* Posts by The Godfather

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Insight Enterprises CEO: our EMEA ops are firing... no not staff

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Rock-n-roll

Services therefore at 3%.....

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Techie the most recession-proof job

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The earth's flat...

What a load of old bull....

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Arrow: Fraudsters impersonated one of our execs to steal money

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WTF?

Irrational....

Staggered that any business should fail to either implement or enforce simple risk management strategies to counter this type of fraud. It really is not that difficult.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Happy

Here we go again...

Usual clamour yet nothing really gets done to curb tax mitigation loopholes and worse, the crafty movement of profit out of the U.K. To more favourable tax locations. HP UK for example files financials that suggest a good whack of corporation tax. However, it's immediate and ultimate UK Parent 'funds' HP UK and does so by borrowing huge sums of money from abroad and pays equally huge amounts of interest, net result is a huge loss and therefore a net zero UK corporation tax liability. HP are not the only one by any means and these practices extend even to distributors too.

I get totally cheesed off when the media shouts about the usual suspects but carefully avoids naming so so many others, including banks and financial institutions. Either close the gaps or stop bleating.

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Viglen staff mark CEO Tkachuk's passing with a royal tribute

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Happy

gold plated bog seats...

This type of executive bog harks back to the 40's,50's ad 60's....These days, it's a fad, akin to having private jet...did this one have a key to enter too or just a doberman guarding the door?by the way El Reg...perhaps time to introduce a new comment icon... a toilet - massive potential for use!

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HPE smashes champers bottle on side of punter engagement centre

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Happy

Hand holding?

Is this a prayer or revival meeting?

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ANS Group consumes specialist network minnow Eison

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Nice little buy

How much?

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Six Degrees grabs £12m pot of cash from private equity overlord

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Angel

More debt?

So, is this additional 12m a gift?

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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Unhappy

Regrets...

Bought an Asus laptop with Windows 10 and beginning to regret it. Still no solution seemingly to downloading contact list details onto live mail and last night, a Windows update started at 11 pm and finished at 3.00am. Appeared to update the entire OS or so it seemed to me.!

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Retirement home awaits Kelway brand, whisper sources

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It's what happens

Inevitable consequence but Kelway had lived it's life to the full and successfully too. Phil took it to its utmost achievable aim and should be immensely proud. New life beckons but that cannot diminish Kelway's contribution

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Former Sugar babe of Viglen fame set for Chrimbo exit

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WTF?

Re: salaries that went up to £10.5m from £6.5m

657 grand is an almighty whack for a business this size and the rise quite unexplainable given results.

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Wick Hill grabs majority stake in networking distie Zycko

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Canny move RPE

Surprised no one else has seen the value and return through such investment in smaller, growing and profitable VAD's

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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Quite right too...

Baller, in this case is correct in his 'explosion'

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

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Angel

Codswallop...

by 2019, it will be all academic....and possibly quite a different world, more so in tech. Why do crystal ball gazers come up with this rubbish.

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HPE to open private London drinking club

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Pint

Sideline activity perhaps or the 'enticement' of punters. No doubt El Reg's Paul took time out in the slug and lettuce.

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Systemax: Shuttering our North America Tech Group may cost $55m

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Wow..

That's some loss in inventory and receivables.....!

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Cisco slurps Acano for $700m

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Childcatcher

What?

$700m for a business with turnover of $17.6m and successive losses? Suggest anyone looking to sell fires off an approach to Cisco....easy money.

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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

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Unhappy

Sh.....t

I now expect a greater frequency of Indian or African language cold callers from 'Microsoft' telling me my system has been hacked or infiltrated..

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Profitable business evaporates at Systemax... make that all business growth

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Holmes

Bring out the Oxygen

What started life as a successful 'etailer' got bloated with bits such as sub,sub distribution, a penchant for retail stores and a foray in solution sales, areas which they had no real expertise and therefore no real sustainable return.

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HP Inc shares rocket 13% on Wall Street debut after split

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Golly...

Read into this folks...there is a message there perhaps in terms of where one will head and what its future will be...

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Meg Whitman: Next Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO is already on the payroll

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Happy

Re: The real matter about HP CEO

So, not one already on the payroll then..

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

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Mushroom

Where's the popcorn and hot dog?

I'd like a front row seat for this pantomime...with a bit of Country and Western soothing the brow

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Article No Longer Available

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FAIL

Muddy waters

Getting murky....

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It's MY ball! Stone Computers' pre-pack sale placed on ice

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WTF?

And you Brutus?

I very much suspect a deal will be done with James as this would be the right thing to do. Finding an excuse to off-load unsecured loan notes in this way is deplorable and indeed questionable, even if legal.

No doubt in my mind that Stone may find suppliers more wary of risk given recent changes and publicity.

