December 12, 2018

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Microsoft tackles South African pirates

Software giant Microsoft has cracked down on South African dealers selling counterfeit and illegal software. Microsoft has reached settlements worth tens of thousands of US dollars with 21 local computer dealers. The 21 dealers, based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria and a number of smaller regional locations, were found to be selling computers loaded with unlicensed Microsoft software. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 May 2008

SecureData launches ESP²

Vendors run channel programmes, not value-added distributors (VADs). South African VAD SecureData Security begs to differ from this conventional channel wisdom and has whipped the covers off its own channel scheme called the enterprise security partner programme – abbreviated to ESP². The new programme aims to reward the VAD’s enterprise security channel partners for focus and commitment. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 May 2008

Mannai makes Microsoft LAR status

Microsoft has strengthened its channel-to-market in Qatar, naming Doha-based Mannai Corporation as a large account reseller (LAR). Achieving LAR status authorises Mannai to offer customers Microsoft ‘enterprise’ and ‘select’licesning agreements and technical support for all of the software giant’s products. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 May 2008

Comtrade and Hermes Softlab form regional giant

Comtrade Group, one of the largest IT companies in South East Europe, has purchased Slovenian software and IT services powerhouse Hermes Softlab. Unicredit Group provided both debt and equity financing for Comtrade and will become a 21% minority shareholder in the combined entity. The combined group boasts 1,600 employees, annual sales of approximately US$465m and operations in 14 countries. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 May 2008

Force10 storms into UK channel

High performance player Force10 has stormed into the UK channel with the appointment of Zycko as the company’s first in-country distributor. Force 10 Networks claims that its high performance networks fit perfectly into Zycko’s open-standard solutions strategy. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 April 2008

Avnet starts Belgian hub expansion

Global distribution and services giant Avnet has started work on a 10,000 square metre expansion of its central distribution centre in Tongeren, Belgium. The centre houses a pan-European distribution and logistics operation. It also includes an integration centre, primarily serving Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) customers in EMEA. The extension at Tongeren will take the area of the facility to 34,000 square metres – equivalent to approximately five football pitches. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

Asbis snaps up Megatrend

Emerging markets distribution powerhouse Asbis has established a presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Asbis has snapped up an 80% stake in local distribution outfit Megatrend Sarajevo. Megatrend has been operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than a decade, distributing a number of A-brand vendors including HP, IBM, Lenovo, Apple and Toshiba. Asbis hopes that its sales in Bosnia and Herzegovina will hit US$20m in 2009. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

Cisco jumpstarts Jordanian channel

Networking behemoth Cisco has given Jordan’s reseller community a push in the right direction in terms of training and certification. Cisco has conducted training and certification sessions with Jordanian partners aimed at enhancing partner skills. During the sessions, resellers got the lowdown on Cisco select certification. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

InVision plans channel push

InVision Software has restructured its indirect sales operation and created a dedicated channel and alliance management division. InVision, which provides enterprise-wide workforce management solutions, will concentrate on channel expansion with an initial focus in the EMEA region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

Packet Design signs up FVC

Packet Design has appointed FVC as a value-added distributor (VAD) for the Middle East and North Africa region. Under the terms of the agreement FVC will distribute and support Packet Design’s IP routing and traffic solutions through its network of authorised channel partners in the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 28 April 2008

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