Computacenter

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Computacenter
TypePublic (LSECCC)
IndustryInformation technology
IT Services
Consulting
Founded1981
Founder(s)Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden
HeadquartersHatfield, UK
Key peopleGreg Lock (Chairman)
Mike Norris (Chief Executive)
Tony Conophy (Finance Director)
ProductsSupply, implementation, support and management of IT systems
Revenue£2,914.2 million (2012)[1]
Operating income£64.6 million (2012)[1]
Net income£49.1 million (2012)[1]
WebsiteComputacenter.com
 
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Computacenter
TypePublic (LSECCC)
IndustryInformation technology
IT Services
Consulting
Founded1981
Founder(s)Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden
HeadquartersHatfield, UK
Key peopleGreg Lock (Chairman)
Mike Norris (Chief Executive)
Tony Conophy (Finance Director)
ProductsSupply, implementation, support and management of IT systems
Revenue£2,914.2 million (2012)[1]
Operating income£64.6 million (2012)[1]
Net income£49.1 million (2012)[1]
WebsiteComputacenter.com

Computacenter plc is the parent company of a group of European companies which provide computer services to public and private sector customers. It is a UK company based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Its competitors include Fujitsu, Getronics, Capgemini and CSC, as well as resellers such as SCC. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

History[edit]

Computacenter was founded in the UK in 1981 by Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden.[2] In 1990, it opened Europe's largest PC outlet; in 1991, it was listed by The Independent newspaper as one of the fastest growing independent companies in the UK and, by 1994, it had grown to become the largest privately owned IT company in the UK.[2] Computacenter was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1998.[2] In 2006 the company extended its service facilities to include a new International Service Centre in Barcelona, Spain, and a customer help desk and remote management facility in Cape Town, South Africa.[2]

The following year the company won BT’s inaugural Supplier Innovation Award for its work on virtualising and consolidating a number of their UK datacentres, helping BT reduce the carbon footprint of its Windows datacentre estate by 85%.[3]

Principal activities[edit]

The company is engaged in the supply, implementation, support and management of information technology systems.[4]

Computacenter advises customers on their IT strategy, implements appropriate technology from a wide range of vendors and manages their technology infrastructures on their behalf.[5]

Operating countries[edit]

Service facilities[edit]

Computacenter also runs a partner network that covers 120 countries worldwide.[6]

Strategy[edit]

Computacenter's strategy to "ensure long-term earnings growth"[7] is to focus on five goals:

Clients[edit]

Computacenter's customers include:

Careers[edit]

Computacenter is a major employer, with over 4,000 staff in the UK and around 10,000 across Europe.[19] Because of the company’s managed services/outsourcing business, many of these people work on customers’ sites. Computacenter employs technical consultants, project managers, field engineers, sales admin and account managers and Service Desk staff.[20]

Computacenter is an Investor in People and in addition to its normal recruitment process, the company has an entry scheme for people it considers to have the most sales potential. Under this ‘Sales Associate Programme’, candidates are given an intensive 18 months training under the direct sponsorship of the company’s CEO. It says the successful candidates’ earnings could exceed £70,000 in their first year as an Account Manager.[20]

Sponsorships[edit]

Current Sponsorships[edit]

Computacenter is:

"CeeCee" the fire investigation dog as a puppy.

Past sponsorships[edit]

In the past, Computacenter has sponsored:

Charitable activities[edit]

Computacenter’s charity partners are Willow Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Children’s Trust. The company supports and organises fundraising events such as dress down days, charity races and sponsored staff expeditions, which have included an expedition to Everest base camp.[33] Computacenter donated £87,000 to charity in 2008[34]

Corporate Social Responsibility[edit]

Computacenter is a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index series,[35] which measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards;[36] it has retained its membership for 5 years.[37]

During 2007, the Computacenter group committed itself to the 10 core principles of United Nations Global Compact,[38] which illustrates the company's adoption of sustainable and socially responsible policies, especially in relation to human rights, labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption.

