* Posts by The Godfather

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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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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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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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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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NetApp layoffs loom as biz 'operationalizes strategy', 'prioritizes investments'

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Wow...

An even more complex bit of 'corporate speak'.... there must be a Reg annual prize for this surely.

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Ex-HP PC and print gros fromage Cador rocks up at Lenovo

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LOL..

That, should speak volumes.

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Cost cutting at Arrow ECS as senior accounts bods exit

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Oh Dear

This is how big acquirers lose much of the acquired business. Such a common event but ultimately, most such acquisitions have three aims. Take out a competitor, grab the good high margin bits while there and dump costs when there's no scope for further plunder.

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Outsourcery still losing as much as it turns over

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Meh

pfft..

Anyone got a breakdown of these huge costs?

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Lexmark splashes $1BEEEELION on Kofax

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Facepalm

Hex mark...

Made the mistake of buying one of their printers....NEVER again..

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Distribution of cream among EMC executive fat cats revealed

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Trollface

Well.....

Is EMC a Bank?

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Ark scoops £700m to host ALL UK.gov's data centre needs

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Meh

Safety hatch..

Taking a 25% stake in the business is a bit of a saver....

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All change at top of distie EntaTech as veep Atherton splits

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Cheers...

Jon did a great job there....the business is however ripe for the plucking...

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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

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Question...why just US owned internet companies...what about all those large, medium and even small corporates, who like internet companies. mitigate their tax through legitimate practices. HP, for example, pays zero corporation tax in the UK.............

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Violin Memory's strings snap as losses DOUBLE from last quarter

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FAIL

Visualize...

Cue the violin player...

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Ex-Systemax execs Carl & Gilbert Fiorentino jailed over $27m fraud

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Re: Punishment fitting the crime?

The restitution hearing will determine this. Question one must ask is how unique is this? in other words, is this a common theme in supply chain orchestration?

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Gamma Global goes titsup after running out of cash

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Another one bites the dust..

So, suppliers had credit insurance so it's OK to fail.... pfft....odds are they didn't given recent filings. Point is, if distributors are struggling to make a profit, brokers further down the chain feel it even more. This one has been heading for a fall for three years.

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Fears mount over future of hardware distributor Gamma Global

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Bang-wallop

Expect the inevitable....crash.

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You MUST supply dying customers even if they're in administration, thunders UK.gov

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WTF?

Lay off...

The issue here is quite simple. If, as a critical IT supplier to a business that suddenly goes down the pan into Administration, I am likely to have within my terms and conditions of supply a clause which will state that in the event of Insolvency or implied insolvency, I have a right to immediately cease supply.

If an Administrator wishes me to continue delivery in order that he (the Administrator), can maximise any recovery to fill his pockets and pay secured creditors, then he will have to put his hand into his own pocket and guarantee me payment for any ongoing supply. I may still be peeved that debt owed prior to Administration may not be paid and feel angry enough to stick two fingers up at any guaranteed future payment unless I can increase the charge to account for this.

I'm all for business recovery and continuity but there comes a point where the playing field has to be level and fair.

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Are virtualisation and the cloud SNUFFING OUT traditional backup software?

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rollox...!

That's it then...bought by EMC soon...

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UK biz Six Degrees puts up 'For Sale' sign outside corporate HQ

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Oh Dear...

Now there's a surprise....

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Arrow Electronics buys Computacenter tech disposal biz for £56m

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Yuuup, we'll add that

Diversification mode....

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

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Surprise? noooo..

Cuts inevitable and on the cards....as for numbers, just wait and see, but they'll be plenty.

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Capita IT Services raises the axe AGAIN

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Sshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Silence............

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Venture Capital investment in Silicon Valley hits dot-com boom levels

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8/10 Venture Capitalists (no matter what their size) know sweet FA about the business their money goes into. It's all generally a case of recommendation by others, copying others or taking a punt in the hope one several comes up trumps.

