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Distie titan TD Azlan to cut ties with Huawei

TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter. The pair previously came within touching distance of signing a European partnership in 2011, but at the eleventh hour pressure from Cisco — one of Huawei's main rivals — saw US management at parent Tech Data …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014

Big Blue man Hansford to straddle saddle of Azlan's UK horse

Computer 2000 is preparing to usher on board IBM old hand Gareth Hansford to take control of its enterprise tech wing Azlan, say sources. The position was vacated by previous incumbent Colin McGregor in March last year and handed to Nigel Dunn, but sources told us Dunn has resigned and is working his notice period. IBM informed …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2013
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TD Azlan set to rock up at EMC, murmur sources

EMC is to sign up TD Azlan as its third UK distie with a specific focus on the small biz space, The Channel can reveal. Distribution has been a tinker-free zone for EMC since it hauled in Arrow at the start of 2010: but with a raft of SME tech in the pipeline the vendor undertook a review of its roster. Sources close to the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013
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Azlan enters EMC channel in stealth mode

Azlan wants to slip quietly into EMC's partner base without making any waves for existing distributors, well almost. This may be music to the ears of EMC's distie pals at Arrow and Avnet who were privately concerned a price led strategy from Azlan would trash their margins, something they've complained about in past situations …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Two more big hitters leave Azlan

Another pair of industry vets are splitting with Azlan, The Register can reveal. The enterprise arm of IT broadliner Computer 2000 underwent a restructure last year following the arrival of new broom Colin McGregor, aligning business units to IBM, HP and Cisco rather than vertical markets. As part of this overhaul, marketing …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012
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Avaya and Azlan split, end UK distie pact

TD Azlan has confirmed it is splitting with Avaya in the UK but will continue the distie agreement in other parts of EMEA. Talk in the industry was that sales generated did not match the level of investment sunk into the franchise by Azlan and the firms have decided to cut ties locally. "Avaya UK and Azlan – part of the …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 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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Azlan inserts temporary head at HP biz unit

Azlan has made John Ward the caretaker of its HP business unit as a search for a permanent head continues. The enterprise distribution arm of Basingstoke-based Computer 2000 went through a restructure some weeks ago and parted with some senior heads including Mark Walker, director of the converged infrastructure unit. The …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2011
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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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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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EMC: We're not sitting on the fence anymore. We love disties

The new man sitting in EMC’s channel chief’s chair wants to apply the well worn strategy of working very closely with disties to up its sales programmes and subsequently volumes, something it has singularly struggled to do. Fifteen-year company vet Russell Poole took over from Terry Beale in the summer, adding the UK channel …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014
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Azlan rejigs senior European team

IT disty Azlan confirmed today that it has restructured its European management team. It said in a statement that Uwe Stein has taken on the newly-created role of director for the firm's European marketing division, while Ruediger Gunther steps into Stein's previous position as director of Azlan's European midrange systems and …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2008

Forget the accountancy scandal, our biz is back: Tech Data

If companies operate as intended then sales growth should be a given, and with its accountancy scandal pretty much behind it Tech Data reported business as usual for the fiscal third quarter that ended last month. The world’s second largest tech distributor reported a 6.1 per cent hike in sales to $6.76bn, largely aided by …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2014
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Azlan looks to squeeze out more Juniper business

Azlan has pulled together a dedicated team to push Juniper kit as it looks to further boost sales of the pricey networking gear. The companies first tied the knot about a year ago. Azlan said it was now looking to boost its sales in line with demand from resellers. Together with the dedicated Juniper sales team, Azlan is …
Joe Fay, 24 Jan 2007

CEO of Brit biz Phoenix plans to 'ram-raid' old friend, new enemy Cisco

The boss at Brit services provider Phoenix IT Group wants to "ram raid" former vendor partner Cisco. The UK biz is currently bulking out its portfolio, with Chinese networking firm Huawei Enterprise the latest addition. In the autumnal months last year, Cisco wrote to 1,000 firms across EMEA telling them it was withdrawing …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2014
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Bates back at Azlan

