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IDC forecasts tablet boom in EMEA

The numbercrunchers at IDC have come up with a stonking growth prediction for media tablet sales in the EMEA region. The research house reckons that EMEA tablet shipments will hit 22 million in full year 2011 – up from just 6 million in 2010. Driven by the success of Apple’s iPad, major vendors are now queuing up to launch a slew of similar products. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 1 April 2011

Gartner raises global spending forecast

The numbercrunchers at Gartner have raised their 2011 global IT spending forecast to US$3.6 trillion – up 5.6% year-on-year. The new revised figures replace Gartner’s earlier forecast of 5.1% growth in 2011. One of the major reasons for the boost is the impact of worldwide spending on media tablets such as the iPad, according to Gartner. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 March 2011

Western European PC sales drop

The latest data from research house Context has shown a sharp year-on-year drop in PC sales in February 2011. Unit sales were down 5.8% as consumers shied away from netbooks and notebooks, according to Context. Netbook unit sales were down 24.4% while traditional notebook PC sales slumped 18.4%. The data released by Context did not state how much of this decline was due to the impact of tablet sales – most notably iPads – cannibalising the notebook and netbook segments. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 16 March 2011

Carapelli gets F-secure retail deal in UAE

Carapelli Computers has been appointed as an authorised retail distributor for F-Secure’s anti virus products in the UAE and Oman. The deal was confirmed by RAS Infotech, F-Secure’s VAD in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 8 March 2011

New features drive DISTREE XXL success

DISTREE XXL delivered an action packed three-day event for approximately 1000 delegates from 80-plus countries in Monaco last week. Taking place from February 8th to 11th, EMEA’s premier channel forum involved senior executives from 400 distributors, 130 vendors and 50 of Europe’s largest retailers and e-tailers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 18 February 2011

VIP picks up Palit rights in Middle East

VIP Computers’ recently launched Middle East operation has been named as an official regional distributor for Palit Microsystems. VIP Computers will hold Palit rights across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. The deal builds on an existing relationship the two companies have in the UK. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 February 2011

Channel Academy workshops filling up fast

Places are filling up fast for the EMEA Channel Academy workshop sessions taking place on Tuesday 8th February at DISTREE XXL 2011. With close to 1,000 senior channel executives from 80-plus countries descending on Monaco next week, delegates are advised to register for their preferred workshops as early as possible to guarantee their place. Delegates also have the chance to request one-on-one meetings with a range of channel experts attending the event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 2 February 2011

Powerful speaker line-up for DISTREE XXL 2011

DISTREE XXL, the premier independent channel forum in the EMEA region, is offering its 800-plus delegates a powerful line-up of expert speakers at next week’s event. The action-packed conference programme includes keynote speeches from Microsoft, GfK, Forrester and Context, plus strategic insight into the 2011 EMEA channel plans of multiple vendors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 31 January 2011

Vyacheslav Simonenko, CEO at Merlion

Russian distribution giant Merlion is attending DISTREE XXL, EMEA’s premier channel event, which takes place in Monaco from 8-11th February 2011. With delegates from 80-plus countries attending, DISTREE XXL offers an unparalleled opportunity for vendors to assess market conditions across EMEA and build up valuable channel contacts. Vyacheslav Simonenko, CEO at Merlion, gives us his take on recent developments in the Russian channel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 January 2011

Soft fourth quarter for EMEA PC market

IDC’s latest EMEA research claims that the region’s PC market suffered a soft fourth quarter in 2010. The research house believes that growth in sales of new media tablets continued to have an adverse effect on consumer PC purchases. Cautious business investment meant that overall EMEA PC shipments were up just 2.4% year-on-year at 31.5 million units for the fourth quarter. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 21 January 2011

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