MTI execs named in CRN A-List 2014

Every year CRN announces a shortlist of the top players in the IT channel industry, the A-List. It gives me great pleasure to announce that MTI has not one, but two execs featured in the A-List 2014.Image

The report, which gives an insight into IT leaders’ personalities in the form of a short Q&A, named Ian Parslow, our long-serving Senior Vice President of Sales EMEA, and David Hobson, Head of MTI’s Security Practice, as two of the most influential people within our industry.

This is a great accolade for the two of them personally, and it is also a demonstration of the fantastic progress that MTI is making as an organisation.

I encourage you all to head over to CRN to read Ian and David’s profiles as I’m sure you’ll all learn a bit more about the pair, no matter how well you may know them. Personally, I now know that should the occasion arise I have a ready made lorry driver in Ian, and I certainly won’t be asking David to chip in and wash up any dirty dishes in the office. But he should be expecting a call regarding borrowing that powerboat…

Ian’s profile is at:

And David’s profile is at:

‘Big Data’ is more than just a buzzword

At MTI we’re proud of the industry-wide impact of our thought leadership on making the best of cloud computing and understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by ‘Big Data’.

Big Data, The Moving Parts: Fast Data, Big Ana...

Big Data, The Moving Parts: Fast Data, Big Analytics, and Deep Insight (Photo credit: Dion Hinchcliffe)

Our marketing director Richard Flanders recently got on his soapbox in the magazine Cloud Computing Intelligence, warning businesses that dismissing Big Data as a tech industry buzzword means missing out on improved efficiency and new revenue streams. The term was in fact borne out of a realisation that technology had advanced to a stage where businesses could store more data than they knew what to do with, so coming up with ways to make real use of it became a focus for technology innovators.

Big Data is of course not a one-size-fits-all solution, it’s in fact an umbrella term that refers to the unique situation and challenges for every business big and small in handling huge amounts of data. That’s where we come in – our expertise and consultation in knowing which storage infrastructure suits which business is crucial for both customers and the vendors whose technology we sell.

You can read Richard’s Big Data insight in full below.

MTI hosts the cream of French IT media at UK head office

MTI welcomed three top French journalists to its head office in Godalming last Thursday:

They were treated to an introduction to MTI’s world by Damian Saura, Vice President French Sales and Richard Flanders, Marketing Director. We then talked through MTI’s involvement in both the private and public Cloud, with a guide to our services and solutions by Simon Walters, Managed Services Director and Tony Conway, Vice President Customer Services.Bertrand Garé, Jacques Cheminat and Yann Serra are welcomed to MTI

I gave them an overview on our strategy and vision, with my overriding point being that people buy from people they like, so that’s why we have the best people in the business. The message I drove home was that MTI is small enough to care, but big enough to manage the largest and most demanding customers on a daily basis.

We wrapped things up by giving the journalists a guided tour of our secure operations centre and demo facility. They left full of appreciation for the trip and very impressed by MTI’s capabilities and expertise.

We put a lot of effort into maintaining and strengthening our relationships with IT journalists throughout Europe by providing them with quality customer case studies, expert articles and inviting them to press trips and regular informal lunches or dinners.

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