July 2010

  • Does the Queen joining Flickr mean anything?

    So the Royal Family opens a Flickr account and as a result those who live and breathe the web start talking about it being a great sign and time to start talking again about building a digital Brit...

  • IBM names new mid-market distributors

    IBM is looking to poach disaffected mid-market infrastructure resellers from rivals including Sun Microsystems and will expand the remit of several value distributors to seek them out. From Octobe...

  • SMEs still struggling to get access to bank lending

    The Prime Minister might like to talk tough about getting the banks to lend to small businesses but the evidence on the ground is that it is not getting easier to access credit. Small firms have b...

  • Ericsson takes hit from component shortage

    Ericsson, the Swedish networking and commskit giant, has blamed a components shortage for an 8% year-on-year decline in group sales, indicating that the networking supply chain is still struggling ...

  • RM cuts BSF contractors and restructures bidding team

    RM has cut contractors working on the recently departed Building Schools for the Future projects and is restructuring its bidding teams. The firm was the biggest IT supplier in BSF - it has reached...

  • UK users reluctant to pay for digital content

    Those software publishers hoping that the threats of fines and web connection severance outlined in the Digital Britain Act would have an impact on user attitudes towards online content might have ...

  • BT goes after cable thieves in new scheme

    BT has responded to the surge in cable thefts across its network with the launch of a nationwide campaign to forensically tag malfeasants and bring them to justice. Since scrap metal prices have ri...

  • Social networks influencing buying decisions

    Those in the channel who ignore social networking do so at their cost with customers now using online platforms to influence purchasing decisions. Thought by some people in the channel as a waste ...

  • Becta closure sparks school security fears

    Security specialists have expressed concerns that in the absence of guidelines from the shortly to be closed Becta schools IT buying group educational buyers will be exposed to threats.The governme...

  • Nokia CEO under fire as profits slip again

    The CEO of Finland-based mobility giant Nokia, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, has called for an end to speculation on his future at the firm, which has reached fever pitch after it posted another lacklustre...

  • Fortinet encouraged by strong European performance

    by Linda Endersby UTM Provider Fortinet has announced Q2 results showing an increase in revenue of 24% on the same quarter in 2009. Total revenue for the period ending 30th June 2010 was $76.3m (&p...

  • Now is the time for conference calls

    In a conversation earlier this week with an industry source the conversation turned to using technology for call conferencing and the passion in the room went up a notch. "Why aren't more res...

  • Microsoft delivers in Q4 but doubts remain over phone plans

    Microsoft has announced record fourth quarter profits with revenues of $16.04bn for the quarter ending 30th June 2010, up 22% from the same period last year.

  • Vodafone returns to growth in June quarter

    Mobility giant Vodafone hasbooked organic and reportedrevenuegrowth for the first time since the recession hit for the quarter ended 30 June, according to an interim management statement released t...

  • Data loss from MoD costs taxpayers thousands

    Despite the high profile loss of the data discs containing millions of consumer records by HMRC the public sector continues to mislay sensitive information on unencrypted hardware. In response to ...

  • Westcon ups profitability with credit arrangement

    Networking distributor Westcon has replaced its Europeanvendor-based inventory financing facility with a $200m agreement with HSBC Invoice Finance. The distributor said that the new four-year invoi...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 23 July 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days; Disties demand probe into stock sale at collapsed broker Creditors of defunct Slough-based broker Micro IT Component h...

  • Oracle highlights ¬£900m being wasted by UK PLC each week

    Inefficient storage and bizarre working practices are wasting UK Plc money at a point where it can ill afford the expense. According to research carried out by ICM on behalf of Oracle £900m ...

  • Azzurri bags BT's Mark Quartermaine as CEO

    Networking services provider Azzurri has bagged the former UK president of BTGlobal Services, Mark Quartermaine, to fill the vacant role of CEO. Quartermainespentonly 12months in his previous posit...

  • Sales, profits down at cautious Colt

    Comms provider Colt Group has said its cautious business outlook during the first six months of2010 is now giving way to increasing confidence for the coming period. In a statement CEO Rakesh Bhasi...