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Microsoft enterprise reseller SoftwareOne bags private equity investor

Volume licensing transaction engine SoftwareOne has sold a minority stake to private equity investor KKR for an undisclosed sum, the companies confirmed today. Challenges facing the Microsoft enterprise reseller – AKA a Licensing Solution Partner – are multiple, not least the proliferation of the cloud as more businesses …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2015
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Vatican 'ghost account' claims as reseller wades into Autonomy-HP legal struggle

MicroTechnologies, a reseller caught up in the long running HP/Autonomy legal battle, has itself fired a legal salvo at the US behemoth. MicroTech claims it is owed millions of dollars for software that was paid for but never delivered. MicroTech was named in HP’s claims against former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch, saying that he …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2015
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'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

The gradual winding-down of Nokia as a consumer electronics brand continues, with Nokia retail stores and Care repair centres worldwide now morphing into Microsoft sales outlets. "Nokia retail stores will be called Microsoft Authorized Resellers and will showcase a range of Microsoft experiences and products including Lumia, …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2015
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Seagate wins HP as ClusterStor array reseller, bolts on IBM Spectrum Scale

HP will resell Seagate's Lustre-ous ClusterStor 1500 and 9000 high-performance computing arrays, while Seagate is adding IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system to ClusterStor alongside Lustre. These scale-out HPC arrays run the Lustre parallel file system and are OEM'd by Cray, as Sonexion storage, and SGI. The ClusterStors …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 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

For-sale sign erected outside UK reseller titan Kelway's HQ

Venture capitalists and prospective trade buyers will get the chance to take a look under the hood of London-based mega reseller Kelway this week – when investment bankers metaphorically drive the biz onto the forecourt. US finance house William Blair is in charge of selling off Kelway. Our sources close to the company expect a …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2014
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Reseller SCC buys a slice of Fluidata

IT re-seller SCC has taken an undisclosed stake in London-based data connectivity outfit Fluidata, so as to further muscle into the infrastructure space. James Rigby, chief executive of SCC, said the investment will give the company access to the data telecoms market. "Fluidata positions SCC at the forefront of data centre …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015

US reseller titan buys minority stake in Kelway MBO – sources

Exclusive One of the largest US resellers, CDW, has crossed the Atlantic to take a minority stake in mid-market focused tech supplier Kelway, The Channel can reveal. OOPS! The sales process began in earnest back in January when Kelway appointed US investment bank William Blair to put together a 97-page Information Memorandum and oversee …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2014
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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

There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel

Oracle-Sun anniversary A headstone in Santa Clara carries the names of the fallen in Sun Microsystems’ once illustrious reseller channel – it is five years this week since grim reaper Oracle bought the server giant. It’s not that these companies hit the wall, more that some realised quickly that an agreement with Larry’s lot wasn’t going to work out …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015
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Silicon Valley Cisco reseller charged with $37 million fraud

The boss of Silicon Valley Cisco reseller Network Genesis has been indicted for selling counterfeit kit and sub-price products bought by the networking company's staff. According to the federal grand jury indictment, Cuong Cao Dang, sometimes known as Calvin Dang, bought counterfeit hardware for his San Jose reseller business …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013

Mega UK reseller Kelway bags investment banker for matchmaking service

Kelway has appointed global investment banker William Blair to seek a way forward for the business, which in all likelihood appears to involve hauling in a new private equity backer. As The Channel previously noted, Kelway has swelled to a £500m sales biz, which appears to restrict potential trade buyers in UK reseller land to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014
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Enormo reseller SCC rejgs exec chairs for growth spurt

Specialist Computer Centres (SCC) has initiated a restructure to spearhead a four-year growth plan, say our sources in vendor land. This follows a review by external consultants who were drafted in to help create the multi-year business plan, with more highly paid biz advisors believed to be coming in to help implement plans. …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014

Enormo US reseller Insight rejigs top bods across rest of world

US-owned reseller Insight is clearing out a chunk of heavy duty sales experience to cut its cloth for leaner trade, say The Channel's sources. The reseller made changes to its mid-market leadership team in Q2 after losing market share in the pursuit of bigger deals, when UK sales directors Gregg Pearce and Tim Westbrook left the …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2013
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Enormo reseller Insight hires former Cisco man to run EMEA services

Insight EMEA claims to have taken a step forward on the long and winding path to tech services glory by recruiting a former Cisco and PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting chief to head up a newly erected division. A pan-regional services team will be fronted by newly installed veep Rolf Adam, who mostly recently served as industry …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014
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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

GCPLive Google is going to serve up Microsoft Windows in virtual machines on its Compute Engine service as the web giant hopes to dethrone Amazon as the king of the cloud. Support for the operating system was announced by Google on Tuesday at its Cloud Platform event in San Francisco: the search king will make Windows Server 2008 R2 …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014

