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HMRC WLTM partner, GSOH, to help it escape the Aspire black hole

HMRC is seeking a £20m private sector partner to provide "strategic-level experience" to manage its exit from the £10.4bn Aspire mega IT deal currently underpinning Blighty's entire tax system. The tender issued this week said the partner will "help manage the exit from a large-scale outsourced arrangement that has been in place …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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IBM buys top Workday channel partner

IBM is beefing up its human resources software roster by buying Meteorix, a Boston MA reseller with more than 200 Workday consultants. Financial terms are undisclosed. Workday competes directly with Oracle for finance and HR software business in large enterprises – IBM’s heartland too. The SaaS provider is on a roll, …
Drew Cullen, 29 Sep 2015
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Phoenix boss grabs industry vet to run Partner Services biz

Phoenix IT Group boss Steve Vaughan has tapped up a former colleague Alistair Blaxill to run the Partner Business, the tech services’ firm’s largest and some would say most troubled division. Blaxill replaces Bill Simpson, who has left the business to “pursue other opportunities”, the London-listed company confirmed, though it …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2014

Huawei peels back the covers in pursuit of partner love

Huawei intends to hop into bed with nearly 50 per cent more partners this year in order to boost its sluggish enterprise sales in Europe. "Last year we had over 700 partners (Of all types) in Western Europe — the target for 2015 is to increase that number to 1,000," said Leon He, head of the enterprise biz in Western Europe. " …
Kat Hall, 22 May 2015

Rackspace joins Microsoft's Windows Azure Pack partner army

Cloud-flinger Rackspace has joined Microsoft’s new army of cloud service providers. Rackspace is now running Microsoft’s Cloud Platform at all of its US data centres. That platform is a marketing wrapper that contains Hyper-V, System Center and Windows Server with the more recent Azure Pack to spin up and run VM-based clouds. …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2014
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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up. Or so says Phil Sorgen, global partner veep, who reckons the path Microsoft took was "safer" for its legion of suppliers, …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014

Microsoft's partner mega-fest: Want to see on-prem kit? TOO BAD

WPC Microsoft's global head of channels, Phil Sorgen, says the view from his exec box at next week's Worldwide Partner Conference will look like a typical British summer - cloudy, very cloudy indeed. In what will be a disappointment to some in Microsoft's old guard – those who are still taking tentative baby steps toward 21st …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2014

Microsoft hires Aussie cloudy Transformer Man to run Brit channels

Microsoft has hired Aussie and self proclaimed “chief transformer” Martin Gregory as the next person to lead the UK channel – and the man has a very cloudy background. Former channel director Linda Rendleman – who was in the role for nearly two years – quit Blighty in August and moved to Florida to run a partner team unit …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2015

Buying EMC? Better get a quote from a channel partner

EMC execs aim to crush any lingering conflict in the technology business channel* by preventing internal reps from quoting configuration and prices to all bar the largest customers that it sells to directly. The storage giant cemented its love-in with resellers, service providers and integrators with a rules of engagement …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014

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

Crayon slurps US-based SAM minnow Anglepoint

Euro licensing powerhouse Crayon has acquired a majority stake in US-headquartered software and IT asset management services minnow Anglepoint. This is the Microsoft house’s second bite-sized buy in North America following a deal with Software Wholesale International in July. Founded in 2009, Anglepoint sells IBM and SAP …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015

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

As-a-service army lays siege to Microsoft partner gig

Quite a few "WPC newbie" channel businesses were milling around Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas last week, the vendor told us - and most of them were cloudy as-a-service startups. Some 15,000 channel partners attended the global gig last week, compared to 16,000 in 2012. A whopping 4,000 of these were …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2013

Microsoft licensing house Crayon buys into US tech market

European Microsoft licensing solutions partner Crayon Group is setting up shop in the US after subsuming Software Wholesale International. SWI is a volume licensing reseller and carries the Microsoft Gold Partner badge for software asset management and one for cloud services, so operates in the same areas as its new parent. …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2015

Quadsys Five charged with fraud over data-slurping allegations

The boys in blue have charged Paul Cox, MD at Oxfordshire-based security outfit Quadsys, with fraud after he and others at the firm allegedly hacked into a rival security reseller to take data, including pricing info. Cox was among five bods arrested in March by Thames Valley Police (TVP) in conjunction with the National Crime …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed. On a conference call with financial analysts, the exec said Microsoft Azure will become the "preferred public cloud partner" and in turn HPE will be the primary supplier of infrastructure and services for Redmond' …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015

Intel Security hires ex-Cisco and Avaya man to run global channels

Intel Security - the company formerly known as McAfee - has hired ex-Avaya global channel overlord Richard Steranka to run the rule over its worldwide partner network. The exec will take control of the security firm’s disties, resellers, managed service providers, alliances and embedded OEM chums - and will have his work cut …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015

