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More Symantec for Arrow ECS
2017-10-19

As part of a broader partnership, infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS is now authorized to distribute the full Symantec portfolio in , the Baltic States, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom beyond Blue Coat products it was allowed to distribute until now.

Panasonic signs first pan-EMEA distribution agreement with Nuvias for IP phone handsets
2017-10-18

Panasonic Business has appointed Nuvias as its first pan-EMEA distributor for its range of business IP phone handsets. This marks a major vote of confidence in the recently-formed Nuvias Unified Communications Practice and is an important addition to Nuvias' growing portfolio of leading products designed to deliver complete end-to- end unified communications (UC) solutions. The initial roll-out will focus on established markets for Nuvias, including Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, along with Southern Europe (Italy, Malta and Spain) and the Nordics (Denmark, Norway and Sweden). Nuvias will act as a high value distributor for the full range of Panasonic IP handsets. This comprises desktop phones, and both single cell and multi-cell DECT solutions, for use within cloud-based UC environments, including BroadSoft. "As a full end-to- end unified communications solution provider, backed up with the technical skills and experience to support service providers and resellers, Nuvias adds an exciting new dimension to our distribution across EMEA", said Raphael Studer, European Partner Account Manager for SIP Products at Panasonic System Communications Europe. "The Nuvias Unified Communications Practice will be able to replicate its well-proven and successful model to drive sales through both existing and new channel partners."

Steve Harris, EVP Unified Communications for Nuvias (and formerly managing director of SIPHON Networks), commented: "Panasonic is a great brand to add to our growing portfolio of high quality products and further strengthens our UC proposition across EMEA, particularly around the increasingly popular range of solutions from BroadSoft. As we continue to focus on enhancing customer experience, this distribution agreement enables our channel partners to choose from a wide selection of UC end-points with user-friendly functionality. Panasonic offers everything you would expect from an established, global communications solutions provider and we look forward to working with them."

Panasonic is one of a number of unified communications vendors taking advantage of Nuvias' growing UC capability to increase EMEA sales. Nuvias' drive to expand its Unified Communications Practice will also help existing and new reseller/integrator channel partners across EMEA to benefit from the opportunities presented by the rapidly expanding UC market).

A major appointment for Nimans
2017-10-18

United Kingdom: telecom VAD Nimans has strengthened its grip on the UC, IT and end points sector with the appointment of Colin McGregor as its first-ever Director of Major Accounts. Colin will manage and develop sales opportunities with IT service providers, carriers and general customers to open more sales doors and help them capture additional sales. Colin is an industry heavyweight and has worked in the IT distribution sector for the last two decades. He is a former MD of Tech Data (Azlan) and for the last three years has been a partner at channel consultancy Demuto, specialising in strategic growth planning. "Taking on this new role at Nimans was a natural step", he explained. "As Director of Major Accounts I will work closely with vendors and resellers to provide higher, wider and deeper working relationships. It's imperative that we further understand our customers’ strategies and the direction they are taking particularly around UC so that we become their key strategic partner in helping them drive further forward and exceed their business objectives. I have a team of excellent people around me along with exceptional vendor relationships to ensure our customers gain a competitive market advantage." Colin emphasised: "Given the huge increase in SIP deployment, this will form a big part of the strategy we are going to implement in tandem with market leading major brands. The value we can bring in terms of the historic knowledge in the market is absolutely key. For example we have dozens of expertly trained engineers as well as 300 experts trained in delivering solutions to market backed by a phenomenal marketing department to help a partner develop strong messages and a high profile presence. Combined with our logistics engine ethos which is underpinned by Compendium our unique IP end point management proposition I believe the value we bring in helping resellers grow their businesses is second to none. These are some of the many reasons that attracted me to Nimans based on its heritage, history, knowledge, expertise and an unrivalled logistics operation. We are here to help customers win more business, make them more operationally efficient and reduce the cost and increase the speed to market. Exciting times are ahead."

Tech Data puts Cox in place to steer partners towards growth in gaming
2017-10-17

United Kingdom: broadliner Tech Data has stepped up its efforts to support customers in one of the fastest-growing sectors of the market by appointing Christian Cox as its new dedicated Business Development Manager (BDM) for Gaming within the Consumer Technology Group (CTG). He moves from his previous role as Business Development Executive within the HP Systems team, a position he’d occupied for almost two-and-a-half years. Commenting on his new post, Cox stated: "this is a really exciting time to be joining the team and taking on this new role in the dynamic and fast-moving gaming sector. I am really looking forward to getting stuck in and working with our supplier partners, expanding our portfolio and developing new services and ways to add value and support our and retail and webstore customers."

Cox joins a growing and very CTG experienced team who are supporting resellers, retailers and webstores in key areas of growth potential. In addition to PC gaming, they provide focus on consumer PCs and components, home networking and smart home products, and VR and wearable devices. Mark Glasspool, Director – Consumer Technology Group at Tech Data, said: "PC gaming is a massive area of growth potential and we’re seeing a rapid acceleration in this area of our business. Christian’s appointment underlines our commitment to supporting partners and customers in driving growth. He brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to this important new role and strengthens our team considerably."

Tech Data is already a leading provider of gaming titles (which are available for instant download and activation via TD Activate-here) and of gaming PCs and accessories. It is planning to expand its range significantly over the next few months.

Appointments at Exertis and Spicers
2017-10-16

United Kingdom: broadliner Exertis has appointed Rik Hubbard as Commercial and Services Director for its mobile division, reporting to Simon Woodman, Exertis Mobile' Director. In his new role, Rik will be working with the sales and purchasing teams to maximise performance of the division's vendors across the consumer and business to business areas. He will also be responsible for building on the opportunity to launch a range of device focused services from trade-in, repair and refurbishment to finance and service contracts, following the recent announcement of the acquisition of the MTR Group. On its part, office supply specialist Spicers has appointed two new Marketing Account Managers who will be tasked with working directly with Spicers, supporting dealers to help drive their sales growth. The newly appointed Marketing Account Managers, Annie Dempsey and Lee Diggens, join an existing team of 30 office-based marketers. They will focus on spending time face-to-face with dealers to help them grow. This will include visiting Alliance Dealers at their premises and hosting regular marketing sessions for Brilliant Partners at each of Spicers' Regional Distribution Centres (source: Channel Info United Kingdom).

 

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