October 2010

  • Compleat Software targets Sage resellers

    By Billy MacInnes Compleat Software has begun recruiting Sage resellers after adding Sage 50, Sage 200 and Sage Line 500 to the portfolio of accounting and ERP software supported by its browser...

  • IBM brings partners down to earth with cloud computing lab

    IBM has opened its inaugural UK-based cloud computing development lab that lets partners test services based on Big Blue technologies. The Hursley Innovation Centre near Winchester has been kitted...

  • European PC distribution up in third quarter but outlook is mixed, says Context

    By Billy MacInnes Unit sales of PCs through distribution in Western Europe in the third quarter grew 20% and revenues rose by 25% Context reported, but the figures were "artificially"...

  • Don't join Viglen! Come back to telecoms, Stuart.

    Who is Stuart Baggs? Apart froma brand, that is. Britain's brightest business prospects(or what passes for them) have descendedon London for a new series of The Apprentice, each bidding to catch th...

  • Unisys claims Apple services deal, reports fall in third quarter sales and income

    By Billy MacInnes Apple appears to be getting serious about the US enterprise market after recruiting Unisys to help provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies...

  • IT business failures rise in September

    Sixty-seven IT businesses in the UK went to the wall during September, according to new monthly figures from financial information services provider Experian, a sequential rise of 52% and a year-on...

  • Four hundred new jobs is a drop in the ocean

    Some good news from BT, which is doubling the number of apprenticeships available to 400 after being overwhelmed with applicants earlier in the year. The newjoiners willtake on roles in IT, telecom...

  • UK PC market declines in Q3, says IDC

    Recovery in the UK PC arena stalled in the third quarter as netbook sales went into freefall. Preliminary numbers from IDC reveal UK shipments sank 5% to 3.1 million units following several quarter...

  • Customers know their stuff, it's time to change the record

    Awareness of network performance among end user buyers is reaching new heights, with a survey carried out by Brocade revealing that the modern British worker wants instant access - or as near as da...

  • All stick no carrot: CRC scheme changes create 'stealth tax'

    by Billy MacInnes The government has been urged to review changes to the carbon reduction commitment (CRC) scheme announced last week to prevent it becoming a "stealth carbon tax" on ...

  • Component shortages leave Ericsson flat

    Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has once again blamed a lacklustre quarter on continuing supply chain bottlenecks and shortages of critical components after the Swedish networking giant saw a slim 2% ye...

  • Short term, long grass - both connected by Cable

    The Coalition Government has been making lots of lovely noises since taking office in May. Whether it's electoral reform, benefits reform or now, business reform, nothing can be placed beyond reach...

  • Windows 7 migration is positive experience for many

    by Billy MacInnes The vast majority of companies that have migrated to Windows 7 in the year since its launch have experienced increased performance, security, reliability, ease of use and end poin...

  • Extreme hires ex-3Com channel team for platinum push

    Extreme Networks has hired two former 3Com channel specialists to drive its own UK partner programme. Steve Johnson, who joins as UK channel director, was formerly business development manager at 3...

  • Computerlinks named as new D-Link distie

    Security and network distributor Computerlinks is to take on IP surveillance and storage kit from SMB networking vendor D-Link. Computerlinks has lately been getting into new technological areas su...

  • All born equal

    To somewhat limited fanfare, parts ofthe new Equality Act came into force on 1 October. The Act, originally passed by the previous Labour Government, brings all the forms of discrimination into one...

  • Graydon UK seeking new managing director

    Graydon UK is interviewing for a new managing director with current boss Martin Williams set to stand down early next year. After 23 year at the credit reference agency he is semi-retiring but plan...

  • HP appoints Azlan, terminates Arrow in services re-jig

    HP has stripped Arrow Enterprise Computing of its deal to distribute support contracts and handed Azlan the franchise in a bid more than triple the number of partners that resell its branded servic...

  • Video demand benefits Polycom

    The ongoing spike in demand for video solutions in the business world has seen Polycom book record revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, which closed at the end of September. The firm made...

  • Insecure applications threaten move to the cloud

    Companies are continuing to leave themselves exposed to security vulnerabilities lurking in applications that they fail to check or mistakenly believe are safe. With applications often receiving s...