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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.

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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.

 

Press contact

Eileen Müller
Durlacher Allee 73
76131 Karlsruhe

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

 

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|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2021

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

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

  • Newcomers: the hottest summer trends from MSI, WD and Dell
  • Smartphones: waterproof outdoor phones in high demand
  • Notebooks: ThinkPad E15 20RD replaced at the top
  • Webcams: Microsoft narrowly misses the mark
  • Graphics cards: MSI takes off in the Top 10
  • CPUs: Intel hot on the heels of AMD

 

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

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

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

And these are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1MSI RTX3060 Ti Gaming X, 8GB GDDR6V397-010R2021-01-152181
# 2WD Red Plus NAS Hard Drive, 8TBWD80EFBX2021-01-221482
# 3Dell Thunderbolt DockWD19TBS2021-01-301258
# 4Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IIL 20SM, 15.6″, i3, 8GB, 256GB20SM002LGE2021-02-06829
# 5Intel Core i7-11700K, 8-Core, HT, 3.6GHzBX8070811700K2021-01-09750
# 6Samsung Galaxy A52, 128GB, blackSM-A525FZKGEUB2021-03-18735
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21727
# 8Apple iPad Pro 12.9″, 256GBMHR63FD/A2021-04-22629
# 9Gigaset S650HE PROS30852-H2662-R1212021-03-18530
# 10Logitech Rally Bar, 3840 x 2160960-0013112021-01-14472
# 11Gigabyte B460M DS3H V2, LGA1200, micro ATXB460M DS3H2021-01-19424
# 12Apple Magic KeyboardMJQK3D/A2021-04-21392
# 13AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-01377
# 14Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22369
# 15NanoRepro, AntigentestNANO 52021-03-31337
# 16Sony PlayStation 5, 8K, 825GB SSD93964062021-02-23329
# 17HP Officejet Pro 8229W7B#6292021-02-16265
# 18Dell P2422H, 23.8″, FHDDELL-P2422H2021-05-29234
# 19Apple iMac with 4.5K Retina display, M1, 8 GB, 256 GBMGTF3D/A2021-04-22180
# 20Samsung Odyssey G5 C27RG50FQRLC27RG50FQRXEN2021-03-23157
# 21Fujitsu Smart-UPS, Line-Interaktive, 3000 VA, 2.7KWFJX3000RMHV2UNC2021-01-21155
# 22Intel NUC10i5FNKN, i5 10210U, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/axBXNUC10I5FNKN22021-04-07151
# 23Samsung GU75TU6999UGU75TU6999UXZG2021-04-20130
# 24Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6BHR4951GL2021-04-08122
# 25Bose Videobar VB1842415-21102021-03-15114
# 26DuujaDM-20-U-S-SCHWARZ2021-02-19113
# 27Synology RackStationRS2421RP+2021-04-24111
# 28HP 302XL, multicolorF6U67AE#ABE2021-01-2995
# 29Apple Smart Flip CoverMJMG3ZM/A2021-04-2188
# 30Optoma UHD38, 4000 ANSI-Lumen, 3840 x 2160, 16:9E9PV7GL02EZ2LR2021-02-0887

 

July 21st, 2021|

ITscope GmbH and weclapp SE set out for joint growth

 

• Cloud-based technologies widen the range of services offered by weclapp
• Products, brands and customer relationships will be continued as part of the weclapp Group
• Additional potential from cross-selling and upselling
• Strategic synergies through scaling, internationalisation, and network expansion

 

Frankfurt, 12 July 2021 – The Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH continues and accelerates its growth as a subsidiary of weclapp SE. The service offererings of both companies complement each other and offer further potential benefits to the mutual customers in the future. weclapp SE already has a strong bond with ITscope GmbH from several years of collaboration. Both parties anticipate additional cross-selling and upselling potential from the business combination.

Many ITscope customers use weclapp as an ERP platform. Based in Karlsruhe, the company operates a powerful cloud-based B2B commerce platform as an SaaS solution which enables service providers such as system vendors to digitalise their sales and procurement operations and to set up automated sales and purchasing processes for customers and suppliers. ITscope currently has a customer base of around 5,000 companies. In addition, more than 400 distributors (IT wholesalers) across Europe are linked up as data and product suppliers. The B2B platform is already a popular add-on in the weclapp store. In the future, the ITscope solution can be extended beyond its current focus on IT system vendors to include specific features tailored to other sectors.

Along with this B2B platform, ITscope operates a solution that provides additional competitive advantages for medium-sized companies in online trade. ITscope offers a customer product catalogue that provides article master data for several million IT products for its users. The information comes from manufacturers and content providers who independently supply and update high-resolution images, detailed technical data and marketing texts, thus considerably simplifying the customer’s Product Information Management (PIM). For their part, online retailers can access this data in e-commerce via the digital asset management (DAM) functionality and thus increase their efficiency and profitability. Customer-specific portals with user-defined products, prices and CI elements can thus be generated directly from the cloud.

Since recently, ITscope has also offered IT service providers the possibility of designing individual XaaS products (short for Anything as a Service) and bundle them with their own services as well as items from the platform’s comprehensive ITC catalogue.

ׅ“We will now adapt our proven and successful cloud-based products for purchasing, sales and data usage to further industry needs and in future also make them directly available to all weclapp customers. However, the scaling of our service offering and expansion of our network will also benefit us and our customers at home and abroad. Together, we are expanding the network of manufacturers and distributors in Germany and other European countries for the ITscope network”, says Alexander Münkel, managing director of ITscope GmbH.

ITscope’s business activities will be continued under the former management and under the existing brand. The Karlsruhe location will be retained, and the employees will be informed about the promising prospect of joining forces with weclapp. In the 2020 financial year, ITscope generated revenue of around EUR 3.2m, 31 % more than in the 2019 financial year (ITscope 2019 revenue: EUR 2.5m). Revenue growth is expected to accelerate further in the current year. The company is operating profitably.

“The takeover is another important part of consistently implementing weclapp’s growth strategy,” explains Ertan Özdil, founder and CEO of weclapp SE, “according to which both inorganic growth and, by means of targeted platform expansions, further organic growth will be accelerated with corresponding company acquisitions. Especially the cooperation between weclapp and ITscope offers the mutual customers additional possibilities to run their business even more efficiently and profitably. We expect this to strengthen and expand our networks and our market presence. In exchange, we get the chance to scale our platforms and implement our strategy to expand our international presence with greater emphasis. Together we can now enter the Italian, French and Spanish market.”

 

For further information:
ITscope GmbH
Eileen Müller
Tel.: +49 721 627376 29
E-Mail: eileen.mueller@itscope.de

About weclapp:
weclapp SE was founded in 2008 and has been offering the cloud-based platform of the same name since 2013. Since market entry, the company has grown by an average of almost 100% every year (CAGR) and is turning a profit. With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), it mainly addresses small and medium-sized enterprises, with integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) functionalities in particular. Customers thus have unrestricted access to their business transactions and data from any Internet-enabled device and from any location connected to the Internet. With storage and computing capacities in Germany and Switzerland and ISO 27001 certification, weclapp offers a high level of data security. The platform has repeatedly won awards as ERP system of the year. weclapp SE is operates out of Frankfurt am Main and maintains branches in Marburg and Kitzingen. It is a subsidiary of Marburg-based 3U HOLDING AG.
www.linkedin.com/company/weclapp

About ITscope GmbH: 
Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com and supports system houses and ICT resellers in the digitalisation of their business processes. With the digital sales solution “B2B Suite”, IT system houses can set up individual purchasing portals for business customers without a classic shop system and seamlessly procure their requirements from the distribution via EDI. Their own procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily connected to the ITscope platform. The powerful, flexible ITscope API provides product data, prices, availabilities and much more for over three million ICT articles. ICT distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: enquiry, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified on a uniform platform. In addition, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends of the channel.
www.linkedin.com/company/itscope-gmbh/

 

July 12th, 2021|

Digitalisation boost instead of dilemma – with Managed Services

 

Digital transformation is becoming a growing part of day-to-day business – albeit at very different levels. However, the goal of being able to act more efficiently, faster and with more flexibility is the focus of almost all system houses when it comes to driving digitalisation forward.

Managed services are seen as a promising solution to achieve this goal. However, the transition towards becoming a Managed Services Provider is often difficult: many system houses are afraid to give up their classic project-based business, with the associated high margins, and enter the complex business field of Managed Services. But why decide between them when you can combine both business models?

Planning and certainty

ITscope has analysed the current situation with regard to managed services, associated problems and possible solutions in discussions with various system houses. “We have intensively looked at the challenges faced by our customers, in order to allow ITscope to offer them exactly what will be existentially important at the present time and in the future,” states Alexander Münkel, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ITscope GmbH.

Unlike pure hardware sales, recurring sales (such as managed services) allow for better financial planning and certainty. And in order to offer customers real added value, it is beneficial for most system houses to offer a combination of both.

The system houses surveyed by ITscope also face the challenge of pursuing recurring sales opportunities both in terms of time and effort required. The main reason for this is that often, too many customers have to be serviced by too few sales staff – the system house is reaching its limits. On the other hand, the system house’s customers do not have an exact overview of which IT products have been purchased, who uses them and when certain services expire. If the system house also does not have this insight, valuable sales opportunities are lost.

Everything on one platform

In order to successfully conduct business with managed services, system houses essentially need a ‘platform for anything’, i.e. a platform that makes it possible to provide customers with hardware and software products, in addition to managed services, from within individual customer portals. With this platform, it is also possible to design individual as-a-service products and bundle them with your own services or products.

Transparency is also an important topic – especially with regard to customer loyalty. On a ‘platform for anything’, customers can map their current and future IT landscape in a service portal, structure it according to resources and also get an overview of it all. A contract management system for the provided services also helps to maintain an overview. And: a portal in which system house customers can find all the services and products of their provider also has a positive effect on customer loyalty. At the same time, the sales team in the system house gains an insight into all expiring contracts, as well as any IT products that need to be procured. The sales team is therefore able to provide a better service for the customer, and is also able to offer the special added value of offering the customer the right product directly, while also generating new sales opportunities at the same time.

