August 2010 | Archive by Month | MicroscopeUK | Page 8

August 2010

  • Bank lending to SMEs down by half

    The amount banks lend to small businesses has halved since the recession took hold in the UK, official figures have revealed. Recovery in the banking sector in well under way with HSBC, Lloyds TSB...

  • Kelway boss Doye on the run

    Kelway chief executive Phil Doye is participating in the London Triathlon this Sunday on behalf of Breakthrough Breast Cancer but has left it a bit late in the day to raise money, a point he acknow...

  • IT leaders sign up to grand Gates giveaway

    Several of theIT industry'sbiggest nameshave signed up to a new philanthropic drive to donate half their fortunes to good causes. Dubbed the 'Giving Pledge' and spearheaded by Microsoft's Bill Gate...

  • Fears UK will fall behind as pupils shun uninspiring ICT and Computing courses

    By Billy MacInnes Many of the pioneers of the IT industry and channel did not have an IT qualification and it's beginning to look as if the same will be true for future generations unless there's ...

  • Insight Enterprises Q2 numbers reflect improving IT demand

    Insight Enterprises last night posted a bumper set of Q2 financials and upped its guidance for the year on the back of improving global demand for IT. The US reseller recorded a 23% rise in sales ...

  • Salesforce.com pays up in MS patent settlement

    Microsoft and Salesforce.com have put aside their differences and settled their three month patent spat, with Salesforce.commade to pay licensing fees over nine patents itstood accused of violating...

  • Android is coming of age

    Research conducted in the US by research outfit NPD Group has concluded that the Android smartphone operating system now holds a leading share of consumer sales.

  • Big surge in technology M&A deals in the UK

    By Billy MacInnes Corporate merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the UK technology sector rose by a third in the second quarter of 2010, making it the most acquisitive technology sector in Eu...

  • FTC, Intel resolve anti-competitive charges

    The FTC has approved a settlement with Intel that resolves charges the company illegally stifled competition in the market for computer chips.

  • Former Basilica boss Gorringe joins board at Vohkus

    Former Basilica and BT Engage IT boss Nick Gorringe is returning to the industry as non-executive director at south coast-based reseller Vohkus. The 16-year channel veteran sold Basilica to BT in ...

  • Recycling sector mourns passing of WEEE Advisory Board

    The benefits of the WEEE Advisory Board (WAB) in helping government make sense of the European directive far outweighed the £20,000 it cost the taxpayer to fund the group every year, accordin...

  • Avaya retains Avnet relationship

    Nortel distie Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS)has been retained by Avaya to distribute its UC andcontact centre line-up in addition to the Nortel enterprise portfolio. Avnet already distributed par...

  • Majority of end-users misuse backup, recovery tools

    A majority of enterprise customers are failing to follow advice surrounding information management practice,with many improperly using backup and recovery software packages, according to new inform...

  • Fears of double-dip recession cloud IDC forecast for IT spending

    By Billy MacInnes The next three months will be "crucial" in predicting whether IT spending will continue to grow in 2010 and beyond or fall to less than one per cent growth in the fa...

  • Extreme ends CEO hunt after 10 months

    Almost a year after it bid farewell to former CEO Mark Canepa, Extreme Networks has hired networking vet and computer science expert Oscar Rodriguez as its new boss. Acting CEO Bob Corey, who has k...

  • Top UK software companies taking the SaaS route

    By Billy MacInnes The majority of the top 25 UK software companies are already on the road towards delivering a software as a service (SaaS) model but some of them are failing to promote the fa...

  • Esteem Systems splashes the cash on SiRViS IT acquisition

    Esteem Systems hasstumped up £10mfor maintenance and managed services provider SiRViS IT. Backed by Primary Capital and Lloyds TSB, this is the second deal Esteem has completed this summer a...

  • 2e2 extends talks with support staff over Patni outsourcing deal

    2e2 has extended the consultation period with support staff to determine whether they transfer en masse, in part or not at all to Indian outsourcing firm Patni. The initial deadline set by 2e2 to ...

  • eBuyer parts company with whistleblower

    eBuyer has split with the whistleblower who made allegations that members of the purchasing team took backhanders less than three months after he joined the firm. Mark Wilson joined the East-Yorks...

  • Westcon promotes new Europe SVP

    Network, convergence and security distie Westcon has promoted David Grant (pictured)the former CEO of telco distributor Crane to fill the role of senior vice president of Europe. Westcon acquired C...