Paul Bates has returned to base after ten years exploring the length and breadth of the IT industry. Bates has joined Azlan UK as UK general manager of enterprise sales. He left a place on Computer 2000's VAR business unit in 1995. He travelled the land putting in time at openPSL, Sybase, and Embarcadero Technologies. …
Team Register, 15 Feb 2006

Juniper Network pushes button, exits two distributors

Juniper Networks has given Computerlinks and Azlan their marching orders following a review of the UK distributor line-up, leaving it with Arrow ECS, Avnet TS and Westcon. The review began in May when Juniper named Will Hamber to manage its fragmented network of 30 wholesalers across EMEA. Former HP and Edge-Core Networks …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012
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Azlan goes a bundle on security services

Azlan has assembled five new bundles of security services which should make it easier for networking resellers to sell such add-ons to customers. The five packages are: penetration testing, security awareness workshop, security assessment, vulnerability testing and security planning and design. Services are delivered through …
John Oates, 06 Apr 2005
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Perkins get Azlan

Distie round-up Computer 2000 - as Tech Data is called in the UK - has promoted Lee Perkins to run Azlan in the UK. Former Azlan boss Simon Hill was purged last month in the a re-org which saw the loss of 60 jobs. Azlan UK now incorporates C2000's former networking solutions group - which Perkins ran - and its midrange hardware and software …
Team Register, 31 Aug 2005
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Azlan puts planets into orbit

Azlan has reorganized its business development programme around a series of “planets” which it says will help any reseller become a master of the universe. Each planet will encompass all the distributors’ resources - marketing materials, training, education, pre-sales support – for a given technology area. Azlan stretches the …
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2005

Another IBMer rolls into distribution

Arrow ECS has lured veteran IBM man Ian Jeffs to run its Big Blue franchise in the UK, say our chatty sources. This follows the exit of previous incumbent Allister Richardson who, according to his LinkedIn and Google + account, has since become EMEA boss at iSys Capital Technologies. Jeffs will use his near 20 years experience …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

EC clears Azlan takeover

The European Commission has approved Tech Data's acquisition of data networking distributor Azlan. In a press release yesterday, the EC said "the operation does not raise any serious competition concerns on these product markets regardless of whether the market is national or European". Tech Data is the biggest IT products …
Drew Cullen, 25 Mar 2003
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Azlan teams up with Nortel for SMB IP telephony push

Distie round up Nortel has awarded Azlan pan-European distribution rights for Nortel’s Business Communications Manager 50 (BCM 50), its new IP telephony box for smaller companies. BCM 50 is a voice-data combo capable of handling up to 76 users, and is a scaled-down version of Nortel IP telephony products aimed at corporates. Azlan promises …
Team Register, 01 Jun 2005
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Tech Data buys Azlan

Tech Data is to buy Azlan, Europe's biggest networking equipment distie, for $335m (approx. £142.4m) cash. This represents a premium of nearly 40 per cent more than the closing price of Azlan shares yesterday. This morning, Azlan shares are skyrocketing, jumping 35p to, yest 125p per share - exactly the same price as Tech Data …
Drew Cullen, 07 Feb 2003
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Belgian buy boosts Azlan training arm

Azlan has cemented a deal to buy a Belgian Microsoft training business for £1.86 million cash. The networking distributor will make an initial payment of £1 million for Flexcom, with the remainder paid over two years subject to performance of the company. Flexcom, which also distributes press publications for Microsoft and …
Linda Harrison, 10 Jan 2000
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Commtech Distribution to set up UK beachhead

Channel vet Mark Walker is to front Irish wholesaler Commtech Distribution's expansion into the UK. Walker was made redundant by Azlan, enterprise arm of broadline distie Computer 2000 in November as part of a structural overhaul, which also saw the exit of marketing director Simon Welch and the entire Avaya business unit. A …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012
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Tech Data: Computer 2000 brand taken out back and shot...today

The Computer 2000 brand is to be retired from today as the UK arm of Tech Data adopts its parent's name tag. The timing is interesting, given that C2000 – or the company formerly known as C2000 – is the subject of an ongoing investigation into vendor accounting improprieties. In a letter sent to vendor customers, seen by El …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013

