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Ex-Insight director Griffiths moves to CMS Distribution

Former Insight EMEA director Justin Griffiths has rocked up at ambitious tech supplier CMS Distribution. Griffiths almost seemed part of the fixtures and fittings at Insight - he worked at the business in various roles for more than a decade - but exited late last year. He confirmed on LinkedIn that he has started at CMS as …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015
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CMS Distribution bags industry big hitter for sales assault

CMS Distribution has pulled in tech vendor veteran Andy Bass to run its sales and marketing function and help plot the course to more than double the business over the next half a decade. The former Toshiba PC and TV exec veep for Europe split from the company at the start of ’14, rocking up in a senior role at sales performance …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2014

CMS Distribution warehouse BORG underway

CMS Distribution says it is working to minimise any impact of the warehouse consolidation taking place this summer. The storage, networking and infrastructure wholesaler currently operates two depots – one in North West London and one in Harrogate – but will now move to a single site in Castleford, West Yorkshire. In a note …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014
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Distribution of cream among EMC executive fat cats revealed

Fancy finding out how much EMC fat cats earn? Read on. Total compensation – meaning share options, salary and bonuses – for the top execs at EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II) in 2014 looked like this: Joe Tucci (EMC Chairman & CEO) – $11,203,318 David Goulden (EMC II CEO) – $10,531,257 Howard Elias (President & COO …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2015

CMS Distribution swallows Interactive Ideas

Specialist storage and CE wholesaler CMS Distribution has hoovered up open source distie Interactive Ideas for an undisclosed sum. The buy of London-based Interactive adds vendors including RedHat, NetIQ and Solar Winds. "There is no vendor cross over," said Frank Salmon, CEO at CMS. "The future of storage is open architecture …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013
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Cisco's Hens to sink teeth into worldwide distribution

Cisco has rejigged the chairs at its top table, with exec Julie Hens being made veep of worldwide distribution. The move was confirmed by Edison Peres, senior veep of worldwide channels, in a blog post yesterday, weeks after previous distie boss Scott Brown was made chief of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China. The …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2013

Another IBMer rolls into distribution

Arrow ECS has lured veteran IBM man Ian Jeffs to run its Big Blue franchise in the UK, say our chatty sources. This follows the exit of previous incumbent Allister Richardson who, according to his LinkedIn and Google + account, has since become EMEA boss at iSys Capital Technologies. Jeffs will use his near 20 years experience …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2013
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Gods of tech distribution smile on Blighty in Q1

Distributors in almost half of the countries across Western Europe failed to register sales growth during Q1 but those with ops in Blighty were not among them. Sales out data from Context reveals UK market revenues climbed 12.4 per cent in the three months to €2.5bn, making it the largest sector in the region for the past four …
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014
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Juniper taps former HP man to sort out distribution matrix

Juniper Networks has lured Will Hamber to head up its fragmented distribution business across EMEA. Hamber is moving across from Edge-Core Networks, where he was GM for Europe and Africa from June last year, prior to that he held various management roles at HP, latterly as channel sales director for networking. He will link up …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2012
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Commtech Distribution to set up UK beachhead

Channel vet Mark Walker is to front Irish wholesaler Commtech Distribution's expansion into the UK. Walker was made redundant by Azlan, enterprise arm of broadline distie Computer 2000 in November as part of a structural overhaul, which also saw the exit of marketing director Simon Welch and the entire Avaya business unit. A …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012

Pure Storage shoves channel growth ahead of IPO dream bid

All-flash array start-up and IPO’er-in-waiting (we think) Pure Storage has got itself a new channel programme and two channel-focused exec hires, to get partners selling more tier-1 storage replacing Pure product. It is implementing a two-tier pan-regional distribution model, an expanded technology alliance ecosystem for …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 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

Tech disties: What the HELL happened to our sales growth in Q1?

Tech disties’ sales growth across Europe almost halved in Q1 as the XP migration factor ran out of steam, PC business dwindled and weaker demand for Apple slabs and IBM big iron came to bear. The quarterly figures – based on sales-out data from the suppliers – collated by Context’s SalesWatch tracker, indicate turnover from the …
Paul Kunert, 11 May 2015
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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

The free fall descent of the tablet distribution market accelerated for the second quarter of 2015, with channel fondleslab sales plunging by 22 per cent to 2.3 million across Western Europe. Sales in the UK nosedived by 31 per cent to 410,100 units, according to the quarterly research on distribution sales compiled by analyst …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

The PC market bounced back in the first quarter of 2015, mainly thanks to a big uplift in notebook sales. According to research from tech distribution sales data compiled by Context, the market rose by seven per cent on the year. Notebook sales were up 26 per cent to 644,304, while desktop sales remained flat at 237,700, and …
Kat Hall, 01 Apr 2015
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SCH Group prepares for life after distribution

