Articles about Computacenter

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There's never been a better time to be a product reseller... if you like pain

Tough times are here again for the on-premise infrastructure providers with Insight Enterprises the latest to report top line slippage. The global reseller filed sales of $1.17bn for calendar Q1, down four per cent year-on-year, as declines in European and Asia Pacific ops wiped out the slight progress made in North America. …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016
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The suits in finance are cutting down on tech spend – Computacenter

Some financial services institutions are taking a break from spending cash on tech, London-based supplier giant Computacenter said today as it reported a Q1 trading update. The services-based reseller revealed a four per cent year-on-year dip in UK turnover to £348.6m for the three months ended 31 March. Product sales dropped …
Paul Kunert, 21 Apr 2016
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Dell presses shuffle, revamps UK channel

Dell has given its channel team a lick of paint with some mid-level management shuffling at the UK organisation, El Chan can reveal. Andy Corcoran is set to start as regional sales director from the beginning of next month with a remit to help partner development managers squeeze more business out of the resellers they oversee …
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2016

Computacenter eyes investment plans for growing cash mountain

Computacenter's centre of gravity shifted eastwards in 2015, as the mega reseller’s German operation fired on all cylinders while its UK box-shifting business sputtered. At the same time, its CEO and chairman both seemed to suggested it could be looking even further afield as it ponders what to do with its enormous cash pile …
Joe Fay, 11 Mar 2016
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Two sales directors wave goodbye to Dell

Dell has embarked on a search for two new shiny-suited sales directors amid a senior-level revamp of its UK channel ops. Steve Holmes, UK commercial channel sales director, is leaving the firm after two decades. Ed Owen, regional sales director for managed service providers and resellers, has already cut and run. Under the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2016

Computacenter: Win 7 upgrade cycle finally blows itself out

Computacenter closed off 2015 on a bit of a low as turnover slipped due to the strengthening Pound versus the Euro and comparatively lighter customer spending on classic tech products in Blighty. Unaudited calendar Q4 revenues for the group - HQ’d in London but with major operations in Germany and France - fell five per cent …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2016
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Exec walks the dog, swaps Google work day for Workday work day

Workday has hired Google veteran Peter Lorant to run its alliances business in Europe. Lorant, the soon-to-be-former EMEA & Asia Pacific sales director for Google for Work confirmed he starts at Workday - the cloud financial and, er, human capital management software maker - on 25 January. “I was at Google for seven years and …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2016
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Softcat set to open up Scottish operation as sales spike continues

Cuddly-named unstoppable reselling machine Softcat keeps on growing in double digits, is hiring more staff and setting up shop north of the border, according to its first trading update as a publicly traded entity. The Marlow-based tech supplier launched itself onto the London Stock Exchange last month. The listing price was …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2015
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Fujitsu channel man prepares for war on enterprise rivals

Fujitsu UK’s latest channel czar, Kevin Matthews, has promised tighter account management as he struggles to force his way into corporate clients dominated by enterprise rivals. The former HP enterprise man was last month given control of both the channel and the internal direct sales force, following a year of declining sales …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2015

Computacenter warns of squeaky bum time for Brit services contracts

It is edge of the seat time for Computacenter UK’s services peeps - they are preparing to bid on a ream of contracts that will “determine” if the recent good times keep on rolling. The services-based reseller issued a trading update this morn, giving an account of the good, the less good and the ugly for Q3; it was talking …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2015
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Softcat CEO: No sailing off into the sunset after the IPO for me

The flotation of tech reseller Softcat will make the CEO an overnight quinquagintillionaire*, but Martin Hellawell tells us he won’t be quitting the day job any time soon. The Marlow-based biz confirmed this morning it is to list on the London Stock Exchange in November, as we predicted months ago, but top brass wants to push …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2015
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Slurp-happy reseller SCC: We want to buy a mobile services biz

Midlands tech dynasty SCC has switched on the searchlight to hunt for acquisition targets in the mobile space. The reseller-cum-data-centre-services provider is on the acquisition trail, and a week ago took a minority stake in hosted voice and unified comms-as-a-service player SIPCOM. James Rigby, CEO at SCC, said: “The next …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2015

