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BeyondTrust and Westcon-Comstor expand global distribution agreement
2017-01-18

Security vendor BeyondTrust has consolidated its channel strategy and is joining Westcon Security's exclusive Accelerate program. With the agreement, BeyondTrust is expanding its distribution footprint globally (in the EMEA region, through Westcon Security offices in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom). The move underscores escalating demand for security solutions that guard against insider threats and data breaches for businesses of all sizes. End-user demand for better security visibility, control and protection have reached new heights, in part because the number of data breaches so far in 2016 has increased nearly 20% compared to last year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. BeyondTrust joins the Westcon Security Accelerate program in order to develop a global channel program capable of recruiting and enabling new solution provider partners around the world. This expanded partnership will provide significant scale and reach into new, untapped markets for BeyondTrust. With up to 80% of security breaches involving privileged credentials, controlling and monitoring privileged access is critical in the fight against insider threats and data breaches. BeyondTrust’s partnership with Westcon Security advances the BeyondTrust commitment to preventing privilege misuse and stopping unauthorized access. Westcon Security has the expertise to help BeyondTrust bring privileged access management to a broader market, quickly and effectively. Through the partnership, BeyondTrust's network of channel partners, systems integrators and solution providers also gain access to the support and go-to-market strategies available through Westcon Security.

"With Westcon Security working with more than 17,000 trading partners in the security industry worldwide, our partnership will provide acceleration for BeyondTrust in a scale that we may not have been able to achieve on our own", said Maurice Heiblum, COO BeyondTrust. "We are thrilled to make our best-in-class privileged access management offering through this premier global IT and security distributor, giving our channel partners, systems integrators and solution providers access to a first-class model available only through Westcon Security."

Westcon Security continually evaluates the technology landscape for innovative products and services that hold long-term opportunity for its customers' success. The value-added distributor's Accelerate program specifically targets vendors that may not have previously used or considered distribution as a route to market. Taking a programmatic approach, Westcon Security makes it easy for vendors to ramp in each country or region, providing a repeatable, efficient, cost-effective, scalable process to expand geographically. Meanwhile, vendors can leverage Westcon Security's highly specialized solutions groups and services to more accurately target the IT service providers and the markets they wish to reach. The Accelerate program also strengthens Westcon Security's overall ecosystem, enhancing its ability to offer multi-vendor solutions that solve more complex business problems.

"Our Accelerate program provides the most innovative, industry-leading products and services that channel partners, systems integrators and solution providers trust to secure organizations from security threats of all kinds", said Patty Gray, vice president of Global Partner Management at Westcon Security. "BeyondTrust's privileged access management tools enable our solution provider customers to better, more effectively deploy cybersecurity strategies that help better protect today’s enterprises from threats involving privileged credentials."

Avnet appoints Graham McBeth as President of Premier Farnell
2017-01-10

American multispecialist Avnet has promoted Graham McBeth to the role of president of Premier Farnell. McBeth will report directly to Gerry Fay, president, global business units, Avnet. In his new role, McBeth will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and performance of Premier Farnell. McBeth, who most recently served as President of Avnet Abacus, the Avnet business specializing in interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) products throughout Europe, replaces Premier Farnell's interim President Steven Webb. Webb, a 16-year veteran of Premier Farnell, has played an integral role during the last several months in overseeing Premier Farnell's integration into the Avnet organization. He will remain with the company until January 31, 2017, to assist in the leadership transition. "Graham is an accomplished leader who knows how to win in the market. With his strong commitment to team building, Graham grew the Avnet Abacus division into one of the most well-respected IP&E businesses in Europe", said Fay. "His deep understanding of Avnet’s global business will enable Graham to serve as a great bridge for the Premier Farnell team, its customers and suppliers."

