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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

Times are tough for Capita, or so it seems. The outsourcing giant is squeezing extra margin from its employees by charging them to use cutlery, cups and trays in the canteen. Our insiders tell us that call centre workers in Bury and Glasgow who decide to eat their own food in the canteen are forced to pay to consume their …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2015
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Sophos: We'll have a market cap of £1bn when we IPO

Brit security slinger Sophos’s listing on the London Stock Exchange went live today, giving the firm a market cap of around £1bn – a valuation that has caused a stir among analysts. The intent to float was confirmed weeks ago, with the Oxford-based firm expecting to raise cash to fund the next phase of biz development and rub …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2015
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Logicalis takes wrapping off shiny Brit-based SMC practice

Troubled Logicalis is, as expected, replicating a pure tech sales consultancy in Blighty to dish out professional services for customers that are looking to overhaul their IT estate. The service management consultancy practice was established in the Netherlands several years back when the integrator acquired some European …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2015
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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

The kind souls at Capita are placing hundreds of workers at risk of redundancy at call centres across the UK that service O2 clients, according to documents seen by The Channel. The work was outsourced to Capita back in 2013, the contract is valued at £1.2bn over ten years and is the biggest of its kind. The Communications …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2015
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SCC: Look at our bulging figure(s). We're fatter than some MSPs

Classic product reselling at privately-owned Midland tech dynasty SCC’s UK biz has crashed by a fifth but the company execs are still smiling. Why? The shift to services is paying off. Revenues generated in Britain for fiscal ’15, ended 31 March, dropped 13.3 per cent on fiscal '14 to £662m – including a full-year’s contribution …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2015
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Where's the Network Services framework at? Uh, dunno, says UK.gov

Clown Crown Commercial Services has told prospective candidates for the mega Network Services framework that it will confirm the line-up of suppliers at some point. Maybe soon. It is now more than 41 weeks since the government’s supposed professional procurement arm launched the tender for the Network Services, a four year …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2015

$125m VC war chest awaits NTT Com Security's outgoing boss

The hedge fund that outgoing NTT Com Security overlord Simon Church is joining has $125m to splash on new investments in cyber defence and data services. Church, who provided consultancy for C5 Capital since its inception last year, and was made an advisory board member in April, is to become an "exec in residence" at the equity …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2015
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AMD: We're not splitting our gfx and servers biz, ignore all the rumours

Under-the-weather chip maker AMD is denying that it is mulling a break-up or spin-off – but both analysts and channel customers agree something has to change if the firm is to survive prosper. A report in Reuters told the world that Lisa Su, the latest top exec at AMD, is exploring all possibilities to steer the company toward …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2015

Senior execs at NTT Com Security quit, but not with immediate effect

Top brass at NTT Com Security are hot footing it out of the organisation at the end of next month, the company confirmed today. CEO Simon Church, formerly COO at reseller Integralis (which NTT acquired in 2009 to form the backbone of its security ops), and chief beanie Heiner Luntz, have quit. Climbing into the chief exec’s …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2015
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Ingram Micro feasts on European old-mobe specialists

First Ingram Micro dug deep to acquire handset seller Brightpoint and now it is buying up companies to deal with the devices in middle age and at the end of their life. The tech wholesaler has subsumed CANAI Group, which specialises in trade-ins, reuse, recycling and global redistribution. High Wycombe-based CANAI runs a …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2015
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CSC insiders: 800 job cuts will hit service delivery for punters

CSC is pressing ahead with plans to axe hundreds of workers, brushing aside concerns from some employees that customers are already feeling the pinch of past cost cutting actions. In what has become an annual ritual for CSC, almost 800 employees were put at risk of redundancy in May, with their roles earmarked to be sent to …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2015
Life of Brian

Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

Microsoft is mopping up sales from dazed and confused BlackBerry handset users found wandering across Blighty, according to claims from an industry number cruncher. Some 570,000 Brits worshipped at the altar of Redmond (bought a Windows Phone) in Q1, up 32 per cent year-on-year – like religions, it is easier for tech vendors to …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2015
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Attenda for sale this year? Not on your nelly, says CEO