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Redstor liked software developer Attix5 so much...

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Why not.

Small buy but it makes sense given historical links.

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Administrator tries to squeeze blood out of Stone Computers' parent

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Re: Chasing tails....

Astute, accurate and precise analysis. History as I knew it too. Fact is that James was Stone, he was both the engine and the driver and his departure left a void that was never adequately filled or managed. Having said that, when one goes through one MBO via a VC (one that knew zulch about the business), goes through a tricky patch and requires rescue involving another VC, the debt upstairs begins to accumulate. Debt, Loan Notes, accrued interest and not enough profit is always a recipe for disaster. This latest escapade is likely to be merely the beginning of the end.

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Avnet TS bemoans slow PC sales and currency for Q4 shrinkage

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Services?

Any indication on the level of 'services' sales figures?

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Systemax bleeds $28m while its shares bounce off the floor

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Ooops

Odd, how currency movement favour some and not others...

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'Cilla Black introduced me to my wife on Blind Date': Channel man's heartwarming story

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comon peeps

Some miserable gits commenting here and there...nice story so why bitch? And Alex is such a nice bloke too...

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You know that deal that Kelway bosses said DEFINITELY isn't happening?

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And to follow...

Inevitable result and simply the only sensible route Kelway could follow. I suspect however, that given its total takeover, the name of Kelway may well disappear in due course.

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Daisy Group’s Riley: Integration of £200m + acquired beast starts today

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Meh

hard work continues

Those rocks can soon appear very jagged indeed...they will have to strip out quite a lot of cost.

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Cisco is ready to axe workers at its Ubiquisys small cell unit

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Mushroom

My fulsome bosom....

Fascinating how many lose their way in 'motherships' - smothered to death maybe

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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WTF?

Re: Oh dear...

Probably already are you mean....holding all his assets too...

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Confused Colt dumps the IT services market while revenues shrink

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Facepalm

Hello???

A very. very confused business...

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Decapitation...

That lovely word....'execute'... corporate speak for cutting off heads..

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Unhappy

Re: Evolution

BYOB... bring your own bog

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SCC: Look at our bulging figure(s). We're fatter than some MSPs

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Yuuup

Plenty of scope here....

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Systemax Euro CEO Dale is OUT: Misco man gone by month's end

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Boooom...

Blow-out time....

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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

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Do'h

Over charging?....never...who'd do such a thing?................................EVERYONE

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Dell slips ring on distie Tech Data

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Childcatcher

Dell ringing.

Vendor selection of partners and direction pretty predictable. This will not do margins any favours so any gains are likely to be short-lived...for all.

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Softcat preps for IPO, closes in on brokers

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Inevitable move

This is probably the only real and sensible option at this time even though only a few years ago, the thought of an IPO was perhaps anathema. An IPO will give it scope on the one hand but will also change the 'character' and almost 'family' aspect of its corporate history and growth. Positives but with some negatives therefore.

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Tech Data leaps into professional services pool

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Diversification...

A bit odd but not surprising. looks like buying a Reseller to sell it's Reseller Services to other Resellers...or is it?

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Daisy Group: Yep, we're gonna eat you all up, Phoenix IT Group

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Paris Hilton

Load it up man...

How much is the debt upstairs now...and is it being serviced?

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

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Happy

Catching up??

A reminder for those whose memory may be poor...'Solution' selling by either Vendors or Distributors is designed to achieve one aim, the sale of hardware and and software - ergo what they have always sold and will always sell, subject to making any money out of it.

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Exertis parent DCC swallows Computers Unlimited for £24m

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Megaphone

Boom....

Surprised it took this long for someone to take a good look at Computers Unlimited. Inevitable and has in truth been on the cards for at least the last 5 years. Expect more consolidation. My list of 68 UK Distributors in 2010 is now down to 33...

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EMC to channel: Put all your sales eggs in our basket and we'll hurl cash at you

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WTF?

Wacky idea...

This is a ridiculous way to push your kit and suicidal for anyone that attempts it, let alone their clients. This smacks of desperation when perhaps it might not be there.

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US titans roll out the numbers... wow, reselling is a tough game

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Coat

Not really surprising...

Never really been pure resellers. They've had a mix of sub distribution, wholesale and reselling for years. Both are significant buyers from major Distributors and yet compete against them too.

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CSC picks up the axe yet again, eyes 800 staffers' quivering necks

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Unhappy

In them days....

Used to rate this business...many, many, many years ago...kind of makes one wonder how it was screwed up over the years..

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Midland tech dynasty launches The Bank of Rigby

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About time too...

Great move and long overdue. it needs someone of this size however to be able to support it. Third party funders and even vendor driven ones have not really ever got sufficiently involved in funding end user deals properly.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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FAIL

Jeeezz...

If they paid someone for this, they've been robbed...

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