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Cloud provider goes TITSUP? Will someone think of the data!

You’ve entrusted your data to a cloud. This has allowed you to sell off (or scrap) your legacy hardware. You’ve got some new, up-to-date software applications. Maybe you have also outsourced all or part of your IT team. You no longer have to manage and maintain the bulk of your hardware, software and data. You are now enjoying …
Frank Jennings, 06 Jul 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

Liquidator: 2e2 preferential creditors to get £745k payout

2e2's preferential creditors, including former staffers made redundant after the business crashed and burned, have been told what they can expect collctively from the financial embers and it's not a lot. The Berkshire-based integrator’s UK ops went into administration at the start of 2013, the result of too many poorly …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2015

Channel on track: British tech insolvencies fall to seven-year low

It is official: 2014 numbers for corporate deaths in the Brit tech channel have slumped to a seven-year low, figures from credit reference agency Graydon UK confirm. Some 48 local suppliers went under in Q4, taking the tally of insolvencies for the 12 months to 198 versus 293 in 2013 – annual levels not seen since prior the …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2015
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We've made a profit, shouts Azzurri Comms. Yeah, 'made' is right

Azzurri Communications is out of intensive care now it has its debts under control but it still took a whopping £58m inter-company loan to turn a loss-making year into a profitable one, avoiding any board level blushes. The integrator majors on unified comms (UC) with Avaya and Mitel, and sells connectivity, security services …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2015
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Boss splits as Symantec UK consciously uncouples

The expected jostling for senior positions at Symantec continues ahead of the divorce between the security and storage wings, with UK boss Simon Moor exiting the business. The conscious uncoupling scheduled to occur by the end of this year – which will effectively undo the 2004 acquisition of Veritas – will leave two independent …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2015

Sales flat for takeover-tastic Brit IT bods Daisy Group

Comms and tech supplier Daisy Group, which is to be de-listed from the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) this month, has posted an operating loss of £8.1m for the first six months to September 2014. According to its audited half-year financials posted on 31 December, revenue dropped just 0.3 per cent from £173.9m to £169.6m. …
Kat Hall, 05 Jan 2015
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Can't flog software for love nor money? UK mega-reseller Softcat probably ate your lunch

Unstoppable reseller juggernaut Softcat has smashed through the £500m sales barrier in the most recent fiscal year ended July, meaning it has grown for the past 36 straight quarters. In the last four years alone, and in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the the 70s, turnover at the Marlow-based business jumped from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2014
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Tick-tock, CDW: Mega reseller has 30 months to buy the rest of Kelway

The clock is ticking for NASDAQ-listed CDW to hoover up the remaining share base of Kelway – or leave it for someone else to slurp. As revealed first by The Channel yesterday, the world’s largest tech reseller bought a 35 per cent stake in London-based Kelway in a deal that values the overall business at around £262m. Under the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2014

Daisy back door sniffers bag extension to come up with the cash

It may be third time lucky for Daisy Group CEO Matthew Riley and his fellow consortium bidders, who were today granted yet another extension to show their money to the LSE-listed firm’s shareholders. Riley, along with Toscafund and Penta Capital, made advances to acquisitive B2B comms and tech supplier Daisy in August, but have …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2014

Brit giant Daisy stuffs face with treats, but she ain't piling on ££££££s

Telecoms provider Daisy Group forked out tens of millions of pounds on acquisitions in fiscal 2014 – only to see its top line stagnate as organic growth fell off a cliff in its legacy calls business. Operating losses have widened and debts mounted. The British biz spent £35.3m on four buys: £7.5m to pick up two of 2e2's data …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014

Datatec: turnover and profit went south in tough fiscal '14

Global tech goliath Datatec Group was left counting the cost of a botched ERP upgrade, margin chomping competition and legacy vendor claims at its distie wing Westcon in a year of declining profit. The South Africa-listed firm managed to push up revenues eight per cent to $5.69bn during fiscal '14 ended 28 February, helped by a …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2014
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Bell Microsystems circles cawing above corpse of Glasshouse UK

South coast-based tech supplier Bell Microsystems is trying to pick up customers and staff at bust storage integrator Glasshouse Technologies. As we revealed a couple of days ago, hard pressed Glasshouse called in KPMG Restructuring after cash flow dried up, with the administrator looking to offload the business to a third party …
Paul Kunert, 04 Apr 2014

One year on: What exactly did the 2e2 collapse teach us?