Channel giant Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) has released a financial statement for fiscal 2012 showing double-digit gains in turnover and operating profits for the year ended 30 March. This is the last set of full year results the group, which houses reseller-cum-integrator SCC and wholesaling biz Specialist Distribution …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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All change at the top of HP's enterprise biz

A change at the top of HP’s enterprise distie team across both European and UK ops may well help solve the disconnect that occurred when a regionally drafted strategy was executed locally. At least that's the hope of some distributors, who want to see the strategic priorities of the business unit heads at country level match …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014

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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Microsoft shells out the pucks for analytics firm HockeyApp

Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a service for testing and analysing apps in development for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Mac OS, for an undisclosed amount. The Stuttgart-based team launched HockeyApp in 2011. Using the service, developers can deploy preview apps to testers, get feedback, analyse crash reports, and view …
Tim Anderson, 11 Dec 2014

And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

Apple's operating systems and Linux racked up more vulnerability reports than Windows during 2014, according to research from security outfit GFI. Cupertino's OS X and iOS platforms topped the 2014 bug charts with 147 and 127 holes disclosed in each, nudging out the Linux Kernel with 119 flagged flaws, the National Vulnerability …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015
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Quantum not buying Dot Hill. Takes the OEM, master disti path instead

Contradicting rumours we heard that it was buying Dot Hill, storage biz Quantum, already a Dot Hill OEM, is taking on master channel distribution rights for the network array maker's products. Dot Hill manufactures storage systems for OEM customers such as Quantum and others, and has a focus on improving array performance with …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2015
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Wick Hill decides the, er, Price is right

Channel veteran Tony Price has landed as UK sales director at specialist security distie Wick Hill. Price is a former boss at reseller WStore and has worked in various levels across distribution at now defunct CHS Electronics and second user wholesaler Chiltern IT. “We’ve got a significant expectation of increased sales in …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 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

Arrow ECS UK sales director Johnny Ellis set to exit building

Distie veteran and colourful channel figure Johnny Ellis is to exit the UK and lreland sales director’s office at Arrow ECS with the intent of ploughing his furrow in another area of the industry. Ellis has been in tech distribution for more than two decades: he set up Open Computing before it was sold to PSL, which was then …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014
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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

More than half of companies are now expected to miss the deadline to quit Windows Server 2003 before Microsoft’s 14 July end-of-extended-support cut-off point. Many will seek security cover through Microsoft Custom Support Agreements (CSAs) charged at $600 per server, or reckon on having in place their own plans for coping. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015
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Blighty's oldest tech distie feels a little punchy again

Death, taxes and Northamber’s continued sales slide once seemed three certainties in life, but no more – the UK’s oldest tech distie has grown for the first time in years and isn't losing nearly as much cash. It could well be that the new management strategy, led by commercial director Alex Phillips, son of chairman David, is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2015
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EMC UK channel overlord Poole exits role but not company

Ten months into Russell Poole’s chairmanship of EMC’s Brit channel and he trekking into Europe to take on a more lofty role in the organisation. Poole replaced Terry Beale last August as the local channel chief, adding the reseller and distribution badges on his lapel to existing service provider and public sector …
Paul Kunert, 18 May 2015

Rigby clan jumps into private equity game

Industry veteran Paul Ecclestone is to head up a private equity subsidiary for Rigby Group that is seeking small but perfectly formed companies in perceived hot areas of tech. The exec returned to the Midlands-based biz dynasty in early April, having previously transferred with Specialist Distribution Group when it was acquired …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2015

Phoenix IT Group: we hired 20 bods for config/ distie centre

What Phoenix IT Group giveth with one hand it taketh with another: the services group is hiring 20 bods to man a new config centre, the same number it is waving goodbye to this month in the repairs biz. The 15k sq ft config and distribution centre based in Farnborough cost £500k to set up and it will combine storage and staging …
Paul Kunert, 30 Mar 2015
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Guess who SAP's picked for UK boss? Yep, it's a distie man

Distribution isn’t typically the first port of call for enterprise software vendors looking to recruit execs, but SAP has broken the mould by tapping up the chief operations man at DCC Exertis to head up its UK and Ireland biz. Cormac Watter, COO at the tech arm of Irish conglomerate DCC — which owns Exertis (formerly trading as …
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2014
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Botham bowls into Microsoft as latest UK distie overlord

Microsoft is about to open the doors to a new distribution boss after dipping into the ranks at data management software player Commvault to poach EMEA VAD manager Marc Botham. This concludes the desk chair shifting aboard the good ship Microsoft that started when company veteran Clare Barclay moved from SMB director to channel …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014

Where will you place your vendor bets in 2015?

