Couple of news stories in this morning…

I.R.I.S. and Canon
The Euronext (Brussels) listed I.R.I.S. Group (no relation to the UK IRIS Group) has just announced that Canon, via its subsidiary Canon Europa NV, has acquired a 17% stake (314,790 shares) in the group for approximately €22 million.

The stake now held by Canon includes I.R.I.S. Group shares previously held by Sofinim NV (a subsidiary of Ackermans & van Haaren NV – AvH), Compagnie à Nationale de Portefeuille SA (CNP), and approximately 60% of the I.R.I.S shares which were held by Pierre De Muelenaere and Etienne Van de Kerckhove, who will remain the co-CEOs of the I.R.I.S. Group. Two directors from Canon will join the I.R.I.S Group board, replacing the two directors currently representing AvH and CNP. The two existing independent directors will remain in place and a new third independent director will be appointed.
• The Benelux legal systems integrator and reseller Morningstar Systems NV is part of the I.R.I.S Group.

Shoosmiths and SAP
SAP is holding and EMEA SME customer panel at the Kensington Hilton (that's the one of Holland Park halfway to Shepherds Bush on the morning of Thursday 10 September. The blurb says “A selection of SAP customers will be speaking about how they are using technology to become more profitable, agile and responsive to customer needs, particularly in today’s fast-paced and uncertain economic environment. There is also the opportunity for a Q&A session as well as one-to-one briefings.” 

Customers currently confirmed to speak on the panel are:
• Shoosmiths, UK
• Kompak Nederland, Netherlands
• Greenwich University, UK
• TMG Telecom, UK
• Consol, South Africa