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Bechtle UK Software–now on Facebook

Bechtle UK are now present on the ever growing Facebook. I’ve never used it before but I think it could be a great way to improve contact with our customers and partners so I bit the bullet and set the page up Smile

I’m going to use the Facebook page to:

  • Tell people when we’re running events
  • Tell people about any offers we have
  • Give people another way to ask questions on software

and more.

I like having contact with companies on Twitter and I think Facebook may well be a better, richer experience.

If you’re a customer, partner, a twitter follower, a blog reader or just curious, check out the page here:

Bechtle UK Software on Facebook

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Bechtle SAP Crystal Webinar

I’m running another webinar at work, this time about SAP Crystal Reports (that’s right, not Microsoft)!

It will be focused on Crystal Reports 2008 and will cover:


Overview – what is Crystal Reports?

How to use Crystal Reports

Features and benefits

Product demonstration



It’s at 15:00 tomorrow (Thursday 2nd September) and you can register here:


See you there!



Bechtle Q2 Earnings

I don’t mention Bechtle too much as I like to keep my blog all about the technology but we’ve just released our 2010 Q2 earnings reports…and it’s pretty impressive :-)


  • Revenue up 16 per cent in Q2 to 375.0 million euros
  • EBT grows by 61 per cent to 11.0 million euros
  • Executive Board optimistic concerning further development
  • The IT system house & managed services segment reported a revenue growth of 12.8 per cent
  • the IT e-commerce segment contributed to this positive development with 23.1 per cent
  • Earnings after taxes skyrocketed by 72.6 per cent

Our Executive Board Chairman, Dr Thomas Olemotz said:

“…we continued to grow encouragingly in the second quarter. We gained market shares and further increased the dynamics of the extremely strong first quarter to a significant extent”

An interesting point made is that the economic upturn is “much stronger” in the e-commerce side than the system house side (system house being the service, install etc arm).

We expect the economic recovery to continue throughout 2010, although not at the same pace.

All in all, the Bechtle group is in a great position as a large, European powerhouse with increasing revenue and profit. We’ve also increased our headcount to over 4440 this year.

It’s always nice to see one’s company doing well, especially coming out of the recession :-)

You can download the quarterly report here, if you wish:

Microsoft Webinars with Bechtle

I am running a series of Microsoft webinars through the month of June which I think/hope will be of interest to a lot of people out there :-)

The sessions and dates are:

June 15th

Windows 7 – Overview of Business Benefits

Click to register

June 17th

Overview of Microsoft Desktop Optimisation (MDOP)

Click to register

June 22nd

Office 2010 – Business Benefits and WebApps

Click to register

June 24th

SharePoint – Document Management, Business Connectivity Services and SharePoint Workspace

Click to register

First Event

The first webinar is tomorrow so it’s not much notice (sorry!) but the agenda is:

This session will cover the business benefits of deploying Windows 7, from both an administrator and user perspective covering things such as:

  • Increasing user productivity
  • Enhancing security
  • Flexible working

and more. The session will also cover Windows 7 Enterprise, Software Assurance (SA) benefits & Windows Server 2008 R2.

As well as myself, our Account Manager from Microsoft will be hosting the event too so there will be a chance to ask questions/give feedback directly to MS…which is always nice :-)

You can hit the “Click to Register” links above to email me or you can message me on twitter:


We’ll be sending the registration info out around 16:00ish this afternoon so I’ll need to hear before then.

This is open to pretty much anyone so feel free to register :-)

I don’t often mention Bechtle on my blog as I don’t use it as a sales platform at all, but I feel this is a good exception ot make…I hope you agree!

Bechtle @ Bett 2010

BETT “is the world’s largest educational technology event” and Bechtle will be there for our 2nd year 13th-16th Jan 2010. It really is a very important event in the world of Education…

 95% of exhibitors at BETT 2009 felt they met a good quality of visitor at the show

 88% of exhibitors have said that attending BETT is important to their business

 89% of visitors agreed that BETT is excellent for finding new products and suppliers

Last year our stand was hardware focussed, all about Thin Clients, Servers and other such things. This year however is different, as I’ve commandeered quite a big portion of the stand for Software ;-) I’ve been planning recently and, while it’s not 100% confirmed yet the set list looks something like this:


  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Touch
  • Office 2010
  • Sharepoint 2010
  • Semblio


  • Academic Licensing
  • Cloud Computing/BPOS
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 w/ Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 & Virtualization
  • Licensing in a Virtual Environment

I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of me building and perfecting the demos, but it should be good fun. I’m also on the verge of ordering some of our swag for stand visitors and I think everyone will agree, it’s pretty awesome ;-)

So if you’re at #BETT2010 @ London Olympia Jan 13-16…come and see me on Stand G118 :-)

Bechtle & Windows 7 in CRN

As I’m sure you’ve guessed from my blog, I quite like Windows 7 ;-) Thus I’ve been very active in talking to our customers about Redmond’s latest OS and how it can help them. We’ve been working on a number of early deployments since July and this week saw CRN (computer Reseller News) publish an article on one of them :-)

You can read the article over at:

Deploying Windows 7 has helped this customer in so many ways, it’s a really great example of the power that Windows 7 holds!