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ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

New graphics cards from MSI make rocket starts: ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

The ITscope market barometer Q2/2021 is here – with the current top sellers from seven categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com!

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as a PDF (English)

The ITscope market barometer is based on ITscope GmbH’s own analysis.

 

Karlsruhe, 21/10/2021 – Graphics cards from MSI are the new stars in the ITC sky, Dell’s new TFT P2422H is sought-after, and all signs point to changes in the smartphone sector. AMD’s new APUs managed a solid start in the charts, Lenovo again challenges Dell for the notebook lead, and the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 finally has to clear the field after seven quarters.

It’s almost as if we can cautiously speak of normality again: while COVID-19 is still occupying global events, everyday life is increasingly returning – even in offices. According to a survey by the ifo Institute, people are once again seeking personal contact more frequently: the proportion of employees working in home office at least some of the time fell from 28.4 in June to 25.5 percent in July. The current market barometer also shows this trend: there is no noticeable change in terms of demand for home office equipment. Last year’s peaks in demand for notebooks, headsets and similar equipment seems to be a thing of the past.

The chip shortage continues to dominate the economic situation, but the crisis seems to be sparing the ITC channel, at least for the time being. Fortunately, delivery bottlenecks tend to be an exception on the ITscope platform, with only the graphics card product category experiencing some delays. Or could this just be the calm before the storm? According to a recent study by the IT market research company CONTEXT, stock levels of notebooks, desktop PCs, monitors and printers are almost depleted. At present, everything that contains a chip seems to be affected by bottlenecks and retailers are plagued by growing concerns about how customers can be supplied in the fourth quarter, according to CONTEXT.

Nevertheless, things are looking good for graphics cards this quarter: MSI shines across the board in this category with its new models, and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X is also in the top positions of the Highflyer Charts. Apple also scored several places in the Highflyers, but not with the ‘usual suspects’. This time round, these places were secured by the Apple TV 4K, the Magic Keyboard and the evidently still very popular AirTag, which already gained a position in the charts in the previous quarter.

In the individual categories, another ever-popular favourite of the ITscope platform has to give up the top spot: after seven quarters in a row, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 can no longer hold on to its lead – with successor models from the ThinkCentre series taking over the lead in the category of PC systems instead. The situation is different for TFTs: Dell continues to defend pole position with the P2419H, and there have also not been any changes in the first place for smartphones and tablets.


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Highflyer: the Rising Stars from Dell, MSI and Lenovo

A tight neck-and-neck race was fought between Dell and MSI this time – and with a lead of only a few clicks, our number 1 spot in the Highflyer Charts goes to Dell’s P2422H this time. P-series monitors feature a practical design with an ergonomically adjustable stand and easily accessible ports. The P2422H has a 23.8-inch Full HD IPS panel as well as a particularly narrow edge that is flush with the screen. The integrated ComfortView Plus technology ensures a significant reduction of blue light to protect the eyes.

As in the previous quarter, a graphics card from MSI once again does exceptionally well and secures second place: overtaking the RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X, it is now the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X in second place with 2,524 clicks. Nice to know: the ‘Ti’ name suffix stands for the lightweight metal titanium, a designation that was originally used for marketing purposes to identify particularly powerful graphics cards. Although nowadays almost every second Geforce graphics card has ‘Ti’ in its name, the core message remains: when the model number is the same, the Ti stands for the more powerful model and thus promises even higher performance. Although the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X only comes with a comparatively small 8 GB video memory, it convinces with its DLSS AI renderer, which provides extra performance in many games without visible quality loss. It is currently available on ITscope for €950.

With a 3rd place, the bronze medal goes to Lenovo’s ThinkPad E15 20RE. The E15 series is very popular in general and also secures some top 10 places in the notebook category. The E15 20RE, which has been listed since May 2021 and is one of the latest models, is already available for a comparatively cheap €570 (~$660).

Apple takes 6th place, not with the iPhone, iPad or iMac – but with the Apple TV 4K. Compared to the previous version, the changes made for this sixth generation are quite limited. Only the remote control has been revised to a noticeable extent, but not necessarily for the better. Although the shape has been altered to make it more comfortable to use, the remote can no longer be used as a games controller, as it no longer contains a gyroscope or accelerometer – games that could previously be controlled in Nintendo Wii’s waving style no longer work with it.

The next two places also go to the manufacturer with the half-bitten apple logo. Apple’s AirTag is once again in 7th place: although some people are sceptical and dismiss it as a gimmick, the innovative gadget is very popular yet again and secures a place in the Highflyer Charts this quarter. With the Magic Keyboard in 8th place, the new 5th generation iPad Pro turns into a mobile computer. The keys are comfortable to use and can also be used in the dark thanks to backlit keys. In addition to the technical features, the elegant design is particularly striking – for a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of more than €300, it is nevertheless an expensive upgrade for the already costly iPad Pro.

Samsung officially introduced its latest smartphone in the A-series at the end of August – the Galaxy A52s 5G, successor of the Galaxy A52 5G, directly making it to rank 10. It offers a lot for a WSP of only around €350: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120 Hz, a main camera with 64 megapixels, a front camera with 32 megapixels in addition to an ultra-wide-angle, macro and portrait camera. Besides white and black, the smartphone is also available in mint green and purple – with the black version achieving the most clicks.

Ryzen 5 5600G, AMD’s new all-in-one solution is in 11th place: the six-core APU, i.e. a processor with an integrated graphics card, has a base clock speed of 3.9 GHz and a Turbo clock speed of 4.4 GHz. The Ryzen 5 5600G is based on Zen 3 and relies on the Vega architecture. This may not be quite up-to-date anymore, but the APU, which is available for a WSP of around €235, is perfectly sufficient for graphically not too demanding games and Full HD.

Rank 24 is clean – with the Roborock S7 vacuuming and mopping robot, which impressed reviewers with its navigation and suction performance. The app is also practical, as it allows you to define different vacuuming and mopping areas: the entire floor plan can be mapped and divided into zones, and individual areas can be excluded.

 

Here are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential – our Highflyer Charts:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1Dell P2422H210-AZYX2021-05-292575
# 2MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, 8GB GDDR6V505-008R2021-05-202524
# 3Lenovo ThinkPad E15 \1, 15,6″, i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD20RES6DF052021-05-112362
# 4AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-011311
# 5Intel Next Unit of Computing 10 Performance kit, i7 10710UBXNUC10I7FNKN22021-04-071152
# 6Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22807
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21650
# 8Apple Magic Keyboard, silverMJQK3D/A2021-04-21624
# 9Microsoft Windows Server 2022 StandardP73-083302021-08-14618
# 10Samsung Galaxy A5 2, 128GB, 5G, blackSM-A528BZKDEUB2021-07-26612
# 11AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, 3.9GHz, 6-Core, SMT, APU100-100000252BOX2021-06-26570
# 12Sony, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) DE-Version98259992021-04-12539
# 13Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC213727-022021-04-19368
# 14Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock40B00135EU2021-07-06363
# 15HP Envy223N4B#6292021-05-11304
# 16Gigaset OpenScape DECT Phone S6entry MobilteilL30250-F600-C5332021-03-31297
# 17Kingston 1 TB NVMe SSDSNVS/1000G2021-03-28296
# 18Jabra PanaCast 508200-2312021-04-28277
# 19Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 WorkStation Dock40B00300EU2021-06-16273
# 20Lenovo Quectel EM120R-GL4XC1D514472021-06-12221
# 21Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)GA01892-EU2021-04-01220
# 22Lenovo 16GB, DDR4, SO-DIMM4X71D095342021-04-28217
# 23Synology RackStationRS2421RP+2021-04-24212
# 24Xiaomi Roborock S7S7 WHITE2021-06-17211
# 25Gigabyte S452-Z30 (rev. 100), 4U, Barebone6NS452Z30MR-002021-05-19184
# 26ASRock H510 Pro BTC+, LGA1200, ATX90-MXBGL0-A0UAYZ2021-05-22151
# 27Apple 10.2-inch iPad WIFI, 10,2″, 64GB, space-greyMK2K3FD/A2021-09-16147
# 28Apple Smart Flip-Cover, blackMJMG3ZM/A2021-04-21144
# 29Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, whiteMJWY3ZM/A2021-07-15139
# 30Samsung QM55R-ALH55QMRABGCXEN2021-06-27137

 

TFTs: triumph for Dell’s new monitor

Who would have thought it: after eight consecutive quarters, Dell’s P2419H is still comfortably in first place. And the lead is considerable in terms of click numbers: 8,300 clicks ensure sufficient distance to the second-placed P2719H, also from Dell, which ‘only’ scored around 4,700 clicks.

The P2422H, a brand new TFT from Dell, also did well with fourth place. The monitor, which has only been listed on ITscope since May, not only achieved a top result within the category, but also landed first place in the Highflyer Charts with 2,575 clicks. The new 24-inch Full HD model from Dell’s popular P series could be a worthy successor to the P2419H. The price will certainly not be a limiting factor, as the P2422H is even a bit cheaper at €190 than the older P2419H model from 2018.

 

Smartphones: will the new iPhone generation soon be at the top?

Positions 1 and 2 in the mobile phone category remain firmly in Apple’s hands: the iPhone SE secured first place for the third quarter in a row with more than 6,000 clicks, while second place once again went to the iPhone 12 with 2,340 clicks.

Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G climbed from 34th to 3rd place. With 5G compatibility, the A52 is one of the few Galaxy models that currently supports the fast connection. It is also really well equipped in terms of other tech specs: the sharp and colourful OLED display is particularly pleasing, just like the enduring battery with a runtime of 10 to 12 hours. There is a slight downside in terms of charging time, as the battery needs about two hours to fully charge.

Presumably, new players will mix up the top 10 very soon. During Apple’s keynote in mid-September, the new iPhone generation was officially presented with four different models – the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max – which are available in stores as of now. The new iPhones are still far behind in the rankings, but the prospects of moving up are good.

While the standard models received more of a minor update, the two Pro variants have definitely acquired some major innovations. All four new models feature the Apple A15 Bionic, which is probably the fastest mobile CPU at the moment, an improved battery and camera, at least 128 GB of storage as well as the 5G mobile standard. The Pro and Pro Max variants also come with a Super Retina XDR display, an even better camera with macro mode and triple optical zoom, and an additional 1 TB storage option. However, you have to dig deep into your pocket for these features – as you do every time a new iPhone generation is launched: the 13 mini starts at €660 and the 13 Pro Max costs more than €1,500.

A similar picture can be seen with Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: this smartphone with an innovative folding display, which has been listed on ITscope since mid-August, has a good starting position, just like Apple, but it is not yet enough for the top places. The next quarter will certainly be exciting and show how the new models perform. The Flip3 convinces with great colours on the main display and excellent performance, in addition to the practical folding function, which enables seamless folding. Thanks to IPX8 certification, it is also completely waterproof, while the battery life is sadly very short. The Flip3 is available at a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €840.

 

Tablets: no change in the top positions

With over 7,000 clicks, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 once again managed to retain first place and remains the category leader for four quarters in a row. Positions 2, 3 and 4 also remain exactly the same as in the previous quarter, with the Apple iPad 10.2″, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 respectively. Occupying five places in the top 10, Microsoft is clearly ahead of competing tablet manufacturers Apple and Samsung.

Newcomers are not to be found in the top positions this time round, which are primarily occupied by 2020 models. An up-to-date tablet can only be found in 18th place: the 5th generation iPad Pro as the 12.9-inch version, which has been listed since April 2021. The tablet, which was previously ranked 25th as a newcomer, comes with outstanding performance thanks to the M1 chip, a large high-resolution display, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G mobile communications.

The iPad, which was also newly presented at the Apple keynote, is already represented in the charts, but as with the new iPhones, it is still far behind – of course it is not that easy to make up for a whole quarter of clicks in just two weeks, even for Apple. The new 9th generation iPad still offers a good price-performance ratio, but not much has changed in terms of design. On the inside, Apple relies on the A13 Bionic processor, which is supposed to deliver 20 percent more performance than the A12 Bionic of the previous generation. The storage capacity has also been improved: instead of 32 GB, all models now come with at least 64 GB.

 

Notebooks: Lenovo challenges competitors with the ThinkPad E15

The previous quarter’s winner, the Dell Latitude 3510, has to make do with 2nd place this time round: although the notebook gets an impressive 7,921 clicks, that wasn’t enough to prevent Lenovo from taking 1st place. Although it seemed as if Dell had finally overtaken the ever-popular ThinkPad E15 20RD, which was in 1st place for more than a year, Lenovo is now making another effective challenge with the ThinkPad E15 model from 2020 and more than 8,500 clicks – which helps propel the popular notebook into 1st place. Lenovo does not let up elsewhere either, securing a total of five places in the notebook top 10 with further models from the ThinkPad E15 and L15 series.

HP’s ProBook 450 G8, a notebook with a Tiger Lake processor from Intel, climbed from 20th to 3rd place. Intel promises both powerful and at the same time frugal processors – which are more than sufficient for everyday use. Furthermore, the HP 450 G8 impresses with its sturdy casing and quiet operation.

As the only notebook from Fujitsu, the LIFEBOOK A3510 made it to 14th place. It’s a slim, light-weight office notebook allowing a high pace of work and a battery life of up to six hours. However, the SSD is relatively small at 238 gigabytes, although it can be replaced with something bigger if necessary – same with the working memory.

 

PC systems: ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 plummets

After seven quarters at the top, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 seems to have finally handed over first place. For this previously very popular PC system, it’s back down to 23rd place.

However, what was already becoming a trend in the last market barometer is now confirmed: the successor model ThinkCentre M70q 11DT already made a huge leap from 157th to 4th place in the previous quarter – now it is ranked first with almost 4,500 clicks. In general, the ThinkCentre series enjoys great popularity and is therefore deservedly represented with four more models in the top 10.

 

Graphics cards: new MSI cards off to a flying start

MSI’s new graphics card is a big hit this quarter: The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X not only makes it to the top of the Highflyer Charts, but also to the number 1 spot within the graphics cards category. Another top result was scored by the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GAMING X TRIO, which has only been listed on ITscope since June and jumped from 164th to 6th place. Only the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING Z TRIO does even better, jumping directly into an excellent 3rd place.

PNY is also well represented in the top 10 with four places and also secures 2nd place, which went to the NVIDIA Quadro P2200, an optimal graphics card for entry-level workstations. At €480, it is one of the more affordable graphics cards in the top 10.

However, with a total of around 17,000 clicks for the top 10 products, the click numbers have dropped significantly compared to the previous quarter, where the top products reached a total of almost 24,000 clicks. Is this still down to the worldwide chip shortage? Our number 1 in this ranking, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, is currently not available, for example. The MSI RTX 3090 SUPRIM X 24G in 4th place or the PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming EPIC-X RGB in 5th place are also scarcely available. Despite this, a price increase cannot be observed within the top 10, with the average WSP even dropping slightly.

 

Processors: new desktop APUs from AMD are well received

In the processor category, this summer quarter brought little change. The previous 3rd-placed AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is the new number 1 with 1,500 clicks: having been listed for about a year, this CPU impresses with its speed in applications as well as in gaming, and is currently considered the fastest eight-core on the market.

AMD and Intel share the top 10 ranking very fairly this time with five places each – except that AMD secures 1st and 2nd. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, which is considered a great price/performance pick among everyday and gaming processors, lands in 2nd. This mid-range CPU has six cores with multithreading and clock speeds from 3.7 to 4.6 GHz.

Two newcomers from AMD are also represented in the ranking: the Ryzen 5 5600G in 14th place, which also makes it into the Highflyer Charts, and the Ryzen 7 5700G in 34th place. Both are processors with an integrated graphics unit, so-called APUs. With the 5000G series, AMD adds Zen 3-based desktop APUs to its portfolio – good processors with high application performance and a good gaming performance. The 5 5600G has a WSP of €230, while the 7 5700G will set you back €320.

 

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About ITscope GmbH

ITscope combines all business models from the ITC industry on a single platform, from procurement and sales to Managed Services, supporting system houses, resellers, distributors and manufacturers in the digitalisation of their business processes.

Founded in 2003, Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH has steadily evolved from a price comparison tool to a powerful platform for digital sales and eProcurement. With the B2B Suite digital sales solution, system houses can set up individual procurement portals for their business customers without the need for a conventional shop system, allowing seamless procurement of products from suppliers via EDI. Distributors and manufacturers can also radically simplify their enquiry, sales and order processing workflows on ITscope. On top of all this, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends from the ITC channel.

 

October 21st, 2021|

Initiative Impulse: tutorial videos for useful ITscope features

 

You probably already know about our help page for ITscope, the ITscope Guide, where you can find the right solution for all problems quickly and clearly. The search bar on the start page gives you direct access to your specific topic.

Now we are launching a new knowledge initiative to show you how to take your business to the next level with ITscope. We will demonstrate useful features of the ITscope platform quickly and understandably in the form of short video tutorials (only in German).

In the first tutorials, we show you how to set up supplier accounts, optimise your shopping carts and place orders. Not only new ITscope users will get useful tips here, as the videos are also worth a look for ‘experienced hands’.

 

Establish networks

The first step to using ITscope effectively is to establish a partner network. This allows you to compare realtime inventory levels and prices, order through ITscope based on your individual price list, and access information and quotes from your distributors.

 

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Optimise shopping carts

Optimise your shopping cart with just one click. Do you want to split your order among as few different suppliers as possible? Or achieve the lowest possible total price for your shopping cart, with no supplier preferences and regardless of the total number of different suppliers you order from? With shopping cart optimisation, you can do both automatically at the click of a mouse – time-consuming manual price searching is a thing of the past.

 

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Order on ITscope

Fast, easy and convenient: manage all orders and information in one central place. In the video, we show you how to place an order in ITscope, which information you can view before starting the order process and how you can simplify your order process – especially if you want multiple orders to be placed at the same time once a day.

 

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Do you have any further questions? You will find the right answer in our ITscope Guide. Our support team is also happy to assist you, under: support@itscope.de.

September 30th, 2021|

New listings in September

 

Despite the often somewhat quiet period over the summer holidays, we were once again able to attract new suppliers to the ITscope network – eleven in total. In addition to four German distributors, including JAM Software GmbH, this time there were also several new international companies, such as the Dutch dexxon data media and storage B.V., the Lithuanian UAB Biuro ABC, the Czech Abacus electric s.r.o., the Danish Infracko ApS, the Belgian European Technical Trading BV as well as INTER-ALNET and AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k. from Poland.

Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k.13/09/2021
INTER-ALNET Inh. Adam Albinski09/09/2021
NEDIS GmbH08/09/2021
Unitronic GmbH06/09/2021
European Technical Trading BV02/09/2021
Infracko ApS13/08/2021
Abacus electric s.r.o.13/08/2021
JAM Software GmbH 12/08/2021
UAB Biuro ABC03/08/2021
EOD European Online Distribution GmbH29/07/2o21
dexxon data media and storage B.V.23/07/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, TIM AG is now connected to ITscope via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). EDI enables a seamless and automated data transfer between different systems.

