After going all quiet on us when he took his firm private in 2013, it is now almost impossible to stop Michael Dell, and his colleagues at Dell EMC, from talking.
Since the merger happened last month, Twitter has been lit up with photos of Dell
EMC parties and events, and company executives have been on overdrive, talking up the opportunity for the company's joint partners. Michael Dell delivered a keynote at the recent Canalys Channels Forum and a day later, it held its Dell EMC Forum in London.
And as if that was not enough, Dell EMC World is taking place in Austin, Texas this week too. At this rate, Michael Dell and co will have told us about pretty much everything except what they had for breakfast.
The channel is a big place, so it is no surprise that people move around in their jobs frequently. But in recent weeks, three of the channel's top movers and shakers have been, well, moving and shaking, all at once.
Arrow sales director Denise Bryant left the firm, Misco's UK vice president Tony Brooker headed for the door, and former EMC UK managing director Ross Fraser plotted his exit, shortly after the firm was snapped up by Dell, when he became head of enterprise for the UK at Dell EMC.
We wish them all well in the future.
Women in the channel
The channel's leading women were put in the spotlight this month as part of CRN's Women in the Channel project.
An online hub ran on ChannelWeb throughout September and October, culminating in the publication of a list of the top 50 most influential women in the channel. Faces such as Microsoft's Cindy Rose, Dell EMC's Sarah Shields and European Electronique's Yolanta Gill showed up on the list, along with other deserving women from across the channel.
Congratulations to all of those who made the list.
After weeks of product recalls and fires on planes, Samsung finally sent its Note 7 devices to the furnace. Despite initially opting for product recalls and replacement devices, the heat intensified when reports emerged of the replacements catching fire - after which Samsung cut its losses and stopped manufacturing the device for good, less than two months after it first launched.
All that remains to be seen is where the South-Korean vendor will scatter the ashes of the four million Note 7 devices one analyst predicts it will be cremating.
Capita finally looks set to shake its ‘boring' tag, but perhaps not for a reason of its choosing. The outsourcing giant issued its first ever profit warning, slashing its revenue projection to between £59m and £79m, which triggered a shares plummet of 20 per cent.
After the announcement, staff at Capita-owned Trustmarque received an email which, in somewhat contradictory fashion, assured them of the company's "underlying strength" while also informing them of an imminent spending review.
Technology Products 2
Suppliers bidding to be on the government's Technology Products 2 framework were forced to keep their lips zipped for a further 10 days after issues with two Lots saw the initial 10-day standstill period extended.
There was no doubt a feeling of déjà vu for suppliers who were on the framework's first iteration, although CRN understands that, unlike last time, this delay is not a result of legal challenges from disgruntled suppliers who did not make the cut. And in a further boon, since this column was written, the final two Lots were awarded, meaning TP2 will go live at least two weeks before its Technology Products predecessor expires on 16 November.
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