Climb Channel Solutions, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc., to accelerate Cloud Marketplace position and expand footprint in EMEA with Sigma Software Distribution through latest acquisition of CDF Group Limited (CDF), a UK-based cloud, software and IT distributor and services provider. Sigma Software Distribution, a subsidiary of CDF, provides innovative software products to VARs throughout EMEA.
Sigma works closely with its vendors and VARs, distributing a high-caliber portfolio of software solutions across a variety of industries. CDF have a deep expertise in Microsoft Azure and is a Microsoft Gold Partner with 9 competencies and holds various direct agreements with Microsoft.
“CDF brings a robust cloud services platform to Climb and significantly strengthens our position in the EMEA market,” said Dale Foster, CEO of Climb Channel Solutions. “By utilizing CDF’s existing cloud infrastructure, we believe that our cloud offerings are better positioned to meet the growing needs of our vendor and VAR partners in both EMEA and North America. Additionally, with the added support of CDF’s professional services division CloudKnowHow, we can make cloud integration seamless for our clients and further build out our team’s technical expertise. This presents a long-term strategic opportunity for us to expand into more value-added services that can deepen our partnership with customers.”
Foster continued: “Integrating these new cloud and services solutions will provide ample cross-sell opportunities for our existing U.S. and Canadian customer base. CDF has established a robust and high-touch suite of services through its brands, and we look forward to further developing these offerings as we position Climb as a premier specialty technology distributor.”
CDF will bring approximately 125 employees to Wayside, more than 1,000 VARs from its network, and deep relationships with notable vendors, including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Adobe, ManageEngine, SAP and many others. In addition, CDF’s current Group CEO, Andrew King, will join Wayside and lead its European operations as President and General Manager of EMEA.
King commented on the acquisition, “Wayside’s extensive vendor network and commitment to developing emerging technology brands made them an ideal partner for CDF given our limited overlap in geographies, as well as vendor and VAR relationships. In addition, CDF’s software and cloud platform expertise will enable us to provide Wayside’s customers with end-to-end cloud solutions and support, from cloud adoption to migration to optimization. We look forward to building an even stronger cloud marketplace and vendor network as a combined company.”
About CDF Group CDF Group Ltd is the UK parent company of Grey Matter, CloudKnowHow and Sigma Software Distribution. Sigma Software Distribution is a value-added distributor that works with a diverse range of everyday, business critical and emerging vendors; Sigma’s broad customer base provides unrivalled reach into the UK reseller channel. Sigma’s market knowledge, proactive approach and strategic outlook delivers mutually profitable and long-term relationships.
CloudKnowHow provides customers with software and cloud platform consulting and implementation services. Its technical team are cloud adoption and migration specialists with particular emphasis on Microsoft 365 and Azure.
Grey Matter is an established reseller with expertise around cloud technologies and a focus on enhancing and accelerating customers’ journey to the cloud. Strong links to Microsoft and a deep understanding of Microsoft Azure offers a valuable proposition to Grey Matter’s customer base including its large number of ISV (Independent Software Vendors) customers.