App hosting and co-lo slinger Attenda was expected to be put up for sale by owner Darwin Private Equity later this year, but postponed the process, and it’s latest financials perhaps explain why. The venture capitalist backed an MBO of Staines-based Attenda in 2011 for £50m and multiple sources told us in May that it had eyed up …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 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

MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

A consumer PC bottleneck in the UK could result in some price cuts ahead of the Windows 10 launch - or so folk in the supply chain are telling us. Distributors are sitting on roughly 60 days of client stock - around twice the amount they typically carry - and all vendors, save for HP, contributed to the mess. “Inventory levels …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2015
Pim Dale, Systemax EMEA CEO

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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Another Insight exec spotted racing toward exit

Simon Taylor, EMEA senior veep of operations at cloud-wannabe reseller Insight Enterprises, is the latest big cheese to quit the firm with the regional chief finance exec Russell Leighton taking on dual responsibilities. The 14-year Insight veteran has left the building - staff were told of his departure yesterday afternoon …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2015

Lenovo waves bye-bye to UK channel director Phelps

Lenovo has told us that long-standing Brit channel director Darren Phelps has quit the organisation, denying claims from sources that he was given the old heave-ho. “Effective immediately, Darren Phelps, UK and Ireland channel director has decided to move on from his role at Lenovo to pursue new opportunities,” a spokesman …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2015
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Six Degrees separates: Sold to Charlesbank Capital Partners

Private equity biz Penta Capital has agreed to sell hosting and managed services outfit Six Degrees to funds affiliated with Charlesbank Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. The business came onto the market in February with corporate financier DC Advisory managing the sale process, as El Chan exclusively revealed. …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2015
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Network Services delayed AGAIN. Suppliers: Oh FFS

It is week 40 of the Network Services framework tender and suppliers are still in the dark about the cause of the latest delay - which means nobody knows who's made the cut and who hasn't. A prior information notice for the framework, estimated to be worth between £100m and £2bn over four years, was published in July and a …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015
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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

The UK’s National Health Service is paying through the nose for low-tech gear, including cables and USB flash drives, according to a poll of IT buyers. The health service came out on top in the league of prosperous procurements across 20 industry sectors, with one head admitting to coughing a margin of 920 per cent above trade …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015

Activist shareholder Elliott spotted lurking on Citrix parade route with rain cannon

Activist investor Elliott Management has turned its sights on Citrix and things look as though they may turn ugly for the software firm’s management team - and its global legion of channel partners. The hedge fund yesterday revealed that it owns 7.1 per cent of Citrix stock, making it the largest single investor, and wasted no …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2015
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WOW! BOOM! The Brit server market is back ... in a way, sort of

Brit businesses and local public sector organs are spending on servers again, but it's Dell and Cisco who are mopping up most of this organic goodness. Gartner’s numbers for Q1 are out: shipments grew a little over five per cent year-on-year to around 80k units, and the value of those boxes climbed ten per cent to $549m. This …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2015
Rotten apple

Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

Apple retail store staffers, routinely frisked for stolen goods at the end of a shift or before breaks, complained to Tim Cook of being treated like “criminals”, as part of a written policy that was “demeaning”. The claim was contained in a 2013 lawsuit filed in California, parts of which the judge unsealed yesterday, that seeks …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2015
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HP's M&A guru quits ahead of corporate split

The exec who oversaw some of HP’s chunky acquisitions and investments has left the building months ahead of the corporate split, with Dell’s software group reportedly his next bill payer. Tom Joyce was senior veep of global corporate development since August — transactions include the $3bn buy of Aruba Networks, plus deals with …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2015
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A turnaround plan within a turnaround plan for Phoenix IT Group

Phoenix IT Group execs are labouring under the “assumption” that the firm will not be sold to Daisy Group – they have to – and are hatching a turnaround plan within a turnaround plan for Partner Services. As the board at the LSE-listed tech services outfit is recommending a 160 pence per share offer from Daisy that values the …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jun 2015
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Six Degrees love triangle: Final bids for data outfit due tomorrow

