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TSG gets its lips round Rocket

Acquisitive reseller Technology Services Group (TSG) has snapped up fellow Geordie Microsoft SharePoint consultancy Rocket Solutions. This is the second small-scale deal that TSG has struck this year following the takeover in April of specialist CRM dealer Concentrix, and represents its twenty-fifth takeover to date. SharePoint …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2011
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TSG gets SME specialist

The Technology Services Group, the reseller started by Sage founder Graham Wylie, is making John Mundell its regional sales director for the north west. Mundell has experience in IT sales and previously worked for Excel Publishing, URL Ltd and Dixons Store Group. He will be focussing on selling to SMEs around Manchester and …
John Oates, 02 Jun 2005
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TSG buys Yorks dealer

Technology Services Group Ltd (TSG) has bought another company, this time Agenda Business Systems, a Pegasus accounting software specialist based in Barnsley. The reseller group gains 150 small and medium-sized business customers, which it will seek to convert to its wider range of IT services. TSG now has 100 employees in …
Team Register, 27 Apr 2005
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TSG makes another buy

Technology Services Group (TSG) has bought another reseller - PJ Howlett Business Systems based in Preston. PJ Howlett's former managing director, Peter Howlett, and ten other staff will join TSG North West but keep working from the same office. PJ Howletts has operated since 1979 selling to small and medium businesses. It …
John Oates, 11 Jul 2005
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TSG buys Accounting Answers

Technology Services Group has bought its 18th reseller, Southampton and London-based Accounting Answers. The move gives Newcastle-headquartered TSG a bigger foothold in the South - to date it has concentrated on buying companies in Scotland, the North and the midlands. Established in 1989, Acounting Answers is a Pegasus and …
Team Register, 05 Dec 2005
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TSG brings Pegasus specialist under its wing

The ever-acquisitive Technology Services Group has closed a takeover deal with Birmingham-based Open Systems Services. Pegasus software specialist OSS is the 17th company SME reseller TSG has hoovered up since its buying spree began in October 2003. TSG funded the buy with the £25m corporate facility with Lloyds TSB Corporate …
Team Register, 10 Nov 2005
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TSG goes for Smees

Technical Services Group (TSG) is offering a new support service for Small and Medium Enterprises. TSG’s service “System Care” promises to be a more responsive and reactive form of support for Smees. There are three levels of support - System Care 1- fixing IT systems when they go wrong, System Care 2 which actively monitors …
John Oates, 23 May 2005
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TSG buys another Scottish reseller

Technology Services Group has bought Edinburgh Microsystems Centre (EMC), a specialist Sage reseller with 150 customers, for an undisclosed sum. It takes on former MD Martin Booth and the six-strong team who will transfer to the firm’s Edinburgh office. And it says that the acquisition will give it a leading edge in Sage …
Team Register, 19 May 2005
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TSG buys Leeds reseller

Technology Services Group (TSG) has bought another accountancy software dealer, this time in Leeds. The two directors and 15 staff of Logical Solutions, a Sage reseller, are relocating to TSG North offices, also in Leeds, They bring on board 300 small and medium-sized business customers. Financial terms are undisclosed. TSG …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2005
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Prez Bush email hacker Guccifer is BACK: A-list celebs' inboxes 'raided'

A webmail hacker called Guccifer – most famous for raiding the email inboxes of former US president George H W Bush's family – has been exceptional busy of late. Crime news website The Smoking Gun reports that Guccifer has handed over a cache of documents – which, we're told, reveal that he broke into the private email accounts …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2014
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TSG secures £25m facility for takeover trail

Technology Services Group (TSG), the Newcastle-based accounting software reseller, has signed a £25m facility from Lloyds TSB Corporate, to bankroll further growth. Set up two years ago by Sage co-founder Graham Wylie, TSG has bought several small dealerships, mostly northern or Scottish, to build a branch network serving small …
Drew Cullen, 21 Apr 2005
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TSG buys Scottish dealer

