MicroScope's top stories week ending 4 November


MicroScope's top stories week ending 4 November

Simon Quicke
A week of mega-mergers in the reseller channel, ongoing problems caused by the Thailand floods and a further insight into what it felt like to be a donor for the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

Software VARs team up in seven-strong MS Dynamics merger
Seven business software resellers, including Calyx Software, have teamed up to form a new mid-market facing Microsoft Dynamics supplier to be called m-hance. The new firm is composed of the integrated businesses of Calyx Software; Microsoft Gold Partner Gyrosoft; Microsoft Dynamics GP VAR Touchstone; ISV Trinity Computer Services, and its subsidiaries Avant-Garde and Sys-Care; and Calyx Software's Irish business MentecPlus.

HDD shortages and price rises to hit distribution
The week continued to be dominated by the news coming out of Thailand with the floods threatening not just to cause disruption to hard disc drive supplies but also to lead to price hikes and stock problems for distributors. Citi Group offered its analysis of the situation which spelt out the potential impact on the channel.

Tech Data brings cloud channel programme to Europe
C2000 and Azlan parent Tech Data is importing its US cloud channel programme, TDCloud, to Europe in a bid to help resellers take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.

There's still life in the PC according to buoyant Lenovo
Lenovo continued to build on a positive last couple of months, where it managed to secure second place in the global PC market, setting out its belief that there is plenty of life left in the market.

Moulton 'mugged' in Fox scandal
Channel investor Jon Moulton spoke out over donations solicited from him by disgraced ex-cabinet minister Liam Fox, saying he was angry that a comparatively small sum of money had been wasted so publicly.

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