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Margin erosion has been a creeping issue for the channel for some time. In August 2014, Channelnomics reported that margin pressures were having an impact on optimism in the channel. And in October, Gartner warned that resellers and other providers of datacenter IT would face margin erosion because of the pressure being put on vendor margins in this area.(Read Full Article)
Stan Clark has joined Ingram Micro as VP of cloud solutions.
Clark will be overseeing the growth of Ingram’s cloud market share with a remit to recruit key strategic cloud partners as part of an effort to build the distributor’s services and solutions portfolio. He will also be expected to develop new industry vertical services and manage partner experiences within the division’s product marketing and management, vendor management and cloud solutions teams.(Read Full Article)
Network and communications technology provider ADTRAN has launched ProCloud, a platform of managed services that the Huntsville, AL firm says offer VARs the ability to "expand beyond hardware-only solution portfolios and transform into MSPs".(Read Full Article)
'Execution challenges' pull US sales down three per cent annually
HP is optimistic about the future of its US business despite sales taking a tumble in Q4.
For the three months to 31 October, sales in its Americas region fell three percent to $12.8 billion. The firm claims the slump was largely due to declines in the US.
"We faced some execution challenges, a tough compare in the Enterprise Group and continued key account run-off in Enterprise Services," said HP's chief executive Meg Whitman on an earnings call transcribed by Seeking Alpha. "But the US economy continued to ...(Read Full Article)
Whitman told staff in an email: "We committed to a thoughtful and transparent separation management process that would minimize disruption to customers, partners and employees. To deliver on this commitment, I am once again asking some of our best leaders to step up to help HP succeed."(Read Full Article)
The 3D printing market is poised for unprecedented growth, according to Gartner, which claims device shipments will more than double every year between now and 2018.
Global shipments of 3D printers will reach 217,350 in 2015, the analyst claimed, double the figure expected for this year.(Read Full Article)
Vendors, please work better together and while you're at it you could modernize your service delivery, if that's not too much to ask.
That could be the message from providers still struggling with the challenges of a transition to managed services, if comments at today's CRN UK's Managed Services Channel Conference are any guide.
"Vendors need to move away from the idea of being completely exclusive, to start working with each other,"
The potential mega-merger between HP and EMC is off, according to people close to the firms, after the pair failed to agree on price.
The sources told Reuters that the months of fruitless negotiations have now ended but that execs were still trying to cobble together a deal as recently as last week.(Read Full Article)
News that Hewlett-Packard is breaking into two companies continues to reverberate through the channel. While the ultimate impact on HP partners and customers remains unclear, the new entities will have plenty of options for plying their futures(Read Full Article)
Partners should take note of datacenter market disruption sooner rather than later
Resellers and other providers of datacenter IT should prepare for another squeeze on vendor margins in the next three years.
According to Gartner VP Joe Skorupa, the datacenter infrastructure market is being disrupted from several directions, and one result is likely to be even tighter vendor margins - meaning less for the channel partner further down the supply chain.(Read Full Article)
Cisco has announced plans to acquire Metacloud, the Pasadena-based cloud operator.
Metacloud uses an OpenStack-as-a-Service model to deliver and remotely operate production-ready private clouds in a customer’s data centre.
Cisco said in an announcement that its acquisition will accelerate its strategy of building the world’s largest global Intercloud – the term it has given to the federation it is currently setting up of public clou(Read Full Article)
Staples found continuously hitting the “Easy” button wasn’t the solution to its managed services business and opted to sell its Thrive Networks subsidiary to MetTel. Could it be that retailers make bad IT companies?(Read Full Article)
Under new structure, GFI Software will operate two business – LogicNow for its managed services products and GFI developing private cloud products. The move is designed to enable the company to focus on product and business development, as well as growth.(Read Full Article)
Major names such as Ricoh, Samsung and HP entering the 3D printer space will fuel growth even faster, analyst Futuresource Consulting has predicted.
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Funding provided by Continuum Veterans Foundation, the charitable arm of managed service enabler Continuum, helped 81 military veterans returning from service find jobs in the IT industry in the first half of 2014.(Read Full Article)
Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed 24-year company veteran George Brasher as the new U.K. and Ireland boss of its printers and personal systems (PPS) division.
The U.S. native will replace Paul Hunter, who is travelling across the Atlantic in the opposite direction to become CEO Meg Whitman’s chief of staff. Brasher (pictured) currently holds a San Diego-based post as general manager(Read Full Article)
ConnectWise is looking to capitalize on the acquisition of rival professional services automation vendor Autotask by inviting users to defect and avoid instability and potential pitfalls that come from working with a vendor under private equity ownership.(Read Full Article)
Tech Data Canada has entered the 3D printing market, as the distributor has signed a North America-wide distribution deal with Brooklyn, NY-based MakerBot, a producer of desktop 3D printers.(Read Full Article)
Autotask, a leading professional services automation software vendor, was acquired by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, for an undisclosed price, making it the latest shakeup in the managed services segment.(Read Full Article)