November 2010

  • In the cyber war a networked laptop has the power of a missile

    A cyber attack on the infrastructure of the UK is a serious prospect in the next few years with the government calling for increased security measures and greater awareness of the threats. In a spe...

  • Cisco questions strength of recovery as Q1 profits fall short

    The stock markets have punished Cisco after the networking market leader missed forecast earningstargets by a country mile in the first quarter of its fiscal 2011. Although sales of $10.75bn (&poun...

  • Avoid being a victim of fraud

    Fraud hurts.Whether it's the cost of the loss, the fact that you've been 'had' or the inconvenience of the fraud, it hurts. And we're all at risk including businesses where day to day activity mean...

  • Microsoft LAR Civica Services seeking new boss

    Microsoft LAR Civica Services is on the hunt for a successor to managing director Steve Reynolds who is set to leave the industry after more than two decades. Reynolds was part of the management te...

  • Lenovo on the lookout for acquisitions

    Lenovo is planning to dip into its $2.5bn (£1.55bn) cash reserves to fuel an acquisition strategy in the PC market. The CFO Wong Mai confirmed the move in an hour long conference call with an...

  • Will it be a happy new year for Cisco?

    As the excitement of the quarterly results season dies away, one of the last big industry hitters, networking sector bellwether Cisco, will be unveiling its first quarter results later on this even...

  • Do you have to be young to riot?

    It's interesting perhaps that it takes students, who at the moment are facing hikes in their fees, to show their anger on the streets. Businesses hit by tough times, the prospect of VAT cuts and t...

  • Citrix setting out to increase reseller cloud knowledge

    Citrix is stepping up its educational resources it makes available to resellers looking to develop sales in the virtual desktop and cloud arena. Plans for next year include a greater level of supp...

  • Avaya acknowledges Nortel dealer discontent

    Avaya has acknowledged the complaints of some of the Nortel enterprise partners absorbed into its channel during the course of 2010, and pledged to begin to monetise the Nortel lines in the coming ...

  • White box builders, smartphones behind mobile boom

    The worldwide market for mobile phone sales has enjoyed another record quarter on the back of continuing adoption of smartphones sales of which soared 96%, and the growth of a new white box mobile ...

  • Cyber criminals increasing complexity of data attacks

    Security threats in 2011 will be targeted, sophisticated and have the feel of something more like cyber-terrorism as the criminals get slicker in their attacks. The warning comes from Websense, wh...

  • Daisy is under pressure to turn a profit

    As you will hopefully by now have read, M&A marvel Daisy Group has bought acquisitive Mitel partner SpiriTel for £27.3m. I love a good M&A story as much as the next journalist; it's t...

  • Accumuli acquires Tuscany Networks for £4m

    Buy and build vehicle Accumuli has bid £4m for AIM listed Tuscany Networks in a reverse takeover and plans to raise cash through a share placement to fund two further acquisitions early next ...

  • Systemax profits fall by a third as pricing pressures mount

    Systemax profits have tumbled by nearly a third off the back of pricing pressures in the ultra competitive US consumer space. The stateside owners of multiple channel brands including Misco and WSt...

  • Daisy snaps up acquisitive SpiriTel

    Just as it promised its shareholders last month, acquisitive business communications provider Daisy Group has bought uprival SpiriTel for £27.5m, the largest acquisition it has made since emb...

  • A helping hand for business?

    The Government has just announced - as if we didn't already know - that it's keen to support British Business. To prove its credentials, it's just appointed Lord Young, the former Trade Ministe...

  • You can take out Bluetooth but the pain won't go away

    Corporate communications are getting out of hand and consequently out of control. Mobiles are so damn convenient to use that people are using them at work, even using their personal mobile for work...

  • Netbook platform down but not out, claims IDC

    Reports of the netbook platforms' death have been greatly exaggerated according to IDC but the boom in sales that fuelled PC market growth has waned. The weight of expectation has now been placed ...

  • UK tech sector a hive of M&A activity, claims Ernst & Young

    The UK tech industry was a hot bed of mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter with activity up five fold on last year, according to an Ernst & Young report. Forty four deals were done du...

  • HP to examine Care Pack services rebate scheme

    HP Americas is reviewing the Penetration Rate Index (PRI) used to calculate rebates in the Services Specialisation Programme following partner criticism, in a move that could have implications for ...