The company also works with its customers to help them meet their 'sustainable IT' objectives. In November 2007 Computacenter won BT’s inaugural Supplier Innovation Award for its work on virtualising and consolidating a number of their UK datacentres, helping BT reduce the carbon footprint [39] of its Windows datacentre estate by 85%.[40] Computacenter says its cost-neutral service to Marks & Spencer has also helped M&S meet its WEEE requirements and its 'Plan A' environmental objectives, sending zero IT waste from M&S head office to landfill in 2008.[41]

The German branch of Computacenter is partner of the White IT, an alliance for children .[42]

Subsidiaries and brands[edit]

Computacenter operates subsidiaries and brands that address specific market segments:

Subsidiaries[edit]

In addition the following companies were acquired by Computacenter and are now integrated within their business:

Partnerships[edit]

Vendor partners[edit]

The tables below list a selection of Computacenter's vendor partners and examples of the accreditations held with each:[49]

Hardware vendor partnersAccreditation
3ComGold Partner
AcerExecutive Partner
AMX (UK) LimitedMajor Reseller Status
APCElite Partner – Datacenter
Apple Inc.Authorised Direct Reseller
AverMediaElite Level Partner
AvocentPremium Partner
BelkinPlatinum Partner
BlueCoatAuthorised Partner
Brand-RexValue Added Reseller
BrocadeAlliance Partner
BrotherAlliance Partner
Alliance Partner
Check PointGold Level Partner
CiscoGold Partner
ClearswiftAuthorised Reseller
CommscopeSYSTIMAX Prestige Business Partner
DellSME Certified Status
EizoStrategic Eizo Reseller
EMCEMC Velocity Partner

Velocity Signature Solution Centre Partner

Authorised Service Provider

Value Added Reseller

EmulexGold Partner
EpsonPremier Business Partner
F5Gold Advantage Partner
FreecomFreecom Business Partner
FujitsuCentre of Excellence

Authorised Service Provider

Gold Qualified Imaging Partner (Scanners)

HDS (Hitachi Data Systems)Platinum Partner
Hewlett Packard2010 Gold Preferred Partner Status

DataCenter Solutions Specialist (DSS

Computing Systems Specialist (CSS)

High Performance Computing Specialist (HPC)

StorageWorks Solutions Specialist (SSS)

PSG: Workstations Specialist

Office Printing Specialist (OP)

Office Printing Solutions Specialist (OPS)

ProCurve Networking Specialist: Professional

HP Service Sales Specialist (HPS)

HP Authorised Service Partner (ASP)

HypertecAuthorised Reseller
IBMIBM Premier Business Partner

IBM System p Accredited Partner

IBM System z Accredited Partner

IBM International Business Partner

Approved Distributor of IBM PSG

Member of IBM Powernet Programme

Member of IBM's Alliance Partner Programme

IBM ISV Porting Centre

JuniperElite Partner Security

Elite Partner Network / Infrastructure

IronkeyGold partner
KingstonKingston Authorised Reseller
KodakAuthorised Document Imaging Reseller
Konica MinoltaPartner
Kyocera MitaStrategic Service Partner

ClubKM Strategic Business Partner

Solutions Partner

Colour Centre

LenovoTier One Business Partner
LexmarkExpert Partner
LGService Partner
LogitechAuthorised Reseller
MotorolaBusiness Partner
NECSolutions Plus Accredited Partner
NetAppAuthorised Service Provider

Star Partner

NetgearPowershift Partner
NetvoyagerPlatinum Partner
NokiaGold Partner
Nortel NetworksGold Solutions Partner Enterprise IP Telephony Solutions (Communications Server 1000 R5.x)

Gold Solutions Partner Ethernet Routers & Switching Solutions

PanduitCertified Installer
PlantronicsPremium Partner Status
PrometheanPremier Partner
SamsungPower Partner
Smart TechnologiesElite Level Partner
SonySony Value Added Partner

VAIO Business Accredited Reseller

Sun MicrosystemsExecutive Partner

Sun Authorised Solutions Centre

Infrastructure Delivery Option (IDO) – Installation Provider

TandbergGold Partner
ToshibaPremier Partner

Authorised Service Provider

XeroxPremier Corporate Reseller
Software vendor partnersAccreditation
Adobe SystemsAuthorised Licence Centre Reseller

Licence Management Partner

AppsenseGold Certified Solutions Partner
BecryptPlatinum Partner
BMC SoftwareStrategic Partner
BrotherAlliance Partner
CAEnterprise Solution Partner

Premier Partner

Check PointGold Level Partner
CitrixPlatinum Solutions Advisor
ClearswiftAuthorised Reseller
CorelAuthorised Reseller
Filemaker IncFilemakerPlus Authorised Reseller
Hummingbird Ltd.Corporate Partner
IBMIBM Premier Business Partner

IBM International Business Partner

IBM Software Premier Partner

Member of IBM's Alliance Partner Programme

IBM Leader for Linux Partner

IpswitchAuthorised Partner
McAfee (Network Associates)McAfee Elite Partner
MicrosoftMicrosoft Gold Certified Partner:

