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All change at the top of Westcon as CEO Douglas exits

Westcon Group has confirmed that Dean Douglas' four-year plus stint as CEO will end in January when Dolph Westerbos rolls into town amid sliding profits. The enterprise distie - networking, security and unified comms - revealed that Douglas - who sat in the CEO hot seat from 1 April 2009 - is to leave the business to "take up …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
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Westcon bidding farewell to chief bean counter

Westcon has waved goodbye to long serving chief abacus stroker John O'Malley who resigned after nearly 14 years service The industry veteran was made CFO in 1999 and added exec veep to his title in 2006. He leaves on 3 June to "pursue other business opportunities", parent company Datatec has confirmed. Group president and CEO …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2013

Datatec sets off profit drop klaxon as Westcon sales slip

South Africa-based channel powerhouse Datatec issued a sales and profit warning this morning after revealing weaker than expected trade in its distribution wing Westcon. The group, which also owns UK-headquartered integrator Logicalis, said revenues are now estimated to be roughly $5.4bn for fiscal 2013, ending 28 February, …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2013
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Datatec: Oh no, EPS will be 20% lower than we expected

Enterprise tech group Datatec's share price has dived after it issued a warning that profit for this fiscal may be at least some $13m lighter than forecast, blaming distie wing Westcon US for the bottom line decline. Group revenues for the year ended 28 February are expected to remain in line with projections of $5.6bn to $5.8bn …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014

US ERP roll out amid a downturn? That's what hit Datatec in H1

A twitchy Datatec today pulled down full-year revenue guidance at the half-way point of fiscal '14 blaming choppy waters around its distie biz Westcon as well as a complex ERP roll out for zapping sales. The South-Africa listed giant, which also houses integrator Logicalis and a consulting arm, said sales for the six months to …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013
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Onboarding with Westcon

Westcon Convergence, the UK part of networking distie Westcon Group, has introduced an "onboarding" tool to make life easier for resellers. This shoe-horns multiple vendor certification programs and offerings into one place online and a quick way of measuring revenue targets. At least that's what it sounds like: you can read the …
Team Register, 14 Aug 2008
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Datatec buys Indian distie for Westcon expansion

Datatec has bought a 50.01 per cent stake in an Indian distie called Inflow Technologies Private Limited. Inflow management and other shareholders will retain the remaining 49.99 per cent. Terms are undisclosed. Inflow specialises in networking, storage and security products and operates in nine cities in India, and also in Sri …
Team Register, 11 Sep 2008

Datatec pours mixed cocktail of fiscal '13 numbers

Tech group Datatec was not yet ready to call an end to market uncertainty across the globe following a mixed turnout for its distribution and integration units in fiscal '13 ended February. Group sales at South Africa-listed Datatec climbed four per cent to $5.25bn including $185m from acquisitions, but operating profit fell six …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013
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Westcon catches Latin American minnow

Westcon, the specialist networking distie, is moving into Mexico and the Caribbean for the first time, through the acquisition of Cernet of America, and a sister Mexican company called Cernet Tecnologia en Telecomunicaciones. It won't break the bank - Westcon's purchase price will max out at $4.65m, gaining it a minnow that has …
Team Register, 05 Oct 2007
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Westcon dives into NOXS

Westcon Group has snapped up network security distie NOXS for €53.25m. Networking distie Westcon reckons the deal sets it up to become a “leading multinational distributor of network security products and solutions.” NOXS operates in the UK, Germany, Benelux, France, Ireland Italy and Austria. Its vendor roster in the UK …
Joe Fay, 27 Feb 2007
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Former BT and IBM GS president rocks up at Logicalis

Logicalis Group has brought in former Logica and BT exec Gary Bullard as CEO to replace outgoing boss Ian Cooke, who is set to retire from the role and become the firm's non-exec chairman. The network integrator will usher in the new big cheese from next month as "CEO designate" but Cooke does not leave until 1 March. The head …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013
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Logicalis CEO Bullard heads for exit after less than 60 days

It was a short-lived reign at the top of Logicalis for CEO Garry Bullard, who has cut and run after less than two months in charge, The Channel can reveal. The man arrived in December armed with a CV positively dripping in high-profile industry roles – including Logica UK CEO, IBM Global Services GM and president of BT Global …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014
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Comstor names Dohmen as EMEA boss

Cisco distribution unit Comstor has lured one of the networking firm's veterans, Andreas Dohmen, to manage its operations across EMEA. Parent Westcon is trying to organise its business to be more EMEA-aligned, and earlier this year hired former Avaya channel boss Jeremy Butt to manage the region. The Comstor business unit is …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012

