October 2008

  • Guarding against fraud now crucial

    Preventing fraud is a headache at the best of times but having the right controls in place to manage such instances could be crucial for resellers and distributors to survive as the slowdown bites....

  • Lighten the load to add value

    While most businesses increasingly rely on an extensive IT infrastructure just to stay operational, controlling the costs of the infrastructure is a constant challenge. This is all the harder for c...

  • Services with a smile

    As product margins have progressively eroded over the past decade or so, providing value-added services has become increasingly important to many channel partners in order to make a decent living. ...

  • A sound addition to your portfolio

    If there is one thing that really makes a difference between an average experience and an excellent one when it comes to audio entertainment, it is the headphones. Far too often users opt to stick...

  • Proving that the grass is greener

    In business, we are always listening to customers and trying to understand what they want. The ability to be ‘green’ has quickly emerged as one of the major challenges facing businesses today. Afte...

  • Sun profits tank after sluggish demand in finance sector

    Sun Microsystems recorded a $1.7bn (£1.04bn) loss for its first fiscal quarter 2009 after writing down the value of the company and enduring slowing demand among enterprise customers in Europ...

  • BSA takes out another pirate

    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has run up its colors once again in pursuit of a Liverpool man suspected of selling illegal software online.

  • British SMEs to get £4bn in aid

    Chancellor Alastair Darling revealed today he has secured around £4bn of lending for UK businesses from the European Investment Bank (EIB) up to 2011.

  • Alcatel-Lucent sees green shoots of recovery

    CEO Ben Verwaayen accentuated the positive as he delivered his first set of quarterly results in charge of Alcatel-Lucent this morning, with evidence of a recovery in the firm’s fortunes at long la...

  • Alcatel-Lucent shares rally as Verwaayen preps results

    Shares in struggling Alcatel-Lucent have rallied today as recently-installed CEO Ben Verwaayen puts the finishing touches to his first earnings announcement in charge, scheduled to be released tomo...

  • Intel misses deadline to respond to EC anti-competitive case

    Intel has failed to meet a deadline set by the European Commission to make a defence against allegations that it coerced retailers into steering clear of products containing chips made by arch riva...

  • Graydon unveils service to help resellers tackle fraud

    Graydon UK has launched a fraud busting service for resellers to help them counter the prospect of rising fraud attacks in the recession. As its title suggests, the IT Reseller Intelligence Network...

  • Juniper boss sees potential despite crunch

    As another turbulent week on the stock markets draws to a close and politicians begin to openly talk about a recession, Juniper Networks has bucked the downward trend, posting Q3 numbers that show ...

  • Ingram Micro still haunted by freight charging

    Ingram Micro’s EMEA operation posted a $4.7m loss in the third quarter as it admitted the decision this summer to increase freight charges and walk away from unprofitable business took their toll i...

  • Cautious Microsoft embarks on cost-cutting drive

    Microsoft plans to wring out a cost saving of $400m to $500m (£248m to £309.6m) this fiscal year and next by reviewing its hiring plans and the amount spent on marketing.

  • UK economy on the brink of recession

    The economy is on the brink of recession with the first slowdown for 16 years capping a week of falling exchange rates and panic following the use of the dreaded R word by the prime minister and th...

  • Investment tumbles as economic crisis bites

    Business investment in the channel is dropping according to Siemens Financial Services which has forecasted tough times for the second half of the year.

  • Channel investment tumbles as economic crisis bites

    Business investment in the channel is dropping according to Siemens Financial Services which has forecasted tough times for the second half of the year.

  • Sony cuts profits forecast by 57%

    Fierce pricing pressure and a stronger yen have led Sony to slash its profits forecasts for the year by 57%.

  • DSGi adds to doom and gloom in trading update

    DSGi is continuing to focus on cutting costs, better managing inventory levels, improving liquidity and raising margins, following a trading update this morning that highlighted tough market condit...