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Avnet Abacus and PUI Audio sign European distribution agreement on audio components range
2017-03-27

Avnet Abacus, an interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributor and a regional business unit of Avnet, has been appointed European distribution partner by PUI Audio, a provider of broadcast audio components. The deal extends the existing agreement between PUI and Avnet in the Americas. Avnet Abacus will provide design support to customers throughout Europe and its offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom on PUI Audio's range of acoustic audio devices, including the vendor's new Audio Sound eXciters, Slim-Line Micro Speakers and forthcoming Piezoelectric MEMS Microphones.

PUI Audio's new line of Sound eXciters transforms nearly any object into an audio generating device. Instead of relying on a diaphragm attached to the voice coil to generate sound, eXciters are designed to couple the voice coil directly to the inside surface of an object, transforming that object’s outer surface into an invisible, protected speaker. Without the need for mounting into an optimised enclosure or specialised chambering and venting to allow sound out, PUI Audio's eXciters can be mounted within hermetically-sealed packaging for waterproof/dustproof applications and afford more freedom for customers in outer case design. In addition, when the eXciter vibrates the surface of a product, audio is generated in a planar-wave fashion creating a more linear frequency response, meaning listeners can be positioned up to 90° off-axis of the excited surface and experience the same sound quality as a listener positioned directly in front of the excited surface. PUI Audio's Slim-Line Micro Speakers are designed for use where space is limited, such as in smartphones, tablets, laptops, as well as in wearable technology and IoT devices such as WiFi-enabled thermostats. PUI Audio will also soon offer Piezoelectric MEMS Microphones. Instead of following the design of traditional capacitive MEMS microphones, trapping air between layers, PUI Audio's piezoelectric MEMS diaphragm travels freely with sound making for improved fidelity and noise-rejection. With their IP68 rating, these new microphones are waterproof, dustproof, particle-resistant and shockproof. Also featuring a fast start-up time and low quiescent current draw, these microphones are ideal for use in nearly any application driven by voice capture and voice control.

"PUI's audio products undergo rigorous testing throughout manufacture, and customers are assured of the very highest standards of quality control across the range", commented Alan Jermyn, vice president of marketing for Avnet Abacus. "This partnership, founded on quality and service, is a key advantage for customers in Europe, with our product specialists located close by to offer design support for a range of sound requirements using PUI’s innovative audio components."

"Our experience with Avnet in the Americas has delivered excellent results, and we have every confidence in repeating this success in Europe by bringing Avnet Abacus on board as a European distribution partner", said Brian Coleman, global distribution manager at PUI. "Along with product innovation, our family business is built on superior customer service and quality. Avnet Abacus will be a great asset in ensuring that these values are met with efficiency and reliability, and with strong technical know-how, to support and help grow our customer base in Europe."

Avnet signs global contract to deliver Lenovo's training program
2017-03-23

Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has announced that Avnet Academy, its training division, is expanding its education portfolio to include comprehensive training courses for Lenovo's System x and Flex products. This is now available to partners and their customers in all the countries where Avnet operates around the globe. Avnet continues to invest in delivering IT training and certification services, principally around the high-growth technologies that align with Avnet's solutions specialist approach. Lenovo is an existing strategic supplier for Avnet, and this agreement will further support partners and their customers to develop, implement and maintain business solutions that rely on Lenovo technology. IT education and certification training enables IT professionals to become more highly qualified. According to IDC, certified IT professionals take training at a far greater rate than their uncertified colleagues. The study showed that certified professionals are:

  • Almost three times more likely to take classroom training
  • Seven times more likely to take self-paced e-learning courses
  • Ten times more likely to take instructor-led e-learning classes.

Hees Ham, vice president of Education Services North America at Avnet Technology Solutions, said: "we're providing our partners with tools and training to help their end customers accelerate their careers. With our Lenovo training path, we will help guide IT professionals to ensure they have the skills, certifications and tools needed to handle real-world, next-generation technology environments."

Alex M. Badia, director Data Center Group Services Training at Lenovo, said: "as a leading solutions specialist, the launch of this program by Avnet makes it simpler for partners and their customers to build up knowledge and become more highly qualified, which in turn helps them to transform technology into business solutions and further accelerate their success." Supporting the new Lenovo agreement, Avnet is running pilot partner programs to encourage the successful promotion of training. They will offer rewards for positioning training effectively, with the aim of driving accelerated growth in education services. In the EMEA region, Avnet is a Lenovo distributor in Austria, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Difox distributes WoodAccessories
2017-03-21

German retail specialist Difox has started the distribution in Europe of Woodcessories mobile accessories through its offices in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

EET Europarts strengthens POS & Auto-ID business with the appointment of EMEA Director
2017-03-17

As part of an ambitious and targeted strategy to become one of the leading POS & Auto-ID distributors in Europe by 2019, Danish broadliner and sparepart specialist EET Europarts has hired Richard Grégoire as its EMEA Director to accelerate the execution.

