Ingram Micro gets global cloud force in place
Broadliner Ingram Micro has amassed a 300-strong force of dedicated cloud experts to execute its global cloud plans and is expanding the team further to cope with demand. Earlier this year the distribution giant unveiled its Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace plans at its Global Cloud Summit in Florida, which it claimed would offer a complete ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions to enable simple and rapid cloud adoption. Resellers would also have access to a number of "white glove" services including technical sales engineering, migration, remote infrastructure management and service desk. Initially rolled out in the US earlier this month, the initiative is set to be unveiled in Canada next month, Mexico in August and Europe for Q4.
Brand launch positions Ingram Micro for the future
American broadliner Ingram Micro has launched a new company brand identity. This new, global brand has a bold, modern look and feel, signaling the company's leadership in technology and supply chain services. With recent investments in growth over the past couple of years, this new brand is part of creating a platform of new capabilities and services whereby Ingram Micro helps businesses fully realize the promise of technology. The bold new look incorporates a blue that is both eye-catching and pleasing, while the letters convey the strength and dependability of a true, world-class leader. The tilt of the G signals acceleration and agility, while its virtual absence reinforces transparency and the company's unique insights. Agility, insight and dependability, these are all qualities valued by Ingram Micro's partners.
DISTREE Africa 2014 drives ICT & CE channel collaboration at inaugural regional event
DISTREE Africa 2014 draws to a close after a hugely successful launch event in Nairobi, Kenya. DISTREE Africa offered technology and consumer electronics (CE) brands and suppliers an opportunity to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with senior executives from Africa’s leading distributors, resellers and retailers in one place at one time. More than one thousand pre-scheduled meetings took place between delegates at DISTREE Africa, with each delegate using DISTREE Events' powerful online planning tools prior to the event, to set-up meetings as part of a personalised agenda relevant to their precise business needs. More than 300 delegates attended DISTREE Africa, including 140-plus vendor and distributor executives, representatives from more than 90 key African resellers, and senior management from more than 30 top regional retailers. Presentations at the event included Live@DISTREE speeches from Quantum, Acer, Energy Sistem and Xtouch. Channel delegates from across Africa also attended speeches by Sabrina Dar, General Manager East Africa at Cisco; Robert Ngeru, VP & COO East Africa at Samsung; Mariam Abdullahi, Operator Channel Manager for West, East and Central Africa at Microsoft, and Santosh Varghese, General Manager Middle East & Africa at Toshiba. The DISTREE Africa 2014 conference programme included the debut of the popular "60 Seconds to Convince" awards in the region, giving dozens of brands the chance to deliver a one minute pitch for their latest product. CAT Phones picked up the Best Design award for its B15Q device, with WD receiving the Best Innovation award for its My Cloud solutions. Storage vendor Strontium received the Best Presentation award. DISTREE Africa 2014 was supported by Platinum Sponsor Quantum; Gold Sponsors Acer, Despec and IBS; plus Silver Sponsors Brother, Energy Sistem, Sandisk, Seagate, Strontium, Toshiba and WD. This year's Technical Sponsors are Acer and Brother. The event was supported by Distributor Partner Despec and Media Partners from across the region. This year's Channel Academy workshop programme offered insight and data from Event Partner GfK and Content Providers Expandi Group and RIC Ltd.
Spectrami goes south with Actifio
South Africa: Dubai-based network and security VAD Spectrami has entered into the South African market by opening up a new office near Johannesburg. The company plans to start with the South African market and then get into East and Southern Africa along with Indian Ocean Islands. Furthermore, the company has long term plans for the entire sub-Saharan Africa to be served from the South Africa office. Spectrami South Africa is managed by Hugh Wason, who was until now consultant for Actifio, the first vendor to have authorized the distributor in the country. Hugh will work alone to start with, supported by the company's existing technical team in Dubai. The company plans to hire an additional technical resource in the coming months, and to have a team of four employees by the end of the year. Spectrami South Africa is the second office of the distributor in Africa, beside a first one opened in Morocco last year.
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