Tech Data on its crappy Q2: Don't blame us, blame the strong dollar

Distribution giant Tech Data, daddy of Computer 2000 and Azlan in the UK, has disappointed investors with a blip in its second quarter results. Net sales for the firm slipped 7.6 per cent from the same quarter last year to $5.96bn while net income dropped 26 per cent to $38.3m from $51.7m in 2011. The company said that foreign …
The Register breaking news

Azlan upbeat on trading

Azlan today issued an upbeat trading statement, announcing that revenues and pre-tax profits for the year to March 31, 2002 will be up on last year. Sales will be approx. £610m (2001: £592 million) and pre-tax profits will exceed £18 million (2001: £16.1 million). The networking equipment vendor also said it generated …
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002
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Azlan preps bid for QA?

Update QA today issued a statement through the Regulatory News Service, denying that it was in talks to sell the company. Shares in QA, the UK's biggest IT training company, advanced 5.5p to 51.5p this morning on a Daily Mail report saying that it could be in merger talks with Azlan. So much for the share price - trading …
Drew Cullen, 04 Jan 2002
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Azlan buys Horizon's training biz

Azlan is beefing up its training arm with the acquisition of Horizon Technology group's Cisco training division for up to £7.4m cash. It is not taking on any debt: Horizon's training arm had net liabilities of £2.6m at December 31. On completion of the sale, the business will retain liabilities of £200,000. Azlan reckons the …
Drew Cullen, 10 Jun 2002
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Azlan takes Sylvan test

Azlan Group has become the first Pan-European Premier Plus partner for Sylvan Prometric, the IT industry certification company. The signing represents a strong endorsement of certification training and testing, according to Sylvan. It says European training companies have not traditionally offer a wide range of certification …
Team Register, 22 Sep 1998
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Azlan profits shoot up 74%

Azlan Group reported profit up 74 per cent thanks to growing Internet use in Europe. The UK networking distributor recorded pre-tax profit of $16 million for the year ended March 31 2001, compared to $9.3 million the previous year. Sales grew 44 per cent to $592 million, with fourth quarter revenue rising ten per cent …
Linda Harrison, 16 May 2001
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Distie: Build the cloud and resellers will come... so WHERE ARE THEY?

Disties have built cloudy aggregation platforms for channel types under the assumption they would come… but they are still waiting for mass adoption. It would seem that reseller solutions provider reseller demand for brokerage services, such as the one that Arrow ECS launched 18 months ago has been a little underwhelming. Some …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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Azlan in reverse profits warning

Azlan, the European networking distie/trainingfirm , has broken through the doom and gloom with an upbeat trading statement. Sales for the half year to September 30, will "exceed £297 million (£262m) and pre-tax profits will exceed £7 million (2000: £5.4m). Second quarter revenues were up £7m sequentially, and £5m up on Q2 …
Drew Cullen, 03 Oct 2001
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Tech Data still feeling the burn from Brazilian shave

Tech Data Corporation, the IT distie giant and parent of Computer 2000 and Azlan in the UK, has seen net income rise to $51.7m in the first quarter of the year, despite a fall in revenue. The firm's total revenue dropped 6.9 per cent to $5.9bn, missing the Zacks Investment Research consensus estimate of $6.18bn. Tech Data's net …
The Register breaking news

Azlan profits up, outlook mixed

Azlan has had a miraculous year, increasing sales for its core networking equipment division, when vendors (except Cisco) and rival European disties are seeing sales tumble. The company says that market conditions for the training business "remain challenging", but product distribution and services revenues are holding steady. …
Drew Cullen, 13 May 2002
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Azlan plays e-commerce card

Networking distributor Azlan is to offer free delivery on orders placed online when it launches its e-commerce Web site next week. Azlan.com will open its virtual doors to the UK on 14 December, and the service will be rolled out in the remaining 12 European countries the company operates in by 2001. The site will offer real- …
Linda Harrison, 09 Dec 1999
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Azlan seeks EC clawback

