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CONTENTS 05 EXERTIS COMMENT Phil Brown introduces the Winter edition of The Future Business

06 NEWS IN BRIEF A quick look at what’s happening in the technology market

08 MARKET STATS UPDATE We look at the current technology trends you should be aware of

12 GROW WITH EXERTIS The Future Business talked with Gerry O’Keeffe, Exertis Managing Director UK & I, about the company’s acquisitions, the importance of specialism in different market sectors and why resellers and retailers should plug into Exertis

16 TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED Why businesses should plan for the unexpected

20 SMART WORKING NEEDS SMART TECHNOLOGY

The ability to work anywhere, at any time, on any device, requires business to adopt a flexible approach to the workplace, combined with robust technology

26 HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT YOUR DIGITAL PERSONA?

What does your online persona say about your business? The Federation of Small Business’s new profiling tool allows you to take control of your online business reputation

30 HOT PICKS A range of best-selling products designed to make you more margin

32 TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR We highlight the best products to help Public Sector customers keep security up and costs down

35 HOW TO USE INCENTIVES TO REALLY BOOST PERFORMANCE Tips on what makes a good incentive

39 IT’S TIME TO START TALKING ABOUT WINDOWS SERVER 2016 Improving efficiency and productivity for companies and IT departments, we take a look at the benefits of Windows Server 2016

43 NEW YEAR, NEW YOU? Exploit the opportunities in managed services with Exertis

45 HOW TO PREVENT DISASTER WITH STORAGECRAFT We explore the importance of back-up and disaster recovery

46 AT THE SUMMIT OF CONVERGENCE Resellers and Vendors give the thumbs up to Convergence Summit South

50 LIVING ON THE EDGE We explore DCIM and MSP programmes with APC

54 MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES Our top 10 recommended accessory products for business

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WELCOME FROM EXERTIS Welcome to the last edition of The Future Business for 2016, a year which has seen us active in acquisitions that will make us stronger in key areas of our business, providing expertise, knowledge, additional products and solutions which you will be able to take advantage of in the future. You can read about what this means for you in our interview with Gerry O’Keeffe, Exertis Managing Director UK & I on page 12.

employers are having to provide the right infrastructure irrespective of the workplace in our “Smart Working Needs Smart Technology”, page 20 article. Talking of being smart, it would surely be unwise to ignore any new launch from Microsoft, particularly one where they own between 85% and 90% of the market. We take a look at some of the exciting features of Windows Server 2016 on page 39.

Winter can provide us with some challenges, but we look at some of the opportunities if you get ready and prepare for the unexpected (“Tales of the Unexpected”, page 16). If you are looking for certainty, then managed services is an area which looks destined to continue to grow. Our professional services can help you enter or augment your existing capabilities in this profitable sector. It’s a topic we cover in the “New Year, New You?”, page 43 article and it surfaces again in two other features. One focuses on back up and disaster recovery (“How to prevent disaster with storagecraft”, page 45) and the other on adding power and cooling (“Living on the Edge”, page 50) to your MSP portfolio. Both can significantly add to your recurring revenue stream.

Exertis was pleased to be a partner at the Convergence Summit South event and the feedback was excellent from both vendors and resellers. If you missed it, you can read some of the comments in this issue. Also, don’t forget to take in our “Hot Picks”, page 30, and “Must Have Accessories”, page 54, before the year is out. If you intend to kick off the New Year with an incentive, then read about some great tips on what can really boost performance. It might surprise you.

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Lastly, on behalf of everyone at Exertis, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. Thank you for your continued support.

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Niall Ennis, DCC Technology, Managing Director said “Hammer has enjoyed considerable success in providing value-added services and bespoke solutions in a number of vertical markets for their customers and has a well-earned reputation as a storage specialist. The acquisition has significant benefits for both companies, increasing Exertis’ expertise and solutions in the storage market, complementary to our existing server and enterprise business, and providing Hammer customers and vendors with a platform for growth within a diverse and financially strong technology distribution company. In addition, this deepens Exertis’ presence across several European countries.”

