The big disties
Two of the big four US disties showed this week that, with great power comes even more power, if you're prepared to pay for it.
Rumours have surfaced that Ingram is in talks to snap up UK-owned distributor SDG. Sources claim the deal would be a savvy move in the name of upping its enterprise infrastructure value credentials and increasing its status as a pan-EMEA player.
Meanwhile, Avnet's first set of UK results since its Bell buyout were filed this week. Even with a five-month contribution from its acquisition, the numbers showed a big spike in sales and a boost to gross margin.
Though sadly for us pun-loving journos, the days of Bell "tolling", "pealing", "chiming" or "ringing" its way around the market could finally be drawing to a close.
It was smiles all round for UK channel partners of Toshiba this week, as the Japanese vendor forecast 20 per cent growth in UK B2B sales this year. A refreshed channel programme and the launch of new ultrabooks and notebooks will be the catalyst for growth, it says.
The vendor is also talking up its Smart Client Manager device management tool, which it claims is a perfect fit for businesses with a mixed estate of desktops, notebooks, smartphones and tablets.
One of the industry's longest-serving and most visible global channel leaders walked off into the sunset this week as Cisco partner bigwig Keith Goodwin retired.
He departs with seemingly the respect and fond wishes of almost everyone at the vendor he worked for and in the channel he worked with. A clearly emotional Rob Lloyd, Cisco's operations boss, said bidding adieu to Goodwin was a "loss for us all".
Meanwhile, the departing channel chief told sister title CRN US that he might take golf lessons, spend time with his family, do more cycling and "travel less, maybe except for some fun travel".
Nice one, Keith. We expect to see you gently pootling around Center Parcs on a hired tandem before the summer's out.
The software market
Gartner and IDC were the bearers of bad news for the software market this week, forecasting slower growth than expected for 2012. The enterprise application software market was cruelly stripped of a 0.5 per cent predicted increase by Gartner, taking its five per cent projection down to 4.5 per cent.
As if that wasn't enough bad news, IDC delivered another blow, suggesting last year's market expansion is set to slow to a more conservative rate due to the worsening economic crisis in Europe.
We wonder if Steve Ballmer has thought of branching into the land of milk and honey that is the hardware market?
MS hardware partners
Like an under-fire football manager awaiting the return of his injured playmaker, traditional enterprise PC vendors have been assuring all and sundry that they'll rediscover their winning touch in the tablet space as soon as they can start punting some Windows 8 models.
But Acer, Lenovo and Dell were surely rocked this week by news of Microsoft's plan to release its own-brand Surface tablet.
"We want to give Windows 8 its own companion hardware innovations," said boss man Steve Ballmer in a classic snubbing manoeuvre.
We wonder if the bosses of the big PC makers have told Larry Page how much they admire all the good work he's doing?
The VAR faced the double-edged sword of success this week, winning more business than it could handle. The UK's largest reseller announced extra investment was needed to fund an abundance of services business, costing £7m more than it originally thought. In the first half of the year, Computacenter's services business was running 15 per cent ahead of last year.
So while the bosses were scratching their heads over the figures, imagine the facilities management team's reaction when they were told 700 extra bodies will be brought in. Who's up for a bit of hotdesking?
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