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.
Computacenter was founded in the UK in 1981 by Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden. 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. Computacenter was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1998. 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.
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%.
The company is engaged in the supply, implementation, support and management of information technology systems.
Computacenter advises customers on their IT strategy, implements appropriate technology from a wide range of vendors and manages their technology infrastructures on their behalf.
Computacenter runs a partner network that covers 120 countries.
Computacenter's customers include:Marks & Spencer
The UK Government's Department for Transport ("DfT")
Computacenter is:Principal business partner and title sponsor of the Professional Rugby Players' Association's ("PRA") Rugby Players' Awards Dinner, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Sponsor of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's fire investigation dog, one of seventeen such dogs used in England to support accelerant detection in arson investigations, which is a black Labrador Retriever named "CeeCee".
Platinum sponsor for "Team Storm", a robotic combat team of "roboteers", which won the title of "World Champion" in the seventh series of Mentorn's "Robot Wars" television programme with their "Storm II" robot.
In the past, Computacenter sponsored:Founding sponsor of the Computacenter Cathcart Spring Proms, which is a classical "Variety Performance" of diverse works played by musicians, choristers, soloists and groups in the Royal Albert Hall.
Sponsor of the "Best Use of Technology" category in the British Legal Awards, 2007.
Marcos Engineering's GT Le Mans LM500 & LM600 racecars, which won the 1995 BRDC National Sports GT Championship and finished in seventh place in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hour race.
The Six Nations Championship rugby union competition, for which it provided match statistics and analysis in 2002.
The English Challenge Open golf tournament, an event in the European Challenge Tour, in 2004.
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. Computacenter donated £87,000 to charity in 2008
Computacenter is a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index series, which measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards; it has retained its membership for 5 years.
During 2007, the Computacenter group committed itself to the 10 core principles of United Nations Global Compact.
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 of its Windows datacentre estate by 85%. 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.
The German branch of Computacenter is partner of the White IT, an alliance for children .
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.
Allnet, which specialises in network integration and structured cabling services