A string of acquisitions over the past year has consolidated EET Europarts' position as one-stop-shop distributor in the POS & Auto-ID business. The company distributes a wide range of the most important and largest brands in the POS industry, and EET Europarts' total POS & Auto-ID assortment today includes products, equipment and systems for POS, AIDC, RFID and mobile solutions. The product range is targeted at retail shops and chain stores, medical and healthcare, warehousing, transport, logistics and industry in general.

"I am exceedingly pleased with the development of our POS & Auto ID business over the past few years", says Group CEO John Thomas, EET Group. "We have accumulated rich experience in the business, and we have achieved significant organic growth as well as acquisitive growth with four acquisitions in 2016 alone." To continue growing the POS & Auto-ID business and scaling the success, EET Europarts has chosen to engage Richard Grégoire, an experienced EMEA Director to be heading the development of the POS & Auto ID business going forward.

"The appointment of Richard as EMEA Director for our POS & Auto ID business brings us a wealth of experience in the POS & Auto ID industry. Richard joins our company from ScanSource Europe where he most recently held the position of VP Sales Europe POS and Barcoding Division. I am delighted to welcome him into this key role at EET Europarts, as we continue to grow", adds John Thomas. Richard Grégoire joins EET Europarts as an expert in distribution and selling solutions through channel partners to customers across EMEA. He has 17 years of experience in B-to-B. He is highly experienced in developing and implementing business strategies, as well as building strong and performing sales teams.

"I am really impressed with the results achieved by EET Europarts, within the POS & Auto ID business over the past 3 years. An impressive organic growth and several acquisitions underlines the company's commitment to become one of the leading POS & Auto-ID distributors in Europe", says Richard Grégoire, newly appointed EMEA Director, POS & Auto-ID at EET Group, and he continues: "I look very much forward to be heading the ambitious POS & Auto-ID sales team European wide. At EET Europarts we are able to offer installers and integrators a wide range of comprehensive value-added services in the form of support and counselling for the design, procurement and management of their POS & Auto-ID projects, and that is exactly what the professional customers demand." As a French national, Richard will be based in France. Also as part of the development of its POS and Auto-ID business, EET Europarts has added the YouJie low-end scanners from Honeywell to its portfolio. YouJie scanners are available through EET Europarts POS and Auto-ID businesses in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt/a>, Finland, France, Germany/a>, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Tech Data Europe builds complete cloud ecosystem for Microsoft partners
2017-03-15

Broadliner Tech Data Europe is creating a complete Microsoft cloud ecosystem that will enable partners to deliver the Microsoft's entire software stack, along with complementary solutions, quickly and efficiently through a single, integrated management platform. All of Microsoft's cloud-based solutions, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), are available through the Tech Data Cloud Solution Store, powered by the company’s StreamOne platform, as part of the Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) program. This means resellers, VARs and MSPs can offer the full range of Microsoft solutions alongside complementary offerings through a single portal, and also make use of the monitoring and billing capabilities of Tech Data's platform to manage their customer accounts. "Microsoft solutions are widely used in most end-user organisations and many customers now want to use those applications in the cloud, so it's important that resellers can support the entire stack", said Reza Honarmand, vice president, Cloud, Europe at Tech Data. "In addition, customers need efficient ways to manage and integrate applications and ensure their data is properly backed-up, safe and secure. Through our Cloud Solution Store, Tech Data is providing not only the complete Microsoft suite under the CSP program, but also a whole range of complementary solutions and services that will enable VARs and MSPs to add value to the services they offer and enhance their long-term business prospects."

David Smith, vice president, Worldwide SMB for Microsoft, stated: "the cloud offers tremendous opportunity for our partners and mutual customers. By creating its Microsoft-centric cloud ecosystem, Tech Data is making it simple for our partners to put our best-in-class cloud solutions in the hands of customers."

Further strengthening Tech Data's portfolio of value-added services, the company has recently signed pan-European partnership agreements with the following four leading providers of complementary solutions and plans to make additional services available over the next several months:

  • NetEnrich: a global leader in cloud management which provides services on Microsoft Azure and other advanced cloud solutions. Its white-labelled offerings enable partners to provide management and operations services for data centres, network, unified communications, cloud, and security operations.
  • Spanning by Dell EMC: the leader in SaaS data protection, providing intuitive and scalable cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery services for Office 365. When human factors such as user error, misconfigurations or malicious behavior like ransomware cause Office 365 data to be deleted or damaged, Spanning enables administrators and end users to recover the data and continue business operations quickly and easily.
  • OneBizz: an integrated cloud business solution that encompasses Microsoft ERP, CRM and productivity software and simplifies Microsoft Dynamics and Office 365 environments, making it easy for resellers to offer these solutions to their customers as a fully integrated business solution.
  • Mandarine: a leading provider of instructor-led online training that drives user adoption of products such as Microsoft Office 365. It uses innovative tools to scale training to large numbers of employees virtually.

 

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