Two suitors vying to acquire Brit managed services and data centre provider Six Degrees have until tomorrow to lodge a winning bid. The Penta Capital-owned business was put on the market by corporate financier DC Advisory in February, as El Chan exclusively revealed. The private equity backer is looking to at least treble the £ …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jun 2015
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Phoenix IT Group comes back in black as new owners beckon

Phoenix IT Group is back in the black following the first full year of CEO Steve Vaughan’s turnaround strategy, in what is likely to its last fiscal before the Daisy Group acquisition is sealed. The LSE-listed organisation is still struggling to get the top line moving in the right direction, as revenue fell nine per cent year- …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jun 2015

HP to buy EMC? We think so, say Wall St money men

An HP and EMC merger still seems like a fanciful sticking plaster to heal two tech giants, but financial analysts in the US are advising that such a transaction not only looks logical but more likely. Wall St money men spent last week analysing HP’s direction in the corporate enterprise following the Discover event in Las Vegas …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2015
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Oh no! That's another year you didn't grow, KCOM

Brit telco KCOM Group has reported top line shrinkage for the seventh consecutive year, this time blaming problems on “legacy activities” while unsurprisingly pinning its future on cloud services glory. The tech integrator/ comms provider reported a 6.1 per cent fall in revenues to £347m for the year ended 31 March - the last …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2015
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Cisco CEO: Let's toss more execs on the employment bonfire

Another bunch of old timers are being swept out of Cisco by incoming CEO Chuck Robbins as he names his new look exec team - which isn’t really that new at all. The current veep of worldwide sales is saying bye to chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink, chief strategy and tech officer Padmasree Warrior, and Edzard Overbeek, the …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2015

Acer bags its 4th – yes, 4th – UK boss in just 20 months

The revolving door at Acer is spinning furiously as the company confirmed it has appointed Preben Fjeld as its fourth UK MD in 20 months. Fjeld, who will continue to run Acer Norway, replaces Gavin Parish after he quit the business to rejoin HP’s PC and print division. A spokesman at Acer sent us a minimalist statement: “Gavin …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2015
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HP is 80 per cent closer to breaking up. Now, about the IT estate...

The majority of the work to split HP in two is behind the organisation, according to chief ops and tech man John Hinshaw. Now there’s just the small matter of separating the not-insubstantial IT estate. Talking at HP Discover in Las Vegas, the COO said 80 per cent of the groundwork to become HP Inc (PCs and printers) and Hewlett …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2015

Lenovo UK boss exits for EMEA supply chain glory

The arrival of Eric Cador at the top of Lenovo’s EMEA business has signalled a slight reshuffle, with UK boss Marc Godin elevated to a vitally important role running the supply chain in the region. In a note to partners, Godin said the acquisition of IBM Systems x and Motorola means the business profile is “very different to …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2015
New World Computing Inc, King's Bounty

Alternative Networks: CEO retiring, long live...

Alternative Networks will wave goodbye to long-serving CEO Ed Spurrier at the end of this fiscal year in September, with current chief operations man Mark Quartermaine waiting in the wings for the top job. The LSE-listed comms and tech outfit confirmed the succession plans today as it outlined half-year numbers for fiscal 2015, …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2015
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Distie formerly known as Micro P grabs industry vet

Distie veteran Jon Atherton has rocked up as commercial director at the company formerly known as Micro P. Atherton quit Midlands-based component distie EntaTech back in March, he’d been at the company for 22 years, latterly as veep. As the newbie at Exertis, the name chosen by parent DCC Technology, Atherton will concentrate …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2015

Dell slips ring on distie Tech Data

Tech Data and its commercial siblings are now fully tooled up with Dell kit and software, and are looking to get handy. The pair kicked off an inaugural distie deal in Britain last month that covered PCs - and a full blown agreement for servers and storage at Tech Data subsidiary Azlan is now also live. The tie-up between the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2015
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Gold to bind Phoenix IT, Daisy, Cisco

Phoenix IT is likely to rekindle its partnership with Cisco when the Daisy Group completes the acquisition of the services provider, as expected in the not-too-distant future. In late 2013, El Chan revealed Phoenix was among 1,000 companies across EMEA told by Cisco that their right to sell its kit was to be removed because they …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2015
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Surging dollar value brightens Tech Data’s European revenues

