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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

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Waiting.....waiting...

For news the quality of bog-paper is being downgraded from soft two-ply to single military style sandpaper, shiny and useless on one side and rough as hell on the other.

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Fujitsu and Capgemini's giga-quid HMRC lashup given drubbing by govt auditors

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Guaranteed money fountains...

These well over-priced and woefully delivered services...

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Brit biz Phoenix IT Group confirms £16m of contract wins

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Re: Impressive

Early days yet Jim...results are what matters, not wins.

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

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String pulling

Obsolescence...great programme on BBC2 yesterday discussing consumerism and the default way in which manufacturers have you by the balls...ouch..!

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What PC sales slump? That's ALL OVER, declares Gartner

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Doh..

somebody should bang the heads of analysts like Gartner, IDC et all to get them to sing off the same song sheet....none of them come up with rational common announcements looking at the same figures...

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Brit IT industry comes up for air after recession

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Yippee...let's go for broke

Statistics such as these are only useful as guides and must be tempered with a little common sense in terms of understanding the underlying reasons for decline or upward swing.

Assuming all is rosy or black is likely to bite your bum when you least expect it. We are in a gentle upward swing in business confidence but the changes and challenges driven by new technologies and services carry with them real threat to those that cannot easily adapt or change direction.

Maplin, despite being a profitable business had to be sold to stop it's parent hitting the buffers. Debt remains a real burden and interest rates are likely to rise in the next 12 months.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Maplin still retains some of the old charm and wisdom but the question remains, how long will its model stand the test of time.

At an operational level, the business was and possibly still remains, one of the most profitable retail business I came across with gross margin of more than 50%. Having said that, bank covenants given the debt in the ultimate parent demanded such margins.

I've always found what I want in their stores and staff attitude and attentiveness has been first class. Hope this new level of debt above and intangible assets does not dilute the value and the risk in the business more than before as this would spell trouble.

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Enterprise storage vendors cosy up to small businesses

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So who delivers this?

Those big reseller partners who have no time to play with minnows? Find the right partners first and then deliver on promise.

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HP: Customers, partners are fleeing IBM x86 since Lenovo System x bid

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Yeah...

....and I'm the King of England..

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EMC partners fear rebate dive in new channel programme

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S--t way to do business

Vendors have an odd and oft unworkable approach...partners who take these sucker punches however have themselves to blame. Rebates and marketing are crap ways to make a profit and it's time vendors took their blinds off...

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Former Insight boss Fenton slurps Microsoft ERP channel biz

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Block one

Looks like a good building block...

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

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Re: Stories like these

I like mine better... a statistician is someone with his head in an oven and his feet encased in a block of ice....on balance, he feels neither hot nor cold.

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Load of tosh...

All this 'shifting' numbers into distributor and retailers is bollocks - give people real tangible numbers in terms of those sold to users then we can all make sensible rational judgements or indeed sensible observations.

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Kelway plonks self in shop window with double digit rev hike

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sale on..

definite for sale sign here...how much of this was export driven?

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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what a name...share price didn't like it

Clearly, a well debated and considered merged name - it's shite, looks last-minute and one likely to be synonymous with services from a yellow three-wheeler, aka 'Delboy' Trotter.

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

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Defo...

Guaranteed event - interesting to see who takes the bite and what is left after it's bitten.

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Order and shipping woes to hit Juniper in early summer, warns distie

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middle apology...

So, what's Junipers stance or comment?

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Dixons tells HQ workers: Yes, that IS a creaky trapdoor you hear. You're at risk of redundo

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1 big + 1 big = 1 BIG with a lot of fat cut off

Blood-letting to follow...

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

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Re: Sure , lets go down-market and lose more $$$

to sell, I guess

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Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

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Off you jolly well go...

Good move by SCC

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

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Re: Sign o' the times

Oddly, can think of quite a few more 'giants' laurel resting....!

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Re: Sad

Spot on...

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Order delays hit Avnet Tech Solutions' results, profits slide

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Gobble..

Another acquisition brewing perhaps.....

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Misco Shared Services Centre drone brands customer 'insane'

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Re: Language Barrier

Quite true but herein lays the problem. If you outsource, you either face the consequence of such 'lost in translations' or ensure you hire very good English speakers in your chosen outsource market. Nothing wrng in outsourcing, so long as the customer service is matched or preferably improved.

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Is this Hungarian terms?

Not only a down vote...but utter bollox.

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

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Re: ROTFL

That my dear fellow has f--- all to do with politics and everything to do with protecting 'their own'

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Azzurri Communications still losing MEELLIONS

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Oooh

Bum-clenching times......

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Tech Data shows off perky top and bottom line in fiscal '14....

