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F5 Agility EMEA 2015: Partner of the Year Award Winners Announced at Annual Conference

Outstanding Performance Recognised From F5 Partners Across Europe, Middle East and Africa

May 20, 2015

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, MAY 20th, 2015 —F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced its 2015 Agility Partner Awards for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.  The awards were presented at F5 Agility EMEA, the company’s annual customer and partner conference.  Winners have demonstrated exemplary performance in business growth, customer focus and technical excellence.

Agility Partner Award Winners

  • Computacenter (UK) — Computacenter’s expertise in delivering multi-vendor solutions to satisfy even the most demanding customer requirements has allowed F5’s technology platform to shine in 2015.  These skills, plus successful collaboration with F5 to engage with several major new opportunities in large enterprise accounts, see Computacenter recognised as a deserved EMEA Partner of the Year.
  • Westcon (EMEA) — Westcon displayed focused strategic planning across both technology area and territory in 2015, substantially growing their business with F5 across EMEA. Their investment in F5 and subsequent market share success means they are an outstanding pick as EMEA Distributor of the Year.
  • Aditinet (Italy) — Aditinet boasts one of the highest numbers of F5 technical certifications in F5’s entire EMEA partner community.  This has enabled them to consistently display exemplary performance in support and services delivery.  Aditinet are F5’s EMEA Services Partner of the Year.
  • Additional winners — Atos (BeNeLux), Datametrix (Nordics), Computacenter (Germany), Dimension Data (Germany), Dimension Data (Spain and France), HP Enterprise Security Services (UK) and Innovative Solutions (Middle East) also received Agility Partner Awards.


“We are thrilled to be recognised by the F5 team as their EMEA partner of the year. It is great recognition of the work and investments we’ve made at Computacenter in developing our enterprise offerings within complex multi-vendor enterprise environments. This award is testament to the strength of relationship with a market-leading technology partner, and the role we jointly have to play in enabling our customers’ users and their businesses.”

Amir Klaus, Line of Business Director for Networking, Security and Communications, Computacenter

“Westcon currently distributes F5’s innovative and market leading technologies in Application Delivery, Security and Cloud in more than 30 countries across EMEA. Receiving the EMEA Distributor of the Year award from F5, one of our most important and fastest growing vendors, is very special. Being recognised for our EMEA performance makes it unique and is a testament to our continued mutual investments and close collaboration across all countries. I am more than delighted, extremely grateful, and dedicate this award to all those having contributed to it within F5 and Westcon.”

Willem J.H. de Haan, SVP Central Europe & EMEA Security Solutions, Westcon

“Aditinet are honoured to be presented with this award.  We thank F5 for this recognition of the hard work and commitment that the Aditinet team have consistently showed over the years, with the emphasis and investment we have placed on training and technical knowledge.  We recently announced the launch of Aditinet UK and are looking to replicate this success.”

Paolo Marsella, CEO and Founder, Aditinet

“F5 has seen tremendous growth in recent focus areas for the company—such as security and cloud—over the course of the last year, as well as solid traction in our core application delivery business.  New technology areas mean new challenges for our partner community as we continue to strive to deliver excellence for our customers.  Our Unity partners are integral to achieving this, and we congratulate all of our 2015 winners.”

Michael Schoenrock, Director, Channel Sales EMEA, F5



Computacenter recognised by Citrix as Most Influential UK Partner of 2014

Award acknowledges Computacenter’s longstanding commitment and value selling success

London, United Kingdom, 24th February 2015 — Computacenter, Europe's leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services, enabling users and their business, today announced that it has received the Citrix award for Most Influential UK Partner of 2014.

Computacenter recognised by Citrix as Most Influential UK Partner of 2014

To earn this accolade, Computacenter provided the most value selling activities and business in the UK of any other partner. This was achieved through a number of different tactics, including; identifying sales opportunities, providing customer education and strategy development assistance, proposing technical solutions for business issues, engaging in account planning with Citrix sales teams and delivering proofs of concept or demos to customers.

"To be named Citrix’s Most Influential UK Partner of 2014 is continued recognition of the time and commitment we have invested into Citrix, and in particular its mobile solutions." said Pierre Hall, Line of Business Director for Workspace and Mobile Solutions at Computacenter. "In today’s anytime, anywhere, any device workplace, it’s more important than ever for businesses to provide an excellent user experience. This is why we are also rolling out an Enterprise Mobility Management system to our own employees, as well as championing the solutions for our customers. We believe there are real business benefits to enable users and their businesses.”

