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Gartner Betters its 2011 Predictions

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Gartner Betters its 2011 Predictions


Gartner forecasts W.W. IT spending to reach $3.6T in 2011-- a 5.1% increase over 2010. This prediction is better than Gartner's earlier forecast of 3.5%-- but the company says it's not a certain forecast, thanks to current macroeconomic uncertainty. 

Last year's global IT spending reaches $3.4T (5.4% over 2009). 

The slow economic growth in key economies like W. Europe hampers the speed of recovery, even if the analysts remain cautiously optimistic on "continued healthy spending" on technology. 

The forecast says the Read more...

2011 Reseller Recommendations from Canalys

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2011 Reseller Recommendations from Canalys

Canalys bases their reseller recommendations for 2011 on strong market rebound, increasing impact of globalisation and shift back to private sector leadership.

Recommendations include setting of optimistic budgets, definition of one's role in next-gen data centres and increase in staff training. Run-rate infrastructure sales are expected to disappoint, but device growth is to be strong, says Canalys.

Canalys CEO Steve Brazier urges resellers to specialize into sectors promising sustainable value, like disaster recovery, data center Read more...

Archipod: Future of Executive Home Work

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Archipod: Future of Executive Home Work

Saville Audio Visual distribute in UK a clever "garden office" concept equipped with the latest videoconferencing technology.

Archipod is a self-contained, efficient wooden facility, designed to complement a garden. l
Designed as an insulated sphere 3m in diameter, the ‘Pod' is constructed predominantly from timber, the world's most replenishable construction material and is insulated to a standard exceeding that of current Building Regulations. A larger 4m version Fatpod) is also available.

The structure is built from prefabricated sections Read more...

IT, AV Associations to Collaborate

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IT, AV Associations to Collaborate

InfoComm International and CompTIA will collaborate on new education, training and business development initiatives to reflect the convergence of AV and IT.

“InfoComm and CompTIA staff have been sharing best practices on certification and education issues and now we are taking the next step for our members to work together on how IT and AV issues. This is a great opportunity for both communities of professionals to share their knowledge and chart a future pathway for our industries,” says Randal A Lemke, PhD, Executive Director and CEO at InfoComm Read more...

Avnet Acquires Bell Micro

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Avnet Acquires Bell Micro

In an all-cash merger for an equity value of about $252 million and a transaction value of nearly $594 million, Avnet takes over Don Bell's Bell Micro.

 

Don (shown in photo from our interview several years ago) founded his company in 1988. Bell now has sales of  $3+ billion and 1900 employees.

The company, which operates both a distribution and single tier reseller business, offers a portfolio of storage, computing, software and networking products for broadcast, AV and IT industries. In 2009, the single tier business represented Read more...



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