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GROW WITH EXERTIS The Future Business talked with Gerry O’Keeffe, Exertis Managing Director UK & I, about the company’s acquisitions, the importance of specialism in different market sectors and why resellers and retailers should ‘plug into’ Exertis. Here’s what he had to say. It’s true to say that we have continued to be active this year in acquiring companies that complement our business. These acquisitions are part of a long term plan and often take years to come to fruition. All good businesses look at opportunities and potential targets but the timing needs to be right for both parties. Our rationale to acquire any business is to make us better and stronger in a specific technology area. An acquisition needs to deliver a new base of customers, provide additional technical expertise that we can leverage into our existing customers, open up new routes to market for our vendors and/or broaden and deepen our geographic footprint in Europe.

RECENT ACQUISITIONS FIT STRATEGIC CRITERIA Our recent acquisitions are testament to this strategy. Last year, we acquired Computers Unlimited that brought new product categories and specialisms to the Exertis portfolio. Their strength in the premium audio market and ability to nurture new and emerging vendors was an important consideration. They have helped establish us as the leading smart tech distributor in the UK. We also acquired the CUC Group, a distribution business providing a broad range of cabling, components and IT accessories to over 9,000 customers (resellers, systems integrators and electricians) in France and Germany. We have since been able to offer this range to UK customers as part of our strategy to provide a complete solution that includes these types of products. During this year, we have added Siracom, a company that provides a wide range of third party branded wireless infrastructure and security products, complementing our existing enterprise offerings and providing specialist expertise and knowledge in this market. Their penetration into the education market has allowed us to provide a wider range of solutions into a key area of the public sector where technology is a significant enabler. We recently announced our intention, subject to approval by the regulatory authorities, to acquire Hammer, a specialist distributor of server and storage solutions. Hammer has enjoyed considerable success in providing value-added services and bespoke solutions in a number of vertical markets for their customers and has a well-earned reputation as a storage specialist. The acquisition has significant benefits increasing our expertise and solutions in the storage market, complementary to our existing server and enterprise business and deepening Exertis’ presence across several European countries. Lastly, we have just announced our acquisition of Medium, a specialist audio-visual distributor of projectors, flat panel displays, interactive systems and digital signage. Medium has an unrivalled reputation for customer service, industry knowledge and offering specialist support and solutions in key areas of the AV market. Their technical expertise will strengthen our ability to implement a full suite of professional AV

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When is it time to fit the winter tyres on the car and get everything ready for winter? Such sentiment and thinking doesn’t ring true for most inhabitants of the British Isles – our relatively warm, wet and temperate climate has one over-riding characteristic, uncertainty. Sure, we have seasons, but there is so much variability within and between them and in an era where climate change introduces even greater variety and extremes, then planning for winter becomes a bit like pinning the tail on the donkey.

But, if one thing is clear, the adage of ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ applies perfectly to our ability to take winter in our stride and cope with its effects, whatever they may be and whenever they occur. A look at a few telling stats show that winter can have a devastating impact on many businesses, an impact many could avoid.

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The sharp freeze of 2013, remember that? Well, around 52m working hours were lost, 8.5m people couldn’t make it to work, and the cost to the economy was considered to be almost half-a-billion - a day that is! Or go a little further back to 2010 – 37% of SMBs were impacted - over a third of workers encountered problems getting to work and the economy shrank by 0.5%. How about last winter? That was the mild one, but one where storms got given names and we rapidly started to go through the alphabet getting to Frank by the end of December. The wettest winter since 1934 saw up to 185,000 businesses threatened by flood and of those that were, many found their insurance cover was inadequate and didn’t extend to things like loss of market, continuity of employee pay and loss of business value.

