February 2010

  • Security market awash with fear, uncertianty and doubt

    Security resellers wondering what to wave into a sales pitch might are being handed plenty of topical fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) by vendors. The latest warning, based around the BRITS, come...

  • Council IT managers "disappointed" at Government ICT plans

    By Tony Collins Council IT managers say they are disappointed with the Government's ICT strategy because its emphasis is on cutting technology costs, not using IT to achieve organisational savings...

  • FAST encourages whistleblowers to report unlicensed bosses

    On the back of research showing half of web designers were using unlicensed software the head of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST IiS) has been talking up the need for whistleblowers to ...

  • Telecoms resellers target for private equity backers

    Evidence of a resurgence in technology M&A activity continues to stack up with the third report predicting a recovery in the market this year arriving in the space of four days. Adding to fore...

  • Promethean eyes flotation

    Interactive whiteboard specialist Promethean has announced plans to go ahead with an IPO emphasising its belief there is still plenty of life in the IWB market. In a submission made to the London ...

  • Salesorder.com looks to channel to support ERP cloud push

    Cloud ERP specialist Salesorder.com is looking to the channel as its route to the SME market in an attempt to get more SME customers and resellers selling hosted services. Small businesses are sta...

  • Public sector to be hit hard by job cuts, says HR body

    by Warwick Ashford One in four employers is planning to make redundancies in the first three months of 2010, a survey has revealed. Employers plan to cut an average of 6.2% of their workforce, ac...

  • Government launches cyber team to tackle counterfeit selling

    Government attempts to tighten the screws on illegal web activity has moved to focus on those selling fake goods online. The establishment of a cyber security team has been accompanied by extra fu...

  • Windows 7 is good for business

    Overcoming application compatibility issues with Windows 7 will create opportunities for the channel, says John Tate The opportunities for Windows 7 are being widely discussed in the IT channel. A...

  • M&A activity recovering on back of improved Q4

    Technology mergers and acquisitions in the UK fell by nearly one third last year but the recent signs of stability in the economy indicate more action will return in 2010.

  • Analysis: Is China losing its allure?

    By Simon Quicke If you were to take a guess at some of the major news themes of the forthcoming year, China might well sneak into the top five. An interesting article published in The Daily Teleg...

  • In depth: The desktop revolution

    Could 2010 be the year that virtualisation finally reaches the desktop? Billy MacInnes talks to the industry's experts Now that virtualisation has proved itself at the server level and in the data...

  • Reseller optimism rising across EMEA

    Resellers in the UK and Ireland believe the worst of the recession is over and this year will see continued improvement. According to a EMEA survey of channel partners carried out by CA 81% of tho...

  • Five minute interview: Gary Newbold, Extreme Networks

    MicroScope puts its questions to Gary Newbold, regional director for the UK and Ireland at Extreme Networks What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom? "Never ever give u...

  • LG terminates Northamber distribution contract

    LG has given Northamber its marching orders as part of a channel rationalisation exercise and is continuing to review its line-up. The Chessington-based distributor which seems to be making a hab...

  • In-depth: Clouds on the horizon

    by Linda Endersby Cloud computing has been one of the hottest topics over the past few years. Cloud conferences fill expo centres and hotels across the world. Press announcements are made almost d...

  • Distie veteran Cary to join IBM volume channel team

    IBM has confirmed that distribution veteran Jared Cary is to beef up its channel team next month as volume sales leader. After 22 years at IBM partner Northamber, Cary left last summer on a six m...

  • M&A valuations start to rise

    The prospect for renewed activity in the mergers and acquisition space has been signaled by an increase in valuations of those tech firms looking to sell this year. According to the latest monthly...

  • McAfee posts solid Q4 numbers helped by currency fluctuations

    All the arrows were pointing upwards for McAfee as it unveiled its Q4 numbers with the vendor benefitting from currency fluctuations and the continued strength of the security market. Net revenue ...

  • Dell acquires systems management player KACE

    In a move designed to bolster its ability to offer system management to those users looking for help meeting compliance and security demands Dell has moved to acquire KACE. Dell will get access to...