* Posts by The Godfather

583 posts • joined 7 Oct 2011

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Are you listening, Mr Trump? World's largest tech distie is now owned by the Chinese

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Mushroom

There's more....

Just wait until the Chines buy big in Vendor/manufacturing land......

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Northamber almost strikes cheery note, warns profit a year off

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Meh

Towel throw imminent

Bit like clinging on by fingernails now for some years. Business needs to be sold or become a reseller.

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Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

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Pint

Tempered optimism

Great to see Softcat performing well but keeping feet on the ground is a pre-requisite of future sustained growth. Post IPO, certainly in the technology sector, the first two years are more likely to be easier in showing delivery. It gets a lot tougher after that to maintain the same levels of top and bottom line growth, more so consistently.

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Rage-making, anxiety-inducing tech distributors: An ode

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Pint

Boom

Well, well, finally, recognition of where things are heading...

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Device-as-a-Service to make life simple? Nope

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Mushroom

Arrrrgh

Isn't this just old fashioned rental? What is all this bullshit called device-as-a-service? Enough of these dumb euphemism's...

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

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Pint

Yeah

I like this woman....totally agree that much of what is said is utter bullshit.

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'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

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Facepalm

Is this a gripe?

Is this a plaintive cry for the old days and a gripe that change is altering the sphere and influence of 'traditional' channel players? Nothing stands still for ever and Manufacturers, Distributors and Resellers surely have a duty to change and evolve or die.

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Artificial intelligence will eradicate channel drudgery, says Lenovo boss

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Well....

Get your prices right and rebates won't necessarily have to apply.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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Meh

Forget it, if you're bought just get what you can.

One thing to learn, when you're taken over by someone else that someone else gives not a jot what value you offered or the service level you delivered.

That someone else's priority is to retain as much of the actual business as it can and shed the excess cost of people in the acquisition; it's really as simple as that in 8/10 cases. Issue is in doing so, they actually retain less than 40% of the business volumes they acquired. Within 3 years of any acquisition, the acquirer will have retained less than 5% of staff acquired.

Best option is to sit and wait for the offer of make the demand to shift early, they always like that.

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More Lenovo staffers to be buried in the redundancy pit

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Holmes

Boom

Lenovo, or no love?

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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Re: Olip

Is that you Scrooge?

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Mushroom

Feel like kicking it

It's on my Lenovo and it's shite..... Laptop freezes for no f*****g reason, keyboard suddenly becomes unresponsive, email suddenly decides to close on its own, and it takes f*****g ages to not only download updates but for these to then be installed.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Mushroom

I f*****g hate printers

Had an HP printer once and never again.... Had a Lexmark printer once and never again. In the case of the latter, had a conforming substitute Tesco ink cartridge that worked but only until a Lexmark update stopped it functioning.

I consider another rip-off to be the assured number of either colour or black and white prints with each cartridge. It's well below the number assured.

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CSC straps another 100 jobs to redundo cannon, lights fuse, walks off

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Re: If CSC are too big now...

A lot lot more of the same ......more headlines for El Reg in future

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Want a Dell printer? Unlucky – they've just stopped selling them

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Pint

Good riddance...now for a few more

One less to rip us off on printing

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Tech Data to slurp Avnet TS for $2.6 BEEELLLION

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Coat

Here we go again

Compiled a list of UK distributors back in 2010 and I had around 68 names. This has now shrunk by 55%. This mean less choice and further downward pressure on gross margins. Expect more because they simply cannot survive without acquiring currently. Seems that as manufacturers consolidate, so do Distributors.

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Dell Tech names regional channel overlords post EMC buy

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Coat

gobble gobble

Usual event when one biggies buys another biggie..the one swallowed suffers most.

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Brexit? We have heard of this, says Dixons Carphone CEO

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Meh

Hang on. ...

We've not left yet...

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Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC

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Pint

whoa...

Marked difference between a car manufacturer and Supermarkets that sell product other manufacturers produce to the likes of you and me and two ingrained and competing technology companies merging into one. Expect to see a thorough review of product and lines covered and even a new direction with the usual chopping of overheads.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

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Re: Indeed, Apple is just the biggest target

No fish (or fruit) bigger than Apple...

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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

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Mushroom

Re: Particularly interesting...

This was no about head quartering in Ireland - It's about 'special deals' that are forbidden and rightly so. Peeved myself that Microsoft and others seemingly reached 'agreement' with HMRC. This is simply unfair to those that cough up at the correct rates.

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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Coat

Re: So what?

Can't wait to see your comment in 15 years time.

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Bloody Dell! Is EMC going to drop its logo? Answers on a postcard to Brentford

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Megaphone

Essex? the only way is Middlesex

Brentfords in posher climes than Essex...should read Middlesex my man Reg....