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mitigating its effect? For example, are critical staff enabled to work remotely; how cloud enabled are a customer’s core apps; is power to the building safeguarded; are servers and storage adequately protected; are communication plans adequate to inform customers and staff, who is responsible and for what? What about the UC system – how can calls be handled in the event of an event and a sharp rise in inbound calls? There are a host of scenarios and factors, but the planning process, ideally involving teams from all areas of the business will surface them all and then a priority can be placed on the various elements and associated costs involved. •

How to react? What is in place to respond to an event? So, for example, an element of the disaster recovery audit may highlight that the accounts payable team need to work remotely to ensure suppliers are not affected in the event of, say, a server failure or power outage. The response element may be the provision of laptops, home based communication services, virtual hosting of files and apps, and provision of remote back-up server capability.

Post-event recovery. Once the initial response has kicked in, what is needed to identify the cause, recover back to full operational status and, ideally, in a more resilient state to prevent a future recurrence? In the example above, it may be that more resilient, upgraded, server, back-up and power technology is deployed or maybe the whole architecture is reviewed and, if on-site, it becomes more cloud enabled. Severity of impact is the key driver here and if very severe then possible changes to working practices and more remote working are feasible if facilities are, say, badly flood damaged.

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BE PREPARED So, it makes sense to get business in a winter ready state. Resellers can take a lead here with customers and provide advice and services that will enable them to keep the ‘open’ sign on the door and remain as fully operational as possible should a big freeze happen or large winter storms bring heightened flood risk. The first thing any business should do is prepare and plan for any potential issues and problems. It might sound like an obvious thing to do, but the stats would indicate otherwise and one study showed 59% of SMEs have no plan to deal with whatever extremes the weather decides to throw at them, or the subsequent impact this will have on systems, people and processes. As a guiding principle, any plan will assess the potential problems that are specific to the business and prepare strategies to deal with them, involving time to recover these various systems and points in time to recover. Resellers can play a big part in helping customers develop a disaster recovery plan to restore IT systems to a state where they support the business operation, ideally with no or very low downtime. The plan could encompass three stages: •

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When it comes down to what to help customers with first in terms of business continuity planning and disaster recovery, there is no single solution or answer, given that any business’s situation is totally unique to them. What is clear is that there is an obvious need for all businesses to have plans in place to prepare for the worst in winter and be clear how it may affect them. It’s a great opportunity for resellers to open up the conversation if some of their customers are among the 60% or so with no plan (or the more than two-thirds who have been affected by severe weather at least once in the last three years) and for customers who are prepared and ready, to look at reviewing existing plans and recommending improvements and associated architectures, products and services that increase resilience and speed up any time to recover. After all, given the only certainty about a British winter is uncertainty, then not knowing what its effects are and where they fall is a risk and one not worth taking. So, if there are days when the ‘closed’ sign is in the window, then surely it’s better in the window of a customer’s competitor. For more information on how to get your customers’ business ready this winter, please speak to your Exertis account manager today. Sources: Federation of Small Businesses; RSA; You Gov; Computer Weekly; The Environment Agency.


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The Steelcase study raised some interesting facts and opportunities for technology to help improve the working environment. Whilst the report demonstrated that the most highly engaged employees tend to be those that have the highest degree of control over how and where they worked, more than one third of workers in 17 of the world’s most important economies were said to be disengaged, and more than 10% of global workers were highly dissatisfied with their workplace. That isn’t necessarily a reflection on technology, the ambience and environment are also key factors. However, despite the mobile revolution the Steelcase report found that the vast majority of workers worldwide still use fixed technology at work, with 86% of workers being provided with a landline telephone, and 80% with a desktop computer. Compare that with the 39% of employees who are equipped with a mobile phone or laptop, and 14% with a tablet. Hardly surprising that many prefer to bring their own mobile device into the workplace.

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MOBILE AND HOME WORKING Besides a shared desk facility which can of course be in any number of locations, there are other options for smarter working that require smart technology. The ability for organisations to work and collaborate as virtual teams, avoiding expensive travel and additional meeting space, is now more widely available using online communications and collaboration tools. The use of virtual reality may well widen this opportunity and allow design teams, for instance, to share prototypes with colleagues working in different continents. Mobile workers have become more empowered and equipped to work with tablets, apps and even payment systems providing a more efficient way of working. For many the distinction between home and office is already quite blurred with the ubiquitous use of smartphones. Certainly remote working is inevitably going to grow as more employees take advantage of flexible working legislation. Companies will need to embrace mobile working and provide up-todate devices or meet the challenge of BYOD to remain competitive.