Activist investor Elliott twists Citrix's arm until it hires new channel veep

Citrix – currently held in a vice-like grip by activist investor Elliot Management – has hired Kimberly Martin as global channel chief. The hedge fund upped its stake in Citrix in June and true to form, complained with menacing intent of under-performing sales and a weakness in strategy for third parties' firms that take …
Paul Kunert, 17 Sep 2015
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Another $75m for Datto as EMEA and APAC expansion beckons

Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) has led a $75m B-round for cloud backup and biz continuity service/product supplier Datto, as it looks to expand its presence in the EMEA and APAC regions. Datto provides backup, recovery and business continuity products used by thousands of managed service providers around the planet. It …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015
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Daisy completes Phoenix IT gobble

Acquisition-ravenous Daisy Group has completed its gobble of tech services outfit Phoenix IT Group. The deal is a sizeable purchase for Daisy, with Phoenix turning over £233.4m in sales for the full-year 2014. The 1,400 engineers working for Daisy and Phoenix will be merged in the Partner Services division. The Phoenix …
Kat Hall, 31 Jul 2015
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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

Microsoft is scouting locations across big cities in the UK with a view to rolling out a "store within a store" concept, according to our sources. Senior UK heads at the software giant have briefed property investment companies, and one told us the vendor was “working with retailers for experiential stores.” Microsoft has …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015

Mirantis and NetApp cement alliance with OpenStack handshake

NetApp and Mirantis are partnering for, and producing, an OpenStack reference architecture so that clustered ONTAP can run with the free, open-source software platform, according to information on the Mirantis website. Mirantis is the OpenStack cloud computing software platform cheerleader, and received $100m in funding in …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2015
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VMware EMC partner Cisco inks reselling deal... with Simplivity

Cisco has fired a ship-killer of an Exocet missile at VMware’s EVO:RAIL by doing a server reselling deal with Simplivity. There are two hyper-converged server/storage/networking system leaders, both startups – Simplivity and Nutanix. VMware's EVO: RAIL is hyper-converged system software running on the hardware of certified …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014

Apple and Cisco begin to map their corporate desires, apps and all

Canalys Channels Forum Apple and Cisco’s developing corporate love-in – designed to prise open enterprise customers’ wallets as the fruity firm labours to push more of its iStuff into offices – is becoming clearer, as engineers at both companies have locked arms and channel mapping is happening. Milo Schacher, Cisco veep for the EMEA and Russia …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 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

Amazon Web services revamps partner program

Amazon Web Services' has built a new base camp on its route into the heart of enterprise IT, in the form of a new Partner Network the company says provides “technical information and sales and marketing support they need to accelerate their business on AWS.” In a blog post announcing the new Network, AWS Technology Evangelist …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2012

Channel wild-child Cisco vows to be more predictable partner

Cisco is trying to fire up resellers' engines by doing what it does best: launching a bunch of channel programmes. The networking lynchpin will consolidate 47 services programmes into one global scheme and introduce a compensation model based on a "discount plus pay-for-performance rebate". Nick Earle, senior veep for worldwide …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012

NetApp flexes all-flash array, flashes Flexpod revenues

NetApp, the soon-to-be undisputed leading stand-alone storage company, has announced all-flash array guarantees nicely timed to resonate with the uncertainties now affecting EMC and Dell storage array products. It is said that, compared to enterprise database applications running on traditional non-flash, disk-based systems, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015

Enchanted Lenovo uses StorMagic spells for hyper-convergence

Lenovo and StorMagic are offering three hyper-converged configurations from Arrow partners that are channel-integrated, pre-tested and ready to plug-and-play for less than $5K. The entry level is a two-node cluster (without hypervisor) starting at $5,000, significantly less than Nutanix, SimpliVity and EVO: Rail hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2015

Dell JUNKS public cloud in favor of partner tech

Dell is discontinuing its infrastructure-as-a-service cloud and instead dealing tech to partners as it looks to make some money in the cut-throat world of cloud computing. The Round Rock, Texas, company announced on Monday that it was discontinuing sales of its multi-tenant public cloud IaaS "in favor of best-in-class partner …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2013

All change at NetApp: One veep joins as another goes fishing

Five sales people have left NetApp simultaneously, including VP Americas channels sales Regina Kunkle. What gives? The background is one of exec changes. Bill Lipsin became NetApp's VP for worldwide channels in May this year, coming to NetApp from Brocade where he was VP for global channels and system integrators from August …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015

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

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 provider frees Microsoft partner TES from administration

Business process outsourcing firm Liberata IT Solutions, which is responsible for several large government contracts, has devoured Microsoft Gold partner Trinity Expert Systems (TES) in a pre-pack administration. This came after TES succumbed to pressing cash-flow issues. Coventry-based TES called in the receivers Deloitte …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013
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Burton made channel overlord at F5 Networks

F5 Networks has pulled in channel grey beard Neill Burton to take control of its partner community in the UK, Ireland and, er, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Burton spent eleven years at Computacenter in various senior sales positions before he upped sticks and moved into vendor land with HDS as veep of channels and alliances back …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2015

