Scandinavia: touch technology vendor ELO Touch has chosen broadliner and sparepart specialist EET Europarts as an official distributor for its full product portfolio of touch computers, touch monitors and interactive signage products, in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. With the ELI touch product assortment EET Europarts will be able to offer its PoS & Auto ID customers and installers a much wider product portfolio, and additionally be capable of offering assistance in the implementation of major PoS projects. "Elo Touch Solutions invented the touchscreen over 40 years ago, and is today one of the leading manufacturers of touchscreens worldwide. The product portfolio includes i.a. a broad selection of interactive touchscreen monitors and all-in-one touchscreen computers", says Tommi Brodersen, Head of PoS & Auto ID at EET Group. "We really look forward to the cooperation with Elo, which enables us to offer our customers a highly recognized brand, giving us the opportunity to optimize our product mix and strengthen our position in the market." Maarten Bais, General Manager & Vice president EMEA, at ELO Touch Solutions, is very pleased with the agreement, and he says: "with a solid history in the distribution business and a reach and experience that perfectly matches our product portfolio, EET Europarts is a perfect fit for Elo in the Nordic region. Both our Point-of-Sales systems as well as interactive digital signage displays fit into their strategy. The testimonials of appreciation of EET Europarts shown by their customers further convinced us that we have found the right partner for future growth in the region."
Infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS offers Managed Service Providers (MSPs) authorised distribution of F5 Networks cloud services following the registration to F5's Cloud Licensing Programme (CLP). The programme is accessible and offered in 26 EMEA countries, through Arrow ECS offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The F5 Cloud Licensing Programme comprises the virtual versions of the F5 Big-IP appliances and their Good-Better-Best (GBB) simplified licensing model based on which MSPs can offer their customers complete cloud solutions. MSPs who are providing their customers with As-You-Use Service models can now enjoy F5 solutions in the same manner. This means they no longer need to make upfront capital investments on behalf of their clients. They may either select those services required by their business model or utilise the entire F5 Cloud offering. With Bring-Your-Own Licence and special volume conditions (volume licensing subscription), the programme offers flexibility. An app-centric strategy helps organisations maintain control over applications in the cloud. By extending the same availability, performance, and security services across environments – on-premise, public cloud, private cloud, or a mix (hybrid) – organisations can be confident their apps will provide the same user experience wherever they're deployed. The same policies that govern applications in the data centre can be applied in the cloud. The F5 Cloud Licencing Programme is now available via ArrowSphere, Arrow's Cloud marketplace. ArrowSphere allows MSPs to create their own cloud services or to re-sell cloud services by leading vendors such as F5.
"We are excited to bring F5 Networks' Cloud Licensing Programme to Europe", said Steve Robinson, vice president for Arrow's global cloud business. "Arrow brings value-added cloud services on the ArrowSphere platform to channel partners with F5 solutions for traditional Value-Added Resellers and Managed Service Providers."
"I'm happy to see how Arrow embraces F5's Cloud Licensing Programme in ArrowSphere", said Jaak Cuppens, Channel Sales Cloud and MSP EMEA. "As such adding a new consumption model for EMEA cloud partners and subsequent extend the customer experience with F5 solutions on their journey to app-centric cloud strategy."
Ingram Micro back in Nordics
Scandinavia: after retreating from Denmark, Finland and Norway and focussing only on Sweden in 2009, broadliner Ingram Micro has decided to reinstate local sales offices for its broadline business in these three countries. Between 2009 and 2016, the distributor covered the three countries from the export office of its German subsidiary or, from time to time (like Norway between october 2009 and september 2010), through a local sales agent. The Danish business was then sold to Actebis (now ALSO), while the Finnish and Norwegian offices were closed altogether. Since then, Ingram Micro has only Mobility and POS businesses in Denmark, Finland and Norway, originating from the acquisition of Brightpoint in 2012 and Symtec Nordic in 2006. The distributor has expanded its teams, and is now able again to sell a full portfolio of IT products, which it will officially do starting at the beginning of 2017, with new broadline business in Denmark, Finland and Norway, beside Sweden (source: IT Bransjen Norge).
Nedis distributes Mobilize
Accessory and connectivity vendor and distributor Nedis has expanded its catalog with Mobilize, a vendor of accessories for mobile phones. Mobilize products are available in whole Europe through Nedis offices in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
American multispecialist Avnet has promoted Graham McBeth to the role of president of Premier Farnell. McBeth will report directly to Gerry Fay, president, global business units, Avnet. In his new role, McBeth will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and performance of Premier Farnell. McBeth, who most recently served as President of Avnet Abacus, the Avnet business specializing in interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) products throughout Europe, replaces Premier Farnell's interim President Steven Webb. Webb, a 16-year veteran of Premier Farnell, has played an integral role during the last several months in overseeing Premier Farnell's integration into the Avnet organization. He will remain with the company until January 31, 2017, to assist in the leadership transition. "Graham is an accomplished leader who knows how to win in the market. With his strong commitment to team building, Graham grew the Avnet Abacus division into one of the most well-respected IP&E businesses in Europe", said Fay. "His deep understanding of Avnet’s global business will enable Graham to serve as a great bridge for the Premier Farnell team, its customers and suppliers."
"Since Avnet first announced its intent to acquire Premier Farnell, I recognized what a tremendous opportunity this would be to advance Avnet’s strategy of providing customers with a differentiated digital experience throughout the entire product lifecycle", said McBeth. "This is the start of an exciting new chapter for both Avnet and Premier Farnell and I am thrilled to have the chance to help drive further success for our organization and our design and supply chain partners." A native of Scotland, McBeth is a results-oriented leader with extensive industry experience. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1984 and spent 11 years at National Semiconductor in a variety of roles, from product marketing to distribution and sales management. McBeth joined Abacus Group Plc in 1995, was appointed to the main board as technical director in 1997, and later became group managing director of Abacus with responsibility for the company's sales and marketing strategy. In 2009, following the acquisition of Abacus Group by Avnet, McBeth became president of Avnet Abacus and led the IP&E specialist to a top position in the European market.