Hot-desks have come under significant fire in some quarters for not meeting the needs of employees, but ultimately a productive office will look different for every business. However, beyond the environmental considerations, organisations can certainly make use of technology that enables employees to be productive by ensuring they have the basic computing and software, such as Office 365 and other cloud based services, robust network access, fast WiFi speeds, “follow-me” phone systems and extra screens to work from. Naturally, workers will need access to files and documents from anywhere they are working and therefore security also needs to be in place.

A SMART SOLUTION TO COMPATIBILITY ISSUES Supporting a shared desk facility can have its headaches. Leaving aside the domestic issues, one of the biggest complaints has been around compatibility. Not everyone has the same equipment. Targus provides a universal docking station that is a one size fits all solution, allowing employees to work from any desk and plug in one USB cable to their device for connection to the network, extra screens and desk accessories. It’s also the only universal docking station to offer integrated power, enabling workers to stay charged when they are in the office and avoid downtime when they are not. Furthermore, its software also ensures that anyone plugged into a Targus docking station will be automatically switched to the Ethernet network, decreasing the burden on WiFi bandwidth. Their new Multiplexer and Hydra cable also solves compatibility issues with the introduction of the new USB-C devices which will enable businesses to maintain flexibility without costly upgrades to existing equipment.

Home working is another option, either occasionally or in some cases as a permanent office base. Interestingly, while the total number of people in employment in the UK has increased over the past 10 years, this has been outstripped by the growth in working from home, which has increased by 800,000 to more than 4m employees in 2015 (or 13.7% of the workforce) according to the Office for National Statistics. It estimates that a further 1.8m people would work from home if they were given the opportunity. The information and communications industry is above average with 17.7% working from home, suggesting that they are using the technology to their advantage. Home working has many advantages, saving on office overheads, increasing employee morale and productivity, and even securing specifically qualified candidates who don’t want to move house. Home workers require the same resources as if they were in the office to be productive and that requires IT departments to provide the right tools for the individual whilst maintaining security for the company. Changes in how we work provide increased opportunities for resellers to advise companies on the best way to use technology to keep their employees engaged, productive and loyal. Exertis can provide the range of products and support to address these needs.


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‘jigsaw pieces’ together. Thankfully, this need no longer be the case, thanks to a unique new service available to members of leading business support and advice provider, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

FSB Business Profiling launched on 7th November, to help smaller businesses strengthen their position in what one has described as their “constant battle with the invisible”. It was trialled by FSB members earlier this year and generated great feedback.

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For the first time, business owners, as the subjects of this information, can gain more control over their digital profile – a real advantage for any business seeking to grow in a digital world where lack of control over user perceptions is a huge problem. FSB Business Profiling pulls together information from a business’s website, social media accounts, finances, credit data and user reviews, in one easy-to-understand dashboard. This reveals the online business persona that customers, prospects, suppliers, financiers and potential recruiters could all be using as the basis for making key decisions on whether to work with the business or not. The insights are derived from five main sources: data relating to their website’s performance; their social media channels; financial information held at Companies House; credit and borrowing data from the credit reference agencies and online reviews and comments by customers and others who have interacted with the company. All this is brought together, delivering a digital ‘health check’ in seconds. This enables a business to not just know what information is available about them online, but also assess which of it affects business performance and how they can take steps to resolve it. FSB Business Profiling offers actions and advice that the business can follow, to remedy any issues, or protect what they have already built. Users are not blinded with detail. The varied and complex findings are distilled down into relevant insights so the smaller business can instantly see how their profile shapes up. The business is given scores in each key area and is benchmarked against other businesses, enabling it to understand how it compares. As Rebecca Aldridge says: “The scores on the dashboard have motivated me to work on my business’s SEO. I found the website easy-to-use and have actually already recommended it to several people.” Using insights gained, a business can unlock the value in its social networks, improve its credit score, enhance the performance of its website, content and social media posts and better manage and

