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15 RESELLER NEWS Neil Christie Scan Time to take another look at Webex, says EvolveIP White-label UCaaS provider Evolve IP is encouraging resellers to take a closer look at Webex by Cisco and new features designed to improve the user experience. These include AI-generated meeting transcripts, translations and summaries; a discreet ‘Be-Right-Back’ option for people who need to step away from a meeting momentarily; a ‘Vidcast’ tool that enables users to create video demos and how-to guides in minutes; and detailed analytics. Solution Consultant Olly Harrison says EvolveIP (EMEA) has seen huge interest from partners already and he only expects this to grow. “Webex by Cisco is growing 10 times faster than Teams across our partner base in terms of licensing. It’s very exciting that more organisations are starting to get aboard the Webex train in much greater numbers. We’ve attracted hundreds of new customers this year as month-on-month demand intensifies.” He added: “Webex shines in all main areas and offers security by design. It is very cost-effective, delivers high-value functionality, low cost of ownership and high-level integrations, including Office 365, and great margin potential.” ··· ANS named UK Services Partner of the Year by Microsoft ANS has won the Microsoft UK Services Partner of the Year Award 2024, in recognition of its performance (including a 26% year-on-year increase in its Azure business), strategic alignment and significant impact on customers using Microsoft Cloud. Orla McGrath, UK Global Partner Solutions Lead at Microsoft, said: “We are pleased to recognise ANS as the UK Services Partner of the Year 2024. Their innovative work with the Microsoft platform and dedication to community engagement truly stand out.” An example of the latter is the work the ANS AI practice has done with Facial Palsy UK to explore the possibilities of AI, following the launch of Copilot and Security for Copilot offerings in April 2024. Richard Thompson, CEO at ANS, added: “This award comes at a pivotal moment as we enter the era of AI. Collaborating closely with Microsoft is one of the many ways we deliver value to our customers and make innovative technology accessible to all.” ··· UK partners honoured by Arctic Wolf Arctic Wolf has honoured UK partners NG-IT Ltd and Northdoor plc in the Arctic Wolf Partner of the Year Awards 2024. NG-IT won the award for Alpha Partner of the Year for the UK & Ireland, with Northdoor plc named as EMEA Rising Star Partner of the Year. The Arctic Wolf Security Operations Cloud delivers automated threat detection and response at scale and empowers organisations to establish world-class security operations with the push of a button. ··· Scan becomes first Inevidesk partner Scan has become the first strategic partner of high-performance virtual desktop supplier Inevidesk, following the latter’s launch of a new partner programme. The Bolton-headquartered IT solutions provider is to offer Inevidesk VDI solutions for applications with demanding GPU requirements, such as CAD and 3D modelling, through Scan Cloud, a sub-brand dedicated to virtualised compute and graphics platforms. Neil Christie, Solutions Director at Scan, said: “Inevidesk is a perfect complement to our existing Scan Cloud offerings. It allows us to cater to a wider range of customer needs, especially those requiring a private cloud solution with enhanced data security. By combining Inevidesk with our 3XS systems, we can offer customers a one-stop shop for their workstation and VDI needs, delivered as a service with the benefits of cloud-based OPEX costs.” Inevidesk’s partner programme enables partners to offer high-performance virtual desktops at an accessible price point and with extensive flexibility and choice. For example, partners can provide the Inevidesk VDI service with Inevidesk’s bespoke hardware or integrated into the partner’s own choice of hardware, hosted in Inevidesk’s Tier 4 data centre and high performance and resilient IaaS or the partner’s own data centre or customer site. Mark Adams, Co-Founder of Inevidesk, said: “We are excited to partner with best-inclass solution providers who share our vision of making high-performance virtual desktop infrastructure accessible to organisations with demanding GPU requirements. Together, we can empower businesses to remove the barriers to flexible and collaborative working practices to help them unlock business value.” ··· M247 updates partner programme Manchester-based cloud and connectivity service provider M247 has re-launched its Channel Partner Programme as it looks to generate additional channel business and recruit more London-based partners. The tiered programme has been updated with extra benefits, exclusive partner events, cyber security audits and London Loyalty rebates for partners in the capital. Estelle Cameron, Sales Director at M247, said: “Our Channel Partner programme unlocks the door for us to create tailor-made account development plans, enablement sessions and rebate programmes for our partners to help drive their business forward.” ··· Evolve supports Wigan’s next generation Wigan-based managed network and IT services provider Evolve has selected Wigan Youth Zone as its charity partner of the year. Opened in 2013, the state-of the-art facility in the town centre gives young people from across the area a safe environment where they can make friends, share experiences and learn new skills. It also provides targeted support for vulnerable individuals and heavily subsidised, nutritious meals seven days a week. Evolve is aiming to raise £6,000 for the Wigan Youth Zone through a variety of fundraising activities, starting with Tough Mudder in July. It will also be providing eight hours of volunteering and mentoring per employee.