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions

Information Worker Solutions

Network Infrastructure Solutions

Business Process & Integration OEM hardware

Data Management Solutions

Mobility Solutions

Security Solutions

Licensing Solutions

Training Partner

Software Asset Management

Microsoft Certified Support Centre (MCSC)

Large Account Reseller

Microsoft Enterprise Software Advisor

MySQLEnterprise Ready Partner
NovellGold Partner
OracleCertified Advantage Partner

Joint Partner Engagement (JPE) Program Partner (Software Asset Management)

QuestPlatinum Partner
Red HatAdvanced Partner
RSASignature Level Partner
SAPCrystals Reports Reseller

Hosting Partner

SophosGold Partner
SymantecPlatinum Partner

Enterprise Security Partner

Corporate Partner

Symantec Security Partner

Software Asset Management Partner

Trend MicroAffinity Plus Partner
VMWarePremier Enterprise Partner

Authorised Consulting Partner

Training[edit]

Computacenter delivers its training services through a partnership with a specialist training company,QA

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Preliminary Results 2012
  2. ^ a b c d Computacenter website, key dates. Retrieved March 27, 2009
  3. ^ Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, 2007, p24, Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, March 31, 2008. Retrieved: March 27, 2009
  4. ^ Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, 2007, p40, Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, March 31, 2008. Retrieved: March 27, 2009
  5. ^ Computacenter plc website Retrieved March 27, 2009
  6. ^ Computacenter plc website Retrieved March 27, 2009
  7. ^ Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, 2008, p2, Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, March 31, 2009. Retrieved: June 5, 2009
  8. ^ Computer Weekly. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  9. ^ Channel Register. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
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  11. ^ ZDNet. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  12. ^ Yahoo UK News. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
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  14. ^ computing.co.uk. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  15. ^ a b Yahoo Finance. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  16. ^ Computacenter cited as the DfT's "IT solutions partner" in Computerweekly (July 4, 2008). Retrieved July 6, 2008
  17. ^ Computacenter cited as assisting the college to form its technology strategy and plan its new IT network (July 2, 2008). Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  18. ^ Computacenter cited as designing and implementing the college's "state-of-the-art" IT systems; Doncaster College website. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  19. ^ Computacenter Annual Report & Accounts 2007, page 56, Note 6 Retrieved March 31, 2009.
  20. ^ a b Computacenter website careers pages
  21. ^ Professional Rugby Players' Association website. Retrieved: April 23, 2008
  22. ^ Hertfordshire County Council website, Hertfordshire County Council website. Retrieved: April 26, 2008
  23. ^ Team Storm's sponsorship webpage, Team Storm website. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  24. ^ Article describing Team Storm's ambitions to compete in the USA, from the Evening Star (Ipswich), June 13, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  25. ^ Computacenter website. Retrieved June 30, 2008
  26. ^ Spring Proms website. Retrieved: April 22, 2008
  27. ^ British Legal Awards 2007 website, Incisive Media, organisers of the British Legal Awards, website. Retrieved: April 26, 2008
  28. ^ Image of the Team Marcos-Computacenter LM95-002, which ran in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours race. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  29. ^ History of Marcos Cars. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  30. ^ Image showing Computacenter's credits for match analysis on UK terrestrial broadcasts. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  31. ^ Computacenter website, Six Nations press release. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  32. ^ European Tour website. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  33. ^ Computacenter plc website Retrieved: March 27, 2009
  34. ^ Computacenter plc website. Retrieved March 27, 2009
  35. ^ Computacenter Annual report, 2007 (p21). Retrieved July 1, 2008
  36. ^ FTSE4Good Index Series webpage, FTSE website. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  37. ^ List of FTSE4Good constituents, as of September 2002, published by the Co-operative Bank. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  38. ^ Computacenter plc Report & Accounts 2007, Corporate Sustainable Development report, page 21
  39. ^ Supplier Innovation Awards, November 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2008
  40. ^ Computacenter Corporate Sustainable Development, 2007 (p4). Retrieved July 8, 2008
  41. ^ computacenter plc website Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  42. ^ List of partners on White IT's website
  43. ^ RDC website. RDC website. Retrieved June 22, 2008
  44. ^ The Queen's Awards for Enterprise website. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise website. Retrieved June 22, 2008.
  45. ^ Channel Business Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  46. ^ Computacenter plc website on retirement of Digica brand Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  47. ^ Computacenter press release on the acquisition of Allnet from Cable & Wireless. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
  48. ^ Computacenter plc Report & Accounts 2007, page 18, 'Acquisitions' paragraph on integration of Allnet Retrieved March 30, 2009
  49. ^ Computacenter partners webpage. Retrieved November 16, 2009.