Technology Services Group (TSG) has bought a ESCO, small Scottish networking reseller based in Cumbernauld, its third acquisition in as many weeks. Terms are undisclosed. All 17 ESCO staff are moving to TSG offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. TSG now employs 100 staff across the border, serving 2,200 customers. TSG is the …
Drew Cullen, 07 Dec 2004

Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

“We apologise for the disruption. We have identified the cause and are working to restore the service as quickly as possible.” Attempting to log onto your cloud service and being faced with a message like that is guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of anybody that has trusted all or just part of their company's CRM, email …
Rachel Fielding, 06 Aug 2014
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FBI investigates ZTE cover-up allegations

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE flouted United States laws by selling technology from US firms to Iran and then deliberately covering its tracks once the media caught wind. The Smoking Gun claims to have obtained a top secret FBI affidavit which reveals that senior …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jul 2012
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SCO keeps dying, and dying, and dying

The undead entity formerly known as SCO but lately doing business as The TSG Group – if you can call bleeding away cash on legal fees a business – has filed a motion in a Delaware court to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to Chapter 7, Groklaw reports. Under US law, Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a company to restructure its …
Neil McAllister, 09 Aug 2012
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Hotel prank call badboy tracked down to mum's flat

Online news mag The Smoking Gun (TSG) claims it to have tracked down the leader of prank call website PrankNET to the suburban flat in Windsor, Ontario he shares with his mum. PrankNET's stock in trade is to pose as hotel employees, emergency service staff or representatives of fire alarm companies in order to trick their marks …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2009
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HP to axe sales staff found pilfering dealers

HP is taking a hard line on direct sales staff at its Technology Services Group* (TSG) in the US - it will sack anyone caught nicking deals from resellers. The same principle – part of the new rules of engagement policy – will be applied in Europe later this year but the vendor has yet to give local partners advance warning – …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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What smaller businesses should look for in cloud software

Cloud services – particularly software as a service, or SaaS – ought to be an obvious option for a smaller business. Who wouldn’t want to cut their hardware costs? Isn’t it a good idea to gain instant access to a range of otherwise unaffordable enterprise grade software, get better security systems and shift the IT budget from …
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Apr 2012
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Sage co-founder goes to Glasgow

The co-founder of Sage, Graham Wylie, is continuing his shopping spree for UK resellers who target small and medium-sized businesses. Wylie, and his Technology Services Group (TSG), bought Geordie Sage reseller Joynson in October 2003 and in June 2004 he bought Edinburgh-based Nordic Data. In total, the firm has made six …
John Oates, 26 Jul 2004
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EDS boss Rittenmeyer 'retires' from HP reorg

EDS president and chief exec Ronald Rittenmeyer will retire from HP at the end of the year, as HP steps up efforts to fully digest the massive IT services company it acquired this fall. As HP announced with a press release this afternoon, Rittenmeyer will be replaced by EDS senior VP Joe Eazor, and EDS will be transformed into a …
Cade Metz, 06 Dec 2008
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More Tasers for cops: not in London

The Home Office's recently announced plan to issue Taser electric stunguns more widely to police has been endorsed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). However the extra Tasers have been turned down for now by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), the governing body of London coppers. The Met already has …
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2008
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Sage founder buys Nordic Data

Graham Wylie, co-founder of Sage, has bought IT services company Nordic Data. Wylie made the purchase through Technology Services Group which he established last autumn. Wylie, who left Sage last year, says he wants to make TSG the IT reseller of choice for small and medium businesses in the north-east. Nordic Data, based in …
John Oates, 01 Jun 2004
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Scottish reseller sold to Sopra

Scottish consultancy Newell & Budge has been sold to French firm Sopra for £45m. The deal is described as a merger and the new firm will trade as Sopra Newell & Budge in the UK. Ann Budge and Alison Newell started the business in 1985. Newell retired in 2001 and an MBO gave many staff an equity stake in the firm. It should make …
John Oates, 17 Jun 2005
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HP pays $13.9bn for EDS