 

CountryCompanyEDI connectiongDelivery to end customersEDI since
TIM AG27/07/2021

 

 

September 30th, 2021|

We proudly present … our new logo!

 

Perhaps you’ve already noticed it in one place or another: we have a new logo! But before we present it to you in all its details, let’s take a look back. The previous ITscope logo has been with us for a while now: customers and partners who have been part of our network for a long time probably still know it in one or more of these variants – and will certainly recognise the last one:

 

 

Initially starting as a price comparison tool, ITscope has established itself over time as a comprehensive provider for digital sales and eProcurement – and this dynamic development and value is now also be reflected in the corporate design, i.e. the appearance of the company. But enough about that – here it is, our new logo:

 

 

In addition to the logo, we have also revised our logo icon. You will recognise the previous version from the tabs in your web browser or from the desktop app, for example:

The updated icon has been adapted to ITscope’s new colour scheme, which now consists primarily of blue tones:

The new icon stands for the focus, the exact view of the entire ITC industry that ITscope provides to system houses, IT service providers, distributors and manufacturers. At the same time, it also stands for the comprehensive solutions for the channel, the entire range of IT business models, from procurement to sales to managed services, that ITscope offers all on a single platform.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – what do you think of the new logo, colours and icon?

Do you have the ITscope logo embedded on your company website, for example, and would like to update it? Here you can download the new logo directly for integration:

 

 

Do you have any further questions about the new logo design, require another logo size or another file format? Just send us a short email to marketing@itscope.de – we will be happy to help you! 

 

September 30th, 2021|

3 years B2B Suite: what our users are saying

 

This August, the B2B Suite is celebrating its anniversary: for three years now, our eCommerce solution has been an integral part of the ITscope portfolio – and of course also an important part of many IT system houses’ offerings. We have therefore taken this year’s anniversary as an opportunity to give them a chance to provide feedback.

What is the B2B Suite?
The B2B Suite enables you to sell directly to your customers digitally – without setting up complex shop systems. With the B2B Suite, customer-specific procurement portals can be created in the cloud with user-defined products, prices and CI elements – without any time-consuming in-house development efforts. This allows you to offer existing customers a fully-fledged eProcurement portal with electronic ordering and integrated approval processes, all from a single source. All parties involved can save valuable time, in addition to improving customer retention and increasing your sales revenue.

More than 50 companies are actively using the B2B Suite, some having started recently, others being on board since its introduction. We asked the operators what is going well with the B2B Suite and also, of course, how we can improve further. Here is the feedback we received:

The respondents particularly appreciate that the B2B Suite enables them to comprehensively simplify and accelerate their business sales, by significantly reducing manual effort. Effort is also reduced for their business customers, for example during the quotation and ordering process or when searching for products. Customer orders can also automatically be transferred to the company’s own ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system – another factor that saves time.

And even if it sounds obvious: it is an immense advantage for system houses to be able to offer their customers the option to purchase ICT products online. Not only can additional sales be generated when customers find additional products or discover useful accessories that they would probably not request or find otherwise. The comprehensive search and filter functions are a real added value in customer service. All in all, this pays off for many of the respondents in the form of a high level of trust and strengthened customer loyalty.

I’ve seen a lot of IT shops, but yours is by far the best!” Not only the system houses that use the B2B Suite are happy to receive feedback like this, but of course we are too. For almost all respondents, the feedback they receive from their customers in industry is consistently positive. They particularly praised the uncomplicated and fast usability, the clear structure of the individual product lines and the direct insight into product availability.

Half of the respondents consider the technical effort and time required to initially set up the B2B Suite, as well as to use it day-to-day, to be absolutely reasonable. Around a third even describes this effort as being low, whereas the rest rate it as high.

The response is similar when it comes to the costs of the B2B Suite in relation to the benefits: here, too, half of the respondents consider the costs to be reasonable, 37 percent rate them as high and around 13 percent would even be prepared to pay more for the range of functions offered, describing the costs as low or very low.

Overall, more than 80 percent of the respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the B2B Suite. And this is also reflected in the recommendation rate: around 60 percent of respondents would be likely or very likely to recommend the B2B Suite to other system houses or IT service providers.

Perhaps also to you? Either way, we recommend that you take a closer look at our solution. If you would like to get to know the B2B Suite better, and find out which advantages it offers specifically for your company, then let us provide you with individual advice.

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August 30th, 2021|

JAM Software: the home of TreeSize now also available on the ITscope platform

 

With more than 200,000 customers worldwide, JAM Software GmbH primarily supplies the B2B market with professional software from the product sectors of File & Disk Space Management, Banking & Telephony, Monitoring & Diagnosis and Developer Components. At JAM, the home of TreeSize, more than 30 employees are responsible for around 3.2 million downloads per year. In order to be able to reach even more customers, JAM Software is now also represented on the ITscope platform.

Small company, big ambitions: JAM Software is convinced that independent teams with flat hierarchies can achieve great things. That’s why JAM has the high ambition to not only constantly expand and improve its solutions, but also to reach new customers. With this company philosophy, JAM Software has made it into the list of hidden champions in Rhineland-Palatinate (German).

Why ITscope is the right partner for JAM Software: ITscope offers a standardised platform for resellers and system houses that enables easy and fast access to products. This means that ITscope customers now have an attractive opportunity to purchase products that are already supporting many companies of all sizes in the areas of file & storage management and mail server security, among others. With the Exchange Server Toolbox from JAM Software, for example, customers receive a verified email archiving system including spam and virus protection.

Good solutions for a promising future: the worldwide distribution of professional software is an exciting task and JAM Software is very pleased to be now also be able to work together with ITscope. In the future, JAM Software plans to offer even more different licence types through ITscope to cover every application need.

 

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August 25th, 2021|

Long delivery times in the IT channel: chip supply shortage persists

 

The microchip supply shortage continues to keep the global economy on edge. According to Gartner, the shortage will most likely last until 2022. Analyses of the ITscope platform show that prices are falling again after the peak in May, but the situation is still far from normal.

Karlsruhe, 29/07/2021 – Chip bottlenecks continue to cause production delays, with the IT channel of course being one of the affected industries. The shortage is currently having a massive impact on deliveries of IT products, as has been reported recently by one of our customers from the system house business: their industry customer wanted to order a laptop, which was confirmed by the system house – but with a delivery time of three months. What the customer had initially taken as a little joke, turned out to be completely serious – as they had to painfully realise after a few weeks.

Conversations along these lines are becoming more frequent, as the delivery times of many products are extremely delayed – the prevailing shortage of microchips still has the global economy firmly in its grip. We already analysed how this affects the ICT industry a few weeks ago – but so far the situation has not really improved.

According to the market research institute Gartner, the shortage is expected to last until 2022 and will continue to massively restrict the production of many electronic devices. So why is there still no improvement in sight, with the opposite being the case? According to Gartner, it is not so much the highly individualised chips that are causing the problems, but standardised ‘mass-produced’ chips. In this product sector, low margins are set against high market concentration, which severely restricts the flexibility of the market – it is not possible to quickly ramp up production. During the pandemic, the goods that were still available up until a few months ago were built into particularly sought-after products, such as notebooks. Now that the stockpile has been used up, further supplies can only be produced very slowly and, as a consequence, prices remain high.

This situation is also reflected on the ITscope platform: although availability has stabilised somewhat, prices are still significantly above the ‘pre-crisis level’ – as the example of the Backup Plus Hub STEL8000200 from Seagate, which has been listed since 2016, shows. Since the last analysis at the end of May, the Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) has fallen noticeably. At €165, however, it is currently still about 30 percent higher than the WSP of around €120 at the beginning of the year.

 

Price/stock level/status history for the Seagate Backup Plus Hub (item no. STEL8000200), January to July 2021

 

The example of the NVIDIA Quadro P620 from HP, a graphics card that has been listed since 2018, is also interesting to look at. As the stock levels dwindled towards the end of June, the WSP rose to a value that was even higher than the graphics card’s market launch price of around €200 – up to a current price of over €220. Compared to the beginning of the year, the WSP has almost doubled from an initial price of €115.

 

Price/stock level/status history for the HP NVIDIA Quadro P620 (item no. 3ME25AA), January to July 2021

 

The ITscope market barometer for the previous quarter also clearly showed the effects of the chip shortage, especially in the product category of graphics cards. The first- and second-placed graphics cards, both from the manufacturer MSI, each reached over 5,000 clicks alone. And the price of both also increased significantly compared to the previous quarter: for the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 VENTUS 3X OC, the WSP increased by 20 percent to €1,050, while the WSP of the MSI GEFORCE RTX 3080 GAMING X TR increased to around €1,300, a growth of 13 percent.

Currently, the outlook for the future is uncertain: Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger even expects that supply and demand for chips will not be brought back into line before 2023. Buyers will therefore have to be prepared for delivery delays in the future as well.

The ITscope platform provides you with the perfect market insight, even during the current situation: which supplier has how much of a certain product in stock? And at what price? Thanks to a simple product search, a clear price comparison and more than 400 different suppliers, ITscope can provide you with answers to these questions. You may not be able to solve the general chip shortage, but this way you have a fallback option to continue serving your customers.

 

July 28th, 2021|

ITscope is now part of the weclapp family

 

ITscope has already worked in close partnership with weclapp SE for several years. We are therefore all the more looking forward to expanding on this teamwork and to develop further with combined forces – because since mid-July we are part of the weclapp family!

As an independent subsidiary of weclapp SE, we will of course continue to run our platform, and all other services we offer to ITscope users, as before. In concrete terms, this means that nothing will change for you as our customers and partners. Together, we’re continuing to pursue the goal of expanding our range of services even more in the future, as well as making optimal use of synergy effects.


What is weclapp?

weclapp SE was founded in 2008 and has offered the cloud-based platform of the same name since 2013. weclapp has set itself the goal of simplifying the day-to-day work routine of small and medium-sized companies with modern software. From customer management and order processing, to invoicing and financial accounting – with weclapp you can intelligently control all important business processes with an all-in-one software.

What does the weclapp interface offer?
Many ITscope customers use weclapp as their ERP platform. With weclapp’s interface to ITscope, joint customers can access all ICT products listed on ITscope, transfer them into quotes and then import them directly into weclapp. Prices, product variants and stock levels can be researched and directly compared.
Daily business is simplified: information on products, procurement prices and suppliers are automatically made available in the weclapp ERP system via an import. The manual entry of products is no longer necessary; instead, the automated system ensures a simplification of all subsequent processes.

 

Would you like to learn more about this topic? You can read further information about the weclapp interface here, and more details about the cooperation between ITscope & weclapp can be found in the press release.

 

July 28th, 2021|

New listings in July

 

A total of eleven new suppliers have joined the ITscope network in the past months. In addition to seven suppliers from Germany, we were also able to welcome Digoo IT Distribution BV from Belgium, Arles s.r.o. from the Czech Republic, Globecom ApS from Denmark and Copymax Ltd. from Estonia to the ITscope platform.

Thanks to the recent listing of both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, two important players from the Benelux IT channel have joined our trading platform. In the course of the new listings, both distributors have also been provided with an EDI connection.

Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
Kern & Stelly Medientechnik GmbH15/07/2021
M-Medientechnik GmbH08/07/2021
netgo GmbH01/07/2021
Serverhero GmbH28/06/2021
Cristie Data GmbH24/06/2021
24/06/2021
Arles s.r.o.23/06/2021
GlobeCom ApS 17/06/2021
Copymax Ltd.16/06/2021
Elbmatic GmbH01/06/2o21
Effzet GmbH20/05/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, there are two more companies with existing listings that are now connected to ITscope via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). EDI enables a seamless and automated data transfer between different systems.

 

CountryCompanyEDI connectionDelivery to end customersEDI since
ComLine GmbH07/07/2021
EFB Elektronik GmbH22/06/2021

 

 

July 28th, 2021|

Press Release: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2021

 

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as a PDF (English)

The ITscope market barometer is based on ITscope GmbH’s own analysis.

Content:


Movement in the top places – who will be the new notebook star? ITscope market barometer Q2/2021

Karlsruhe, 22/07/2021 – Chip bottlenecks are putting pressure on the IT channel, graphics cards are highly sought after and demand is also back for PC systems. Microsoft remains successful with the Surface Pro 7, the iPhone SE is once again this quarter’s smartphone champion and Intel is hot on the heels of AMD in the contest for CPU leadership.

With the rising temperatures of the second quarter and with the months-long lockdown behind us, the desire for more variety is growing. Falling coronavirus incidence rates and a steadily increasing vaccination rate have made it possible to relax more and more since May. Visits to cafés and restaurants are possible again, and even an afternoon at the open-air swimming pool is no longer an obstacle. Additionally, the obligation to work in home office ended on 1 July 2021 in Germany, and the previously empty offices are gradually filling up again. It remains to be seen how far the end of the home office requirement will affect the IT sector in the coming months. However, it is already becoming apparent that the number of clicks in the categories involving home office equipment have returned back to normal, following the enormous spike in interest at the end of 2020.

However, another problem continues to preoccupy the IT sector: bottlenecks in microchips, which are built into virtually every electrical device and are thus indispensable for IT and telecommunications equipment, have been determining the production processes of many IT manufacturers in the past months. Especially graphics cards, which were recently still in high demand due to the exploding bitcoin price and the associated hype surrounding crypto-mining, are now under additional pressure.

“In the graphics card category, the problem is very clear in terms of stock levels and prices. ITscope offers insight into current availabilities at over 400 distributors as well as a comprehensive selection of alternative models, meaning we can currently support system houses and resellers at least somewhat,” explains Oliver Gorges, Head of Channel Development & Cooperations at ITscope GmbH.

Despite the tense situation, the MSI RTX 3060 TI GAMING X is a brand new graphics card at the top of our Highflyer Charts. Apple’s latest gadget, the AirTag, is also far ahead, as is the Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone.

In the evaluation of the individual categories of the ITscope platform, there is some very special news in the notebook category: the ThinkPad E15 20RD has to relinquish its lead as a competitor takes over first place. In the TFT monitor category, Dell’s front-runner P2419H remains in front, while Microsoft secures pole position in the tablet segment. In terms of click numbers, graphics cards also did well, despite supply issues, and MSI is one of the absolute winners in this category. For PC systems, normality seems to have finally returned after several difficult quarters.

 

Highflyers: the hottest summer trends from MSI, WD and Dell

‘Hot or not?’ is the motto of our Highflyer Charts, which include the most promising newcomers in the various categories of the ITscope platform. While certain products have occupied the same places in the individual categories for several quarters in a row, only products that are completely new to the market are allowed to compete for the top positions in the Highflyer Charts.

For quite a while now, graphics cards have been scarce in the IT channel, and have only been available at horrendous prices, if at all. Several factors are contributing to this situation: while the lockdown recently made digital entertainment formats particularly attractive, the crypto boom and the continuing chip shortages have also influenced the graphics card market. This great demand is also reflected in our number 1 spot, where the MSI RTX 3060 TI GAMING X is a brand new graphics card that – surprise – is currently not available from any German supplier.

With around 1,500 clicks, the Red Plus NAS Hard Drive from WD takes second place. Compared to hard drives in the WD Red series, which use Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, the designation WD Red Plus stands for hard drives that use the conventional CMR recording method. The WD Red Plus models are therefore not actually a new series, but merely a renaming of the CMR-based WD Red. Those who do not want to use SMR, therefore, can opt for the Red Plus NAS Hard Drive, among other options. Some users in the NAS sector have criticised SMR technology due to potential performance losses in connection with RAID configurations and the ZFS file system. According to the manufacturer, however, the SMR models are absolutely sufficient for use in a small office or home office.

The last highflyer that made it onto the podium in third place, is the Thunderbolt Dock WD19TBS from Dell. With several ports, including a Thunderbolt 3, two DisplayPorts, HDMI, USB-C and USB-C 3.1 port, the docking station offers extensive connectivity. Another practical feature is the ExpressCharge function, which allows the battery to be charged up to 80 percent in one hour. With 180 watts, the WD19TBS dock’s power is also quite a bit higher than the usual value of around 100 watts for USB-C docks.

The Intel Core i7-11700K comes in fifth place: the eight-core processor, which was developed on the basis of the new Rocket Lake architecture, has a clock speed of 3.6-5 GHz and can process up to 16 threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. Nevertheless, Intel’s i7-11700K isn’t quite on par with the new Zen-3-based Ryzen 7 CPUs.

The AirTag, an innovative new product from Apple, scored 7th place. The AirTag is an anti-loss Bluetooth tag that can be attached to keys or wallets – and any other objects that are often lost. The AirTag sends out a Bluetooth signal that can be received via the ‘Find My’ network on a smartphone, allowing a key with an attached AirTag to be traced down, for example. If the object you are looking for is nearby, you simply follow the audio tone to find the misplaced item.

Data protection is particularly important here; according to Apple, location data is never stored and is only transmitted in encrypted form. With a retail price of around €30, the AirTag is quite affordable compared to other Apple devices. However, if you want to use it for your key, as in the example above, you have to pay another €30 for a matching key ring.

This time round, a rather unusual product can be found in 15th place of the Highflyer Charts. With the nasal test from NanoRepro, a COVID-19 product from the new product category of the same name on ITscope joined our ranking. Self-testing in the morning before entering the office is still obligatory for non-vaccinated persons in many companies. Full face protection is also an everyday companion in the office – the black FFP2 disposable mouth protection, which comes in a box of 20, landed in 26th place.

 

TFTs: HP a serious rival for Dell

After seven quarters in a row, Dell’s P2419H is once again at the top of the monitor charts. However, the enthusiasm seems to have waned slightly, as the number of clicks has almost halved compared to the previous quarter – from 14,000 to just under 8,000. Cementing its lead in this category, Dell also took second place with the P2719H: this 27-inch version improved by almost 1,000 clicks in this quarter. HP, however, continues to catch up and is right behind Dell in the Top 10. Even though the three models E24i G4, E24 G4 and E27 G4 are much newer, HP can still easily keep up with Dell’s first- and second-placed models in terms of price.

The C34H890WGR from Samsung, which has been listed since the beginning of the year, made a leap from much lower places directly into the Top 10, taking 7th place. With a 34-inch screen, the curved monitor offers sufficient space for different workspaces without having to resort to a second screen. A resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels ensures sharp images, while the flicker-free technology developed by Samsung, in addition to a special eye protection mode, provide additional comfort and protect the eyes from fatigue.

 

Smartphones: waterproof outdoor phones in high demand

Another victory for the iPhone SE: over 4,000 clicks ensure a decent lead over the second-placed iPhone 12, which only achieved 1,650 clicks. Overall, the smartphone Top 10 remains firmly in Apple’s hands.