"Since Avnet first announced its intent to acquire Premier Farnell, I recognized what a tremendous opportunity this would be to advance Avnet’s strategy of providing customers with a differentiated digital experience throughout the entire product lifecycle", said McBeth. "This is the start of an exciting new chapter for both Avnet and Premier Farnell and I am thrilled to have the chance to help drive further success for our organization and our design and supply chain partners." A native of Scotland, McBeth is a results-oriented leader with extensive industry experience. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1984 and spent 11 years at National Semiconductor in a variety of roles, from product marketing to distribution and sales management. McBeth joined Abacus Group Plc in 1995, was appointed to the main board as technical director in 1997, and later became group managing director of Abacus with responsibility for the company's sales and marketing strategy. In 2009, following the acquisition of Abacus Group by Avnet, McBeth became president of Avnet Abacus and led the IP&E specialist to a top position in the European market.

Pan-EMEA distributor Nuvias Group joins the HID Advantage Partner Program
2016-12-30

VAD Nuvias Group has become a member of the HID Advantage Partner Program. The Program is a loyalty-based program which provides partners with the ability to evolve their relationship with HID Global for scalability and overall growth. As a member of the HID Advantage Partner Program, Nuvias works closely with HID Global to enhance end user value. Nuvias will distribute the full range of IAM Solutions (Identity and Access Management), including HID Global's ActivID Authentication Solutions and ActivID Credential Management System through its offices in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Ian Kilpatrick, EVP cyber security, Nuvias Group, commented: "HID Global has a uniquely valuable brand in the IAM Solutions market, which provides resellers with a great opportunity to diversify their offerings. The products solve a number of the key cyber security challenges that businesses are faced with today. We look forward to working with HID Global to successfully expand its IAM offerings across EMEA. The partnership with HID Global complements our other recent pan-EMEA Nuvias Group collaborations, including those with Malwarebytes and Nokia. It's a growing recognition of Nuvias' ability to deliver specialist value distribution across EMEA." Miguel Braojos, Vice President Global Sales, IAM Solutions with HID Global said: "addressing and fulfilling end-users' requirements is critical in order to invest with confidence in HID Global's trusted identity solutions. As a member of the HID Advantage Partner program, Nuvias helps support the essential links in the HID Global value chain. The company's strong team of security experts has extensive experience of working with multi-national and financial institutions, further extending our commitment to quality and driving end-user value."

Growth slows in metal 3D printer shipments in 1H’16 - Industry remains bullish on outlook for metal sector, as GE increases investment
2016-12-27

Worldwide shipments of 3D Printing machines which produce metal parts were up +17% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period one year ago despite the woes in the overall Industrial/Professional 3D Printer market, according to figures released today by IT Market research company CONTEXT. Metal based 3D Printers remain one of the bright spots of the struggling Industrial/Professional* 3D Printer market (made up of printers mostly focused on plastics and metals) which witnessed -15% fewer printers shipped in the first half of 2016 compared to 1H 2015. Quarterly tracking shows that the hot-growth sub-sector of Metal 3D Printers is slowing, however with Q2’16 showing only +12% more machines shipped compared to a year ago.

The slowing growth of printer shipments in recent quarters is not impacting the bullish outlook for this sector of the Industrial 3D Printing market, with this "slow down" seen as a micro-blip mostly caused by activities surrounding one of the largest companies in the world, General Electric. GE, through its GE Aviation group, last month announced its intention to acquire two of the top five leading producers of metal 3D Printing machines (Arcam AB and Concept Laser). GE's Aviation business has become a large user of metal 3D Printing in recent years with its LEAP engine part being the poster child for the use of 3D printing in production (3D printing has historically been mostly focused on Rapid Prototyping as opposed to being used to make end-production parts). "The 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing market for metals has just been validated once again as one of the world's largest companies, General Electric, doubled down on their investment in the technology, acquiring two of the largest companies in the space. GE intends not only to make machines for their own use, but also to begin a new business of selling printers as well", noted Chris Connery VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT. The metal 3D Printer segment continues to be an important part of the market. While in the first half of the year, shipments of metal 3D Printers accounted for just 9% of the Industrial/Professional printer total (up from 6% a year ago) their shipments accounted for 35% of the total printer revenues in the period thanks to an ASP of €417K per printer (compared to an ASP of €103K for the sector in total).

