias SIP Trunking, Cloud Connector and Assured Trunk packages.

Nuvias will roll-out these new Oracle-based solutions across EMEA with a focus on DACH (Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), France, Italy, Spain, the Nordics (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and the Middle East, through established Nuvias regional sales and support operations.

Oracle Communications empowers Network Operators, Enterprises and Digital Lifestyle Providers to innovate and adapt for the NOW Economy – a software-driven, cloud-enabled, digital business environment where communications enable strategic competitive advantage. With Oracle Communications' SBCs, service providers and enterprises can deliver trusted, real-time communications services and applications across IP networks, from basic Voice over IP (VoIP) to Voice over LTE and advanced multimedia applications. This offers unparalleled control functions and features, protocol support, and programmability and manageability in any type of IP network.

"There is growing momentum in the global UC market and Nuvias has a major opportunity to take Oracle Communications’ SBCs to new service providers and enterprise markets across EMEA, where they have an established channel network", said Carl DCosta, Vice President of Worldwide Alliances and Channels for Oracle Communications. "Having built up a strong relationship with SIPHON in the UK, we are confident that Nuvias can deliver the same consistent solutions and high level of support across EMEA."

"Oracle Communications is a major component of our Unified Communications Practice and, in combination with best of breed products from other leading vendors, allows us to provide the channel with the highest quality, end-to-end solutions", said Steve Harris, EVP, Unified Communications at Nuvias (formerly Managing Director of SIPHON). "With our experience of delivering professional services for Oracle Communications’ SBC resellers, we are now in a strong positon to offer a full product and services wrap to channel partners across EMEA, including existing and new service providers."

With its Platinum status, Nuvias receives the high level of engagement, commitment and resources available to OPN partners. Platinum members receive dedicated virtual account management support to build joint development plans and help broaden specialization areas and revenue opportunities. Additional benefits include priority placement in the OPN Solutions Catalog, one free application integration validated by Oracle, joint marketing and sales opportunities, discounted training and more.

A new owner for ActionIT, more vendors for ALSO, Arrow ECS, Brodos and Wentronic and investments for Ebertlang
2017-08-17

DACH: German bankrupt PC component specialist ActionIT has been acquired by Swiss security, storage and video specialist Littlebit for an undisclosed amount. The management of ActionIT (Jochen Bless and Gernot Sonnek, Mark Scherer not being mentionned by Littlebit in its press release) keep the realms of the company. Littlebit keeps also all 27 remaining employees and the vendors of the distributor, and will merge its logistics with those of it German subsidiary.

Broadliner ALSO has added Storagecraft data security solutions to its portfolio in Germany, and Samsung smartphones to its telephony offer in Switzerland. Infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS has been appointed official distributor by virtualization editor Veeam in Germany. German telephony specialist Brodos has started the distribution of STK smartphones in the country. On Medpi, accessory and cabling specialist Wentronic has unveiled the distribution of Goobay and Cabstone (accessories and connectivity products).

Finally, software specialist Ebertlang has received equity funds from private equity house Beyond Capital Partners. The distribution plans to use these funds, whose details have not been disclosed, to fuel geographic expansion and M&A activity outside of the DACH region. Co-CEOs Steffen Ebert and Volker Lang will remain shareholders in the company. "With the support of our new shareholder we want to bring the success story of our company to the next level. We will enter new market segments with a broader range of solutions for German-speaking retailers… We also plan to expand our geographic reach", said Steffen Ebert, co-CEO of Ebertlang (source: ChannelPartner Deutschland, IT Business Deutschland, Telecom Handel Deutschland, IT Reseller Schweiz).

More business for DSD, Quantis and Videoguard and a new boss for Adveo
2017-08-16

Benelux: Dutch downloadable software specialist DSD Europe has been appointed official MSP distributor for ESET solutions1. Chinese vendor Hisense has chosen consumer electronics specialist Quantis Electronics as its distributor to enter the Netherlands with its brown and white products (including LCD televisions, smartphones and tablets). Dutch video-security specialist Videoguard has opened a sales office in Düsseldorf2. Videoguard Deutschland will help the distributor address the needs of the German resellers, starting with the Nordrhein-Wesfallen region, roughly the same size of the Dutch market. Finally, Ronny van Rossem has been appointed managing director for supply specialist Adveo in the Benelux. He thus manages both Adveo Belgium and Adveo Netherlands (source: Channel Connect Nederland 1 and 2, Digitailing Nederland, BPS Deutschland).

ALSO creates new business segment for Consumptional Business
2017-08-14

Broadliner ALSO has merged several areas into a new business segment called "Consumptional Business". This business segment (IT as a Service) encompasses offerings related to Platform- (PaaS), Infrastructure- (IaaS), Software-Services (SaaS) as well as Device-as-a-service (DaaS). The foundations for this approach were laid at the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Toronto in 2012 and since then, the offering has been broadened consistently through the ALSO Cloud Marketplace. The Consumptional Business model will be expanded systematically. "An entire emerging generation of decision makers prefers to use rather than buy software and hardware. The economic and technical advantages of this IT as a Service offering are plain to see", said Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG.

Michael Gericks will assume responsibility for the new business segment. He will further develop the entire value chain of this business area for ALSO's resellers. "I look forward to continuing to work together with Michael Gericks in his new role. He is innovative and entrepreneurial. I am confident that he will successfully introduce and implement a wealth of new offers for our customers", Möller-Hergt added.

Gericks joined ALSO in 2013. Most recently, Gericks was Head of Consumptional Sales. Prior to that, he led Digital Services at ALSO Germany. He has also previously held positions as Managing Director and Product Marketing Manager at a technology company in the financial sector in Mexico. He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster in Germany. The "Consumptional Business" division ought to be deployed in every country where ALSO has some dematerialized businesses.

 

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