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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:17:05 GMT

Man from Pru tears up £722m deal five years ahead of time

Financial services slinger Prudential is to kick Capita to the curb, cutting short a 15-year mega deal and switching the administration of its life and pension policies to Tata Consultancy Services.…

US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:04:13 GMT

Global sales fall for 13th straight quarter

America’s PC market sneezed in Q4 calendar and the rest of the world caught a cold: global sales declined in the final three months of last year, stats from Gartner indicated – although rival IDC did not concur.…

IT buyer? Had enough of pesky resellers cold calling? You aren't alone

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:36:05 GMT

Up to 40 calls a day, three hours wasted

IT buyers are pestered by between nine and 40 unsolicited sales calls from resellers each and every day, collectively wasting hours of their life that they’ll never get back.…

DXC Technologies UK boss quits

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:39:04 GMT

Nick Wilson working six month notice

Just months after Nick Wilson landed in the UK hot seat at Frankenfirm DXC Technologies - the merger between CSC and HPE’s outsourcing division - he has quit, multiple sources have told The Reg.…

Capita appoints back bencher baroness as non exec director

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:58:04 GMT

Could it be eyeing up more public sector deals?

Public sector outsourcing favourite Capita has appointed House of Lords backbencher Lucy Neville-Rolfe as independent non-executive director.…

WANdisco: We need cash-o. About $10m would.. wahey... $22m

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:44:07 GMT

Extra funding to grow biz with partner push

Sheffield-based replication supplier WANdisco, which was hoping to raise $10m to grow the company yesterday, has raised $22m from its share sale.…

Today is your last chance to pick up a piece of channel history

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:35:10 GMT

M1 SCO car reg plate bidding reaches four figures

The old saying "a fool and his money are soon parted" clearly doesn't spring to mind as bidding starts to simmer on the Misco car registration plate that went under the hammer last week.…

UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:12 GMT

Aviva and Centrica wanted cloud giant love. 1 outsourcer... wasn't ready... to let go

Updated Insurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal.…

DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:38:05 GMT

Employees worried it's a loop-your-own-noose initiative

DXC Technologies employees fear a company request to profile their skills on a new management portal will be used by top brass to elbow them out of the door in the next round of compulsory redundancies.…

Which reseller pleased fatcats today and rhymes with let's mute a centaur?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:05:07 GMT

Europe's buying tech kit 'n' services

Computacenter – one of Europe’s largest resellers – today reported Q3 financials that are sure to warm the cockles of investors' hearts: sales jumped by a fifth as businesses splashed the cash on tech kit and services.…

DXC: Hands up in customer support – who wants redundo?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:32:07 GMT

Compulsory layoffs coming if VR targets not met

DXC Technologies is seeking volunteers in customer support teams to strap themselves to the redundancy cannon as the process of shipping jobs out of higher wage locations and into cheaper ones continues.…

Feel the pension pot burn, Canadian DXCers

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:24:10 GMT

Matching staff contributions? Not from next year

Exclusive DXC Technologies Canada will match only half the pension contributions made by former HPE Enterprise Services staff in yet another dramatic expenses purge.…

This is no yolk. Newegg scrambles against rotten shell company claims

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:37:38 GMT

Tech slinger hopes this $3bn fraud lawsuit will be over easy

Updated Online electronics souk Newegg has been accused of taking part in a financial scam that duped banks in South Korea out of billions of dollars.…

DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:30:11 GMT

Watch the client eat (smallish) steak as you munch on bread roll

In the pursuit of ways to further squeeze its overheads, DXC Technologies has issued a fresh directive to the troops by further clipping travel costs and capping client entertainment.…

Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:17:54 GMT

Administrator blames credit insurance cuts, online rivals for collapse

Misco UK has laid off 300 staff, as expected, after ceasing to trade and appointing administrative receiver FRP Advisory to pick through the ashes of the loss-making business.…

Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:21:10 GMT

CEO dispatched to secure extra finance. If that fails, administration awaits

Misco Group Ltd is holding eleventh-hour talks to secure additional funding to turn around the business and stave off the threat of administrative receivership, multiple sources have told The Reg.…

Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:33:04 GMT

'We're here to make money and ain't no one getting rich off it'... even Microsoft

Canalys Channels Forum The biggest tech resellers in Europe would not mourn the demise of the Surface device should Microsoft decide to kill it off by 2019, as was recently predicted at the Canalys Channels Forum.…

Microsoft is Putin a stop to Russian-sanctions-busting IT resellers

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:02:12 GMT

Установка Linux, Дмитрий!

