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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

Brightpoint bags Hugh Symons

NASDAQ-quoted wireless device distributor Brightpoint has gobbled up Hugh Symons UK-based wireless distribution business. Brightpoint has paid US$586,000 for Hugh Symons plus the value of inventory at the date of closing. Brightpoint has also put in place a three-year earn out agreement worth a maximum of US$7.2m. 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

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

Dimension Data lands in UAE

Dimension Data is set to shake up the UAE corporate reseller market after bagging a majority stake in systems integrator Data Processing Systems (DPS) for an undisclosed sum. The deal also marks the launch of Dimension Data UAE, with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 25 April 2008

Zycko brings Riverbed training to Europe

Zycko Academy, the training arm of value-added distributor (VAD) Zycko, will launch training courses on Riverbed’s wide-area data services (WDS) in Europe during 2008. The Riverbed training, presented by Zycko will launch in Germany, Benelux and France. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 25 April 2008

LS2 launches ERP arm

UAE-based LS2 has launched an ERP practice in partnership with Indian IT outfit CodeTheatre from Bangalore. The new LS2 unit, which will sell Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions in the Gulf region, will use CodeTheatre as its offshore development arm. LS2 claims that it already has a number of well-know customers signed up to implement Dynamic NAV solutions using a global delivery model. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 24 April 2008

LogRhythm brings Brewer on board

Log management solutions provider LogRhythm has appointed Ross Brewer as VP and managing director of its EMEA operation. Brewer’s CV includes stints at LogLogic, NetIQ and Symantec. LogRhythm has also established a European headquarters in the UK. Brewer will drive LogRhythm’s EMEA expansion, overseeing sales, administration and channel development. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 22 April 2008

Ideas boosts EMEA distribution network

Ideas Revenue Optimisation – a provider of hospitality revenue management solutions – has appointed Parkernology, RM Solutions and Protel as distribution partners in South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey respectively. The newest channel partners will assume responsibility for the integration and service of Ideas solutions within their markets. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 22 April 2008

NHR launches NetSure in EMEA

Network Hardware Resale (NHR) has launched its NetSure maintenance programme for customers across EMEA. The company hopes to take a chunk of the services revenue that normally finds its way into vendor pockets. NHR, which offers pre-owned and new networking kit, claims that NetSure offers significant savings compared to traditional vendor-led maintenance services. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 22 April 2008

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