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NTT Europe to Strengthen Offerings

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NTT Europe to Strengthen Offerings

NTT Europe will merge its managed hosting subsidiary, NTT Europe Online, into the company-- a move it describes as "another step towards becoming an ICT service provider".

NTT Europe Online operated as a 100% owned subsidiary since 2006, with a focus on managed hosting and related services. Meanwhile NTT Europe's core business lies in providing ICT infrastructure. 

Thus the merger furthers NTT's position in Europe as a one-stop ICT solution provider. 

Business, staff and asset transfer procedures are already complete in France, UK and Germany, with Read more...

Ingram Micro acquires Areté and Arkenova

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Ingram Micro acquires Areté and Arkenova

Ingram Micro's EMEA division acquires Spanish distribution company Areté Sistemas and its specialised solutions division, Arkenova. 

Areté is Spain's HP value solutions market leader, while Arkenova specialises in Netapp, Symantec Enterprise solutions and Overland Storage. Through this move Ingram strengthens its position in Spain, as well as within the EMEA server and storage markets.

The 2 companies will be operate as a separate value division within Ingram's Spanish division. 

The acquisition follows Ingram's other recent European purchases, including Read more...

Deal Creates Europe's 2nd Largest IT Services Group

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Deal Creates Europe's 2nd Largest IT Services Group

Siemens takes a 15% stake and a board seat in Atos Origin-- a rare France-Germany deal that creates Europe's 2nd-largest IT services group (after IBM). 

The German engineering giant's loss-making SIS unit will now be part of the French IT services group. 

Through the €850m deal, Siemens will off load one its two problem units (the other is NSN, its telecoms JV with Nokia.)Siemens currently prefers to concentrate on the  healthcare, energy and industrial sectors. 

Among other IT activities, Atos Origin provides Read more...

IT Industry Shows Positive Outlook

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IT Industry Shows Positive Outlook

OECD's Information Technology Outlook 2010 says the IT industry grows by 3-4% in 2010, following its 6% decline in 2009.

Growth will exceed 4% in 2011, but it probably won't return to pre-crisis growth levels. 

Government and business spending in OECD member countries will remain weak, with new hardware and software investments unlikely in the short-term. 

Firms tended to cut IT costs during the economic downturn. The report says during the recovery more strategic activities have been maintained or increased. Companies now focus on consolidation and Read more...

Bell Micro Signs Pan Euro Agreement with Minicom DS

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Bell Micro Signs Pan Euro Agreement with Minicom DS

Bell Micro will distribute and support a wide range of Minicom DS products, services and solutions and will specialize in providing end-to-end Digital Signage solutions to its European sales channels.

Bell Micro made a strategic decision to enter the growing Digital Signage market over 3 years ago. In order to strengthen its portfolio, Bell Micro contracted alliances with various Digital Signage industry vendors such as screens, players and software vendors. Bell Micro is now able to offer a complete Digital Signage solution complemented by Read more...

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