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influence public perceptions and comments that appear online. In this way, FSB Business Profiling helps ensure a business is seen in the best possible light, by everyone that matters. FSB members are automatically entitled to two free FSB Business Profiling reports and can then opt to continue to receive monthly reports, if they wish, at an extremely affordable cost. This is a massive bonus, as Bizfitech’s cutting-edge ‘Handle’ technology, which powers the service, is completely unique and a world-first. The move to empower members through this service has partly been driven by recent FSB research that shows that 86% of FSB members use the internet for their business’s development and 79% use it for selling goods. FSB Business Profiling is, therefore, hugely relevant to existing FSB members and should prove attractive to other smaller businesses using digital technologies on a daily basis. “FSB members can now better understand, monitor and manage all the digital information about their business that exists online”, says FSB’s Commercial Director, Dave Stallon. “A business’s digital profile is more critical than ever to its success and our aim is, of course, to see smaller businesses succeed.” A smaller business can use this technology to gain a competitive advantage in its market and keep on track with business goals, if insights from FSB Business Profiling are built into Key Performance Indicator planning. Undoubtedly, therefore, this service will allow more business owners to increase sales, create happy customers and get the best payment terms, so it seems almost a no-brainer not to adopt this unique tool, especially when FSB membership starts from a cost of just £130 a year, plus a £30 registration fee for the first year alone. This provides access to a comprehensive package of business services, advice and support, beyond anything obtainable from any other business support organisation. Details of how to join FSB, and take a step towards managing your digital persona, can be found at www.fsb.org.uk


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Whilst public sector organisations must deploy advanced security solutions to protect high-value data and comply with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, they must also adhere to strict budgets. These organisations must therefore use reliable technology that can maintain high levels of efficiency, durability and security, whilst remaining at a low operating cost. Exertis have a range of products suited to these organisations.

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The Digipass APP is a hardened application with self-protection features that mitigates the most sophisticated hacking attacks. The Digipass APP offers a convenient, user-friendly two-factor authentication and e-signing option, so no matter the application, your customers are ensured a simple and secure user authentication process.

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IT’S TIME TO START TALKING ABOUT WINDOWS SERVER 2016 With Microsoft owning between 85% and 90% of the server operating system market, any new release deserves attention. Indeed, the first major release for four years, Windows Server 2016, has a host of new features that help businesses enhance their security, improve IT efficiency and productivity, take advantage of opportunities in the cloud and save on IT costs. This presents opportunities for resellers to start engaging with not only the early adopters but also those still running earlier versions.

BETTER SECURITY STARTS AT THE OS Worryingly, more than half (53%) of companies worldwide still have at least one instance of Windows Server 2003 still running in their estate, according to a report by Spiceworks. As the product went End of Life back in July 2015, with Microsoft ceasing to support the product with no software patches or updates being provided, these companies are putting themselves at high risk of cyberattack. Besides the bad publicity and loss of customer trust that these attacks promote, PCWorld magazine estimated that $3.79m is the average cost of a data breach, an increase of 23% over the past two years. Increasingly sophisticated, often using compromised, highly privileged admin credentials to control access means attacks can remain undetected for long periods of time. Virtualised environments are particularly at risk as virtual machines don’t have the security capabilities of physical servers. Windows Server 2016 includes built-in breach resistance mechanisms to help prevent attacks, limit the damage they can cause and enable companies to meet compliance goals. Several credential isolation and threat defence capabilities are activated on deployment and other security features can be implemented as required that can help prevent compromise of admin credentials, malware and ransomware attacks and identify irregular behaviours that identify a server breach.