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Avnet CEO: Sales down, profits down, but we dumped $70m in cost

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Slurp another...

Expect another 'slurp' as the Reg describes them... Only way this model can keep its head above water

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UK tax collectors' IT boss Mark Dearnley steps down

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FAIL

What?

Never got to improve on that 47 minute hold to actually speak to anyone then...

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Avnet sees Dätwyler's bid for Raspberry Pi slinger, raises to £868m

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Re: Turkey shoot

Double check the UK taxes...given where acquirer operates from

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Meh

Turkey shoot

Another UK distributor gets gobbled...fewer and fewer left.

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Lenovo: Our gear will be 10% more pricey from 1 August

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No way

Unlikely to be any adjustment should currency recover....if it ever does

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Reasons to be cheerful at Insight: Let's start with bring your dog to work

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Facepalm

Load. Old bull

Now reaching the pits of desperation in trying to keep workers happy and selling

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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Facepalm

Well......

Does anyone ever reach those milestones......??

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Facepalm

Sovereign rules apply n'est pas?

So, one goes for Brexit to regain 'sovereign power' but one argues sovereign rules requiring the result of a referendum be approved by HM Parliament is not flavour of the month.......

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Really?

Do us a favour... Come back and revisit this post in a couple of years.....

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Unhappy

Sad refrain...

Whenever VC's get a grip of businesses like Maplin, it can only result in tears and hair-pulling. Was a gem of a place in its early days but successive owners have failed to mould it to meet changing buyers habits.

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Trustmarque has been sold yet again – this time to Capita for £57m

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Coat

Hot potato

This is a classic case of passing a hot potato around. Expect the original business of Trustmarque to disappear into Capita's black hole.

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Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell in £792m Swiss buyout deal

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Re: Payment terms

They in turn I recall frequently took 60+ days to pay

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Dragons' Den-run cloud biz Outsourcery close to sale – sources

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Thumb Down

Pardon?

Could never quite understand precisely what this business was supposed to be selling.

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UK.gov's promise to pour cash into SMEs was just hot air

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Angel

No surprise then

They always lie on this issue and more

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'Grey tech' broker DP Data Systems has gone titsup

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Pint

Shrinkage

Another loss to those that bought from them on the sly.... would be great to see their client base.

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Hungry UK services slinger swallows hosting biz for £65m – sources

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Facepalm

65m?

The world has gone totally mad...

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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers

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Re: Sigh

Don't you believe it.... Pro brexiters have their own agenda firmly set and once their personal aims are achieved, they'll let other sort out the mess.

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I'm in, says insolvency expert, grabs chair on board of Dragons’ Den star's firm

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Final call

Shape up or I call in your remaining chips...

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Argos defection to Tech Data whips Ingram Micro's bottom... line

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Facepalm

Hard sell...

Unfortunately, despite perilously low margins in selling to such organisations, (sometimes at a loss), the volume is just impossible to ignore as rebates eke out another extra basis point or two for distributors; and they clearly cannot afford to lose this level of turnover.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Unhappy

Monster buffoonery

If you're going to outsource, do it with the right contract and provider, not a bunch of cowboys like this.

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Cloud gear biz Outsourcery is running out of cash. Again

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Pint

Generous benefactors

Easy to part a fool and his money.... with a name and promise of good things...

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Fake CEOs pilfer $2.3bn from US biz pockets in three years – Feds

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FAIL

Stupidity...

Fascinated that businesses should leave themselves open to such fraud. I'll wager many of them have anti fraud processes but fail to follow them or update them. It really is a simple case of implementing a risk policy, keeping everyone in an organisation aware of it, constantly updating it and above all, ensuring everyone follows it.

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Shall we? Shan't we? Nutanix inches towards IPO

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Pint

Pfft

There was I thinking the idea is to make profit...

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Kelway's American owners to import CDW International brand to UK

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Pirate

Pooft....

Another established UK IT name disappears into the haze...

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Creaking Surrey distie Northamber: Windows 10 ate my hamster

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Pirate

Fish out of water

Cash in tank is the oxygen left but Northamber shot it's bolt when it peaked at revenue and refused to change tack.... using its cash pile to just twist a little in the hope of finding water.

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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Coat

Re: Hell No

Businesses like BT looked at Dabs given their existing online selling expertise which meant BT would not have to start off their own. Dabs, in its early years was a pioneer 'etailer' and this was the attraction to BT. No different to Insight's acquisition of Action Computer Supplies or Systemax buying Paul Kusak's business in Sheffield. Invariably, when big business buys smaller businesses the value on purchase diminishes as does the level of service while the return on investment becomes more acutely watched and monitored. If there's been a decline it service levels it should have been noticed before now.

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Power outage in Sheffield kills e-commerce at Insight UK

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Hmm

So, on promise equally risky...

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