Articles about Tech Data

IT distribution titan Tech Data to gobble UK's SDG for $350m

Technology products distributor Tech Data (TD) has swallowed Specialist Distribution Group (SDG) for $350m (£220.3m) in a deal that is subject to regulatory approval from the EU's competition authorities. As revealed by The Channel some months back, UK Midlands-based Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH), SDG's parent, was …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012
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Tech Data laughs at world market meltdown

Tech Data sailed its calendar Q2 sales and profits safely through into the sunny waters of double-digit growth aided by a favourable currency tailwind despite severe undertow from ebbing economies on both sides of the Atlantic. The great IT distie ark managed to grow sales 18 per cent to $6.45bn as operating profits climbed 20 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2011

Martinwolf: The state of the tech industry in Q1 2015

Beginning this month, The Channel and martinwolf M&A Advisors are forming an editorial partnership to feature martinwolf’s commentary and analysis concerning the challenges and opportunities facing the IT industry. The organisation, exclusively focused on the IT industry, has completed more than 130 transactions and sold seven …
Martin Wolf, 15 Apr 2015
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Huawei peels back the covers in pursuit of partner love

Huawei intends to hop into bed with nearly 50 per cent more partners this year in order to boost its sluggish enterprise sales in Europe. "Last year we had over 700 partners (Of all types) in Western Europe — the target for 2015 is to increase that number to 1,000," said Leon He, head of the enterprise biz in Western Europe. " …
Kat Hall, 22 May 2015
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Distie acquisition helps Tech Data beat the street

Tech Data increased sales for the three months ended 31 October 2010 by 9.2 per cent to $6.16bn. The distie giant's profits for the period were up to $81m, compared to $65.1m for the same period last year. This gives earnings per share of $1.07, compared to 84 cents in 2009. Operating margin was 1.31 per cent, compared to 1.15 …
John Oates, 22 Nov 2010
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Brazilian shave costs Tech Data as profits cut by third

Tech Data (TD) exited fiscal 2012 on a low with profits from operations significantly dented by one-off expenses incurred by the closure of its Columbian and Brazilian outposts and restructuring costs in Europe. Sales for Q4 ended 31 January were flat year-on-year at $7.1bn but operating profits fell 28 per cent to $83.8m as TD …
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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Springpath springs out of stealth with HALO-based platform

Springpath has emerged from stealth with a silo-melding storage data platform, offering a remedy which includes an annual subscription pricing scheme. Is it perhaps seemingly hoping to move in on a market that has too many (and too costly) separate storage silos? Following a $34m funding round, Springpath was founded in May 2012 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2015

Dell director Poskett leaves Dell for new role at … Dell

Less than two months after rocking up as Dell UK’s public sector enterprise solutions director , Dave Poskett is set to perch his backside on a new hot seat at, erm, the Texan tech baron. The industry vet is set to run the enterprise solution channels for the privately held organisation, reporting to Peter Barnes, chieftain of …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015
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Tech Data sues LCD panel makers over price-fixing

Tech Data is suing several LCD panel makers, alleging that they formed an international cartel to fix prices over at least a decade. The IT distie giant claims from the start of 1996 to the end of 2006 the manufacturers conspired to "fix, raise, stabilise and maintain prices" in a lawsuit filed with the federal court in Tampa, …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2011

Migration skills shortage looms as Server 2003 DEATH DATE approaches

A channel-wide migration skills shortage is a real danger this summer as stragglers strain available resources by making an eleventh hour dash to flee Windows Server 2003, distributor veterans are warning. Public and private sector organisation have 176 days to escape the software before extended support expires on 14 July, …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2015

Tech Data waves goodbye to (maybe) 80 staff

Tech Data pink-slipped 80 people at its Florida headquarters on Tuesday, America's CRN reports. The distie told the channel mag it laid off less than one per cent of its 8,000-strong global workforce, but it's not saying where the axe fell. ®
Team Register, 07 Aug 2008

