March 2010

  • Touchscreen mobility set to grow 97% in 2010

    Close to 365 million touchscreen mobile devices will be shipped worldwide this year, an increase of 96.8% on 2009, according to new research from industry watchers Gartner. According to the latest...

  • Bell Microproducts Q4 sales and profits rebound

    The light at the end of the tunnel is shining more brightly for Bell Microproducts after it turned in a vastly improved set of Q4 financials. Things had looked a little bleak for the enterprise di...

  • HP sets sights on Sun resellers

    Hewlett-Packard is setting out to exploit the uncertainty that has been caused by the Oracle acquisition of Sun by targeting resellers of its rival. Although the Sun and Oracle deal has now been g...

  • Viewsonic wants better ROI from channel marketing funds

    A 'try before you buy' promotion launched by Viewsonic could herald a dramatic shift in the way it dishes out marketing funds to resellers and distributors. The initiative which runs until early ...

  • HP tells BladeSystem c-Class buyers to seek alternatives to Cisco blade switches

    Hewlett-Packard has advised resellers and customers with immediate project requirements to seek alternatives to its c-Class blade system based on Cisco switches as component shortages have brought ...

  • SAP bosses use CeBIT as venue to talk of growth

    In their first public outing since becoming joint CEOs of SAP Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe have set out their ambitions for the software giant. In an appearance at CeBIT the recently inst...

  • Private equity firm makes $2bn approach for Novell

    Enterprise software provider Novell has confirmed it has received an unsolicited approach from hedge fund Elliott Associates LP to buy the company for $5.75 per share, or $2bn, a premium of 49% ove...

  • Force10 heads for $144m IPO

    Self-styled disruptive networker Force10 has become the fourth vendor in the networking space to file for an IPO since November, making an initial offering of $144m (£95m). Towards the back ...

  • Tech Data says market share gains helped boost Q4 numbers

    Tech Data reckons it captured or held market share across all product categories in Europe during its fiscal Q4 which helped it record sales and profits gains. After four consecutive quarters of ...

  • GFI MAX MailProtection fighting spam with the channel in mind

    If there is one area where a hosted option really works it is inmanaging email and blocking spam and viruses. The concept is not onlyeasy to understand but it is a channel favorite because it is so...

  • Colleges caught using unlicensed software by BSA

    The spotlight on unlicensed software has been cast over the education sector with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) settling with a couple of institutions caught on the wrong side of the licensi...

  • NHS IT programme losing political support in run up to election

    The large scale NHS IT project kicked off by Blair's government more than a decade ago is facing the prospect of losing political backing under a change of government. But according to a BBC Radio...

  • HP "disappointed" to be cut from Buying Solutions framework

    HP has expressed disappointment that an appeal to get its Direct sales arm back onto Buying Solutions £6bn Commodity IT Hardware and Software framework agreement has failed. As revealed las...

  • Buying Solutions suppliers unveiled

    Buying Solutions hasunveiled the suppliers that made it onto the forthcoming £6bn Commodity IT Hardware and Software framework agreement but high profile names including Dell, HP, Centerprise...

  • Microsoft looks to C2000 to grow BPOS channel

    Microsoft has turned to Computer 2000 in its efforts to recruit resellers to push its Business Producivity Online Standard suite of hosted messaging tools. C2000 is being used Exchange Online, Sha...

  • Lord Carter resurfaces at Alcatel-Lucent

    Former communications minister and Digital Britain mastermind Stephen Carter has taken a leap back into the private sector to join Alcatel-Lucent as chief marketing, strategy and communications off...

  • 43,000 UK pensioners may lose out in Nortel claim

    Nortel has dodged a multi-billion dollar bullet after a US court ruled that the UK Pensions Regulator cannot claim on the vendor's assets as it attempts to make up a £2.1bn shortfall in Norte...

  • Government claims digital skilled workers will benefit industry

    The government has highlighted a potential benefit to the channel of its plans to increase internet and web skills in the population. In a move to add an additional 7.5m internet users across the ...

  • UK channel leads recovery across Europe says Context

    The UK channel is leading the European IT market out of recession according to Context figures as rising product sales in January finally ended eleven consecutive months of declines. Business and...

  • Brussels signs off on Orange T-Mobile venture

    Orange and T-Mobile have been given the all-clear to merge their UK networks by the European Commission. The merger was first proposed last September after a period of speculation over the future ...