The unfavourable forex rate leaving US vendors with a damp patch on their financial results in Europe ironically might have helped Tech Data in its opening quarter of fiscal 2016. The world’s second largest tech distie reported sales of $5.8bn for Q1 ended 30 April, down 12 per cent year-on-year, but better than Wall Street …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2015
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Softcat preps for IPO, closes in on brokers

Softcat is preparing the groundwork for its flotation on the London Stock Exchange with the market expected to value the tech reselling juggernaut at cool half a billion pounds. Our sources tell us Marlow-based Softcat has narrowed the field of potential brokers to a handful of firms, but Credit Suisse and Jeffries are most …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2015
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Server market grew at its fastest rate since 2010, say Gartner's mystics

Hard-pressed server slingers have finally got some news they want to report – sales are growing at the fastest rate since 2010 and the value of them is up by double digits too. Has the world gone mad? The worldwide market expanded by almost 18 per cent in calendar Q1 to $13.39bn, as unit shipments bounced 13 per cent to 2.66 …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2015
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Tech Data leaps into professional services pool

Distie Tech Data has crossed the Rubicon into end-user land – ruffling a few feathers in the process – by acquiring North American data centre and professional services outfit Signature Technology Group (STG). The deal was made public last night and reseller customers are digesting the implications, which range from potential …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2015

IT Lab slips a ring on JMC IT

London-based managed service provider IT Lab has spread its tentacles to the north-west by subsuming Manchester outfit JMC IT. The combined organisation will employ some 300 staff servicing 750 clients including Somerset House, Talis Capital, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Liverpool FC. Peter Sweetbaum, CEO of …
Paul Kunert, 27 May 2015
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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

What a difference a year makes. At this point in 2014, PC vendors were riding high on Windows XP support doom, but fast forward to the here-and-now and the pending launch of a certain OS isn’t causing the same waves. Anyone mildly connected to the IT industry understands chip and operating system updates don’t have the same pull …
Paul Kunert, 27 May 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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Capita gobbles Berks-based mobility specialist Pervasive

Biz wireless networks integrator and mobility managed services player Pervasive Ltd is the latest organisation to be crunched up by Capita's acquisition mill, The Channel can reveal. The Berkshire-based company, which trades as Pervasive Networks and Beovax Computer Services, will sit within Capita’s IT Services division run by …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2015

Told ya! Coms flogs telco arm to Timico in £2.5m deal

Hard-pressed B2B communications provider Coms Plc confirmed this morning it is to offload the telco arm to Timico for an initial cash splurge of £2.5m. As exclusively revealed by us late last month, the London-listed business hired Knight Corporate Finance to manage a fire sale of the division following a failed restructuring …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2015
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HP: you know we said we were done with cost cutting...

Just when the folk at HP Enterprise Services thought the multi-year cost cutting timetable was almost at an end, along comes another plan to lop $2bn off the expenses bill. The division reported a 16 per cent drop in turnover to $4.81bn in HP’s second quarter of fiscal ’15 ended 30 April, although profit before tax went up 31 …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2015
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BlackBerry: We ARE cutting jobs AGAIN

Blackberry is to axe workers across its loss-making hardware division to lighten overheads, the ailing Canadian smartphone maker has confirmed. The company temporarily broke into the black during Q4 of fiscal ’15 ended February, but this short run of fortune couldn’t mask the wider malaise and yet another year of losses. CEO …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2015

Wanna buy a software reseller? Comparex big enough for you?

The Austrian parent of enterprise licensing specialist reseller and tech provider Comparex has hired an investment banker to sell the business, The Channel can reveal. According to multiple sources, Raiffeisen Bank has called on Harris Williams to find a buyer, the formal process has started, and an Information Memorandum is …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2015

Opinion

Windows 10 on Surface 3

Tim Anderson

It's do-or-die for Microsoft's new operating system on 29 July
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Simon Sharwood

Clouds sell compute by the glass. On-premises kitmakers want to sell wine-as-a-service

Greg Knieriemen

Privacy, security, information sovereignty, what we all want, right?
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

Andrew Orlowski

Redmond devotees may as well have demanded manga desktop wallpaper

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