Things only start to get exciting again in 14th place, where the Samsung Galaxy A52 is a fresh newcomer that has also made it far up the Highflyer Charts. The smartphone, which has only been listed since mid-March of this year, has a number of technical features that make the Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €300 extremely competitive, including the bright OLED display, a good camera and a long-lasting battery. Another great feature (especially during summer) is the IP67 certification, which, according to the manufacturer, makes the phone dust-proof as well as offering protection against temporary submersion in water, up to a maximum water depth of 1 metre for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Even though Huawei only landed 28th place, this can be seen as a presentable result for the Chinese manufacturer when compared to previous quarters. With the P30 lite New Edition, Huawei’s entry-level model received an update: a reliable smartphone with plenty of storage space that impresses with excellent performance, good battery life and attractive photos – if you take photos in daylight. When it gets dark, the camera has its difficulties.

Further down the list, you come across some interesting devices – such as the CAT B35 in 46th place. This mobile phone from 2018 is a tough outdoor hero and equipped for every adventure. In an endurance test, it proved to be crash-proof and easy to operate even in sub-zero temperatures, and also has an IP68 rating – a certification that, in contrast to IP67, also offers protection against permanent submersion. This robust outdoor phone is available for a WSP of only €80.

 

Tablets: Microsoft in the lead again with Surface Pro 7

There has been little movement in the tablet category this quarter: the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 in the platinum grey version, with 256 GB of storage space, has once again secured first place with a large lead of over 9,000 clicks. Apple’s 10.2″ iPad is a long way behind in second place with only around 4,000 clicks. Microsoft’s newcomer from last quarter, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, has also improved its ranking, climbing from 19th to 11th place.

Apart from this, not too much is happening in the tablet segment. The Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a newcomer to the tablet charts, only managed to secure 25th place. This iPad model, which has been listed since the end of April, and also made it to 8th place in the Highflyer Charts, currently has the best screen on the tablet market thanks to mini-LED technology, according to Computer Bild. The 12.9-inch display is illuminated by over 10,000 LEDs and makes use of ‘local dimming’ technology: the screen is divided into more than 2,500 dimming zones, which, in combination with high colour reproduction, allows for extremely high-contrast images. Apple’s M1 processor also does a great job in ensuring a lightning-fast working speed. Unfortunately, these features come at a price – at a WSP of over €1,200.

 

Notebooks: ThinkPad E15 20RD replaced at the top

Breaking news in the category of notebooks: after more than a year in first place, Lenovo’s ThinkPad E15 20RD has to hand over pole position – dropping down all the way to 42nd place. First place in the notebook charts is taken by the previously second-placed Dell Latitude 3510, making it the only notebook from this US manufacturer to make it into the Top 10. In this respect, things look much better for Lenovo: an impressive six models secured their place in the Top 10, including three from the ThinkPad E15 series.

And the Chinese manufacturer also sent a newcomer into the race: the Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IIL 20SM, which made its debut in 31st place. While the ThinkPad series stands for powerful notebooks in the business environment, the IdeaPad series on the other hand is a range of comparatively inexpensive devices for private use. With the ThinkBook series, manufacturer Lenovo took the middle path by offering well-equipped models that do not quite reach the technical level of the ThinkPad series.

The ThinkBook, with its 15.6″ Full HD display, is also ideal for working on the go thanks to its thin design of only 18.9 mm. The USB 3.1 port with always-on function, which makes it possible to charge other devices even when the ThinkBook is switched off, also comes in handy for this.

 

PC systems: the jinxed 7th quarter for Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M720q 10T7?

Even after seven quarters in a row, the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 from Lenovo still leads the PC system category. But interest seems to be waning more and more in the ‘jinxed seventh quarter’: with 9,000 clicks this time round, the ThinkCentre M720q has dropped significantly compared to the more than 12,000 clicks it scored in the previous quarter.

Yet the gap to the second-placed ProDesk 400 G6 from HP, which doesn’t quite reach 3,000 clicks, is still large enough that the ThinkCentre M720q can retain its lead for the time being. Will the successor model manage to catch up? The ThinkCentre M70q 11DT jumped from 157th to 4th place – a huge success for a PC system that has only been listed since December of last year.

HP is generally very strong with the ProDesk series and successfully secured six places in the Top 10 of the PC system category. Fujitsu can’t hold on to its top ranking this time round with the ESPRIMO P558, falling from 7th to 21st place. Apple’s 10th generation iMac, on the other hand, seems to be well received and climbed from 64th to 13th place.

 

Webcams: Microsoft narrowly misses the mark

Not too much is happening within the webcam category this quarter. The click numbers in the Top 10 dropped from almost 30,000 down to only around 17,000 clicks. With a few exceptions, there are no big changes in places 1 to 10.

Microsoft was almost successful in securing a top ranking among exclusively Logitech cameras, but the LifeCam HD-3000 narrowly missed the Top 10 and landed in 12th place. The price in particular, which is significantly lower than that of Logitech’s competitor models, stands out with this webcam. In a product review, the LifeCam HD-3000 also impressed with a good microphone and a comparatively good image against backlight. However, it should be clear that you shouldn’t expect too much at this low WSP of under €30. In terms of image quality and background noise suppression, there are definitely better webcams.

 

Headsets: Jabra leads, Apple follows suit with AirPods

Whereas previously Logitech was at the top of the list, this time round Jabra secured first place with almost 2,500 clicks with the Evolve 65 MS stereo, which previously came second. Apple is also represented twice in the Top 10: with the AirPods 2nd Gen in 4th place and the AirPods Pro in 5th place. These practical, wireless in-ear headphones have excellent sound quality and a long-lasting battery.

With the AirPods Pro, Apple also uses active noise cancellation, which is aided by mechanically sealing the ear canal with the earbuds. As soon as music is playing, ambient noise is barely perceptible. The difference can definitely be heard when compared to the normal AirPods, which do not offer this feature. A certain smart feature that is activated when one headphone is removed is also particularly useful: the other then switches from noise cancelling to the so-called transparency mode, which allows you to talk or hear important ambient noise without any problems.

 

Graphics cards: MSI takes off in the Top 10

In the graphics card segment, interest remains high. Although the number of clicks in this category was also lower, falling from almost 38,000 down to just under 24,000, the first- and second-placed graphics cards from MSI both received over 5,000 clicks alone. And the price also increased significantly for both products compared to the previous quarter: for the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 VENTUS 3X OC in first place, the WSP increased by 20 percent to €1,050, while the MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO in second place increased to a WSP of around €1,300, a growth of 13 percent. In general, MSI is doing extraordinarily well this quarter: seven places in the Top 10 were claimed by the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Reasons for this continued high interest in high-performance graphics cards are possibly due to the Bitcoin price, which has been slowly rising again after a drop in May, but presumably also due the continued lack of semiconductor chips. The price/stock level/status historical data on the ITscope platform shows that the reason for the price increase, especially for the MSI GEFORCE RTX 3080 GAMING X TR, is probably down to the lack of availability – the graphics card is currently barely available from any distributor, and if it is, then only in very small quantities.

With the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING Z TRIO 10G, a newcomer also made it directly to 7th place, giving the MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio a worthy successor. With a boost clock of 1,835 MHz (the Gaming X Trio runs at 1,815 MHz) and a TDP specification of 370 watts (an increase of 30 watts over the Gaming X Trio), it is the fastest graphics card in the RTX 3080 Gaming Trio series to date. Only MSI’s SUPRIM X, with a boost clock of over 1,900 MHz, is currently even faster and took 9th place.

 

Processors: Intel hot on the heels of AMD

Once again, AMD took the number 1 spot in the CPU charts with the Ryzen 9 5900X. But Intel’s Core i5 10400 is less than 100 clicks behind – so will AMD soon be challenged for the CPU crown again? In any case, the Core i5 10400, which has been listed since mid-2020, has already made a big leap by leaping from 7th to 2nd place.

Intel also achieved an impressive result with the Core i5 11400, which jumped from 667th place to 14th. The processor is equipped with six cores and twelve threads, and is based on the new Cypress Cove architecture.

 

Printers: not every top product has to be brand new

Compared to other product categories, the printer category is known for its significantly longer innovation cycles – although this does not detract from the category’s relevance at all: in total, the Top 10 products received a remarkable 20,000 clicks.

The Top 10 is firmly in HP’s hands, with the Californian manufacturer occupying the first four places alone with very different products. First place goes to the HP Officejet Pro 9010 All-in-One, which is more than 1,000 clicks ahead of the second-placed HP PageWide Pro 477dw. In addition to print, copy, scan and fax functions, the all-in-one offers an automatic document feeder for 35 sheets, printing via USB connection and a print speed of up to 22 pages/minute in black and white or 18 pages/minute in colour. Besides HP, only Kyocera’s ECOSYS M5526cdn and Brother’s MFC-L3750CDW made it into the Top 10.

 

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About ITscope GmbH

Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com, supporting system houses and ICT resellers in digitising their business processes. With the ‘B2B Suite’ digital sales solution, IT system houses can set up individual procurement portals for business customers, and seamlessly procure their needs via EDI for distribution, without the need for a classic shop system.

Internal procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily mapped and connected to the ITscope platform. The flexible and high performance ITscope API provides product data, prices, availability and much more for over three million IT products. IT distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: with our uniform platform, enquiries, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified. Furthermore, ITscope offers valuable insights into market developments and sales trends in the IT channel.

July 21st, 2021|
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Release Notes for Update 2021.42

Procure

  • If an order request was rejected, or if an order was deleted by someone other than the creator of the order, then a summary of the original order will now be provided in the corresponding notification email.
  • The KOSATEC EDI interface has been further expanded so that invoices can now be processed and serial numbers can be transferred from the KOSATEC delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • In portals with order automation, the primary person responsible for the B2B portal is now set as the purchaser for corresponding automatic distributor orders, and will therefore receive notification emails for these orders.
  • In B2B portals with an activated eService for the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace price list and customer number, a new menu option has been added which allows current Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace subscriptions to be displayed.
  • During a portal export, inventory information is now also exported for a source of supply if a fixed price has been set for the product.

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  • The length of the following fields has been increased to 150 characters in all export formats: supplierSKU, manufacturerSKU and priceSupplierSKU.
October 21st, 2021|

ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

New graphics cards from MSI make rocket starts: ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

The ITscope market barometer Q2/2021 is here – with the current top sellers from seven categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com!

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as a PDF (English)

The ITscope market barometer is based on ITscope GmbH’s own analysis.

 

Karlsruhe, 21/10/2021 – Graphics cards from MSI are the new stars in the ITC sky, Dell’s new TFT P2422H is sought-after, and all signs point to changes in the smartphone sector. AMD’s new APUs managed a solid start in the charts, Lenovo again challenges Dell for the notebook lead, and the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 finally has to clear the field after seven quarters.

It’s almost as if we can cautiously speak of normality again: while COVID-19 is still occupying global events, everyday life is increasingly returning – even in offices. According to a survey by the ifo Institute, people are once again seeking personal contact more frequently: the proportion of employees working in home office at least some of the time fell from 28.4 in June to 25.5 percent in July. The current market barometer also shows this trend: there is no noticeable change in terms of demand for home office equipment. Last year’s peaks in demand for notebooks, headsets and similar equipment seems to be a thing of the past.

The chip shortage continues to dominate the economic situation, but the crisis seems to be sparing the ITC channel, at least for the time being. Fortunately, delivery bottlenecks tend to be an exception on the ITscope platform, with only the graphics card product category experiencing some delays. Or could this just be the calm before the storm? According to a recent study by the IT market research company CONTEXT, stock levels of notebooks, desktop PCs, monitors and printers are almost depleted. At present, everything that contains a chip seems to be affected by bottlenecks and retailers are plagued by growing concerns about how customers can be supplied in the fourth quarter, according to CONTEXT.

Nevertheless, things are looking good for graphics cards this quarter: MSI shines across the board in this category with its new models, and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X is also in the top positions of the Highflyer Charts. Apple also scored several places in the Highflyers, but not with the ‘usual suspects’. This time round, these places were secured by the Apple TV 4K, the Magic Keyboard and the evidently still very popular AirTag, which already gained a position in the charts in the previous quarter.

In the individual categories, another ever-popular favourite of the ITscope platform has to give up the top spot: after seven quarters in a row, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 can no longer hold on to its lead – with successor models from the ThinkCentre series taking over the lead in the category of PC systems instead. The situation is different for TFTs: Dell continues to defend pole position with the P2419H, and there have also not been any changes in the first place for smartphones and tablets.


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Highflyer: the Rising Stars from Dell, MSI and Lenovo

A tight neck-and-neck race was fought between Dell and MSI this time – and with a lead of only a few clicks, our number 1 spot in the Highflyer Charts goes to Dell’s P2422H this time. P-series monitors feature a practical design with an ergonomically adjustable stand and easily accessible ports. The P2422H has a 23.8-inch Full HD IPS panel as well as a particularly narrow edge that is flush with the screen. The integrated ComfortView Plus technology ensures a significant reduction of blue light to protect the eyes.

As in the previous quarter, a graphics card from MSI once again does exceptionally well and secures second place: overtaking the RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X, it is now the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X in second place with 2,524 clicks. Nice to know: the ‘Ti’ name suffix stands for the lightweight metal titanium, a designation that was originally used for marketing purposes to identify particularly powerful graphics cards. Although nowadays almost every second Geforce graphics card has ‘Ti’ in its name, the core message remains: when the model number is the same, the Ti stands for the more powerful model and thus promises even higher performance. Although the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X only comes with a comparatively small 8 GB video memory, it convinces with its DLSS AI renderer, which provides extra performance in many games without visible quality loss. It is currently available on ITscope for €950.

With a 3rd place, the bronze medal goes to Lenovo’s ThinkPad E15 20RE. The E15 series is very popular in general and also secures some top 10 places in the notebook category. The E15 20RE, which has been listed since May 2021 and is one of the latest models, is already available for a comparatively cheap €570 (~$660).

Apple takes 6th place, not with the iPhone, iPad or iMac – but with the Apple TV 4K. Compared to the previous version, the changes made for this sixth generation are quite limited. Only the remote control has been revised to a noticeable extent, but not necessarily for the better. Although the shape has been altered to make it more comfortable to use, the remote can no longer be used as a games controller, as it no longer contains a gyroscope or accelerometer – games that could previously be controlled in Nintendo Wii’s waving style no longer work with it.

The next two places also go to the manufacturer with the half-bitten apple logo. Apple’s AirTag is once again in 7th place: although some people are sceptical and dismiss it as a gimmick, the innovative gadget is very popular yet again and secures a place in the Highflyer Charts this quarter. With the Magic Keyboard in 8th place, the new 5th generation iPad Pro turns into a mobile computer. The keys are comfortable to use and can also be used in the dark thanks to backlit keys. In addition to the technical features, the elegant design is particularly striking – for a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of more than €300, it is nevertheless an expensive upgrade for the already costly iPad Pro.

Samsung officially introduced its latest smartphone in the A-series at the end of August – the Galaxy A52s 5G, successor of the Galaxy A52 5G, directly making it to rank 10. It offers a lot for a WSP of only around €350: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120 Hz, a main camera with 64 megapixels, a front camera with 32 megapixels in addition to an ultra-wide-angle, macro and portrait camera. Besides white and black, the smartphone is also available in mint green and purple – with the black version achieving the most clicks.

Ryzen 5 5600G, AMD’s new all-in-one solution is in 11th place: the six-core APU, i.e. a processor with an integrated graphics card, has a base clock speed of 3.9 GHz and a Turbo clock speed of 4.4 GHz. The Ryzen 5 5600G is based on Zen 3 and relies on the Vega architecture. This may not be quite up-to-date anymore, but the APU, which is available for a WSP of around €235, is perfectly sufficient for graphically not too demanding games and Full HD.

Rank 24 is clean – with the Roborock S7 vacuuming and mopping robot, which impressed reviewers with its navigation and suction performance. The app is also practical, as it allows you to define different vacuuming and mopping areas: the entire floor plan can be mapped and divided into zones, and individual areas can be excluded.

 

Here are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential – our Highflyer Charts:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1Dell P2422H210-AZYX2021-05-292575
# 2MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, 8GB GDDR6V505-008R2021-05-202524
# 3Lenovo ThinkPad E15 \1, 15,6″, i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD20RES6DF052021-05-112362
# 4AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-011311
# 5Intel Next Unit of Computing 10 Performance kit, i7 10710UBXNUC10I7FNKN22021-04-071152
# 6Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22807
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21650
# 8Apple Magic Keyboard, silverMJQK3D/A2021-04-21624
# 9Microsoft Windows Server 2022 StandardP73-083302021-08-14618
# 10Samsung Galaxy A5 2, 128GB, 5G, blackSM-A528BZKDEUB2021-07-26612
# 11AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, 3.9GHz, 6-Core, SMT, APU100-100000252BOX2021-06-26570
# 12Sony, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) DE-Version98259992021-04-12539
# 13Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC213727-022021-04-19368
# 14Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock40B00135EU2021-07-06363
# 15HP Envy223N4B#6292021-05-11304
# 16Gigaset OpenScape DECT Phone S6entry MobilteilL30250-F600-C5332021-03-31297
# 17Kingston 1 TB NVMe SSDSNVS/1000G2021-03-28296
# 18Jabra PanaCast 508200-2312021-04-28277
# 19Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 WorkStation Dock40B00300EU2021-06-16273
# 20Lenovo Quectel EM120R-GL4XC1D514472021-06-12221
# 21Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)GA01892-EU2021-04-01220
# 22Lenovo 16GB, DDR4, SO-DIMM4X71D095342021-04-28217
# 23Synology RackStationRS2421RP+2021-04-24212
# 24Xiaomi Roborock S7S7 WHITE2021-06-17211
# 25Gigabyte S452-Z30 (rev. 100), 4U, Barebone6NS452Z30MR-002021-05-19184
# 26ASRock H510 Pro BTC+, LGA1200, ATX90-MXBGL0-A0UAYZ2021-05-22151
# 27Apple 10.2-inch iPad WIFI, 10,2″, 64GB, space-greyMK2K3FD/A2021-09-16147
# 28Apple Smart Flip-Cover, blackMJMG3ZM/A2021-04-21144
# 29Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, whiteMJWY3ZM/A2021-07-15139
# 30Samsung QM55R-ALH55QMRABGCXEN2021-06-27137

 

TFTs: triumph for Dell’s new monitor

Who would have thought it: after eight consecutive quarters, Dell’s P2419H is still comfortably in first place. And the lead is considerable in terms of click numbers: 8,300 clicks ensure sufficient distance to the second-placed P2719H, also from Dell, which ‘only’ scored around 4,700 clicks.

