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CRN - ChannelWeb 05/29/2020 10:47
Distributor still awaiting decision from Australian regulatory body for $5.4bn Apollo takeover. Tech Data's $5.4bn takeover by private equity firm Apollo Global is still awaiting approval from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board. The Florida-headquartered global distributor said in a that it has now received all other regulatory approvals necessary to complete the acquisition within its planned timetable of the first half of the calendar year. Tech Data said the Australian regulator still has "the matter under consideration". "We expect to proceed with closing the transaction promptly after the final approval from the AFIRB is received," the company added. But CEO Richard Hume welcomed the news that its acquisition deal has receiv.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/29/2020 10:46
Despite successful first quarter, vendor sounds caution to investors for weaker Q2. Dell Technologies released its financial results yesterday evening for the three-month period ending 1 May. Revenues were flat on a year-on-year basis at $21.95bn, while operating income fell by 22 per cent to $2.16bn. CRN 's sister title Channel Partner Insight has combed through the figures and listened in on Dell's earnings call with investors to pick out the top four talking points. Steep drop in datacentre sales. The results were a tale of two halves for Dell.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/29/2020 10:27
Healthcare workers are a prime target for hackers, according to David Critchley. NHS frontline staff are at particular risk of being targeted by hackers due to their proximity to the crisis, according to MobileIron's UK&I director. Speaking to CRN , David Critchley said that the endpoint security vendor has seen a "six-fold" increase in phishing attacks since February, the majority of which played on people's concerns about COVID-19. "These people are trying to capitalise on people's fears using terms such as COVID-19 to draw in those unsuspecting victims," he explained. "Hackers target organisations which are intimately associated with the response because that's where frontline workers are the most likely to be targeted by malicious cybera.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/29/2020 08:59
Demand for products to enable remote working and learning will see a strong Q2, according to IDC. The PC market in EMEA will contract in the final six months of the year due to the impending global recession, according to data from IDC. Shipments of traditional PCs - desktops, notebooks and workstations - in EMEA will total 68.3 million in 2020, a 6.3 per cent year-on-year decline.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/29/2020 05:54
Software firm recently announced that sales have topped £700m. Bytes has been named a Dell Titanium partner, joining just a handful of partners in the UK with the same status. The software firm, which recently announced plans to go public, said that promotion is in part due to the work it has done to build up its datacentre capabilities. Penelope Bridger, datacentre sales lead at Bytes, said: "Bytes are committed to our customers, in providing a collaborative partnership to a joint strategy. "Our relationship with Dell is based and grown on the same ethos, a shared vision.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/28/2020 10:43
CEO claims that the hyperconverged vendor will look into more ways to cut operational costs, claiming virtual .NEXT conference will be a commercial success. Nutanix execs have taken a 10 per cent pay cut since the start of April in an effort to manage costs during the COVID-19 crisis. At the start of the month Nutanix confirmed to CRN 's sister title CPI that .
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/28/2020 08:49
The security landscape is often more complicated than it needs to be. This is especially true in the channel where it can be extremely difficult to differentiate between vendors, with each offering a seemingly similar service. As a reseller or MSP there are many different aspects to consider when choosing a security vendor to work with, from profit margins down to how much of a fit they are with your business — every detail matters. To help take some of the stress away, at we have put together this guide on the 5 top things to look for in a security vendor, now and always:. Similar values. At Bitdefender, we work with many resellers and MSPs and over the years we have learnt that the single most important point when looking at working with a
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/28/2020 08:37
Supply chain and macroeconomic challenges lead to backlog in second quarter for print giant. Supply chain constraints caused by COVID-19 shutdowns were blamed for HP's lacklustre second quarter results. The company's revenue three months period ending 30 April was $12.5bn, down 11 per cent on the same quarter last year, with net income down 2.6 per cent to $764m.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/28/2020 07:07
Firms own M&A strategy not hampered by virus outbreak, says Jeff McCullough. The channel should not expect consolidation to slow down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Park Place Technologies' global VP of channel sales. Jeff McCullough - who joined the company in March this year - said he believes the rate of M&A activity in the channel will actually accelerate as a result of the pandemic, though he predicted it will be at the expense of smaller companies. The third-party maintenance firm is itself no stranger to M&A, acquiring Buckinghamshire-based last year to bolster its UK presence.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/27/2020 06:58
