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Mini PCs remain the bright spot in a weak Western Europe Desktop PC market
2017-05-30

Volume sales of mini PCs (housed in a space-saving small case design) through Western Europe's largest distributors continued to grow in Q1 2017 even though demand in the overall Desktop segment remained weak, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company. While overall Desktop PC sales fell by -10% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, sales of mini PCs were up by +26% over the same period. As a result, their share of the Desktop market increased by 7 percentage points from 18% in Q1 2016 to 25% in the same period this year.

"Mini PCs have enjoyed rising popularity over the past year because of their space-saving design and improvements to their performance, and many PC vendors have increased their focus on the segment to leverage rising demand", said Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at CONTEXT. In Q1 2017, the top three vendors in distribution – HP, Intel and Lenovo – posted year-on-year volume growth of +47%, +8% and +78% respectively.

Desktop Year-on-Year change

Country Q1-17
Spain +13.1%
Netherlands +13.0%
Denmark +3.9%
Germany 0.0%
Switzerland -5.3%
Austria -5.9%
Norway -6.3%
France -6.4%
Poland -6.4%
Finland -8.4%
Belgium -18.3%
Italy -19.1%
Portugal -19.5%
Sweden -21.5%
United Kingdom -23.6%
Ireland -42.0%

AgilityGrid launches partnership with Intransa for Video Surveillance storage solutions across EMEA
2017-05-30

Dubai-based physical security VAD AgilityGrid has signed a distribution and representation agreement with Intransa for the EMEA region. With this alliance, AgilityGrid will incorporate the complete range of Intransa's award-winning servers and storage platforms into their customized security solutions for their partners and their customers across the region. Costa Boukouvalas, CEO AgilityGrid, said: "we are very pleased to represent Instransa in the EMEA region. In keeping with our business ethos, we always want to stay with technology that not only innovates but also delivers the solutions that a dynamic region like the EMEA demands. Intransa's award-winning products are designed to deliver simplicity, reliability and total cost savings."

Intransa has a long history of innovation and technology leadership in the security industry and the founders of iSCSi protocol and the concept of the IPSAN for IP video surveillance. With this alliance with AgilityGrid, Intransa will spearhead its growth and expansion in the EMEA region offering its servers, storage and appliance platforms based on its award-winning technology to security customers across the region.

"Video surveillance continues to grow as security dominates across the region and storage (and easy access) is a key component of deployment", Boukouvalas continued. "We aim to highlight how leveraging the right storage and server technology will benefit not only the businesses in the key vertical sectors but also for government initiatives in this sector."

A wide range of industry sectors depend on CCTV security solutions, including hospitality, retail, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, health, education, aviation, banking and transportation.

Ingram Micro cooperates with MC Technologies
2017-05-30

German M2M-IoT connectivity vendor MC Technologies has chosen the DC/POS BU of the Specialty Solutions division of broadliner Ingram Micro as an official distributor for the DACH region (Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

Nuvias launches Unified Communications Practice
2017-05-29

Network and storage VAD Nuvias announces the EMEA launch of its Unified Communications (UC) Practice. The Practice is based on the UC capabilities and services provided by SIPHON Networks, which became part of the Nuvias Group in October 2016. SIPHON is a leading, award-winning UC solutions and technology enabler for the channel, already established in Benelux and the United Kingdom. The UC practice will be rolled out across EMEA over the coming months, through Nuvias regional branches, starting with Germany (where the BU was presented on Cebit) and the other countries following later (Austria, Denmark, Dubai, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). More Nuvias staff are being added throughout EMEA to support vendor and reseller partners. Existing UC vendors and new vendors are expected to take advantage of Nuvias' growing UC capability across EMEA to increase sales in the region. Likewise, it is anticipated that both existing and new Nuvias reseller/integrator channel partners across EMEA will take up the opportunity to enter this thriving market or expand their UC business.

Paul Eccleston, CEO of Nuvias, said: "SIPHON is an exceptional company with a very strong offering for the channel, as demonstrated by its phenomenal growth in the last few years. SIPHON's strong technical and solution engineering expertise has enabled it to work closely with vendors and resellers on the development of UC solutions; this factor, together with the provision of a very high level of service and solutions capabilities from SIPHON, has been instrumental in its success."

Steve Harris, EVP Unified Communications Nuvias and Managing Director SIPHON, commented: "A major reason for joining Nuvias last year was the chance it gave us to grow and expand both in the UK and internationally. The UC EMEA launch of Nuvias lays the foundations for achieving that ambition. This is a very exciting time in UC across EMEA, with really significant opportunities for the IT channel to move into the lucrative UC market and conquer the legacy competition. We believe that, as part of Nuvias, we are the right solutions and technology enabler to provide the service, support and technical know-how our channel partners want to help them make the most of this market opportunity."

FlowForma now available in the ALSO Cloud Marketplace
2017-05-24

Broadliner ALSO has partnered with FlowForma, a provider of Business Process Management (BPM) tools for Microsoft Office 365. FlowForma is revolutionizing the traditional BPM space with an innovative approach to developing BPM products that empowers users to create and streamline processes, utilizing the familiar SharePoint platform, without any coding knowledge. An award-winning Office 365 Add-In, FlowForma BPM enables business users to deploy business processes with speed and flexibility. A no-code, logic-only approach enables business users to quickly implement processes such as HR onboarding, new product development, and clinical trials, increasing organizational efficiency and boosting productivity.

"We are proud to introduce BPM tools from FlowForma. With a powerful workflow solution and document generation seamlessly integrated into a single product, the company's BPM for Microsoft Office 365 represents an excellent addition to the ALSO Cloud Marketplace", said Thorlakur Thorgeirsson, Cloud ISV Manager of ALSO.

"The Flow Designer tool by FlowForma creates complete solutions on the SharePoint platform that are designed for the people who understand business needs: consultants, analysts, and managers. Our partnership with ALSO will enable us to rapidly expand to new markets and empower process owners within organizations and businesses across Europe to streamline their processes and increase productivity", said Neil Young, CEO of FlowForma.

FlowForma BPM is available through the ALSO Cloud Marketplace in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

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