Would you like to learn more about your options for offering your portfolio on a ‘platform for anything’? We would be happy to advise you individually on how this can optimally support you in your daily business. 

 

 

June 28th, 2021|

New for Benelux resellers: place orders with ALSO Nederland & ALSO België directly via ITscope

 

By expanding the cooperation with ALSO, one of the leading technology providers in the IT industry, ITscope continues to drive its internationalisation efforts. Thanks to the recently completed listing of both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, another two important players from the IT channel in Benelux join our trading platform.

With around 40 listed suppliers in the Benelux region, ITscope is already well positioned, but now also offers system houses and IT resellers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg the possibility to research product availabilities and individual prices as well as to order directly from ALSO via the ITscope platform.

ALSO’s broad portfolio includes hardware, software and IT services from more than 700 vendors in over 1340 product categories. ALSO Holding AG is currently active in 24 countries in Europe, therefore making it an important strategic partner for ITscope, providing optimum support for many thousands of joint customers.

In the course of the new listing, both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, in addition to ALSO International B.V., have been enhanced with an EDI connection on ITscope, enabling electronic document exchange.

 

June 28th, 2021|

Guide: how to set up individual price lists

 

More and more suppliers on ITscope now offer system houses and IT resellers the possibility to set up individual price lists. In addition to allowing realtime data retrievals, setting up individual supplier price lists is advantageous for several reasons, and offers several benefits.

 

Why is it worth it to set up individual supplier price lists?

  • Access your customer-specific supplier prices, which are provided by the supplier’s distribution team, instead of standard prices
  • Access items requiring authorisation, which can be unlocked by the respective supplier on ITscope as soon as you have set up the individual price list correctly
  • Include your individual supplier prices in ITscope exports and/or use them for ERP interfaces
  • View your customer-specific supplier prices even without using realtime data retrieval

 

 

Want to set up your individual supplier price lists? In our ITscope Guide article on the subject, you will find an overview of all configurable suppliers on ITscope. By clicking on the name of the desired supplier, you will find all the necessary information on how to configure the price lists.

To the online support article in the ITscope Guide: https://guide.itscope.com/en/kb/eservices/

If you have any questions or problems, please contact our support team under: support@itscope.com.

 

June 28th, 2021|

Semiconductor crisis not only impacting car manufacturers: chip bottlenecks also affecting IT channel

 

Karlsruhe, 26/05/2021 – While initially it was car manufacturers that sounded the alarm as they were faced with production stoppages, more and more companies are now also feeling the effects of their dependency on a tiny component: microchips. These essential small parts are built into almost every electronic device – it was therefore foreseeable that chip bottlenecks would also affect the IT channel in some form.

Since the beginning of the year, a new set of problems emerged in the automotive industry, whose supply chains, battered by the coronavirus crisis, had only just begun to recover. The reason this time: bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductors, which are at the heart of all electronic systems. Semiconductor production is very inflexible due to long lead times, and changes in demand cannot be easily absorbed by manufacturers. The coronavirus crisis first caused a production slump in early 2020, then an upswing in the spring – thanks to home office and schooling, with particularly high demand for tablets and laptops as well as consumer electronics for leisure in the lockdown. Added to this recently was the growing interest of crypto miners, who are additionally fuelling the demand for chips by mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

However, the crisis is now spreading beyond the automotive industry to other sectors, and is not leaving the ICT industry unscathed. A recent survey by Welt am Sonntag shows: consumers in Germany may face rising prices and longer delivery times for electronic devices in the future, even in sectors such as telecommunications or consumer electronics. With IT giant Apple, even one of the chip industry’s biggest customers can currently not be resupplied sufficiently – the manufacturer therefore lacks semiconductors to build tablets and notebooks.

Examples from the B2B trading platform ITscope also show that the semiconductor crisis is already leaving its mark on the ICT industry. For example, stock levels of the popular Elements Desktop WDBWLG0100HBK from WD, a manufacturer specialising in hard drives and storage products, have been falling significantly since the beginning of May. However, the hard drive is still in demand, as can be seen from the increasing number of clicks on the product page, and the price is also rising: the Elements Desktop has repeatedly touched the €300 level, which is double the previous Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) in just a few weeks.

Price/stock level/status history and product click history for the WD Elements Desktop WDBWLG0100HBK (item no. WDBWLG0100HBK-EESN), January to May 2021

 

The availability of the Backup Plus Hub STEL8000200 from Seagate looks even more critical. Almost at the same time as the Elements Desktop, the stock level of this hard disk also fell significantly at the beginning of May. This also has a corresponding effect on the WSP, which rose from €120 to over €250.

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

 

As an additional factor, the chip shortage seems to also be affecting the graphics card segment. The pandemic-related high interest in gaming, and the boom around cryptocurrencies, already caused a tense supply situation, and now the shortage of chips – which are of course also needed for graphics cards – is added to the mix. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti D5 4G from Gigabyte, which has been listed since 2017, has had practically no price outliers for several years – until now. Back in January, the price already started rising slowly in combination with shrinking stock levels and is currently settling at around €300, which is more than twice as much as the average WSP in 2020 (approx. €120).

Price/stock level/status history and product click history for the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti D5 4G (item no. GV-N105TD5-4GD), June 2020 to May 2021

 

As digitalisation enters more and more areas of everyday life, a further increase in demand for chips is inevitable. According to the world’s largest manufacturer of microchips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the shortage of semiconductors, at least for the automotive industry, could ease somewhat in the coming quarter. However, more critical voices, for example from Intel, fear that the shortage will continue to affect many sectors for the next few years.

 

 

May 26th, 2021|

New listings in May

 

In the last few months, our ITscope network has continued to grow: in addition to five new German suppliers, we were also able to welcome Eurosystems Trade Warenhandelsges.m.b.H. from Austria, Skysales OÜ from Estonia and also the Polish distributor GreenCell.global GmbH.

GreenCell.global GmbH was founded in 2013 out of a passion for mobility, and offers a wide range of products for powering mobile devices. The brand’s portfolio comprises 39 product categories. Some of the most important categories include laptop batteries and power supplies, EV accessories, UPS devices, batteries for e-bikes, smartphones, cameras and a wide range of accessories.

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

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
eKiosk GmbH11/05/2021
Z-Wave Europe GmbH06/05/2021
toner-dumping.de Orth & Baer GmbH19/04/2021
Eurosystems Trade Warenhandelsges.m.b.H.30/03/2021
22/03/2021
IT4REAL GmbH15/03/2021
GreenCell.global GmbH 24/02/2021
Skysales OÜ24/02/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, there are four 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
Tech Data Schweiz GmbH12/05/2021
MEGATECH communication GmbH04/05/2021
Katun Germany GmbH21/04/2021
Ingram Micro GmbH26/03/2021
May 25th, 2021|

New test lab feature: skip order preparation

 

You can now activate the Skip order preparation function via the test lab, allowing you to create and send orders directly from the shopping cart. It is then no longer necessary to drag and drop the order to the ‘Prepared orders’ column.

Available test lab functions can be viewed by clicking the test lab button, which is positioned on the bottom left-hand side of the platform in the sidebar. The toggle switch can then be used to activate the corresponding feature. This action can be undone at any time:

 

Test lab feature: skip order preparation

After the order has been placed in the shopping cart, you can prepare the order by clicking on the ‘Place order…‘ button. This will open the order preview:

In the sidebar on the left-hand side you have various options to customise the order information. In the section on the right-hand side you will see an overview of all the items that the order contains. Selecting the ‘Send order …‘ button will send the order to the distributor.

If you cancel the order preview or close the dialogue, then the ‘Prepared orders‘ column will appear in the shopping cart, where you can find the order with your previous settings. The ‘Place order…‘ button takes you back to the order preview, allowing you to make further adjustments if necessary.

 

Would you like to track your sent order? There is an option on the purchasing board which allows you to toggle between ‘shopping cart’ and ‘order tracking’ tabs. In the ‘order tracking’ tab, you can see the status of orders from the corresponding shopping cart.

 

Do you have any suggestions for improvements or general feedback on this new test lab function? Tell us what you like about it or what we can do better by sending an email to support@itscope.de!

May 25th, 2021|

New COVID-19 product category now on ITscope

 

These products may not have been readily available at times during the coronavirus pandemic, but they are now more or less standard purchases: disinfectants, rapid tests or face masks.
In many companies, if home office is not possible, a morning self-test before entering the office is now obligatory. Wearing a face mask has also become a normal part of the current office landscape.

On ITscope, we have also recently started offering products related to COVID-19 in a new category of the same name on the platform.

 

Here you will find various products to protect your employees as best as possible during the pandemic: in addition to disinfectants, you can also conveniently order COVID tests as well as face masks via ITscope.

 

Due to the very high demand at the moment, delivery bottlenecks may occur. If the desired item is not available, please check again at a later date.