The P2422H, a brand new TFT from Dell, also did well with fourth place. The monitor, which has only been listed on ITscope since May, not only achieved a top result within the category, but also landed first place in the Highflyer Charts with 2,575 clicks. The new 24-inch Full HD model from Dell’s popular P series could be a worthy successor to the P2419H. The price will certainly not be a limiting factor, as the P2422H is even a bit cheaper at €190 than the older P2419H model from 2018.

 

Smartphones: will the new iPhone generation soon be at the top?

Positions 1 and 2 in the mobile phone category remain firmly in Apple’s hands: the iPhone SE secured first place for the third quarter in a row with more than 6,000 clicks, while second place once again went to the iPhone 12 with 2,340 clicks.

Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G climbed from 34th to 3rd place. With 5G compatibility, the A52 is one of the few Galaxy models that currently supports the fast connection. It is also really well equipped in terms of other tech specs: the sharp and colourful OLED display is particularly pleasing, just like the enduring battery with a runtime of 10 to 12 hours. There is a slight downside in terms of charging time, as the battery needs about two hours to fully charge.

Presumably, new players will mix up the top 10 very soon. During Apple’s keynote in mid-September, the new iPhone generation was officially presented with four different models – the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max – which are available in stores as of now. The new iPhones are still far behind in the rankings, but the prospects of moving up are good.

While the standard models received more of a minor update, the two Pro variants have definitely acquired some major innovations. All four new models feature the Apple A15 Bionic, which is probably the fastest mobile CPU at the moment, an improved battery and camera, at least 128 GB of storage as well as the 5G mobile standard. The Pro and Pro Max variants also come with a Super Retina XDR display, an even better camera with macro mode and triple optical zoom, and an additional 1 TB storage option. However, you have to dig deep into your pocket for these features – as you do every time a new iPhone generation is launched: the 13 mini starts at €660 and the 13 Pro Max costs more than €1,500.

A similar picture can be seen with Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: this smartphone with an innovative folding display, which has been listed on ITscope since mid-August, has a good starting position, just like Apple, but it is not yet enough for the top places. The next quarter will certainly be exciting and show how the new models perform. The Flip3 convinces with great colours on the main display and excellent performance, in addition to the practical folding function, which enables seamless folding. Thanks to IPX8 certification, it is also completely waterproof, while the battery life is sadly very short. The Flip3 is available at a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €840.

 

Tablets: no change in the top positions

With over 7,000 clicks, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 once again managed to retain first place and remains the category leader for four quarters in a row. Positions 2, 3 and 4 also remain exactly the same as in the previous quarter, with the Apple iPad 10.2″, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 respectively. Occupying five places in the top 10, Microsoft is clearly ahead of competing tablet manufacturers Apple and Samsung.

Newcomers are not to be found in the top positions this time round, which are primarily occupied by 2020 models. An up-to-date tablet can only be found in 18th place: the 5th generation iPad Pro as the 12.9-inch version, which has been listed since April 2021. The tablet, which was previously ranked 25th as a newcomer, comes with outstanding performance thanks to the M1 chip, a large high-resolution display, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G mobile communications.

The iPad, which was also newly presented at the Apple keynote, is already represented in the charts, but as with the new iPhones, it is still far behind – of course it is not that easy to make up for a whole quarter of clicks in just two weeks, even for Apple. The new 9th generation iPad still offers a good price-performance ratio, but not much has changed in terms of design. On the inside, Apple relies on the A13 Bionic processor, which is supposed to deliver 20 percent more performance than the A12 Bionic of the previous generation. The storage capacity has also been improved: instead of 32 GB, all models now come with at least 64 GB.

 

Notebooks: Lenovo challenges competitors with the ThinkPad E15

The previous quarter’s winner, the Dell Latitude 3510, has to make do with 2nd place this time round: although the notebook gets an impressive 7,921 clicks, that wasn’t enough to prevent Lenovo from taking 1st place. Although it seemed as if Dell had finally overtaken the ever-popular ThinkPad E15 20RD, which was in 1st place for more than a year, Lenovo is now making another effective challenge with the ThinkPad E15 model from 2020 and more than 8,500 clicks – which helps propel the popular notebook into 1st place. Lenovo does not let up elsewhere either, securing a total of five places in the notebook top 10 with further models from the ThinkPad E15 and L15 series.

HP’s ProBook 450 G8, a notebook with a Tiger Lake processor from Intel, climbed from 20th to 3rd place. Intel promises both powerful and at the same time frugal processors – which are more than sufficient for everyday use. Furthermore, the HP 450 G8 impresses with its sturdy casing and quiet operation.

As the only notebook from Fujitsu, the LIFEBOOK A3510 made it to 14th place. It’s a slim, light-weight office notebook allowing a high pace of work and a battery life of up to six hours. However, the SSD is relatively small at 238 gigabytes, although it can be replaced with something bigger if necessary – same with the working memory.

 

PC systems: ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 plummets

After seven quarters at the top, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 seems to have finally handed over first place. For this previously very popular PC system, it’s back down to 23rd place.

However, what was already becoming a trend in the last market barometer is now confirmed: the successor model ThinkCentre M70q 11DT already made a huge leap from 157th to 4th place in the previous quarter – now it is ranked first with almost 4,500 clicks. In general, the ThinkCentre series enjoys great popularity and is therefore deservedly represented with four more models in the top 10.

 

Graphics cards: new MSI cards off to a flying start

MSI’s new graphics card is a big hit this quarter: The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X not only makes it to the top of the Highflyer Charts, but also to the number 1 spot within the graphics cards category. Another top result was scored by the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GAMING X TRIO, which has only been listed on ITscope since June and jumped from 164th to 6th place. Only the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING Z TRIO does even better, jumping directly into an excellent 3rd place.

PNY is also well represented in the top 10 with four places and also secures 2nd place, which went to the NVIDIA Quadro P2200, an optimal graphics card for entry-level workstations. At €480, it is one of the more affordable graphics cards in the top 10.

However, with a total of around 17,000 clicks for the top 10 products, the click numbers have dropped significantly compared to the previous quarter, where the top products reached a total of almost 24,000 clicks. Is this still down to the worldwide chip shortage? Our number 1 in this ranking, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, is currently not available, for example. The MSI RTX 3090 SUPRIM X 24G in 4th place or the PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming EPIC-X RGB in 5th place are also scarcely available. Despite this, a price increase cannot be observed within the top 10, with the average WSP even dropping slightly.

 

Processors: new desktop APUs from AMD are well received

In the processor category, this summer quarter brought little change. The previous 3rd-placed AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is the new number 1 with 1,500 clicks: having been listed for about a year, this CPU impresses with its speed in applications as well as in gaming, and is currently considered the fastest eight-core on the market.

AMD and Intel share the top 10 ranking very fairly this time with five places each – except that AMD secures 1st and 2nd. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, which is considered a great price/performance pick among everyday and gaming processors, lands in 2nd. This mid-range CPU has six cores with multithreading and clock speeds from 3.7 to 4.6 GHz.

Two newcomers from AMD are also represented in the ranking: the Ryzen 5 5600G in 14th place, which also makes it into the Highflyer Charts, and the Ryzen 7 5700G in 34th place. Both are processors with an integrated graphics unit, so-called APUs. With the 5000G series, AMD adds Zen 3-based desktop APUs to its portfolio – good processors with high application performance and a good gaming performance. The 5 5600G has a WSP of €230, while the 7 5700G will set you back €320.

 

Press contact

Eileen Müller
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Tel.: +49 721 62 73 76 – 0
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About ITscope GmbH

ITscope combines all business models from the ITC industry on a single platform, from procurement and sales to Managed Services, supporting system houses, resellers, distributors and manufacturers in the digitalisation of their business processes.

Founded in 2003, Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH has steadily evolved from a price comparison tool to a powerful platform for digital sales and eProcurement. With the B2B Suite digital sales solution, system houses can set up individual procurement portals for their business customers without the need for a conventional shop system, allowing seamless procurement of products from suppliers via EDI. Distributors and manufacturers can also radically simplify their enquiry, sales and order processing workflows on ITscope. On top of all this, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends from the ITC channel.

 

October 21st, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.40

Procure

  • The procurement prices in the calculation view of a quote are now updated as soon as the quote is opened.

Digital Sales

  • In the Distributor Comparison Report, it is ensured that the condition (New, Used, …) of the products from the compared source are identical to your own source.
  • When B2B portal customers register themselves, the individual terms of use are now also displayed, provided these have been provided.
  • The presentation of recurring prices in B2B portals with visible suppliers now works more reliably.
  • The logo in emails is now reliably shown again.
  • The loading speed of the product page in the B2B portals was accelerated by further optimisation.

Catalog

  • When configuring own products in the product designer, it was possible that different article statuses (New, Used, …) were inadvertently derived from the delivery statuses (In stock, In transit, …). This error has been corrected.

Platform

  • The shopping cart selection in the top right-hand corner has been adjusted so that the list of additional shopping carts is now displayed with a click.
October 5th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.39

Digital Sales

  • When a price calculation is carried out in a quote to determine the sales price, we have made sure that the supplier is taken into account for the price rule selection.
  • The price update feature has been further improved, so that the price is now also displayed correctly in case only the price units are changed while the price itself remains unchanged.
October 1st, 2021|

Initiative Impulse: tutorial videos for useful ITscope features

 

You probably already know about our help page for ITscope, the ITscope Guide, where you can find the right solution for all problems quickly and clearly. The search bar on the start page gives you direct access to your specific topic.

Now we are launching a new knowledge initiative to show you how to take your business to the next level with ITscope. We will demonstrate useful features of the ITscope platform quickly and understandably in the form of short video tutorials (only in German).

In the first tutorials, we show you how to set up supplier accounts, optimise your shopping carts and place orders. Not only new ITscope users will get useful tips here, as the videos are also worth a look for ‘experienced hands’.

 

Establish networks

The first step to using ITscope effectively is to establish a partner network. This allows you to compare realtime inventory levels and prices, order through ITscope based on your individual price list, and access information and quotes from your distributors.

 

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Optimise shopping carts

Optimise your shopping cart with just one click. Do you want to split your order among as few different suppliers as possible? Or achieve the lowest possible total price for your shopping cart, with no supplier preferences and regardless of the total number of different suppliers you order from? With shopping cart optimisation, you can do both automatically at the click of a mouse – time-consuming manual price searching is a thing of the past.

 

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Order on ITscope

Fast, easy and convenient: manage all orders and information in one central place. In the video, we show you how to place an order in ITscope, which information you can view before starting the order process and how you can simplify your order process – especially if you want multiple orders to be placed at the same time once a day.

 

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Do you have any further questions? You will find the right answer in our ITscope Guide. Our support team is also happy to assist you, under: support@itscope.de.

September 30th, 2021|

New listings in September

 

Despite the often somewhat quiet period over the summer holidays, we were once again able to attract new suppliers to the ITscope network – eleven in total. In addition to four German distributors, including JAM Software GmbH, this time there were also several new international companies, such as the Dutch dexxon data media and storage B.V., the Lithuanian UAB Biuro ABC, the Czech Abacus electric s.r.o., the Danish Infracko ApS, the Belgian European Technical Trading BV as well as INTER-ALNET and AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k. from Poland.

Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k.13/09/2021
INTER-ALNET Inh. Adam Albinski09/09/2021
NEDIS GmbH08/09/2021
Unitronic GmbH06/09/2021
European Technical Trading BV02/09/2021
Infracko ApS13/08/2021
Abacus electric s.r.o.13/08/2021
JAM Software GmbH 12/08/2021
UAB Biuro ABC03/08/2021
EOD European Online Distribution GmbH29/07/2o21
dexxon data media and storage B.V.23/07/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, TIM AG is now connected to ITscope via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). EDI enables a seamless and automated data transfer between different systems.

 

CountryCompanyEDI connectiongDelivery to end customersEDI since
TIM AG27/07/2021

 

 

September 30th, 2021|

We proudly present … our new logo!

 

Perhaps you’ve already noticed it in one place or another: we have a new logo! But before we present it to you in all its details, let’s take a look back. The previous ITscope logo has been with us for a while now: customers and partners who have been part of our network for a long time probably still know it in one or more of these variants – and will certainly recognise the last one:

 

 

Initially starting as a price comparison tool, ITscope has established itself over time as a comprehensive provider for digital sales and eProcurement – and this dynamic development and value is now also be reflected in the corporate design, i.e. the appearance of the company. But enough about that – here it is, our new logo:

 

 

In addition to the logo, we have also revised our logo icon. You will recognise the previous version from the tabs in your web browser or from the desktop app, for example:

The updated icon has been adapted to ITscope’s new colour scheme, which now consists primarily of blue tones:

The new icon stands for the focus, the exact view of the entire ITC industry that ITscope provides to system houses, IT service providers, distributors and manufacturers. At the same time, it also stands for the comprehensive solutions for the channel, the entire range of IT business models, from procurement to sales to managed services, that ITscope offers all on a single platform.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – what do you think of the new logo, colours and icon?

Do you have the ITscope logo embedded on your company website, for example, and would like to update it? Here you can download the new logo directly for integration:

 

 

Do you have any further questions about the new logo design, require another logo size or another file format? Just send us a short email to marketing@itscope.de – we will be happy to help you! 

 

September 30th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.38

Procure

  • For punchout users, the shopping cart now shows the detailed view for rows by default.

Digital Sales

  • For B2B category trees, only global product assortments can be added. The corresponding text has been amended to clarify this.
  • The specified ‘alternative operator’ of a B2B portal must not contain HTML.

Platform

  • The API endpoint ‘/business/deals/{view}.{type}’ has been extended to optionally support the time zone format in the negative form of ‘-hh:mm’.
September 24th, 2021|
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Release Notes for Update 2021.42

Procure

  • If an order request was rejected, or if an order was deleted by someone other than the creator of the order, then a summary of the original order will now be provided in the corresponding notification email.
  • The KOSATEC EDI interface has been further expanded so that invoices can now be processed and serial numbers can be transferred from the KOSATEC delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • In portals with order automation, the primary person responsible for the B2B portal is now set as the purchaser for corresponding automatic distributor orders, and will therefore receive notification emails for these orders.
  • In B2B portals with an activated eService for the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace price list and customer number, a new menu option has been added which allows current Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace subscriptions to be displayed.
  • During a portal export, inventory information is now also exported for a source of supply if a fixed price has been set for the product.

Catalog

  • The length of the following fields has been increased to 150 characters in all export formats: supplierSKU, manufacturerSKU and priceSupplierSKU.
October 21st, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.40

Procure

  • The procurement prices in the calculation view of a quote are now updated as soon as the quote is opened.

Digital Sales

  • In the Distributor Comparison Report, it is ensured that the condition (New, Used, …) of the products from the compared source are identical to your own source.
  • When B2B portal customers register themselves, the individual terms of use are now also displayed, provided these have been provided.
  • The presentation of recurring prices in B2B portals with visible suppliers now works more reliably.
  • The logo in emails is now reliably shown again.
  • The loading speed of the product page in the B2B portals was accelerated by further optimisation.

Catalog

  • When configuring own products in the product designer, it was possible that different article statuses (New, Used, …) were inadvertently derived from the delivery statuses (In stock, In transit, …). This error has been corrected.

Platform

  • The shopping cart selection in the top right-hand corner has been adjusted so that the list of additional shopping carts is now displayed with a click.
October 5th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.39

Digital Sales

  • When a price calculation is carried out in a quote to determine the sales price, we have made sure that the supplier is taken into account for the price rule selection.
  • The price update feature has been further improved, so that the price is now also displayed correctly in case only the price units are changed while the price itself remains unchanged.
October 1st, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.38

Procure

  • For punchout users, the shopping cart now shows the detailed view for rows by default.

Digital Sales

  • For B2B category trees, only global product assortments can be added. The corresponding text has been amended to clarify this.
  • The specified ‘alternative operator’ of a B2B portal must not contain HTML.

Platform

  • The API endpoint ‘/business/deals/{view}.{type}’ has been extended to optionally support the time zone format in the negative form of ‘-hh:mm’.
September 24th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.37

Procure

  • The ‘Back to your system’ button is deactivated after a punchout shopping cart transfer has been sent, so that accidental multiple transfers of the same shopping cart are no longer possible.

Digital Sales

  • The long description for a product can now also be seen in the B2B portal, if available.
  • For the individual items of a quote, the included or excluded tax amount is now no longer listed next to the prices.

Catalog

  • For the BMEcat format, a standard image link can optionally be specified, which is output if no image content is available for a product.
  • For the BMEcat format, Buyer-ID, Buyer-Name, Supplier-ID and Supplier-Name can optionally be configured in the header to adapt the catalogues to the customer.

Platform

  • The API endpoint ‘/business/deals/{view}.{type}’ optionally supports the time zone format of ‘+hh:mm’ for date parameters.
September 14th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.36

Digital Sales

  • The table shown in the Metrics tab of a customer portal has been expanded to include the order volume of the current and previous month.
  • Statistics in the Metrics tab do not include data from the current day. This detail is now also shown as a note on the corresponding page.
  • The customer search in the Metrics tab of a customer portal is now case-insensitive.
  • When selecting the primary source of supply for a product, if several sources of supply receive the same calculated sales price due to price rounding, then the one with the lowest wholesale selling price (WSP) is selected, resulting in a higher margin.
  • The revenue statistics in the portal configuration of the customer view have been removed.

Catalog

  • In the Product Designer, recurring prices can be set for own products and bundles, for example for maintenance contracts as shown in the screenshot above. These prices are now also displayed in the B2B Suite for the corresponding products on the dashboard, in the product search and in the product header.
September 7th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.35

Procure

  • The listing and loading of shopping carts in the selection menu of the header has been limited to 50 shopping carts.

Digital Sales

  • The metrics for B2B customer portals have been enhanced with a table that allows individual customers to be selected.

Platform

  • When filtering orders in the API based on the date of change, the time period can now also be specified in hours, minutes and seconds, instead of only with years, months and days as before.
August 31st, 2021|Changelog DE, Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.34

Digital Sales

  • When importing cXML documents, the field ‘ManufacturerPartID’ is now also processed and converted into the corresponding OpenTrans format.

Platform

  • When generating dispatch confirmations via the ITscope Partner Test Account, serial numbers of the type ‘IMEI’ are now also included in the document in addition to normal serial numbers.
August 24th, 2021|Changelog-EN|
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Trade fairs, exhibitions, events, roadshows & more

ITscope on tour

More than 7,400 active customers, 420 distributors and 3 million ICT products: ITscope is the home of the channel. That’s why we’re out there for you at all the major industry events.

Whether it’s trade fairs, partner days, roadshows or special events – experience ITscope in person! Enjoy a personal demonstration of ITscope and its features, ask us any questions you may have regarding ICT trading, and talk to us about how we can collaborate in future.

Any questions about our events?

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Junior Sales Manager

ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

New graphics cards from MSI make rocket starts: ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

The ITscope market barometer Q2/2021 is here – with the current top sellers from seven categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com!

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as a PDF (English)

The ITscope market barometer is based on ITscope GmbH’s own analysis.

