Germantown, Maryland – (The Hosting News) – December 14, 2005 – As company revenues in EMEA doubled this past year, Planet Technologies announced a new strategic team located in Europe that will lead all international business for the company.
Erik Bais has been named Director of Strategic Business, EMEA and John Brown has been named Senior Manager of Strategic Business, EMEA.
The team will lead all Microsoft solution and service opportunities for Planet Technologies within the EMEA sector. Planet, with its eQuest division already a world-wide leading systems integrator for Service Providers, expects to increase value to its existing clients and eventually grow its customer base to additional enterprise markets in EMEA. Bais and Brown, who both reside in Europe, will allow the company to improve existing customer communication and project delivery, and increase its market share in the geography.
Prior to joining Planet, Bais was the CTO of IS Interned Services, the largest Windows based hosting company in the Netherlands. IS was the first in the Netherlands to migrate their complete hosting platform to Windows 2003 and the first that implemented Hosted Exchange with MPS (with Planet’s Online Consulting support).
Brown, a resident of Nottingham, UK, comes to Planet from PIPEX Communications Ltd., where he helped to define the Product and Project Management processes involved in bringing solutions to market in the short timescales demanded by the hosting business. He was responsible for the introduction of the Hosted Exchange and Windows Shared Hosting product lines.
According to Mike Klass, Director of Hosting Services for eQuest, ”Erik and John’s experience, coupled with eQuest’s history and capabilities in the EMEA hosting field, will provide the technical and business understanding required to deliver complete solutions to our clients.” They both have a keen understanding of Microsoft-based solutions as they relate to the world of Internet Hosters.”
Scott Tucker, President of Planet Technologies added, ”With this new team in place, we have solidified our commitment to enhance our existing international clients’ experiences and provide our expertise and solutions to additional areas within EMEA.”
Planet’s eQuest division provides a range of services and solutions to meet the growing and dynamic needs of service providers including Microsoft Hosting Solutions, provisioning and automation, identity management, data center operation, and back-office system integration.
To learn more about Planet Technologies, please visit: www.go-planet.com.