 

April 28th, 2021|
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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|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2021

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

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

  • Newcomers: the hottest summer trends from MSI, WD and Dell
  • Smartphones: waterproof outdoor phones in high demand
  • Notebooks: ThinkPad E15 20RD replaced at the top
  • Webcams: Microsoft narrowly misses the mark
  • Graphics cards: MSI takes off in the Top 10
  • CPUs: Intel hot on the heels of AMD

 

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

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

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

And these are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1MSI RTX3060 Ti Gaming X, 8GB GDDR6V397-010R2021-01-152181
# 2WD Red Plus NAS Hard Drive, 8TBWD80EFBX2021-01-221482
# 3Dell Thunderbolt DockWD19TBS2021-01-301258
# 4Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IIL 20SM, 15.6″, i3, 8GB, 256GB20SM002LGE2021-02-06829
# 5Intel Core i7-11700K, 8-Core, HT, 3.6GHzBX8070811700K2021-01-09750
# 6Samsung Galaxy A52, 128GB, blackSM-A525FZKGEUB2021-03-18735
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21727
# 8Apple iPad Pro 12.9″, 256GBMHR63FD/A2021-04-22629
# 9Gigaset S650HE PROS30852-H2662-R1212021-03-18530
# 10Logitech Rally Bar, 3840 x 2160960-0013112021-01-14472
# 11Gigabyte B460M DS3H V2, LGA1200, micro ATXB460M DS3H2021-01-19424
# 12Apple Magic KeyboardMJQK3D/A2021-04-21392
# 13AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-01377
# 14Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22369
# 15NanoRepro, AntigentestNANO 52021-03-31337
# 16Sony PlayStation 5, 8K, 825GB SSD93964062021-02-23329
# 17HP Officejet Pro 8229W7B#6292021-02-16265
# 18Dell P2422H, 23.8″, FHDDELL-P2422H2021-05-29234
# 19Apple iMac with 4.5K Retina display, M1, 8 GB, 256 GBMGTF3D/A2021-04-22180
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# 28HP 302XL, multicolorF6U67AE#ABE2021-01-2995
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July 21st, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.29

Digital Sales

  • If customers register for a B2B portal, the notification email is now only sent to portal responsibles by default.
  • API orders submitted via openTRANS can now contain a short description (“DESCRIPTION_SHORT”) of up to 1024 characters.
  • Packaging units are correctly recognised when importing openTRANS orders, and correctly displayed for orders received via the API.
  • The API 2.1 has been expanded so that B2B Suite or XaaS operators can query basic information about their customers from portals.

Catalog

  • If, in the case of a bundle, the price is to be determined from the total of the parts list, but at the same time a fixed price is also set in the B2B Suite product list, then the fixed price has priority and is used accordingly as the bundle price.
  • CustomProducts and bundles that were created the day before are also available after the nightly processing cycle.
July 20th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.28

 

With this release, the Product Designer has been improved further. The Product Designer allows you to combine products into bundles and then offer these bundles for sale. This feature can now be booked as a module.

Digital Sales

  • If no email recipient for orders is defined in an order condition, the email is now sent to those responsible for the B2B Portal by default. In this case, the email was previously sent to all users with sales authorisation.
  • If no short description is provided when importing OpenTRANS orders, the source description of the price list is used.
  • For B2B Portal operators, the ‘customer view’ tile is hidden on the dashboard.
  • The text in registration emails has been revised to ensure better separation between the greeting and the body text.

Catalog

  • The Product Designer feature can now be booked as a module.
  • If the availability of a bundle depends on the individual products contained in the stocklist, products with unlimited availability are now reliably taken into account.
  • It is no longer possible to add a bundle within a bundle in the Product Designer.
  • For bundles with automatic stock level calculation, the stock status is now determined more reliably.

Platform

  • A new BMEcat format, suitable for SAP Ariba, has been introduced.
  • For all customers, ‘ITscope Sales’ is now shown as the ITscope contact in the ‘My Account’ section.
July 13th, 2021|

ITscope GmbH and weclapp SE set out for joint growth

 

• Cloud-based technologies widen the range of services offered by weclapp
• Products, brands and customer relationships will be continued as part of the weclapp Group
• Additional potential from cross-selling and upselling
• Strategic synergies through scaling, internationalisation, and network expansion

 

Frankfurt, 12 July 2021 – The Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH continues and accelerates its growth as a subsidiary of weclapp SE. The service offererings of both companies complement each other and offer further potential benefits to the mutual customers in the future. weclapp SE already has a strong bond with ITscope GmbH from several years of collaboration. Both parties anticipate additional cross-selling and upselling potential from the business combination.

Many ITscope customers use weclapp as an ERP platform. Based in Karlsruhe, the company operates a powerful cloud-based B2B commerce platform as an SaaS solution which enables service providers such as system vendors to digitalise their sales and procurement operations and to set up automated sales and purchasing processes for customers and suppliers. ITscope currently has a customer base of around 5,000 companies. In addition, more than 400 distributors (IT wholesalers) across Europe are linked up as data and product suppliers. The B2B platform is already a popular add-on in the weclapp store. In the future, the ITscope solution can be extended beyond its current focus on IT system vendors to include specific features tailored to other sectors.

Along with this B2B platform, ITscope operates a solution that provides additional competitive advantages for medium-sized companies in online trade. ITscope offers a customer product catalogue that provides article master data for several million IT products for its users. The information comes from manufacturers and content providers who independently supply and update high-resolution images, detailed technical data and marketing texts, thus considerably simplifying the customer’s Product Information Management (PIM). For their part, online retailers can access this data in e-commerce via the digital asset management (DAM) functionality and thus increase their efficiency and profitability. Customer-specific portals with user-defined products, prices and CI elements can thus be generated directly from the cloud.

Since recently, ITscope has also offered IT service providers the possibility of designing individual XaaS products (short for Anything as a Service) and bundle them with their own services as well as items from the platform’s comprehensive ITC catalogue.

ׅ“We will now adapt our proven and successful cloud-based products for purchasing, sales and data usage to further industry needs and in future also make them directly available to all weclapp customers. However, the scaling of our service offering and expansion of our network will also benefit us and our customers at home and abroad. Together, we are expanding the network of manufacturers and distributors in Germany and other European countries for the ITscope network”, says Alexander Münkel, managing director of ITscope GmbH.

ITscope’s business activities will be continued under the former management and under the existing brand. The Karlsruhe location will be retained, and the employees will be informed about the promising prospect of joining forces with weclapp. In the 2020 financial year, ITscope generated revenue of around EUR 3.2m, 31 % more than in the 2019 financial year (ITscope 2019 revenue: EUR 2.5m). Revenue growth is expected to accelerate further in the current year. The company is operating profitably.

“The takeover is another important part of consistently implementing weclapp’s growth strategy,” explains Ertan Özdil, founder and CEO of weclapp SE, “according to which both inorganic growth and, by means of targeted platform expansions, further organic growth will be accelerated with corresponding company acquisitions. Especially the cooperation between weclapp and ITscope offers the mutual customers additional possibilities to run their business even more efficiently and profitably. We expect this to strengthen and expand our networks and our market presence. In exchange, we get the chance to scale our platforms and implement our strategy to expand our international presence with greater emphasis. Together we can now enter the Italian, French and Spanish market.”

 

For further information:
ITscope GmbH
Eileen Müller
Tel.: +49 721 627376 29
E-Mail: eileen.mueller@itscope.de

About weclapp:
weclapp SE was founded in 2008 and has been offering the cloud-based platform of the same name since 2013. Since market entry, the company has grown by an average of almost 100% every year (CAGR) and is turning a profit. With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), it mainly addresses small and medium-sized enterprises, with integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) functionalities in particular. Customers thus have unrestricted access to their business transactions and data from any Internet-enabled device and from any location connected to the Internet. With storage and computing capacities in Germany and Switzerland and ISO 27001 certification, weclapp offers a high level of data security. The platform has repeatedly won awards as ERP system of the year. weclapp SE is operates out of Frankfurt am Main and maintains branches in Marburg and Kitzingen. It is a subsidiary of Marburg-based 3U HOLDING AG.
www.linkedin.com/company/weclapp

About ITscope GmbH: 
Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com and supports system houses and ICT resellers in the digitalisation of their business processes. With the digital sales solution “B2B Suite”, IT system houses can set up individual purchasing portals for business customers without a classic shop system and seamlessly procure their requirements from the distribution via EDI. Their own procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily connected to the ITscope platform. The powerful, flexible ITscope API provides product data, prices, availabilities and much more for over three million ICT articles. ICT distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: enquiry, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified on a uniform platform. In addition, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends of the channel.
www.linkedin.com/company/itscope-gmbh/

 

July 12th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.27

Procure

  • The serial numbers in delivery notes from ITscope are now supplemented by the IMEI numbers for the products, if these are transmitted by the supplier. These IMEI numbers are also transmitted in the OpenTrans delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • An error has been fixed, where in the case of order automation for portal orders, no product identifier of the distributor was saved in the associated purchase order.

Catalog

  • Bundle pricing is now more reliable, and the description for a bundle is now displayed in the search results.
July 7th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.26

Procure

  • The retrieval of realtime prices from Comline has been overhauled and now uses the new Comline Jsondirekt interface.

Digital Sales

  • The preview of an invitation email for a B2B portal now also shows the logo.
  • When duplicating a category in a B2B portal, subcategories can be duplicated via the ‘Duplicate subcategories’ button. This button was previously labelled ‘Copy child nodes’ and has been renamed for better comprehensibility.

Catalog

  • The functionality of the price calculation of bundles has been further expanded.
June 29th, 2021|

Digitalisation boost instead of dilemma – with Managed Services

 

Digital transformation is becoming a growing part of day-to-day business – albeit at very different levels. However, the goal of being able to act more efficiently, faster and with more flexibility is the focus of almost all system houses when it comes to driving digitalisation forward.

Managed services are seen as a promising solution to achieve this goal. However, the transition towards becoming a Managed Services Provider is often difficult: many system houses are afraid to give up their classic project-based business, with the associated high margins, and enter the complex business field of Managed Services. But why decide between them when you can combine both business models?

Planning and certainty

ITscope has analysed the current situation with regard to managed services, associated problems and possible solutions in discussions with various system houses. “We have intensively looked at the challenges faced by our customers, in order to allow ITscope to offer them exactly what will be existentially important at the present time and in the future,” states Alexander Münkel, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ITscope GmbH.

Unlike pure hardware sales, recurring sales (such as managed services) allow for better financial planning and certainty. And in order to offer customers real added value, it is beneficial for most system houses to offer a combination of both.