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Pips squeaking?

Tough to grow without acquisition and in an environment of squeezed margin and increased cost.

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Veteran Brit tech distie Chessington HQ to become 28 flats

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aye, bricks n mortar...

Much better margin in property speculation...

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UK tech channel in RUDE health as bankruptcies dip in Q1

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yeah...but...

One should look at those less fortunate than CC or SCC and drill down into performance of the sector. Margin pressure is more acute and the real success's are in the SME managed service space.

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yeah...but...

Things are changing...someone really needs to look at performance of those less fortunate than CC or SCC and the changing face of distribution supply and margin squeeze. The real success's are in the SME managed service space.

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Juniper Networks waves axe at 6% of workforce

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Oops

'implement a streamlined organisational structure that strengthens our ability to execute, reinvigorates our mission-driven culture, and aligns to our growth opportunities'

= corporate-speak tongue twister this one. Translation is roughly along these lines...

We have to cut more costs cos we're still losing focus and need to make what we have left, look better...

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Crayon pleads with channel: Help us build our UK biz

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Ouch..

Close-knit community here in the UK..will need a sledgehammer to bust this one.....and margins are already wafer thin for current players and only volume compensates.

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UK storage integrator Glasshouse Tech goes titsup

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FAIL

Ooops

This could have been so different.....had it not been bought by its current owners....

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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

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Robbery...

4 months....suspended for 12 with a paltry fine or two? Easy money innit?

Bloke should be banged up now for twelve months with a proceeds of crime claim to nick back every penny. He's done it before apparently....so, what are the odds he does it again?

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Food for thought..

Come into the parlour says the spider (Google) to the fly (Microsoft)......I'll eat you up one day soon.

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HDS: channel STILL 60-65% of UK biz, says local COO

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Meh...

If 60-65% is admitted, consider it to be around 50%

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Cough up or else, HMRC tells storage channel biz

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Quack Quack...

Looks like a dead duck..........

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Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

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wave the magic wand...

'Given the losses and the current revenues, Kaye Hanaghan, research director at TechMarketView, said Outsourcery needs to "deliver the 'new buds' of scale in the business and prove the model works.

"2014 is an important year in this regard, but we suspect it could be 2015 before we can really make a judgement on the numbers," she wrote today in a blog post'

Make that 2018....there is far too much debt and cost here and no surety the revenue will come at the required rate..best option would be one or two years of growth and sale...to some other unsuspecting investors. Other route is failure if revenue stream and profitability does not rise substantially and quickly

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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Meh..

This is of course,direct with Microsoft...no channel thieves in here then...

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Re: This makes no sense

And where your own people can mess around with it...

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Outsourcer Atos outsources hardware, data centre refresh

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No.....you do it..

Never mind all that, Atos Origin insist on paying on 90 days....plus...wafer thin margins and needs Distribution support in extended terms...tricky.

An outsource business outsources again...

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Sick people..

Got one of these myself but realised straight away it was spam...trouble is, others may not have. Nasty way to approach this and if I find out who did it, I'll gladly castrate them

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Brit education tech supplier comes back to life after collapse

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WTF?

Come on peeps..

Creditors only get paid if there's money there...and there isn't...

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Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

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Surrender....

A big ladder needed. This is a business that should not be in IT Distribution. Indeed, some may say it isn't in any event. It needs to move on to something else.

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Brit schools' supplier Tribune Business Systems RUBBED OUT

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WTF?

Gadzooks...

That net asset value of 800K or so at last year end 2012 was down to an equity investment of 1.3m and a loss in that year of close to 600K.

What looks at odds is the level of trade and supplier credit (well over 1m in each case) - roughly five times that of 2011.

That's some increase given prior year sales in 2011 totalled just under 1.9m

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Satya Nadella shakes up Microsoft, appoints 'Scroogled' man Mark Penn as strategy chief

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Holy Cow...

A new dimension to corporate speak with all this SWAT stuff.....

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Ingram chief on $100m SLASH FEST: 'It doesn't take a genius' to see IT market's changing

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Here's the door for you..

"It doesn't take a genius to figure out this IT market is rapidly changing from a diversification of form factors and different consumption models of IT,"

Powers of deduction here astonishing, but route is the usual one of pushing jobs out to where they're cheaper and an environment of automation and processes where fewer people talk to people is the result. Ingram's underlying gross margin is down...it's only a logistics acquisitions and Brightpoint that pushed it up by a couple of basis points.

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Mega-distie Ingram Micro cops to plans to axe jobs, padlock offices

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WTF?

What??

Clear as mud. Can we have a translation in English please?

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Re: Wait what?

Alas it's a title that screams 'here's a job and title while we decide how to offload you', cheaply...

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