December 2009

  • Oracle says Q2 sales grew at expense of SAP

    Oracle has increased its software license and product support revenue by 14% to $3.9bn for the second quarter of 2009, at the expense of SAP. According to Charles Phillips president of the softwa...

  • EMC to sign up DNS Arrow in January

    DNS Arrow will become EMC's third UK distributor from January as the manufacturer seeks to plough a furrow in the small to medium-sized reseller market. As revealed in recent weeks, the storage go...

  • Kelway acquires SAM Practice

    Kelway has made its third and smallest acquisition of the year after buying up Thatcham-based outfit SAM Practise At the tail end of 2008, Kelway said this would be a busytwelve monthsin terms of a...

  • UK PC sales fall as Europe recovers

    Sales of PCs across Europe in Novemberreached the highest level this year according to analyst databut while the recovery in the economy gains pace on the continent, the UK continues to lags behind...

  • HP strike postponed

    HP workers have suspended planned industrial action pending further talks with the company on 22 January 2010. The original plan was to strike on 10 December, but an11th hour agreement saw this po...

  • Insight Enterprises names Lamneck as new CEO

    Insight Enterprises has today named distribution veteran Kenneth Lamneck as its CEO and president. He succeeds Rich Fennessey, who left the company early in September and was handed an impressive...

  • Xploite CEO to invest own cash in Net Services

    Xploite CEO Ian Smith is to plough up to £2.1m of new equity into Cisco managed network services provider NetServices to help finance a roll up of companies in the sector. He already owns 2....

  • Steria praised by unions over pensions overhaul

    Steria has clearly learned from the mistakes made by corporate giants and worked closely with workers’ unions as it closes the final salary pension scheme and moves to a new model. This year staf...

  • Security appliance market sees second quarter of declines

    The security market might have been seen as immune to the downturn, but the latest figures tracking the sale of appliances across Europe show the recession has hit the market. For the second conse...

  • Acer CEO predicts further PC market consolidation

    Acer’s boss has predicted further consolidation in the PC industry but says it has no immediate plans to acquire. Late last month, reports in the Far East quoted Acer chairman JT Wang as stating ...

  • FTC claims Intel 'stifled competition for a decade'

    The Federal Trade Commission in the US has issued a complaint against Intel charging the company that it has illegally used its dominant market position for a decade "to stifle competition and...

  • In depth: Review of 2009 - Reasons to be cheerful?

    This year will go down as one of recession and credit crunch. It has been tough, but as MicroScope found when it canvassed opinion, it has not been all bad news and there are plenty of positive tho...

  • Microsoft off the hook in EU antitrust case

    The European Commission has abandoned its long-running antitrust case against Microsoft after the software giant agreed to offer European customers a choice of web browsers. The decade long row cen...

  • WatchGuard launches partner managed security service

    WatchGuard Technologies has jumped on the cloud bandwagon and is launching a managed security service programme for partners. As part of the platform, resellers can configure any combination ff a...

  • Barclays Retail ends desktop services contract with Getronics

    High-street bank Barclays is calling time on its desktop management contract with Getronics six months earlier than planned to take the function back in-house. The deal which was worth around &po...

  • Networking, storage and software companies top best places to work

    Those brushing up their CVs looking for a job in the new year might well consider targeting Juniper Networks after the vendor came out top of a poll of the best places to work in IT. The survey by...

  • Aruba worldwide channel boss to poach Cisco business

    Former Meru US sales boss Bob Bruce has been handed the post of worldwide channel sales vice president at wireless LAN hotshot Aruba with the express aim of snaffling sales from under Cisco's nose....

  • Adobe talks of improvement as profit and revenues dip

    Adobe has talked up the recovery in demand for its products despite posting lower revenue and profit numbers for its fourth quarter. The software specialist posted revenue of $757.3m down from $91...

  • In-depth: December in the channel

    As the industry began its annual wind-down for Christmas there was no shortage of goings on in the channel, with big names such as DSGi, Microsoft and HP all hitting the headlines.

  • Incoming snow threatens repeat of February downtime

    The forecast cold snap for the end of the week has raised fears of a repeat of February’s snow-induced chaos, and comms suppliers have again been talking up the benefits of remote working.