The system houses surveyed by ITscope also face the challenge of pursuing recurring sales opportunities both in terms of time and effort required. The main reason for this is that often, too many customers have to be serviced by too few sales staff – the system house is reaching its limits. On the other hand, the system house’s customers do not have an exact overview of which IT products have been purchased, who uses them and when certain services expire. If the system house also does not have this insight, valuable sales opportunities are lost.

Everything on one platform

In order to successfully conduct business with managed services, system houses essentially need a ‘platform for anything’, i.e. a platform that makes it possible to provide customers with hardware and software products, in addition to managed services, from within individual customer portals. With this platform, it is also possible to design individual as-a-service products and bundle them with your own services or products.

Transparency is also an important topic – especially with regard to customer loyalty. On a ‘platform for anything’, customers can map their current and future IT landscape in a service portal, structure it according to resources and also get an overview of it all. A contract management system for the provided services also helps to maintain an overview. And: a portal in which system house customers can find all the services and products of their provider also has a positive effect on customer loyalty. At the same time, the sales team in the system house gains an insight into all expiring contracts, as well as any IT products that need to be procured. The sales team is therefore able to provide a better service for the customer, and is also able to offer the special added value of offering the customer the right product directly, while also generating new sales opportunities at the same time.

Would you like to learn more about your options for offering your portfolio on a ‘platform for anything’? We would be happy to advise you individually on how this can optimally support you in your daily business. 

 

 

June 28th, 2021|

New for Benelux resellers: place orders with ALSO Nederland & ALSO België directly via ITscope

 

By expanding the cooperation with ALSO, one of the leading technology providers in the IT industry, ITscope continues to drive its internationalisation efforts. Thanks to the recently completed listing of both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, another two important players from the IT channel in Benelux join our trading platform.

With around 40 listed suppliers in the Benelux region, ITscope is already well positioned, but now also offers system houses and IT resellers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg the possibility to research product availabilities and individual prices as well as to order directly from ALSO via the ITscope platform.

ALSO’s broad portfolio includes hardware, software and IT services from more than 700 vendors in over 1340 product categories. ALSO Holding AG is currently active in 24 countries in Europe, therefore making it an important strategic partner for ITscope, providing optimum support for many thousands of joint customers.

In the course of the new listing, both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, in addition to ALSO International B.V., have been enhanced with an EDI connection on ITscope, enabling electronic document exchange.

 

June 28th, 2021|
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Changelog

Release Notes for Update 2021.29

Digital Sales

  • If customers register for a B2B portal, the notification email is now only sent to portal responsibles by default.
  • API orders submitted via openTRANS can now contain a short description (“DESCRIPTION_SHORT”) of up to 1024 characters.
  • Packaging units are correctly recognised when importing openTRANS orders, and correctly displayed for orders received via the API.
  • The API 2.1 has been expanded so that B2B Suite or XaaS operators can query basic information about their customers from portals.

Catalog

  • If, in the case of a bundle, the price is to be determined from the total of the parts list, but at the same time a fixed price is also set in the B2B Suite product list, then the fixed price has priority and is used accordingly as the bundle price.
  • CustomProducts and bundles that were created the day before are also available after the nightly processing cycle.
July 20th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.28

 

With this release, the Product Designer has been improved further. The Product Designer allows you to combine products into bundles and then offer these bundles for sale. This feature can now be booked as a module.

Digital Sales

  • If no email recipient for orders is defined in an order condition, the email is now sent to those responsible for the B2B Portal by default. In this case, the email was previously sent to all users with sales authorisation.
  • If no short description is provided when importing OpenTRANS orders, the source description of the price list is used.
  • For B2B Portal operators, the ‘customer view’ tile is hidden on the dashboard.
  • The text in registration emails has been revised to ensure better separation between the greeting and the body text.

Catalog

  • The Product Designer feature can now be booked as a module.
  • If the availability of a bundle depends on the individual products contained in the stocklist, products with unlimited availability are now reliably taken into account.
  • It is no longer possible to add a bundle within a bundle in the Product Designer.
  • For bundles with automatic stock level calculation, the stock status is now determined more reliably.

Platform

  • A new BMEcat format, suitable for SAP Ariba, has been introduced.
  • For all customers, ‘ITscope Sales’ is now shown as the ITscope contact in the ‘My Account’ section.
July 13th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.27

Procure

  • The serial numbers in delivery notes from ITscope are now supplemented by the IMEI numbers for the products, if these are transmitted by the supplier. These IMEI numbers are also transmitted in the OpenTrans delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • An error has been fixed, where in the case of order automation for portal orders, no product identifier of the distributor was saved in the associated purchase order.

Catalog

  • Bundle pricing is now more reliable, and the description for a bundle is now displayed in the search results.
July 7th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.26

Procure

  • The retrieval of realtime prices from Comline has been overhauled and now uses the new Comline Jsondirekt interface.

Digital Sales

  • The preview of an invitation email for a B2B portal now also shows the logo.
  • When duplicating a category in a B2B portal, subcategories can be duplicated via the ‘Duplicate subcategories’ button. This button was previously labelled ‘Copy child nodes’ and has been renamed for better comprehensibility.

Catalog

  • The functionality of the price calculation of bundles has been further expanded.
June 29th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.25

Procure

  • An EDI integration for orders has been set up for the distributors ALSO Belgium, ALSO Nederland and ALSO International. Additionally, the eService for price and stock level retrievals in realtime has been set up for these distributors.
  • The EDI integration for the distributor EFB Elektronik is now live.
  • The retrieval of realtime prices from Ingram has been overhauled and is now more reliable and secure.
  • The tracking of ALSO parcels via trans-o-flex has been switched to a new, more stable trans-o-flex service.

Digital Sales

  • The session for Punchout end customers using multiple accounts with the system house is now automatically ended, so that the customer is logged into the correct portal when signing in again.
  • When transferring an OCI Punchout shopping cart to an eProcurement system, it is now also possible to transfer an image link.

Catalog

  • Bundles from sales orders can be transferred to allow their procurement. In this case, the items from the parts list are transferred into the shopping cart.

Platform

  • Clients locked for 30 minutes after reaching the API rate limit are now reliably unlocked again.
  • eService configurations could not be deactivated if no access details were entered. This error has been corrected. As a result, eService configurations can now always be deactivated.
  • The structure of the menu on the platform has been revised. The individual functions are now divided into three categories: Procure, Digital Sales and Catalog. Functions that affect several categories are listed at the top of the menu. Access to the B2B Suite can now be found under Customer Portals, in the Digital Sales section. The Test Lab, as well as our Feedback and Roadmap page, can be accessed via the profile menu. This menu opens by clicking on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner.
June 22nd, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.24

Digital Sales

  • The abbreviated presentation of custom sales price texts in a B2B portal is now limited to the dashboard view, as this sometimes caused layout errors in other parts of the portal.
  • Order status emails now show delivery addresses and in some cases billing addresses.
  • For punchout catalogues, the user menu can be shown or hidden via a request parameter (disableUserMenu).
  • The stock status of a bundle, which is set in the product designer, is now taken into account on the platform and in the portal.
  • An error message is now displayed if the product designer is opened by a user that does not have an API key.
  • The parts list on a bundle page can be hidden via the corresponding option.
  • A one-time pop-up on the topic of XaaS is now displayed to users.

Platform

  • When sending a product collection as an email, no prices were displayed for fixed-price products. This bug has been fixed.
June 15th, 2021|Changelog DE, Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.23

eProcurement

  • Modification of the Imcopex realtime price function with a new realtime interface. The access details have changed and all customers have to update these. You can request the new access details directly from Imcopex.
  • The Imcopex EDI interface has been enhanced with a function for transmitting the desired delivery date when ordering. Additionally, serial numbers are now retrieved from the delivery note and all address data is now limited to 30 characters.

Digital Sales

  • In the Apple CTO Configurator, tiles for the base models are only displayed if the associated product is also available in the catalogue.
  • In the calculation view of a quote, the panel for adding new positions now has enough space to display the search suggestions again.
June 8th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.22

Digital Sales

  • The setting for displaying the end customer order reference can now only be accessed via the order conditions; the corresponding setting in the customer group has been removed.

Platform

  • The wording on the German login page has been optimised.
June 1st, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.21

eProcurement

  • Orders with the status ‘Transmitted’, ‘Error’ or ‘Transmitting’ can be set to ‘Ordered elsewhere’ by the buyer via the corresponding button.
  • Orders that are transferred to the shopping cart will no longer automatically undergo price optimisation.
  • In the eService configuration, a price list can only be activated if all required access detail fields have been filled in.
  • An NPE error that occurred when converting addresses from the OpenTrans document has been fixed.
  • An error could occur if a contact’s first name was not specified in an order. This bug has been fixed.

Digital Sales

  • If a B2B portal has a custom sales price text to be displayed next to the price, then the tax information is moved to the dashboard of the respective portal, allowing the text to better fit on a product tile.

Platform

  • Specifying a gender for users and contacts is now optional. Additionally, a neutral gender option can now be chosen.
  • If a user has not uploaded their own avatar, a default avatar with the user’s initials is shown instead.
May 28th, 2021|Changelog DE, 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?

Christine Derr
Partner Sales Manager

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.