Ingram Micro veteran returns to... Ingram Micro

Distribution veteran Bhavesh Patel has re-joined Ingram Micro (IM) as exec director of global business development for the Mobility side of the house. Patel took leave from the broadline tech distie in spring 2009 to hook up with his former IM UK boss Meine Oldersma at comms wholesaler 2020 Mobile Group. But 2020 was acquired …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014

Lenovo sings distie initiation song, adds Westcoast to line-up

Industry eyes may be on Lenovo’s swollen server digits after wolfing down IBM’s System x biz but the Chinese dragon is upping the numbers in its PC distie ranks to pull in more sales across Blighty. Reading-based Westcoast today took on the professional side of the portfolio, adding to the Lenovo consumer clients it already …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2015
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Cisco: Intercloud no longer lonely wanderer – BT, Ingram Micro and pals sign up

With one eye on data sovereignty issues Cisco has hauled another batch of companies onto the Intercloud bandwagon, including telcos, channel partners and cloudy service providers. Over 30 companies yesterday signed up to support Intercloud, Cisco’s $1bn investment in what it hopes will become the default platform that allows …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014
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Tech Data sales, profits up in Q1

Tech Data net income more than doubled to $23m in Q1 FY09 (Q1 2008: $9m) on sales up 12.3 per cent to $6.1bn (Q1'08: $5.4bn). The skinny profits show how little room there is for error in the computer distribution business. Gross margins improved year-on-year from 4.72 per cent to 4.86 per cent, on the back of better pricing and …
Team Register, 22 May 2008

Shopping spree helps Arrow counter organic sales slump

Healthy organic sales growth has once again proved slippery for enterprise tech bellwether Arrow Inc to grasp, though demand for heavy duty software and hardware started to re-emerge. At group level, the tech distie reported revenues of $5.68bn, up seven per cent year-on-year as reported – but this was largely due to …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 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
Windows OEM devices on stage at Computex

A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

Windows Server 2003 refresh activity has yet to show up in a major way across the UK tech channel amid estimates that eight million physical systems are still out there in the wild - not all of which will be replaced like-for-like. Security updates and fixes for the 11-year-old operating system will no longer be made available …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2014
Microsoft's Surface Hub

Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

Pics Microsoft will take orders for its ridiculo-sized Surface Hub, a huge wall-mounted touchscreen, from July 1, albeit at hefty prices - but it won't be shipping direct to punters. The smaller of the two debut Surface Hub models is a 55-inch, 1080p-resolution version that Microsoft says is designed for offices, small conference …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2015
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Tech Data goes mobile

Distie Tech Data is setting up a joint venture with Brightstar Corp to sell mobile and wireless devices across Europe. Called Brightstar Europe Limited the company will distribute mobile phones and other gadgets to dealers, operators, and retailers. The firm will use Tech Data's logistics and Brightstar's mobile experience. …
John Oates, 02 Feb 2007
Back of iPhone 5

SIM-free unlocked iPhones coming to a channel near you...

The faint hopes of some Apple resellers were smashed AGAIN this weekend when Ingram Micro became the second tech distributor in a month to confirm it will sell SIM-lock-free Jesus mobes ... in Europe but not the UK. Following in the shadows of nemesis Tech Data, vast wholesaler Ingram Micro confirmed it is shipping the iPhone 4S …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2013
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Tech Data abandons Middle East

Tech Data, the world's second biggest technology distributor, is withdrawing from the Middle East with Aptec stepping in to fill the hole left in the region. In a filing made to the Securities and Exchange Commission Tech Data said that it expects to see a loss of up to $7m for the first half of fiscal 2008 because of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007

Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

Shape-shifting box shuffler Systemax has swallowed SCC's "sub-scale" Dutch division for an undisclosed sum. New York-listed Systemax last night confirmed the bid to the stock exchange, the most significant buy it has made in Europe - where it trades as Misco - since the acquisition of WStore some years back. "The European IT …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014
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Tech Data 'cautiously optimistic' after Q4 boost

