Scansource implements SAP ERP in Europe
American multispecialist ScanSource has finalized the implementation of its SAP ERP system in Europe. On February 2, 2015, ScanSource began using the SAP ERP application in Europe to support its growing business, as the ERP system allows for the enhancement of business processes and creation of efficiencies to meet the needs of its operations globally. SAP Consulting Services acted as the prime system integrator on the project, which leveraged the best practices of SAP for Wholesale Distribution software solution. Using SAP's technology, including its SAP for HANA high-speed data analytics platform, the project was completed within its 13-month timeframe.
French network trader Com2 Networks has warned the channel that it came across fake HP SFP (mini-GBIC). The related references are J9151A, J9152A, J4858C, J4859C and JD119B. The fake products can be easily detected: beside traditional spelling mistakes, the hologram on the packaging displays blue KP instead of green HP and, of course, their price is too low to be true. If checked, their serial number ought to be either unrecognized by HP, or already used by another product (source: ITScope Germany).
France-based, pan-European network and security VAD Exclusive Networks has unveiled its 2014 revenue, up €300m to €627m largely thanks to its latest acquisitions, Bilişimcim in Turkey, WhiteGold in Australia and New Zealand and Sidin in Italy, which account for almost two thirds of its year-to-year growth. For 2015, the distributor plans to open Big Tec storage and datacenter offices in Italy and Spain and to acquire leasing providers in Germany and the United Kingdom, like the acquisition of Fibail Systems in France a few weeks ago. All these providers will be regrouped under the Exclusive Capital brand.
The IP camera market has reached a tipping point in Europe, accounting for around half of all revenue from surveillance and security camera sales as businesses look to migrate from legacy CCTV technology, according to European market research firm CONTEXT. The market watcher has compiled data from across the region to provide fresh insight into a burgeoning market set to offer the channel huge growth opportunities. "IP cameras and connected home markets have seen some key business developments last year such as the buy of DropCam by Nest (Google) for €420m", says Gurvan Meyer, analyst at CONTEXT. "The late 2015 plan from Canon to buy Axis for €2.1b is one more move into pulling out IP cameras out of the hand of the Security market only. For 2015, we anticipate more mergers in the IP camera market where smaller, specialist players are snapped up by larger IT and electronic giants moving into this space." The past couple of years in Europe (including Central and Eastern Europe and Russia) have witnessed impressive year-on-year unit sales growth of 34% (2013) and 6% (2014) as businesses look to invest in technology to replace a CCTV market worth an estimated total of €1.5b back in 2013. IP camera revenue grew by 26% from 2012 to 2013, reaching €56m revenues. However, value sales took a year-on-year dip of 3% in 2014 as IP camera prices reduced due to rising unit growth, according to CONTEXT. France was undoubtedly the largest market in Europe, accounting for an 18% share – up from 13% in 2012. Italy (14%) and Russia and the UK (12%) were second and joint third respectively. While Russia's share has fallen hard from 2012, when it led the way in Europe with 21%, demand for IP cameras in the UK could be on the rise again after huge legacy investments there in CCTV in the 80s and 90s. These public and private sector organizations will obviously be slow to adopt the newer technology as they don't want to write off these huge investments. However, a 2013 study (commissionned by Axis Communications) found that 58% of UK retailers were prepared to migrate – attracted by the raft of new, intelligent applications that sit on top of the IP platform. D-Link is by far the largest vendor of IP cameras in Europe, having steadily grown its market share from 2012 (58%), to 2013 (66%) and 2014 (68%). Axis is second with a market share in 2014 of around 12% and Trendnet makes up the top three with a share of around 5%. When it comes to revenues, Axis – which produces high-end and value-add IP cameras – was the clear leader in Europe with a high of 41% in 2012 but has seen its revenues share drop to 37% in 2013 to increase again to 40% in 2014. D-Link has conversely grown its revenue share over 2012 (32%), 2013 (37%) and 2014 (41%), while Trendnet's has remained steady over the past three years at around 3.5%.
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EBV Elektronik launches its blog
Semiconductor specialist EBV Elektronik has launched its own news network the EBVBlog to share news and stories from EBV as well as covering technology and market trends in the EMEA region. It gives an insight view of EBV featuring interview, videos, events and exhibition as well as covering technology developments, sciences and physics. Additionally the EBVBlog highlights an Internet of Things and a Vertical Segments area. It links to the EBV Live Wall displaying live all social media feeds of EBV and its suppliers at one glance. The Live Wall streams events etc. in a news ticker style via Twitter.