February 2010

  • Analysis: A turning point in software crime

    The past week might well be looked back on as the moment when something changed in the world of pirate software.The crime of selling or using illegal software has, until now, largelybeen considered...

  • Channel fuels NetApp sales rise

    By Billy MacInnes A 16% growth in channel sales has helped contribute to record third quarter revenue and income for network storage and data management company, NetApp. The company also repo...

  • Ingram Micro Q4 sales and profits up

    Ingram Micro Q4 sales were lifted by a currency tailwind and dramatically improved IT spending in EMEA, which helped it break into year-on-year growth for the first time since the recession began.

  • Northamber trims losses as H1 sales fall

    Northamber has managed to narrow first half pre-tax losses but sales fell as the "challenging" commercial environment continued to hit IT spending. In the fiscal six months ended 31 Dec...

  • Daisy Group acquires BNS Telecom for ¬£10.45m

    Voice and data service provider Daisy Communications is forking out £10.45m for BNS Telecom, its second acquisition this month. The offer of 20 pence per share, which represents a premium of...

  • McAfee appoints EMEA channel head

    By Billy MacInnes McAfee has moved to boost its credentials in the vendor's "Year of the Partner" by appointing Autodesk veteran Georges Millet as EMEA vice president of the channel. ...

  • Welsh burglar had been targeting resellers

    The involvement of organised crime in software piracy was a disturbing enough revelation but it has emerged that criminals were targeting resellers in a burglary campaign that ran last summer.Detai...

  • Last call for reseller entries for the ACEs

    The landlord is on the brink of banging the bell for last orders. Resellers have just a matter of hours left to enter this years MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence (ACEs). The last call has ...

  • SME software spending to focus on existing systems

    The majority of software budgets from SMEs will be spent on ongoing operations and maintenance of existing applications rather than buying fresh products. The consequence of the recession is that ...

  • HP to invest in direct and channel sales as market improves

    Hewlett-Packard is hiring again and plans to beef up its direct sales team to target more enterprise customers. The good news - for some resellers at least - is that the Palo Alto tech giant will...

  • UK PC market steps out of recession

    The UK PC market has finally moved into growth following an annus horriblis, Gartner shipment numbers have revealed. Sales went up 3.3% in the fourth quarter to 3.8 million units but the spike wa...

  • Gateway UK on hunt for new boss

    Gateway is seeking a replacement for outgoing UK boss Philip Ashkar, who is leaving the Acer subsidiary but will remain within the group. The firm has had limited impact since its relaunch in the...

  • Final call for reseller entries to the ACEs

    Resellers have just a matter of hours left to enter this years MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence (ACEs). The last call has gone out to encourage the channel to get its entries in for the 20...

  • Atos Origin '09 cost cutting improves prospects for year ahead

    Cost cutting has helped Olympic games supplier Atos Origin reduce its debts and place itself in a stronger position for the year ahead. As it unveiled its numbers for the 2009 financial year the c...

  • Court case highlights organised crime links with software piracy

    The link between organised crime and illegal software has been laid bare in a case at Reading Crown Court which ended with a prison sentence. Nicholas Wright, a software pirate from Lampeter, Wale...

  • Microsoft unveils reduced pricing on Office 2010

    Microsoft has unveiled its UK pricing for its Office 2010 application with the prices decreasing with a free taster on offer to entice users to choose the software. Mirroring announcements already...

  • HP holds onto top position in UK services and software market

    Hewlett-Packard has held onto the top position in the UK software and IT services rankings buoyed by a strong performance from its EDS subsidiary. The other members of the top three, IBM and Capit...

  • McAfee and Brocade form product partnership

    Brocade and McAfee have formed a strategic partnership to deliver network security protection which should extend the products their respective channels can bring to the market. The agreement invo...

  • Results from HP and Dell expected to benefit from hardware

    It has been a while since the idea of hardware got pulses racing but with widespread expectations this year of PC spending rising more eyes than usual will be focusing on results over the next two ...

  • Mobile data traffic will be 50 times higher by 2015

    by Ian Grant Mobile phone traffic will grow by a factor of 50 as the mobile phone industry attracts three billion new mobile broadband subscribers and delivers billions of new content-rich applica...