February 2011

  • Time to talk to the tech bosses about growth not cuts

    The US president Barack Obama seems to have recognised the value and worth of the tech sector having completed two meetings with IT bosses in the last few weeks. Earlier this month he had Michael ...

  • Demise of HP and Westcon deal points to ESSN distie overhaul

    HP Networking and Westcon Convergence are terminating their UK-only distribution agreement, raising questions over the future of certain other wholesale contracts. The deal was initially penned by ...

  • What's the future of mobile operators? asks Ken Denman at MWC post mortem

    With the claritythathindsight, Openwave chief Ken Denman picks out the big talking points from this year'sMobile World Congress As visitors headed home from MWC, exhibitors collapsed their stands a...

  • Trend Micro shows a sense of humour at RSA 2011

    Nick Booth reporting from RSA 2011, San Francisco Having blagged a last minute flight to my favourite US town, San Francisco, I thought I was having a good RSA. Security events can be tedious.Se...

  • Business Intelligence set to grow through to 2014

    The Business Intelligence (BI) market is set for steady growth over the next three years making it one of the strongest areas of the software sector. According to forecasts from Gartner the worldw...

  • RES Software changes licence packages and lowers prices

    Desktop virtualisation specialist RES Software has changed its pricing structure, reducing the costs of its entry-level products, in a move designed to widen its customer base. The vendor has intr...

  • Azlan hears AudioCodes call

    VoIP and voice networking vendor AudioCodes has signed up with Azlan in a new deal covering the UK and Ireland. Azlan, which has long-stated ambitions in the still fast-growing unified communicatio...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 February 2011

    Channel facing rough ride as reseller insolvencies spike A spike in insolvencies during Q4 and higher incidence of bad debts hitting distribution last month indicate that the channel could face a r...

  • Are Bahrain's ISPs masking a new net crackdown?

    Following the deposition of the Egyptian government in a protracted and at times bloody revolution, the Bahraini government may have got itself into hot water as well, with international concern gr...

  • Company Directors warned on risk mitigation strategy

    According to law firm O'Connors LLP, non-executive directors must check their employer companies have a personal risk mitigation strategy in place, especially as the risks facing directors had neve...

  • Hells bells, wheels come off Dell Streak stunt

    I laughed out loud at the story about the Dell staffers arrested after a PR stunt went badly wrong. Hats off to the marketing geniuses who decided it would be really smart for someone to run throug...

  • Lenovo ups ante on rivals as Q3 profits bounce

    The renaissance at Lenovo continued in Q3 as PC growth outpaced all its major rivals for the fifth consecutive quarter, a far cry from the dark days of recent years. The Chinese giant banked profit...

  • Intact rolls out lifecycle management services

    Network support services house Intact Integrated Services is to roll out a new Service Delivery Management set-up that it claims will help resellers avoid SLA penalties. The firm claims the end-to-...

  • Virgin Media Business sees strong end to 2010

    Virgin Media Business, the b2b arm of ISP Virgin Media, has posted a4.7% year-on-yearuptick in fourth quarter sales after strong growth in data and wholesale revenues. The unit made total sales of ...

  • Cyber crime costing UK firms £21bn a year

    The cost of cybercrime to UK businesses is £21bn with British firms being the target of IP theft, industrial espionage and theft of customer data. According to the first attempt by the govern...

  • Harness the power of young minds

    If you want to get some young brains to come up with an advertising campaign for your product then a good idea might well be to take a tip from JLT Mobile Computers. The Runcorn-based manufacturer ...

  • Micro-P confirms Brown as commerical director

    Channel veteran Phil Brown has returned to distribution as Micro-P's commercial director following a relatively short spell running sales at netbook pioneer ASUS. As revealed last year, Brown appe...

  • Security camera growth handing data dealers opportunities

    The opportunities for resellers confident of networking CCTV systems continue to expand with the market defying the recession with double digit growth last year. The shift from analog cameras to I...

  • Dell staffers arrested following botched PR stunt

    An in-house marketing stunt to promote the launch of the latest Streak tablet PC backfired on Dell after two execs were arrested at its corporate HQ for minor offences at the start of this week. Ac...

  • SME group calls for changes in tax law to sustain growth

    If the government could tackle the complex tax system and help ease fuel and utility costs smaller firms would have a better chance of growing their businesses.