IT distributor Tech Data saw shares rise more than three per cent on Wall Street yesterday after it posted strong fourth quarter results and a positive sales outlook. The firm said it expects revenue in the first quarter, which ends 30 April, to be between $5.65bn and $5.8bn – ring-fencing analyst predictions of $5.71bn. It …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2008

Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

A bit of Apple gold dust is set to bring some bling to the technology distribution channel after Tech Data confirmed it will trial the sale of SIM-lock-free iPhones to dealers in Europe – but not in good old Blighty, it seems. Yes, you read that correctly, people, the post-Jobsian empire continues to snub IT resellers operating …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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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
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T-Mobile signs Tech Data Europe

Tech Data has struck a deal to distribute T-Mobile goods and services to resellers across Europe. In a written statement, Tech Data said it would be distributing T-Mobile's full range, including GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA (3G) data cards, notebooks with embedded SIM modules, and bundled SIM cards. Michael Wilkens, executive vice …
Mark Ballard, 19 Feb 2007
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Tech Data posts healthy Q2 profit

Shares in computer distributor Tech Data shot up eight per cent today on news that it had outshone Wall Street estimates on strong growth in the Americas. The firm, which posted a healthy quarterly profit and gave a revenue forecast for the current quarter that was above market expectations, saw shares jump $3.06 to $38.28 on …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2007
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Tech Data boss splits CEO, chairman roles

Tech Data boss Steve Raymund is giving up one of his two jobs at the distie giant, in a nod to best practice in corporate governance. He is staying on as chairman of the board, but will retire as CEO, once a replacement is found. Raymund will help look for his successor. ® Press statement. chart
Team Register, 19 Jan 2006
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EMC pulls out VSPEX: I'll hyper-converge you in a minute

EMC has marched into the Nutanix/Simplivity hyperconverged appliance area with VSPEX BLUE, its partner-built EVO: RAIL product. VSPEX is EMC's reference architecture template for building converged systems, similar in intent to NetApp and Cisco's FlexPod. It contrasts with VCE, which builds converged server/storage systems …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2015
The Register breaking news

Graeme Watt leaves Tech Data

Graeme Watt, head of Tech Data Europe, has resigned to "pursue other interests". An accountant by training, Watt was UK finance director and managing director at Computer 2000 , Europe's biggest IT distie, which was acquired by Tech Data in 1998. Nestor Cano, president of worldwide operations at Tech Data will assume Watt's …
Drew Cullen, 08 Oct 2003
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Tech Data beats the Street

Restructuring costs for Tech Data's European operations meant a profits fall for the distie giant in Q3. Net income fell 40 per cent to $23m or 40c a share thanks to $4.8m in restructuring charges and $3.2 million of consulting costs related to the restructuring. Strip out the one-off charges and profit climbs to 53 cents a …
Team Register, 24 Nov 2005
cloud

Tech Data ' pales beside Ingram Micro' - CSFB

Financial analysts like to second-guess the results of the firms they cover: it's a harmless sport - after all they are guided heavily by the firms - and they grab some press coverage into the bargain. So caveat aside and onto Credit Suisse First Boston's predicitons for Tech Data, the world's second biggest IT distie, which …
Drew Cullen, 26 May 2005
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Arrow steers boss of enterprise wing towards ops control room

A bit of top-level reshuffling at global distie Arrow has led to the recreation of a COO position. The slot will be filled by current president of the enterprise computing wing, Andy Bryant. The last person to sit in the chief operations role was current CEO Michael Long, and the appointment should free up the big boss to tinker …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014
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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
Drowning sailor

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
cloud

Europe wallops Tech Data

Tech Data revealed the depth of its problems in Europe today when it unveiled a $155.5m loss for the second quarter. The distributor warned earlier this month sales would come in at $4.94bn for the quarter ending 31 July, compared to the $4.95bn to $5.1bn it had predicted. Last year it reported sales of $4.8bn. It also said …
Joe Fay, 24 Aug 2006
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Tech Data profits evaporate

