March 2010

  • Nortel reverses losses at long last

    The closing down fire-sale of Nortel's business units in 2009 has ironically accomplished what the vendor's management team spectacularly failed to do and reversed its full-year net losses. During...

  • Political parties reminded of importance of IT sector

    With preparations for the election starting to gather momentum the IT industry is also moving to put in its wishes from the next government. One of the most well coordinated efforts, the IT Manife...

  • UK server sales rise on back of finance sector refresh

    The finance sector which led the UK IT market and the wider economy into a downward spiral is showing some signs of life by leading a mini refresh in server sales. Server shipments grew 1% year-on...

  • Interactive marketing spend rising

    Those in the channel responsible for marketing appear to have grasped the message about the need to invest in interactive approaches to the market. Pressure on resellers to engage with customers v...

  • Intrinsic develops services muscle

    Cisco and Avaya reseller Intrinsic Technology is bulking up its services team with two new business development managers to head up carrier, WAN and managed services and its new Fusion Managed Serv...

  • Capita tipped to acquire Ramesys

    Capita is leading the race to acquire education specialist Ramesys as it is more able to swallow Building Schools for the Future (BSF) liabilities that may arise downstream, allowing current parent...

  • Promethean set for ¬£400m listing

    It has been a while since a player in the channel has opted for a stock market listing but in a further sign that the market is returning to a pre-recessionary position Promethean has set its sight...

  • Analysis: How important is the CEO?

    by Amro Gebreel Just how important is the position of a CEO? It is a fair question to ask after watching SAP part company with its CEO Leo Apotheker after just seven months and bring back a dual C...

  • Oracle lifts covers off plan to integrate software with Sun boxes

    Oracle has presented its vision for its $7.1 billion acquisition of Sun, which will see the company sell integrated hardware and software designed to lower IT operating costs and boost performance....

  • Opal hires ex-Avaya man to head up distribution

    TalkTalk's b-2-b communications arm Opal has appointed former Avaya SMB UK channel sales director Graham Bunting as distribution head to drive growth of its next generation network (NGN) offerings ...

  • Avisen acquires Xploite for joint buy and build strategy

    Acquisitive software reseller Avisen is to take-over investment vehicle Xploite in a deal that values the Storage Fusion and former Anix owner at just under £11.4m. Xploite CEO Ian Smith had...

  • Sales dip but profits hold firm at Computacenter in 2009

    Computacenter's exit from trade distribution pushed down 2009 revenues marginally but the march toward services continued as profits held their ground in the face of economic turmoil. Group sales...

  • Telindus hires for UK mobility push

    Telindus has appointed mobile industry expert Mike Bowerman to head up its new Mobile Broadband Framework as client director of mobile and spearhead the firm's drive into the mobile broadband marke...

  • CA continues cloud spending spree with Nimsoft purchase

    CA continues to expand its cloud computing portfolio with its fourth acquisition in that space in a matter of months. The vendor has picked up Nimsoft, which provides monitoring and performance to...

  • Councils failing to deliver satisfactory web services

    The signs are that even before any cuts have been made local councils are at risk of failing to deliver a high enough standard of services via the web. According to the Better Connected report fro...

  • Bill Gates ousted as richest tech billionaire

    The world's richest tech billionaires upped their collective wealth by $55.8bn last year despite the impact of the recession. However Bill Gates, who headed the Fortune 500 list, was toppled by Me...

  • In depth: In search of a killer app for tablet success

    Apple has joined the ranks of the tablet computing zealots, loud in their praise of the ultra-slim computer as a device set to sell and sell. But, as Tony Glover reports, in the absence of a killer...

  • Five minute interview: Jirina Yates, Avaya EMEA

    MicroScope puts its questions to Jirina Yates, director of field marketing at Avaya EMEA What is the best advice you have received and from whom? Treat people the way you wish to be treated. An ...

  • Samsung makes self-portraits easy with ST550's dual screen

    The world of digital cameras is one full of invention with image quality improving and the technology to help the user take a better picture also coming on in leaps and bounds. So it is perhaps no...

  • Parallels Desktop 5 makes Mac and Windows working seamless

    The number of people who have found it difficult to resist the beauty and simplicity that are the hallmarks of the world of Apple has increased but the need to use Windows applications has remained...