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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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Computacenter: We've so much cash we're GIVING AWAY MEELLIONS

One of Europe's largest resellers, London-based Computacenter, has helped investors get the Bank Holiday weekend off to a good start by confirming plans to return £75m to them. Computacenter said in a statement to the City that it is proposing a one-off "return of value" to shareholders of 48.7 pence per ordinary share. The £ …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2013
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Computacenter's UK biz up by a fifth. XPocalypse bounce? Well, sort of...

The sun continues to shine on Computacenter's UK biz after a barnstorming first quarter was again boosted by the XP refresh and the firm's Professional Services order book, which it claims is in rude health. The services-based reseller reported to the London Stock Exchange a 20 per cent hike in revenues to £350.4m across Blighty …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

IT reseller giant Computacenter has smoked out a bunch of squatters who took up residence at its former offices in London. The rent-freetards had set up camp after finding a way into the building, which is next door to the company's headquarters in Blackfriars. But the vagabonds spent just a few nights in the premises before …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2013
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Computacenter profits tumble after German 'stumble'

UK IT outsourcing giant Computacenter saw pre-tax profit fall more than 10 per cent in the 12 months ended 31 December. The company reported to the City this morning that revenues for 2012 were relatively flat, up 2.2 per cent to £2.91bn compared to £2.85bn a year earlier. Profit before tax stood at £64.8m - a fall from £72.1m …
Team Register, 12 Mar 2013

Rebounding Brit IT market beefs up Computacenter top line

Computacenter vaulted the £3bn barrier for the first time in its history during 2013 after bagging some meaty services and product deals in Blighty, but one-off charges in continental subsidiaries weighed heavy on the bottom line. Group revenues for one of Europe's largest resellers bounced 2.5 per cent year-on-year in constant …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2014

UK enterprises are SPENDING again, bellows Computacenter

A double-digit hike in Q4 hardware and software sales to large enterprise customers in Blighty helped Computacenter (CC) end calendar '13 on a high note, despite a more mixed performance across continental Europe. In a trading update - full results are due in March - the CC Group posted a three per cent revenue gain in constant …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014
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Computacenter cashes in on support doom, helps corporates flee Win XP

Revenue-boosting projects to help customers flee the Windows XP OS en mass helped Computacenter record near double-digit sales growth in calendar Q3, according to a trading update by Blighty's largest reseller. Turnover at group level for the quarter ended 30 September was up eight per cent in constant currency to £730m, with …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2013
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Computacenter's pockets still empty – despite shiny UK biz

Computacenter (CC) has swung to a half-year loss despite reporting "excellent momentum" in the UK biz, as troublesome tech services contracts in Germany and woes in France hurt the bottom line. The services-based reseller saw sales in the first six months of 2013 edge up 0.7 per cent year-on-year to £1.43bn, and after …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2013

Daisy, Computacenter turn down purchase of stricken 2e2

The prospect of 2e2 administrator FTI selling the entire UK operation of the stricken integrator in one swoop was dealt a blow this weekend after several key suitors walked away from a deal. As revealed on Thursday, Computacenter and Daisy Group were seated at the negotiating table but have now decided to end their interest in …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2013
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Computacenter UK beats its German biz to the pool for 2013

Services-based reseller Computacenter (CC) says it exited 2012 in "good shape": its UK operation is firing all cylinders again, although some work lies ahead in resolving service contract challenges in Germany. During the final three months of the year, the London Stock Exchange-listed firm's turnover from IT services rose 6 per …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2013
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Frenchies and Germans are holding us back, moans Computacenter

Tech resell monster Computacenter (CC) today warned investors that troubled services contracts and economic woes in its mainland Euro ops will dampen group growth for 2013. London-based CC provided the guidance as it rolled out an interim management statement reporting sales of £659.4m, flat relative to Q1 a year ago, with a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2013
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Computacenter networking boss Gooding walks... to TalkTalk

Computacenter (CC) director of networking Duncan Gooding has left the reseller giant to join TalkTalk as sales director, The Channel can reveal. Gooding pitched up at services-based reseller CC from Logicalis in January 2011 to oversee sales of kit from Cisco and other network giants. The networking unit is one of CC's three …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2012
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Computacenter profit hit by start-up costs in Germany

Computacenter's shift towards IT services instead of products has started to pay off, giving revenues a boost, but first half results were still hit by the costs of catering to its new contracts. "We are not pleased that we did not properly anticipate the operational impact of winning so many contracts at the same time," …
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Computacenter bigwig dethrones older brother to head up Camwood

Fresh from its MBO, application portfolio management firm Camwood has lured Computacenter (CC) alliances director Adrian Foxall to move across as CEO. The board of the London-based Camwood bought out backers Matrix Partners and Foresight in April, some nine years after the venture capitalists first invested in the business. …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012
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Computacenter bags Apple dealer

Computacenter's German tentacle is snapping up an Apple dealer, assuming regulators do not object. Computacenter GmbH is offering €4.9m for Apple integrator HSD Consult GmbH from the Gravis Group. There is an extra €0.5m available in earn-outs by the end of 2011 which depends on "the level of acquired skills". Britain's biggest …
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
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Good news: Brits can still afford IT services - Computacenter