 

Press contact

Eileen Müller
Durlacher Allee 73
76131 Karlsruhe

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

 

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|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2021

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

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

  • Newcomers: the hottest summer trends from MSI, WD and Dell
  • Smartphones: waterproof outdoor phones in high demand
  • Notebooks: ThinkPad E15 20RD replaced at the top
  • Webcams: Microsoft narrowly misses the mark
  • Graphics cards: MSI takes off in the Top 10
  • CPUs: Intel hot on the heels of AMD

 

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

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

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

And these are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1MSI RTX3060 Ti Gaming X, 8GB GDDR6V397-010R2021-01-152181
# 2WD Red Plus NAS Hard Drive, 8TBWD80EFBX2021-01-221482
# 3Dell Thunderbolt DockWD19TBS2021-01-301258
# 4Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IIL 20SM, 15.6″, i3, 8GB, 256GB20SM002LGE2021-02-06829
# 5Intel Core i7-11700K, 8-Core, HT, 3.6GHzBX8070811700K2021-01-09750
# 6Samsung Galaxy A52, 128GB, blackSM-A525FZKGEUB2021-03-18735
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21727
# 8Apple iPad Pro 12.9″, 256GBMHR63FD/A2021-04-22629
# 9Gigaset S650HE PROS30852-H2662-R1212021-03-18530
# 10Logitech Rally Bar, 3840 x 2160960-0013112021-01-14472
# 11Gigabyte B460M DS3H V2, LGA1200, micro ATXB460M DS3H2021-01-19424
# 12Apple Magic KeyboardMJQK3D/A2021-04-21392
# 13AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-01377
# 14Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22369
# 15NanoRepro, AntigentestNANO 52021-03-31337
# 16Sony PlayStation 5, 8K, 825GB SSD93964062021-02-23329
# 17HP Officejet Pro 8229W7B#6292021-02-16265
# 18Dell P2422H, 23.8″, FHDDELL-P2422H2021-05-29234
# 19Apple iMac with 4.5K Retina display, M1, 8 GB, 256 GBMGTF3D/A2021-04-22180
# 20Samsung Odyssey G5 C27RG50FQRLC27RG50FQRXEN2021-03-23157
# 21Fujitsu Smart-UPS, Line-Interaktive, 3000 VA, 2.7KWFJX3000RMHV2UNC2021-01-21155
# 22Intel NUC10i5FNKN, i5 10210U, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/axBXNUC10I5FNKN22021-04-07151
# 23Samsung GU75TU6999UGU75TU6999UXZG2021-04-20130
# 24Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6BHR4951GL2021-04-08122
# 25Bose Videobar VB1842415-21102021-03-15114
# 26DuujaDM-20-U-S-SCHWARZ2021-02-19113
# 27Synology RackStationRS2421RP+2021-04-24111
# 28HP 302XL, multicolorF6U67AE#ABE2021-01-2995
# 29Apple Smart Flip CoverMJMG3ZM/A2021-04-2188
# 30Optoma UHD38, 4000 ANSI-Lumen, 3840 x 2160, 16:9E9PV7GL02EZ2LR2021-02-0887

 

July 21st, 2021|

ITscope GmbH and weclapp SE set out for joint growth

 

• Cloud-based technologies widen the range of services offered by weclapp
• Products, brands and customer relationships will be continued as part of the weclapp Group
• Additional potential from cross-selling and upselling
• Strategic synergies through scaling, internationalisation, and network expansion

 

Frankfurt, 12 July 2021 – The Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH continues and accelerates its growth as a subsidiary of weclapp SE. The service offererings of both companies complement each other and offer further potential benefits to the mutual customers in the future. weclapp SE already has a strong bond with ITscope GmbH from several years of collaboration. Both parties anticipate additional cross-selling and upselling potential from the business combination.

Many ITscope customers use weclapp as an ERP platform. Based in Karlsruhe, the company operates a powerful cloud-based B2B commerce platform as an SaaS solution which enables service providers such as system vendors to digitalise their sales and procurement operations and to set up automated sales and purchasing processes for customers and suppliers. ITscope currently has a customer base of around 5,000 companies. In addition, more than 400 distributors (IT wholesalers) across Europe are linked up as data and product suppliers. The B2B platform is already a popular add-on in the weclapp store. In the future, the ITscope solution can be extended beyond its current focus on IT system vendors to include specific features tailored to other sectors.

Along with this B2B platform, ITscope operates a solution that provides additional competitive advantages for medium-sized companies in online trade. ITscope offers a customer product catalogue that provides article master data for several million IT products for its users. The information comes from manufacturers and content providers who independently supply and update high-resolution images, detailed technical data and marketing texts, thus considerably simplifying the customer’s Product Information Management (PIM). For their part, online retailers can access this data in e-commerce via the digital asset management (DAM) functionality and thus increase their efficiency and profitability. Customer-specific portals with user-defined products, prices and CI elements can thus be generated directly from the cloud.

Since recently, ITscope has also offered IT service providers the possibility of designing individual XaaS products (short for Anything as a Service) and bundle them with their own services as well as items from the platform’s comprehensive ITC catalogue.

ׅ“We will now adapt our proven and successful cloud-based products for purchasing, sales and data usage to further industry needs and in future also make them directly available to all weclapp customers. However, the scaling of our service offering and expansion of our network will also benefit us and our customers at home and abroad. Together, we are expanding the network of manufacturers and distributors in Germany and other European countries for the ITscope network”, says Alexander Münkel, managing director of ITscope GmbH.

ITscope’s business activities will be continued under the former management and under the existing brand. The Karlsruhe location will be retained, and the employees will be informed about the promising prospect of joining forces with weclapp. In the 2020 financial year, ITscope generated revenue of around EUR 3.2m, 31 % more than in the 2019 financial year (ITscope 2019 revenue: EUR 2.5m). Revenue growth is expected to accelerate further in the current year. The company is operating profitably.

“The takeover is another important part of consistently implementing weclapp’s growth strategy,” explains Ertan Özdil, founder and CEO of weclapp SE, “according to which both inorganic growth and, by means of targeted platform expansions, further organic growth will be accelerated with corresponding company acquisitions. Especially the cooperation between weclapp and ITscope offers the mutual customers additional possibilities to run their business even more efficiently and profitably. We expect this to strengthen and expand our networks and our market presence. In exchange, we get the chance to scale our platforms and implement our strategy to expand our international presence with greater emphasis. Together we can now enter the Italian, French and Spanish market.”

 

For further information:
ITscope GmbH
Eileen Müller
Tel.: +49 721 627376 29
E-Mail: eileen.mueller@itscope.de

About weclapp:
weclapp SE was founded in 2008 and has been offering the cloud-based platform of the same name since 2013. Since market entry, the company has grown by an average of almost 100% every year (CAGR) and is turning a profit. With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), it mainly addresses small and medium-sized enterprises, with integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) functionalities in particular. Customers thus have unrestricted access to their business transactions and data from any Internet-enabled device and from any location connected to the Internet. With storage and computing capacities in Germany and Switzerland and ISO 27001 certification, weclapp offers a high level of data security. The platform has repeatedly won awards as ERP system of the year. weclapp SE is operates out of Frankfurt am Main and maintains branches in Marburg and Kitzingen. It is a subsidiary of Marburg-based 3U HOLDING AG.
www.linkedin.com/company/weclapp

About ITscope GmbH: 
Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com and supports system houses and ICT resellers in the digitalisation of their business processes. With the digital sales solution “B2B Suite”, IT system houses can set up individual purchasing portals for business customers without a classic shop system and seamlessly procure their requirements from the distribution via EDI. Their own procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily connected to the ITscope platform. The powerful, flexible ITscope API provides product data, prices, availabilities and much more for over three million ICT articles. ICT distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: enquiry, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified on a uniform platform. In addition, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends of the channel.
www.linkedin.com/company/itscope-gmbh/

 

July 12th, 2021|

Digitalisation boost instead of dilemma – with Managed Services

 

Digital transformation is becoming a growing part of day-to-day business – albeit at very different levels. However, the goal of being able to act more efficiently, faster and with more flexibility is the focus of almost all system houses when it comes to driving digitalisation forward.

Managed services are seen as a promising solution to achieve this goal. However, the transition towards becoming a Managed Services Provider is often difficult: many system houses are afraid to give up their classic project-based business, with the associated high margins, and enter the complex business field of Managed Services. But why decide between them when you can combine both business models?

Planning and certainty

ITscope has analysed the current situation with regard to managed services, associated problems and possible solutions in discussions with various system houses. “We have intensively looked at the challenges faced by our customers, in order to allow ITscope to offer them exactly what will be existentially important at the present time and in the future,” states Alexander Münkel, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ITscope GmbH.

Unlike pure hardware sales, recurring sales (such as managed services) allow for better financial planning and certainty. And in order to offer customers real added value, it is beneficial for most system houses to offer a combination of both.

The system houses surveyed by ITscope also face the challenge of pursuing recurring sales opportunities both in terms of time and effort required. The main reason for this is that often, too many customers have to be serviced by too few sales staff – the system house is reaching its limits. On the other hand, the system house’s customers do not have an exact overview of which IT products have been purchased, who uses them and when certain services expire. If the system house also does not have this insight, valuable sales opportunities are lost.

Everything on one platform

In order to successfully conduct business with managed services, system houses essentially need a ‘platform for anything’, i.e. a platform that makes it possible to provide customers with hardware and software products, in addition to managed services, from within individual customer portals. With this platform, it is also possible to design individual as-a-service products and bundle them with your own services or products.

Transparency is also an important topic – especially with regard to customer loyalty. On a ‘platform for anything’, customers can map their current and future IT landscape in a service portal, structure it according to resources and also get an overview of it all. A contract management system for the provided services also helps to maintain an overview. And: a portal in which system house customers can find all the services and products of their provider also has a positive effect on customer loyalty. At the same time, the sales team in the system house gains an insight into all expiring contracts, as well as any IT products that need to be procured. The sales team is therefore able to provide a better service for the customer, and is also able to offer the special added value of offering the customer the right product directly, while also generating new sales opportunities at the same time.

Would you like to learn more about your options for offering your portfolio on a ‘platform for anything’? We would be happy to advise you individually on how this can optimally support you in your daily business. 

 

 

June 28th, 2021|

New for Benelux resellers: place orders with ALSO Nederland & ALSO België directly via ITscope

 

By expanding the cooperation with ALSO, one of the leading technology providers in the IT industry, ITscope continues to drive its internationalisation efforts. Thanks to the recently completed listing of both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, another two important players from the IT channel in Benelux join our trading platform.

