DISTREE Events launches ‘Smart Channels’ summit to focus on retailing connected devices, wearables and IoT
DISTREE Events has launched a new summit series focused on how the retail channel will evolve to deliver smart technologies, solutions and services to consumers. The new session, entitled "Smart Channels: Retailing Connected Devices, Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT)", will make its debut at DISTREE APAC in Singapore, which takes place from 8-10th October 2014. The "Smart Channels" summit series will continue at DISTREE EMEA in Monaco from 24-27th February 2015. DISTREE Events is partnering with ICT research provider CONTEXT to deliver the Smart Channels summit series. CONTEXT is currently forming an Advisory Board comprising vendors, distributors and retailers to structure the content and participants for each Smart Channels summit. Deloitte predicts that by 2017 smart home solutions in Europe alone will generate revenues of more than US$5.57 billion. By linking together connected devices, wearables and IoT, the Smart Channels summit will encourage a more integrated approach to marketing and retailing these solutions. For technology and consumer electronics retailers, growing demand for connected devices and wearables represents a significant opportunity, but also raises a number of crucial questions that need to be addressed. Traditional departmental boundaries between white goods, televisions and IT products become obsolete as IoT creates a network of connected products spanning all these areas. Retailers, vendors, distributors and service providers that wish to participate in the Smart Channels summit – either in APAC or EMEA – can contact DISTREE Events for further information. The Smart Channels summit format will include panel discussions, keynote speeches, workshops and networking opportunities.
Information Builders and Arrow ECS to expand market reach of self-service business intelligence solutions
Information Builders, a business intelligence (BI) and analytics software editor, has unveiled a partnership with infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS. The company will distribute two versions of WebFOCUS Express via its solution provider network, a software-only version for IBM Power Systems running Linux and an Intel version running both Linux and Windows. As part of the partnership, Arrow will also manufacture and distribute an IBM Power Systems Linux Appliance version of WebFOCUS Express in both North America and EMEA through its offices in Africa, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Imago appointed Master Distributor for Osprey video products
IP video VAD Imago Group plc, a long-term distributor of Osprey Video capture cards, has been appointed to manage an extended geographical territory following the purchase of the Osprey brand by Texas-based Variosystems. As well as Belgium, China, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, Imago will be nurturing and extending its channel of resellers and OEM customers in Europe (with the exception of DACH countries), Middle East and Africa on behalf of the Osprey solutions. The Osprey brand was taken over by Variosystems from ViewCast earlier this year, however the company has actually been manufacturing and warehousing the products for over three years. Variosystems is now committed to a long-term plan to develop the Osprey range and has introduced a new audio add-on card – the 800a - for the High Definition 820, 825 and 845 models, which is now available.
CeBIT 2015 has a new offering for entrepreneurs and investors
CeBIT 2015 will feature a vastly extended offering for company founders, developers and investors from the international IT sector, making it Europe's largest event for newly established IT firms. The entire ecosystem focusing on start-ups will be presented under the title "CeBIT SCALE 11: The Digital Source of Innovation" in Hall 11 from 16 to 20 March. The display category is aimed specifically at bringing young entrepreneurs together with major corporations, potential accelerators and investors. Its primary goals are to highlight the creative potential of start-ups, to extend networks between new and established companies and to stimulate investment by financiers. CeBIT SCALE 11 receives major support from the industry: eight months before the event, the initiative has already received funding from numerous industrial partners. They include Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH, the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM), the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK), Catagonia Capital GmbH, Deutsche Telekom, German Accelerator Inc., High-Tech Gründerfonds, hannoverimpuls, the Lower Saxony Investment and Business Development Bank (NBank) and Microsoft Germany. Located in Hall 11, CeBIT SCALE 11 presents the formats for founders and investors at CeBIT, thereby supplementing CODE_n, an international innovation competition. The exhibition zones headlined "young and innovative" and "International Start-up Area", which were situated in Hall 6 at the last event, will be integrated in CeBIT SCALE 11.
Axro launches national websites
In a bid to address more efficiently local markets, German print supply specialist Axro has launched national declinations of its website for several countries (France, Spain, Italy, etc.) Beside being fully translated and using national web domains, these websites allow local resellers to have a quick and transparent access to their local account manager.