Juniper Network pushes button, exits two distributors

Juniper Networks has given Computerlinks and Azlan their marching orders following a review of the UK distributor line-up, leaving it with Arrow ECS, Avnet TS and Westcon. The review began in May when Juniper named Will Hamber to manage its fragmented network of 30 wholesalers across EMEA. Former HP and Edge-Core Networks …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012
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Datatec hits $5bn sales milestone, profits rise

Preliminary numbers from channel behemoth Datatec – parent of distie Westcon and integrator Logicalis – show it has broken the $5bn sales barrier, but they also reveal that IT spending in the UK remains "very weak". For the year ended 29 February, the group expects revenues of roughly half a billion dollars, up from $4.3bn in …
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2012
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Westcon lines up $175m credit facility

Westcon Group has close a $175m secured credit facility to support working capital requirements for its North American division. The multinational networking equipment distie says the facility, arranged with a syndicate of seven banks, was oversubscribed. This is a " testament to our strength and viability despite current …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2003
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Rest of world catching Eurozone plague, warns Datatec

Economic malaise in the Eurozone is spreading to the global stage, channel behemoth Datatec has warned. Despite this, the parent of distributor Westcon and integrator-cum-managed-services-provider Logicalis said in an interim management statement that sales had risen across the group in the last four months. "Trading and …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2012

Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup

2e2 Ltd crashed out of business owing creditors a little over £412m, the firm's administrator FTI Consulting has confirmed in its statement of affairs. The document, seen by The Channel, revealed debts secured by floating charges of £161.5m pertaining to the integrator's banking syndicate, and unsecured non-preferential claims …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses. Gone are the good old days of pushing traditional …
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Westcon buys Landis

Westcon, the distie arm of Datatec, is to become Europe's biggest networking distributor through the acquisition of the distribution business of Landis, a Dutch-owned rival. Terms are yet to be finalised, but the two have signed a formal letter of intent. Landis will add E450 million sales to Westcon's turnover and 600 …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jan 2002
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Logicalis profits throttled by tight-fisted biz

Logicalis UK has been hit by a freeze in demand as customers weathered the biting economic storm. The British subsidiary saw sales edge up 1 per cent to $296m (£185.8m) year-on-year and a 24 per cent fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to $9.7m (£6.09m) for fiscal 2012 ended February. At group …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2012

Avaya tosses 400 UK resellers overboard

Biz comms Avaya has made good on its promise to toss 400 bit-part channel partners overboard, and claims to have cut the cost and complexity of training as it looks to rebuild part of the base. As exclusively revealed by The Channel back in July, Avaya UK chief Simon Culmer said the firm was going to axe half of its 800-strong …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2012
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Westcon picks up Landis pieces

Westcon is to buy the networking distie assets of Landis, the stricken Dutch-owned firm, for the knockdown price of €7m. It assumes responsibility for 500 employees, fixed assets and customer contracts, but no debt and no liabilities. We guess there's a separate conversation going on for the products in Landis' warehouses. …
Drew Cullen, 26 Apr 2002
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Steady as she goes at Datatec

Datatec has issued an upbeat trading statement claiming that profits and sales at its integration arm Logicalis and distribution business Westcon continue to improve. The South Africa-based giant said top and bottom lines for the four months ended 30 June were up on the same period a year ago, and the group remains on track to …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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Datatec on the hunt for acquisitions

Channel conglomerate Datatec is on the lookout for further acquisition targets after pushing up its top and bottom lines in the first of the year. The parent of distributor Westcon and integrator Logicalis pushed up group sales 14 per cent to $2.44bn (£1.54bn) and profit before tax climbed 109 per cent to $60.7m (£38.5m) in H1 …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2011
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Dell channel chief gives SonicWALL partners a cuddle

Dell's global channel chief has moved to soothe any "anxiety" among SonicWALL's 15,000 resellers worldwide about the acquisition. The one-time direct selling purist this week went public with its intent to buy the firewall and threat management software and appliance maker for an undisclosed amount. Greg Davis, Dell veep and GM …
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2012
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Juniper Networks eyes up EMEA distributors, axe in hand

Juniper Network's recently installed EMEA distribution boss admitted he has a "big job of work" to untangle its web of wholesalers across the region and determine which it wants to keep on board and which will be jettisoned. Industry vet Will Hamber was confirmed as the networking firm's distie bigwig last month after joining …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2012
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Avaya and Azlan split, end UK distie pact

TD Azlan has confirmed it is splitting with Avaya in the UK but will continue the distie agreement in other parts of EMEA. Talk in the industry was that sales generated did not match the level of investment sunk into the franchise by Azlan and the firms have decided to cut ties locally. "Avaya UK and Azlan – part of the …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011
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Cisco pays millions to end DoJ probe