IT services reseller Computacenter has pulled back the curtains on its operations for the first half of calendar '13 and clearly hasn't been affected by any unexpected dramas. But while its UK business is progressing, trade on the continent remains mixed. One of Europe's largest resellers said today that its revenues to the end …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2013
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British computing biz going stronger than Continent - Computacenter

Computacenter's (CC) UK biz was the group's major growth engine in Q3 fuelled by the realisation of infrastructure services contracts and to a lesser extent product sales. This performance just about offset the challenges elsewhere in the organisation - difficulties in Germany and currency headwinds across the continent - that …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2012
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Computacenter buys into the clouds

Britain's biggest reseller Computacenter has bought a minority stake in a Basingstoke-based cloud specialist. Computacenter is paying £500,000 for shares in ICS Solutions Limited, a Microsoft Gold Partner and collaboration and cloud specialist. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange Computacenter said the cash investment …
John Oates, 01 Apr 2011
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Ex-Computacenter bigwig O'Hara now Colt big gun

Former Computacenter big hitter Julie O'Hara has been lured to Colt as veep for services and solutions. She left London-based CC in February after 15 years at the firm, most recently as director for the unit managing financial services and retail customers. Her exit resulted in a rejig of the UK sales floor. The move is hardly …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2012
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Computacenter rips up £43m council contract over razor-thin margin

Computacenter chief exec Mike Norris says the reseller giant stepped out of an ICT services contract with Cumbria County Council (CC) before kick-off because it was "confident" the deal would be loss-making. The council in January, apparently prematurely, confirmed Computacenter as the preferred bidder for a five-year contract …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2012
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Computacenter to hire 700 new bods to meet bulging service needs

Computacenter (CC) is splashing £7m on hiring hundreds of personnel and investing in systems to underpin faster than expected growth in services, the London-based reseller giant confirmed this morning. But surprises for investors didn't stop there: CC also warned that should the depreciation of the Euro against sterling remain …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012
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Computacenter veteran O'Hara exits stage left

The exit of Computacenter veteran Julie O'Hara has resulted in a rejig of the UK sales leadership team, The Register understands. During a 15-year tenure at the services-based reseller giant, O'Hara held various director roles with the last 24 months spent looking after the financial services and retail customers. Mike Norris, …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2012
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Germany lifts Computacenter out of UK slump

Computacenter saw UK revenues plunge 13 per cent last year, but says growth in Germany and France more than offset its home-turf woes. The mega-reseller's continental performance prompted it to say in a pre-close trading statement that it was entering 2012 in a "positive mood" despite the "challenging customer capital …
Team Register, 12 Jan 2012
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Computacenter splashes out on French reseller

Computacenter's French tentacle is paying €21m for Paris-based reseller Top Info SAS. The deal will see Computacenter pay €21m initially, followed by a €1m cash bonus at year end, dependent on performance, and a further €15m in cash for the anticipated net cash on the books at the closing date – end of March 2011. Top Info has …
John Oates, 15 Feb 2011
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Are things looking up in biz? Rosier prospects for Computacenter

Computacenter's UK ops have begun to shine again, driven by IT services wins, following something of a stagger in the opening three months of the year. In a trading update, CC said group sales were up eight per cent in constant currency for H1, the six months ended 30 June, with services and products revenues up 15 per cent and …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 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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Computacenter joins cloud club

Britain's biggest reseller Computacenter is jumping on the cloud bandwagon. Computacenter cloud computing, or C3, starts with an email offering. The reseller stressed that many companies want to adopt a step-by-step approach to cloud computing, and that most businesses see email as the most obvious first business process to …
John Oates, 20 Jan 2011
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Computacenter's Euro ops outshine sluggish UK biz

Computacenter saw UK revenues slip in 2011, but strong growth in its European operations boosted revenues overall and underpin a bullish forecast for 2012. The mega reseller and services firm’s German, French and Belgian operations now account for just under half its adjusted operating profit, emphasising its success on the …
Joe Fay, 13 Mar 2012
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Computacenter celebrates 30th birthday with strong results

Computacenter grew sales by 10.7 per cent in 2010 to £2.68bn and managed to increase adjusted profits by 21.8 per cent to £66.1m. Earnings per share are up 19.1 per cent to 33 pence. Mike Norris, chief executive at Computacenter, said the last two years had shown the company identifying and moving into more profitable markets. …
John Oates, 10 Mar 2011
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Computacenter UK biz hit by spending 'freeze' in banks

Computacenter's UK profits and kit sales were dampened by a capital expenditure "freeze" among banking customers, but this was more than offset at group level by a stronger turnout in Europe. In a trading update to the LSE, Computacenter (CC) said group revenues for the first calendar quarter were up 9 per cent year-on-year, …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012
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Computacenter wins bus contract

Computacenter has won a £14m contract to supply desktop support and PC supply at 650 offices and bus stations run by FirstGroup. Bus company FirstGroup has 5,500 computer users. It runs 8,500 buses and four franchise train services. The five-year contract will include running a central help desk, sourcing hardware. …
John Oates, 06 Oct 2010
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Computacenter weds Brian McBride

