June 2009

  • Interview: Sir Peter Rigby finds fortune favours the brave

    As is the case with most successful entrepreneurs, it is possible to look at the winner of this year’s MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence lifetime achievement award, Sir Peter Rigby, and glos...

  • RBS changes could hit SME channel customers

    Small businesses in the channel that bank with Royal Bank of Scotland could find things getting more difficult after the bank moved to setup a separate SME division.

  • Check Point merges product line with Nokia appliance

    Check Point has combined its software and the appliance range it acquired from Nokia into a single SKU and is encouraging partners to start selling the combined product.

  • Avnet boss still optimistic about recovery

    As one of the first to predict that things would improve from the third quarter of this year Roy Vallee, CEO of Avnet, is holding to his optimistic views in the face of continued economic pressure.

  • Ingram Micro EMEA president Forbes set to leave

    Ingram Micro has handed the reins for its EMEA operation to Alain Maquet following the resignation of current incumbent Jay Forbes.

  • Government tweaks credit insurance scheme

    The Government has buckled under pressure from businesses and backdated the top-up trade credit insurance scheme to October but the costs and bureaucracy involved will continue to hinder wide adopt...

  • PBX market decline continues

    The seemingly inexorable decline of the British corded PBX and IP PBX market is continuing in the face of the economic downturn. Research out today from consultants at comms analyst group MZA show...

  • Symantec and McAfee hit by fines in US for unauthorised renewals

    Symantec and McAfee have been forced to pay out a combined $750,000 following a US case that found that they had renewed customers licences without informing them.

  • Five-minute interview: Alexia Mizzi, Integra4Notes

    MicroScope puts its questions to Alexia Mizzi, sales and partner manager at Integra4Notes

  • Recovery timetable still unclear, warn major distributors

    Some of the biggest names in distribution have warned that the recovery will be slow and growth in IT spending might not return until next year or even 2011.

  • Comtek calls on more industry support for repairs

    Repair specialist the Comtek Group has slammed a culture in the networking industry that dissuades users from patching up kit causing them to spend money to buy equipment that need not be purchased.

  • Cisco CEO calls on resellers to capture new markets

    Echoing a growing theme in the industry, Cisco CEO John Chambers has called for the channel to grasp hold of transformational technology in order to lead new markets when the upturn comes. &qu...

  • Cisco to get aggressive in consumer space

    Cisco is claiming it has crossed a chasm when it comes to its nascent consumer strategy, and CEO John Chambers has vowed to "skill up" around the consumer business, adding "we're goi...

  • Centrix outlines wholesale move to channel

    The newly appointed channel team at virtualisation service specialists Centrix Software have set out their ambition to move its business from a direct model to indirect using a two-tier model. The ...

  • Sage talks up position in enterprise space

    Nine months since establishing its enterprise division Sage is reporting back tough but healthy market conditions for its ERP and CRM products.

  • Redstone cost cutting delays hit sales

    Redstone has warned the City that sales in the current fiscal 2010 started April will be on a par with the previous six months, after admitting its £7m cost reduction programme is running behind sc...

  • Sage talks up in position in enterprise space

    Nine months since establishing its enterprise division Sage is reporting back tough but healthy market conditions for its ERP and CRM products.

  • Cisco updates small business programmes

    Cisco has updated its small business programme in a move it claims will offer higher levels of support to its vast SMB channel in the UK. The vendor cited statistics pointing to the role SMBs play ...

  • Cisco has second attempt at managed services

    Cisco is relaunching the Managed Services Programme with the aim of making it available to a wider range of resellers. The first iteration got its start in 2007 and was pitched at partners who...

  • NetApp raises bid for Data Domain

    NetApp has raised its bid price for Data Domain by more than 26% to $1.9bn and warned a deal with rival suitor EMC would disrupt the portfolio.