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Irish distie claims top spot

Commtech is claiming to be Ireland's top security distributor following its purchase of Sentryst for an undisclosed amount. Sentryst was spun off from reseller Entropy in 1999 and has some shareholders in common. Conall Lavery, MD of Entropy and the largest minority shareholder in Sentryst, said: "Sentryst has operated very …
John Oates, 05 Jul 2005
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Medea gains UK solus for HP optical media

Medea International, the Dundee-based IT products wholesaler, has secured exclusive UK rights to distribute HP’s new line of optical storage media. Customers can burn their own designs on to the HP-branded DVD and CDD optical media, thanks to Lightscribe, a special coating used on the upper surface of the discs. Of course you …
Distie roundup, 21 Jun 2005

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

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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Tech Data Q4 profits jump on tax settlement

Tech Data had a good fourth quarter, generating revenues of $5.6bn , up 14.2 per cent on the same quarter last year. Net income improved too, up from $38.9m in Q404 (which ended January, 2004) to $59.3m this time around. However, the distie giant was helped along by returning into the profit line $11.5m in previously accrued …
Drew Cullen, 11 Mar 2005

Horizon profits jump in '04

Horizon Technology Group's operating profits grew 38 per cent to €7m for 2004, up from just over €5m in 2003. Operating profit margins at the specialist Sun Microsystems reseller increased from two per cent in 2003 to 2.5 per cent in 2004. Turnover rose 12 per cent from €250m to €281m over the year. As a percentage of turnover …

Horizon bounces back

Horizon Technology enjoyed a 17 per cent year-on-year revenue increase in the first half of 2004, citing to a healthy systems integration market and an increase in market share. The Irish-owned reseller posted turnover of €151m for the first six months of 2004 (H103: €129m). The company had a net profit of €2.1m (H103: €148,000 …
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Euro printer sales on the up-and-up

Channel Roundup The market for printers in Europe is continuing to grow. Sales increased 17 per cent for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Context's SalesWatch tracks indirect sales for business and consumer buyers. All-in-one inkjets grew fastest with sales up 97 per cent compared to a year ago. HP kept the …
John Oates, 03 Jun 2004
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Phoenix launches reseller reward programme

Channel round-up Sales of laser printers in France fell four per cent in February compared to January. But the market has grown 14 per cent compared to February last year. Colour laser printers grew 25 per cent compared with a year ago while monochrome printers grew by 13 per cent. The research, from Context SalesWatch, also revealed that the …
John Oates, 05 May 2004
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From the Computer Trade Show floor

Channel Roundup It's dealer-tastic at Birmingham's NEC, with CTS, the UK get-together for channel firms targeting system builders, and sister exhibition, the Comms Show, for telephony resellers, both running this week. Here are some announcements which caught our eye. Centerprise praises Sweex Centerprise banged the drum at CTS for its latest …
John Oates, 07 Apr 2004
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Europe's tail wags Tech Data's dog

The falling dollar and new money from Azlan helped Tech Data to easily exceed year-on-year net income and revenues for Q4, ended 31 January, 2004. The distie giant had net sales of $4.9bn, 22 per cent higher than last Q4's $4bn. Net income was $38.9m, against a net loss of $303m last time around. Last year's Q4 had a whopping …
Drew Cullen, 11 Mar 2004
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C2000 gears up for Microsoft sales binge

Channel round-up Computer 2000, Tech Data's UK subsidiary, is gearing up for a flurry of activity around renewing Microsoft Software Assurance contracts. These were introduced two years ago and many come up for renewal between now and July. C2000 will provide detailed customer information to the resellers who sold the original contracts. …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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DiData reshuffles board

Channel Flannel Reseller giant Dimension Data is splitting the role of chief executive and chairman, in line with recommended best business practice. DiData chief operating officer Brett Dawson is made chief executive. Jeremy Ord moves from executive chairman to non-executive chairman. Malcolm Rutherford resigned from his post as chief …
John Oates, 03 Mar 2004
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Quantum offers full line through European channel

Channel Roundup Storage behemoth Quantum is to offer its complete line of products through European distributors Ideal Hardware and CMS Peripherals.This will include the DLT VS80, DLT VS160 and SDLT 320-branded tape drives. PCA Business Forum The Professional Computing Association's annual Business Forum is taking place on 26 February. The …
John Oates, 18 Feb 2004
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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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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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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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DCC sings UK distie praise

DCC, the Irish mini-conglomerate, today released preliminary results for the year ended March 31, 2001. The bit we're interested in are those for Sercom Distribution, where its IT businesses hang out. Like Azlan which also released results today, DCC boasts a 'robust' business model - for its UK distribution division, at any …
Drew Cullen, 13 May 2002
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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 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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BT and Cisco's new channel offering