There was plenty to keep Europe’s IT channel busy over the past few months, and the rest of this year could be just as turbulent. By the end of 2014, the shakeout of major strategic changes from HP, Dell and Symantec were yet to be felt. But as 2015 progresses, this is likely to change, so keeping a close eye on developments is …

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

Azlan UK boss made 'redundant' amid restructure

Tech Data (TD) UK has restructured its Azlan enterprise tech business unit, taking out the top dog Gareth Hansford in a cost cutting shimmy. The industry veteran left this month, the start of the distie’s new fiscal year, and the decision to make him redundant came after analysis of the books. Hansford confirmed to The Channel …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2015
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Forget Paris: OpenStack is not a cheap alternative to VMware

Storagebod It’s an unusual month which sees me travel to two conferences, but it happened in October, and there's still a part of me that wishes I was on the road again and off to the OpenStack Summit in Paris. At the moment, it seems OpenStack has the real momentum and it would have been interesting to compare and contrast it with VMworld …
StorageBod, 06 Nov 2014
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Lenovo: We'll say HELLO MOTO to profits in 18 months

Lenovo is looking to do for Motorola mobiles what it did for the IBM Thinkpad, kicking life into the products and making the company profitable. The aim is to make the company profitable in the next 18 months. All 3,500 people who had been working for Motorola under Google ownership have transferred to Lenovo, and while the …
Simon Rockman, 25 Nov 2014

Westcon: 'What we need is a cloud brokerage biz.' One buyout later...

Tech group Datatec has hoovered up a second biz this week after confirming the $12m acquisition of US-based fluffy white services brokerage Verecloud. The buy will be bolted onto distribution subsidiary Westcon, days after Datatec’s integrator arm Logicalis hoovered up German software firm ituma. The cloudy rig that Veracloud …
Paul Kunert, 04 Sep 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
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Phoenix IT Group says 'see ya' to repairs staff

Phoenix IT Group is outsourcing the lion's share of its repairs workshop work to Centrex, with staff set to TUPE across to their new employer by the end of this month. Some 20 workers entered into consultation “recently”, the company told us, and are expected to relocate from their current Northampton base to the national …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2015

Will YOU be living in a cardboard box under the motorway in five years?

Chinese kit-maker Huawei reckons one in four resellers will be out of business inside the next half a decade, such is the dwindling shelf life for the classic man-in-the-middle model. A report outlining the company's strategy predicted: "Within next five years, one fourth of the channels will disappear, and the remaining …
Kat Hall, 26 May 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
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VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)

VMware has almost certainly increased the prices it charges to partners and customers. News of the increases is dribbling out after Virtzilla wrote to users and resellers over the last few days. In this Reddit thread VMware users report price hikes of between one and five per cent. Blogger and VMware-watcher Aidan Finn on …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 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

Brocade's pen poised over cheque to buy Connectem

Brocade is putting its foot into the mobile infrastructure hokey-pokey dance, announcing that it wants to buy Connectem, a specialist in virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) software. The target had recently announced that it was one of the winners of a Telekom Austria project to run up a virtualised LTE core network for its …

Book closing on next HP UK PC and printer boss

The smart money is on HP naming Simon Ewington as the next head of the Printing and PC biz in the UK and Ireland to replace outgoing chief Paul Hunter. Hunter leaves to become HP CEO Meg Whitman's bagman chief-of-staff in August but the company has already whittled down the list of candidates to a few names, we understand. The …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2014
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Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP

IDF 2014 How important will Big Data be to the typical enterprise IT department within the next few years? More important than any other workload, if you believe Intel. "Within a couple of years, Hadoop will be the number one application. It will be running on more servers than any other single app. It will be more common for enterprise …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2014
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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Microsoft's licensing on the upcoming Windows 10 OS means that most users will find their systems updating on command from Redmond without any option to stop this. The Licensing Agreement for Windows 10, as found in the latest release candidate build 10240 of Windows 10 Professional, stated: The software periodically checks …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jul 2015
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Avnet TS boss: restructuring over, no more navel gazing for us

Without the distractions of the internal restructuring Avnet Technology Solutions is making hay while the sun shines on its European customers, the global president reckons. The enterprise tech distie reported a total sales decline of 1.3 per cent on a year ago in actual terms to $2.5bn for the fiscal ’15 third quarter ended 28 …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2015
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SCC: the hosted voice market? Yep, we've got plans for that

Building more bit barn capacity, and beefing up security and hosted voice services - potentially via acquisition - are the next moves that SCC CEO James Rigby is plotting from his Birmingham-based war room. The Midlands tech dynasty this week bought a “significant minority stake” in connectivity firm Fluidata to act as the “glue …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015

Brit enterprises still wolfing down PCs post-XP support death

Tech disties feasted on a relative PC sales banquet in Q2 as businesses and to a lesser extent consumers made a belated dash to rid themselves of systems running on Windows XP. Abacus stroker Context collated the sale-out figures from wholesalers and found more than 844k desktops, notebook and PC workstations were adopted by UK …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2014

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