Leading taiwanese manufacturers of laptops, All-in-one PCs, tablets, graphics cards, and motherboards MSI (Micro-Star International), recently announced the appointment of Steven Chen as Regional Sales Director for the notebook division at MSI headquarters in Taipei. In his new role Steven Chen will oversee the strategy to expand the MSI business in emerging markets. Steven will ensure that each country team has the same scope, values and direction for the MSI brand. Read More…

Leading IT and electronics retailer in Middle East, Sharaf DG plans to open up its first outlet at Muscat Grand Mall, Muscat in Oman, expanding its network of stores beyond UAE and Bahrain. The announcement was made during an official signing ceremony held in Muscat between Yasser Sharaf, Managing Director of Sharaf DG and Hassan Jaboub General Manager of Muscat Grand Mall.Read More…

Lifestyle technology products distributor, Jeetek expects its sales to grow by 50% and touching to the magic figure of Dhs 500m this year. Jeetek growth path is driven by robust demand for smart technologies in the GCC and a sustained boom in Pakistan. It believes that its strategic partnerships with power retailers like Virgin Megastore to have contributed to the growth of company’s sales, especially in the UAE. Read More…

Regional Value-Added Distributor, Aptec launched its subsidiary Advanced Logistics Services (ALS) a fully licensed and authorised 3rd Party Logistics business, duly approved by both the Department of Economic Development in Dubai and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority to offer high-tech warehousing and support facilities in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and Lebanon. ALS is targeting ICT companies entering the region or improving its local footprint and services. ALS’ services and solutions will cover Contract Logistics, Domestic Transportation, Supply Chain Solutions, Supply Chain Management & Consultancy, Custom Brokerage & Clearance Services, IT Assembly and Reverse Logistics (RMA & Service) – a Logistics End-to-End support!Read More…

Geekay Distribution recently announced bagging the exclusive rights to distribute one of the Europe’s fastest growing gaming peripheral brand, Gioteck all across the Middle East region region. “When we first saw the Gioteck range we were very impressed! We are delighted to have the opportunity to distribute and replicate the international success of the Gioteck brand in our region too. Our partnership with Gioteck will enhance Geekay Distribution’s portfolio of quality gaming accessories.Read More…

Leading value added distributor, FVC signed a partnership agreement with Esna Technologies (Esnatech) to deliver cloud-enabled unified communications to enterprises across the MENA region. FVC will offer Esnatech’s award-winning Office-LinX unified communications software as part of its solutions portfolio. K.S. Parag, Managing Director at FVC, said “This agreement with Esnatech is an exciting new addition to our portfolio and fits in with our commitment to bring emerging technologies to the region.Read More…

According to latest report by IDC, Q3 2011 saw a total of 4.7 million devices were shipped into the region and notebook shipments were up by 15.1% year on year to 2.94 million. HP maintained its leading position on the MEA PC market in Q3, recording strong year-on-year growth of 37.1%, primarily driven by its aggressively-priced consumer notebook portfolio. Fierce competition from rival vendors prevented second-placed Dell from replicating the strong growth it posted in 2010, while Toshiba overcame supply issues that inhibited its performance in Q2 2011 to record a 28.6% year-on-year increase in shipments, which placed it third in the vendor rankings. Read More…

LSI announced the acquisition of the leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs) SandForce for nearly $322 million. The acquisition greatly enhances LSI’s competitive position in the fast-growing server and storage PCIe flash adapter market, where the WarpDrive family of products from LSI already uses SandForce flash storage processors. Read More…

Disaster recovery and data protection solutions provider, Acronis recently introduced new professional education programmes to bolster channel enablement. The first of the new initiatives is the Acronis Sales Professional Certification, an extension of the courses currently provided under Acronis Academy. The new certification provides sales professionals within resellers with guidance on how to sell Acronis products to make more revenue. Read More…

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), the sole standardization body in the UAE strengthens the implementation of a standardised model for all power plugs marketed in the country by restricting the entry of appliances and electrical equipment having 2-pin plug configurations in 2012. This requirement is expected to reduce the usage of plug adaptors, which are potential fire hazards, especially when pins fit loosely in sockets causing sparking and other problems.Read More…

A new IBM study of more than 1,700 chief marketing officers from 64 countries and 19 industries reveals that the majority of the world’s top marketing executives recognize a critical and permanent shift occurring in the way they engage with their customers, but question whether their marketing organizations are prepared to manage the change.
The research shows that the measures used to evaluate marketing are changing. Nearly two-thirds of CMOs think return on marketing investment will be the primary measure of the marketing function’s effectiveness by 2015. Read More…

World’s leading video game publishers Ubisoft, the developers of games like Assassin’s Creed and Prince of Persia, announced that it will establish a new development studio and participate in a new game development academy in Abu Dhabi, making it the first time a major games publisher to enter directly in the region. Ubisoft will establish a games development studio at Twofour54. Read More…