Opinion “Sam, I need you in the Heathrow office early tomorrow morning,” read the panicked text from my line manager on a Sunday night. The UK subs of 2e2 Group entered administration a year ago. I had a unique vantage point from where I sat within the crumbling company through the brutal process of administration and seeing the …
Sam Simpson, 20 Feb 2014

2e2 debt recovery specialist finds... £2,000 in six months

The administrator of 2e2 has recouped just a tiny fraction of the debts owed to the integrator, a Progress Report has revealed. FTI Consulting took control of the company's affairs January '13 in the well-documented collapse. By March last year, it had struggled to recover one-tenth of the £43m on the debt ledger at its …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014

Former 2e2 workers WIN case for protective award

An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of former 2e2 workers' claims for protective awards. A year after the saga began, hundreds are to be paid up to eight weeks' wages by the government – the maximum allowed. There weren't many winners in the firm's collapse - save for, perhaps, the administrators - with staff out of a job …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014
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2014: The year of the cloudy biz bankruptcy... or maybe it isn't?

Once again the channel has proved to be a hardy bunch as insolvencies remained pretty much stable in 2013, despite a meltdown in some areas of tech infrastructure spending. Some 293 resellers bit the dust in the previous calendar 12 months, versus 285 in the previous year: a 2.8 per cent rise. 66 hit the wall in Q4, up from 57 …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2014

Ex-2e2 staffers STILL waiting for wages owed

The frustration for hundreds of 2e2 staffers waiting to discover if they are to be paid wages owed to them continues nearly a year after the Berkshire-based integrator went under in dramatic circumstances. Some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica are holding out for the funds, and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014

Losses widen but Daisy Group plans to keep wolfing down companies

Daisy Group may be stepping ever closer to being one of the most hefty comms and tech services outfits in the UK mid-market but all that is just hubris if it can't turn a profit, and seemingly it cannot. Sales slipped 2.35 per cent to £173.1m in the first half of fiscal '14 ended 30 September, but one-off costs pushed up …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
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Feel Cisco's WRATH: Over 1,000 placed on DENIED partner sh*t list

Exclusive Cisco has launched an EMEA-wide crackdown in the channel after expelling Phoenix IT Group from the Gold Partner network, which our sources alleged was because it flouted support rules by supplying grey market kit. The Brand Protection police at the networking Goliath sent letters to more than 1,000 resellers, integrators and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013

More Azzurri execs run for the hills, turnover keeps sliding

The exit of two more senior figures at Azzurri Comms has spooked the company's sales floor amid falling fiscal '13 turnover and customers expressing concerns about handing projects to the firm. According to Channel Register sources, morale at the south coast-based integrator has hit rock bottom as the turnaround plan falters and …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2013

Dip in Blighty's titsup tech firms... but what about the ZOMBIES?

An eerie calm has descended in the UK technology channel* as company failures stabilise and the recession lifts, but with legions of undead corporate corpses stalking the land, an insolvency storm could now be brewing. That was the prognosis of experts in the credit and insolvency sectors, a week after UK GDP figures from the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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Daisy Group hoovers up Indecs Computer Services for £18m

Serial swallower Daisy Group has carved another notch on the IT bedpost after coughing £18m to consume mainframe support and maintenance specialist Indecs Computer Services. Redditch-based third party maintainer ICS provides tech support on servers from multiple vendors including HP, IBM, Dell, Oracle and Cisco with Daisy …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2013

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

Logicalis swallows Jersey-based iConsult

Logicalis Group has devoured Jersey-based hosted-services minnow iConsult for an undisclosed sum. The integrator, part of Datatec Group, took over the Channel Islands business of fallen 2e2 earlier this year, which operates from Guernsey. Now this latest buy gives it a base in Jersey. Jens Montanana, chief exec at Datatec, said …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2013
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Brit IT veteran Kelly takes job at investment advisory firm

A British tech biz veteran and former bigwig at integrator Logicalis UK, Tom Kelly, has landed at mid-market M&A and debt advisory firm Livingstone. He joins Livingstone as IT and managed services sector advisor to help further boost its presence in Blighty's tech space, perhaps a sign of the local market's improving fortunes. …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2013

