Archive for October, 2010

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iQuote: View from the Team – Tim

October 21, 2010

Interested in what’s coming soon? A lot of the time this Blog announces new features and products after they have been launched. For a change here’s a mini-series of Blogs from the team here talking about things that they are excited about or currently working on. First up Tim:

“We’re working on a few projects and enhancements that I’m really excited about here are a couple of highlights for me.

1. A new menu option will be arriving in Beta format really soon called simply “Swift”. It allows an iQuote User to enter a system unit part and generate a list of all supported options priced and stocked along with “plain English” categorisation and HP PL Code. What a time saver and ideal for pre-formal quoting situations that are common in Channel. Better still in the future Swift will also allow an iQuote User to paste in a random set of HP parts and it will generate a price list in the same format. Can you imagine pasting a list of 100 (or more) parts into Swift and having it priced and stocked 2 seconds later?!

2. There will also be a formal reporting system for Distributors and Resellers so that utilisation information will be proactively emailed (opt in basis !!). We know that when iQuote is monitored and measured utilisation goes up. It’s an essential element of driving margins up for the Channel so am pleased that we are improving beyond just the standard Dashboard.”

Tim Moyle, Managing Director of channelcentral.net – the Company behind iQuote

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UK Top Value Workstations – All Change

October 8, 2010

Alterations to Microsoft Operating Systems means wholesale changes in Top Value. Pretty much the entire SKU selection has been refreshed so during this transition there is no place better than iQuote to help you source stock and ensure that you sell out residual SKUs with Downgrade rights on the Operating System. Here’s a great graphic from HP to remind people why Workstations are so exciting!

Here’s a list of the new SKUs that we’ve put into iQuote to support this transition:

Z200
KK666ET
KK703ET

Z200SFF
KK663ET
KK665ET

Z400
KK683ET
KK684ET
KK685ET
KK686ET
KK687ET

Z600
KK689ET
KK690ET
KK691ET
KK692ET

Z800
KK693ET
KK695ET

Statement from HP Workstation Specialist here in the UK:
From 30th September Microsoft no longer allows OEMs to ship their units with XP Pro Operating System (OS), OS with a downgrade to XP nor XP Pro Restore Media. Customers are entitled to use existing XP Media and are covered by Windows 7 Licence.

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iQuote FAQ: what prices do you show in iQuote?

October 7, 2010

Whatever price you want, in any currency. When we present iQuote to a HP Partner for the first time the most commonly (frequently) asked question is “what price do you show?” The simple answer is: any price you want. It is a little more scientific than that and is partly dependent on the IT capabilities and bandwidth of the iQuote Host (usually, but not always, a Distributor). The objective is clear though: if the price is what the customer would pay that’s very desirable – so that’s what we aim for.

Our initial integration takes price and stock via a text file over FTP and there is a basic margin control to allow some level of simplistic customer pricing. channelcentral.net (the Company behind iQuote) also supports other, more sophisticated processes such as XML and at that stage we can provide customer pricing to many customers. Moving forward we are also starting to engage with Distributors and their eCommerce partners to achieve the “Holy Grail” – End User specific pricing through iQuote and we believe we’ll see that within the next 4 to 6 months from leading Distributors.

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iQuote User Setup Service

October 7, 2010

iQuote allows Super Users to create new users but what if you have lots of users? Use our Bulk iQuote User Creation Service – it doesn’t cost anything. If you are rolling out iQuote to more than 5 Users please get in touch with us at channelcentral.net.

We can bulk create users really quickly and send each user their login credentials. Just email us register@channelcentral.net to get your iQuote rollout flying.

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More Top Value UK Desktops and Notebooks…

October 6, 2010

iQuote keeping up with the latest product introductions for UK and Ireland. We now feature lots more Top Value systems as follows:

Desktops

HP 500B – WU364EA
HP Pro 3120 MT  – WU269EA
HP 7100 Elite MT – WU399EA

Notebooks

HP ProBook 4525s – WS895EA
HP ProBook 4520s – WT113EA
HP ProBook 4320s – WS905EA
HP ProBook 4720s – WT141EA
HP ProBook 6555b – WD720ET
HP EliteBook 2540p – WP884ET

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More HP Top Value UK Desktops in iQuote

October 4, 2010

Another 7 New Desktops in iQuote, this time across the 3100 and 6000 Series. Here is a list of the new systems available now (launched on Friday):

HP Pro 3120 SFF
WU190EA
WU189EA

HP Pro 3125 MT
WU262EA
WU573EA

6000 SFF
VW188ET

6000 MT
VW191ET
VW193ET

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New UK Top Value 8000 Series Desktops for iQuote

October 4, 2010

iQuote now features new 8000/8100 Elite Desktops. October has seen a total revamp in HP Top Value for the UK. So many new models ! We’ve already put the following models live:

8000
WB674ET
WB680ET
WB673ET 
WB677ET

8100
WJ997ET