With around 40 listed suppliers in the Benelux region, ITscope is already well positioned, but now also offers system houses and IT resellers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg the possibility to research product availabilities and individual prices as well as to order directly from ALSO via the ITscope platform.

ALSO’s broad portfolio includes hardware, software and IT services from more than 700 vendors in over 1340 product categories. ALSO Holding AG is currently active in 24 countries in Europe, therefore making it an important strategic partner for ITscope, providing optimum support for many thousands of joint customers.

In the course of the new listing, both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, in addition to ALSO International B.V., have been enhanced with an EDI connection on ITscope, enabling electronic document exchange.

 

June 28th, 2021|

Guide: how to set up individual price lists

 

More and more suppliers on ITscope now offer system houses and IT resellers the possibility to set up individual price lists. In addition to allowing realtime data retrievals, setting up individual supplier price lists is advantageous for several reasons, and offers several benefits.

 

Why is it worth it to set up individual supplier price lists?

  • Access your customer-specific supplier prices, which are provided by the supplier’s distribution team, instead of standard prices
  • Access items requiring authorisation, which can be unlocked by the respective supplier on ITscope as soon as you have set up the individual price list correctly
  • Include your individual supplier prices in ITscope exports and/or use them for ERP interfaces
  • View your customer-specific supplier prices even without using realtime data retrieval

 

 

Want to set up your individual supplier price lists? In our ITscope Guide article on the subject, you will find an overview of all configurable suppliers on ITscope. By clicking on the name of the desired supplier, you will find all the necessary information on how to configure the price lists.

To the online support article in the ITscope Guide: https://guide.itscope.com/en/kb/eservices/

If you have any questions or problems, please contact our support team under: support@itscope.com.

 

June 28th, 2021|

Semiconductor crisis not only impacting car manufacturers: chip bottlenecks also affecting IT channel

 

Karlsruhe, 26/05/2021 – While initially it was car manufacturers that sounded the alarm as they were faced with production stoppages, more and more companies are now also feeling the effects of their dependency on a tiny component: microchips. These essential small parts are built into almost every electronic device – it was therefore foreseeable that chip bottlenecks would also affect the IT channel in some form.

Since the beginning of the year, a new set of problems emerged in the automotive industry, whose supply chains, battered by the coronavirus crisis, had only just begun to recover. The reason this time: bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductors, which are at the heart of all electronic systems. Semiconductor production is very inflexible due to long lead times, and changes in demand cannot be easily absorbed by manufacturers. The coronavirus crisis first caused a production slump in early 2020, then an upswing in the spring – thanks to home office and schooling, with particularly high demand for tablets and laptops as well as consumer electronics for leisure in the lockdown. Added to this recently was the growing interest of crypto miners, who are additionally fuelling the demand for chips by mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

However, the crisis is now spreading beyond the automotive industry to other sectors, and is not leaving the ICT industry unscathed. A recent survey by Welt am Sonntag shows: consumers in Germany may face rising prices and longer delivery times for electronic devices in the future, even in sectors such as telecommunications or consumer electronics. With IT giant Apple, even one of the chip industry’s biggest customers can currently not be resupplied sufficiently – the manufacturer therefore lacks semiconductors to build tablets and notebooks.

Examples from the B2B trading platform ITscope also show that the semiconductor crisis is already leaving its mark on the ICT industry. For example, stock levels of the popular Elements Desktop WDBWLG0100HBK from WD, a manufacturer specialising in hard drives and storage products, have been falling significantly since the beginning of May. However, the hard drive is still in demand, as can be seen from the increasing number of clicks on the product page, and the price is also rising: the Elements Desktop has repeatedly touched the €300 level, which is double the previous Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) in just a few weeks.

Price/stock level/status history and product click history for the WD Elements Desktop WDBWLG0100HBK (item no. WDBWLG0100HBK-EESN), January to May 2021

 

The availability of the Backup Plus Hub STEL8000200 from Seagate looks even more critical. Almost at the same time as the Elements Desktop, the stock level of this hard disk also fell significantly at the beginning of May. This also has a corresponding effect on the WSP, which rose from €120 to over €250.

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

 

As an additional factor, the chip shortage seems to also be affecting the graphics card segment. The pandemic-related high interest in gaming, and the boom around cryptocurrencies, already caused a tense supply situation, and now the shortage of chips – which are of course also needed for graphics cards – is added to the mix. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti D5 4G from Gigabyte, which has been listed since 2017, has had practically no price outliers for several years – until now. Back in January, the price already started rising slowly in combination with shrinking stock levels and is currently settling at around €300, which is more than twice as much as the average WSP in 2020 (approx. €120).

Price/stock level/status history and product click history for the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti D5 4G (item no. GV-N105TD5-4GD), June 2020 to May 2021

 

As digitalisation enters more and more areas of everyday life, a further increase in demand for chips is inevitable. According to the world’s largest manufacturer of microchips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the shortage of semiconductors, at least for the automotive industry, could ease somewhat in the coming quarter. However, more critical voices, for example from Intel, fear that the shortage will continue to affect many sectors for the next few years.

 

 

May 26th, 2021|

New listings in May

 

In the last few months, our ITscope network has continued to grow: in addition to five new German suppliers, we were also able to welcome Eurosystems Trade Warenhandelsges.m.b.H. from Austria, Skysales OÜ from Estonia and also the Polish distributor GreenCell.global GmbH.

GreenCell.global GmbH was founded in 2013 out of a passion for mobility, and offers a wide range of products for powering mobile devices. The brand’s portfolio comprises 39 product categories. Some of the most important categories include laptop batteries and power supplies, EV accessories, UPS devices, batteries for e-bikes, smartphones, cameras and a wide range of accessories.

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

 

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customersListed since
eKiosk GmbH11/05/2021
Z-Wave Europe GmbH06/05/2021
toner-dumping.de Orth & Baer GmbH19/04/2021
Eurosystems Trade Warenhandelsges.m.b.H.30/03/2021
22/03/2021
IT4REAL GmbH15/03/2021
GreenCell.global GmbH 24/02/2021
Skysales OÜ24/02/2021

 

Connected via EDI

Furthermore, there are four 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
Tech Data Schweiz GmbH12/05/2021
MEGATECH communication GmbH04/05/2021
Katun Germany GmbH21/04/2021
Ingram Micro GmbH26/03/2021
May 25th, 2021|

New test lab feature: skip order preparation

 

You can now activate the Skip order preparation function via the test lab, allowing you to create and send orders directly from the shopping cart. It is then no longer necessary to drag and drop the order to the ‘Prepared orders’ column.

Available test lab functions can be viewed by clicking the test lab button, which is positioned on the bottom left-hand side of the platform in the sidebar. The toggle switch can then be used to activate the corresponding feature. This action can be undone at any time:

 

Test lab feature: skip order preparation

After the order has been placed in the shopping cart, you can prepare the order by clicking on the ‘Place order…‘ button. This will open the order preview:

In the sidebar on the left-hand side you have various options to customise the order information. In the section on the right-hand side you will see an overview of all the items that the order contains. Selecting the ‘Send order …‘ button will send the order to the distributor.

If you cancel the order preview or close the dialogue, then the ‘Prepared orders‘ column will appear in the shopping cart, where you can find the order with your previous settings. The ‘Place order…‘ button takes you back to the order preview, allowing you to make further adjustments if necessary.

 

Would you like to track your sent order? There is an option on the purchasing board which allows you to toggle between ‘shopping cart’ and ‘order tracking’ tabs. In the ‘order tracking’ tab, you can see the status of orders from the corresponding shopping cart.

 

Do you have any suggestions for improvements or general feedback on this new test lab function? Tell us what you like about it or what we can do better by sending an email to support@itscope.de!

May 25th, 2021|

New COVID-19 product category now on ITscope

 

These products may not have been readily available at times during the coronavirus pandemic, but they are now more or less standard purchases: disinfectants, rapid tests or face masks.
In many companies, if home office is not possible, a morning self-test before entering the office is now obligatory. Wearing a face mask has also become a normal part of the current office landscape.

On ITscope, we have also recently started offering products related to COVID-19 in a new category of the same name on the platform.

 

Here you will find various products to protect your employees as best as possible during the pandemic: in addition to disinfectants, you can also conveniently order COVID tests as well as face masks via ITscope.

 

Due to the very high demand at the moment, delivery bottlenecks may occur. If the desired item is not available, please check again at a later date.

 

April 28th, 2021|
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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.

