Arrow reveals it will retire Computerlinks brand in Q2
Infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS will drop the Computerlinks brand name in Q2 as it ploughs on with the integration of the security VAD. The pan-global distributor formed an integration steering team immediately after closing its €230m acquisition of Computerlinks and is now a good way through the integration process. According toLaurent Sadoun, EMEA president of Arrow ECS, Computerlinks would be rebranded under the Arrow ECS Networking and Security banner some time between April and June. In UK, there seemingly are no plans to close any major offices. John Dams, who was sales director at Computerlinks, will now head up Arrow's combined security business, with Arrow's current UK security boss Nick Bannister moving up to a senior European security and networking role. Mark McHale will continue to helm Arrow ECS's UK infrastructure business. Dave Ellis, who was director of new technologies at Computerlinks, retains a similar role at Arrow ECS - but covering the entire UK organisation - in the post of director of strategy and new products. He will report into UK boss Nick Thurlow. Meanwhile, Computerlinks UK founder Mark Norman will stay on board with Arrow as a non-executive director. Computerlinks adds almost €750m to Arrow ECS' revenues, bolstering its strength in existing markets such as the UK and the US and handing it access to new countries and territories such as Australia, India, Italy, the Middle East and Singapore. The duo shares several big vendors, most notably Check Point, Trend Micro, RSA and Blue Coat, but Sadoun said these overlaps were "complementary" and would make the integration process easier. A small number of job cuts may come in Q2 when the back office systems are combined. The integration process will seek also to draw on Computerlinks' skills with its ALVEA cloud offering likely to be developed alongside Arrow's ArrowSphere cloud proposition (source : Channelweb UK).
Arrow ECS in the cloud with Trend Micro
Infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS has inked a partnership with Trend Micro, to add its security solutions to its ArrowSphere cloud portal. Trend Micro cloud solutions will thus be available through ArrowSphere in all EMEA countries, except Iran, Sudan and Syria, through Arrow ECS offices in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
A new head for Computerlinks
Sweden: as part of the acquisition of Computerlinks by Arrow ECS, Lena Gulliksen has seemingly taken over the management of the VAD, now network and security BU of Arrow ECS.
Arrow Electronics reveals Arrow Global Training Alliance for IBM Global Training
Following Arrow ECS selection as one of the four IBM Global Training providers for IBM's Software Group and Systems and Technology Group, the VAD has launched the "Arrow Global Training Alliance." Fast Lane, a provider of advanced IT Training courses, is the first to join this worldwide cooperation program to further enhance Arrow's existing enterprise computing solutions education coverage and infrastructure with select partners. Effective immediately, Fast Lane will offer authorized IBM Training through its global learning network to complement Arrow's capabilities and offerings. With this launch, Arrow is establishing a unique global learning ecosystem that will make IBM Training available around the world, delivered in a consistent manner, and based on local requirements. Effective today, Arrow and members of the Arrow Global Training Alliance provide IBM Training in 60 countries and are on track to cover 130 countries in the next six months.
The scope of available training includes:
- IBM Systems training (i.e., IBM Power Systems, IBM PureSystems, IBM System Storage and Storage Networking);
- IBM System x and BladeCenter;
- IBM System z;
- Cloud Computing; and
- IBM Software Trainings (i.e., Business Analytics, Information Management, Collaboration, Product Lifecycle Management, Rational, Tivoli and WebSphere).
Patrice Arzilliers back at Exertis
Distribution group Exertis has appointed Patrice Arzillier as Managing Director, Exertis Continental Europe. He is responsible for leading the development of the activities of Exertis in Continental Europe, including Exertis Banque Magnétique (France), Exertis Comtrade (France) and Exertis Go Connect (Belgium and the Netherlands). He will have a specific focus on further developing the geographic and product reach of the Exertis Group in continental Europe, both organically and by acquisition, in the home and mobility markets. He joins Exertis from Arrow ECS where he was VP South and Eastern Europe. Prior to that he was the co-founder and CEO of VAD Altimate Group, acquired by Arrow ECS from Exertis (back then DCC) in April 2012.