October 2011

  • Channel all dressed up for Halloween

    The channel has come out in force for Halloween, withthe offices ofManchester-based networking and comms distie Nimans (pictured above) among thoseresembling scenes from a very busy horror movie as...

  • Comet sale edging closer

    The sale of the Comet electrical chain could be moving towards a conclusion with a private equity firm the most likely buyer to take the retail chain off the hands of current parent Kesa Electrical...

  • Tech Data completes software distie buyout

    Tech Data has completed its acquisition of software VAD Man and Machine after the deal received the green light from the European Commission. Man and Machine - known as Mensch und Maschine in its n...

  • Bank profits grow but calls for SME lending continue

    The banks are being urged to do more to lend to small businesses with signs that where possible the finance sector is giving finance to those larger firms it deems to be safer bets. The call for mo...

  • BT launches broadband recruitment drive

    BT is to recruit 520 new engineers in the UK as it brings forward £300m of investment in its commercial fibre broadband venture, with the bulk being hired from ex-armed forces personnel. The ...

  • Health and safety or you pay

    The Government is planning to give the Health and Safety Executive a legal duty to make a cost recovery from organisations and businesses who are found to be in breach of health and safety law. Whi...

  • The cloud goes to Hollywood

    I love the way IT is immortalized on the big screen. In the early days of the computer's film career, it usually had a support role.

  • Can Logica and CityMeetsTech create a culture of innovation?

    Logica recently held an event that asked: Has Britain lost its way as an innovator? How do we reclaim our position? While Logica tries to wrestle with that problem and create an innovation culture,...

  • Smartphone sales boost Samsung Q3

    The success of Samsung's Galaxy smartphone fuelled a 37% increase in its telecom business in Q3 and helped to offset declining sales at its semiconductor and display panel operations. The results r...

  • DiData picks up key Microsoft cloud badge

    Following the launch of a dedicated cloud business unit during the summer, along with the acquisition of sector specialist OpSource, Dimension Data haspicked upMicrosoft's Cloud Accelerate Partner ...

  • Ingram Micro sales helped by favourable currency rates

    Favourable currency rates have helped Ingram Micro to report a 7% increase in Q3 EMEA sales, despite the adverse effect of economic conditions on consumer demand in many European countries. Softer ...

  • Motorola split pays off for strengthening Solutions biz

    Motorola Solutions, the enterprise and public-sector facing networking vendor that split from Motorola Mobility in a velvet divorce at the start of 2011, has turned in adecent performance during th...

  • ShoreTel Q1 revenues up but UK and EMEA may struggle to hit 20% growth target

    Shoretel added more than 1,000 customers and increased its global market share in the Pure IP telephony market as Q1 revenues rose 22%. Gross margin for the quarter ending 30 September was down sli...

  • Industry welcomes HP PSG reprieve

    HP's not-unexpected decision to u-turn over the future of its PSG business unit has been generally welcomed. In the two months since Leo Apotheker made the announcement that would ultimately cost h...

  • HP dumps Apotheker strategy, opts to keep PC business

    HP has made a stunning reversal and decided to keep its PC business - barely a month after ousting the CEO who announced plans to spin it off. President and CEO Meg Whitman said the company had &qu...

  • Digital Marketing

    In the seven months since March 2011 when the Advertising Standards Authority gained a remit to oversee digital advertising and marketing (in addition to the original print media remit), a huge num...

  • Citrix aims for SMBs with VDI-in-a-Box, posts Q3 results

    Citrix is making a concerted effort to boost its presence in the SMB market with the launch of VDI-in-a-Box 5, an all-in-one virtual desktop aimed at smaller businesses, allied to a new channel par...

  • Entanet resellers get access to BE Wholesale services

    Wholesale voice and data comms provider Entanet has signed an agreement to provide BE Wholesale's ADSL2+ broadband connections alongside its BT-based portfolio.

  • Business collaboration could drive sustainable living

    Businesses could wield a powerful influence over how people in the UK modify their behaviour towards more sustainable behaviour, especially if they collaborate to develop a set of ideas. Research ...

  • Retail data booms for Virgin Media, but sales still fall flat

    Double digit growth in retail data sales were not enough to offset declines in retail voice and wholesale voice and data at Virgin Media Business (VMB), which has turned in third quarter sales of &...