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IT Jobs Can Be Sexy, Suggests EC Commissioner

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"We have to convince young women that ICT isn't just for geeks. IT jobs can be very sexy indeed," Reding told journalists in a briefing.

Reding believes getting women recruits is the best way to make up the shortfall of 300,000 skilled ICT personnel in Europe. Women accounted for 58% of all graduates in the EU at last count, but female computer science graduates fell by 4% during the same period.

Go Woman in IT

NEW 24” WIDECREEN LCD

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V7 introduces their first 24 inch widescreen LCD monitor. The D24W33 has good specs (especially for a 399 Euro model): a brightness of 250 cd/m² , a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, and a contrast of 1,000:1.

V7 24 inch

But it’s not all about specs, is it? Demand for large displays in widescreen format has increased because of the new Windows Vista OS. This widescreen monitor comes with show-boating pivot function that graphic artists, CAD specialists and others need several applications shown on the screen at the same time.

The 24 inch, panorama format is suitable for both home and the office area. With its black casing, D24W3 could become the “pivotal point” of any surroundings.

Go V7

V7 Backpacks...Just the Beginning

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Frank GerichTen years ago it seemed like a radical idea: a distributor’s own brand. A house brand. Sure, in those days you had a few odd distributors like Trust that lived by building their brand, but in general the Brand (with a Capital “B”) was still territory occupied solely by Tier 1 vendors who could buy expertise from marketing gurus and big agencies.

Vendors built brands, distributors built channels and route-to-market for those brands, and retailers built traffic and sales. It was a far more, simple world (although we still managed to get confused in it).

CeBIT Closes with 495,000 Attendees

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Despite the shorter show (6 vs. 7 days), attendance was up 3% from last year, totaling 495,000. One out of five attendees (100,000+ in total) was from outside Germany.

CeBIT’s new show format used a “Home & Mobility” category to reflect the consumer IT products that CeBIT once spurned but now covets.

Buzz in this category centered mainly on the emerging low-cost subnotebook category as epitomized by Asus’ eee pc (350,000 sold with 3-5 million units by year end). Asus will have plenty of competition as 25 new notebooks using Intel’s Atom are readying in Asia for Q3 release.

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French and German PMs like each otherPartner Country France
Was Happy at CeBIT

According to organizers, partner country France was also happy with this year's CeBIT, speaking of "renewed momentum for our Franco-German partnership."

We already knew that by looking at these two photos from the opening ceremony.
No disrespect but these could make for an interesting Photo Caption contest.

Sarkozy and Merkel

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Tech Data Buys Scribona

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Scribona OfficeScribona, Scandinavia’s broadliner distributor with revenues of 873 million Euro, grows tired of cost-cutting, krona-pinching and closing offices ...and sells out to pan-European rival Tech Data.

Scribona had 14,456,937 reasons to sell out as that matches their latest losses in Euro on their 2007 Annual Report. (Based on today’s currency exchange.)

Tech Data, driving a good bargain, will pay only the net asset value for inventory, some intellectual property, material contracts, office equipment and ”certain other” assets, plus a premium for Scribona’s operational assets (from €13.5m to €16.5m, depending upon performance criteria). Note the word “plus” as many of the industry gossips think the premium is the total sale price.

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Scribona recently had offices and operations in all Nordic countries (with more than 6000 resellers and systems integrators). To reverse losses, they downsized their Finnish organization, closed the Malmö regional office, and their Danish operations.

"Through this transaction, Tech Data will gain a talented team of highly experienced distribution employees that will help strengthen our operations and drive stronger relationships with our key vendor partners and customers," saysRobert M. Dutkowsky, CEO of Tech Data Corporation.

On one hand, Tech Data has just bought itself the leading position in Scandinavia.  On the other hand, the way things are going in Scandinavia distribution, you might lose that hand.

How Tech Data Tells It

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