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Avnet Technology Solutions swallows Pepperweed

Avnet Technology Solutions has swallowed Pepperweed Consulting, an HP Software Elite Partner Stateside. This is the latest acquisition Avnet TS has made this year after snapping up enterprise distie Magirus and minnow solutions providers including Mattelli and Ascendant Tech. IT enterprise management and integration firm …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012
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Murphy's law: Avnet brings in EMEA boss to rule UK

Avnet Technology Solutions has handed control of UK and Ireland ops to director Miriam Murphy who also manages strategic supplier relations across EMEA in the Enterprise Business Group. The distie seems to favour dual-role responsibility: Murphy's predecessor Tony Madden doubled up as global senior veep of the supplier business …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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Avnet Technology Solutions in UK revamp

Avnet Technology Solutions is proposing to work with fewer channel customers which buy opportunistically, and throw its support instead behind those that want a "strategic relationship". The US distie giant is trying to tap into a relatively a nebulous term in the channel - loyalty - and has formed customer facing business units …
Paul Kunert, 13 Dec 2012

US giant Avnet plots cost slash fest in EMEA enterprise tech arm

The EMEA wing of enterprise distie Avnet Technology Solutions is again in cost-cutting mode after a double-digit sales dive blighted a growth spurt across the pond as local PC system builders missed out on the XP refresh. Revenues for Q4 of fiscal’14 ended 28 June were $2.73bn, up 0.3 per cent on an organic basis, or 4.2 per …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2014
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Avnet TS swallows Ascendant Technology

Avnet Technology Solutions has swallowed IBM middleware reseller and consultancy Ascendant Technology (Atech) for an undisclosed sum. Atech – which has offices in North America, Europe, Brazil and India – has several IBM Lotus awards but also makes software tools including apps for e-commerce, enterprise portal and collaboration …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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Avnet Technology Solutions to shutter operations in Italy

Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) is shuttering operations in Italy due to an "unacceptable financial performance". The Italian economy has hit the skids with low growth rates and €1.9tn debts but the distributor's electronics marketing business arm will continue in-country operations. "Unfortunately, and despite our diligent …
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2011
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Avnet welds services tentacles into one mighty arm

Distributor goliath Avnet Technology Solutions has rounded up its disparate portfolio of acquired service providers into one unit as traditional product sales continue to wane. The Avnet Services team was created to "increase operational efficiencies" by merging the firm's software, lifecycle and training services operations. " …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013

Avnet sales bigwig Bryant to hop off after Easter

Avnet Technology Solutions sales director Denise Bryant will up sticks and leave the biz next month. Bryant was UK boss at distie Magirus until it was acquired by Avnet last year. She joined her new employer as one of four sales directors, focusing on the EMC, VCE and NetApp vendor franchises. It seems the corporate world of …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2013
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Avnet TS confirms EMEA exec line-up

Avnet Technology Solutions has tweaked its organisational structure in EMEA and named those execs with a seat at the top table after completing the acquisition of Magirus. Joining the senior management team in the region, Christian Magirus, COO at the self titled distie becomes veep for services. The channel veteran will look …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2012
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Avnet devours reseller BrightStar Partners

Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) continues to expand its IT services biz after hoovering up an IBM reseller stateside that also houses a consultancy and software operation. The distie titan has already blurred the traditional business boundaries between wholesalers and solution providers by acquiring Pepperweed Consulting, …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2012
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Avnet TS swallows bite-sized Mattelli

Avnet Technology Solutions has devoured IT estate management small fry Mattelli as it builds out a services portfolio. This comes just a week after Avnet TS acquired enterprise distie Magirus and some months after it took over IBM reseller and consultancy Ascendant Technologies. Cheshire-based Mattelli developed the UNITY …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2012
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Avnet gobbles Magirus, aiming to deliver swollen offerings

Avnet Inc is consuming pan-European distributor Magirus Group for an undisclosed sum. The agreement was made public today - just hours after it emerged that Ingram Micro is splashing $850m to acquire BrightPoint ($650m in cash and assuming $190m worth of debts). Stuttgart-based Magirus offloaded its $500m enterprise hardware …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012
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Avnet TS sales slide but operating income up

Distribution Goliath Avnet Technology Solutions suffered a double-digit revenue slide across EMEA but boosted operating profits after cost-cutting and pursuing only margin-boosting biz in its fiscal Q3. TS, the enterprise wing of Avnet Inc, saw global turnover for the quarter ended 31 March fall 8.1 per cent to $2.52bn, but …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2012

