Staff to go at DSGi

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DSGi may cut jobs from the back office after its ERP systems migration.

DSGi, one of the largest VARs in the UK, may cut as many as 13 jobs from its back office as it prepares to migrate ERP systems.

The company, which owns the PC World Business, Equanet and Mac Warehouse brands, told eWEEK's Channel Insider that all 13 positions are in its offices in Surbiton, UK, where the Equanet team is based. DSGi acquired Equanet in August 2005.

"As we develop our organization and after an extensive review we have decided to migrate to DSGi and Equanet to common systems," said David Gould, commercial director at DSGi business. "The overall business needs to become more efficient in working as one, and so we have made the decision which means some roles are at risk of redundancy. The roles are all in the back office and there is no effect on any customer facing staff."

He said the company has taken its time to migrate the systems so it could plan and phase the implementation of the DGSi system into the Equanet offices.

"Clearly we will do what we can for the people at risk to seek opportunities both internal and external—they will have a full consultation period. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly.

DSGi employs 800 people, with 90 operating under the Equanet.

Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached at:sara.driscoll@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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