East Midlands outfit gains top-tier status from Microsoft. Derby-based IT Infuse Technology has become the UK's newest Microsoft Gold Cloud partner. Established in 2014, the solutions provider also counts Cisco, Mimecast and Dell among their vendor partners. MD Paul Howard claimed that the accreditation is a testament to Infuse's dedication to its customer base. "There are many companies who offer IT support but very few are Microsoft accredited, fewer to the Microsoft Gold standard," he stated. "Our service offering puts the user at the heart and has been designed not only to provide an unparalleled level of support for when technical issues do arise, but to provide solutions which mean IT just works from anywhere. "Microsoft has recognised.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/27/2020 06:04
As part of our DeskFlix Remote Working summit, we asked top industry bosses - including Softcat's Graeme Watt - about how they are recreating their company culture from a WFH environment.. As part of our DeskFlix Remote Working summit, we asked top industry bosses - including Softcat's Graeme Watt - about how they are recreating their company culture from a WFH environment. to view all of the content.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/26/2020 09:55
Market watcher Context outlines which market segments have been hardest hit by COVID-19, in North America and in Europe. Hardware has been the worst hit segment of the enterprise channel market in the first four months of this year, according to the latest figures from channel analyst firm Context. Its latest data shows that enterprise hardware revenue declines have widened from 1 per cent year on year in January, to 11 per cent in March and 17 per cent in April. Context's head of enterprise, Gurvan Meyer, said the market has been strongly impacted by the suspension of projects during the crisis. "While the COVID crisis has evidently impacted sales volumes in March and April, long-term drivers are of greater significance to datacentre infras.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/26/2020 09:54
Vendor to halt 401(k) contributions to retirement plans, freeze internal promotions and external hiring. Dell plans to cut some staff benefits including pay rises, promotions and 401(k) contributions as it looks to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis unscathed. According to reports from , Dell will halt several staff benefits as of 1 June and until at least the end of the year. The vendor will no longer make contributions to employee 401(k) retirement plans and will freeze internal pay rises and promotions as it looks to preserve cash during the COVID-19 crisis. Dell has also put in place a hiring freeze until at least the end of 2020. In a statement, Dell said the actions will help set it up for success when the pandemic subsides. "Like all com.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/26/2020 07:42
Partner technical specialist Ernesto Broersma on the threats that have increased since lockdown started. What is the biggest challenge that your partners (VARs, MSPs, etc) have faced during the mass shift to remote working, and how have you helped them combat these? For us, the biggest challenge we have seen has been enabling all their workforce to work remotely.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/26/2020 07:17
Execs from Softcat, CCS Media, Block, Bytes and Logicalis talk through what they'll be doing first when offices reopen. The channel adapted incredibly quickly when offices were shut, and has been able to continue serving its customers relatively seamlessly in a remote set-up. But that doesn't mean that people aren't excited about the prospect of returning to offices when it is safe to do so. As part of our first DeskFlix episode we asked five resellers bosses what they are most looking forward to about returning to the office.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/26/2020 04:40
Bosses from Softcat, CCS Media, Block, Logicalis and Bytes are coming together tomorrow to discuss the channel's future in a 'remote-first' world. The industry's biggest names are coming together tomorrow to discuss how they are positioning themselves for the post-COVID order. Kicking off at 9am, CRN's first virtual ‘Deskflix' event- on the remote working revolution - will see bosses from the likes of Computacenter Softcat, CCS Media, Logicalis and Bytes discuss how they are reshaping their businesses for the new normal. Register for free here. For the IT channel, the remote working boom has changed everything, from the technology they carry, to how it is delivered, how it is secured, and how they interface with customers and employees. Tomo.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/25/2020 05:02
Trend Micro opens up on the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing the channel in 2020. What do you expect to be the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing the channel in H2 and beyond? If I was asked this question a number of weeks ago I would have probably focused on areas such as the shift to SaaS models; adoption of Office 365 and consolidation. The reality is that the need to address this list of challenges has been accelerated because of the global pandemic.
CRN - ChannelWeb 05/25/2020 04:35
Discussion on Linked In is now being dominated by safe return to work. CRN rounds up five thought-provoking posts from organisations that claim to offer part of the answer. Having spent recent weeks helping clients adopt remote working, the channel now faces an equally daunting challenge as some firms eye a safe return to the office. How to help customers roll out technology for socially distanced offices has begun to dominate discussion on LinkedIn, with Cisco, Xeretec, ServiceNow and N2S among those leading the debate. Here we count down our top five thought-provoking posts from the past fortnight that hint at the channel opportunity around return to work. 5) Fever screening in one second. Managed print reseller Xeretec is among those looki.

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