Computacenter CEO: Currency headwind? Yep, that hurt alright

For a business, not losing sales ground in these uncertain economic times might be considered something of an achievement in itself. If so, Computacenter bosses will be downing celebratory doubles this morn. In the half year to 30 June, the services-based reseller reported sales of £1.44bn – flat compared with a year ago, but …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Colt shareholders grab Fidelity offer, declare 'we're outta here'

Reluctant telco Colt is edging closer to private ownership again, after a bunch of shareholders approved a 190-pence-per-share offer from private equity firm Fidelity to flee the loss-making biz. Fidelity was already a majority share owner in Colt when it approached the LSE-listed cloud wannabe in June, with a bid that values …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2015
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Burton made channel overlord at F5 Networks

F5 Networks has pulled in channel grey beard Neill Burton to take control of its partner community in the UK, Ireland and, er, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Burton spent eleven years at Computacenter in various senior sales positions before he upped sticks and moved into vendor land with HDS as veep of channels and alliances back …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2015
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Major Colt Group investor bids to take sickly biz private again

Fidelity, the majority shareholder in LSE-listed telecoms biz Colt Group, has bid 190 pence per share to buy the remaining stock and take the ailing firm private. The proposed transaction equates to a 21 per cent premium on yesterday’s closing share price and is 34 per cent up on the rolling average for the past twelve months …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2015
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Systemax Euro CEO Dale is OUT: Misco man gone by month's end

Systemax EMEA chief exec Pim Dale, the man who once dreamed of fashioning the biggest tech reseller in the region, is out following a run of negative results that were criticised by his bosses. The NYSE-listed outfit, which trades as Misco in Europe, told staff in the UK offices yesterday about his departure, and that outgoing …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2015
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Daisy Group: Yep, we're gonna eat you all up, Phoenix IT Group

Directors at Phoenix IT Group are “unanimously” backing the 160-pence-per-share offer that was formally made by Daisy Group this morning, valuing the entire share capital at close to £135m. Discussions between LSE-listed Phoenix and the suitor were made public last week, leaving Daisy 28 days to come back to the table with a …
Paul Kunert, 27 May 2015
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Computacenter UK giggles as cash rains on revived data centre ops

Computacenter’s UK sales team must be in self-licking mode after a barnstorming start to calendar ’15 – but revenue zapping currency conversions and an unsettled French operation hit the group’s top line. In a trading update, the London-listed services-based reseller said Q1 revenues reduced by two per cent as reported to £715. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2015
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McLaren CIO putters sideways into Heathrow Airport

Stuart Birrell is to hop into the CIO hot seat at Heathrow Airport, one of the most highly exposed roles in tech, and a position that could see him catching the blame for everything from lost bags to international diplomatic incidents. He may be fingered for security cock-ups or failures in the automated baggage handling system …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2015
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Thought your dept was on budget this year? THINK AGAIN, matey

Tech buyers will likely need to revisit budget forecasts at the month's end with another price hike on commodity hardware to be pushed through by vendors in response to the relative appreciation of the dollar. Since last summer the US currency is up 15 per cent against the UK Pound (the impact on the Euro is even more pronounced …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2015

Computacenter's Brit team basks in double digit sales glory

It was again the Brit arm of services-based reseller Computacenter that brought home the bacon for the group in 2014, as operations in continental Europe continued to wrestle with contract or market woes. The group turned over £3.108bn in sales, up 1.2 per cent as reported or 4.2 per cent in constant currency, the fifth straight …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2015
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Computacenter will NOT replace UK MD Muller

Computacenter will not appoint a director replacement for UK managing director Neil Muller, who left at the end of last month to become CEO of now privately owned Daisy Group. This weekend, colourful CEO Mike Norris told 700 staff at the services-based reseller’s 2015 sales conference that his former general’s duties will be …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2015

Arrow Electronics buys Computacenter tech disposal biz for £56m

It may be cold outside, but Computacenter (CC) investors have got a warm glow this morning – they are to receive a £100m windfall, partly financed by the sale of the tech disposal and asset recovery biz. The London-listed tech supplier last night revealed to the City the sale of RD Trading (RDC) for £56m in cash to the UK arm of …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2015