 

Karlsruhe, 21/10/2021 – Graphics cards from MSI are the new stars in the ITC sky, Dell’s new TFT P2422H is sought-after, and all signs point to changes in the smartphone sector. AMD’s new APUs managed a solid start in the charts, Lenovo again challenges Dell for the notebook lead, and the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 finally has to clear the field after seven quarters.

It’s almost as if we can cautiously speak of normality again: while COVID-19 is still occupying global events, everyday life is increasingly returning – even in offices. According to a survey by the ifo Institute, people are once again seeking personal contact more frequently: the proportion of employees working in home office at least some of the time fell from 28.4 in June to 25.5 percent in July. The current market barometer also shows this trend: there is no noticeable change in terms of demand for home office equipment. Last year’s peaks in demand for notebooks, headsets and similar equipment seems to be a thing of the past.

The chip shortage continues to dominate the economic situation, but the crisis seems to be sparing the ITC channel, at least for the time being. Fortunately, delivery bottlenecks tend to be an exception on the ITscope platform, with only the graphics card product category experiencing some delays. Or could this just be the calm before the storm? According to a recent study by the IT market research company CONTEXT, stock levels of notebooks, desktop PCs, monitors and printers are almost depleted. At present, everything that contains a chip seems to be affected by bottlenecks and retailers are plagued by growing concerns about how customers can be supplied in the fourth quarter, according to CONTEXT.

Nevertheless, things are looking good for graphics cards this quarter: MSI shines across the board in this category with its new models, and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X is also in the top positions of the Highflyer Charts. Apple also scored several places in the Highflyers, but not with the ‘usual suspects’. This time round, these places were secured by the Apple TV 4K, the Magic Keyboard and the evidently still very popular AirTag, which already gained a position in the charts in the previous quarter.

In the individual categories, another ever-popular favourite of the ITscope platform has to give up the top spot: after seven quarters in a row, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 can no longer hold on to its lead – with successor models from the ThinkCentre series taking over the lead in the category of PC systems instead. The situation is different for TFTs: Dell continues to defend pole position with the P2419H, and there have also not been any changes in the first place for smartphones and tablets.


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Highflyer: the Rising Stars from Dell, MSI and Lenovo

A tight neck-and-neck race was fought between Dell and MSI this time – and with a lead of only a few clicks, our number 1 spot in the Highflyer Charts goes to Dell’s P2422H this time. P-series monitors feature a practical design with an ergonomically adjustable stand and easily accessible ports. The P2422H has a 23.8-inch Full HD IPS panel as well as a particularly narrow edge that is flush with the screen. The integrated ComfortView Plus technology ensures a significant reduction of blue light to protect the eyes.

As in the previous quarter, a graphics card from MSI once again does exceptionally well and secures second place: overtaking the RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X, it is now the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X in second place with 2,524 clicks. Nice to know: the ‘Ti’ name suffix stands for the lightweight metal titanium, a designation that was originally used for marketing purposes to identify particularly powerful graphics cards. Although nowadays almost every second Geforce graphics card has ‘Ti’ in its name, the core message remains: when the model number is the same, the Ti stands for the more powerful model and thus promises even higher performance. Although the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X only comes with a comparatively small 8 GB video memory, it convinces with its DLSS AI renderer, which provides extra performance in many games without visible quality loss. It is currently available on ITscope for €950.

With a 3rd place, the bronze medal goes to Lenovo’s ThinkPad E15 20RE. The E15 series is very popular in general and also secures some top 10 places in the notebook category. The E15 20RE, which has been listed since May 2021 and is one of the latest models, is already available for a comparatively cheap €570 (~$660).

Apple takes 6th place, not with the iPhone, iPad or iMac – but with the Apple TV 4K. Compared to the previous version, the changes made for this sixth generation are quite limited. Only the remote control has been revised to a noticeable extent, but not necessarily for the better. Although the shape has been altered to make it more comfortable to use, the remote can no longer be used as a games controller, as it no longer contains a gyroscope or accelerometer – games that could previously be controlled in Nintendo Wii’s waving style no longer work with it.

The next two places also go to the manufacturer with the half-bitten apple logo. Apple’s AirTag is once again in 7th place: although some people are sceptical and dismiss it as a gimmick, the innovative gadget is very popular yet again and secures a place in the Highflyer Charts this quarter. With the Magic Keyboard in 8th place, the new 5th generation iPad Pro turns into a mobile computer. The keys are comfortable to use and can also be used in the dark thanks to backlit keys. In addition to the technical features, the elegant design is particularly striking – for a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of more than €300, it is nevertheless an expensive upgrade for the already costly iPad Pro.

Samsung officially introduced its latest smartphone in the A-series at the end of August – the Galaxy A52s 5G, successor of the Galaxy A52 5G, directly making it to rank 10. It offers a lot for a WSP of only around €350: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120 Hz, a main camera with 64 megapixels, a front camera with 32 megapixels in addition to an ultra-wide-angle, macro and portrait camera. Besides white and black, the smartphone is also available in mint green and purple – with the black version achieving the most clicks.

Ryzen 5 5600G, AMD’s new all-in-one solution is in 11th place: the six-core APU, i.e. a processor with an integrated graphics card, has a base clock speed of 3.9 GHz and a Turbo clock speed of 4.4 GHz. The Ryzen 5 5600G is based on Zen 3 and relies on the Vega architecture. This may not be quite up-to-date anymore, but the APU, which is available for a WSP of around €235, is perfectly sufficient for graphically not too demanding games and Full HD.

Rank 24 is clean – with the Roborock S7 vacuuming and mopping robot, which impressed reviewers with its navigation and suction performance. The app is also practical, as it allows you to define different vacuuming and mopping areas: the entire floor plan can be mapped and divided into zones, and individual areas can be excluded.

 

Here are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential – our Highflyer Charts:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1Dell P2422H210-AZYX2021-05-292575
# 2MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, 8GB GDDR6V505-008R2021-05-202524
# 3Lenovo ThinkPad E15 \1, 15,6″, i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD20RES6DF052021-05-112362
# 4AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-011311
# 5Intel Next Unit of Computing 10 Performance kit, i7 10710UBXNUC10I7FNKN22021-04-071152
# 6Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22807
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21650
# 8Apple Magic Keyboard, silverMJQK3D/A2021-04-21624
# 9Microsoft Windows Server 2022 StandardP73-083302021-08-14618
# 10Samsung Galaxy A5 2, 128GB, 5G, blackSM-A528BZKDEUB2021-07-26612
# 11AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, 3.9GHz, 6-Core, SMT, APU100-100000252BOX2021-06-26570
# 12Sony, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) DE-Version98259992021-04-12539
# 13Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC213727-022021-04-19368
# 14Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock40B00135EU2021-07-06363
# 15HP Envy223N4B#6292021-05-11304
# 16Gigaset OpenScape DECT Phone S6entry MobilteilL30250-F600-C5332021-03-31297
# 17Kingston 1 TB NVMe SSDSNVS/1000G2021-03-28296
# 18Jabra PanaCast 508200-2312021-04-28277
# 19Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 WorkStation Dock40B00300EU2021-06-16273
# 20Lenovo Quectel EM120R-GL4XC1D514472021-06-12221
# 21Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)GA01892-EU2021-04-01220
# 22Lenovo 16GB, DDR4, SO-DIMM4X71D095342021-04-28217
# 23Synology RackStationRS2421RP+2021-04-24212
# 24Xiaomi Roborock S7S7 WHITE2021-06-17211
# 25Gigabyte S452-Z30 (rev. 100), 4U, Barebone6NS452Z30MR-002021-05-19184
# 26ASRock H510 Pro BTC+, LGA1200, ATX90-MXBGL0-A0UAYZ2021-05-22151
# 27Apple 10.2-inch iPad WIFI, 10,2″, 64GB, space-greyMK2K3FD/A2021-09-16147
# 28Apple Smart Flip-Cover, blackMJMG3ZM/A2021-04-21144
# 29Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, whiteMJWY3ZM/A2021-07-15139
# 30Samsung QM55R-ALH55QMRABGCXEN2021-06-27137

 

TFTs: triumph for Dell’s new monitor

Who would have thought it: after eight consecutive quarters, Dell’s P2419H is still comfortably in first place. And the lead is considerable in terms of click numbers: 8,300 clicks ensure sufficient distance to the second-placed P2719H, also from Dell, which ‘only’ scored around 4,700 clicks.

The P2422H, a brand new TFT from Dell, also did well with fourth place. The monitor, which has only been listed on ITscope since May, not only achieved a top result within the category, but also landed first place in the Highflyer Charts with 2,575 clicks. The new 24-inch Full HD model from Dell’s popular P series could be a worthy successor to the P2419H. The price will certainly not be a limiting factor, as the P2422H is even a bit cheaper at €190 than the older P2419H model from 2018.

 

Smartphones: will the new iPhone generation soon be at the top?

Positions 1 and 2 in the mobile phone category remain firmly in Apple’s hands: the iPhone SE secured first place for the third quarter in a row with more than 6,000 clicks, while second place once again went to the iPhone 12 with 2,340 clicks.

Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G climbed from 34th to 3rd place. With 5G compatibility, the A52 is one of the few Galaxy models that currently supports the fast connection. It is also really well equipped in terms of other tech specs: the sharp and colourful OLED display is particularly pleasing, just like the enduring battery with a runtime of 10 to 12 hours. There is a slight downside in terms of charging time, as the battery needs about two hours to fully charge.

Presumably, new players will mix up the top 10 very soon. During Apple’s keynote in mid-September, the new iPhone generation was officially presented with four different models – the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max – which are available in stores as of now. The new iPhones are still far behind in the rankings, but the prospects of moving up are good.

While the standard models received more of a minor update, the two Pro variants have definitely acquired some major innovations. All four new models feature the Apple A15 Bionic, which is probably the fastest mobile CPU at the moment, an improved battery and camera, at least 128 GB of storage as well as the 5G mobile standard. The Pro and Pro Max variants also come with a Super Retina XDR display, an even better camera with macro mode and triple optical zoom, and an additional 1 TB storage option. However, you have to dig deep into your pocket for these features – as you do every time a new iPhone generation is launched: the 13 mini starts at €660 and the 13 Pro Max costs more than €1,500.

A similar picture can be seen with Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: this smartphone with an innovative folding display, which has been listed on ITscope since mid-August, has a good starting position, just like Apple, but it is not yet enough for the top places. The next quarter will certainly be exciting and show how the new models perform. The Flip3 convinces with great colours on the main display and excellent performance, in addition to the practical folding function, which enables seamless folding. Thanks to IPX8 certification, it is also completely waterproof, while the battery life is sadly very short. The Flip3 is available at a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €840.

 

Tablets: no change in the top positions

With over 7,000 clicks, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 once again managed to retain first place and remains the category leader for four quarters in a row. Positions 2, 3 and 4 also remain exactly the same as in the previous quarter, with the Apple iPad 10.2″, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 respectively. Occupying five places in the top 10, Microsoft is clearly ahead of competing tablet manufacturers Apple and Samsung.

Newcomers are not to be found in the top positions this time round, which are primarily occupied by 2020 models. An up-to-date tablet can only be found in 18th place: the 5th generation iPad Pro as the 12.9-inch version, which has been listed since April 2021. The tablet, which was previously ranked 25th as a newcomer, comes with outstanding performance thanks to the M1 chip, a large high-resolution display, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G mobile communications.

The iPad, which was also newly presented at the Apple keynote, is already represented in the charts, but as with the new iPhones, it is still far behind – of course it is not that easy to make up for a whole quarter of clicks in just two weeks, even for Apple. The new 9th generation iPad still offers a good price-performance ratio, but not much has changed in terms of design. On the inside, Apple relies on the A13 Bionic processor, which is supposed to deliver 20 percent more performance than the A12 Bionic of the previous generation. The storage capacity has also been improved: instead of 32 GB, all models now come with at least 64 GB.

 

Notebooks: Lenovo challenges competitors with the ThinkPad E15

The previous quarter’s winner, the Dell Latitude 3510, has to make do with 2nd place this time round: although the notebook gets an impressive 7,921 clicks, that wasn’t enough to prevent Lenovo from taking 1st place. Although it seemed as if Dell had finally overtaken the ever-popular ThinkPad E15 20RD, which was in 1st place for more than a year, Lenovo is now making another effective challenge with the ThinkPad E15 model from 2020 and more than 8,500 clicks – which helps propel the popular notebook into 1st place. Lenovo does not let up elsewhere either, securing a total of five places in the notebook top 10 with further models from the ThinkPad E15 and L15 series.

HP’s ProBook 450 G8, a notebook with a Tiger Lake processor from Intel, climbed from 20th to 3rd place. Intel promises both powerful and at the same time frugal processors – which are more than sufficient for everyday use. Furthermore, the HP 450 G8 impresses with its sturdy casing and quiet operation.

As the only notebook from Fujitsu, the LIFEBOOK A3510 made it to 14th place. It’s a slim, light-weight office notebook allowing a high pace of work and a battery life of up to six hours. However, the SSD is relatively small at 238 gigabytes, although it can be replaced with something bigger if necessary – same with the working memory.

 

PC systems: ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 plummets

After seven quarters at the top, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 seems to have finally handed over first place. For this previously very popular PC system, it’s back down to 23rd place.

However, what was already becoming a trend in the last market barometer is now confirmed: the successor model ThinkCentre M70q 11DT already made a huge leap from 157th to 4th place in the previous quarter – now it is ranked first with almost 4,500 clicks. In general, the ThinkCentre series enjoys great popularity and is therefore deservedly represented with four more models in the top 10.

 

Graphics cards: new MSI cards off to a flying start

MSI’s new graphics card is a big hit this quarter: The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X not only makes it to the top of the Highflyer Charts, but also to the number 1 spot within the graphics cards category. Another top result was scored by the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GAMING X TRIO, which has only been listed on ITscope since June and jumped from 164th to 6th place. Only the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING Z TRIO does even better, jumping directly into an excellent 3rd place.

PNY is also well represented in the top 10 with four places and also secures 2nd place, which went to the NVIDIA Quadro P2200, an optimal graphics card for entry-level workstations. At €480, it is one of the more affordable graphics cards in the top 10.

However, with a total of around 17,000 clicks for the top 10 products, the click numbers have dropped significantly compared to the previous quarter, where the top products reached a total of almost 24,000 clicks. Is this still down to the worldwide chip shortage? Our number 1 in this ranking, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, is currently not available, for example. The MSI RTX 3090 SUPRIM X 24G in 4th place or the PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming EPIC-X RGB in 5th place are also scarcely available. Despite this, a price increase cannot be observed within the top 10, with the average WSP even dropping slightly.

 

Processors: new desktop APUs from AMD are well received

In the processor category, this summer quarter brought little change. The previous 3rd-placed AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is the new number 1 with 1,500 clicks: having been listed for about a year, this CPU impresses with its speed in applications as well as in gaming, and is currently considered the fastest eight-core on the market.

AMD and Intel share the top 10 ranking very fairly this time with five places each – except that AMD secures 1st and 2nd. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, which is considered a great price/performance pick among everyday and gaming processors, lands in 2nd. This mid-range CPU has six cores with multithreading and clock speeds from 3.7 to 4.6 GHz.

Two newcomers from AMD are also represented in the ranking: the Ryzen 5 5600G in 14th place, which also makes it into the Highflyer Charts, and the Ryzen 7 5700G in 34th place. Both are processors with an integrated graphics unit, so-called APUs. With the 5000G series, AMD adds Zen 3-based desktop APUs to its portfolio – good processors with high application performance and a good gaming performance. The 5 5600G has a WSP of €230, while the 7 5700G will set you back €320.

 

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About ITscope GmbH

ITscope combines all business models from the ITC industry on a single platform, from procurement and sales to Managed Services, supporting system houses, resellers, distributors and manufacturers in the digitalisation of their business processes.

Founded in 2003, Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH has steadily evolved from a price comparison tool to a powerful platform for digital sales and eProcurement. With the B2B Suite digital sales solution, system houses can set up individual procurement portals for their business customers without the need for a conventional shop system, allowing seamless procurement of products from suppliers via EDI. Distributors and manufacturers can also radically simplify their enquiry, sales and order processing workflows on ITscope. On top of all this, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends from the ITC channel.

 

October 21st, 2021|

Initiative Impulse: tutorial videos for useful ITscope features

 

You probably already know about our help page for ITscope, the ITscope Guide, where you can find the right solution for all problems quickly and clearly. The search bar on the start page gives you direct access to your specific topic.

Now we are launching a new knowledge initiative to show you how to take your business to the next level with ITscope. We will demonstrate useful features of the ITscope platform quickly and understandably in the form of short video tutorials (only in German).

In the first tutorials, we show you how to set up supplier accounts, optimise your shopping carts and place orders. Not only new ITscope users will get useful tips here, as the videos are also worth a look for ‘experienced hands’.

 

Establish networks

The first step to using ITscope effectively is to establish a partner network. This allows you to compare realtime inventory levels and prices, order through ITscope based on your individual price list, and access information and quotes from your distributors.

 

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Optimise shopping carts

Optimise your shopping cart with just one click. Do you want to split your order among as few different suppliers as possible? Or achieve the lowest possible total price for your shopping cart, with no supplier preferences and regardless of the total number of different suppliers you order from? With shopping cart optimisation, you can do both automatically at the click of a mouse – time-consuming manual price searching is a thing of the past.

 

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Order on ITscope

Fast, easy and convenient: manage all orders and information in one central place. In the video, we show you how to place an order in ITscope, which information you can view before starting the order process and how you can simplify your order process – especially if you want multiple orders to be placed at the same time once a day.

 

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Do you have any further questions? You will find the right answer in our ITscope Guide. Our support team is also happy to assist you, under: support@itscope.de.

September 30th, 2021|

New listings in September

 

Despite the often somewhat quiet period over the summer holidays, we were once again able to attract new suppliers to the ITscope network – eleven in total. In addition to four German distributors, including JAM Software GmbH, this time there were also several new international companies, such as the Dutch dexxon data media and storage B.V., the Lithuanian UAB Biuro ABC, the Czech Abacus electric s.r.o., the Danish Infracko ApS, the Belgian European Technical Trading BV as well as INTER-ALNET and AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k. from Poland.

Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k.13/09/2021
INTER-ALNET Inh. Adam Albinski09/09/2021
NEDIS GmbH08/09/2021
Unitronic GmbH06/09/2021
European Technical Trading BV02/09/2021
Infracko ApS13/08/2021
Abacus electric s.r.o.13/08/2021
JAM Software GmbH 12/08/2021
UAB Biuro ABC03/08/2021
EOD European Online Distribution GmbH29/07/2o21
dexxon data media and storage B.V.23/07/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, TIM AG is now connected to ITscope via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). EDI enables a seamless and automated data transfer between different systems.

