Jul 5, 2021

Pax8: Perfect wingman for your digital journey

Pax8
Liberty Global
3 min
Fuelled by a born-in-the cloud platform, Pax8 empowers its partners to achieve growth with cloud technology

Looking for a modern cloud solution? Pax8 simplifies the way you buy, sell, and manage cloud solutions - making the Denver-based company the perfect Wingman for your digital journey.

The born-in-the-cloud company is powered by its award-winning Pax8 Platform that seamlessly delivers cloud solutions from a modern marketplace offering consolidated billing, automated provisioning, and industry-leading Professional Services Automation (PSA) integrations.

The technology is backed with enhanced support, educational programs, and dedicated resources.

The Wingman Partner Program ensures Pax8 is with you at every step during your cloud-buying journey,  which is important today as 73% of companies would prefer to buy through a marketplace, according to Ryan Walsh, Chief Operating Officer at Pax8.

“That's an important statistic to note relative to what our Platform does because it was custom-built to enable partner success throughout their cloud buying journey. Many of our partners service small to mid sized businesses and are looking for an automated and simplified way of doing business, and that is what the Pax8 Platform offers,” said Walsh. 

“We believe in offering the best partner experience, and that means riding shotgun with an IT professional so they can achieve success.”  

Walsh pointed out that Accenture predicts 76% of CEOs expect business models to be unrecognizable in five years and the big driver of that will be ecosystems. “It is time to embrace ecosystems like Pax8, as this will accelerate your business growth,” said Walsh.

Since it was founded in 2012, the Colorado-based company offers innovative solutions to partners, which include:

  • Simplified cloud management—The platform integrates with Autotask, ConnectWise, Kaseya, RepairShopr, Syncro, and Tigerpaw, so clients can manage everything from their preferred PSA tool.
  • Consolidated billing—Consolidation of monthly, annual, and usage-based billing into a single invoice to save you time.
  • Instant solutions— Pax8 integrates with all their vendors’ APIs to automate the process and offer provisioning within seconds of ordering.

Pax8, which combines the Latin word for ‘peace’ with eight, the luckiest number in Chinese business, has gained the competitive edge by listening to their partners. “We have a very agile team that pushes updates to our platform weekly,” said Nick Heddy, Chief Revenue Officer at Pax8. “We spend a lot of time talking to our partners to develop solutions to their challenges, which is a strategic part of our roadmap.”

“When you think about your business and how it could be unrecognizable within a very short period, it is important to find a marketplace, understand the players in your ecosystem, and adjust your go-to-market strategy,” said Heddy.

Liberty Global Ventures was an early investor in Pax8. “It is a fantastic partnership,” said Heddy. “They have connected us to influential companies and opened doors for Pax8 worldwide.”

Pax8 acquired Wirehive in January 2021, which has given them a foothold in the UK. “We have hired more than 400 people since the pandemic began and will continue to be agile and adapt to the evolving market conditions,” said Heddy. “Pax8 is a cross between the human touch and leading technology innovations.”

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Jul 29, 2021

HMD Global launches “rugged” Nokia smartphones

HMDGlobal
Nokia
Smartphones
audio
4 min
HMD Global, a Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, is launching three “toughened” Nokia smartphones and expanding its range of audio accessories.

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer HMD Global, often referred to as the home of Nokia, has launched three new smartphones for the brand, the Nokia XR20, the Nokia C30, and the Nokia 6310. The company is also expanding its portfolio of audio accessories.

Explaining the reason behind the launch of the devices, Florian Seiche, CEO, HMD Global, said: "We are tapping into consumer pain points around durability and longevity. We did a global trend report8 and found that 73% of consumers want to keep their phone for longer and would if their devices were maintained over time. 

“At HMD, we are empowering people to avoid early device replacement and encouraging more sustainable consumption through our longevity promises. We are delighted to announce the Nokia XR20 – a life-proof phone2 with our trademark sleek, Nordic design that we built for both consumers and enterprises,” Seiche said. 

The Nokia XR20: The “life-proof” phone 

According to HMD Global, the Nokia XR20 is built for longevity and toughness. The company claims it can withstand extreme temperatures, falls from 1.8m above ground, and can survive being in water for up to an hour. Features include the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus screen, said to be the toughest glass ever manufactured. 

 

To prove its durability, Brazillian footballer Roberto Carlos and female world champion freestyler Lisa Zimouche put the XR20 through several tests including placing it in icy water, kicking it, and spinning it screen side down across a concrete football pitch. Carlos also kicked the phone in a move that recreated his infamous “banana shot” last seen in the Brazil vs France match in 1997. 

 

The Nokia XR20 during testing. Image: Nokia

Roberto Carlos, Brazil World Cup winner and Real Madrid legend, said: “I’ve been asked to recreate my ’97 free kick many times over the last twenty years, but never like this before, so I had to accept the challenge. Surely a mobile phone couldn’t survive the wrath of a football. I didn’t think the Nokia XR20 could have withstood the power of my kick. I may not be professional anymore, but I know I still pack a punch, so it was an impressive result.”

HMD says that the XR20 also comes with a  48MP+13MP dual camera with ZEISS Optics, OZO spatial audio, and innovative imaging solutions. “The all-new SpeedWarp mode lets you capture a whole lot of adventure in a compact, exciting montage. Pushing the boundaries of the mid-range, it also comes with 5G speeds, 15W wireless charging, and superior durability,” the company added. 

The mobile manufacturer’s two other releases, the Nokia 6310 and C30 also have new characteristics, with the C30 offering both the largest battery and biggest screen ever fitted to a Nokia device. The battery is said to last up to three days on a single charge. 

The third phone, Nokia’s 6310, aims to bring advanced accessibility, optimised ergonomics, and also has a long battery life. It features a larger display and buttons, as well as zoomed-in menus. 

Nokia’s audio accessories

In addition to the release of smartphones, HMD has also announced an expansion of its audio accessory range. This includes four, new distinct audio lines: Go, Micro, Comfort, and Clarity. 

  • Go: ultra-high value products offering the highest quality at the lowest possible prices
  • Micro: meeting the demand for compact form factor
  • Comfort: a result of consumers seeking optimal comfort in wearables
  • Clarity: top-of-the-range quality earbuds integrating the latest tech

One of the products in the new audio range, Nokia’s Clarity Earbuds Pro, aims to give customers high-performance sound, battery life, and build quality. The powerful combination of dual-mic environment noise cancellation (ENC), Qualcomm cVc, Echo Cancelling, and Noise Suppression Technology captures and eliminates background noise for superb call and music clarity, HMD said. 

Alex Lambeek, Global Head of Accessories, HMD Global, said: “Much like our smartphones, the excellence in Nokia accessories is a result of industry-leading testing for quality. The invaluable insight from our Nokia smartphone community combined with regional insights across the globe has allowed us to grow our ecosystem of companion products to an impressive portfolio. 

“It’s supported by a network of strong partnerships like Binatone that allow us to provide the best for our growing fanbase. Inspired by nature and packaged in paper and soy-based ink to protect it, each new line delivers premium lifestyle experiences at accessible price points,” he added. 



 

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