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Collaboration special report

With collaboration solutions in- troduced by the IT majors, com- petition has emerged to meet the needs of users who don't want to be locked into a single platform. AV News reports.

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The changing AV distribution landscape

AV distribution is changing, with existing distis reorganis- ing in the face of competition from IT and overseas and the opportunities created by new technologies

Maverick rebrand reflects solutions approach

A recent visit to Maverick in Basingstoke, to review the dis- tributor’s portfolio of collabo- ration solutions. also revealed plans by parent organisation, Tech Data, to rebrand some of its specialist divisions. All will be branded Tech Data with just three divisions carrying addi- tional strap lines emphasising the specialist nature of their product portfolios and service offerings. Tech Data: Maver- ick AV Solutions will focus on collaboration, smart signage, workplace technologies and

services. As well as continuing to be a competitive and ef- fective supplier of specific AV products.

The rebranding signifies a move by Tech Data to consol- idate its core disciplines of data

centre, software, cloud

computing, converged, hy- per-converged, mobility, ana- lytics, security and IoT under one combined brand, with a more streamlined approach to marketing its core business. At the same time, empowering Maverick AV Solutions to main-

Midwich acquires Dutch distributor

Midwich has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Gebroeders van Domburg B.V. (“van Domburg” or the “Com- pany”), a specialist distributor of audio visual and lighting solu- tions in the Netherlands. Van Domburg has a particu- lar strength in the large format display market, with a devel- oping interactive and technical product offering. The Compa- ny distributes key audio-visual brands such as Samsung, NEC and AMX. The acquisition of van Domburg marks Midwich’s entry into Benelux, a market the Group has identified as important in its international expansion. The acquisition is further delivery of the Group’s strategy to grow oper- ations through a combination of organic development and selec- tive acquisitions.

The Company is headquartered in Rotterdam and has a team of 54. It generated unaudited revenues of circa €30 million in 2016.

The acquisition has been struc- tured in line with the Group’s

previous approaches, with 70% of van Domburg being acquired up-front from the two joint man- aging directors, who will remain in their positions. The initial con- sideration payable will total €2.1 m and has been paid out of the Group’s existing resources. The transaction also includes an earn- out structure for the initial 70% stake which will be based on the business’s performance in the period to 31 December 2018. Midwich has options to acquire their remaining 30% stake over the next three years. Stephen Fenby, Managing Di- rector of Midwich commented: “The acquisition of van Dom- burg marks Midwich’s entry into the Benelux markets, enabling the Group to trade with a broad customer base across a variety of customer segments. The addi- tion of this territory to the Group’s portfolio increases Midwich’s geographical coverage, with the Group

operating in territories

which account for approximately 70% of the European audio-visu- al market.”

tain its own identity and spe- cialist focus, will recognise the success of Maverick as a dedi- cated division within the Tech Data eco-system to date and the huge potential for growth in the market.

It is planned to leverage the knowledge and scale of the rest of the Tech Data business to develop integrated solutions,

and to help customers take advantage of the movement towards digital transformation. Maverick AV Solutions will remain focussed on creating specialist teams throughout Europe, working closely to help integrators move to platform selling and the complex IT eco- systems central to the modern AV environments.

Maverick to distribute Crestron SR

Crestron and Maverick have an- nounced a new partnership to distribute Crestron SR throughout Europe. Designed in partnership with Microsoft, Crestron SR is a powerful, professional solution built for Skype for Business which brings a simple to use, HD audio visual experience to meeting rooms and deployed and managed on the network. The partnership reflects the hybrid nature of the product with Creston partners, the Pro AV

“Working with Maverick on the distribution of our Skype Room Sys- tem presents a fantastic opportuni- ty for Crestron to expand rapidly, to meet this product’s potential across Europe. Their knowledge of the Mi- crosoft eco-system and the AV in- dustry will be perfect to ensure this product receives the right support.” Crestron SR enables users to make calls and instantly share con- tent in-room and remotely, all from an elegant touch screen device.

ScanSource adds LifeSize to portfolio

ScanSource announced the addition of Lifesize video con- ferencing technology to its line card through ScanSource Communications in

the US

and Canada and ScanSource Imago in Europe. The addi- tion of Lifesize will provide partners with an integrated,

for additional ways to deliver video solutions to fit their vary- ing customer needs,” said Rich Long, President, ScanSource Communications. “The Life- size portfolio will be a strong addition to our video solutions offerings within our ProAV prac- tice.”

The direct channel to the industry

Lifesize’s reports that its customer base has more than doubled in the past year fuelled by the company’s latest innovation – a completely redesigned cloud app.

Crestron SR has been engineered from the ground up to integrate with a large range of meeting rooms;.

channel and IT partners can all buy through the distribution channel, in a unique move from the manufac- turer.

As the home for Skype For Busi- ness systems in Europe, with a suite of complementary products, Maverick’s collaboration team will spearhead the introduction of the product to the channel through its 19 countries. Ted Colton, Vice President of Unified Communica- tion Strategies at Crestron explains;

Some of its key features include a touch controller which manages the Skype Meeting; HDMI inputs and outputs; six USB ports to connect audio devices and a port to add an occupancy sensor for automation and room usage reporting. The manufacturer’s SRP will be €2649.00 with the product avail- able across Europe from Autumn 2017.

cloud-based application and industry-leading, connected conference room devices for audio, video and web con- ferencing alongside Scan- Source’s support services. The addition of Lifesize solu- tions addresses the growing customer demand for host- ed and cloud video services, as well as plug-and-play HD camera and HD conference phone systems for any meet- ing room. These solutions will enable resellers to round out their video collaboration port- folio, in order to provide com- plete customer solutions. “As the hosted video con- ferencing market continues to grow, our partners are looking

“Partnering with Lifesize, a company that has long been at the forefront of video collabo- ration, provides our customers with additional cloud solutions and services to enhance their range of AV applications,” add- ed James Vickerage,President, ScanSource Imago. Lifesize’s market-leading products deliver scalable au- dio, web and video conferencing, combining an integrated, cloud- based conferencing experience, with easy-to-use HD camera and HD conference phone systems. Its cloud platform also easily inte-

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