Avnet 'evaluating resource commitments' as times stay tough

Avnet is looking to cut up to $50m off its expenses bill and reduce the workforce after releasing preliminary results for fiscal Q1 that show a near double digit sales slide. The distributor says turnover will be approximately $5.85bn, down nine per cent year-on-year for the period ended 29 September, and it's the Technology …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2012
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Avnet waves farewell to John Toal ahead of Magirus gobble

Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) is starting to restructure ahead of its acquisition of Magirus with long serving director Sukh Rayat replacing John Toal at the top of the UK organisation. Distie veteran Toal, who was in charge of the operation for two years and four months, joined Avnet when it acquired Bell Microproducts in …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2012
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Avnet Q4 sales, profit hit as resellers keep wallets shut

Avnet sales and profit in Q4 slumped across both its components and tech solutions businesses on the back of a summer slowdown in reseller spending and a blistering currency headwind. Turnover for the period ended 30 June fell 8.8 per cent to $6.3bn, operating profit dropped by just over a fifth to $213.4m and net profits sunk …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2012
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Oracle biz-pusher Paul Young leaves Avnet TS

Avnet has commenced the search for a successor to Oracle business unit director Paul Young, who is moving to Hamilton Rentals as UK sales director. Young joined US enterprise distie Avnet in 2008 when it acquired independent Horizon Technology, formerly Clarity Technology, for €101.3m. John Toal veep and and country manager at …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2012
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Nicked sensitive Avnet server disks sparks ICO probe

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has confirmed it is investigating a potential data breach at Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) following the break-in prior to Christmas. As previously reported, thieves raided the enterprise distie's Haslingden office on 21 December and made off with hard disk drives containing archived …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2012
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Avnet fears possible $73m bill as US Customs probe deeper

Avnet has warned it may be liable to cough $73m for duties, interest or fines arising from a US Customs and Border Protection probe into unpaid import tax owed by the previously acquired Bell Microproducts operation. In an SEC filing, enterprise distie Avnet said this was a worst case scenario and it has actually set aside $10m …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2012
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Avnet: Our buy of tech provider to BBC and Boots is quite routine

Avnet Technology Solutions boss Phil Gallagher has defended its acquisition of IBM middleware reseller and consultancy Ascendant Technology (Atech) - claiming the deal poses no threat to resellers. Earlier this week the enterprise distributor gobbled $90m sales outfit Atech for an undisclosed sum, which has operations in North …
Paul Kunert, 30 Mar 2012
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Avnet: Server thieves snatched our privates

Avnet Technology Solutions has admitted that server hard disks stolen during a break-in at one of its offices contained confidential data on staff, reseller customers and vendors. In a statement sent to El Reg, Avnet said the gear was nicked from its premises in Haslingden, Lancashire: "Unfortunately on December 21 unknown …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2012
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Computacenter networking boss Godwin heads to Avnet

Avnet Technology Solutions has plucked Computacenter's (CC) data centre and networking boss Henry Godwin from the UK to run its Middle East and Africa operation. For Godwin this represents a return to his roots, as he previously did time in distribution before moving to services-based-reseller CC. Godwin was the HP and Symantec …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2011
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Avnet TS senior veep Coburn exits amid divisional tweak

Avnet Technology Solutions' senior veep EMEA Gary Coburn has left the distributor following a divisional tweak designed to reduce management costs. As part of the move, Avnet has handed Miriam Murphy - SVP of the IBM Product Business Group - control of the Business Product Group that had previously been managed by Coburn. …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2011
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Oracle alarmed as Avnet TS loses Bharat

Avnet Technology Solutions is further restructuring its management deck, with EMEA director of the Oracle hardware and software franchise Mickey Bharat set to leave the distributor. Bharat joined Avnet through its 2008 acquisition of Horizon and according to sources within Oracle – who questioned the logic of his departure – was …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2011
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Avnet sales dampened by slippery EMEA market

The integration of acquisitions and a "tepid recovery" in the local tech market saw Avnet EMEA sales slide in Q4 but less challenging conditions in the rest of its world-wide operations more than made up for the dip. The distributor pushed up global revenues 32.6 per cent to $6.9bn for the period ended 3 July, while organic …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Microsoft dumps two distributors overboard in Blighty cull

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to part ways with two distributors in the UK next year, following an intensive review of its contracts. The lucky pair are Avnet Technology Solutions and VIP Computers, both of which had been expected to leave the stables when Microsoft put the contracts out to tender last month in a Request …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013
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Avnet sees blue skies with Horizon buy

