Broadliner Tech Data has unveiled an exclusive agreement with cloud enablement provider BitTitan, giving reseller partners and MSPs across the region access to the company's automated onboarding solutions for seamless migrations to Microsoft Office 365. Offered by Tech Data since 2013 in the US, Canada and Latin America, BitTitan's solutions will now be available globally via the Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store, thus in the EMEA region through Tech Data offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. "With BitTitan's solutions, Tech Data's European resellers and MSPs can capitalize on the tremendous growth of Microsoft Office 365 by significantly reducing time to implementation and delivering excellent user experiences for their customers, eliminating the complexities typically experienced when selling, moving and servicing the cloud," said Reza Honarmand, vice president, Software & Cloud at Tech Data Europe. "Furthermore, by offering BitTitan’s solutions through the Tech Data Cloud Solution Store, resellers and MSPs now have a single transaction source for all of the elements of cloud enablement." Tech Data Europe will provide BitTitan’s full stack of solutions, including:
Broadliner Ingram Micro has further expanded its expertise and ability to address the complete lifecycle services of mobility devices through the acquisitions of UK-based CANAI Group and Portugal-based Clarity Technology. Established in 2001, CANAI specializes in retail, carrier and web-based trade-in processes, sustainable recovery, reuse and recycling of electronic products. CANAI offers fully accredited processes and facilities to end users, retailers, manufacturers and carriers to help them optimize the asset value and utilization of used devices in compliance with regulatory recycling and disposal requirements. Clarity Technology was established in 2008 and provides a range of services for the mobility industry including reverse logistics, repairs, parts and accessory management and diagnostics and repair avoidance. In addition to increasing the breadth and depth of the mobility lifecycle services that Ingram is able to offer its existing partners and customers, both companies add important new retail, carrier and OEM relationships within the telecommunications ecosystem. Additional details of the transactions were not disclosed. "The addition of CANAI and Clarity Technology's established services capabilities is perfectly aligned with Ingram Micro's strategic commitment to accelerate our presence and growth in higher value services businesses across the globe," said Shailendra Gupta, Ingram Micro President, Mobility Services. "Both companies bring proven intellectual property, further strengthening and complementing our current capabilities to deliver comprehensive life cycle services. While the two businesses are presently small, we expect to leverage these capabilities initially across our existing infrastructure to benefit our current and future partners and customers."
American broadliner Tech Data has further advanced its cloud strategy with the official global launch of TDCloud, powered by StreamOne, the company's end-to-end provisioning, billing, and marketing engine providing scale and operational scope to solution providers. The Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store is available to partners in Canada, France and the United Kingdom, and will be introduced across Europe in a phased introduction over the coming weeks. The Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store is part of TDCloud, a dedicated business within the company that provides education, enablement and assistance with transitioning to cloud- and subscription-based models. Through the Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store, solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs) can administer and control the entire cloud services delivery process in an app store-like environment. Everything from initial assessment and quoting to the provisioning and ongoing management of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as- a-Service (SaaS) from trusted technology providers can be done quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively in one place.
Unit shipments of printer hardware to EMEA declined by -8% year-on-year in Q1 2015, due to weak performance in the Middle East and Africa and Central and Eastern Europe, according to data published by the European IT market analysis company CONTEXT. "Shipments to Western Europe account for more than 60% of the EMEA total and were flat for the quarter", said Zivile Brazdziunaite, Imaging Market Analyst at CONTEXT. "Unit shipments of Inkjet MFPs mirrored this overall performance, while the number of Laser MFPs shipped to Western Europe dropped by -1%. This drop comes after a strong performance in previous quarters and an unusually strong Q1 2014." By contrast, unit shipments of Laser SFPs increased by +2% having registered continuous negative performance in 2014. Due to improving economic situation year-on-year unit shipments to Germany and France increased by +10% and +9% respectively, while Spain also continued to register a double-digit increase, driven mostly by strong growth of Inkjet MFPs. Performance in Central and Eastern Europe continues to be affected by uncertainty and the deteriorating situation in Russia. Unit shipments declined by -30% year-on-year across all printer hardware categories in Q1 2015. In contrast to the decline of -50% in shipments to Russia (because of the war this country is waging in Ukraine and the related sanctions), shipments to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary saw double-digit growth for the quarter, driven mostly by strong increase in unit shipments of Inkjet MFPs. Unit shipments to the Middle East and Africa also dipped, falling by -11%, driven by weaker demand for both printer technologies as the use of mobile devices continued to grow in the region. Laser hardware shipments continued to decline by -4% year-on-year, while sell-in levels of inkjet hardware were down by -18% in Q1 2015. The largest printer hardware markets in the region, UAE and Turkey, registered double-digit declines but unit shipments to Saudi Arabia increased by +8% during the quarter. A sharp fall in unit shipments of Inkjet MFPs lay behind the negative performance in UAE and Turkey, while the growth in Saudi Arabia was driven by increased sell-in levels of multi-function laser and inkjet devices. The UAE has recently announced that it has implemented new technologies to achieve virtually paperless government. Their drive to do this will have had an impact, leading to a decline in demand in the government sector.
Country breakdown: Printer hardware performance (Q1-15 vs. Q1-14) by country
ASBIS strengthens its Logitech business
Broadliner ASBIS has signed an additional agreement with PC and tablets accessory vendor Logitech International, on the considerable extension of distribution territory. Due to the new amendment, ASBIS is authorized to supply Logitech personal peripherals to its partners in Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova (through its Ukrainian office), Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (through its office in Kazakhstan). ASBIS and Logitech signed the basic contract in 2014. In April 2015, the cooperation between the two companies was expanded to ten regions. With the recent additional agreement ASBIS now delivers the complete range of Logitech's products across nineteen countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.