Kognitio, a global provider of business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing solutions, has appointed IT & Business Solutions (ITB) as the first reseller of its award-winning WX2 analytical database software.

The move forms part of Kognitio's expansion programme in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).
Under the terms of the agreement, ITB, a company in the Knowledge Integration Dynamics (KID) group, will be the first reseller in EMEA to market, sell and provide services for WX2.
In addition, 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 25 years' 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,” says Adrian Fivaz, MD 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 organisations.
"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 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 BI and data warehousing market for many years to come,” says De Asmundis, EMEA business development manager at Kognitio. “Partnering with such a reputable organisation 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 analyse 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.
Globally headquartered in Bracknell, UK, Kognitio has North American headquarters in Chicago and offices in New York.