Computacenter has hired channel veteran Brian McBride as the giant IT reseller's new senior independent director. He most recently worked at Amazon for five years, where he was vice president and managing director at the online retailer's UK wing. McBride has also been handed chairmanship of the Remuneration Committee at …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2011
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Computacenter squeezed by drop in demand

Computacenter's (CC) UK biz was squeezed in calendar Q3 by falling demand for bulky professional services deals and a continued drop in product sales. Revenues fell 15 per cent to £234m for the three months ended 30 September, but at group level sales grew 5 per cent to £652m as CC's German arm and acquisitions in France offset …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2011
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Computacenter shares up on profits promise

Computacenter shares are up almost five per cent today on news that profits for last year should be at the top end of estimates. Updating the markets on trading ending 31 December 2010 Computacenter credited growth in services revenue and a return for growth in product sales for the good news. Group revenue for services was up …
John Oates, 11 Jan 2011
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Computacenter buys £5.4m-worth of DAMAX

Computacenter (CC) has expanded its European footprint by splashing out £5.4m for a majority stake in Swiss IT service provider DAMAX AG. Under the terms of the deal, services-based reseller CC has snapped up 80 per cent of the firm, which includes over 2m CHF net cash on the balance sheet. London-based CC said this morning in …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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UK.gov torpedoes Computacenter product revs

Reseller giant Computacenter has declared a "satisfactory" start to he year, even as the UK government's austerity drive pulled helped drag down group revenues growth to 2 per cent. Overall performance for the year should be in line with management expectations the mega dealer said. Group product revenue was flat on the year, …
Joe Fay, 20 Apr 2011
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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
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Computacenter veteran boss in surprise departure

Simon Walsh, a 17-year veteran of Computacenter, and currently a managing director, is leaving the reseller giant after Christmas. Mike Norris remains chief executive of the company, a job he's had since 1994. The firm has another managing director, Chris Webb - but he deals with the services side of the business. The company …
John Oates, 02 Nov 2010

EMC confirms arrival of channel vet as COO EMEA

EMC has confirmed that former Colt and Computacenter bigwig Simon Walsh will land at the firm as COO for EMEA, as revealed by El Chan this week. The industry veteran left Colt Technology Services in November, less than three years after heading the newly launched division, amid talk that the service provider was not satisfied …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014
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Most organisations just not ready for Cloud: Computacenter

The majority of organisations do not have the infrastructure backbone to move wholesale to the cloud, according to a report by Computacenter. The services-based reseller took small steps into cloud provision earlier this year with the launch of C3 mail and has since added collaboration and virtual desktop solutions. But …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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Computacenter guru outlines new Colt not-a-cloud plan

Computacenter's former storage boss Matthew Yeager is set to join LSE-listed Colt from next month as chief technologist. After nearly four years at CC, Yeager is heading to Colt, which dropped the Telecom element of its brand last year as it transitions into a cloud services biz or "information delivery platform provider" as it …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2011

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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Ex-disco kid Computacenter boss: 'Cloud? It makes me angry'

Computacenter was a £463m sales organisation when Mike Norris took the helm in 1994, with an operating profit of £8.5m. In 2011, turnover was £2.85bn and operating profit was £74m. Norris began his ascent through the ranks in 1986, when he was made the firm's top account manager. Two years later he was regional manager for …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2012
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Computacenter beefs up in Germany

British PC mega reseller Computacenter has hoovered up German outfit becom Informationssysteme GmbH. London-based Computacenter will pay UCSG Holding Gmbh €2m for the operation, with a further €1.2m in the pot depending on the final shape of the balance sheet. Computacentre says the deal "will strengthen Computacenter's …
Joe Fay, 26 Nov 2009

Colt Technology Services bigwigs exit stage left

Colt Technology Services exec director Simon Walsh and some of his lieutenants have exited the business, The Channel can reveal. "We can confirm that Simon Walsh no longer works for Colt Technology Services and that Jürgen Hernichel is now leading that area of the business," a Colt PR person told us. Previously, Hernichel was …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013
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Profits rise at Computacenter

Computacenter has beaten profit targets for the first six months of the year by ten per cent. The reseller is giving a trading update to City analysts today. In trading to 30 June 2010 sales grew five per cent, or seven per cent if you exclude the impact of selling off its distie business. Growth slowed slightly in the second …
John Oates, 13 Jul 2010
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Computacenter ditches last distie biz

Computacenter has sold the last of its distribution businesses to Ingram Micro for an undisclosed amount. In a statement, the reseller said: "This completes Computacenter's exit from trade distribution and leaves Computacenter totally focused on services and solutions for end user customers." The takeover means about 40 staff …
John Oates, 27 Oct 2009
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Computacenter sales boosted by big deal

Reseller Computacenter made sales of £616m in the first quarter of the year, up eight per cent on the same period last year. The dealer said growth was pushed by product sales in the UK jumping more than 20 per cent. Much of this was due to one large project, which is not ongoing. But even removing this from the figures UK …
John Oates, 14 May 2010