Hewlett Packard has bought EDS for $13.9bn, doubling its services business at a stroke. The Silicon Valley giant will pay $25 a share for Texas-based EDS, over 25 per cent more than the services firm's shares were trading at when news of the deal first leaked yesterday. It will finance the deal through a combination of cash on …
Joe Fay, 13 May 2008
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HP closes curtain on sales chief Booth

David Booth, one of HP's top sales executives, has left the company, The Register has learned. Booth, head of enterprise (TSG) sales for the Americas, and HP parted ways today – part of a management shakeup instigated by none other than CEO Mark Hurd, according to our sources. HP's top dog would like to see better performance …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Mar 2007
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Agilysys blames Oracle/Sun for bum quarter

Agilysys might have gotten out of directly distributing server technology from all the tier one players a few years back, but just the same its financials can be hammered by what the server makers do - and don't do. And so it is with the fourth fiscal quarter ended in March for Agilysys, which peddles various application stacks …
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HP rides EDS buy through Meltdown

It is beginning to look like Mark Hurd, chairman and chief executive officer of IT giant Hewlett-Packard, has one of the easiest jobs in the market. Maybe second only to Sam Palmisano, IBM's chairman and CEO and Hurd's chief rival in the IT space. For the fiscal fourth quarter ending October 31, HP reported sales of $33.6bn, up …
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Mentec buys British Great Plains reseller

Mentec, an Irish reseller, is bulking up its Great Plains business, with the acquisition of Leicestershire dealership Sytation. The Irish papers say it is paying €5m. The enlarged company will be the second biggest reseller of Microsoft's Great Plains accountancy software in Europe. Sytation will retain its name, but is to be …
Drew Cullen, 14 Dec 2004
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BDE plans more Sage acquisitions

Mid-market Sage reseller BDE Group has lined up a credit line for more acquisitions in 2005, with an anticipated budget of £5m. The plans will effectively double its acquisition spending after it spent £5m on two takeovers in the last 18 months: Apex, an SME Sage reseller, in December and Object Group, a mid-market Sage …
Mark Ballard, 09 Jan 2006
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Redstone buys Xpert for £25.5m

Redstone, the UK telecoms provider, is beefing up its data networking business with the £25.5m cash and shares acquisition of Xpert Group. We last wrote about Xpert in 2001, when the then Irish-owned reseller switched domicile to the UK on the back of a £12m MBO funded by Lloyds Development Capital. In its last financial year …
Drew Cullen, 04 Apr 2005
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ISG Webb sold for £17m

ISG Webb, the UK-based networking reseller, has been sold to its managers and Royal London Private Equity for £17m. The changing of the guard gives the founding shareholders an exit route, and it also brings some new money – amount unspecified – to the table, enabling the firm "to pursue strategic growth opportunities in the IT …
Drew Cullen, 18 Mar 2005
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HP sweet talks the hand that feeds IT

These days, no IT vendor seems to be capable of doing a plain, old-fashioned product launch. And now, with Hewlett-Packard owning Electronic Data Systems and giving IBM a run for the product and services money in the data centers of the world, it seems like everything has to have a services angle. Hardware gets cheaper and …
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BT IT support provided by ClientLogic - not BT

BT has blamed "crossed wires" for dishing out misleading information about its new IT support service for SMEs. On Friday we reported how BT is now offering small and medium-sized businesses "corporate grade" IT support for around 50p a day. The former UK monopoly also confirmed that its IT Support Manager (ITSM) was manned by …
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2005
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UK workers in IM flirt, gossip, bitchfest

The increasing use of Instant Messaging (IM) in the workplace is exposing UK companies to fresh security and legal threats, a study out Monday claims. One in six (16 per cent) of 2,000 UK consumers quizzed in a YouGov survey admitted using IM at work to send or receive sensitive company information or documents. A quarter of …
John Leyden, 16 May 2005