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY FOR COMPANIES However, Windows Server 2016 isn’t just about security, it has a number of other key benefits for organisations that can improve efficiency and productivity. One of the key changes is to provide the option for Nano Server. Nano is similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but significantly smaller (boasting a 92% smaller installation footprint than the Windows Server graphical user interface installation option), takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer updates and restarts than Windows Server. When it does restart, it restarts much faster. In addition, the server has a much-reduced attack surface when compared with Windows Server, and is so small that it can be ported easily across servers, data centres and physical sites. Nano Server is ideal for being deployed as a ‘compute host’ for Hyper-V virtual machines (either in clusters or not), as a storage host for Scale-Out File Server, a DNS server, a web server running Internet Information Services (IIS), or even as a host for applications that are developed using cloud applications and run in a container or virtual machine guest operating system. Nano is intended to be managed completely remotely. Substantial operational efficiencies are possible using PowerShell capabilities in Windows Server 2016, which enable IT admins to use one console to automate, deploy, configure, manage and decommission applications, servers, settings and users on one server or many. The enhanced Desired State Configuration environment can save time by defining the desired state and delivering automatic alerting and remediation if things go wrong.


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Available at Exertis The powerful and versatile Linx 1020 has great features like a 64-Bit Quad-Core Intel™ processor, 5GHz and 2.4GHz dual-band Wi-Fi for better connectivity and all the great features of Windows 10, making it the ideal business partner for everything you do.

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Disasters can occur in a number of ways. Natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes, whilst less common, can be devastating. Cybercriminals have been on the rise focusing on companies of all sizes with malware and ransomware attacks. Systems can fail as no solution is guaranteed to be 100% perfect. Of course, human error can also occur. Indeed, it’s responsible for about 80% of disasters. The benefits of having a back-up and disaster recovery plan might seem obvious: mitigating risk, minimising downtime and remaining compliant, but too often it’s either forgotten or under resourced which makes it a great opportunity for the channel, with analysts predicting the market to grow ten-fold over the next three years. Furthermore, the margin in selling DR and the profitable and recurring revenue that can be gained from selling it as a service (DRaaS) make it an attractive proposition. MarketsandMarkets have forecasted that DRaaS will grow from $1.68bn in 2016 to $11.11bn by 2021 with an estimated CAGR of 45.9%. MSPs can offload the burden of data protection and data security and ensure business continuity. Simply licensed, easily managed and rapidly delivered

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In early November, StorageCraft launched a new solution called “StorageCraft File Backup and Recovery with Backup Analyzer”. This solution plays in the field of file and folder backup and has unique data analytic capabilities, separating data into what to protect and what to exclude. To this effect, StorageCraft is a pioneer in the notion that “Not all Data is Equal” thereby offering the appropriate solutions to protect mission critical data and ensure this can be restored very quickly. In December, StorageCraft will be launching a backup and recovery solution for hosted applications called StorageCraft CloudBackup for Office 365, with a solution for Salesforce, Google Apps and Box to follow in January 2017. This is a monthly subscription solution that will be available to all partners through the StorageCraft single sign-on portal.

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StorageCraft delivers backup and recovery solutions that enable any customer to recover from any disaster, anytime and anyplace. If you want to become a StorageCraft partner and gain the benefits from providing disaster recovery solutions and DRaaS, then talk to your Exertis account manager today.

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The recent Convergence Summit South, held at Sandown Park racecourse, saw event partner Exertis showcase the latest solutions from more than 20 leading vendor partners representing voice, data, mobile, IT and everything in between. Almost 2,000 channel partners attended the UK’s only channel event focused purely on convergence, immersing themselves in dialogue with vendors and hearing from leading industry figures about current market drivers and trends, and future developments. Exertis, as a distributor of technologies and services that cover the entire information and unified communication technology spectrum, shone the spotlight on the central, and critical, role professional services play in delivering optimal system uptime, hence enabling end customers to provide enhanced levels of customer experience and service. Exertis also showcased its most recent developments in partner services and support, highlighting the areas of wireless and mobility and its Connect range of cables and connectors. The event itself received great feedback from attendees. John Bird, Exertis’ Head of UC Systems and Support Services: “We operate in a fast moving, ever changing channel, where technology continues to evolve at a startling rate. If we look back at the mid 1990’s, the ‘buzzword’ was unified messaging – the integration of voicemail to email and the desktop. Now the focus goes several steps further with UC and collaboration – such as utilising instant messaging or integrating mobile telephony into the solution. Add to this a range of collaboration tools such as virtual whiteboards, realtime audio and video conferencing, and much more, and you have a total solution that is able to be delivered by a single, channel only, distributor and services partner. Our partnership with Convergence Summit was a natural fit and allowed us to not only demonstrate our vast unified communications and collaboration portfolio and capabilities, but join up our UC