 

CountryCompanyEDI connectiongDelivery to end customersEDI since
TIM AG27/07/2021

 

 

September 30th, 2021|

We proudly present … our new logo!

 

Perhaps you’ve already noticed it in one place or another: we have a new logo! But before we present it to you in all its details, let’s take a look back. The previous ITscope logo has been with us for a while now: customers and partners who have been part of our network for a long time probably still know it in one or more of these variants – and will certainly recognise the last one:

 

 

Initially starting as a price comparison tool, ITscope has established itself over time as a comprehensive provider for digital sales and eProcurement – and this dynamic development and value is now also be reflected in the corporate design, i.e. the appearance of the company. But enough about that – here it is, our new logo:

 

 

In addition to the logo, we have also revised our logo icon. You will recognise the previous version from the tabs in your web browser or from the desktop app, for example:

The updated icon has been adapted to ITscope’s new colour scheme, which now consists primarily of blue tones:

The new icon stands for the focus, the exact view of the entire ITC industry that ITscope provides to system houses, IT service providers, distributors and manufacturers. At the same time, it also stands for the comprehensive solutions for the channel, the entire range of IT business models, from procurement to sales to managed services, that ITscope offers all on a single platform.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – what do you think of the new logo, colours and icon?

Do you have the ITscope logo embedded on your company website, for example, and would like to update it? Here you can download the new logo directly for integration:

 

 

Do you have any further questions about the new logo design, require another logo size or another file format? Just send us a short email to marketing@itscope.de – we will be happy to help you! 

 

September 30th, 2021|

3 years B2B Suite: what our users are saying

 

This August, the B2B Suite is celebrating its anniversary: for three years now, our eCommerce solution has been an integral part of the ITscope portfolio – and of course also an important part of many IT system houses’ offerings. We have therefore taken this year’s anniversary as an opportunity to give them a chance to provide feedback.

What is the B2B Suite?
The B2B Suite enables you to sell directly to your customers digitally – without setting up complex shop systems. With the B2B Suite, customer-specific procurement portals can be created in the cloud with user-defined products, prices and CI elements – without any time-consuming in-house development efforts. This allows you to offer existing customers a fully-fledged eProcurement portal with electronic ordering and integrated approval processes, all from a single source. All parties involved can save valuable time, in addition to improving customer retention and increasing your sales revenue.

More than 50 companies are actively using the B2B Suite, some having started recently, others being on board since its introduction. We asked the operators what is going well with the B2B Suite and also, of course, how we can improve further. Here is the feedback we received:

The respondents particularly appreciate that the B2B Suite enables them to comprehensively simplify and accelerate their business sales, by significantly reducing manual effort. Effort is also reduced for their business customers, for example during the quotation and ordering process or when searching for products. Customer orders can also automatically be transferred to the company’s own ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system – another factor that saves time.

And even if it sounds obvious: it is an immense advantage for system houses to be able to offer their customers the option to purchase ICT products online. Not only can additional sales be generated when customers find additional products or discover useful accessories that they would probably not request or find otherwise. The comprehensive search and filter functions are a real added value in customer service. All in all, this pays off for many of the respondents in the form of a high level of trust and strengthened customer loyalty.

I’ve seen a lot of IT shops, but yours is by far the best!” Not only the system houses that use the B2B Suite are happy to receive feedback like this, but of course we are too. For almost all respondents, the feedback they receive from their customers in industry is consistently positive. They particularly praised the uncomplicated and fast usability, the clear structure of the individual product lines and the direct insight into product availability.

Half of the respondents consider the technical effort and time required to initially set up the B2B Suite, as well as to use it day-to-day, to be absolutely reasonable. Around a third even describes this effort as being low, whereas the rest rate it as high.

The response is similar when it comes to the costs of the B2B Suite in relation to the benefits: here, too, half of the respondents consider the costs to be reasonable, 37 percent rate them as high and around 13 percent would even be prepared to pay more for the range of functions offered, describing the costs as low or very low.

Overall, more than 80 percent of the respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the B2B Suite. And this is also reflected in the recommendation rate: around 60 percent of respondents would be likely or very likely to recommend the B2B Suite to other system houses or IT service providers.

Perhaps also to you? Either way, we recommend that you take a closer look at our solution. If you would like to get to know the B2B Suite better, and find out which advantages it offers specifically for your company, then let us provide you with individual advice.

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Or get an initial overview with our B2B Suite Guide. Here you will learn how to optimally integrate digital sales processes into your daily business and how to become a Managed Service Provider for Cloud eProcurement. Sounds exciting? Then get our Guide now!

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August 30th, 2021|

JAM Software: the home of TreeSize now also available on the ITscope platform

 

With more than 200,000 customers worldwide, JAM Software GmbH primarily supplies the B2B market with professional software from the product sectors of File & Disk Space Management, Banking & Telephony, Monitoring & Diagnosis and Developer Components. At JAM, the home of TreeSize, more than 30 employees are responsible for around 3.2 million downloads per year. In order to be able to reach even more customers, JAM Software is now also represented on the ITscope platform.

Small company, big ambitions: JAM Software is convinced that independent teams with flat hierarchies can achieve great things. That’s why JAM has the high ambition to not only constantly expand and improve its solutions, but also to reach new customers. With this company philosophy, JAM Software has made it into the list of hidden champions in Rhineland-Palatinate (German).

Why ITscope is the right partner for JAM Software: ITscope offers a standardised platform for resellers and system houses that enables easy and fast access to products. This means that ITscope customers now have an attractive opportunity to purchase products that are already supporting many companies of all sizes in the areas of file & storage management and mail server security, among others. With the Exchange Server Toolbox from JAM Software, for example, customers receive a verified email archiving system including spam and virus protection.

Good solutions for a promising future: the worldwide distribution of professional software is an exciting task and JAM Software is very pleased to be now also be able to work together with ITscope. In the future, JAM Software plans to offer even more different licence types through ITscope to cover every application need.

 

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August 25th, 2021|

Long delivery times in the IT channel: chip supply shortage persists

 

The microchip supply shortage continues to keep the global economy on edge. According to Gartner, the shortage will most likely last until 2022. Analyses of the ITscope platform show that prices are falling again after the peak in May, but the situation is still far from normal.

Karlsruhe, 29/07/2021 – Chip bottlenecks continue to cause production delays, with the IT channel of course being one of the affected industries. The shortage is currently having a massive impact on deliveries of IT products, as has been reported recently by one of our customers from the system house business: their industry customer wanted to order a laptop, which was confirmed by the system house – but with a delivery time of three months. What the customer had initially taken as a little joke, turned out to be completely serious – as they had to painfully realise after a few weeks.

Conversations along these lines are becoming more frequent, as the delivery times of many products are extremely delayed – the prevailing shortage of microchips still has the global economy firmly in its grip. We already analysed how this affects the ICT industry a few weeks ago – but so far the situation has not really improved.

According to the market research institute Gartner, the shortage is expected to last until 2022 and will continue to massively restrict the production of many electronic devices. So why is there still no improvement in sight, with the opposite being the case? According to Gartner, it is not so much the highly individualised chips that are causing the problems, but standardised ‘mass-produced’ chips. In this product sector, low margins are set against high market concentration, which severely restricts the flexibility of the market – it is not possible to quickly ramp up production. During the pandemic, the goods that were still available up until a few months ago were built into particularly sought-after products, such as notebooks. Now that the stockpile has been used up, further supplies can only be produced very slowly and, as a consequence, prices remain high.

This situation is also reflected on the ITscope platform: although availability has stabilised somewhat, prices are still significantly above the ‘pre-crisis level’ – as the example of the Backup Plus Hub STEL8000200 from Seagate, which has been listed since 2016, shows. Since the last analysis at the end of May, the Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) has fallen noticeably. At €165, however, it is currently still about 30 percent higher than the WSP of around €120 at the beginning of the year.

 

Price/stock level/status history for the Seagate Backup Plus Hub (item no. STEL8000200), January to July 2021

 

The example of the NVIDIA Quadro P620 from HP, a graphics card that has been listed since 2018, is also interesting to look at. As the stock levels dwindled towards the end of June, the WSP rose to a value that was even higher than the graphics card’s market launch price of around €200 – up to a current price of over €220. Compared to the beginning of the year, the WSP has almost doubled from an initial price of €115.

 

Price/stock level/status history for the HP NVIDIA Quadro P620 (item no. 3ME25AA), January to July 2021

 

The ITscope market barometer for the previous quarter also clearly showed the effects of the chip shortage, especially in the product category of graphics cards. The first- and second-placed graphics cards, both from the manufacturer MSI, each reached over 5,000 clicks alone. And the price of both also increased significantly compared to the previous quarter: for the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 VENTUS 3X OC, the WSP increased by 20 percent to €1,050, while the WSP of the MSI GEFORCE RTX 3080 GAMING X TR increased to around €1,300, a growth of 13 percent.

Currently, the outlook for the future is uncertain: Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger even expects that supply and demand for chips will not be brought back into line before 2023. Buyers will therefore have to be prepared for delivery delays in the future as well.

The ITscope platform provides you with the perfect market insight, even during the current situation: which supplier has how much of a certain product in stock? And at what price? Thanks to a simple product search, a clear price comparison and more than 400 different suppliers, ITscope can provide you with answers to these questions. You may not be able to solve the general chip shortage, but this way you have a fallback option to continue serving your customers.

 

July 28th, 2021|

ITscope is now part of the weclapp family

 

ITscope has already worked in close partnership with weclapp SE for several years. We are therefore all the more looking forward to expanding on this teamwork and to develop further with combined forces – because since mid-July we are part of the weclapp family!

As an independent subsidiary of weclapp SE, we will of course continue to run our platform, and all other services we offer to ITscope users, as before. In concrete terms, this means that nothing will change for you as our customers and partners. Together, we’re continuing to pursue the goal of expanding our range of services even more in the future, as well as making optimal use of synergy effects.


What is weclapp?

weclapp SE was founded in 2008 and has offered the cloud-based platform of the same name since 2013. weclapp has set itself the goal of simplifying the day-to-day work routine of small and medium-sized companies with modern software. From customer management and order processing, to invoicing and financial accounting – with weclapp you can intelligently control all important business processes with an all-in-one software.

What does the weclapp interface offer?
Many ITscope customers use weclapp as their ERP platform. With weclapp’s interface to ITscope, joint customers can access all ICT products listed on ITscope, transfer them into quotes and then import them directly into weclapp. Prices, product variants and stock levels can be researched and directly compared.
Daily business is simplified: information on products, procurement prices and suppliers are automatically made available in the weclapp ERP system via an import. The manual entry of products is no longer necessary; instead, the automated system ensures a simplification of all subsequent processes.

 

Would you like to learn more about this topic? You can read further information about the weclapp interface here, and more details about the cooperation between ITscope & weclapp can be found in the press release.

 

July 28th, 2021|

New listings in July

 

A total of eleven new suppliers have joined the ITscope network in the past months. In addition to seven suppliers from Germany, we were also able to welcome Digoo IT Distribution BV from Belgium, Arles s.r.o. from the Czech Republic, Globecom ApS from Denmark and Copymax Ltd. from Estonia to the ITscope platform.

Thanks to the recent listing of both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, two important players from the Benelux IT channel have joined our trading platform. In the course of the new listings, both distributors have also been provided with an EDI connection.

Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
Kern & Stelly Medientechnik GmbH15/07/2021
M-Medientechnik GmbH08/07/2021
netgo GmbH01/07/2021
Serverhero GmbH28/06/2021
Cristie Data GmbH24/06/2021
24/06/2021
Arles s.r.o.23/06/2021
GlobeCom ApS 17/06/2021
Copymax Ltd.16/06/2021
Elbmatic GmbH01/06/2o21
Effzet GmbH20/05/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, there are two more companies with existing listings that are now connected to ITscope via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). EDI enables a seamless and automated data transfer between different systems.

 

CountryCompanyEDI connectionDelivery to end customersEDI since
ComLine GmbH07/07/2021
EFB Elektronik GmbH22/06/2021

 

 

July 28th, 2021|

Press Release: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2021

 

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as a PDF (English)

The ITscope market barometer is based on ITscope GmbH’s own analysis.

Content:


Movement in the top places – who will be the new notebook star? ITscope market barometer Q2/2021

Karlsruhe, 22/07/2021 – Chip bottlenecks are putting pressure on the IT channel, graphics cards are highly sought after and demand is also back for PC systems. Microsoft remains successful with the Surface Pro 7, the iPhone SE is once again this quarter’s smartphone champion and Intel is hot on the heels of AMD in the contest for CPU leadership.

With the rising temperatures of the second quarter and with the months-long lockdown behind us, the desire for more variety is growing. Falling coronavirus incidence rates and a steadily increasing vaccination rate have made it possible to relax more and more since May. Visits to cafés and restaurants are possible again, and even an afternoon at the open-air swimming pool is no longer an obstacle. Additionally, the obligation to work in home office ended on 1 July 2021 in Germany, and the previously empty offices are gradually filling up again. It remains to be seen how far the end of the home office requirement will affect the IT sector in the coming months. However, it is already becoming apparent that the number of clicks in the categories involving home office equipment have returned back to normal, following the enormous spike in interest at the end of 2020.

However, another problem continues to preoccupy the IT sector: bottlenecks in microchips, which are built into virtually every electrical device and are thus indispensable for IT and telecommunications equipment, have been determining the production processes of many IT manufacturers in the past months. Especially graphics cards, which were recently still in high demand due to the exploding bitcoin price and the associated hype surrounding crypto-mining, are now under additional pressure.

“In the graphics card category, the problem is very clear in terms of stock levels and prices. ITscope offers insight into current availabilities at over 400 distributors as well as a comprehensive selection of alternative models, meaning we can currently support system houses and resellers at least somewhat,” explains Oliver Gorges, Head of Channel Development & Cooperations at ITscope GmbH.

Despite the tense situation, the MSI RTX 3060 TI GAMING X is a brand new graphics card at the top of our Highflyer Charts. Apple’s latest gadget, the AirTag, is also far ahead, as is the Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone.

In the evaluation of the individual categories of the ITscope platform, there is some very special news in the notebook category: the ThinkPad E15 20RD has to relinquish its lead as a competitor takes over first place. In the TFT monitor category, Dell’s front-runner P2419H remains in front, while Microsoft secures pole position in the tablet segment. In terms of click numbers, graphics cards also did well, despite supply issues, and MSI is one of the absolute winners in this category. For PC systems, normality seems to have finally returned after several difficult quarters.

 

Highflyers: the hottest summer trends from MSI, WD and Dell

‘Hot or not?’ is the motto of our Highflyer Charts, which include the most promising newcomers in the various categories of the ITscope platform. While certain products have occupied the same places in the individual categories for several quarters in a row, only products that are completely new to the market are allowed to compete for the top positions in the Highflyer Charts.

For quite a while now, graphics cards have been scarce in the IT channel, and have only been available at horrendous prices, if at all. Several factors are contributing to this situation: while the lockdown recently made digital entertainment formats particularly attractive, the crypto boom and the continuing chip shortages have also influenced the graphics card market. This great demand is also reflected in our number 1 spot, where the MSI RTX 3060 TI GAMING X is a brand new graphics card that – surprise – is currently not available from any German supplier.

With around 1,500 clicks, the Red Plus NAS Hard Drive from WD takes second place. Compared to hard drives in the WD Red series, which use Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, the designation WD Red Plus stands for hard drives that use the conventional CMR recording method. The WD Red Plus models are therefore not actually a new series, but merely a renaming of the CMR-based WD Red. Those who do not want to use SMR, therefore, can opt for the Red Plus NAS Hard Drive, among other options. Some users in the NAS sector have criticised SMR technology due to potential performance losses in connection with RAID configurations and the ZFS file system. According to the manufacturer, however, the SMR models are absolutely sufficient for use in a small office or home office.

The last highflyer that made it onto the podium in third place, is the Thunderbolt Dock WD19TBS from Dell. With several ports, including a Thunderbolt 3, two DisplayPorts, HDMI, USB-C and USB-C 3.1 port, the docking station offers extensive connectivity. Another practical feature is the ExpressCharge function, which allows the battery to be charged up to 80 percent in one hour. With 180 watts, the WD19TBS dock’s power is also quite a bit higher than the usual value of around 100 watts for USB-C docks.

The Intel Core i7-11700K comes in fifth place: the eight-core processor, which was developed on the basis of the new Rocket Lake architecture, has a clock speed of 3.6-5 GHz and can process up to 16 threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. Nevertheless, Intel’s i7-11700K isn’t quite on par with the new Zen-3-based Ryzen 7 CPUs.

The AirTag, an innovative new product from Apple, scored 7th place. The AirTag is an anti-loss Bluetooth tag that can be attached to keys or wallets – and any other objects that are often lost. The AirTag sends out a Bluetooth signal that can be received via the ‘Find My’ network on a smartphone, allowing a key with an attached AirTag to be traced down, for example. If the object you are looking for is nearby, you simply follow the audio tone to find the misplaced item.

Data protection is particularly important here; according to Apple, location data is never stored and is only transmitted in encrypted form. With a retail price of around €30, the AirTag is quite affordable compared to other Apple devices. However, if you want to use it for your key, as in the example above, you have to pay another €30 for a matching key ring.

This time round, a rather unusual product can be found in 15th place of the Highflyer Charts. With the nasal test from NanoRepro, a COVID-19 product from the new product category of the same name on ITscope joined our ranking. Self-testing in the morning before entering the office is still obligatory for non-vaccinated persons in many companies. Full face protection is also an everyday companion in the office – the black FFP2 disposable mouth protection, which comes in a box of 20, landed in 26th place.

 

TFTs: HP a serious rival for Dell

After seven quarters in a row, Dell’s P2419H is once again at the top of the monitor charts. However, the enthusiasm seems to have waned slightly, as the number of clicks has almost halved compared to the previous quarter – from 14,000 to just under 8,000. Cementing its lead in this category, Dell also took second place with the P2719H: this 27-inch version improved by almost 1,000 clicks in this quarter. HP, however, continues to catch up and is right behind Dell in the Top 10. Even though the three models E24i G4, E24 G4 and E27 G4 are much newer, HP can still easily keep up with Dell’s first- and second-placed models in terms of price.

The C34H890WGR from Samsung, which has been listed since the beginning of the year, made a leap from much lower places directly into the Top 10, taking 7th place. With a 34-inch screen, the curved monitor offers sufficient space for different workspaces without having to resort to a second screen. A resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels ensures sharp images, while the flicker-free technology developed by Samsung, in addition to a special eye protection mode, provide additional comfort and protect the eyes from fatigue.

 

Smartphones: waterproof outdoor phones in high demand

Another victory for the iPhone SE: over 4,000 clicks ensure a decent lead over the second-placed iPhone 12, which only achieved 1,650 clicks. Overall, the smartphone Top 10 remains firmly in Apple’s hands.

