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Barnstone partners Trintech for Africa

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South Africa based leading IT and advisory consultancy Barnstone has been appointed as an exclusive partner for the leading financial software solutions provider, Trintech in sub-Saharan Africa. “Creating financial statements to present to the market has always been an onerous undertaking, and one that has become more and more complex as business has globalised and regulations have proliferated,” says Conrad Steyn, director of Barnstone. “Our clients were continually asking for an industry-leading solution that automated the management of their financial close, replaced fragmented and manual processes with a workflow approach and delivered a high level of control. Trintech delivers all this and more.”

Sage partners ADAM IT in Emirates

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Sage Software today announced reaching an partnership agreement with ADAM IT Solutions to provide its key solutions like Sage CRM and Accpac ERP and will particularly target SMEs and larger enterprises across all industry segments in UAE that is expected to help address the demand for more automation among SMEs in the region. ADAM IT believes that with Sage on board, they will now have the advantage of offering a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions that can meet the automation demands of SMEs and larger enterprises.

SAS in alliance with Maven Partners

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SAS Middle East, the provider of business analytics software and services in the Middle East region, has formed a strategic partnership with Maven Partners, a leading firm specializing in the application of quantitative methods to growth and optimization issues of enterprises that aims to further penetrate the customer intelligence domain of various industry verticals across the region. According to SAS, the partnership will play a significant role in the company's continuing efforts in channel partner expansion. The SAS Channel Program is the company's strategic initiative that aims to help partners drive in more business value for its clients.

Software AG leads the Enterprise Architecture space

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Software AG announced that Forrester Research in its Q2 2011 report, The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites, gives Software AG top scores in overall strategy, product architecture and market presence. In evaluating vendors, Forrester Research, Inc. looked at Enterprise Architecture (EA) tools of the third generation with capabilities across the entire EA management lifecycle and noted a Leader offers "the most-advanced EA tools evolving into the new EAMS market." Forrester further stated: "An EAMS centralizes the most-strategic information on IT and the business." In this report, Forrester evaluated Software AG's ARIS Platform.

Microsoft Gulf announces senior appointments

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Microsoft Gulf announced the of Naim Yazbeck as the new Microsoft Country Manager for Qatar and Mohammad Hammoudi as the new Public Sector Director for the Gulf region. Yazbeck will take over as Country Manager in Qatar after a successful three year stint as Public Sector Director for Microsoft Gulf where he achieved double digit growth every year during his tenure. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the company's efforts in Qatar to work with customers and partners to support the eco-system that already promotes development of a dynamic ICT market in Qatar.

Epicor expands its partner network in Qatar

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Epicor plans to expand its channel reach further in fast growing economy of Qatar. The Qatar Information Technology Report stated that lucrative business prospects are expected from key growth sectors such as hydrocarbon, banking, real estate, education and telecoms, helping establish Qatar as one of the fastest-growing markets in the region. The report also revealed that Qatar's total IT market is expected to reach USD 610 million by 2015.

Adobe acquires EchoSign

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Adobe recently brought the leading Web-based provider of electronic signatures and signature automation provider EchoSign, whose pioneering electronic signature solution will be a key component of Adobe’s document exchange services platform for reliably exchanging documents for universal access, review and approval. EchoSign’s solution, which currently supports more than three million users worldwide, will be offered as part of Adobe’s online document exchange services platform.

Epicor, Aditya Birla tie up for ME, India

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Epicor signed an partnership with Aditya Birla Minacs, a global business solutions provider, to sell, implement and support its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in India and the Middle East. “We are delighted to appoint Minacs as a value added reseller for the Middle East and India. Their experience in the market, wide geographical coverage and excellent customer service will be a valuable asset for new Epicor customers in the Middle East and India.” said Basil Daniells, vice-president sales for Epicor.

George DeBono to lead Red Hat in MEA region

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Red Hat appointed George DeBono as the new general manager lead the business in the Middle East and Africa region. DeBono, has been associated with Reh Hat for a long time and previously held a senior global operations role within Red Hat. Prior to joining Red Hat DeBono held management roles at Sun and Computer Associates. “The Middle East and Africa offer significant growth opportunities for Red Hat. We have been operating in the region with an on-the-ground presence since 2009. We intend to build on our early success by adding depth to our marketing, sales and technical support team and have recruited George to lead the company’s regional business.

Infor partners Catalyst to expand in the region

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Infor today announced a partnership with global systems integrator, Catalyst Business Solutions to market, implement, train and provide professional services for Infor's ERP LN, ERP VISUAL, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Performance Management (PM) solutions across the Middle East and Africa, supporting Infor's growth and expansion plans in these regions. Jean-Baptiste Blanc, vice-president, sales at Catalyst Business Solutions. "In addition to its recently launched portfolio of truly innovative solutions, we were impressed with Infor's new channel partner network programme, which provides extensive support in the form of local resources, marketing and training.

Sage Software eyes ERP mid-market space

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Sage Software, a global supplier of ERP, CRM and Human Resource Management (HRM) solutions to medium and large organisations, is currently eyeing the increasing demand for ERP-based software solutions and services in the UAE's mid-market segment. The company's confidence in the ERP segment complements a recent Business Monitor International (BMI) report showing that the UAE's software spending for 2011 will reach US$636 million. The report has also identified the UAE as one of the region's fastest growing ERP markets, which reflects local businesses shift towards utilising efficient resource management tools. Manufacturing and trading firms are looking to improve on productivity and efficiencies by transitioning from manual environments to full automation of back-office systems.

Infusion recognised as Microsoft country partner

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Infusion, a UAE-based technology services companyhas won the 2011 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for United Arab Emirates. Infusion was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. “We're extremely proud to be Microsoft's Partner of the Year for the UAE,” says Vimal Sethi, GM, Infusion Middle East. “The UAE offers an incredible environment and market for growth, and it's a tremendous honour that our commitment to delivering technology and business solutions for our customers have been recognised by Microsoft.