February 2011 | Archive by Month | MicroscopeUK

February 2011

  • Oscar gives three 'Likes' to The Social Network but prefers the king

    Not such a good night for The Social Network at the Oscars after all. Despite all the buzz around Facebook and social media, a film about an extremely posh English bloke with a speech impediment se...

  • Azlan offers Avaya installation freebie

    Azlan is to provide free installation on Avaya IP Office installations for resellers adding three-year warranty cover at the time of purchase.

  • Tablet growth will be at the expense of PC sales

    Tablets shows no sign of slowing up and should continue to grow and eat into PC sales over the next couple of years if the predictions from JP Morgan Securities are right. The financial specialist...

  • Comms charity Télécoms Sans Frontières heads to Libya

    As a wave ofcivil unrest and revolution continues to sweep the Arab world, emergency telecommunications charity Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is providing aid torefugees onLib...

  • Business groups give Chancellor Budget wish list

    The budget might still be a month away but the wish list is already being put together as different sectors of the economy voice their concerns that the fragile recovery requires more government su...

  • Vodafone forced off the air after break in

    The alarming dependence of modern Britain on technology has once again been laid bare after abreak in at Vodafone's Basingstoke data centre, which is thought to have left over three million users w...

  • Former Redstone security unit RMS relaunches

    RMS IT Security, the former security resale arm of Redstone Managed Solutions which was sold for £1m in an MBO at the end of 2010, has today officially unveileda new brand identity and formal...

  • Postal service hit with new VAT regime

    Death and taxes. The two certainties in life according to US founding father Benjamin Franklin. Well not to disappoint, the Government has now added VAT to certain postal services as of 31 January....

  • Oracle server sales hammered again in Q4

    Oracletook a severepoundingin the server stakesin the last quarter of 2010, with EMEAshipments down 49% and revenues down 42%. However, having lostposition in Q3 to NEC, the vendordid manage to cla...

  • Productivity's very human limitations

    Productivity is an unwieldy sounding word but it comes up a lot in IT speak, usually as a promise or an outcome. "Increased productivity" is the favourite - well, people are hardly likely...

  • Voice sales tap runs dry for Colt

    Business comms provider Colt Group has recorded a 2.4% drop in full-year sales as voice revenues dried up and data sales remained flat. Colt blamed the slowdown, which is also being seen by its riv...

  • Salesforce.com Q4 numbers hit by charges

    Cloud CRM specialist Salesforce.com saw its net income halved year-on-year in its fiscal fourth quarter as it swallowed costs related to stock-based compensation. Despite that knockback, having to...

  • Opaque costs put off unified comms investment

    More than nine out of 10 communications managers want a unified communications infrastructure, but most worry about being able to identify and manage the cost of the individual services provided, a...

  • SMEs could boost efficiency with IT investment

    Small businesses could boost their efficiency by over 50% through IT investment, according to independent research, writes Bill Goodwin. Studies by E-skills UK, the public private sector partnershi...

  • In-depth: Distributors find a role in the cloud

    When the cloud hype kicked off in earnest a couple of years ago it sounded as if there were going to be few angles for distributors to get involved. With vendors talking of hosted services that at ...

  • How to recognise security vulnerabilities in your IT systems

    By Adam Bosnian, EVP, Cyber-Ark SoftwareAs IT systems continue to extend across multiple environments, IT security threats and vulnerabilities have likewise continued to evolve. Whether from the gr...

  • Five minute interview: Matthew Thomas, Kerio Technologies

    Matthew Thomas - UK Channel Manager for Kerio TechnologiesWhat is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom? The best advice was from my father who told me to work hard, but always ensu...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 25 February 2011

    PARS Technology falls into administration PARS Technology has gone into administration but the boss of the beleaguered firm is seeking investors to buy it back.The Milton Keynes-based system builde...

  • Wholly and Exclusively

    The subject of business expenses and what can be claimed is an old chestnut that many businesses still make mistakes over. A recent case, Azam v HMRC, looks again at expenses incurred 'wholly and e...

  • Go on then, have mobile access underground! See if I care!

    Network Noise knows when it is beaten. Today we doff our blogging cap to the fine people at comparison site Broadband Expert, who have been asking what the man on the Clapham omnibus thinks of Huaw...