Jason Tooley, UK country manager at Citrix commented: “Citrix is delighted to present Computacenter the award for Most Influential UK Partner of 2014. This award demonstrates Computacenter’s long standing commitment to Citrix, as further proven by the recent launch and deployment of an enterprise mobility management solution based on Citrix technology for use by Computacenter employees.” He added “Citrix considers its partner ecosystem integral to its success; it is vital that we acknowledge the exceptional contributions partners such as Computacenter have made – from managing the sales cycle to customer education and the implementation of software-defined workplace solutions. Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement.”

About Computacenter
Computacenter is Europe's leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services, enabling users and their business. We advise organisations on IT strategy, implement the most appropriate technology, optimise its performance, and manage our customers’ infrastructures. In doing this we help CIOs and IT departments in enterprise and corporate organisations maximise productivity and the business value of IT for internal and external users.

Rooted in core European countries Computacenter combines global reach with local expertise.



Computacenter Secures Mobile Workspaces


Europe's leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services, Computacenter employs 14,000 people in Europe, South Africa and Asia The business provides professional services, supply chain management and outsourced IT services to enterprise customers in all industries.

The Challenge: Delivering business agility with data security

Computacenter had seen how social, mobile and cloud computing trends were influencing corporate technology and customer buying decisions. As a trusted advisor to CIOs, the company wanted to strengthen its experience in this area. Line of Business Director for Workspace and Mobile Solutions Pierre Hall explains, "Today, people are required to work from more places, with greater collaboration and virtual teaming, especially with third party organisations. We saw an opportunity to improve our own productivity, to enhance customer engagement and to have greater employee satisfaction by deploying a solution internally."

Head of Group IS Projects Stephen Pitt adds, "We needed an anytime, anywhere, any device, mobile solution. We wanted to move from being device-dependent to being a functionally-led organisation." However, security was an important concern. As a Managed Services provider, Computacenter's security framework extends to many of its customers and it was important that any solution maintained data security. "Staff often said, 'We're a technology company, why can't we have smartphones?' but security was always an issue," explains Stephen. "Many smartphones and tablets today have inadequate security. Often, they're not encrypted and the usual way of delivering email is into the device's native email application. There are risks to corporate and e-privacy compliance as well as to data security."

The Solution: Mobile workspaces provide platform for enabled users

Computacenter's board sponsored a programme to research possible solutions. The company's requirements included: the ability to manage devices, to deliver Computacenter's application portfolio, and to synch and share files across the business's content management system. Importantly, the solution had to provide this in a safe and consistent manner. Computacenter selected a Citrix solution comprising Citrix XenMobile®, Citrix XenDesktop®, Citrix XenApp®, Citrix ShareFile® and Citrix NetScaler®. The "Enterprise Mobile Management" solution was piloted with 1,000 field sales personnel. Pierre explains, "We wanted an integrated, enterprise grade, mobile management platform that would allow us to build within our own security domain. We needed granularity and consistency in levels of control. Citrix is the only leader in the market to enable that."

Key Benefits

Building business agility

"The Enterprise Mobile Management solution has given us an encrypted 'bubble' that is separated from the rest of a user's device and through which we can deliver corporate data securely, regardless of the device and any other applications the user may use," explains Stephen. "We are already seeing the results of a more empowered user experience and, particularly, for people who are on the road a lot, it is game-changing. We've had an overwhelmingly positive response from staff."

Having access to systems wherever they are means that sales staff can update CRM records as soon as they leave a customer, while the details are fresh in mind. They can also access Computacenter's travel systems remotely to book journeys, rather than buying an open ticket in advance, reducing travel costs significantly.

Better customer engagement

Secure and instant access to corporate systems has improved Computacenter's engagement with customers, too. Sales staff, visibly using the latest technology, can access corporate systems during a meeting and have immediate access to up to date information. In a recent case, a customer CIO required a new laptop within two hours but the only person who could authorise the purchase was on a train. He used his iPad to log in and authorise the order immediately, ensuring a very happy customer.

A more effective, more strategic IS department

"Enterprise Mobile Management lets us worry far less about operating systems, patches and whether a given device is inherently secure," explains Stephen. "Instead of constantly debating security issues, we can focus on functionality and things that deliver value to the organisation." Stephen previously had one member of staff working solely on setting up new mobile phones for users. Today, users enable their own devices using the XenMobile App Store and electronic guides. "It was such a waste of his time," says Stephen. "That's now eliminated. We foresee a very, very significant cost saving as we roll this out across the business."

Looking Ahead

Computacenter will soon extend Enterprise Mobile Management to its field engineers, bringing the number of users to 5,000 and eliminating the manual, paper-driven processes currently in place. As Stephen says, "We've built a common infrastructure for the whole company to deliver applications securely and robustly."

Pierre notes, "We've learned so much and have a real appreciation of the pressure CIOs are under to deliver the dynamism and agility their businesses demand. We've also seen that doing nothing is not an option."