Microsoft took away $4m of our profits, laments mighty reseller

The cost of redundancies and restructuring together with the biting changes Microsoft made to sales incentives almost wiped out the profit that Insight Enterprises made in EMEA during Q4, closing the curtains on a year of change. The reseller titan reported a five per cent regional sales spike to $397.6m in the final quarter of …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2014
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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

IT reseller giant Computacenter has smoked out a bunch of squatters who took up residence at its former offices in London. The rent-freetards had set up camp after finding a way into the building, which is next door to the company's headquarters in Blackfriars. But the vagabonds spent just a few nights in the premises before …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2013

Ex-SAP director: I bribed govt officials to seal the deals on software

A former regional director of German enterprise software outfit SAP has pleaded guilty to bribing officials in the Panamanian government to secure a contract for one of the company's resellers. Vicente Eduardo Garcia, 65, of Miami, Florida, admitted giving $145,000 in bribes to one government official and promising bribes to …
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2015
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Enormo reseller Insight seeks experienced sales hands for City pad

Headhunters will be on red alert after Insight confirmed plans to establish a sales outpost in the City in a bid to snuggle up to existing and potential corporate customers. The firm has rented some space from an unspecified service delivery partner in Aldgate to rub shoulders with Kelway, Misco, Softcat, Computacenter and many …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014
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UK reseller titan Kelway's valuation heading north of £200m, say insiders

The first round of Kelway's sales process is understood to be over and the buy price has drifted north of £200m, or so say our insiders. Interested venture capitalists are still believed to be at the negotiating table, as are some trade buyers, with investment banker William Blair, appointed in January, overseeing the …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2014

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

HP gets closer to Google with reseller deal

HP has joined forces with Google to sell collections of HP gear along with Google's Apps software. The HP SMB IT in a Box program was announced by HP at its HP Discover conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, alongside news of HP entering the Google Apps Reseller program. HP has traditionally had a strong relationship with …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2013

English reseller scoops ENTIRE NHS Scotland software gig

Trustmarque has scooped a software and services contract with the NHS National Services Scotland in a framework estimated to be worth north of £20m. Under the terms of the deal, all health trusts in the country can buy software and software asset management services from the York-based reseller. Mark Garrity, regional sales …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012

Reseller giant Misco puts UK workers at risk of redundancy – sources

Reselling monster Misco has put staff working in its customer services, accounts and buyers departments at risk of redundancy, according to sources close to the company. The European business, owned by NYSE-listed Systemax. is plotting to become the largest services-based reseller in the region inside four years by targeting …
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2013
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Win XP war, huh! What is it good for? Enormo IT reseller Insight

A currency tailwind in EMEA, PC munching customers fleeing from Windows XP support doom on both sides of the Atlantic, and far leaner restructuring charges lifted Insight Enterprises' Q1 2014 financials. The Fortune 500 tech reseller reported a year-on-year three per cent hike in sales to $1.2bn in the period from January to …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

What's that noise upstairs? It's a shakeup at enormo reseller Insight

The EMEA division of reseller giant Insight Enterprises has welcomed back former UK boss Emma de Sousa on a permanent basis. She vacated the role from early 2012 to go on maternity leave, and EMEA veep for partner management Justin Griffiths babysat the position until her return as UK and Ireland managing director. But outgoing …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013
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Brit reseller Kelway chops off some heads to shed costs

UK IT reseller Kelway is getting its house in order to remove duplication across the business, following a growth spurt during the last seven years that involved as many acquisitions. The Channel can reveal that Kelway has put its vendor marketing team based in Basingstoke at risk of redundancy and that vendor and alliances …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2013
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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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Misco hires sales vet Brooker to run UK sub

Systemax Europe president Simon Taylor has made his first senior hire in the shape of tech sales veteran Tony Brooker - a man he charged with rebuilding UK subsidiary Misco. Taylor, formerly EMEA senior veep of operations at Insight Enterprises, took over the business in June and at the top of his to-do list was a message from …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2015

France's biggest Apple reseller shuts up shop

Lawsuits are all that remain of France's biggest Apple reseller after no credible bidders came forward to save the business. eBizcuss officially went into liquidation on 31 July, after 36 years of trading. We understand that there were at least two offers for the reseller but none were sufficient to save the business. eBizcuss …
Anna Leach, 06 Aug 2012

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

Bloated tech reseller Systemax may be turning around, but it's still going the wrong way

Things were supposed to be on the up for the Leeds brothers in charge of troubled reseller Systemax: by this point in calendar '13 profits should have returned as the restructuring plan takes hold ahead of the glide into Christmas. But that is happening elsewhere in an alternative reality - in this time dimension Systemax …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013
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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

