Mantis makes channel move

Supply chain software vendor Mantis has bolstered its Middle East channel with the appointment of Algosaibi Information Systems (AGIS) as its latest regional partner. AGIS will offer a range of consulting and service skills, targeting the Middle East logistics sector with Mantis’ .net based solution suite.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  July 26, 2005

Supply chain software vendor Mantis has bolstered its Middle East channel with the appointment of Algosaibi Information Systems (AGIS) as its latest regional partner. AGIS will offer a range of consulting and service skills, targeting the Middle East logistics sector with Mantis’ .net based solution suite. “Mantis’ solutions are built around five core modules,” explained Krishnan Sugavanam, general manager at Mantis Middle East. “Warehouse, transportations, mobility, plant and inventory modules developed on a .net platform, coupled with consulting and services from skilled partners, provides a comprehensive logistics solution.” Athens-based Mantis International, which employs 70 staff and has annual revenues of approximately US$12m, has already deployed its solution with over 150 customers and has a strong presence in Eastern Europe. “It is not just about selling software,” added Sugavanam. “It is the consulting that turns the software into a solution and this is why we have taken a strategic decision not to sell direct in the Middle East. AGIS has the skills, local knowledge and a track record of delivering business applications. This makes AGIS a prime partner for Mantis.” Manjeet Singh, regional manager at AGIS, which operates as a regional IT solutions provider and boasts partnerships with an array of major vendors including Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco, said: “Mantis represents the cutting-edge of technology in this sector and it puts us in a great position to deliver end-to-end solutions and build on the experience that we have already had in the logistics sector.” AGIS will use its own sales and consulting staff in countries where it already has a presence and work closely with its partners elsewhere to ensure strong regional coverage. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prime targets for AGIS and Mantis, with both companies confident of closing several deals during the next few months. “We plan to give vendors already working in the Middle East such as SSA Global and its Exceed solution a run for their money,” added Sugavanam. “The Middle East is a strategically important region for us as it develops into a powerful global logistics hub.”

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