October 2011

  • Channel has role to play plugging skills gap

    The IT skills gap will only get wider unless more action is taken by both businesses and schools to get more young people to study ICT. The warning has been sounded by the Recruitment and Educatio...

  • Distribution still has a role in a cloud world

    Distribution will continue to play a critical role in a cloud market delivering services and support to resellers on behalf of vendors, according to IBM. Big Blue took the wraps off its SmartCloud...

  • Scale picks European Electronique for education push

    SMB scale-out storage vendor Scale Computing is teaming up with education sector specialist European Electronique to address increasing complexity and levels of data in both school and university e...

  • UK performance takes shine off Computacenter first half

    The UK continues to drag down the performance of Computacenter with a poor performance in the professional services business a blot on the channel player's half year numbers. Overall the services ...

  • More personal liability for directors

    Pre-pack sales of failed businesses are a major irritant to all concerned, not least because of the appearance that the failed business can "dump" its debt and the buyers can start the sa...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 14 October 2011

    Avaya UK boss to take channel back to basics Avaya's new UK and Ireland managing director Andrew Sheppardhassaid he will adopt a"back to basics" approach in his dealings with the channel...

  • iOS5 and iCloud upgrade is a painful process

    There was a lot of hype around iCloud and the launch of iOS5 yesterday. They were bringing lots of wonderful features for Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, far too many for me to list here. ...

  • Data centre spending heading back to pre-recession levels

    With demand coming from the cloud and more awareness of the need to upgrade existing systems to lower energy alternatives the prospects in the data centre market are looking fairly rosy. The lates...

  • Citrix snaps up ShareFile to bolster cloud capabilities

    Citrix has extended its cloud capabilities with the acquisition of ShareFile, which provides hosted storage services, as it gears up mto exploit the predicted growth in the market. The terms of th...

  • Alcatel-Lucent on verge of Genesys sale

    Alcatel-Lucent is understoodon the verge of selling its Genesys contact centre software unit to private equity investors Permira, according to the Financial Times. The unit sits within Alcatel-Luce...

  • How would you spin the Blackberry downtime?

    It's tragic how fate is treating RIM. Blackberry was the standard bearer formobile computing and now these difficulties threaten to destroy RIM. Even distinguished figures such as Piers Morgan are ...

  • AVG takes wraps off Partner Centre support service

    Security specialist AVG has stepped up the service support it offers to resellers in a move designed to make life easier for current partners as well as a benefit that will attract fresh talent. T...

  • Lenovo takes second spot in PC market

    Consolidation and changing market dynamics have shaken the pack of PC vendors with Lenovo becoming the second largest global player for the first time as it overtook both Acer and Dell. The latest...

  • New bill will strengthen consumer rights

    The Government has announced that it's producing a new Consumer Bill of Rights to 'streamline confusing and overlapping legislation and regulation' and provide stronger consumer protection.

  • "Frustrated" IT professionals keen to switch jobs

    "Frustrated", "Numb", "Unchallenged" and "Underpaid". Those are the words used by IT professionals in Ireland when asked to describe how their job made them ...

  • Small firms warned to keep up guard against CNP fraud

    Small businesses have been warned to keep up their defences against fraudsters despite the level of cardholder not present (CNP) fraud dropping to the lowest level for 11 years. Figures issued ear...

  • Avaya UK boss to take channel back to basics

    Avaya's new UK and Ireland managing director Andrew Sheppard, who was named as Lee Shorten's replacement during the summer, hassaid he will adopt a"back to basics" approach in his dealing...

  • Tablet not viable PC replacement yet, says CompTIA

    Ahead of its upcoming EMEA conference, channel association CompTIA has suggested that a "three device system" will become the norm in most businesses in the near future, with tablets and ...

  • Blackberry outages send message on back-up strategy

    If I was RIM, I might be asking some hard questions of my IT network provider (assuming I had one) in the wake of the much-publicised outages at the Blackberry-maker. According to the company's...

  • Have we got the measure of LTE yet?

    Sometimes you know something's not right just by the name. LTE. Long term evolution. As opposed to what? Short term evolution? By nature, isn't evolution supposed to be long term anyway? You don't ...