Irish reseller Horizon Technology has agreed a recommended cash offer from IT distie Avnet, valuing the firm at €101.3m. The proposed merger follows months of buy-out speculation. In March, Horizon admitted it was in talks with a possible buyer. Horizon offers a bit of everything to the channel set from hardware and software to …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2008
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Avnet now proud owner of Magirus enterprise biz

Avnet, the US distie giant, yesterday completed the takeover of the enterprise IT division of Magirus, gaining itself an extra $500m-a-year-in annual revenues, 140 staffers in sales, marketing and purchasing, and five new European countries to play with. And Dubai. The acquisition, annnounced in July, gives Avnet's Technology …
Team Register, 09 Oct 2007
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Kingston signs Avnet

Kingston Technology has added Avnet Computing Components Europe (ACCE) to its team of EMEA distributors. ACCE will focus on Kingston's ValueRAM and Flash memory products, pitching them to VARs, system builders and PC manufacturers. Kingston head of European sales and marketing Thomas Marschner said the deal would allow the two …
Team Register, 02 Feb 2006
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IBM to pump Power Systems through Tech Data, Ingram Micro

Big Blue is boosting the size of the Stateside distribution channel that sells its Power Systems servers and enterprise storage by inking master distributor agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the new deal, IBM is hoping to boost its profile among small and midrange businesses in particular, a growing market which …
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React Technologies rises from ashes of burning balance sheet

React Technologies has executed a textbook dive into administration followed by a phoenix-like rise from the ashes - and now trades as React Enterprises having wiped off suppliers' debts in the comeback. The network reseller, led by boss Jess Thompson-Hughes, called in receivers Leonard Curtis on 16 March and installed Mark …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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UPDATED McGregor set to take control at Azlan

Azlan has concluded the search for a new boss with former Avnet Technology Solutions exec Colin McGregor set to take on the role, The Register can confirm. McGregor, who was EMEA director of enterprise at Avnet until he left last September - the first in a number of departures as the distributor integrated the Bell Microproducts …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011
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Azlan hits pause in top table's musical chairs

Azlan has confirmed its revamped management line-up that will lead the business from the start of next month. The enterprise distie is overhauling the internal structure and making two senior managers redundant as it creates business units based on HP, IBM and Cisco rather than vertical technologies. As a result, Mark Wheeler …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2011
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All change in the Channel

A slew of management changes have swept across the channel as the silly season starts in earnest. Distie veteran Alice Smitheman, marketing director at Azlan is set to join Avnet Technology Solutions as EMEA veep of operational excellence, a role that includes fine-tuning the firm's logistics engine. Graeme Watt, EMEA president …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2011
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Dell: Force 10 is 'shot in the arm' for networking

Dell has described the acquisition of Force 10 Networks as a requisite "shot in the arm" to beef up its networking portfolio for both resellers and direct sales staff. The Texan titan chalked up yet another acquisition yesterday – due to close in the late summer – as it re-engineers the business from a PC maker to a broader …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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HDD prices to remain 'inflated' until August

HDD prices are falling eight times more slowly than they rose in the weeks after the flooding in Thailand and look likely to remain inflated until mid-summer. Idealo.co.uk monitored vendors' online average selling prices (ASPs) across its five price comparison portals and found that disk drives went up 100 per cent in 33 days …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2012
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Two bosses axed in Azlan makeover

Azlan made two senior managers redundant as part of a planned restructure. The enterprise wing of Computer 2000 is moving from a structure based on vertical markets to one that is based on vendor partners. An HP, IBM and Cisco division will be put in place as a starting point. As a result, unified comms marketing director Simon …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2011
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HDS to launch unified storage systems

Hitachi Data Systems is replacing its mid-range AMS storage arrays with a new HDS Unified Storage (HUS) array. We know this not because of any type of release or announcement from HDS or Hitachi, but rather because Avnet Belgium has spilled the beans. Have a look at this Avnet Belgium website. The webpage text says: Hitachi …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012
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Yorks PC maker goes titsup owing £1m+

West Yorkshire-based Cube Enterprises has gone under owing more than £1.2m to trade and expense creditors, the Reg has learned. The Wetherby firm went down in May, but a director's report presented to creditors at a meeting on 9 June revealed creditors were unlikely to recoup monies owed, resulting in anguished howls from the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2011
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Datacentre black box recorder gets take-off cash

Axxana - the startup manufacturing the Phoenix RP black box data centre data recorder which can withstand a jumbo jet crash - has just received $9m in a funding round to help it take off. The Phoenix RP hardened box receives real-time data in the data centre and asynchronously replicates it to a remote site for complete data …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2009