Things only start to get exciting again in 14th place, where the Samsung Galaxy A52 is a fresh newcomer that has also made it far up the Highflyer Charts. The smartphone, which has only been listed since mid-March of this year, has a number of technical features that make the Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €300 extremely competitive, including the bright OLED display, a good camera and a long-lasting battery. Another great feature (especially during summer) is the IP67 certification, which, according to the manufacturer, makes the phone dust-proof as well as offering protection against temporary submersion in water, up to a maximum water depth of 1 metre for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Even though Huawei only landed 28th place, this can be seen as a presentable result for the Chinese manufacturer when compared to previous quarters. With the P30 lite New Edition, Huawei’s entry-level model received an update: a reliable smartphone with plenty of storage space that impresses with excellent performance, good battery life and attractive photos – if you take photos in daylight. When it gets dark, the camera has its difficulties.

Further down the list, you come across some interesting devices – such as the CAT B35 in 46th place. This mobile phone from 2018 is a tough outdoor hero and equipped for every adventure. In an endurance test, it proved to be crash-proof and easy to operate even in sub-zero temperatures, and also has an IP68 rating – a certification that, in contrast to IP67, also offers protection against permanent submersion. This robust outdoor phone is available for a WSP of only €80.

 

Tablets: Microsoft in the lead again with Surface Pro 7

There has been little movement in the tablet category this quarter: the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 in the platinum grey version, with 256 GB of storage space, has once again secured first place with a large lead of over 9,000 clicks. Apple’s 10.2″ iPad is a long way behind in second place with only around 4,000 clicks. Microsoft’s newcomer from last quarter, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, has also improved its ranking, climbing from 19th to 11th place.

Apart from this, not too much is happening in the tablet segment. The Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a newcomer to the tablet charts, only managed to secure 25th place. This iPad model, which has been listed since the end of April, and also made it to 8th place in the Highflyer Charts, currently has the best screen on the tablet market thanks to mini-LED technology, according to Computer Bild. The 12.9-inch display is illuminated by over 10,000 LEDs and makes use of ‘local dimming’ technology: the screen is divided into more than 2,500 dimming zones, which, in combination with high colour reproduction, allows for extremely high-contrast images. Apple’s M1 processor also does a great job in ensuring a lightning-fast working speed. Unfortunately, these features come at a price – at a WSP of over €1,200.

 

Notebooks: ThinkPad E15 20RD replaced at the top

Breaking news in the category of notebooks: after more than a year in first place, Lenovo’s ThinkPad E15 20RD has to hand over pole position – dropping down all the way to 42nd place. First place in the notebook charts is taken by the previously second-placed Dell Latitude 3510, making it the only notebook from this US manufacturer to make it into the Top 10. In this respect, things look much better for Lenovo: an impressive six models secured their place in the Top 10, including three from the ThinkPad E15 series.

And the Chinese manufacturer also sent a newcomer into the race: the Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IIL 20SM, which made its debut in 31st place. While the ThinkPad series stands for powerful notebooks in the business environment, the IdeaPad series on the other hand is a range of comparatively inexpensive devices for private use. With the ThinkBook series, manufacturer Lenovo took the middle path by offering well-equipped models that do not quite reach the technical level of the ThinkPad series.

The ThinkBook, with its 15.6″ Full HD display, is also ideal for working on the go thanks to its thin design of only 18.9 mm. The USB 3.1 port with always-on function, which makes it possible to charge other devices even when the ThinkBook is switched off, also comes in handy for this.

 

PC systems: the jinxed 7th quarter for Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M720q 10T7?

Even after seven quarters in a row, the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 from Lenovo still leads the PC system category. But interest seems to be waning more and more in the ‘jinxed seventh quarter’: with 9,000 clicks this time round, the ThinkCentre M720q has dropped significantly compared to the more than 12,000 clicks it scored in the previous quarter.

Yet the gap to the second-placed ProDesk 400 G6 from HP, which doesn’t quite reach 3,000 clicks, is still large enough that the ThinkCentre M720q can retain its lead for the time being. Will the successor model manage to catch up? The ThinkCentre M70q 11DT jumped from 157th to 4th place – a huge success for a PC system that has only been listed since December of last year.

HP is generally very strong with the ProDesk series and successfully secured six places in the Top 10 of the PC system category. Fujitsu can’t hold on to its top ranking this time round with the ESPRIMO P558, falling from 7th to 21st place. Apple’s 10th generation iMac, on the other hand, seems to be well received and climbed from 64th to 13th place.

 

Webcams: Microsoft narrowly misses the mark

Not too much is happening within the webcam category this quarter. The click numbers in the Top 10 dropped from almost 30,000 down to only around 17,000 clicks. With a few exceptions, there are no big changes in places 1 to 10.

Microsoft was almost successful in securing a top ranking among exclusively Logitech cameras, but the LifeCam HD-3000 narrowly missed the Top 10 and landed in 12th place. The price in particular, which is significantly lower than that of Logitech’s competitor models, stands out with this webcam. In a product review, the LifeCam HD-3000 also impressed with a good microphone and a comparatively good image against backlight. However, it should be clear that you shouldn’t expect too much at this low WSP of under €30. In terms of image quality and background noise suppression, there are definitely better webcams.

 

Headsets: Jabra leads, Apple follows suit with AirPods

Whereas previously Logitech was at the top of the list, this time round Jabra secured first place with almost 2,500 clicks with the Evolve 65 MS stereo, which previously came second. Apple is also represented twice in the Top 10: with the AirPods 2nd Gen in 4th place and the AirPods Pro in 5th place. These practical, wireless in-ear headphones have excellent sound quality and a long-lasting battery.

With the AirPods Pro, Apple also uses active noise cancellation, which is aided by mechanically sealing the ear canal with the earbuds. As soon as music is playing, ambient noise is barely perceptible. The difference can definitely be heard when compared to the normal AirPods, which do not offer this feature. A certain smart feature that is activated when one headphone is removed is also particularly useful: the other then switches from noise cancelling to the so-called transparency mode, which allows you to talk or hear important ambient noise without any problems.

 

Graphics cards: MSI takes off in the Top 10

In the graphics card segment, interest remains high. Although the number of clicks in this category was also lower, falling from almost 38,000 down to just under 24,000, the first- and second-placed graphics cards from MSI both received over 5,000 clicks alone. And the price also increased significantly for both products compared to the previous quarter: for the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 VENTUS 3X OC in first place, the WSP increased by 20 percent to €1,050, while the MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO in second place increased to a WSP of around €1,300, a growth of 13 percent. In general, MSI is doing extraordinarily well this quarter: seven places in the Top 10 were claimed by the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Reasons for this continued high interest in high-performance graphics cards are possibly due to the Bitcoin price, which has been slowly rising again after a drop in May, but presumably also due the continued lack of semiconductor chips. The price/stock level/status historical data on the ITscope platform shows that the reason for the price increase, especially for the MSI GEFORCE RTX 3080 GAMING X TR, is probably down to the lack of availability – the graphics card is currently barely available from any distributor, and if it is, then only in very small quantities.

With the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING Z TRIO 10G, a newcomer also made it directly to 7th place, giving the MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio a worthy successor. With a boost clock of 1,835 MHz (the Gaming X Trio runs at 1,815 MHz) and a TDP specification of 370 watts (an increase of 30 watts over the Gaming X Trio), it is the fastest graphics card in the RTX 3080 Gaming Trio series to date. Only MSI’s SUPRIM X, with a boost clock of over 1,900 MHz, is currently even faster and took 9th place.

 

Processors: Intel hot on the heels of AMD

Once again, AMD took the number 1 spot in the CPU charts with the Ryzen 9 5900X. But Intel’s Core i5 10400 is less than 100 clicks behind – so will AMD soon be challenged for the CPU crown again? In any case, the Core i5 10400, which has been listed since mid-2020, has already made a big leap by leaping from 7th to 2nd place.

Intel also achieved an impressive result with the Core i5 11400, which jumped from 667th place to 14th. The processor is equipped with six cores and twelve threads, and is based on the new Cypress Cove architecture.

 

Printers: not every top product has to be brand new

Compared to other product categories, the printer category is known for its significantly longer innovation cycles – although this does not detract from the category’s relevance at all: in total, the Top 10 products received a remarkable 20,000 clicks.

The Top 10 is firmly in HP’s hands, with the Californian manufacturer occupying the first four places alone with very different products. First place goes to the HP Officejet Pro 9010 All-in-One, which is more than 1,000 clicks ahead of the second-placed HP PageWide Pro 477dw. In addition to print, copy, scan and fax functions, the all-in-one offers an automatic document feeder for 35 sheets, printing via USB connection and a print speed of up to 22 pages/minute in black and white or 18 pages/minute in colour. Besides HP, only Kyocera’s ECOSYS M5526cdn and Brother’s MFC-L3750CDW made it into the Top 10.

 

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About ITscope GmbH

Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com, supporting system houses and ICT resellers in digitising their business processes. With the ‘B2B Suite’ digital sales solution, IT system houses can set up individual procurement portals for business customers, and seamlessly procure their needs via EDI for distribution, without the need for a classic shop system.

Internal procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily mapped and connected to the ITscope platform. The flexible and high performance ITscope API provides product data, prices, availability and much more for over three million IT products. IT distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: with our uniform platform, enquiries, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified. Furthermore, ITscope offers valuable insights into market developments and sales trends in the IT channel.

July 21st, 2021|
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Release Notes for Update 2021.42

Procure

  • If an order request was rejected, or if an order was deleted by someone other than the creator of the order, then a summary of the original order will now be provided in the corresponding notification email.
  • The KOSATEC EDI interface has been further expanded so that invoices can now be processed and serial numbers can be transferred from the KOSATEC delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • In portals with order automation, the primary person responsible for the B2B portal is now set as the purchaser for corresponding automatic distributor orders, and will therefore receive notification emails for these orders.
  • In B2B portals with an activated eService for the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace price list and customer number, a new menu option has been added which allows current Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace subscriptions to be displayed.
  • During a portal export, inventory information is now also exported for a source of supply if a fixed price has been set for the product.

Catalog

  • The length of the following fields has been increased to 150 characters in all export formats: supplierSKU, manufacturerSKU and priceSupplierSKU.
October 21st, 2021|

ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

New graphics cards from MSI make rocket starts: ITscope Market Barometer Q3/2021

The ITscope market barometer Q2/2021 is here – with the current top sellers from seven categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com!

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as a PDF (English)

The ITscope market barometer is based on ITscope GmbH’s own analysis.

 

Karlsruhe, 21/10/2021 – Graphics cards from MSI are the new stars in the ITC sky, Dell’s new TFT P2422H is sought-after, and all signs point to changes in the smartphone sector. AMD’s new APUs managed a solid start in the charts, Lenovo again challenges Dell for the notebook lead, and the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 finally has to clear the field after seven quarters.

It’s almost as if we can cautiously speak of normality again: while COVID-19 is still occupying global events, everyday life is increasingly returning – even in offices. According to a survey by the ifo Institute, people are once again seeking personal contact more frequently: the proportion of employees working in home office at least some of the time fell from 28.4 in June to 25.5 percent in July. The current market barometer also shows this trend: there is no noticeable change in terms of demand for home office equipment. Last year’s peaks in demand for notebooks, headsets and similar equipment seems to be a thing of the past.

The chip shortage continues to dominate the economic situation, but the crisis seems to be sparing the ITC channel, at least for the time being. Fortunately, delivery bottlenecks tend to be an exception on the ITscope platform, with only the graphics card product category experiencing some delays. Or could this just be the calm before the storm? According to a recent study by the IT market research company CONTEXT, stock levels of notebooks, desktop PCs, monitors and printers are almost depleted. At present, everything that contains a chip seems to be affected by bottlenecks and retailers are plagued by growing concerns about how customers can be supplied in the fourth quarter, according to CONTEXT.

Nevertheless, things are looking good for graphics cards this quarter: MSI shines across the board in this category with its new models, and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X is also in the top positions of the Highflyer Charts. Apple also scored several places in the Highflyers, but not with the ‘usual suspects’. This time round, these places were secured by the Apple TV 4K, the Magic Keyboard and the evidently still very popular AirTag, which already gained a position in the charts in the previous quarter.

In the individual categories, another ever-popular favourite of the ITscope platform has to give up the top spot: after seven quarters in a row, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 can no longer hold on to its lead – with successor models from the ThinkCentre series taking over the lead in the category of PC systems instead. The situation is different for TFTs: Dell continues to defend pole position with the P2419H, and there have also not been any changes in the first place for smartphones and tablets.


Content

 

Highflyer: the Rising Stars from Dell, MSI and Lenovo

A tight neck-and-neck race was fought between Dell and MSI this time – and with a lead of only a few clicks, our number 1 spot in the Highflyer Charts goes to Dell’s P2422H this time. P-series monitors feature a practical design with an ergonomically adjustable stand and easily accessible ports. The P2422H has a 23.8-inch Full HD IPS panel as well as a particularly narrow edge that is flush with the screen. The integrated ComfortView Plus technology ensures a significant reduction of blue light to protect the eyes.

As in the previous quarter, a graphics card from MSI once again does exceptionally well and secures second place: overtaking the RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X, it is now the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X in second place with 2,524 clicks. Nice to know: the ‘Ti’ name suffix stands for the lightweight metal titanium, a designation that was originally used for marketing purposes to identify particularly powerful graphics cards. Although nowadays almost every second Geforce graphics card has ‘Ti’ in its name, the core message remains: when the model number is the same, the Ti stands for the more powerful model and thus promises even higher performance. Although the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X only comes with a comparatively small 8 GB video memory, it convinces with its DLSS AI renderer, which provides extra performance in many games without visible quality loss. It is currently available on ITscope for €950.

With a 3rd place, the bronze medal goes to Lenovo’s ThinkPad E15 20RE. The E15 series is very popular in general and also secures some top 10 places in the notebook category. The E15 20RE, which has been listed since May 2021 and is one of the latest models, is already available for a comparatively cheap €570 (~$660).

Apple takes 6th place, not with the iPhone, iPad or iMac – but with the Apple TV 4K. Compared to the previous version, the changes made for this sixth generation are quite limited. Only the remote control has been revised to a noticeable extent, but not necessarily for the better. Although the shape has been altered to make it more comfortable to use, the remote can no longer be used as a games controller, as it no longer contains a gyroscope or accelerometer – games that could previously be controlled in Nintendo Wii’s waving style no longer work with it.

The next two places also go to the manufacturer with the half-bitten apple logo. Apple’s AirTag is once again in 7th place: although some people are sceptical and dismiss it as a gimmick, the innovative gadget is very popular yet again and secures a place in the Highflyer Charts this quarter. With the Magic Keyboard in 8th place, the new 5th generation iPad Pro turns into a mobile computer. The keys are comfortable to use and can also be used in the dark thanks to backlit keys. In addition to the technical features, the elegant design is particularly striking – for a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of more than €300, it is nevertheless an expensive upgrade for the already costly iPad Pro.

Samsung officially introduced its latest smartphone in the A-series at the end of August – the Galaxy A52s 5G, successor of the Galaxy A52 5G, directly making it to rank 10. It offers a lot for a WSP of only around €350: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120 Hz, a main camera with 64 megapixels, a front camera with 32 megapixels in addition to an ultra-wide-angle, macro and portrait camera. Besides white and black, the smartphone is also available in mint green and purple – with the black version achieving the most clicks.

Ryzen 5 5600G, AMD’s new all-in-one solution is in 11th place: the six-core APU, i.e. a processor with an integrated graphics card, has a base clock speed of 3.9 GHz and a Turbo clock speed of 4.4 GHz. The Ryzen 5 5600G is based on Zen 3 and relies on the Vega architecture. This may not be quite up-to-date anymore, but the APU, which is available for a WSP of around €235, is perfectly sufficient for graphically not too demanding games and Full HD.

Rank 24 is clean – with the Roborock S7 vacuuming and mopping robot, which impressed reviewers with its navigation and suction performance. The app is also practical, as it allows you to define different vacuuming and mopping areas: the entire floor plan can be mapped and divided into zones, and individual areas can be excluded.

 

Here are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential – our Highflyer Charts:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1Dell P2422H210-AZYX2021-05-292575
# 2MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, 8GB GDDR6V505-008R2021-05-202524
# 3Lenovo ThinkPad E15 \1, 15,6″, i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD20RES6DF052021-05-112362
# 4AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-011311
# 5Intel Next Unit of Computing 10 Performance kit, i7 10710UBXNUC10I7FNKN22021-04-071152
# 6Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22807
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21650
# 8Apple Magic Keyboard, silverMJQK3D/A2021-04-21624
# 9Microsoft Windows Server 2022 StandardP73-083302021-08-14618
# 10Samsung Galaxy A5 2, 128GB, 5G, blackSM-A528BZKDEUB2021-07-26612
# 11AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, 3.9GHz, 6-Core, SMT, APU100-100000252BOX2021-06-26570
# 12Sony, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) DE-Version98259992021-04-12539
# 13Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC213727-022021-04-19368
# 14Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock40B00135EU2021-07-06363
# 15HP Envy223N4B#6292021-05-11304
# 16Gigaset OpenScape DECT Phone S6entry MobilteilL30250-F600-C5332021-03-31297
# 17Kingston 1 TB NVMe SSDSNVS/1000G2021-03-28296
# 18Jabra PanaCast 508200-2312021-04-28277
# 19Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 WorkStation Dock40B00300EU2021-06-16273
# 20Lenovo Quectel EM120R-GL4XC1D514472021-06-12221
# 21Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)GA01892-EU2021-04-01220
# 22Lenovo 16GB, DDR4, SO-DIMM4X71D095342021-04-28217
# 23Synology RackStationRS2421RP+2021-04-24212
# 24Xiaomi Roborock S7S7 WHITE2021-06-17211
# 25Gigabyte S452-Z30 (rev. 100), 4U, Barebone6NS452Z30MR-002021-05-19184
# 26ASRock H510 Pro BTC+, LGA1200, ATX90-MXBGL0-A0UAYZ2021-05-22151
# 27Apple 10.2-inch iPad WIFI, 10,2″, 64GB, space-greyMK2K3FD/A2021-09-16147
# 28Apple Smart Flip-Cover, blackMJMG3ZM/A2021-04-21144
# 29Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, whiteMJWY3ZM/A2021-07-15139
# 30Samsung QM55R-ALH55QMRABGCXEN2021-06-27137

 

TFTs: triumph for Dell’s new monitor

Who would have thought it: after eight consecutive quarters, Dell’s P2419H is still comfortably in first place. And the lead is considerable in terms of click numbers: 8,300 clicks ensure sufficient distance to the second-placed P2719H, also from Dell, which ‘only’ scored around 4,700 clicks.

