Arrow ECS is the channel’s first social software solutions distributor
June 26, 2009 Mississauga, ON and Kitchener, ON - Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc [NYSE: ARW], becomes the first distributor in the channel to offer the technology to support online communities and social networking under an agreement with IGLOO Software, a leading provider of online community and social software solutions for business.
"We are pleased to deliver IGLOO solutions not only to address end users' online community requirements, but also to enable our resellers to use the technology to improve internal collaboration and better communicate with their customers," said Robert Boulet, vice president, Canada, for Arrow ECS.
Through the agreement, IGLOO will work closely with Arrow ECS to market and sell its leading-edge online community and social software solution to Canadian resellers. IGLOO Software's integrated suite of content management, collaboration, social networking, and administrative technologies are easy to deploy, cost-effective and secure. Its fully hosted community platform can scale to support hundreds of thousands of users without incurring extensive implementation costs. Working with IGLOO, an online community can be created within a few days to support internal audiences and external stakeholders. Customers using IGLOO solutions include Royal Bank of Canada, Motorola, Deloitte, Rotary International, the David Suzuki Foundation and the BlackBerry Partners Fund™.
"This agreement with Arrow ECS aligns perfectly with our strategy to leverage our channel partner relationships to penetrate vertical markets with targeted social software solutions," said Dan Latendre, chief executive officer of IGLOO Inc. "More and more companies are seeking to add social networking functionality to improve employee engagement and productivity, and deepen business relationships beyond the enterprise with customers, partners and suppliers. With this partnership in place, resellers now have the opportunity to support their customers through SaaS solutions tightly coupled with best-in-class technologies that offer the convenience of single-sign-on capabilities and the security features that corporations demand."
As it continues to expand its global footprint, IGLOO has signed Arrow ECS as its first distribution partner to bring its solutions and services to the channel community. Supporting more than 18,000 resellers worldwide, Arrow ECS can assist IGLOO with increasing market share while also providing a high level of supply-chain and market-development support to IGLOO resellers through presales, marketing, engineering and financial services.
IGLOO develops online community and social networking software solutions for groups, teams and organizations of any size. Its solutions combine "Web 2.0" technology with on-demand hosting, consulting, e-engagement and all of the community support services necessary for a sustainable and successful deployment. Organizations use IGLOO community solutions to improve employee productivity (through workplace communities) and create deeper connections with their customers, partners and suppliers (through marketplace communities). Fully integrated collaboration, content management and Web 2.0 social networking tools enable organizations to quickly and cost-effectively create online communities to leverage talent, knowledge and relationships across organizational and geographical boundaries. IGLOO is funded by RBC Venture Partners. Jim Balsillie is chair of the IGLOO board. For more information visit: www.igloosoftware.com.
ABOUT ARROW ENTERPRISE COMPUTING SOLUTIONS
Arrow ECS, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW], provides enterprise and midrange computing products, services and solutions to value-added resellers, system integrators, and independent software vendors. Based in Englewood, Colo., and with offices in 26 countries, Arrow ECS connects its customers to the world's foremost technology suppliers, including HP, IBM, Sun Microsystems, EMC, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, and other leading storage networking, software, and security suppliers. Arrow ECS reported $5.4 billion in global enterprise computing solution sales in 2008. Subsidiaries include Asplenium, DNS, FINOVIA, Internet Security, IPvista, ITL, LOGIX, REL and Soft-Tronik. Visit www.arrowecs.com for more information.