Enormo reseller Insight smacked by software licensing slide

International reseller giant Insight Enterprises has been hit hard by plunging PC and software licence purchases and was unable to cut costs quickly enough to offset declining sales and gross profits in a challenging calendar Q2. The numbers for the box-pushing titan were out last night and didn't make for pretty reading: …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2013

Computacenter CEO: Currency headwind? Yep, that hurt alright

For a business, not losing sales ground in these uncertain economic times might be considered something of an achievement in itself. If so, Computacenter bosses will be downing celebratory doubles this morn. In the half year to 30 June, the services-based reseller reported sales of £1.44bn – flat compared with a year ago, but …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Apple accused of starving French reseller of hot stock

Apple squeezed supplies to a top reseller and used its own retail stores to gain an unfair competitive advantage, claims a French shop chain that is taking Apple to court in Paris. eBizcuss, the largest reseller in France, said that Apple favoured its own stores over theirs when it shipped out new and hotly demanded trendy tech …
Anna Leach, 03 Jan 2012

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
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Reseller Insight gobbles consultancy biz

Reseller giant Insight Enterprises has swallowed US-based professional services outfit Ensynch. Ensynch, which employs 65 field engineers and 70 contractors, turned over $16.2m (£10.3m) last year. It carries Microsoft's Gold badge for virtualisation, ID and security, and portal and collaboration. Ken Lamneck, Insight CEO, said …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2011
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Blighty's largest iPad reseller formed in biz gobble deal

Exclusive London-based reseller Trams Group has snapped up the UK operations of Cancom from its German parent Cancom AG for an undisclosed sum. This is the second acquisition the Apple Authorised reseller has made - it took over Rapid Group in 2008 - since directors Warren Peel and Alex Page led an MBO nearly nine years ago. The reseller …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2012
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HP plays the cloudy dating game with Helion Marketplace

HP GPC 2015 HP is to showcase a new dating service for its reseller partners looking to sell cloud services with Service Providers looking for a route to market. Helion Partner Marketplace is to be launched, a similar initiative to one from IBM, that allows resellers to sell, provision and bill services to customers delivered by Service …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015
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Avnet devours reseller BrightStar Partners

Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) continues to expand its IT services biz after hoovering up an IBM reseller stateside that also houses a consultancy and software operation. The distie titan has already blurred the traditional business boundaries between wholesalers and solution providers by acquiring Pepperweed Consulting, …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2012
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Kelway new owner CDW tells staff to rest easy. Job cuts? Nah

The great unwashed at Kelway could be forgiven for checking their backs after CDW acquired the reseller yesterday, but job cuts or office closures are not part of early integration plans, or so say the new bosses. The world’s largest tech reseller – CDW won 3,000 new punters in Q2 alone compared with the 4,600 in total that …
Paul Kunert, 04 Aug 2015

VMware channel confirms price hikes from next month

The meteoric rise of the US dollar relative to currencies in Europe and other parts of the globe is the reason VMware is reducing channel discounts by mid-to-high single digits and why user pricing will rise. Virtzilla and its distributors have warned their reseller and integrator customers of the pending tweak to the licensing …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2015
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France's biggest Apple reseller sinks: 'Tech titan crushed us'

Apple's largest authorised reseller in France – eBizcuss – has gone bust, closing all its outlets and firing its staff. The chain had 120 employees across 15 shops in France and Belgium, according to L'Express, and ran several other businesses including services businesses KA Services and ICLG, which are also closing. Staff …
Anna Leach, 06 Jun 2012

Post Office: Here's £100m, Computacenter. Now get us up to date, for pity's sake

Services-based reseller Computacenter has bagged a £100m project to refresh and manage tens of thousands of PCs for the Post Office, in line with the customer’s aim to drag itself into the 21st century. The four-year End User Computing Tower involves CC buying, configuring, installing and maintaining more than 30,000 devices …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2014

Reseller giant Systemax bleeds red ink in Q1 of 'turnaround year'

Misfiring reseller big gun Systemax has seen poor results in the first quarter of calendar 2013 - which is supposed to be its turnaround year. In its efforts to recover, the business has slashed European jobs, shuttered US PC factories and axed retail brands. The ailing firm, branded as Misco in Europe, saw sales decline 3.6 per …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013
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Integrator-reseller 2e2 'broke banking covenant', hits credit buffers

The future of integrator-cum-reseller 2e2 is unclear amid claims from sources close to the firm that it broke a banking covenant in December and is running up to its credit limits in distribution. The Berkshire-based business has been a cause for concern among many wholesalers and vendors due to its massive debt and has reported …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2013

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

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