I've witnessed this in the channel, those heady days of dotcom and more recently with the arrival of cloud based technology, mobility and wearable tech.

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Hong Kong mogul mulls MULTI-BEELLION POUND bid for O2 – report

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Re: Anybody...

Errr, give them time and they'll buy all of them.

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Cash-burning Box makes yet ANOTHER IPO promise

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Should have gone to specsavers...

Baffling how dim and slow some of these investors are at times...time will tell

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Lenovo sings distie initiation song, adds Westcoast to line-up

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Angel

Won't be long...

Before that gap with HP decreases...mark my words...

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UK.gov prompt payment promise is POPPYCOCK - NAO

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Come on peeps...

Anything like the 'prompt payment code' initiated by Government is a load of bollocks. It just gets few headlines and gets buried...

Having said that, small or not have the balls to say no to 90 days or increase the charge accordingly to carry the cost.

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Happy Holidays! Misco axes ONE IN FIVE UK sales peeps: sources

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There may be trouble ahead...

Difficult times for Misco but others like them are not immune...

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IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

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Gadzooks...

IBM's strategy has been astute, and successful...hope this will not reverse things.

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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Re: Puzzled too

True, but when buyers don't pay for kit and disappear, without paying VAT, what's to stop this kit being sold on again at a fantastic margin?

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Daisy Group: so long AIM, it's been emotional, sort of

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come come..

If you can't make money selling managed services, you may as well pack up and go home.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Ah, but they won't..and why should they?

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Pull the other one..it's got bells on

Wasted breath....nothing will come of this and it'll be buried amongst many other pre-election posturing elements

Fact is most don't show profit in the UK and that is deliberate and because UK rules allow it. Instead of taxing perceived diverted profit, deal with the root cause. Simply taxing it sends a message of 'OK boys, I know this may hurt a little but I have to demonstrate I'm doing something and really....it won't hurt much at all'

This is not just Google, Amazon, Starbucks et al...it's almost every vendor and even extends to distributors too. They're all at it, and why not, if the rules allow it and it's not illegal?

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IBM bags multi-billion dollar outsourcing deal with ABN AMRO

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It's mine...all mine

I take it this was never going to be passed through to channel players, aka IBM resellers

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Can't flog software for love nor money? UK mega-reseller Softcat probably ate your lunch

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Ace...

Great result..would be useful to see a breakdown of revenue growth and profit. Clearly gained market share from others.

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IDC: iPad sales CRASH incoming ... Win 8 killing 2-in-1 typoslabs

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Can these analysts give me this Friday's lotto numbers please?

by 2030, we'll all be using telepathy....there...and there's no point replying coz I know what you're going to say. If you want my full report, it'll cost you just £5,000.

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Hungry Advanced Computer Software gets swallowed for £725m

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Wait for it.........

Plenty of leg room there to cut costs after this slurp at a high price.

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US taxmen won't say WHY they're probing Microsoft. So Redmond is suing the IRS

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Me Guv? nah, never

Over here, they just 'do a deal' with HMRC in terms of tax to be paid...I believe there is some digging in Europe about major names paying too little tax in Luxembourg.. 'Luxleaks'

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Let's vote on breaking up Google, say MEPs with NO power to do any such thing

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Ahem..

These MEP's wouldn't consider this if Google was a European business. Simple dislike of successful innovative technology companies that just happen to be US owned and global.

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Computacenter UK boss Muller: Happy New Year, folks... I'm off

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Bravo...

Always a good move to promote from within a successful business. It's success is down to people it employs.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Some crystal ball Nick Mcquire's got....I'd suggest it might be one of those that splurges white snow when shaken, obscuring the view somewhat.

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Former Systemax execs charged over $9m fraud, tax evasion

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Meh

Grease my palm...t's not just footie..

What about the bods that paid them?

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Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

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Time to put up...

Never mind that, the boss's of Icelandic Bank are now serving terms for the fiddling they did...When are we going to see anyone over here in clink?

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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You mean in-house stuff never fails?

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