January 23, 2017

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NEWS

Exclusive Group buys Benelux VAD TechAccess

VAD Exclusive Group, has acquired TechAccess, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. The deal grows the combined Benelux operation to over 150 staff at offices in Son and Amersfoort in the Netherlands, and Antwerp in Belgium. The acquisition gives Exclusive Fortinet distribution rights in the Netherlands, extending a relationship that spreads across all of EMEA and APAC. Other shared strengths include the two businesses expertise in offering Arista, Infoblox, Gemalto and Brocade solutions. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 January 2017

Fortinet announces 2016 partners of the year

Cybersecurity solutions provider Fortinet has announced the winners of its 2016 partner of the year awards. Fortinet’s awards recognised outstanding cybersecurity sales, customer experience, collaboration, and marketing achievements from the company’s distributors and resellers around the world. Global partner of the year was Santa Monica Networks in Finland, with France’s Orange Cyberdefence named EMEA partner of the year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 17 January 2017

TP-Link to recruit systems integrators for SMB channel push

TP-Link, a provider of SOHO, SMB networking products, wireless LAN solutions and mobile devices, has started recruiting systems integrators (SIs) for its recently unveiled SMB portfolio of products in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The SI recruitment drive is aimed at helping TP-Link and its channel ecosystem across the region target small businesses in specific market verticals in the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 17 January 2017

Panasonic Toughbook appoints European partner manager

Panasonic Toughbook has appointed Sylvaine Smith as its head of partner management for Europe to further expand its share of the rugged notebook, tablet and handheld markets with industry solution-focused partnerships. Panasonic claims to hold 66% share of European revenues for rugged notebooks and convertibles, and 59% revenue share for rugged tablets, meaning the Panasonic Toughbook and Toughpad range sold more devices across Europe than the rest of the rugged notebook and tablet competition combined. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 16 January 2017

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FEATURES

INTERVIEW: Karsten Micke, Hotsplots

It is not just consumer tech product vendors that take advantage of the powerful regional channel audience that gathers at DISTREE EMEA each year. The event is also an opportunity for a range of service and solution providers to harness the huge international channel reach that the delegate base can offer companies. One company looking to capitalise on the opportunity is Hotsplots, a provider of wireless hotspot solutions. Channel EMEA caught up with Karsten Micke, head of international sales at Hotsplots, to get the lowdown on the company’s plans for next month’s DISTREE EMEA in Monaco. Read full feature

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 January 2017

INTERVIEW: Marcin Krysieniel, 4Kraft

Channel event DISTREE EMEA provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers and brands to meet senior distributor executives from across the vast Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in one place at one time. DISTREE EMEA 2017 takes place in February in Monaco, offering a structured event format based on pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings between exhibitors and distributors. Channel EMEA caught up with Marcin Krysieniel, export manager EMEA at Poland-based manufacturer 4Kraft, ahead of the company’s participation at DISTREE EMEA 2017. Read full feature

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 January 2017

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VIDEO

tecbuy: the inside track

tecbuy: video submission to celebrate 10th anniversary of regional retail channel event DISTREE Middle East in 2014

The Jumbo success story

Jumbo: video submission to celebrate 10th anniversary of regional retail channel event DISTREE Middle East in 2014


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› DISTREE Latin America 2013: VIDEO

› EMEA Channel Academy: 2013 Awards

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COMMENT

Matthew Gardiner, Mimecast

Cybersecurity needs to be on every organisation’s agenda for 2017, according to Matthew Gardiner, senior product marketing manager at Mimecast. Read full story

Ian Kilpatrick, Nuvias

How do you protect your perimeter when you’ve blown it to pieces? Ian Kilpatrick, executive VP cybersecurity at Nuvias Group and Chairman Wick Hill Group, explains. Read full story

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