EDITOR ’ S COMMENT
Welcome to Issue 47 of Intelligent Tech Channels . With COVID-19 accelerating the shift to digital services and contactless experiences , 84 % of UAE businesses say that mobile apps are now a ‘ must ’ to stay relevant to their customers . This according to findings from the latest research State of Mobile App Strategies in the Middle East , conducted by 451 Research , a part of S & P Global Market Intelligence , and commissioned by AppsFlyer .
In this regard , we continue to cover articles in this edition of the magazine addressing the issue of mobile apps .
Gracing the cover of this month ’ s edition , is , Louise Taute , Southern Africa and Westcon-Comstor Marketing and Sales Director Sub-Saharan Africa , who tells us how the company is rallying its army of solution providers to dominate the channel business in Africa by becoming digitally enabled and transformed .
Among the many insights , Taute shares that : “ We have made innovative digital tools available to our partners . Westcon-Comstor has recently launched the PartnerCentral site that provides an integrated platform to access all our tools . These include BlueSky
that assists significantly on the billing side of things and PartnerView , which extends the ERP system by providing our partners with complete visibility across all quotes , orders , and renewals .” You can read more by turning to page 19 . This month ’ s Expert Speak comes from Gerhard Fourie , Channel Lead , Commvault Africa , who shares that differentiating from hyper-scalers is key to managed service provider success in the African market .
And don ’ t forget to find out about this month ’ s channel chiefs on pages 61 to 64 . The interviewees are Daniel Sim , Senior Director , Channel Business , Asia , Vertiv and Matthieu Brignone , VP Partners , EMEA at Pure Storage .
And , as usual , we have all your favourite features and news from around the regions – check our website for daily updates . I hope you enjoy this edition and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have anything you would like to share with regards to the channel . You can email me at manda @ lynchpinmedia . com .
Manda Banda Editor
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