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Avnet takes “HP Networking Academy” to Iraq

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Leading value added distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions announced that it will hold “HP Networking Academy” in association with HP Networking division a special training program that is designed to enrich the skill set of channel partners and to update them on latest developments in Iraq. Fadi Bawab, Channel Manager Iraq, Avnet Technology Solutions, said, “Most of the existing channel trainings are held outside of Iraq. Due to high travel cost and existing visa issues this means that the majority of local channel partners and customers from Iraq miss out opportunities to update themselves with the latest technology. We believe that this academy will provide a great platform for many more local partners and end users to be on a par with rest of the region”.

CommVault pumps up Kuwait Petroleum

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Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) recently replaced its legacy Symantec NetBackup software with CommVault® Simpana 9 to meet ever-expanding business, compliance and data management requirements. Kuwait Petroleum is involved in every aspect of the oil and gas industry, ranging from discovering new reservoirs to delivering fuel and providing essential petrochemical products.

Indian IT major Sonata Software enters Qatar

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Leading Indian technology company, Sonata Software Ltd, formed a joint venture with Mohammad Nasser Abdullah Al MISNAD under the name of Sonata Software (Qatar) WLL to provide business-focused technologies and solutions to the Qatari enterprises. The new JV will leverage Sonata's vast experience in ERP implementations across industry verticals and partnerships with leaders like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft to partner customers in their ERP implementation. These will involve upgrade and support initiatives on Microsoft DynamicsAX, Oracle eBusiness Suite and SAP.

Ahmed Khalil to head Lenovo in Saudi Arabia

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World's No. 2 PC company, Lenovo announcedthe appointment of Ahmed Khalil as the new General Manager for the Saudi Arabia to expand its presence and growing customer base in the Kingdom. Khalil brings more than 15 years of high achievements in the field of IT, Consumer Electronics and Management Consultancy to the Saudi Arabian market. Khalil's past experience has spanned Saudi Arabia and the GCC with an in-depth focus and expertise in sales, channel marketing, team management, as well as business start-up and development.

Xerox Emirates and Tecom joins hands

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Xerox Emirates and Tecom Investments' Media Cluster joined hands to help businesses across UAE to improve efficiencies and focus on their core business during the 'Freedom to Focus: Real Business Live Event'. Industry experts discussed the business impact of future trends as well as highlighting key document management challenges that businesses face, which takes their focus away from the business, hence resulting in inefficiencies and reduced profitability.

WatchGuard launches new security appliance

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Global leader in business security solutions, WatchGuard Technologies recently launched new security appliance, the WatchGuard XTM 330, ideal for small business businesses with 30 to 50 users that provides advanced network protection in an all-in-one rack-mount gateway security appliance. WatchGuard XTM 330 security appliance provides complete network security protection equipped with next-generation firewall and intrusion prevention capabilities, customers can choose to add Application Control, Gateway Anti-virus, WebBlocker, spamBlocker and WatchGuard's context-aware, cloud-based security service, Reputation Enabled Defense.

Kingston launches the fastest USB drive

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Kingston announced the launch of the fastest USB Flash drive DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, designed for enthusiasts and gamers and it comes with large capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Its high-speed eight-channel architecture provides USB 3.0 data transfer rates of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write, thereby saving time while opening, editing and copying large files and applications between devices. The fast write speeds also allow to work directly on large files or applications directly from the USB 3.0 drive without performance lag.

GE, Microsoft to form a healthcare joint venture

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GE and Microsoft today announced a plan to create a joint venture targeting the healthcare segment by providing organisations and professionals use real-time, system-wide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience. The new company will develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and innovative clinical applications focused on enabling better population health management to improve outcomes and the overall economics of health and wellness, which will combine Microsoft’s deep expertise in building platforms and ecosystems with GE Healthcare’s experience in clinical and administrative workflow solutions, empowering healthcare professionals and organizations with the intelligence and capabilities to respond to the rapidly evolving and complex healthcare landscape.

Spectrami partners up with License Dashboard

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Leading value added distributor, Spectrami announced that it has recently signed a distribution agreement with UK-headquartered leading license management solutions provider, License Dashboard to sell License Dashboard License Manager, License Dashboard Discovery and SAM Portal solutions across the Middle East region. License Dashboard develops software solutions that are designed to help both medium and large enterprises proactively to manage their software expenditure, minimizing costs, maximizing utilization and streamlining the entire software lifecycle.

Avnet promotes its key executives

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Avnet, Inc. recently announced that Steve Phillips, chief information officer, has been promoted to a corporate officer position of senior vice president for Avnet,, while, Graeme Watt the president of Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA will now be the new corporate vice president for Avnet. “These promotions reflect the substantial contributions each of these executives has made to the success of Avnet, our customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders,” said Rick Hamada, chief executive officer, Avnet, Inc. “By demonstrating exceptional performance in their respective areas of responsibility, Steve and Graeme have earned respect as leaders with a commitment to excellence.”

Comendo partners with Bulwark

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Leading email security provider, Comendo signed up a distributor agreement with Bulwark Technologies to distribute its products in the region. Comendo’s hosted email security provides best-of-breed virus- and spam filtering service along with live unlimited email backup. The solution protects at Internet level which ensures that all emails are filtered before they arrive at the customer’s network. This results in removing 95 per cent or more, of the email traffic due to blocked spam and virus, freeing up bandwidth for the customer while saving them money on internet traffic costs.

Canon holds Partner Conference in Istanbul

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Canon Middle East held its Partner Conference under the theme "Power of Partnership" from 3rd to 5th December in Istanbul, Turkey in line with Canon Middle East's 10th anniversary celebrations, which was attended by over 100 partners from 45 countries in the MENA (North and East Africa) region. Canon also presented its business strategies and objectives for 2012 during the Partner Conference and conducted discussions about the important role of its partners in achieving its mission to be closer to its customers.
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