December 2010

  • Cloud security concerns diminishing

    The biggest concern holding back wider adoption of cloud services is set to be significantly overcome next year as more security firms deliver hosted products. Security has been the major brake on...

  • Atos Origin buys Siemens IT Services

    German technology giant Siemens AG is selling itsmoney-losingIT Solutions and Services division to French integrator Atos Origin for €850m (£720m). The deal, which Siemens president andCEO Pe...

  • Comms reseller Arrow buys TMG

    Surrey-based mobility reseller Arrow Mobile Communications has splashed out an undisclosed sum on the assets of phone systems, maintenance and network services outfit TMG. BlackBerry, O2 and Vodafo...

  • Large vendors identified as likely consolidators in 2011

    Cloud and digital security are two of the areas that will be targets for M&A activity next year with most of the large vendors sitting on war chests that could fund a spending spree.

  • Facebooking your business

    Facebook made a move at the beginning of December that should help smaller businesses with small budgets promote themselves via Facebook. They've done this by updating their promotion guidelines. ...

  • Harbour provides a safe port in storm with Business Recovery Forum

    Here's Jeremy Harbour, a man who can't stop himself getting involved. You want to say to him: Leave it Jeremy, they're just not worth it! Harbour has just launched a new trade association, The Bus...

  • Charity begins at home - tax avoidance begins in Switzerland

    Here's a heartwarmng Xmas story about Cadburys chocolate, the UK subsidiary of Kraft. Employees from Cadbury have somehow helped make dreams come true by bringing the Wishes Workshop to Westfield L...

  • Getting ready for the end of year rush

    In the last couple of days of the year I'm likely to be stuck on a sofa weighed down by chocolate or in some returns queue taking back faulty goods. But if I was hard working and worked in distrib...

  • Five minute interview: Mark MacGregor, Connect

    Microscope puts questions to Mark MacGregor, chief executive of SME business continuity provider Connect What is the best/worst advice you have received? "Always support your local football ...

  • Stone gets Apple education nod

    Staffordshire-based public sector PC builder Stone has nabbed Apple's Solutions Expert in Education certification as it prepares to exhibit at January's BETT show. The agreement will see the firm o...

  • HP sets sights on carving out major slice of security market

    Hewlett-Packard is setting its sights on establishing itself as a major security player having an impact on both resellers and customers. Having established the HP Information Security division bu...

  • For the avoidance of tax

    Tax evasion is illegal, tax avoidance is legitimate. Well, that's the way it's meant to be. However, the Treasury has just announced legislation to tackle some forms of business tax avoidance to pr...

  • Dell not channel enemy, says Compellent CEO

    Compellent's CEO has moved to assuage partner concerns that its $950m acquisition by Dell will create conflict for them, insisting that if anything the deal will speed their growth trajectory. The...

  • SaaS growth on the cards as security concerns evaporate

    The market for software as a service (SaaS) will grow fairly strongly this year as concerns around security and performance are overcome. According to Gartner the worldwide SaaS Market will hit $9....

  • Ingram Micro continues to expand mobility line

    Ingram Micro is continuing to expandthe roll-out of kitto support its growing telecommunications division, which was given full access to RIM's mobility portfolio earlier this month. The broadliner...

  • Intact adds new UK sales boss

    IT and networking support services house Intact Integrated Services has appointed Jason Hurlstone as its new UK sales director as it plans the implementation of new sales strategies. Hurlstone, who...

  • Debtors rules

    The present regime relating to commercial debts - the Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act - has been with us for 12 years now. There has, interestingly, (excuse the pun) been little case...

  • Redstone to cut jobs as business units merge

    Redstone is set to consolidate its three operating divisions into one trading entity with the loss of around 50 jobs. The networking integrator concluded its operational review on Friday by sellin...

  • Don't forget the old tech that supports the new

    Standing next to another dad waiting to go into the school hall for the nativity we got into talking about what we did for a living. He revealed that he was a web and app developer "working at...

  • Midwich boss Culley sells stake in firm, Fenby named MD

    Long-serving Midwich managing director Nick Culley has quietly stepped down and sold the majority of his shareholding in the business to three existing directors with finance head Stephen Fenby tak...