February 2011

  • Citrix seals Netviewer web conferencing deal

    Citrix has finalised its acquisition of German web-conferencing specialist Netviewer, which numbers Bayer, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom and Swisscom among its 18,000 customers...

  • Insight prepares for $10m impact of Microsoft fee cuts

    Insight Enterprises is making plans to "mitigate" the pending changes to Microsoft LAR fees that it estimates will impact gross profits by many millions of dollars in 2012. As revealed by...

  • Computacenter stumps up £17.6m for Top Info

    Computacenter (CC) has bulked up its French operation after splashing out €21m (£17.6m) on reseller Top Info SAS. London-based giant CC made no secret of plans to use its stockpile of cash to...

  • Sweating IT assets the response from cash strapped councils

    Mobile working and redesigning existing methods of working are the most popular responses from local government to the savage cuts they are facing in budgets. According to a survey of local govern...

  • Microsoft deal will be bad for Nokia, says iSuppli

    In adamning assessment of the Nokia Microsoft smartphone tie-up, IHS iSuppli principal analyst Will Kidd has said that the troubled mobility firm would have made a "better choice" had it ...

  • Liability for theft by employee

    In the 2010 case of Brink's Global Services Inc and others v Igrox Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that Igrox was vicariously liable for the theft of a third party's goods by one of its employees. Br...

  • Will the history of PCI DSS be one of confusion?

    When the time comes to sit back and review PCI DSS there will be a couple of comments that can be used to sum up the way the credit card data compliance guidelines were introduced. One of them wil...

  • Coalition cuts put pricing pressure on Phoenix

    In an interim trading statement released to the City today, infrastructure services firm Phoenix IT has admitted it is seeing some price pressure in its partner division, "some of which is att...

  • Avnet CEO Vallee steps down to drive acquisition strategy

    Avnet CEO Roy Vallee has announced he is to step down from his post at the distributor at the end of the firm's financial year in order to concentrate on the firm's acquisition strategy, with curre...

  • Royal Wedding smartphone case must surely appeal to someone

    Amid all the excitementof Valentine's Day and the spurious press releases that accompany that annual festival of tat, Network Noise had quite forgotten thatjust around the corner is the Royal Weddi...

  • Visa moves to reduce PCI DSS burden send out mixed signals

    There has been a mixed response to the moves made by Visa to reduce the burden faced by retailers having to become PCI DSS compliant. The burden on large retailers needing to prove that they are c...

  • Telco M&A predictions forget the little guys

    Over the weekend KPMG's telecoms head Joe Gallagher said that the sector is in for a wave of M&A activity over the next two to three years. "Big ticket players will be looking to joint ven...

  • Daisy acquires competitor O-bit Telecom

    Business comms provider Daisy Group has acquired Buckinghamshire-based O-bit Telecom in its eleventh acquisition since listing on the AIM 18 months ago. O-bit claims to have 120 resellers and 170 '...

  • Avaya distributors rue component shortages

    Availability of Avaya IP handsetlines has started to free up but it could be months before shortages of voice kit on the blue side of the portfolio - Nortel - are resolved, according to distributio...

  • HP's video nasty

    Yet another entry in the long list of "feeble cringeworthy attempts by technology companies to look cool" category at the Grammy awards last night (13 February). Someone at HP had the ide...

  • FAST calls for ACS:Law downloaders court case to continue

    The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has waded into the debate about the court case against file-sharers that is teetering on the brink of collapse. The long-running saga over the attempts...

  • Telco sector already proving M&A watchers right

    The tie-up between Nokia and Microsoft is being heralded as an indicator that those predicting a large amount of activity in the telco sector are on the right track. KMPG recently made its forecas...

  • Diary Mobile World Congress 2011: New dogs or old tricks?

    02 14 2011Mobile World COngress Barcelona Openwave CEO Ken Denman is keeping a diary for us as he endures the marathon that is Mobile world Congress. In his first report, he predicts that this year...

  • New quality guarantee for Apprenticeships

    The Government has said that it is to further guarantee the quality of its apprenticeship programme with the publication of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England.

  • New shared parental leave arrangements

    The Government has announced detail of its plans for a new system of flexible parental leave to help parents balance work and family commitments. The coalition agreement included a commitment to en...