 

Press contact

Eileen Müller
Durlacher Allee 73
76131 Karlsruhe

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

 

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|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2021

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

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

  • Newcomers: the hottest summer trends from MSI, WD and Dell
  • Smartphones: waterproof outdoor phones in high demand
  • Notebooks: ThinkPad E15 20RD replaced at the top
  • Webcams: Microsoft narrowly misses the mark
  • Graphics cards: MSI takes off in the Top 10
  • CPUs: Intel hot on the heels of AMD

 

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

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

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

And these are the most active 30 new releases with hot-seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceClicks
# 1MSI RTX3060 Ti Gaming X, 8GB GDDR6V397-010R2021-01-152181
# 2WD Red Plus NAS Hard Drive, 8TBWD80EFBX2021-01-221482
# 3Dell Thunderbolt DockWD19TBS2021-01-301258
# 4Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IIL 20SM, 15.6″, i3, 8GB, 256GB20SM002LGE2021-02-06829
# 5Intel Core i7-11700K, 8-Core, HT, 3.6GHzBX8070811700K2021-01-09750
# 6Samsung Galaxy A52, 128GB, blackSM-A525FZKGEUB2021-03-18735
# 7Apple AirTagMX532ZM/A2021-04-21727
# 8Apple iPad Pro 12.9″, 256GBMHR63FD/A2021-04-22629
# 9Gigaset S650HE PROS30852-H2662-R1212021-03-18530
# 10Logitech Rally Bar, 3840 x 2160960-0013112021-01-14472
# 11Gigabyte B460M DS3H V2, LGA1200, micro ATXB460M DS3H2021-01-19424
# 12Apple Magic KeyboardMJQK3D/A2021-04-21392
# 13AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX200029292021-06-01377
# 14Apple TV 4KMXGY2FD/A2021-04-22369
# 15NanoRepro, AntigentestNANO 52021-03-31337
# 16Sony PlayStation 5, 8K, 825GB SSD93964062021-02-23329
# 17HP Officejet Pro 8229W7B#6292021-02-16265
# 18Dell P2422H, 23.8″, FHDDELL-P2422H2021-05-29234
# 19Apple iMac with 4.5K Retina display, M1, 8 GB, 256 GBMGTF3D/A2021-04-22180
# 20Samsung Odyssey G5 C27RG50FQRLC27RG50FQRXEN2021-03-23157
# 21Fujitsu Smart-UPS, Line-Interaktive, 3000 VA, 2.7KWFJX3000RMHV2UNC2021-01-21155
# 22Intel NUC10i5FNKN, i5 10210U, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/axBXNUC10I5FNKN22021-04-07151
# 23Samsung GU75TU6999UGU75TU6999UXZG2021-04-20130
# 24Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6BHR4951GL2021-04-08122
# 25Bose Videobar VB1842415-21102021-03-15114
# 26DuujaDM-20-U-S-SCHWARZ2021-02-19113
# 27Synology RackStationRS2421RP+2021-04-24111
# 28HP 302XL, multicolorF6U67AE#ABE2021-01-2995
# 29Apple Smart Flip CoverMJMG3ZM/A2021-04-2188
# 30Optoma UHD38, 4000 ANSI-Lumen, 3840 x 2160, 16:9E9PV7GL02EZ2LR2021-02-0887

 

July 21st, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.29

Digital Sales

  • If customers register for a B2B portal, the notification email is now only sent to portal responsibles by default.
  • API orders submitted via openTRANS can now contain a short description (“DESCRIPTION_SHORT”) of up to 1024 characters.
  • Packaging units are correctly recognised when importing openTRANS orders, and correctly displayed for orders received via the API.
  • The API 2.1 has been expanded so that B2B Suite or XaaS operators can query basic information about their customers from portals.

Catalog

  • If, in the case of a bundle, the price is to be determined from the total of the parts list, but at the same time a fixed price is also set in the B2B Suite product list, then the fixed price has priority and is used accordingly as the bundle price.
  • CustomProducts and bundles that were created the day before are also available after the nightly processing cycle.
July 20th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.28

 

With this release, the Product Designer has been improved further. The Product Designer allows you to combine products into bundles and then offer these bundles for sale. This feature can now be booked as a module.

Digital Sales

  • If no email recipient for orders is defined in an order condition, the email is now sent to those responsible for the B2B Portal by default. In this case, the email was previously sent to all users with sales authorisation.
  • If no short description is provided when importing OpenTRANS orders, the source description of the price list is used.
  • For B2B Portal operators, the ‘customer view’ tile is hidden on the dashboard.
  • The text in registration emails has been revised to ensure better separation between the greeting and the body text.

Catalog

  • The Product Designer feature can now be booked as a module.
  • If the availability of a bundle depends on the individual products contained in the stocklist, products with unlimited availability are now reliably taken into account.
  • It is no longer possible to add a bundle within a bundle in the Product Designer.
  • For bundles with automatic stock level calculation, the stock status is now determined more reliably.

Platform

  • A new BMEcat format, suitable for SAP Ariba, has been introduced.
  • For all customers, ‘ITscope Sales’ is now shown as the ITscope contact in the ‘My Account’ section.
July 13th, 2021|

ITscope GmbH and weclapp SE set out for joint growth

 

• Cloud-based technologies widen the range of services offered by weclapp
• Products, brands and customer relationships will be continued as part of the weclapp Group
• Additional potential from cross-selling and upselling
• Strategic synergies through scaling, internationalisation, and network expansion

 

Frankfurt, 12 July 2021 – The Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH continues and accelerates its growth as a subsidiary of weclapp SE. The service offererings of both companies complement each other and offer further potential benefits to the mutual customers in the future. weclapp SE already has a strong bond with ITscope GmbH from several years of collaboration. Both parties anticipate additional cross-selling and upselling potential from the business combination.

Many ITscope customers use weclapp as an ERP platform. Based in Karlsruhe, the company operates a powerful cloud-based B2B commerce platform as an SaaS solution which enables service providers such as system vendors to digitalise their sales and procurement operations and to set up automated sales and purchasing processes for customers and suppliers. ITscope currently has a customer base of around 5,000 companies. In addition, more than 400 distributors (IT wholesalers) across Europe are linked up as data and product suppliers. The B2B platform is already a popular add-on in the weclapp store. In the future, the ITscope solution can be extended beyond its current focus on IT system vendors to include specific features tailored to other sectors.

Along with this B2B platform, ITscope operates a solution that provides additional competitive advantages for medium-sized companies in online trade. ITscope offers a customer product catalogue that provides article master data for several million IT products for its users. The information comes from manufacturers and content providers who independently supply and update high-resolution images, detailed technical data and marketing texts, thus considerably simplifying the customer’s Product Information Management (PIM). For their part, online retailers can access this data in e-commerce via the digital asset management (DAM) functionality and thus increase their efficiency and profitability. Customer-specific portals with user-defined products, prices and CI elements can thus be generated directly from the cloud.

Since recently, ITscope has also offered IT service providers the possibility of designing individual XaaS products (short for Anything as a Service) and bundle them with their own services as well as items from the platform’s comprehensive ITC catalogue.

ׅ“We will now adapt our proven and successful cloud-based products for purchasing, sales and data usage to further industry needs and in future also make them directly available to all weclapp customers. However, the scaling of our service offering and expansion of our network will also benefit us and our customers at home and abroad. Together, we are expanding the network of manufacturers and distributors in Germany and other European countries for the ITscope network”, says Alexander Münkel, managing director of ITscope GmbH.

ITscope’s business activities will be continued under the former management and under the existing brand. The Karlsruhe location will be retained, and the employees will be informed about the promising prospect of joining forces with weclapp. In the 2020 financial year, ITscope generated revenue of around EUR 3.2m, 31 % more than in the 2019 financial year (ITscope 2019 revenue: EUR 2.5m). Revenue growth is expected to accelerate further in the current year. The company is operating profitably.

“The takeover is another important part of consistently implementing weclapp’s growth strategy,” explains Ertan Özdil, founder and CEO of weclapp SE, “according to which both inorganic growth and, by means of targeted platform expansions, further organic growth will be accelerated with corresponding company acquisitions. Especially the cooperation between weclapp and ITscope offers the mutual customers additional possibilities to run their business even more efficiently and profitably. We expect this to strengthen and expand our networks and our market presence. In exchange, we get the chance to scale our platforms and implement our strategy to expand our international presence with greater emphasis. Together we can now enter the Italian, French and Spanish market.”

 

For further information:
ITscope GmbH
Eileen Müller
Tel.: +49 721 627376 29
E-Mail: eileen.mueller@itscope.de

About weclapp:
weclapp SE was founded in 2008 and has been offering the cloud-based platform of the same name since 2013. Since market entry, the company has grown by an average of almost 100% every year (CAGR) and is turning a profit. With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), it mainly addresses small and medium-sized enterprises, with integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) functionalities in particular. Customers thus have unrestricted access to their business transactions and data from any Internet-enabled device and from any location connected to the Internet. With storage and computing capacities in Germany and Switzerland and ISO 27001 certification, weclapp offers a high level of data security. The platform has repeatedly won awards as ERP system of the year. weclapp SE is operates out of Frankfurt am Main and maintains branches in Marburg and Kitzingen. It is a subsidiary of Marburg-based 3U HOLDING AG.
www.linkedin.com/company/weclapp

About ITscope GmbH: 
Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com and supports system houses and ICT resellers in the digitalisation of their business processes. With the digital sales solution “B2B Suite”, IT system houses can set up individual purchasing portals for business customers without a classic shop system and seamlessly procure their requirements from the distribution via EDI. Their own procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily connected to the ITscope platform. The powerful, flexible ITscope API provides product data, prices, availabilities and much more for over three million ICT articles. ICT distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: enquiry, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified on a uniform platform. In addition, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends of the channel.
www.linkedin.com/company/itscope-gmbh/

 

July 12th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.27

Procure

  • The serial numbers in delivery notes from ITscope are now supplemented by the IMEI numbers for the products, if these are transmitted by the supplier. These IMEI numbers are also transmitted in the OpenTrans delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • An error has been fixed, where in the case of order automation for portal orders, no product identifier of the distributor was saved in the associated purchase order.

Catalog

  • Bundle pricing is now more reliable, and the description for a bundle is now displayed in the search results.
July 7th, 2021|

Release Notes for Update 2021.26

Procure

  • The retrieval of realtime prices from Comline has been overhauled and now uses the new Comline Jsondirekt interface.

Digital Sales

  • The preview of an invitation email for a B2B portal now also shows the logo.
  • When duplicating a category in a B2B portal, subcategories can be duplicated via the ‘Duplicate subcategories’ button. This button was previously labelled ‘Copy child nodes’ and has been renamed for better comprehensibility.

Catalog

  • The functionality of the price calculation of bundles has been further expanded.
June 29th, 2021|

Digitalisation boost instead of dilemma – with Managed Services

 

Digital transformation is becoming a growing part of day-to-day business – albeit at very different levels. However, the goal of being able to act more efficiently, faster and with more flexibility is the focus of almost all system houses when it comes to driving digitalisation forward.

Managed services are seen as a promising solution to achieve this goal. However, the transition towards becoming a Managed Services Provider is often difficult: many system houses are afraid to give up their classic project-based business, with the associated high margins, and enter the complex business field of Managed Services. But why decide between them when you can combine both business models?