Cloud biz model 'unproven' as Amazon scares world+dog into competing - or ELSE

Channels Forum 2013 Cloud service providers face a "devastating" crunch if they can't convert their incredible success at attracting customers into a viable business, an analyst has said. Even Amazon, whose AWS offering towers over its rivals in terms of revenue, has yet to translate market growth into income, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier said at the …
Joe Fay, 03 Oct 2013
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2e2 staffers get day in court over unpaid pre-meltdown wages

Hundreds of former 2e2 UK employees will be told just days before Christmas at a Reading tribunal whether wages owed to them will be paid in full or not. There are some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica, a clerk at Reading tribunal told The Channel. The hearing date has been set …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2013

VCE plunges syringe into its channel arm, prepares to fire in a shot

The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company will try to get entry level vBlocks shifting by relaunching a channel programme tomorrow with a fresh focus on mid-market sales partners. The four year-old borg created by an alliance between Cisco, EMC and VMware still has just four resellers, three tech alliance partners, three …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2013

Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

A group of former 2e2 staff are set to discover next week at an employment tribunal how successful they've been in efforts to recover monies they claim are owed to them by administrator FTI Consulting. The 200-strong bunch will have their case heard in Reading on 17 September under the representation of Jenny Andrews at Andrews …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
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Another 2e2 collapse is possible, but don't let customers fear the cloud

Just about everybody’s moved to the cloud by now, you’ll probably have read. Every marketing blurb, technologist's blog and other accounts are based around the idea that the cloud argument has been held and won. Cloud is a good thing and the corporate world knows it. All of which is something of a worry if you’re a channel …
David Chalmers, 06 Sep 2013

World+dog left counting costs: Still can't bury corpse of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2

The administrator of deceased 2e2 appears to have made slow progress in collecting book debts, with tens of millions still outstanding months after the integrator-cum-reseller failed. The latest progress report filed at Companies House today revealed that JP Associates (JPA), previously hired by 2e2 administrator FTI Consulting …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2013

Management buyout at Hamilton Rentals AGAIN

Hamilton Rentals is again a privately owned channel biz after the management team led a buy-out from previous proprietor Xchange Technology Group. The leasing outfit was consumed by Compel in 1996, which was itself flogged to 2e2 in 2007, before Hamilton top brass performed an MBO in 2008 and sold up to XTG in 2011. So far so …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2013
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Brit biz-gobbling comms giant Daisy Group splutters with indigestion

Biz broadband and comms giant Daisy Group has faced a challenging 12 months as its operating losses widened and organic growth stalled. In its financial year to 31 March 2013, the company-gobbling Lancashire-headquartered firm recorded revenues of £351.5m - up less than one per cent on the previous year. It also completed two …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
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Tears, laughter and bankruptcy: How not to go bust

Feature Bankruptcy? You don't know whether to laugh or cry. It was a lunchtime tech awards ceremony in the West End many years ago. The trophies were polished, the golden envelopes were ready to be opened to gasps of joy and waiters were circulating with the canapes and fizz. Suddenly some rather large men in suits appeared among the …
Steve Bell, 30 May 2013

CSI coughs for K3's SAP biz

Private-equity-backed Computer Systems Integration (CSI) has acquired the customer list of K3 BTG's SAP Business Objects Maintenance division for an undisclosed sum. Venture capitalist Blackhawk Capital, one-time owner of Microsoft LAR Teksys - which it sold to Di Data in 2009, bought CSI last October as the first in a roll-up …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2013

'Zombie hunter' task force unleashed on the UK tech biz

A special force of crack zombie hunters swings into action today to rid old Blighty of the shuffling scourge of undead firms surviving only to pay the interest on debts. The mission of the task force, whose formation was revealed by The Channel last month, is to build a profile of private equity backed businesses in the IT …
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2013
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Fund-a-mental: The real problem with clouds and managed services

Comment It’s all very well dodging the economic downturn by hopping on the cloud bandwagon, but you might find this also puts you out of reach of the industry’s established funding models. It’s a truism that one of the problems holding back British business is getting access to credit and other forms of funding. The government has done …
Eddie Pacey, 29 Apr 2013