Hungry UK IT biz, VC firm to swallow former Ericsson arm Damovo – sources

Privately owned Daisy Group is very close to making the British arm of comms integrator Damovo its 47th conquest, sources are telling us. Lancashire-based Daisy pulled its shares off AIM last week and will next month take delivery of a new chief exec in the shape of outgoing Computacenter UK managing director Neil Muller. A " …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2015

There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel

Oracle-Sun anniversary A headstone in Santa Clara carries the names of the fallen in Sun Microsystems’ once illustrious reseller channel – it is five years this week since grim reaper Oracle bought the server giant. It’s not that these companies hit the wall, more that some realised quickly that an agreement with Larry’s lot wasn’t going to work out …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015

Daisy Group: we'll double our biz inside 5 years

The now privately-owned B2B comms and tech biz Daisy Group is looking for the incoming CEO to plot a course to rule the SME customer space within the next half a decade. The Lancashire-based company today removed itself from trading on AIM in a buy backed by founder and current CEO Matthew Riley - he is soon to become chairman …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015

God bless Brit biz spending, gushes Computacenter

In spite of a currency headwind and economic fragility on the continent, Computacenter exited calendar 2014 with an ever so slightly swollen top line, aided by a UK sales bounce in product reselling and tech services. According to a trading update, the London-based outfit closed off the year on a high, with group turnover up …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015

Lawsuit schmawsuit: Pure lures EMC UK boss James Petter

EMC veteran and UK boss James Petter is defecting to flash nemesis Pure Storage to take on a senior European role. Petter has been at EMC for a little over eleven years, and prior to that was a district manager at Cisco, covering the defence, SI and outsourcers sector. In a statement, Pure confirmed Petter will join as EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2015
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Happy Holidays! Misco axes ONE IN FIVE UK sales peeps: sources

Shape shifting Misco spread the cheer among its workforce in the run-up to Christmas by distributing P45s, with sources estimating that up to 20 per cent of UK sales heads rolled. The parent of the web tech bazaar, Systemax, which is trying to deal more with mid-market corporate enterprises and sell services, is cutting costs …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2015

Sales flat for takeover-tastic Brit IT bods Daisy Group

Comms and tech supplier Daisy Group, which is to be de-listed from the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) this month, has posted an operating loss of £8.1m for the first six months to September 2014. According to its audited half-year financials posted on 31 December, revenue dropped just 0.3 per cent from £173.9m to £169.6m. …
Kat Hall, 05 Jan 2015

Daisy Group: so long AIM, it's been emotional, sort of

The soon-to-be-private B2B comms and tech supplier Daisy Group confirmed this morning that its shares will be yanked from the Alternative Investment Market from 22 January. The previously agreed 185-pence per share offer from a consortium led by CEO Matthew Riley was declared unconditional this month, valuing the firm at £494m …
Paul Kunert, 19 Dec 2014

Daisy Group asks exec newbie to deliver managed services glory

Beefing up the tech supply and ICT managed services side of the house will be the major tasks handed to Daisy Group’s incoming CEO Neil Muller. As exclusively revealed by The Channel, Muller is set to take the reins of mid-market telco-come-IT-supplier Daisy from next year when the business is taken private again, and once he …
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2014
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Computacenter UK MD heading to Daisy Group as CEO

Enterprise reseller Computacenter’s (CC) outgoing big cheese Neil Muller is set to rock up as Daisy Group chief exec from early next year, The Channel can reveal. The 20-year CC veteran - who spent the last three as UK managing director - quit the business in November for pastures new, and though he refused to reveal his next …
Paul Kunert, 10 Dec 2014

Post Office: Here's £100m, Computacenter. Now get us up to date, for pity's sake

Services-based reseller Computacenter has bagged a £100m project to refresh and manage tens of thousands of PCs for the Post Office, in line with the customer’s aim to drag itself into the 21st century. The four-year End User Computing Tower involves CC buying, configuring, installing and maintaining more than 30,000 devices …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2014
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Computacenter UK boss Muller: Happy New Year, folks... I'm off

Six potential candidates are in the running to replace Computacenter’s outgoing UK managing director Neil Muller, who has resigned but remains on board until the end of January. Muller rocked up at London-based CC in early 1994 as a sales administrator and rose through the ranks over the subsequent two decades, getting his …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2014
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100+ trade buyers and private equity bods eyed up Kelway

