Like a gaggle of haughty aunts sniffily hovering over an insipid wedding buffet, it took a while before any firms picking at the remains of Comet found anything they wanted to nibble on.
Now the offers have begun to if not quite flood, then certainly trickle in, and suitors appear in prime position to snap up a bargain. Online appliances retailer DRL became the first company to announce a firm bid for a chunk of the fallen giant, offering a seven-figure sum for Comet's web operations.
Shortly after, TK Maxx reportedly leapt to the head of the queue to snap up some of Comet's store estate, with the clothing firm rumoured to be keen to acquire a quarter of the "viable" stores available.
With bargains ahoy, the CRN newsdesk is even considering a bid. We're tabling an offer of £75 and not a penny more for the HD TV in the window of our local store.
Software purchasers at health trusts have had a pretty easy ride for the past decade or so, as centrally agreed contracts with all the major vendors made acquiring licences as easy as choosing a pair of socks in the morning.
But the big-ticket deals have been dying out in the past few years, and the extant arrangement with Oracle is to follow those of McAfee, Novell and Microsoft into oblivion in 2014. But luckily for budget-conscious CIOs, Uncle Larry is in a generous mood.
For the next six months, Oracle is offering local trusts the same hefty discount as it did to the Cabinet Office. Channel partners meanwhile can cement customer relationships by helping them complete detailed usage report requirements.
Just as British and German troops downed arms for a Christmas Day kick-about in 1914, Comstor and Arrow ECS have put aside their differences and joined hands to take Cisco and NetApp's new ExpressPod offering to market.
In a heart-warming tale of co-operation between two major distributors, all sales will be transacted through NetApp distributor Arrow, but Cisco ally Comstor will build and ship the products. Comstor director Russell Blackburn admitted the set-up was "unusual" but claimed the distributors' lack of product overlap would see their union prosper. Get a room, guys.
Naming a product is an important step in taking a brand to market, as the Sugarlord's Apprentice candidates know all too well. While Big Al has been known to sniff at contestants' choice of product and team names, it seems his own YouView catch-up TV business may have made a nominal boob of its own.
YouView is facing a legal battle with Gloucestershire-based Total Ltd, whose Your View account management tool registered its trademark five months before Lord Sugar's firm applied to brand its catch-up TV service. A legal official claimed the two were "confusingly similar", but YouView said it has no intention of changing its moniker.
Rumours that YouTube, YouChoose and U2 are also preparing legal action were unconfirmed at press time.
Everyone loves an underdog and this week it was the turn of niche consultancy Smart421 to land a blow on the global IT services beasts. In a David-and-Goliath-style battle, Smart421 saw off competition from 12 rivals - including incumbent Fujitsu - to snag a six-year deal to build and support a snazzy "next-generation" ticket issuing system to the UK rail industry.
Ooh, get you! Part of Smart421's remit will be to develop a smartcard solution that promises to make using national rail as easy as the tube. Sounds good, but we wish Smart421's remit extended to designing something that could wipe out the network's punctuality and overcrowding problems with one click.
We at CRN are no mathematicians, but even we know that one tiny calculation error can cause a big problem, as Microsoft found out the hard way last week. The vendor miscalculated incentive payments to some of its partners, causing an excess of rebates worth £20m worldwide, say channel sources.
It was claimed Microsoft originally wanted to claw back the money, but after what our source described as "a mountain of negative feedback", it decided to let its partners keep the cash.
So what turned out to be a bad week for its accounts team could also be a good week for keeping partners happy, as Microsoft claims that it decided to let them pocket the payouts as it realised they had spent it on driving sales capacity and growth. All's well that ends well.
Automation firms UiPath and Automation Anywhere close out their funding rounds with $265m and $300m respectively
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View photos of all the winners from the 2018 Channel Awards
After a glittering awards evening in Battersea celebrating 25 years of the Awards, we are pleased to share the list of winners and judges' commended winners