message with our colleagues and vendor partners in our networking, security, mobility, server and storage teams to cover all elements of any end-user’s requirements. Importantly allowing the channel to both consolidate their supply chain and maximise margins by allowing Exertis to bring new technologies to the table as part of a fully integrated solution”. Warren Hampton, Samsung general manager: “Exertis is a key partner for Samsung – a specialist distributor for Samsung business products. With our joint breadth of portfolios, Samsung and Exertis deliver the entire Samsung UC ‘story’ to reseller partners – our enterprise UC platforms (OfficeServ and Samsung Communications Manager), mobility and wireless LAN, supported by a suite of dedicated applications including call reporting and recording, PCI compliance, desktop CTI, Contact Centre, FMC and much more. We’ve seen an increasing trend and desire for mobile handsets to be included as part of solutions, and the Convergence Summit gives us a great platform to showcase our entire, integrated UC portfolio with a range of mobile, IT and UC resellers. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event”. Jeff May, UK Regional Sales Director, Konftel: “What a fantastic event. The Konftel team met many new resellers at the Exertis enterprise showcase and they all expressed a lot of interest in our Audio Conferencing solutions, especially our new ‘Ego’ product which impressed the hundreds of resellers who got to hear about it and came to see it first-hand. Can I also take this opportunity to thank the Exertis team – you were all brilliant, from the organisation of the event to the professional and friendly commercial team that supported us for the two days.” Exertis delivers advice, solutions, services and support to resellers and system integrators involved in the convergence of IT, mobile and unified communications. For more information on any of our UC and Enterprise solutions please call your Exertis account manager today.

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Professional Services Connect, Communicate and Collaborate with NEC’s DVDs and Print Public Univerge 3C Sector highly resilient, software based UC Exertis Digital Consumer solution. Single or multi-site. On-premise, cloud or (VAD) hybrid. 3C is not Entertainment only the “voice server” but a high end collaboration screen and document sharing and video conference solution than can scale to thousands of users.

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Andrew Cooper, NEC sales director adds, “In today’s converged world, business communications demand more integrated and collaborative ways of working. Univerge 3C offers the best of traditional functionality, security and reliability with the fully integrated collaborative experience customers expect. I’d encourage every Exertis partner, be they an IT, mobile or UC reseller, to take a look at the opportunity 3C offers their business and more importantly their customers. What’s more, the unique 24x7 wrap around service and support capability Exertis provides makes the adoption of 3C simple and straightforward for partners.”

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Winning Business Post Brexit

With the Treasury and newspapers forecasting financial disaster, it’s only natural for business confidence to be knocked and for the captains of industry to hold the purse strings a little tighter. That’s why we are offering businesses like yours a FREE Network Site Survey! We provide you with the opportunity to provide added value to your customers without the burden of conducting the network survey yourself. This way you can provide the best value solution and added extras that are low cost to you but high perceived value to the customer. One of our highly trained technicians will visit the site to perform a comprehensive network audit in order to provide you and the customer with a report and recommendations. This summary includes a run-down of the

network strengths and opportunities plus practical advice on how to best achieve the customers’ project goals. When a Wi-Fi deal boils down to cost, you should take a close look at our range. Where some brands require a controller unit for their business Wi-Fi solution, we provide a free software controller which enables the network manager to manage and monitor hundreds of TP-LINK EAPs across multiple sites.