More than one hundred trade buyers and private equity firms expressed an interest in buying a piece of Kelway, before CDW finally beat the competition to take a 35 per cent stake. As exclusively revealed by El Chan on Thursday, Kelway boss Phil Doye retains a 55 per cent stake in the firm. Others in the management team keep hold …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2014
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MoJ hands £125m to outsourcing giant Atos

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has handed a £125m five-year contract for End User Computing (EUC) services to outsourcer Atos. The deal includes PCs, fondleslabs and related software, peripherals, storage, services, training and management across 2,300 MoJ sites. It forms one of the last components of the department's Future IT …
Kat Hall, 05 Nov 2014

UK Cabinet Office's £200m IT bonanza: I got 999 contracts but a pitch ain't won (yet)

The UK government is seeking as many as 999 firms to provide a raft of tech services across the public sector, according to a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Cabinet Office, acting via government procurement body Crown Commercial Services, is splitting the Technology Services framework into 11 …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2014
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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

'Conscious uncoupling' of HP 'Ink', HP Enterprise: It's the shareholders, stupid

Just a few weeks ago, anyone would have said that HP CEO Meg Whitman was seemingly cast from the same mould as former Brit politician Mrs Thatcher: the lady was not for turning. That perception of the CEO, who has told people for years that she planned to keep the PC and printer division part of the group because "we are better …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2014
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Multi-billion pound UK.gov tech framework awarded to 33 suppliers

Crown Commercial Services has told 33 suppliers they have tentatively made it onto the pan-public sector Technology Products framework estimated to be worth between £4bn to £6bn over its tenure. Technology Products, initially labelled as IT Products and Services when programme specs were released in January, is a direct …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2014

EMC customer? You can only buy from third-party sales bods now

EMC says it will remove the tools that allowed its direct sales reps to quote kit prices to customers this quarter. The process is running slightly behind schedule due to some teething issues, but should be in place soon, it said. The internal reps used the Direct Express (DXP) to fire off quotes to customers while partners …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2014

Germany may have won the World Cup... but it dropped the ball for Computacenter

The German nation lifted the World Cup last weekend but those working for Computacenter will not have cheered the local team's performance this morning – when calendar Q2 financials were released to the City. A nasty crash in product sales across CC Germany unpicked momentum in Blighty and progress made in the French arm, …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2014
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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

For schoolkids, being labelled disruptive was a sure fire sign that teacher didn't like you. But when Google uses that word about your business, it's time to start thinking about buying that yacht. Now the Chocolate Factory has announced a new investment fund based in London which is dedicated to rooting out Europe's most " …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jul 2014

Brit data centre biz Pulsant sold to private equity house

The ownership of mid-market co-lo player Pulsant has changed hands, with private equity house BDC Capital selling up to Oak Hill Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. As revealed last month, BDC enlisted investment bank Jeffries to advise on a sale and seek interested buyers, more than three-and-a-half years after it snapped …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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EMC partners fear rebate dive in new channel programme

There will be financial implications for EMC's partners that slip down the accreditation stack from next year, the storage giant's UK and Ireland channel boss Terry Beale has confirmed. From January, under the Business Partner Programme (BPP) EMC is to introduce a revenue threshold of $1.25m to become a Silver certified partner …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2014

Channel's großen Käse roll eyes at vendors' performance under the spread sheets

Bulky channel outfits in EMEA are bringing home the bacon, according to peeps at Canalys. Aggregated figures from eight publicly quoted suppliers in the region revealed an average year-on-year sales growth of eleven per cent in the first quarter of 2014 – more than double that of tech titans collective including HP and Apple. …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2014

EMC partners yowl in pain at new channel-chumship badge rules

EMC has let the cat among the pigeons, introducing eye-watering revenue thresholds for channel partner accreditations that some fear will relegate smaller tech-savvy resellers to the lower ranks. Under the planned Business Partner programme overhaul, the storage titan has written to partners to tell them of the specific sales …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2014
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Kelway plonks self in shop window with double digit rev hike

Privately held tech supplier Kelway has rolled out a healthy set of fiscal '14 prelims that won't do any harm to its chances of securing private equity investment or attracting potential trade buyers. The London-based mega reseller claims turnover grew 49 per cent to £526m in the year-ended 31 March, partly fuelled by 45 per …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2014