Cisco Systems and distie Westcon Group North America, owned by South African firm Datatec, are to pay $48m to end an investigation by the US Department of Justice into overcharging. The multi-million dollar settlement will end an investigation into allegations that the two companies knowingly provided incomplete information …
John Oates, 08 Sep 2010
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Datatec scoops up Intact

Logicalis Group has spun out Intact Integrated Services, which will now run as a self-sufficient subsidiary of Datatec Ltd. The company, which provides project, support and managed services to the ICT industry, confirmed yesterday that Datatec will assume a majority share of the new Intact Holdings Ltd. It specialises in …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2009
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Logicalis UK buys Notability

Logicalis, the reseller arm of the South African Datatec group, has bought Notability, a Surrey, UK IBM business partner, for an undisclosed sum. Notability gets a new name - Logicalis Computing Solutions - and brings on board annual revenues of £30m a year. At the same time Logicalis is combining its former Logicalis UK and …
Team Register, 02 Mar 2005
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Datatec buys US Cisco distie

Westcon Group has paid $500 million for GE Capital’s connectivity distributor Comstor.net. Washington-based Comstor.net, which mainly distributes Cisco kit, will become a part of RBR Networks – a subsidiary of Westcon's parent group Datatec. The two will create a global sales and marketing division to support Cisco resellers, …
Linda Harrison, 28 Jul 1999
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Datatec snaps up US dealership

Datatec is making its debut in the US reseller market through the acquisition of HP specialist dealer Bloomfield Computing Solutions. South African-based Datatec is divvying up $30 million upfront for BCS, and will pay a maximum up to $102 million, if BCS meets profit targets. Based in Michigan, BCS sells exclusively HP …
A staffer, 25 Jan 1999
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Datatec updates earnings

South African networking provider Datatec told investors today that it expects to make a profit for recently finished financial year. The firm is still sorting through figures for the year ended 28 February 2005 which should be ready 18 May. Datatec hopes to make a "headline" profit of between three and four US cents a share …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2005
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C2000 gears up for Microsoft sales binge

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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Datatec makes BEEline for SA merger

Datatec, the South African-owned networking dealer, is merging its home country operations with a black-owned business, African Legend Technologies (ALT). The enlarged group is to be called African Legend Indigo (ALI) and has pro forma annual revenues of R800m (c. £61m)- of which Datatec contributes 500m (£38m) and ALT the rest …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2006
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Datatec scoops up RBR Networks

Datatec Ltd has plugged a huge gap in its networking equipment franchise line-up with the £25 million (including performance guarantees) purchase of Cisco-only distributor RBR Networks. With sales projected to reach £80 million this year, RBR says it accounts for more than 50 per cent of Cisco sales through the UK channel. The …
Drew Cullen, 17 Sep 1998
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Intel shuts Internet café

Intel has shut down its first and now almost certainly only Internet café. Situated in Malaysia, the store was intended to be a pilot for a chain extending through Asia, according to ZDNET. The chip giant said the store closed following accelerating Internet access in Malaysia. Staying in Malaysia, Dell is to open a second …
Drew Cullen, 15 Jan 2001
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Datatec climbs down over insider dealing fines

Two directors of Datatec, the South African-owned networking reseller-cum-distie, are to pay fines of one million rand, (about £80K)imposed for insider dealing, from their own pockets. CEO Jens Montanana and FD Robin Rindel's initial intentions were for for Datatec itself to pick up the tab provoked a furious attack from South …
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2001
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Datatec interim profits up five-fold

South African technology and services group Datatec reported turnover and profits up by a staggering 405 per cent and 513 per cent respectively, for its interim six months up to the end of September this year. The company, which has spent this year establishing a considerable presence in the UK, Canadian, Australian and French …
Mike Magee, 06 Nov 1998
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Datatec directors pay up on insider trading charges

Two Datatec directors have paid fines of 1 million rand (think 10 rand to the pound) to square insider trading allegations levelled at them by South Africa regulators. The pair, executive chairman and founder Jens Montanana and finance director Robin Rindel deny the charges but say it was easier to settle. Datatec, a …
Robert Blincoe, 23 May 2001
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Datatec reduces debt with UUNET SA sale

Datatec, the South African-owned networking equipment reseller and distributor, is flogging its 76 per cent stake in UUNET SA to Worldcom for $138.5 million. Datatec announced in November its intention to sell the business to Worldcom. It will use the proceeds to reduce debt and to buy back shares. According to Reuters, the …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jan 2001
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Cash Register: 15-21 Feb 2000

21 Feb 2000 WebTV propels e-district into financial stratosphere Virgin is to expand its Aussie mobile phone business. The group has signed a 50-50 deal with Optus – Australia's second-biggest mobile operator - to launch the service down under this autumn. Virgin also hopes to make similar agreements in continental Europe and …
Team Register, 29 Feb 2000