December 13, 2017

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InnJoo eyes growing Middle East smartphone market

Research firm IDC expects mobile phone shipments in the Middle East in full year 2016 to exceed 123 million units, with smartphones accounting for 70% of the total. Markets such as the UAE, Turkey and Saudi Arabia continue to drive growth. Smartphone vendor Innjoo is determined to take full advantage of the business opportunities created by growing demand in the region, pursuing an online-focused route-to-market to differentiate itself from rivals. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 May 2016

Fortinet recognises top Middle East partners

Fortinet, a specialist in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, recently concluded its first Middle East partner conference, which took place in Dubai. Fortinet’s Middle East partner conference awards recognised the outstanding achievements drawn from the company’s distributors and resellers across the region. Dynamic Systems was named partner of the year in Saudi Arabia with Gulf Business Machines picking up partner of the year for the rest of the Middle East region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 May 2016

Orange buys €75m stake in Africa Internet Group

Telecoms operator Orange has acquired a €75m (US$85.5m) equity stake in Africa Internet Group, joining AXA, Goldman Sachs and longstanding investors MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet. Through this investment, which will be accompanied by a series of strategic partnerships between the subsidiaries of the two groups, Orange will help online marketplace Jumia and other websites run by Africa Internet Group to accelerate their growth and seize development opportunities in Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 7 April 2016

Also Group opens subsidiary in Slovenia

European distribution giant Also Group has established a subsidiary in Slovenia – the 14th European market the company now has presence in. The Ljubljana-based office will focus on digital services distribution, launching the Also cloud marketplace, a one-stop-shop solution for Also customers, in April 2016. Also is the first indirect partner in the Microsoft cloud solution provider (CSP) programme in Slovenia, opening up opportunities for Also resellers to package different solutions with Microsoft cloud services through the Also cloud marketplace. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 March 2016

Context appoints Keith Henry as SVP

IT market research firm Context has appointed Keith Henry as its new senior vice president (SVP) for sales and marketing. In his new role Henry will head up Context’s sales and marketing activities and will join the company’s executive committee. Jeremy Davies, Context co-founder and CEO, said: “Keith brings a wealth of experience in today’s technology information business. We are looking forward to Keith joining our team, and building a customer-centric organisation to support our expansion both globally and into new research areas.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 16 March 2016

Souq.com secures US$275m funding

Souq.com, the Middle East’s largest online retail and marketplace platform, recently completed a funding round of more than US$275m, the largest financing of an e-commerce business in the Middle East, according to the company. Souq.com claims that the significant investment will support the company’s future growth, strengthen e-commerce in the region and empower more businesses to grow online through its platform. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 11 March 2016

Zyme: Nick Andrews

Nick Andrews, general manager EMEA & India at Zyme, explains the strategic importance of improving channel data management (CDM). Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 18 February 2016

B&O PLAY turns channel data management on with Zyme

Zyme, a market leader in the rapidly growing discipline of channel data management (CDM), has announced that B&O PLAY has signed an agreement to deploy Zyme’s cloud-based CDM solution. The first phase of the initial roll out will be completed by the close of March 2016 but the overall implementation, which will be global, will run until the end of May 2016. Zyme will host an extended workshop on CDM at this month’s DISTREE EMEA channel event, highlighting the agreement with B&O PLAY as a case study. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 11 February 2016

Proove to highlight smart home solutions

Swedish company Proove will showcase its full range of products and brands to distributors, retailers and e-tailers at next month’s DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). As the region’s largest independent channel product sourcing event for consumer technology, DISTREE EMEA gives all brands a powerful business development opportunity. The team from Proove will use the event to extend the channel reach of itsTelldus smart home product range. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 4 February 2016

D-Link part of UK smart home trial with npower

UK energy provider npower, has partnered with D-Link and other leading manufacturers to trial a fully integrated smart home experience to build on the growing appetite for connected living. As one of the leading providers of smart home technology, D-Link joins other leading smart home brands, Nest Labs and Yale in the trial to pool their collective strengths in heating, security, energy and wireless networking solutions. All products and solutions will be controlled by a new npower app with a focus on energy and security driving the offering. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 3 February 2016

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