BT Indirect Channels (BTIC) and Cisco today teamed up to announce Integrator, a channel programme that provides resellers with a one-stop shop for Cisco's kit and BT's telephony and network offerings. Integrator is in essence a virtual distribution platform for BTIC to widen its reach into SME customers, a market that brother …
James Watson, 14 Dec 2001
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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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Cisco shakes up distribution strategy

Updated Cisco has announced a shake up in its distribution strategy in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) which means many of its disties will no longer deal with product procurement, effectively demoting their status. After February 2002, Cisco's Western European wholesalers are organised into two tiers: seven Cisco Distribution …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2001
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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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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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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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The Incredible Shrinking Merisel

Once upon a time, Merisel was the world's second biggest IT products distributor. Years of cutbacks has seen the company retrench, first to North America, and now to Canada only. It is firing 200 staff, winding down distribution activities in US over the next 90 days and will in future restrict itself to flogging software …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2000
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Azlan interims, Datrontech death throes, distie mergers

Azlan, the networking equipment distie to IT training firm, more than doubled its profits to £3.74m (1999: £1.67m) for the six months to September 30. Sales climbed 35 per cent to £261.7m. Ian Boyle is poised to buy-out Datrontech, the stricken distie, he co-founded with Steve King, according to Microscope. It cites 'several …
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2000
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Easycando flogs online training for the masses

UK company Futuremedia has teamed up with BT to launch an online training portal. Futuremedia has signed up ten partners to offer courses in IT, business and finance through The venture uses Solstra software, developed jointly with BT. The portal offers 1500 courses in topics such as Web design and Microsoft …
Linda Harrison, 23 Mar 2000
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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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Schoolboy passes the Novell test

A Kent schoolboy has passed one of Novell's top engineering examinations, notching up his second IT qualification this year. Fifteen-year-old Mark Wickings gained the Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) certificate, Novell's equivalent to the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), after a 22-day training programme sponsored by …
Linda Harrison, 22 Dec 1999
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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. 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 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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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
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Distributors in turmoil: the winners and the losers

Distribution is moving in two opposite directions – one is taking the big companies into a high-volume model with highly automated ordering and delivery systems, the other to a high value specialised model and one that will closely align with the reseller community. This does not mean that all the distributors in the middle who …
Simon Meredith, 16 Jun 1999
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Distributors in turmoil

A couple of weeks is a long time in the IT industry and you really notice it when you go away. I’ve returned to find a distribution sector in even more turmoil. Profit warnings, resignations and job cuts at the once almighty Ideal Hardware, profit warnings at Datrontech and at Northamber, and more job losses at Ingram Micro. …
Simon Meredith, 16 Jun 1999
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Allegations of fraud rock ilion

ilion is to instigate legal proceedings against an employee following the announcement of financial irregularities totalling some £500,000. The group issued a statement at 8am saying the board had discovered "an irregular transaction in the UK business which potentially could result in the Group incurring a loss of the order of …
Linda Harrison, 26 May 1999
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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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Datrontech to bring Novell to the SME masses

Novell today added Datrontech to its list of UK distributors with the launch of its Novell Systems Partner Programme. The networking vendor spurned its existing distributors to appoint Basingstoke-based Datrontech to target an untapped market. It will sell Novell NetWare for Small Business and NetWare 5 products, and offer …
Linda Harrison, 06 May 1999
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Simon Meredith writes…

This is the first in a series of regular, weekly columns from Simon Meredith. Simon is one of the most well-known and well-established channel journalists in the UK. Each week, here on The Register, Simon will turn his attention to some of the burning issues of the day. More information about Simon’s work can be found at his Web …
Simon Meredith, 06 May 1999
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Ex-ilion faculty MD joins US company

Julia Jones will join US Internet training company HyCurve as MD for EMEA. Jones, who recently resigned from ilion faculty, will head up HyCurve's planned expansion into Europe, followed by the Middle East and Africa. She will report to Michael Pinkman, HyCurve worldwide sales VP, when she joins the company next month. Carolyn …
Linda Harrison, 15 Apr 1999
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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 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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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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Kauffman joins Ten-TV

Technology Education Network Inc, Ten-TV, has poached IT training veteran John Kauffman, formerly with Azlan Training and CBT Systems. Kauffman is joining as European operations manager, aiming to expand Ten-TV’s business-to-business distance learning business in the European marketplace. Ten-TV is a leading distance learning …
A staffer, 20 Oct 1998
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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