Microsoft is investigating how some of its products were sold to businesses and government offices within Russia and Crimea despite strict sanctions against such sales.…

HPE: Cloud Server WILL survive... we just need someone else to buy 'em

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:11:09 GMT

Not you, Microsoft. You had your chance

Canalys channels forum Hewlett Packard Enterprise is reworking the Cloud Server line jointly developed with Foxconn – a unit that was under threat – and plans to launch shiny new products in the not-too-distant future.…

Microsoft titan's daddy buys Phoenix. Bytes is going to be a big reselling brother

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:34:10 GMT

You'll still have your own room

A disturbance was noted in the reselling channel today when the parent of Bytes UK slurped rival Microsoft licensing solution partner Phoenix Software for £35.9m.…

Lenovo fishes in Brit PC pond for new UK boss

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:44:40 GMT

Lands Preben Fjeld

Lenovo confirmed to the UK teamsters this morning at 9am that a new boss is set to parachute into the vacant MD’s hot seat locally in a little under six weeks.…

DXC squeezes suppliers for extra margin, issues ultimatum

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:26:13 GMT

That is IT, stationery, toilet rolls, etc 'give us discounts' says outsourcing biz

The procurement team at DXC Technologies might consider giving courses on how not to win friends or influence people after sending suppliers an ultimatum: cough better financial terms or else.…

DXC Technologies mails another corp message (gulp)

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:03:11 GMT

No, not redundos or cost cutting... bonuses for the 'top performing' little people

Repeated redundancy programmes and the imposition of penny pinching measures can make a workforce glum, no matter how many fancy dress days a company offers: DXC Technologies might have realised this.…

Ex-EDS bod at DXC Technologies? Sign up to new pension scheme - or else...

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:39:13 GMT

Don't agree to new terms? No salary or bonuses for you

Exclusive Frankenfirm DXC Technologies is proposing to kill off the final salary pension scheme for former EDS staff and will refuse to fund pay rises and bonuses to those affected who do not sign over to the new package.…

Enterprises gooey for Windows 10 as OS helps Computacenter rake it in

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:56:12 GMT

Brit, German, French markets buoyed by upgrade demands

Computacenter is paying £100m in dividends to shareholders after reporting a double-digit rise in profits on the back of a sales spike that was in part boosted by Windows 10 implementations.…

Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:53:12 GMT

Punters are putting off handset refreshes as prices rise

Pricier smartphones and lower EU roaming charges will dampen Dixons Carphone's bottom line, the retailer's CEO warned today in an unscheduled trading update that sent its share price crashing by 30 per cent.…

IT reseller Misco UK shutters warehouse and distie centre

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:34:00 GMT

Clawing its way out of the red

Misco is shuttering its UK warehouse and distribution centre in Greenock, Scotland, in a bid to drag the P&L accounts out of the red.…

The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:01:10 GMT

Political uncertainty blamed for crap Q2

Brexit and the general election were highlighted by Gartner as being among the reasons why the good folk of Britain purchased far fewer PCs in Q2.…

NetApp channel chief Bill Lipsin leaves firm

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:02:08 GMT

No word where he's headed yet

Bill Lipsin, NetApp's VP for global channels, is leaving the company.…

Maintel snaps up Intrinsic for £5m

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:42:09 GMT

Networking biz forks out for loss-making outfit

UK comms and networking integrator Maintel has snapped up Merseyside-based reseller Intrinsic Technology for £5.2m.…

DDN offers help to 'stranded' Seagate ClusterStor customers

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:38:06 GMT

Heard about this, Cray?

DDN says it will provide support to stranded ClusterStor customers following Seagate’s product line shutdown - only they are not stranded.…

Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:06:08 GMT

'Dragon'-owned biz shifts focus to B2B market

Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space.…

Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:29:10 GMT

Strapline on van: 'Where your vote is your choice'. Meow!

Pic A rival of the reseller who threatened to sack Labour-voting employees hired a billboard van to drive past their HQ with the words “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” emblazoned on its side.…

Microsoft distie Entatech goes TITSUP

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:13:31 GMT

KPMG appointed to pick over bones of Midlands-based biz

The loss of contracts with strategic vendors and the subsequent decline in sales forced components distributor Entatech to call in administrative receivers, The Reg can confirm.…

Franken-firm DXC Technology is born today, the fun begins...

