Zycko goes to Africa with Riverbed
WAN optimization vendor Riverbed has granted the French office of network and storage VAD Zycko with distribution rights over Algeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Tunisia.
Planète Telecom distributes Yealink
French network and telecom VAD Planète Telecom has started to distribute Yealink IP phones in the country. These products are also available for the rest of the world, through its Export company.
Careful with Grayton !
United Kingdom: TheBrokerSite warns IT distribution specialists to be very careful when trading with peripheral and computer trader Grayton. The company allegedly contacted one of its members and tried to get goods on credit. After further checking, TheBrokerSite have found several indicators that tell them this is not a good company.
A new subsidiary for Itway
Middle East: Italian network and security VAD Itway has decided to further strengthen its presence in the Middle East and North Africa region. Itway MENA has been jointly established in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, with a local partner, Libanica, already a shareholder of Itway SpA with an 8.3% stake. The newly created company will be headed by an Italian-Lebanese engineer, Antoine Karam, who will be both CEO of Itway MENA and director of Business-e Spa (another company of the Itway Group). Karam was previously executive vice-president of Merrill Lynch in Europe. The MENA region, already rich with prospects, is getting ready to become even more attractive and the Itway Group decided to prepare in time to be able to best exploit all opportunities that will emerge. Despite a recent retreat from the French market, "we are already leaders in the IT market in Southern Europe (through our offices in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and the most important operator in the Cybersecurity area with a strong presence in an important country like Turkey, where we are growing at 20% per year," Farina went on to say. "Now with the opening of Itway MENA we will directly preside in a strategic way over a key market like the Middle East, able to count on an important partner like Libanica, which we already work with at an international level. At this point, I think we have all that it takes to reach the development targets that we set for ourselves in the region.".
Top ten vendor Western Europe PC shipments up +28% in Q3 2014
PC shipments for the top ten vendors across Western Europe grew by +27.9% in Q3 2014, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company. The Q3 2014 results followed on from the strong growth in Q2 2014 with a +20.9% rise, as vendors continued to benefit from XP migration as well as healthy sales of low priced Notebooks with Bing. "While sales were driven by both these factors, growth for four out of the top five leading vendors also came on the back of a weaker prior-year performance", said Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at CONTEXT. HP led the market growing by 25.7%, with double digit growth in both its consumer and commercial sales and consumer sales particularly strong. "According to HP, this was due to its attractive new form factors and consumers moving back to traditional PC products", added Pygott. Lenovo grew by 62.8%, again with a double-digit increase in commercial sales, however consumer sales achieved a triple digit growth which was seen in nearly all of the Western European countries. In third position Acer had a strong quarter growing by +62% with good sales in both Desktops and Notebooks. Acer benefited from an improved market environment for both consumer and SMB sales in Western Europe and saw a strong pick up in their sales to these segments. The need for refreshes in the commercial segment also helped boost Acer's sales).
|Top Ten leading WE Shipment Vendors by Country
||Year and Year growth Q3/2013 vs Q3/2014