Computacenter

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Computacenter
Public (LSECCC)
Industry Information technology
IT Services
Consulting
Founded 1981
Founder Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden
Headquarters Hatfield, UK
Key people
Greg Lock (Chairman)
Mike Norris (Chief Executive)
Tony Conophy (Finance Director)
Products Supply, implementation, support and management of IT systems
Revenue £3,054.2 million (2015)[1]
£87.1 million (2015)[1]
£67.1 million (2015)[1]
Website Computacenter.com

Computacenter plc is a European company that provide computer services to public- and private-sector customers. It is a UK company based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. 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]

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

Clients[edit]

Computacenter's customers include:

Sponsorships[edit]

Current[edit]

Computacenter is:

  • Principal business partner and title sponsor of the Professional Rugby Players' Association's ("PRA") Rugby Players' Awards Dinner,[17] held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
"CeeCee" the fire investigation dog as a puppy.

Past[edit]

In the past, Computacenter sponsored:

Charitable activities[edit]

Computacenter’s charity partners are Mind, Alzheimer's Research and Rainbow Trust Children's Charity. 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.[29] Computacenter donated £87,000 to charity in 2008[30]

Social responsibility[edit]

Computacenter is a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index series,[31] which measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards;[32] it has retained its membership for 5 years.[33]

During 2007, the Computacenter group committed itself to the 10 core principles of United Nations Global Compact.[34]

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 [35] of its Windows datacentre estate by 85%.[36] 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.[37]

The German branch of Computacenter is partner of the White IT, an alliance for children .[38]

Subsidiaries and brands[edit]

Computacenter operates subsidiaries and brands that address specific market segments:

The following companies were acquired by Computacenter and are now integrated within their business:

  • Digica, which provides outsourcing and managed IT services to the corporate mid-market and the Public Sector.[39][40]
  • Allnet, which specialises in network integration and structured cabling services[41][42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Preliminary Results 2015". Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Computacenter website, key dates. Retrieved 27 March 2009
  3. ^ Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, 2007, p24, Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, 31 March 2008. Retrieved: 27 March 2009
  4. ^ Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, 2007, p40, Computacenter plc Annual Report & Accounts, 31 March 2008. Retrieved: 27 March 2009
  5. ^ Computacenter plc website Retrieved 27 March 2009
  6. ^ Computacenter plc website Retrieved 27 March 2009
  7. ^ Computer Weekly. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  8. ^ Computacenter plc website. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  9. ^ ZDNet. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  10. ^ Yahoo UK News. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  11. ^ Computacenter plc website. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  12. ^ computing.co.uk. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  13. ^ a b Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  14. ^ Computacenter cited as the DfT's "IT solutions partner" in Computerweekly (4 July 2008). Retrieved 6 July 2008
  15. ^ Computacenter cited as assisting the college to form its technology strategy and plan its new IT network (2 July 2008). Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  16. ^ Computacenter cited as designing and implementing the college's "state-of-the-art" IT systems; Doncaster College website. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  17. ^ Professional Rugby Players' Association website. Retrieved: 23 April 2008
  18. ^ Hertfordshire County Council website, Hertfordshire County Council website. Retrieved: 26 April 2008
  19. ^ Team Storm's sponsorship webpage, Team Storm website. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  20. ^ Article describing Team Storm's ambitions to compete in the USA, from the Evening Star (Ipswich), 13 June 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  21. ^ Computacenter website. Retrieved 30 June 2008
  22. ^ Spring Proms website. Retrieved: 22 April 2008
  23. ^ British Legal Awards 2007 website, Incisive Media, organisers of the British Legal Awards, website. Retrieved: 26 April 2008
  24. ^ Image of the Team Marcos-Computacenter LM95-002, which ran in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours race. Retrieved 10 May 2008
  25. ^ History of Marcos Cars. Retrieved 10 May 2008
  26. ^ Image showing Computacenter's credits for match analysis on UK terrestrial broadcasts. Retrieved 10 May 2008
  27. ^ Computacenter website, Six Nations press release. Retrieved 10 May 2008
  28. ^ European Tour website. Retrieved 10 May 2008
  29. ^ Computacenter plc website Retrieved: 27 March 2009
  30. ^ Computacenter plc website. Retrieved 27 March 2009
  31. ^ Computacenter Annual report, 2007 (p21). Retrieved 1 July 2008
  32. ^ FTSE4Good Index Series webpage, FTSE website. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  33. ^ List of FTSE4Good constituents, as of September 2002, published by the Co-operative Bank. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  34. ^ Computacenter plc Report & Accounts 2007, Corporate Sustainable Development report, page 21
  35. ^ Supplier Innovation Awards, November 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2008
  36. ^ Computacenter Corporate Sustainable Development, 2007 (p4). Retrieved 8 July 2008
  37. ^ computacenter plc website Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  38. ^ Super User. "White IT - Partner". whiteit.de. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  39. ^ Channel Business Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  40. ^ Computacenter plc website on retirement of Digica brand Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  41. ^ Computacenter press release on the acquisition of Allnet from Cable & Wireless. Retrieved 23 June 2008.
  42. ^ Computacenter plc Report & Accounts 2007, page 18, 'Acquisitions' paragraph on integration of Allnet Retrieved 30 March 2009

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