April 2010 | Archive by Month | MicroscopeUK

April 2010

  • Political parties promise help for SMEs

    One of the key battlelines in the election is around the support that the political parties will give to SMEs. In last nights debate between the three leaders of the main political parties all...

  • ComputerLinks shuffles management pack to focus on services

    In its ongoing transition to increase services revenue ComputerLinks has announced a reshuffle of its management team. The Newmarket-based distributor has been actively looking to grow busines...

  • Radware cashes in on Alteon acquisition

    Application delivery solutions vendor Radware is still feeling the after-effects of its acquisition of Alteon last year, as it posted figures for the first quarter of 2010. Radware bought Alteo...

  • Internet takes greater role in election campaign

    Well, the final debate is over, and now just six days of increasingly frenzied campaigning, soundbites and stunts remain before Britain goes to the polls for the 2010 General Election. Through...

  • Securing our digital future

    Identity protection will play a key part as IT advances our digital world, writes Simon Quicke With the number of mobile devices continuing to expand and cheque books and cash becoming less common ...

  • Business sales marching up the hill

    GfK's month-on-month market comparison shows climb out of decline. Carl West explains the figures With most year-on-year sales comparisons not truly indicating a return to the more buoyant levels o...

  • SAP looks to developers to support Business ByDesign

    SAP is preparing its developer and reseller community for the launch of its hosted Business ByDesign service, which goes mainstream from July. Up to now the vendor has been selective with its cust...

  • The 'C' word that signals recovery

    If you want to look for signs of recovery then some of the clearest can be seen in the M&A activity in the channel that has already started to pick up momentum this year with this week providin...

  • European weakness a concern for Avnet

    Continued weakness in the European market remained a concern for Avnet as other geographies showed signs of coming out of recession much quicker. The distributor highlighted a relatively slow reve...

  • Lexmark laser shortages zap SME channel promotions

    Lexmark expects shortages of its laser hardware to continue to prevent it from running SME channel promotions until some point in the second half of the year. The Kentucky-based firm is not alone ...

  • Ingram Micro sales growth outpaced by profits in Q1 2010

    Spurred by a stabilising global economy and product refreshes the reseller channel is looking more buoyant than it has done in years, Ingram Micro's chief executive has claimed. Evidence for his a...

  • Symantec acquires PGP and GuardianEdge

    Against a background of increasing interest in encryption thanks in part to the continued high profile data losses and threat of fines from the Information Commissioners Office the decision of Syma...

  • Fortinet sales investment pays off

    Ken Xie, CEO of Network security and UTM provider Fortinet, has highlighted "increased investments in the sales organisation" after posting increased Q1 sales and profits. In the thre...

  • Sales of Windows 7 hit the 100m mark

    The words 'Vista' and 'OS disappointment' need never be uttered in Microsoft offices again after the sales of Windows 7 hit the 100m unit mark. The speed with which Windows 7 has sold has made it ...

  • In the Palm of HP's hand

    Crikey. Well, there I was, sitting down with my dinner on my lap and last weekend's Doctor Who on the telly, when Hewlett-Packard suddenly bought Palm. I have to hand it to them, that was ...

  • Adobe identifies billions being wasted in unnecessary admin

    Even before the election started the politicians were banging on about how they could use technology to cut costs in UK plc and there are £8.8bn that Adobe has identified that could go relati...

  • HP pledges major investment in Palm

    Hewlett-Packard has pledged to make significant investment in the R&D and sales operation of its latest acquisition, Palm, and hopes to exploit its commercial channel to tout the consumer-orien...

  • Want to know what's happening? Dump the cynicism.

    There are naturally those that look at Twitter with a great deal of cynicism and you can spot them because they roll their eyes and sigh when ever the subject comes up. "It's full of people s...

  • Reseller opportunity identified around mixed SaaS adoption

    Despite an apparent interest from customers in software as a service (SaaS) the majority of firms have still not established evaluation criteria to choose which products they will go for. Accordin...

  • HP buys Palm for $1.2bn

    Hot on the heels of its acquisition of 3Com, HP has paid $1.2bn or $5.70 per share for struggling smartphone vendor Palm. Under the terms of the deal, which has already been approved by both bo...