Yes! Windows Phone lives: Microsoft to pump the device Kool-Aid

WPC 2015 Microsoft will this week try to convince thousands of partners to invest in Windows Phone despite taking the axe to its hardware manufacturing operation. “Windows Phone is and will continue to be an important component of our hardware portfolio,” Phil Sorgen, chief of Microsoft’s worldwide partner group told The Channel, …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2015
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IBM Business Partner cloud guru slips off to set up own biz

IBM's cloud leader has split to set up his own consultancy advising channel firms on the best way to tackle the "commercial and cultural" realities of moving into cloud services. Steve Heeney rocked up at Big Blue in February 2001 as channel manager and remained in that position until November 2010, when he became the cloud …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2012

Former HP vet Matthews is back! Slips into channel boss jacket at Fujitsu

Exclusive Fujitsu UK is to merge its B2B direct sales and enterprise channel management teams under the control of former HP veteran Kevin Matthews, El Chan can reveal. In recent weeks Fujitsu has parted with B2B divisional sales director Richard Pianta and channel and enterprise director Simon Worsfold, who oversaw distributor and …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015

Pre-split HP flops out plan to keep its sales pecker up

HP will parachute funded staff into its largest global channel customers to minimise disruption and ensure it maintains market share as the business is carved into two. Print and PC operations will be hived off to create HP Inc and the remainder of the company, including the new Aruba buy, will form Hewlett Packard Enterprise. …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2015
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Daisy Group’s Riley: Integration of £200m + acquired beast starts today

Management at Daisy Group today start the mammoth task of integrating Phoenix IT Group, and getting the respective sales staff to cross-sell following yesterday’s purchase completion. The acquisition of tech services outfit Phoenix is the 48th acquisition Daisy has made since it was founded by chairman Matthew Riley in 2001, …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2015
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Daisy Group joins Cisco ranks of Gold tier services slingers

Daisy Group is positively dripping in Cisco’s top level Gold accreditation, a move we predicted some months back. The highly acquisitive tech and comms outfit made Phoenix IT Group its latest conquest earlier in the summer and behind the scenes set up talks with Cisco to get the Gold authorisation. For those with short …
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2015

Akamai buys out Scottish web security firm Bloxx

Scottish websec firm Bloxx has been acquired by American giants Akamai in a cash deal, for an undisclosed amount, to shore up its cloud security services. Bloxx, established in 1999, had 55 employees spread between its facilities in West Lothian and Massachusetts. There has been no comment regarding restructuring at the …

Intercloud extends management to AWS VMs

Cisco's decided to Borg Microsoft and Amazon services into its Intercloud, in the latest round of Intercloud Fabric software releases. On-boarding for AWS VMs lets companies identify machines already on the Amazon cloud, and put them under Intercloud Fabric control; and Intercloud's zone-based firewall has wrapped its arms …

Defeated HP will put Helion cloud out of its misery in January 2016

Both of HP Helion public cloud customers have until January 31, 2016 to find another home for their off-site software and data. The Helion service was put on death row in April, when HP exec Bill Hilf said public cloud "made no sense" for his company. That same month, within days of signing Helion's death warrant, Hilf …

Redcentric lines up COO as new CEO

Managed services outfit Redcentric has confirmed operations chief Fraser Fisher is to jump into the CEO chair in the not-too-distant future. In a statement to the City, the AIM-listed firm its revealed succession plans with current head Tony Weaver to step down on 9 November when interim results are filed. Weaver is to remain …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2015

Cisco buys back alumni: wants to acquire Embrane

The Borg has followed up on its 2014 $US14 million investment in virtualisation business Embrane by announcing it intends to buy the business. In an announcement that partner-competitors like Citrix and VMWare will probably wish was an April Fool's release, Cisco said the acquisition will give it a team that lets it “move more …
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CA launches new global partner program

CA Technologies has announced a new “CA Global Partner Program” that it says “provides an expanded set of benefits” designed to help “solution providers, service providers, alliance partners and resellers to enable customers to deliver innovative business services.” Klasie Holtzhausen, the company's Senior Director, for Channel …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2012
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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

HP is making what looks to be a final round of UK redundancies before it breaks apart and is seeking volunteers to jump rather than be pushed. The organisation is nearing the end of its mega, three and a half-year redundancy programme that will have included the exit of 58,000 people by 1 November, the start of HP’s fiscal ’16 …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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AVG holds first Partner Advisory Council in Blighty

Small biz security specialist AVG has run its first Partner Advisory Council (PAC) in the UK after admitting it needs to brush up on channel comms, particularly in light of partners who are moving exclusively to the cloud. The inaugural event was held last week for six channel partners including Vivid Clouds, Pro-Logic, …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2013

AMD appoints Belenkiy as new EMEA channel boss

AMD has bid farewell to EMEA channel chief Fiona Faulkner, who has left for “personal reasons”. We understand that Faulkner’s husband is suffering from the advanced stages of leukaemia and she is taking time out to help care for him – we wish her all the best. The chip and graphics card vendor confirmed that “with immediate …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2015


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