Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Surface Hub, its new large-screen collaboration device, is available for businesses to order in 24 markets (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States) since July 1. Breakthrough hardware innovations in touch and ink allow Surface Hub to harness the power of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to deliver a new kind of productivity experience optimized for groups. The unique experience is designed to be just as engaging for people working together in the same room as for those connecting remotely. To meet the needs of a variety of rooms and spaces, Surface Hub is available in two main configurations: Surface Hub 139,7-cm for €6,280, and Surface Hub 213,4-cm for €17,950. Surface Hub delivers the power and versatility of a complete, cloud-connected Windows 10 device along with the simplicity and consistency of a custom interface that is built for shared spaces. The device is designed for anyone to walk up and use, providing an engaging way to share ideas and information. Right from the welcome screen it's easy to start white-boarding, initiate a videoconference or share content, but that's just the beginning. Businesses will be able to draw from a wide variety of Windows apps to put real-time data and business tools at the center of meetings, helping them gain insights and reach decisions faster. By connecting the industry-specific Universal Windows apps that organizations rely on to manage their business processes with an engaging remote meeting and collaboration solution, Surface Hub brings a new level of innovation and efficiency to the way people work. And as a Windows 10 device, the Surface Hub benefits from Windows Update for Business, providing access to the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis. The Surface Hub experience is designed around a highly responsive screen built for ink and touch. Both versions of Surface Hub are integrated with optically bonded displays capable of detecting 100 points of multitouch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs, dual 1080p front-facing video cameras, and a four-element microphone array that detects and follows voice to eliminate background noise during videoconferencing sessions. Surface Hub also features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a variety of ports for easy wired and wireless connectivity options, allowing devices to share content to the screen. Microsoft is working closely with a set of strategic partners to make it easy for businesses to deploy Surface Hub into their organizations in a way that naturally integrates into their existing rooms and IT environments. A variety of companies are embracing Surface Hub, including distributors enabling global reach like ALSO, Ingram Micro, Synnex, Tech Data and TD Maverick (although a detailed coverage has not been unveiled at time of publication), and strategic resellers which bring industry expertise in hardware, software and solutions. In addition, through partnerships with global leaders in advanced control, automation and conferencing systems like AMX and Crestron, and working with innovative design thought leaders like Herman Miller, Microsoft is thinking about collaboration spaces holistically and putting Surface Hub at the center of workspace transformation initiatives.
United States: broadliner Tech Data has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Signature Technology Group, a provider of data center and professional services throughout North America. STG's services will be offered through Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division, the company's data center business in the Americas. STG's data center services enable solution providers across all verticals to maximize their clients' technology investments, strategically improve service levels, reduce risk, and contain costs. STG offers partner-led IT professional services that deploy technology physically and virtually, cloud assessments and migrations, and technical staffing to ensure that IT departments have skilled resources and coverage. The STG team holds certifications across 23 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and its technicians, deployed in customers' IT environments, support over 300,000 devices throughout North America. Founded in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1990, STG was named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies List in 2014, the CRN Fast Growth 150 in 2013, and the CRN Fast Growth 100 in 2012. Charles Layne, president and chief executive officer at STG, along with the entire STG team, will join Tech Data. He will assume the role of president, Signature Technology Group at Tech Data and report directly to Bartlett in the company's AIS division.
Collaboration solution vendor SMART Technologies has announced the immediate shipment of the new 213cm version of the SMART kapp digital capture board. Like the original 106.5cm version, SMART kapp 84 is a modern replacement for outdated and outmoded dry-erase boards and flip charts. As easy to use as a traditional whiteboard, kapp 84 provides the ability to share and save work in real time, on any device, with anyone, anywhere in the world. The larger version of kapp is the ideal tool when you need more space than a kapp 42 provides – making the power of SMART kapp available in more meeting areas such as huddle spaces, boardrooms, lecture halls, classrooms, hotel meeting facilities and much more. The availability of kapp 84 comes as SMART adds two significant distribution partners in Europe. AV specialist TD Maverick and broadliner Tech Data are now master distributors for SMART kapp in Austria, Belux, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Additionally, an agreement making the Specialty Solutions division of broadliner Ingram Micro, already a SMART kapp distributor in North America, a master distributor will make kapp available in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Another Maquet for Ingram Micro
France: following the recent departure of Vincent Naylor, broadliner Ingram Micro has hired Alexandre Maquet, the former country director of Datalogic, as manager of its DC/POS BU for France and French-speaking Africa. Funnily enough, Alexandre has no relationship with Alain Maquet, who has long managed France for the broadliner, and was lately Senior Executive Vice President and President, Ingram Micro EMEA before retiring.
More supply chain expertise for Ingram Micro
American broadliner Ingram Micro has appointed Markus Schmücker as executive director, Supply Chain Solutions, Europe, to oversee the development of its activities across the continent, which include providing the logistical support for vendors and retailers. Markus was previously working for Arvato as Managing Director, Supply Chain Solutions, arvato UK & Ireland. Ingram Micro plans to use his knowledge in supply chain to standardize its capabilities and solutions available from its 15 primary Advanced Logistics Centers within Europe.
Ingram Micro France, division Specialty Solutions
Ingram Micro France, division Specialty Solutions
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