Computer 2000's parent, Tech Data saw its shares rise slightly yesterday, despite the company posting a big fall in first quarter profits. The distie watched turnover fall by 2.4 per cent to $4.9bn for the first quarter of 2007, ended 31 April 2006. Profits also fell sharply - from $33.5m in the first quarter of 2005 to $12.9m …
John Oates, 24 May 2006
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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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Tech Data sales up, profits down

Technology distie Tech Data made sales of $5.4bn for the third quarter ended 31 October, an increase of seven per cent on the third quarter of fiscal 2006. But net income was down to $9.6m compared to $23m in the same period last year. This includes $6.1m charges for restructuring European business and $2.8m paid to consultants …
John Oates, 22 Nov 2006
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Egenera CEO makes dash for Tech Data

Egenera - the blade server company created by Wall Street for Wall Street - has tapped a new CEO after chief Bob Dutkowsky ran off to run Tech Data. Current Egenera COO Mike Thompson will take on the roles of CEO and president, the company said. Meanwhile, Dutkowsky, a former IBM, EMC and JD Edwards exec, will head up computer …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Sep 2006
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Euro recession over as sales rebound for mega distie Ingram Micro

Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic – and to a lesser extent sales of Apple's iPhone in certain countries across Europe – helped Ingram Micro offset declines in its mobility and Asia Pacific wings… but only just. First calendar quarter revenues at the world's bulkiest tech distie went up one per cent year-on-year to …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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One airport not enough for SCC kingpin Sir Peter Rigby

Sir Peter Rigby, chairman of tech reseller giant SCC, has chosen to invest some cash made from the sale of his IT wholesaling arm into a controlling stake in Exeter International Airport (EIA). Moving into the aviation industry is not a new direction for Sir Peter, as his holding company, the Rigby Group, already owns Coventry …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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Europe hurts Tech Data

Tech Data’s second quarter earnings could be almost 50 per cent lower than expected because of continued problems at its EMEA operation, the distribution giant confirmed yesterday. Preliminary results released Tuesday show net sales for the quarter ending 31 July will come in between $4.8bn and $4.82bn, while net earnings will …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2005

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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Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers

DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy. Turnover in the tech division of Irish conglomerate DCC grew 17.9 per cent to €2.27bn (£1.92bn) for the year ended 31 March 2013, and a whopping 16.8 per cent of this was organic. The group …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Rigby dynasty to retain control at SCC - 'no IPO for us'

SCC CEO James Rigby plans to pass the privately owned biz to the next generation of the clan rather than co-crafting a retirement plan with his brother based on a flotation or trade sale. The Rigby dynasty's Midlands empire, which includes service-based reseller SCC at its heart, sold distie wing SDG to Tech Data in 2012 for $ …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014

Distributing Microsoft gear in UK? You might not be for much longer

Microsoft has put out to tender its UK distribution contracts in a bid to ascertain if those already on board can be trusted to take the new services and device mantra to market. Seven UK wholesalers were forced to submit responses to an "enormous" Request For Proposal by 10 October and will be sitting on their hands for a month …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
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Tech Data profits melt in Q2

Tech Data has given up hope of turning a profit in the second quarter after its figures were scuppered by a poor performance in EMEA. The distributor’s preliminary results for the quarter ending July 31 show net sales of $4.94bn, compared to the $4.95bn to $5.1bn it had predicted. Last year it reported sales of $4.8bn. Net …
Joe Fay, 03 Aug 2006
Computer 2000

Computer 2000 hands Hayward keys to marketing kingdom

Computer 2000 has lured Stewart Hayward, former head of UK marketing at rival Ingram Micro's as GM for its marketing function. Hayward left Ingram late last month after nearly two years at Milton Keynes-based Ingram but picks up the reins today at Basingstoke-based C2000, the UK arm of Tech Data. Andy Dow, who remains as …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2012