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Ingram Micro to acquire BrightPoint

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has made its intentions clear in the mobile space, signing a definitive agreement to snap up NASDAQ-quoted BrightPoint in a deal worth US$840m. Ingram Micro claims that the deal will give it ‘immediate scale’ in the fast-growing mobility and market and will also expand the range of logistics services and solutions it can offer. Brightpoint also holds a 23% stake in Latin American distributor Intcomex. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 2 July 2012

Microsoft makes tablet move

Vendor giant Microsoft has confirmed its entry into the tablet PC space, unveiling two Windows Surface tablet PCs. Microsoft will need to walk a fine line in terms of balancing its cooperation and competition with major PC vendors as a result of this move. Launch dates and pricing have yet to be revealed and Microsoft will also need to build effective routes-to-market for its new hardware devices. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 19 June 2012

Argentinean market exceeds US$8 billion in 2011

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Argentina has revealed that the total market value grew 12.5% in full year 2011 to hit US$8.01 billion. Argentina - the location for the second annual DISTREE Latin America event later this year - witnessed strong growth across multiple product categories in 2011. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 28 March 2012

Positivo announces fourth quarter figures

South American PC and device manufacturer Positivo Informatica recorded sales of US$339.4m in the fourth quarter of 2011, up 4.6% year-on-year. Profits almost quadrupled to US$25.1m for Brazil’s leading local PC manufacturer. Positivo claims that 2011 was the company’s seventh consecutive year as Brazilian market leader. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 23 March 2012

HP to merge IPG and PSG units

Hardware giant HP is merging its PC and printer groups into one combined unit. HP’s imaging and printing group (IPG) and personal systems group (PSG) will join forces to become the HP printing and personal systems group (PSPG). The new super-unit will be headed up by PSG boss Todd Bradley. Vyomesh Joshi, boss of the IPG unit, is retiring after a 31-year career at HP. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 March 2012

Tech Data posts fourth quarter figures

Distribution giant Tech Data has announced that sales for its fourth quarter ending January 31st 2012 were flat year-on-year at US$7.11 billion with operating margin slipping to 1.18% from 1.65% a year earlier. Net profits for the quarter dropped 30% year-on-year to US$54.1m. Tech Data’s fourth quarter results did include a US$28.3m charge related to the disposal of its operations in Brazil and Colombia. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 March 2012

DAY 3 – Whitman claims HP has got its swagger back

Most CEOs hit the stage on day one of a global partner summit to lay down the strategy and enable other executives to stay ‘on message’ for the rest of the conference. The 3,000-plus delegates at HP’s global partner summit in Las Vegas had to wait until day three to hear from Meg Whitman, president and CEO at the vendor giant. Whitman made the right pro-channel noises during her keynote this morning and the clarity of her message was applauded by partners. Chuck in some comments about taking on the ‘big dog’ in the networking space and an interesting view on Android and you had a pretty entertaining session. Here’s the highlights. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 15 February 2012

DAY 2 – ‘Partnership is the only way we know at HP...’

Day two of the HP global partner conference in Las Vegas kicked off with keynote speeches from Vyomesh Joshi, executive VP at HP IPG, and Todd Bradley, executive VP at HP PSG. In terms of products, HP whipped the covers off a snazzy new all-in-one workstation – the Z1 - leading to an entertaining photographer scrum at the front of the auditorium. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 15 February 2012

HP adds services to ease supplier sprawl

Vendor giant HP has introduced a range of new services designed to enable enterprises to integrate, manage and govern complex multivendor environments. HP reckons that the new services will result in reduced risk and costs for enterprises. The new HP service integration and management offering gives enterprises a single view into multisourced services, including cloud services, whether provisioned internally by IT or externally by non-IT business groups. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 February 2012

DAY 1 - HP silent on smartphone strategy (for now)

Day one of the HP global partner conference in Las Vegas is drawing to a close and the vendor giant has been quick out of the blocks with a number of announcements relating to services, infrastructure and channel-led cloud offerings. On the PSG side, there were inevitable questions regarding HP’s future strategy in the tablet and smartphone product segments, but clear cut answers were thin on the ground. In one press session, Todd Bradley, executive VP of PSG, said: “Right now our focus looking ahead is on Windows 8 tablets. Frankly, we have some strategic work to do on the role we are playing in the smartphone space and we’re not prepared to talk about that.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 February 2012

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