VAR500: PC Mall Executives Buy Stock; New CSC CEO Takes Helm

Top VARs In The News

North America's largest revenue-generating integrators are annually ranked on CRN's VAR500 list. This year, to reflect the ever-evolving nature of the value-added reseller's job, the listing will be renamed the, "Solution Provider 500." (Apply now.)

Headlines this week include a company with executives buying up stock, a school district that has revamped and automated its systems from stem to stern and a huge integrator that has a new CEO at the helm. See what's happening at CSC, ePlus, NCI, PC Mall and Tyler Technologies.

CSC's New CEO Starts

Mike Lawrie officially started Monday as the president and chief executive officer of Computer Sciences Corp. Lawrie has been on CSC’s board of directors since February and succeeds Michael W. Laphen, who retired this week as the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. Lawrie's most recent experience centered on the financial services industry: Lawrie was CEO of solution provider Misys from November 2006 to January 2012.

Two PC Mall Executives Buy Stock

According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, at least two PC Mall insiders have bought thousands of shares of stock. On March 16, PC Mall President, Chairman and CEO Frank Khulusi purchased 8,000 shares of the company's stock at prices ranging from $5.74 to $6. Director Ronald Reck on the same day purchased 1,000 shares. Earlier in the month, the solution provider reported fourth quarter 2011 revenue was down eight percent from the year earlier period; however, full year sales were up a total of six percent.

ePlus Updates Philly Rehab Center

When Philadelphia's Magee Rehabilitation Hospital needed to replace a legacy PBX phone system, it turned to ePlus Technology for help in designing and deploying a unified communications and network upgrade. The solution provider designed, configured and implemented a Cisco solution by refreshing the local area and wireless networks and implementing a new unified communications platform enabled with specialized applications for mass notification, paging, and 911 alerts. Among the benefits the rehab center has realized from the solution are improved network reliability, performance, and scalability; easier administration; enhanced patient care, patient and guest convenience, employee productivity; and cost savings.

Tyler Soups Up School System Reports

Tyler Technologies will provide a student information solution to the Socorro school disctrict in El Paso, Texas. The agreement, valued at approximately $1.9 million, includes software licenses, related professional services, maintenance and support. The total school solution includes tools for financial management, human capital management, employee self service, student grade book, parent and student Web portal, and Texas Public Education Information Management System reports. The solution will aggregate management information from Tyler’s solutions and Socorro’s state and local assessments. Furthermore, it will help the district manage its data more efficiently, while reducing paper waste.

NCI Increases Compliance Business

NCI has purchased YourPrivacy, a consulting organization that helps Canadian companies comply with privacy regulations. YourPrivacy's offerings complement NCI's suite of governance, risk and compliancy services; payment card industry data security standard validation assessments; and IT security solutions. Mario Morel, YourPrivacy founder and president, will join NCI's executive team as Chief Architect. Morel recently wrote "Managing Personal Information: Insights on Corporate Risk and Opportunity for Privacy-Savvy Leaders," which will be released in the spring by publisher Carswell.