Kognitio Announces EMEA Expansion; Signs IT & Business Solutions (ITB) in South Africa as First EMEA Reseller Partner

Mar 04, 2010, 11:44 ET from Kognitio

BRACKNELL, England, and JOHANNESBURG, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Kognitio®, a leading global provider of business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing solutions, announced today that it has embarked on an expansion program in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and has appointed Johannesburg, South Africa-based IT & Business Solutions (ITB) as its first reseller of Kognitio's award-winning WX2 analytical database software.

Under the terms of the agreement, ITB (part of the Knowledge Integration Dynamics group of companies) will be the first reseller in EMEA to market, sell and provide services for WX2.  Additionally, the partnership creates substantial opportunity for Kognitio in the South African market, giving Kognitio access to a new community of businesses that are seeking to get more value from their operational and customer data.

Heading up this relationship is Francesco de Asmundis, who recently joined Kognitio to spearhead the company's growth through partners in EMEA.  Formerly of Informatica, HP and Serena, Francesco has over twenty-five years of experience in enterprise sales and channel management and is responsible for Kognitio's EMEA expansion strategy through channel partners.

"ITB is proud to have the opportunity to represent Kognitio in South Africa," commented Adrian Fivaz, managing director at ITB.  "Kognitio's high performance, in-memory, analytical database is a much needed proposition to take to South African businesses that are seeking to gain more business insight and value from the information held within their organizations.  Add that to ITB's excellent sales, marketing and know-how as well as expertise with leading BI tools such as Informatica, MicroStrategy and Microsoft, and we can now offer customers an enterprise-class data warehousing and business intelligence solution that is the most flexible, scalable and agile as well as excellent value for money."

"We look forward to ITB being a critical component of our success in the South African business intelligence and data warehousing market for many years to come," explains Francesco de Asmundis, EMEA business development manager at Kognitio.  "Partnering with such a reputable organization is beneficial not only because of its expertise in business intelligence and data warehousing, but also because of its established relationships with enterprise companies in the country.  Both Kognitio and ITB will benefit from the increased regional commitment and capabilities that this partnership brings."

Kognitio's WX2 is used globally by companies across a wide range of established and emerging industries, such as telecommunications, biogenomics, consumer packaged goods, retail, media, marketing, financial services and utilities.  It enables them to analyze and gain insights from multiple terabytes of information within seconds or minutes, instead of the hours, days or longer required by legacy database products.  Kognitio has architected its WX2 RDBMS to enable the industry's widest range of installation options; the software can be licensed on a global capacity basis, or incorporated in a data warehouse appliance that is built on commodity-based hardware instead of costly proprietary hardware.  WX2 is also at the heart of Kognitio's pioneering Data Warehousing as a Service (DaaS™) offering, which allows firms to rapidly implement and derive answers from data on an outsourced basis, at a fraction of the cost and time it would take for a company to buy and install the needed hardware and software.

About Kognitio

Kognitio is an innovative, technology-rich company, providing leading-edge solutions to business problems that require the acquisition, rationalization and analysis of large or complex data. The winner of SearchDataManagement.com's "Product of the Year" award and a 2009 "Best Products and Services" award by Network Products Guide, Kognitio's WX2 is the industry's fastest and most scalable analytical database on the market, giving firms the ability to turn their raw data into valuable business insight fast, and empowering its customers to realize comprehensive answers to critical business questions.

Globally headquartered in Bracknell, UK, with North American headquarters in Chicago and offices in New York, Kognitio delivers competitive advantage to its clients across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, financial services, retail and utilities.  For further information, visit www.kognitio.com.

About IT & Business Services

IT & Business Solutions (ITB), part of the Knowledge Integration Dynamics group of companies, provides business consulting and technical delivery around various Business Intelligence (BI) Methodologies and Technologies. ITB is a people centered business and operates with that philosophy, ensuring customer delivery and satisfaction, coupled with individual personal growth.

ITB based in Johannesburg South Africa, has extensive experience in the financial services, mining, healthcare and administration, manufacturing, and gaming industries. ITB offers clients broad-based BI and data warehouse skills and technologies from Informatica, Kognitio, Microsoft and MicroStrategy. For further information, visit www.itbusiness.co.za

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