June 29, 2017

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HP enhances PartnerOne programme

Vendor giant HP has announced a series of enhancements to its global PartnerOne programme. The HP PartnerOne changes include new HP PartnerOne specialisations in key growth areas, new competitive rebates as part of the compensation model, the creation of role-based certifications, a consistent membership structure and an improved partner portal navigation experience. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 1 October 2013

Buffalo unites Americas operations

Networking vendor Buffalo has joined together its operations across Latin America and North America to create a unified Buffalo Americas subsidiary. The new business unit incorporates Buffalo Technology Latin America, Buffalo Brazil and the vendor’s North America organisation. Buffalo Americas is based in Texas and led by Matt Dargis, COO at Buffalo. Dargis most recently served as VP of sales and operations for Buffalo Technology USA. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 September 2013

Avnet extends Cisco rights in Latin America

VAD giant Avnet Technology Solutions has expanded its distribution agreement with Cisco, becoming a high-value speciality distributor for data centre products in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Latin American and Caribbean agreement with Cisco complements Avnet’s engagements in the region with Cisco ecosystem partners EMC, NetApp and VMware. It also enables Avnet to provide channel partners with complete converged infrastructure solutions for data centres. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 September 2013

OCZ Technology signs Tech Data deal

Memory product vendor OCZ Technology has struck a distribution deal with Tech Data covering both Latin America and North America. Under the terms of the agreement, Tech Data’s advanced infrastructure solutions (AIS) unit becomes authorised to distribute OCZ’s complete portfolio of flash-based enterprise and client SSDs and associated software solutions to its sales channel throughout North America and Latin America. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 September 2013

Strong growth for Argentinean ICT & CE market

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Argentina indicates that the total market value for the second quarter of 2013 was US$2.25 billion – up 44.8% year-on-year. GfK’s research measures the size of what it terms the ‘technical consumer goods’ market, which includes the following product categories: consumer electronics; photo; major domestic appliances; small domestic appliances; IT; telecoms, office equipment and consumables. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 September 2013

Microsoft bets US$7.2 billion on Nokia deal

Technology giant Microsoft has bet US$7.2 billion cash on a deal to purchase Nokia’s handset business. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. Microsoft reckons that buying Nokia lock, stock and barrel will allow it to accelerate sales of mobile devices running Windows Phone through faster innovation, plus unified branding and marketing. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 September 2013

Rapid growth predicted for smartwatch shipments

The numbercrunchers at Juniper Research reckon that global smartwatch shipments will hit 36 million units per annum by 2018 driven by new multifunction device capabilities. Juniper’s crystal ball sees rapid growth for the nascent product category in the years ahead. For 2013, smartwatch shipments are expected to reach 1 million units. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 August 2013

Storage Products Association (SPA) established

Storage giant WD has set up a new association to promote magnetic storage technologies. WD has teamed up with other hard drive companies to establish the Storage Products Association (SPA). The SPA, which also includes HGST, Seagate and Toshiba as members, plans to make consumers and professionals aware of how critical hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) are to their digital lives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 14 August 2013

Red Hat names new global alliances VP

Open source solutions provider Red Hat has appointed Scott Musson as its new VP of global strategic alliances. Musson, previously at VMware, will be responsible for Red Hat’s global alliance, system integrator and ISV relationships, and will manage Red Hat’s strategic relationships with HP, IBM, Dell and Cisco. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 9 July 2013

Ingram Micro rejigs global executive team

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has rejigged its global executive team, announcing a number of new appointments. Effective August 1st 2013, John Soumbasakis, 43, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president Asia Pacific, and Gerhard Schulz, 50, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president Europe. Mike Zilis, 43, will assume the role of executive VP and president, Latin America, effective January 4th 2014. As part of the shake-up there are also new roles for Shailendra Gupta, and Alain Maquet. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 7 June 2013

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