Planning and certainty

ITscope has analysed the current situation with regard to managed services, associated problems and possible solutions in discussions with various system houses. “We have intensively looked at the challenges faced by our customers, in order to allow ITscope to offer them exactly what will be existentially important at the present time and in the future,” states Alexander Münkel, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ITscope GmbH.

Unlike pure hardware sales, recurring sales (such as managed services) allow for better financial planning and certainty. And in order to offer customers real added value, it is beneficial for most system houses to offer a combination of both.

The system houses surveyed by ITscope also face the challenge of pursuing recurring sales opportunities both in terms of time and effort required. The main reason for this is that often, too many customers have to be serviced by too few sales staff – the system house is reaching its limits. On the other hand, the system house’s customers do not have an exact overview of which IT products have been purchased, who uses them and when certain services expire. If the system house also does not have this insight, valuable sales opportunities are lost.

Everything on one platform

In order to successfully conduct business with managed services, system houses essentially need a ‘platform for anything’, i.e. a platform that makes it possible to provide customers with hardware and software products, in addition to managed services, from within individual customer portals. With this platform, it is also possible to design individual as-a-service products and bundle them with your own services or products.

Transparency is also an important topic – especially with regard to customer loyalty. On a ‘platform for anything’, customers can map their current and future IT landscape in a service portal, structure it according to resources and also get an overview of it all. A contract management system for the provided services also helps to maintain an overview. And: a portal in which system house customers can find all the services and products of their provider also has a positive effect on customer loyalty. At the same time, the sales team in the system house gains an insight into all expiring contracts, as well as any IT products that need to be procured. The sales team is therefore able to provide a better service for the customer, and is also able to offer the special added value of offering the customer the right product directly, while also generating new sales opportunities at the same time.

Would you like to learn more about your options for offering your portfolio on a ‘platform for anything’? We would be happy to advise you individually on how this can optimally support you in your daily business. 

 

 

June 28th, 2021|

New for Benelux resellers: place orders with ALSO Nederland & ALSO België directly via ITscope

 

By expanding the cooperation with ALSO, one of the leading technology providers in the IT industry, ITscope continues to drive its internationalisation efforts. Thanks to the recently completed listing of both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, another two important players from the IT channel in Benelux join our trading platform.

With around 40 listed suppliers in the Benelux region, ITscope is already well positioned, but now also offers system houses and IT resellers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg the possibility to research product availabilities and individual prices as well as to order directly from ALSO via the ITscope platform.

ALSO’s broad portfolio includes hardware, software and IT services from more than 700 vendors in over 1340 product categories. ALSO Holding AG is currently active in 24 countries in Europe, therefore making it an important strategic partner for ITscope, providing optimum support for many thousands of joint customers.

In the course of the new listing, both ALSO Nederland B.V. and ALSO België, in addition to ALSO International B.V., have been enhanced with an EDI connection on ITscope, enabling electronic document exchange.

 

June 28th, 2021|
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Release Notes for Update 2021.29

Digital Sales

  • If customers register for a B2B portal, the notification email is now only sent to portal responsibles by default.
  • API orders submitted via openTRANS can now contain a short description (“DESCRIPTION_SHORT”) of up to 1024 characters.
  • Packaging units are correctly recognised when importing openTRANS orders, and correctly displayed for orders received via the API.
  • The API 2.1 has been expanded so that B2B Suite or XaaS operators can query basic information about their customers from portals.

Catalog

  • If, in the case of a bundle, the price is to be determined from the total of the parts list, but at the same time a fixed price is also set in the B2B Suite product list, then the fixed price has priority and is used accordingly as the bundle price.
  • CustomProducts and bundles that were created the day before are also available after the nightly processing cycle.
July 20th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.28

 

With this release, the Product Designer has been improved further. The Product Designer allows you to combine products into bundles and then offer these bundles for sale. This feature can now be booked as a module.

Digital Sales

  • If no email recipient for orders is defined in an order condition, the email is now sent to those responsible for the B2B Portal by default. In this case, the email was previously sent to all users with sales authorisation.
  • If no short description is provided when importing OpenTRANS orders, the source description of the price list is used.
  • For B2B Portal operators, the ‘customer view’ tile is hidden on the dashboard.
  • The text in registration emails has been revised to ensure better separation between the greeting and the body text.

Catalog

  • The Product Designer feature can now be booked as a module.
  • If the availability of a bundle depends on the individual products contained in the stocklist, products with unlimited availability are now reliably taken into account.
  • It is no longer possible to add a bundle within a bundle in the Product Designer.
  • For bundles with automatic stock level calculation, the stock status is now determined more reliably.

Platform

  • A new BMEcat format, suitable for SAP Ariba, has been introduced.
  • For all customers, ‘ITscope Sales’ is now shown as the ITscope contact in the ‘My Account’ section.
July 13th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.27

Procure

  • The serial numbers in delivery notes from ITscope are now supplemented by the IMEI numbers for the products, if these are transmitted by the supplier. These IMEI numbers are also transmitted in the OpenTrans delivery note.

Digital Sales

  • An error has been fixed, where in the case of order automation for portal orders, no product identifier of the distributor was saved in the associated purchase order.

Catalog

  • Bundle pricing is now more reliable, and the description for a bundle is now displayed in the search results.
July 7th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.26

Procure

  • The retrieval of realtime prices from Comline has been overhauled and now uses the new Comline Jsondirekt interface.

Digital Sales

  • The preview of an invitation email for a B2B portal now also shows the logo.
  • When duplicating a category in a B2B portal, subcategories can be duplicated via the ‘Duplicate subcategories’ button. This button was previously labelled ‘Copy child nodes’ and has been renamed for better comprehensibility.

Catalog

  • The functionality of the price calculation of bundles has been further expanded.
June 29th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.25

Procure

  • An EDI integration for orders has been set up for the distributors ALSO Belgium, ALSO Nederland and ALSO International. Additionally, the eService for price and stock level retrievals in realtime has been set up for these distributors.
  • The EDI integration for the distributor EFB Elektronik is now live.
  • The retrieval of realtime prices from Ingram has been overhauled and is now more reliable and secure.
  • The tracking of ALSO parcels via trans-o-flex has been switched to a new, more stable trans-o-flex service.

Digital Sales

  • The session for Punchout end customers using multiple accounts with the system house is now automatically ended, so that the customer is logged into the correct portal when signing in again.
  • When transferring an OCI Punchout shopping cart to an eProcurement system, it is now also possible to transfer an image link.

Catalog

  • Bundles from sales orders can be transferred to allow their procurement. In this case, the items from the parts list are transferred into the shopping cart.

Platform

  • Clients locked for 30 minutes after reaching the API rate limit are now reliably unlocked again.
  • eService configurations could not be deactivated if no access details were entered. This error has been corrected. As a result, eService configurations can now always be deactivated.
  • The structure of the menu on the platform has been revised. The individual functions are now divided into three categories: Procure, Digital Sales and Catalog. Functions that affect several categories are listed at the top of the menu. Access to the B2B Suite can now be found under Customer Portals, in the Digital Sales section. The Test Lab, as well as our Feedback and Roadmap page, can be accessed via the profile menu. This menu opens by clicking on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner.
June 22nd, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.24

Digital Sales

  • The abbreviated presentation of custom sales price texts in a B2B portal is now limited to the dashboard view, as this sometimes caused layout errors in other parts of the portal.
  • Order status emails now show delivery addresses and in some cases billing addresses.
  • For punchout catalogues, the user menu can be shown or hidden via a request parameter (disableUserMenu).
  • The stock status of a bundle, which is set in the product designer, is now taken into account on the platform and in the portal.
  • An error message is now displayed if the product designer is opened by a user that does not have an API key.
  • The parts list on a bundle page can be hidden via the corresponding option.
  • A one-time pop-up on the topic of XaaS is now displayed to users.

Platform

  • When sending a product collection as an email, no prices were displayed for fixed-price products. This bug has been fixed.
June 15th, 2021|Changelog DE, Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.23

eProcurement

  • Modification of the Imcopex realtime price function with a new realtime interface. The access details have changed and all customers have to update these. You can request the new access details directly from Imcopex.
  • The Imcopex EDI interface has been enhanced with a function for transmitting the desired delivery date when ordering. Additionally, serial numbers are now retrieved from the delivery note and all address data is now limited to 30 characters.

Digital Sales

  • In the Apple CTO Configurator, tiles for the base models are only displayed if the associated product is also available in the catalogue.
  • In the calculation view of a quote, the panel for adding new positions now has enough space to display the search suggestions again.
June 8th, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.22

Digital Sales

  • The setting for displaying the end customer order reference can now only be accessed via the order conditions; the corresponding setting in the customer group has been removed.

Platform

  • The wording on the German login page has been optimised.
June 1st, 2021|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2021.21

eProcurement

  • Orders with the status ‘Transmitted’, ‘Error’ or ‘Transmitting’ can be set to ‘Ordered elsewhere’ by the buyer via the corresponding button.
  • Orders that are transferred to the shopping cart will no longer automatically undergo price optimisation.
  • In the eService configuration, a price list can only be activated if all required access detail fields have been filled in.
  • An NPE error that occurred when converting addresses from the OpenTrans document has been fixed.
  • An error could occur if a contact’s first name was not specified in an order. This bug has been fixed.

Digital Sales

  • If a B2B portal has a custom sales price text to be displayed next to the price, then the tax information is moved to the dashboard of the respective portal, allowing the text to better fit on a product tile.

Platform

  • Specifying a gender for users and contacts is now optional. Additionally, a neutral gender option can now be chosen.
  • If a user has not uploaded their own avatar, a default avatar with the user’s initials is shown instead.
May 28th, 2021|Changelog DE, 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?

Christine Derr
Partner Sales Manager