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The combination of next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and advanced MIMO and TurboQAM technology allows EAP Series devices to offer an unbeatable Wi-Fi experience. Includes: • Airtime Fairness to improve total Wi-Fi throughput by limiting access time for low speed devices. • Band Steering to push dual-band devices to the wider and faster 5GHz band, improving overall network performance, especially in high client density environments. • Beamforming Technology to achieve superior Wi-Fi bandwidth utilization and increase Wi-Fi range by creating efficient, highly targeted Wi-Fi connections

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LIVING ON THE EDGE A major benefit of edge computing is that it improves time to action and reduces response times while conserving network resources. As digital traffic continues to grow, in some cases it’s more efficient to process data near its source where there is real time data needs and send data of a less critical nature that might need further analysis to the cloud. Edge computing platforms have developed to distribute computing loads closer to the source and micro data centres provide fast and secure access to data and compute resources. One is driving the other. In addition, small server rooms or branch offices that need on premise data processing using local IT equipment to process and store data within the organisation’s local network are also right for a micro data centre solution.

EDGE CLOSER TO A MICRO DATA CENTRE SOLUTION WITH APC APC’s Smart Bunker micro data centre series offers a self-contained secure computing environment that includes storage, processing and networking in a single enclosure that contains all the necessary power, cooling, security and associated management tools (DCIM). Assembled and tested in a factory environment, they are fast to deploy, simple to manage, secure, cost effective and compatible with all leading converged IT solutions. What’s more they can scale as needed, reduce computing latency and minimise the risk of bringing down an entire data centre operation. Power and the environment are critical to system availability and customers expect the physical infrastructure to be covered if downtime occurs. Each unit contains UPS, power distribution, active cooling and remote management software to provide a plug and play solution for easy and secure deployment of IT equipment. Remote monitoring of temperature, power, cabinet access with video surveillance add to the security.

POWER AND COOLING CAN GIVE YOU THE EDGE IN MANAGED SERVICES Adding power and cooling as a standard element within an IT infrastructure managed service offering can add both value to the customer and increased profitability for the reseller. APC’s MSP programme can help you do just that and includes some exciting reseller benefits. Firstly, it simply adds to the recurring revenue stream that resellers gain from providing a managed service. Secondly, it’s easy to integrate with any of the most popular RMM and PSA platforms that resellers might be using. Thirdly, it reduces operational costs through remote troubleshooting and predictive maintenance (monitoring the lifecycle of a UPS for example) resulting in fewer trouble tickets, less expensive site visits and faster resolution of problems. Lastly, customers expect their MSPs to understand their business and help them utilise technology to the full, providing a single point of contact for all their needs. This not only includes day to day monitoring and maintenance but also, as their trusted adviser, helping them provide a cost-effective IT environment that keeps them ahead of their competition. Competition is also a major factor for resellers as more have shifted from a product to a services led organisation benefiting from a recurring revenue stream (see page 43). To help resellers take advantage of this opportunity APC has included its MSP offering within its channel partner programme which provides sales tools, training and a certification track geared to help you learn and sell power and cooling managed services. For further information talk to your Exertis account manager or an expert from our enterprise team.

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SmartBunkerTM FX The SmartBunker™ FX is an easy-to-deploy, highly protected Micro Data Centre solution that comes complete with backup power, cooling, and management within a secure, insulated, and rugged enclosure. Ideal for customer locations that are lacking dedicated IT space and require additional levels of physical protection or security.

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Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based mini PC – The latest Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor delivers leading-edge security and performance together with innovative wireless capabilities. The foundation for Intel Unite is a conference room with select Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based mini PCs.

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SHARE SCREENS INSTANTLY Simplify IT Management With Intel® vPro™ technology, you can integrate the Intel® Unite™ software into your existing IT infrastructure and leverage the management tools, systems, and policies you already have in place.5 And by simplifying the infrastructure technologies needed in your conference rooms, you can help reduce costs and improve manageability.

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