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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 acquires DCB
2017-08-17

Benelux: VAD Nuvias Group has acquired Benelux security VAD DCB for an undisclosed amount. Nuvias already has offices in the Netherlands (Amsterdam for Zycko and Oud-Beijerland for Siphon), and this move will strengthen and grow its presence in the Benelux region. DCB is a distributor with offices in Belgium (Zaventem) and the Netherlands (Veldhoven). The company has more than twenty years' experience in the industry and is focussed on cyber security, with vendors such as WatchGuard Technologies, Kaspersky Lab, Trustwave and Centrify.

Paul Eccleston, CEO Nuvias Group, said: "DCB is a value-added distributor with a very strong reputation and a large partner base. Its emphasis on service and support, outstanding product knowledge and a commitment to excellence are completely in line with the philosophy and strategy of the Nuvias Group. The DCB product range is fully aligned with the Nuvias Cyber Security Practice, with vendors such as WatchGuard and Kaspersky in common. We will be adding our pan-EMEA security vendors, such as Arbor Networks, Malwarebytes and HID Global to the DCB portfolio."

With this acquisition, DCB becomes the Nuvias Cyber Security Practice for Benelux and will further strengthen the overall Cyber Security Practice within the Nuvias Group. Eccleston added: "the Benelux region is very important strategically for us and DCB will become the Cyber Security Practice there, alongside our already established Advanced Networking and Unified Communications Practices. We will be making significant further investments in Benelux in the months ahead, including additional staff."

Wim Clinckspoor, Managing Partner for DCB, said: "this is a very exciting opportunity for DCB customers, vendor partners and staff. Becoming part of Nuvias, which shares our core beliefs and commitment to technical excellence and high service levels, gives us the resources to grow and develop further in Benelux. It will allow us to take on more high growth vendors looking for pan-EMEA, high value distribution."

DCB will continue to operate from the same locations, with the same staff and the same management team, led by Managing Partners Wim Clinckspoor and Luk de Dobbeleer.

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.

Exclusive Group acquires US VAD Fine Tec
2017-08-11

United States: French network and security VAD Exclusive Group has advanced its global distribution partner offering with the acquisition of leading Silicon Valley-headquartered cybersecurity VAD Fine Tec, a local Fortinet distributor. The move places Exclusive Group at the heart of the world's largest cybersecurity market; complementing its existing global presence throughout the EMEA and APAC regions. Global systems integrators, service providers and vendors, as well as large North American reseller partners, will be the chief beneficiaries as Exclusive Group extends its unique, highly successful 'Disruptive Distribution' blueprint with an established local player that already shares similar DNA and value-adding culture.

"This will be a major step forward for our global proposition as we harness US-based skills, resources and relationships to support the execution of worldwide deals with large systems integrator partners and to advance our unique formula into the domestic market", said Olivier Breittmayer, CEO of Exclusive Group. "Fine Tec is as an operationally excellent business with a strong services capability and successful reputation for delivering value in a highly competitive environment. It represents a great opportunity to integrate a culturally-aligned business into our global family, and we look forward to working with Fine Tec CEO James Shen and his team to build on their success and accelerate growth throughout the region."

"This is great news for everyone connected with Fine Tec family as it validates the approach we've taken to value-added distribution in the US for nearly 20 years", said James Shen, Fine Tec President & CEO. "The Exclusive Group story is well known and we’ve admired it from afar, but now with the Group's global reach and resources it opens up many new opportunities for our partners. It really is an exciting time as there is true opportunity to extend the disruptive distribution model to the US, whilst the ambition for us to grow internationally is finally realised."

The move follows Exclusive Group's recent appointment of Patrick Huth as VP Alliances Americas, who will be instrumental in enabling new partner and vendor opportunities alongside Fine Tec's existing leadership team. The successful integration of the Fine Tec business is set to increase Exclusive Group's forecast revenues for the full year 2017 to 1.8bn€ ($2bn).

 

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