Azlan looks set for a useful windfall following a European Court of Justice ruling over the classification of data networking equipment for importation duty purposes. The networking distributor today said that "in anticipation of this ruling (announced in May this year) we submitted material prospective claims between 1998 and …
Drew Cullen, 12 Nov 2001
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Serious Fraud Office gives Azlan clean bill of health

Networking distributor Azlan has been given the all clear by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The SFO was called in to investigate the company following allegations of financial impropriety when Azlan revised its financial results The company lost £14.1 million on sales up from £196.5 million to £293 million, compared with the £ …
Team Register, 19 Jan 1999
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Azlan recovers its roar

Azlan Group today announced it had recorded a profit in its interim results and said it was looking at training and services acquisitions. The networking distributor saw pre-tax profit of £2.4 million for the six months ended 30 September 1999, up on a loss of £400,000 million for the same period last year. Sales rose by 26 per …
Linda Harrison, 18 Nov 1999
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Lion Azlan roars – softly

A few years ago, a staffer here at La Registra found himself on a tube to Turnpike Lane -- by mistake. On said underground line he picked up a Turkish newspaper and was a little surprised to find that it ran an astrology column and that the sign for Leo in that language is Aslan. Aslan, as the more literate readers of this sign …
A staffer, 29 Oct 1998
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Azlan bounces back into the black

Troubled networking distributor Azlan has clawed its way back from the brink, posting a pre-tax profit of £5.5 million for the year ended 31 March 1999. This compared to the company's loss of £6.8 million for the same period last year. The 1999 figures were before exceptional costs of £1.6 million. Sales were up 17 per cent to £ …
Linda Harrison, 25 May 1999
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Huawei inks distie deals in enterprise push

Huawei has inked a distie deal with Micro P in the UK and is understood to have inked a deal with TD Azlan across Europe as it steps up efforts to give rivals a bloody nose in the enterprise space. The Chinese giant has vowed to push all of its enterprise business through resellers and has already brought on board ex-Sun sales …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011
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Azlan bullish at year-end

Azlan, the pan-European networking equipment distie, has issued a bullish trading update and says it is confident of the outcome of the financial year (ending March 31). The company continues to "enjoy the strong growth experienced in the first half across all of its 15 European territories". Progress "has also been made in …
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2001
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Azlan and those Fraud Squad investigations

This article was first published in April 1998 'What experience and history teach is this: people and government never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.'Hegel, The Philosophy of History. I knew that philosophy degree would come in handy one day. According to Henry Ford, history is bunk. …
Drew Cullen, 28 Aug 1999
The Register breaking news

Azlan turning round but Net launch overdue

Network distributor Azlan is showing signs of recovery but is attempting to reassure suffering shareholders that an overdue Internet business launch will give it a further boost. Azlan’s shares rose 2p to 46.5p yesterday after figures indicated the networking distributor was recovering financially. The group, still under …
Linda Harrison, 19 Nov 1998
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Juniper Networks eyes up EMEA distributors, axe in hand

Juniper Network's recently installed EMEA distribution boss admitted he has a "big job of work" to untangle its web of wholesalers across the region and determine which it wants to keep on board and which will be jettisoned. Industry vet Will Hamber was confirmed as the networking firm's distie bigwig last month after joining …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2012
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HP to ease 3PAR lead-time woes by adding local fab

Lead times on HP 3PAR storage kit that dogged distributors and resellers since the acquisition may not ease until the autumn, when local production in Europe comes online. Channel partners are waiting up to eight weeks for deliveries, double the norm for HP EVAs, hindering efforts to hit quarterly rebate targets. The 3PAR …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2011
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Computer 2000 taps Widget UK boss to run retail biz

Computer 2000 has lured Widget UK boss Jo-Anne Foreman to head up its retail biz in the UK. She is due to pick up the reins at TD Consumer Electronics from 12 December, reporting to C2000 commercial director Dave Watts. “The establishment of our Retail and Consumer Electronics division is an important strategic investment for …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011