Titsup 2e2's data centre dustup gave UK users the CLOUD FEAR

When 2e2 Group suddenly collapsed earlier this year, owing over £400m to trade creditors and stranding a rake of customers from NHS trusts to the Bank of England, a gigantic question mark instantly formed over the cloud. Many customers already had concerns about keeping control of their assets in the cloud. 2e2's rapid collapse …
Steve Bell, 26 Apr 2013

Former 2e2 director Marke rocks up at Daisy Group

Acquisitive telco services player Daisy Group has created a chief technology officer role for former 2e2 director Nathan Marke. Marke was CTO at 2e2 for nearly four and a half years from August 2008 until the Berkshire-based integrator bit the dust earlier this year. Prior to that he was sales director at Prime Business …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2013

Dell tried gobbling doomed Brit IT giant 2e2 for £350m, say insiders

Exclusive Dell narrowly avoided buying Brit IT giant 2e2 before the integrator went titsup, say sources close to the £350m talks. The negotiations collapsed after 2e2's venture-capital backers Duke Street Capital held out for more. Both sides met across the table a year ago, long before 2e2's UK operations nosedived into administration. A …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013

Credit insurer sets up 'task force' in wake of enormo UK IT biz failures

Trade credit insurer Atradius is setting up a specialist task force to analyse UK channel companies that have a high debt-to-assets ratio or have VC backing in the wake of recent high-profile and costly failures. As world + dog knows, High Street giant Comet hit the wall in December owing creditors £257m, costing the UK …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2013

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
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Therapy for 2e2 survivors: Online confab on 12 April at 2pm BST

Live Chat IT contractor 2e2 collapsed under the weight of more than £270m in debt in January. Creditors had grown tired of backing an ambitious 10-year acquisition spree that saw 2e2 pay top dollar and left its management saddled with a debt they couldn't pay. The final blow, while anticipated, was jaw-droppingly swift. One of the …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2013

Capita slurps crashed 2e2's ex-flack-in-chief to bolster sales

Troubled integrator-cum-reseller Capita IT Services (CITS) has hired fallen channel giant 2e2's former sales and marketing director. Ian Thomas rocks up at CITS today as sales boss in a move that was confirmed to staff by managing director Peter Hands. "Ian has a background in travel, telecoms and IT services and spent 14 years …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2013

Rug tugged from under 2e2 after it racked up £50m loss - report

Brit IT biz 2e2 went under because its financial reports were flawed, it plunged nearly £50m into the red and its backers refused to throw good money after bad. That's according to a two-inch-thick dossier by the company's administrators FTI Consulting. The report documents the days leading up to the Berkshire-based integrator's …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013
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Bulging Kelway: Too big to get out of the obvious exits

Phil Doye acknowledges that 21 years after setting up reseller Kelway, he still doesn't have a key for the exit. The London-based firm is moving to rapidly integrate new buy Equanet, the once mighty IT dealer that was taken over by Dixons in 2007 and subsequently pulled apart and bent out of shape. The transaction is expected …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013

IT contractors lose thousands as 2e2 collapse hits recruiter

Tech-sector freelancers are thousands of pounds out of pocket after the collapse of IT integrator 2e2 wiped out recruitment agency Populo Resourcing, The Channel can reveal. The contractors, recruited by Populo to work on various IT projects for 2e2, had their work cancelled days after the integrator crashed. Some say they are …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2013

Rugby club doomed by 2e2 disaster rescued by Manx reseller

A small reseller on the Isle of Man has not only snapped up collapsed 2e2's operations on the island, but also agreed to sponsor a rugby club previously backed by the crashed integrator. All eyes were on 2e2's staff, customers and creditors when the biz hit the skids six weeks ago, but Douglas Rugby Union Football club - whose …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013
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Blighty's IT support services to decline in 2013, 2014, 2015....

2013 will be a "make or break year" for some IT firms in the declining UK support services space, according to the venerable beancounters at TechMarketView. In TMV estimates, the UK IT support and maintenance market declined 3.5 per cent in 2012 to £1.76bn, is set to fall 3.5 per cent again this year and by 2.5 per cent in the …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2013

Opinion

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Chris Mellor

IDC stats reveal who's who in the backup appliance bearpit
Carry on Cleo

Gavin Clarke

Infamy, infamy, Amazon and Microsoft have all got it in for me!

Tim Anderson

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