Business

Pinnacle Shares Tumbling Fast

Pinnacle Shares Tumbling Fast

After Pinnacle announced this week that their executive director Takalani Tshivhase has been arrested; Pinnacle lost market value of over 25%. By 11:30am on the JSE on Wednesday, Pinnacle’s shares tumbled a further 22.7% or R3.40 to R11.60. Even though Tshivhase has denied the charges of bribing a senior police official with R5 million to […]

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The EMEA Distributor Awards Go To…

The EMEA Distributor Awards Go To…

International awards at EMEA Channel Academy were scooped up this year by two of Africa’s most recognised distributors: Esquire Technologies and Mitsumi Distribution. The EMEA 2014 Awards took place in Monaco, in conjunction with regional channel event DISTREE EMEA. The categories were as follow: vendors and distributors. Esquire Technologies have won the Multichannel Initiative of […]

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New Products

Seagate Unveils its First 6TB Hard Drive

Seagate Unveils its First 6TB Hard Drive

Seagate launched their first 6TB hard disc drive yesterday, which they claim to be the “world’s fastest” yet, as it boasts an operating speed of 7 200 rpm. According to Scott Horn (Seagate’s vice president of marketing), the unstructured data growth will cause cloud service providers to look for innovate ways to store more within […]

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Pinnacle Brings Leading B2B Security

Pinnacle Brings Leading B2B Security

Pinnacle Africa has been appointed as the official distributor for Samsung Techwin’s B2B CCTV products, which gives Pinnacle a big leap in the Security Industry as it adds to their growing array of products. This provides resellers with a new opportunity to sell an industry-leading line of surveillance solutions to their customers. This comes as […]

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Hardware

Sony May Recall New Laptops

Sony May Recall New Laptops

Sony issued a warning today that customers should stop using its new Vaio Fit IIA, after new laptops experienced problems with overheating batteries, which poses a fire risk. Sony’s biggest rival, Panasonic, produced the lithium-ion batteries found in the new Vaio laptop, which should not be resold to anyone until further notice, as Sony also […]

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Rising Demand for Hybrid Tablets

Rising Demand for Hybrid Tablets

The small-scale evolution of the hybrid tablet market will soon attract a bigger demographic of consumers. This is according to the latest report from Juniper Research, who announced that global hybrid tablet shipments will increase from 9.3 million units sold in 2013 to 50 million units in 2018. The diverse tablet market is also creating […]

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Software

HP Boasts with Expanded SDN Portfolio

HP Boasts with Expanded SDN Portfolio

HP introduced a range of SDN-enabled products and services last week at the Interop Las Vegas Conference, which promises to increase customer’s network speed and simplify network management. HP’s new portfolio includes the release of HP Cloud Managed Network Solutions; 560 and 517 IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points, which is designed to enable companies’ BYOD […]

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Oracle Takes IBMs Number 2 Spot

Oracle Takes IBMs Number 2 Spot

According to Gartner Research, Oracle is now the world’s second-largest software vendor after they have overtaken their rival, IBM. Due to global trends such as big data and cloud-based applications, Oracle managed to pull in US$29.6 billion in software revenue during 2013. It is clear that Software as a Service (SaaS) is having a major […]

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Meet The Channel

Shevaun du Preez- Westcon-Comztek

Shevaun du Preez- Westcon-Comztek

“My definition for success is overachieving the goal that you set for yourself in life.” Job Title: Citrix Channel Manager Email: shevaundupreez@westcon.co.za 1. What are your top channel priorities for 2014? To grow our Citrix partner base and to take as much business as I can away from our competitor. 2. From a Westcon-Comztek perspective, […]

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JP Pires- Westcon

JP Pires- Westcon

“The biggest challenge for the channel is driving profitability in a market that is constantly demanding more aggressive pricing points”. Job Title: Director Government and Service Provider Email: Jp.pires@Westcon.co.za Web: www.westcon.co.za 1. What are your top channel priorities for 2014? My top priorities for 2014 are to strengthen relationships with our partners and vendors, dilute […]

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Tips & Tools

Goodbye XP and Welcome 8.1

Goodbye XP and Welcome 8.1

The 8th of April was an important day for Windows users; as support for XP ended, while updates for Windows 8.1 arrived. Around 30% of Windows users worldwide have been left vulnerable since Microsoft no longer provides technical support, security updates and patches for the XP operating system anymore. Although no changes will be immediately […]

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E-learning Boosts Sales

E-learning Boosts Sales

Resellers who use e-learning as an education platform, have increased sales of up to 2-4 times more than resellers who are trained the “old-school” way. This is according to Randhir Vieira (vice president of product marketing at Mindflash), who believes that “classroom” training; webinars and seminars should be a thing of the past. There are […]

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