asknet to become Acer Synergy Silver Partner
Moving forward, ITC company Acer and asknet AG will begin a collaboration in the higher education sector. To this end, both companies signed the Acer Synergy Silver partnership agreement. As a partner, asknet is entitled to sell Acer’s high-quality products at special prices to education and university campus customers.
“By taking this step, we expand our product portfolio in the Academics Business Unit by adding another renowned hardware partner, which enables us to offer higher education and research institutions IT procurement from a single source,” says Michael Baumann, Vice President Business Unit Academics.
Acer has more than 30 years of experience and acts on its belief that today’s students are growing up in an age when technology is an integral part of everyday life. In terms of academia, Acer already offers robust, powerful products for every need at special rates. Under the partnership, Acer stands to benefit from asknet AG’s extensive experience and proven know-how when it comes to higher education and research institutions.
In future, asknet AG will be able to offer Acer’s entire range of education products on more than 50 software portals across Germany. Apart from desktops and monitors, tablets, 2-in-1s and notebooks will also be available at favorable conditions.
“We are proud to be joining forces with such a strong hardware partner like Acer and look forward to a fruitful collaboration that is sure to benefit more than just Acer and asknet,” Michael Baumann says. “The higher education and research institutions across Germany will quickly reap the rewards as well.”
Acer Inc., founded in 1976, is now one of the world’s largest ITC providers. The company develops and markets notebooks, tablets, PCs, displays, projectors, smartphones and wearables, in addition to home entertainment, gaming and mobile internet products. Acer is also highly active in the education sector, where it aims to improve the quality of education through the use of technology in classrooms and promote multimedia resources as teaching aids. In keeping with its slogan “Explore beyond limits,” Acer provides IT products that enable both professional and private users to discover new possibilities and go beyond traditional limits. As a result, the company is playing an important role in breaking down the boundaries between humans and technology to make it possible to perform tasks with greater speed, convenience and efficiency. According to IDC, Acer was ranked fourth in the world in 2014 in the overall PC market and in the portable PCs segment. More than 7,000 employees contribute to the success of the company.
asknet, a pioneer in the development of global e-commerce solutions, offers extensive expertise and individual shop solutions to ensure worldwide electronic distribution of products of all kinds 24/7 in more than 190 countries. Customers benefit in selling digital and physical goods from both the possibility of handling a variety of international payment and logistics processes as well as the extensive experience of the company in the development and operation of successful e-commerce platforms.
Founded in 1995 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) the company is also a partner of around 80 percent of German universities and research institutions. Here asknet offers as a large account reseller for manufacturers such as Adobe and Microsoft a comprehensive range of software licenses and services related to the procurement and distribution of software. In addition, asknet distributes via the established internet platform "studyhouse.de" a wide range of software to students. In 2014 the company generated transaction revenues of more than 100 million euros.
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