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:34:13 GMT

'Don't feel too embarrassed to wear fancy dress', biz tells staff

Franken-firm DXC Technology, the corporate mash-up between CSC and HPE Enterprise Services that was brought to life today, has urged staff to turn up to work in fancy dress, or at least corporate colours, to celebrate the launch.…

Sources: Misco sold to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:30:14 GMT

Failed tech reseller joins same stables as HMV, Jessops, Staples...

Exclusive Systemax has offloaded almost all of its Misco-branded European reseller operations to Hilco Capital, a buyer of distressed firms that will add the failing tech supplier to a basket that already contains HMV and Staples, multiple sources have told The Reg.…

Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:08:30 GMT

Bicycles into the sunset

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…

Safe, staffers? We'll let you know

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:53:05 GMT

Access Group exec: We'll be buddies if you survive the redundancy scheme

Staff at Safe Computing - Britain’s nearest equivalent to Workday - are feeling anything but secure about their livelihoods after reading a proposal by their new owner to axe some jobs.…

FCA straps on rubber gloves, eyes Redcentric's accounting mess

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:55:08 GMT

Second regulator to probe MSP

The Financial Conduct Authority is to probe the accounting screw-up at Redcentric that was made public last autumn when the firm admitted to overstating assets and understating net debts by millions of pounds.…

Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:03:09 GMT

A fabulous start to the year!

Everyone's favourite cuddly outsourcing corp Capita is writing off a cool £50m worth of assets related to certain deals with customers after a "comprehensive review across its major contracts" base.…

BlackBerry wraps up India

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:51:08 GMT

Distie takes the poisoned chalice

Tying up loose ends, BlackBerry has found a licensee to sell BlackBerry-branded devices in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It now has deals in place covering the planet, the largest by far being with Chinese giant TCL.…

ENTA founder Tsai gets banhammer as company director for 13 years

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:51:07 GMT

Lucky for some, but not this guy after missing trader scam

Thirteen is certainly unlucky for Jason Tsai, one-time owner of distie Changtel Solutions UK – formerly ENTA Technologies (ETL) – as that's the number of years he's been barred from being a company director.…

Unite: CSC UK set for 'jobs massacre' as 1,101 heads put on chopping block

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:29:24 GMT

Oh, and ailing outsourcing biz hires fourth boss in two years, swaps Wilson for Wilson

Sickly outsourcing titan CSC UK is strapping another 1,101 staff to the employment catapult to be hurled out of the organisation between March and September, according to Unite the union.…

Computacenter: No mention of Brexit but UK sales went nowhere in 2016

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:16:30 GMT

Again, nobody is saying rexit-bay

The gods of channel sales growth did not smile on Computacenter in 2016 as the UK filed standstill top line numbers and progress in European ops was unpicked by unfavourable forex rates.…

Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:48:27 GMT

Tragic decline is slowing, though, say IDC beancounters

Santa's sack was bulging over Chrimbo, but it wasn't due to PC-shaped presents – computer sales slipped again in the final quarter of 2016, capping off five consecutive years of market shrinkage.…

Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:42:10 GMT

Aimed at small customers, kicks off in February

Come February, Redmond will be ending pay-as-you-go Azure access for new customers on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, as it turns to channel partners to win small customers who are floating away.…

SCC veterans set to leave the building after two decades

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:04:25 GMT

Andy Wright heads to XMA board seat, Tracey Westall seeking new employer

Nigh on 20-year SCC veteran Andy Wright is hanging up his company overalls to take a commercial director role and board seat at reseller XMA, sister company to distributor Westcoast.…

Hey Brit Transport Police, your tech supplier has changed ownership

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:59 GMT

MTI Europe swaps one private equity parent for another

MTI Europe, a tech supplier to the British Transport Police, has swapped one private equity owner for another with Endless LLP slurping the Surrey-based business for an undisclosed fee.…

HPE exec quits for online security startup

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:37:09 GMT

Channel overlord Lee Hughes slips off boss overcoat, hands to Mark Armstrong

The veep chosen by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s to run its sales channels in the UK and Ireland has quit to take up a post an at online security services startup.…

Capita is STILL the BIGGEST tech services supplier to

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:01:05 GMT

Slurped £1.9bn of taxpayer cash in 2016, research claims

Despite all the mini fires burning at beleaguered Capita, the much maligned outsourcing giant remained the UK's biggest public sector tech services supplier in 2016 as revenues swelled to £1.9bn.…