The near-term slowdown is mostly perceived as a market correction since indeed GE was also a large customer for the now acquired companies. GE looks to now move past the distractions of acquisitions to integrate these new companies into its portfolio and begin to build-out its new printer business. The industry continues to see many new upstarts in the metal 3D Printing market as well ranging from totally new players and spin-off companies such as Additive Industries and XJet, to heavyweight manufacturing equipment stalwarts such as DMG Mori, Trumpf, dipping their toes into Additive Manufacturing. They all join the current industry leader EOS and a handful of others going after not only the Aerospace industry but also the Automotive, Healthcare, Dental and Jewelry markets all of which have begun to fully embrace metal 3D Printing. "Forecasts remain bullish in this still hot sector of 3D Printing", noted Connery, "with a robust CAGR of 44% to 2020 projected in the metal 3D Printing segment alone."

Tech Data partners with Dell and NEXIONA to launch SmartForce IoT solution
2016-12-09

Tech Data has launched MIIMETIQ EDGE, an all-in-one Internet of Things (IoT) development platform that enables systems integrators and service providers to jumpstart their IoT projects. MIIMETIQ EDGE, which has been developed in collaboration with Dell and IoT technology partner NEXIONA, is available as an integrated solution with the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series for rapid IoT framework development—from proof of concept to enterprise deployment. The solutions are immediately available in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, with global deployment beginning in 2017. They are being presented in each country by the local teams, specifically hired to develop this business, such as Christophe Fortuné in France.

MIIMETIQ EDGE is part of the new SmartForce Internet of Things (IoT) lineup offered by Tech Data’s Smart IoT Solutions practice. The SmartForce offering comprises a portfolio of validated end-to-end solutions for partners to quickly realize the benefits of bringing new digital services like predictive maintenance, asset and fleet management, and intelligent shopping to market in segments such as smart manufacturing, smart transportation and logistics, smart retail, and smart spaces. Victor Paradell, vice president, Smart IoT Solutions at Tech Data, said: "Gartner Inc. forecasts that 5.5 million new things will get connected every day in 2016, with IoT supporting total services spending of €212B, up 22% from last year. In this context of rapid growth, our goal is to help partners targeting the mid-market, as millions of small and medium-sized enterprises begin to adopt these IoT solutions through smaller-scale sensor deployments. With SmartForce, solution providers can spark innovation by getting access to Tech Data's partner ecosystem across the technology stack."

Dermot O’Connell, vice president and general manager, OEM Solutions at Dell EMC EMEA, said: "we are delighted to work with Tech Data and NEXIONA on this innovative SmartForce IoT solution portfolio. We speak with customers across a range of sectors, and many organizations are currently at the proof of concept (POC) stage in their journey to transform their business—and keen to take advantage of megatrends like digitization and IoT. These validated end-to-end solutions from a trusted brand such as Tech Data will be a huge catalyst to accelerate this transformation.”"

The Dell Edge Gateway, powered by Intel processor technology, brings the power of analytics to the edge of the IoT network, reducing the time and cost associated with transferring non-essential data to the cloud or data center. The Dell Edge Gateway is flexible, connects both legacy and modern sensors and devices, and can be customized for various commercial use cases. NEXIONA MIIMETIQ LITE allows system integrators and service providers to rapidly and easily design, prototype, and commercialize their own industrial IoT applications by simplifying the secure connection to physical devices and the management of all sensor data. MIIMETIQ LITE supports more than 60 machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT protocols and communication technologies, including MQTT, CoAP, Sigfox, HTTP, TCP, and UDP. MIIMETIG LITE is built on a flexible service-oriented architecture (SOA) that fully integrates with IBM Watson IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT Hub cloud services.

"We are very excited to launch MIIMETIQ EDGE in cooperation with Dell and Tech Data. This ground-breaking new product opens up the IoT opportunity for systems integrators, with a ready-made solution for creating a scalable and highly flexible connected environment", said Jaume Rey, chief executive officer of NEXIONA. "MIIMETIQ EDGE allows systems integrators and end users to own and operate their own platforms, enabling a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premise hosting, while removing the dependence on a single supplier. We see it as a game-changer, offering an adaptable and affordable solution which addresses the growing demand for multiple small-scale IoT implementations in the SMB segment", added Rey.

 

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