The P2422H, a brand new TFT from Dell, also did well with fourth place. The monitor, which has only been listed on ITscope since May, not only achieved a top result within the category, but also landed first place in the Highflyer Charts with 2,575 clicks. The new 24-inch Full HD model from Dell’s popular P series could be a worthy successor to the P2419H. The price will certainly not be a limiting factor, as the P2422H is even a bit cheaper at €190 than the older P2419H model from 2018.

 

Smartphones: will the new iPhone generation soon be at the top?

Positions 1 and 2 in the mobile phone category remain firmly in Apple’s hands: the iPhone SE secured first place for the third quarter in a row with more than 6,000 clicks, while second place once again went to the iPhone 12 with 2,340 clicks.

Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G climbed from 34th to 3rd place. With 5G compatibility, the A52 is one of the few Galaxy models that currently supports the fast connection. It is also really well equipped in terms of other tech specs: the sharp and colourful OLED display is particularly pleasing, just like the enduring battery with a runtime of 10 to 12 hours. There is a slight downside in terms of charging time, as the battery needs about two hours to fully charge.

Presumably, new players will mix up the top 10 very soon. During Apple’s keynote in mid-September, the new iPhone generation was officially presented with four different models – the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max – which are available in stores as of now. The new iPhones are still far behind in the rankings, but the prospects of moving up are good.

While the standard models received more of a minor update, the two Pro variants have definitely acquired some major innovations. All four new models feature the Apple A15 Bionic, which is probably the fastest mobile CPU at the moment, an improved battery and camera, at least 128 GB of storage as well as the 5G mobile standard. The Pro and Pro Max variants also come with a Super Retina XDR display, an even better camera with macro mode and triple optical zoom, and an additional 1 TB storage option. However, you have to dig deep into your pocket for these features – as you do every time a new iPhone generation is launched: the 13 mini starts at €660 and the 13 Pro Max costs more than €1,500.

A similar picture can be seen with Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: this smartphone with an innovative folding display, which has been listed on ITscope since mid-August, has a good starting position, just like Apple, but it is not yet enough for the top places. The next quarter will certainly be exciting and show how the new models perform. The Flip3 convinces with great colours on the main display and excellent performance, in addition to the practical folding function, which enables seamless folding. Thanks to IPX8 certification, it is also completely waterproof, while the battery life is sadly very short. The Flip3 is available at a Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €840.

 

Tablets: no change in the top positions

With over 7,000 clicks, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 once again managed to retain first place and remains the category leader for four quarters in a row. Positions 2, 3 and 4 also remain exactly the same as in the previous quarter, with the Apple iPad 10.2″, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 respectively. Occupying five places in the top 10, Microsoft is clearly ahead of competing tablet manufacturers Apple and Samsung.

Newcomers are not to be found in the top positions this time round, which are primarily occupied by 2020 models. An up-to-date tablet can only be found in 18th place: the 5th generation iPad Pro as the 12.9-inch version, which has been listed since April 2021. The tablet, which was previously ranked 25th as a newcomer, comes with outstanding performance thanks to the M1 chip, a large high-resolution display, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G mobile communications.

The iPad, which was also newly presented at the Apple keynote, is already represented in the charts, but as with the new iPhones, it is still far behind – of course it is not that easy to make up for a whole quarter of clicks in just two weeks, even for Apple. The new 9th generation iPad still offers a good price-performance ratio, but not much has changed in terms of design. On the inside, Apple relies on the A13 Bionic processor, which is supposed to deliver 20 percent more performance than the A12 Bionic of the previous generation. The storage capacity has also been improved: instead of 32 GB, all models now come with at least 64 GB.

 

Notebooks: Lenovo challenges competitors with the ThinkPad E15

The previous quarter’s winner, the Dell Latitude 3510, has to make do with 2nd place this time round: although the notebook gets an impressive 7,921 clicks, that wasn’t enough to prevent Lenovo from taking 1st place. Although it seemed as if Dell had finally overtaken the ever-popular ThinkPad E15 20RD, which was in 1st place for more than a year, Lenovo is now making another effective challenge with the ThinkPad E15 model from 2020 and more than 8,500 clicks – which helps propel the popular notebook into 1st place. Lenovo does not let up elsewhere either, securing a total of five places in the notebook top 10 with further models from the ThinkPad E15 and L15 series.

HP’s ProBook 450 G8, a notebook with a Tiger Lake processor from Intel, climbed from 20th to 3rd place. Intel promises both powerful and at the same time frugal processors – which are more than sufficient for everyday use. Furthermore, the HP 450 G8 impresses with its sturdy casing and quiet operation.

As the only notebook from Fujitsu, the LIFEBOOK A3510 made it to 14th place. It’s a slim, light-weight office notebook allowing a high pace of work and a battery life of up to six hours. However, the SSD is relatively small at 238 gigabytes, although it can be replaced with something bigger if necessary – same with the working memory.

 

PC systems: ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 plummets

After seven quarters at the top, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 seems to have finally handed over first place. For this previously very popular PC system, it’s back down to 23rd place.

However, what was already becoming a trend in the last market barometer is now confirmed: the successor model ThinkCentre M70q 11DT already made a huge leap from 157th to 4th place in the previous quarter – now it is ranked first with almost 4,500 clicks. In general, the ThinkCentre series enjoys great popularity and is therefore deservedly represented with four more models in the top 10.

 

Graphics cards: new MSI cards off to a flying start

MSI’s new graphics card is a big hit this quarter: The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X not only makes it to the top of the Highflyer Charts, but also to the number 1 spot within the graphics cards category. Another top result was scored by the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GAMING X TRIO, which has only been listed on ITscope since June and jumped from 164th to 6th place. Only the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING Z TRIO does even better, jumping directly into an excellent 3rd place.

PNY is also well represented in the top 10 with four places and also secures 2nd place, which went to the NVIDIA Quadro P2200, an optimal graphics card for entry-level workstations. At €480, it is one of the more affordable graphics cards in the top 10.

However, with a total of around 17,000 clicks for the top 10 products, the click numbers have dropped significantly compared to the previous quarter, where the top products reached a total of almost 24,000 clicks. Is this still down to the worldwide chip shortage? Our number 1 in this ranking, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G, is currently not available, for example. The MSI RTX 3090 SUPRIM X 24G in 4th place or the PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming EPIC-X RGB in 5th place are also scarcely available. Despite this, a price increase cannot be observed within the top 10, with the average WSP even dropping slightly.

 

Processors: new desktop APUs from AMD are well received

In the processor category, this summer quarter brought little change. The previous 3rd-placed AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is the new number 1 with 1,500 clicks: having been listed for about a year, this CPU impresses with its speed in applications as well as in gaming, and is currently considered the fastest eight-core on the market.

AMD and Intel share the top 10 ranking very fairly this time with five places each – except that AMD secures 1st and 2nd. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, which is considered a great price/performance pick among everyday and gaming processors, lands in 2nd. This mid-range CPU has six cores with multithreading and clock speeds from 3.7 to 4.6 GHz.

Two newcomers from AMD are also represented in the ranking: the Ryzen 5 5600G in 14th place, which also makes it into the Highflyer Charts, and the Ryzen 7 5700G in 34th place. Both are processors with an integrated graphics unit, so-called APUs. With the 5000G series, AMD adds Zen 3-based desktop APUs to its portfolio – good processors with high application performance and a good gaming performance. The 5 5600G has a WSP of €230, while the 7 5700G will set you back €320.

 

Press contact

Eileen Müller
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76131 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 62 73 76 – 0
eileen.mueller@itscope.com
www.itscope.com

 

About ITscope GmbH

ITscope combines all business models from the ITC industry on a single platform, from procurement and sales to Managed Services, supporting system houses, resellers, distributors and manufacturers in the digitalisation of their business processes.

Founded in 2003, Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH has steadily evolved from a price comparison tool to a powerful platform for digital sales and eProcurement. With the B2B Suite digital sales solution, system houses can set up individual procurement portals for their business customers without the need for a conventional shop system, allowing seamless procurement of products from suppliers via EDI. Distributors and manufacturers can also radically simplify their enquiry, sales and order processing workflows on ITscope. On top of all this, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends from the ITC channel.

 

October 21st, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.40

Procure

  • The procurement prices in the calculation view of a quote are now updated as soon as the quote is opened.

Digital Sales

  • In the Distributor Comparison Report, it is ensured that the condition (New, Used, …) of the products from the compared source are identical to your own source.
  • When B2B portal customers register themselves, the individual terms of use are now also displayed, provided these have been provided.
  • The presentation of recurring prices in B2B portals with visible suppliers now works more reliably.
  • The logo in emails is now reliably shown again.
  • The loading speed of the product page in the B2B portals was accelerated by further optimisation.

Catalog

  • When configuring own products in the product designer, it was possible that different article statuses (New, Used, …) were inadvertently derived from the delivery statuses (In stock, In transit, …). This error has been corrected.

Platform

  • The shopping cart selection in the top right-hand corner has been adjusted so that the list of additional shopping carts is now displayed with a click.
October 5th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.39

Digital Sales

  • When a price calculation is carried out in a quote to determine the sales price, we have made sure that the supplier is taken into account for the price rule selection.
  • The price update feature has been further improved, so that the price is now also displayed correctly in case only the price units are changed while the price itself remains unchanged.
October 1st, 2021|

Initiative Impulse: tutorial videos for useful ITscope features

 

You probably already know about our help page for ITscope, the ITscope Guide, where you can find the right solution for all problems quickly and clearly. The search bar on the start page gives you direct access to your specific topic.

Now we are launching a new knowledge initiative to show you how to take your business to the next level with ITscope. We will demonstrate useful features of the ITscope platform quickly and understandably in the form of short video tutorials (only in German).

In the first tutorials, we show you how to set up supplier accounts, optimise your shopping carts and place orders. Not only new ITscope users will get useful tips here, as the videos are also worth a look for ‘experienced hands’.

 

Establish networks

The first step to using ITscope effectively is to establish a partner network. This allows you to compare realtime inventory levels and prices, order through ITscope based on your individual price list, and access information and quotes from your distributors.

 

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Optimise shopping carts

Optimise your shopping cart with just one click. Do you want to split your order among as few different suppliers as possible? Or achieve the lowest possible total price for your shopping cart, with no supplier preferences and regardless of the total number of different suppliers you order from? With shopping cart optimisation, you can do both automatically at the click of a mouse – time-consuming manual price searching is a thing of the past.

 

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Order on ITscope

Fast, easy and convenient: manage all orders and information in one central place. In the video, we show you how to place an order in ITscope, which information you can view before starting the order process and how you can simplify your order process – especially if you want multiple orders to be placed at the same time once a day.

 

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Do you have any further questions? You will find the right answer in our ITscope Guide. Our support team is also happy to assist you, under: support@itscope.de.

September 30th, 2021|

New listings in September

 

Despite the often somewhat quiet period over the summer holidays, we were once again able to attract new suppliers to the ITscope network – eleven in total. In addition to four German distributors, including JAM Software GmbH, this time there were also several new international companies, such as the Dutch dexxon data media and storage B.V., the Lithuanian UAB Biuro ABC, the Czech Abacus electric s.r.o., the Danish Infracko ApS, the Belgian European Technical Trading BV as well as INTER-ALNET and AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k. from Poland.

Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
AMPQ PRO sp. z o.o. sp. k.13/09/2021
INTER-ALNET Inh. Adam Albinski09/09/2021
NEDIS GmbH08/09/2021
Unitronic GmbH06/09/2021
European Technical Trading BV02/09/2021
Infracko ApS13/08/2021
Abacus electric s.r.o.13/08/2021
JAM Software GmbH 12/08/2021
UAB Biuro ABC03/08/2021
EOD European Online Distribution GmbH29/07/2o21
dexxon data media and storage B.V.23/07/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, TIM AG is now connected to ITscope via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). EDI enables a seamless and automated data transfer between different systems.

 

CountryCompanyEDI connectiongDelivery to end customersEDI since
TIM AG27/07/2021

 

 

September 30th, 2021|

We proudly present … our new logo!

 

Perhaps you’ve already noticed it in one place or another: we have a new logo! But before we present it to you in all its details, let’s take a look back. The previous ITscope logo has been with us for a while now: customers and partners who have been part of our network for a long time probably still know it in one or more of these variants – and will certainly recognise the last one:

 

 

Initially starting as a price comparison tool, ITscope has established itself over time as a comprehensive provider for digital sales and eProcurement – and this dynamic development and value is now also be reflected in the corporate design, i.e. the appearance of the company. But enough about that – here it is, our new logo:

 

 

In addition to the logo, we have also revised our logo icon. You will recognise the previous version from the tabs in your web browser or from the desktop app, for example:

The updated icon has been adapted to ITscope’s new colour scheme, which now consists primarily of blue tones:

The new icon stands for the focus, the exact view of the entire ITC industry that ITscope provides to system houses, IT service providers, distributors and manufacturers. At the same time, it also stands for the comprehensive solutions for the channel, the entire range of IT business models, from procurement to sales to managed services, that ITscope offers all on a single platform.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – what do you think of the new logo, colours and icon?

Do you have the ITscope logo embedded on your company website, for example, and would like to update it? Here you can download the new logo directly for integration:

 

 

Do you have any further questions about the new logo design, require another logo size or another file format? Just send us a short email to marketing@itscope.de – we will be happy to help you! 

 

September 30th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.38

Procure

  • For punchout users, the shopping cart now shows the detailed view for rows by default.

Digital Sales

  • For B2B category trees, only global product assortments can be added. The corresponding text has been amended to clarify this.
  • The specified ‘alternative operator’ of a B2B portal must not contain HTML.

Platform

  • The API endpoint ‘/business/deals/{view}.{type}’ has been extended to optionally support the time zone format in the negative form of ‘-hh:mm’.
September 24th, 2021|
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Release Notes for Update 2021.42

Procure

  • If an order request was rejected, or if an order was deleted by someone other than the creator of the order, then a summary of the original order will now be provided in the corresponding notification email.
  • The KOSATEC EDI interface has been further expanded so that invoices can now be processed and serial numbers can be transferred from the KOSATEC delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • In portals with order automation, the primary person responsible for the B2B portal is now set as the purchaser for corresponding automatic distributor orders, and will therefore receive notification emails for these orders.
  • In B2B portals with an activated eService for the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace price list and customer number, a new menu option has been added which allows current Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace subscriptions to be displayed.
  • During a portal export, inventory information is now also exported for a source of supply if a fixed price has been set for the product.

Catalog

  • The length of the following fields has been increased to 150 characters in all export formats: supplierSKU, manufacturerSKU and priceSupplierSKU.
October 21st, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.40

Procure

  • The procurement prices in the calculation view of a quote are now updated as soon as the quote is opened.

Digital Sales

  • In the Distributor Comparison Report, it is ensured that the condition (New, Used, …) of the products from the compared source are identical to your own source.
  • When B2B portal customers register themselves, the individual terms of use are now also displayed, provided these have been provided.
  • The presentation of recurring prices in B2B portals with visible suppliers now works more reliably.
  • The logo in emails is now reliably shown again.
  • The loading speed of the product page in the B2B portals was accelerated by further optimisation.

Catalog

  • When configuring own products in the product designer, it was possible that different article statuses (New, Used, …) were inadvertently derived from the delivery statuses (In stock, In transit, …). This error has been corrected.

Platform

  • The shopping cart selection in the top right-hand corner has been adjusted so that the list of additional shopping carts is now displayed with a click.
October 5th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.39

Digital Sales

  • When a price calculation is carried out in a quote to determine the sales price, we have made sure that the supplier is taken into account for the price rule selection.
  • The price update feature has been further improved, so that the price is now also displayed correctly in case only the price units are changed while the price itself remains unchanged.
October 1st, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.38

Procure

  • For punchout users, the shopping cart now shows the detailed view for rows by default.

Digital Sales

  • For B2B category trees, only global product assortments can be added. The corresponding text has been amended to clarify this.
  • The specified ‘alternative operator’ of a B2B portal must not contain HTML.

Platform

  • The API endpoint ‘/business/deals/{view}.{type}’ has been extended to optionally support the time zone format in the negative form of ‘-hh:mm’.
September 24th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.37

Procure

  • The ‘Back to your system’ button is deactivated after a punchout shopping cart transfer has been sent, so that accidental multiple transfers of the same shopping cart are no longer possible.

Digital Sales

  • The long description for a product can now also be seen in the B2B portal, if available.
  • For the individual items of a quote, the included or excluded tax amount is now no longer listed next to the prices.

Catalog

  • For the BMEcat format, a standard image link can optionally be specified, which is output if no image content is available for a product.
  • For the BMEcat format, Buyer-ID, Buyer-Name, Supplier-ID and Supplier-Name can optionally be configured in the header to adapt the catalogues to the customer.

Platform

  • The API endpoint ‘/business/deals/{view}.{type}’ optionally supports the time zone format of ‘+hh:mm’ for date parameters.
September 14th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.36

Digital Sales

  • The table shown in the Metrics tab of a customer portal has been expanded to include the order volume of the current and previous month.
  • Statistics in the Metrics tab do not include data from the current day. This detail is now also shown as a note on the corresponding page.
  • The customer search in the Metrics tab of a customer portal is now case-insensitive.
  • When selecting the primary source of supply for a product, if several sources of supply receive the same calculated sales price due to price rounding, then the one with the lowest wholesale selling price (WSP) is selected, resulting in a higher margin.
  • The revenue statistics in the portal configuration of the customer view have been removed.

Catalog

  • In the Product Designer, recurring prices can be set for own products and bundles, for example for maintenance contracts as shown in the screenshot above. These prices are now also displayed in the B2B Suite for the corresponding products on the dashboard, in the product search and in the product header.
September 7th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.35

Procure

  • The listing and loading of shopping carts in the selection menu of the header has been limited to 50 shopping carts.

Digital Sales

  • The metrics for B2B customer portals have been enhanced with a table that allows individual customers to be selected.

Platform

  • When filtering orders in the API based on the date of change, the time period can now also be specified in hours, minutes and seconds, instead of only with years, months and days as before.
August 31st, 2021|Changelog DE, Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.34

Digital Sales

  • When importing cXML documents, the field ‘ManufacturerPartID’ is now also processed and converted into the corresponding OpenTrans format.

Platform

  • When generating dispatch confirmations via the ITscope Partner Test Account, serial numbers of the type ‘IMEI’ are now also included in the document in addition to normal serial numbers.
August 24th, 2021|Changelog-EN|
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Meet ITscope on the road

Trade fairs, exhibitions, events, roadshows & more

ITscope on tour

More than 7,400 active customers, 420 distributors and 3 million ICT products: ITscope is the home of the channel. That’s why we’re out there for you at all the major industry events.

Whether it’s trade fairs, partner days, roadshows or special events – experience ITscope in person! Enjoy a personal demonstration of ITscope and its features, ask us any questions you may have regarding ICT trading, and talk to us about how we can collaborate in future.

Any questions about our events?

Annika van Zwoll
Junior Sales Manager