• Canon’s European Premier Partner Conference 2011 highlights the importance of a service-led approach for Partners’ profitable growth
• Partners’ success celebrated at inaugural European Premier Partner Awards
The 4th annual European Premier Partner Conference was held at The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland and was attended by Canon Europe’s top 60 B2B reseller partners, representing 13 countries across Europe.
The Conference provided Premier Partners with an overview of Canon’s mid-term vision and strategy. It featured breakout sessions with case studies presented by a number of partners in key service-rich areas including Managed Print Services (MPS), Information Management and Software as a Service (SaaS). There was also focus on the opportunities created by new technologies, including cloud, mobility and social networking to improve business processes and productivity.
Hubert Bro, Business Strategy Director at Canon Europe, said: “The print and imaging industry is fundamentally changing. Partners must decide if they will move from a traditional hardware-centric sales approach to a more service-led business model that looks at optimising business processes. Focusing on process optimisation will be challenging, but we’re helping Partners with the transition so that together, we can benefit from the greater rewards that these models can provide.”
Inaugural awards celebrates Partner success in 2011
For the first time, Canon held an Awards Ceremony to celebrate Partners’ success in key business areas, including Business Generation, Growth, Software Solutions, Laser Printer Business and Shift to Services.
Winners of the Premier Partner Conference Awards include:
• Software Solutions Award
Winner: IT@Spectrum Ltd. (UK)
Ken Sturdy, Managing Director, IT@Spectrum Ltd, said, 2IT@Spectrum is delighted to receive Canon’s European Partner of the Year award for Solutions. This award comes at the end of a year of significant growth in IT@Spectrum’s document solutions business. This growth has been fuelled by combining software and professional services with Canon’s market leading MFD hardware to get to the heart of its client’s business process problems - introducing efficiencies and cost savings to help them prosper in today’s challenging times.”
• Shift to Services Award for MPS Award
Winner: M2 (UK)
John Taylor, CEO, M2 said, “Receiving Canon’s most prestigious award for services proves that M2’s MPS offering delivers excellent value, control and innovation to not only our customers, but also our partners. Our relationship with OEMs such as Canon combined with our expert consultancy offers customers real value in their print strategies. We believe our independent approach provides customers peace of mind that they are receiving the best MPS solutions available.”
• Growth Award
Winner: CBC Örbreo (Sweden)
Hans Seidl, Managing Director, Canon Business Center Örebro, said, “A combination of great products, solutions and a dedicated team have been key to an incredibly successful year for Örebro. We are delighted to belong to Canon’s Premier Partner Group and honoured to receive the Growth Award 2011.”
• Laser Printer Business Award
Winner: CBC Zwolle (The Netherlands)
Wout Roelofs, Director of CBC Zwolle, said, “As a Premier Partner we benefit from the breadth and strength of the Canon portfolio. We go beyond hardware to help our customers find the best way to manage their information. The result is a solution that helps our customers stay truly competitive.”
• Business Generation Award and Shift to Services Award for Information Management Award
Winner: C’PRO (France)
Pieric Brenier, President of C'Pro, said, “Our relationship with Canon has fundamentally shaped our growth and success. In the past twenty years, we’ve evolved from a traditional copier vendor with three employees to an IT company with 268 employees. We share Canon’s vision for a service-led business; a vision that has shaped our growth. Winning two Partner Awards from Canon acknowledges the journey we’ve taken, and points to a very positive future.”