February 2011

  • Getting religion - getting fired

    Can an employee be disciplined for promotion religion, somewhat inappropriately, at work? The answer maybe an almighty - pun intended - 'yes'. In Amachree v Wandsworth Borough Council, a council em...

  • Cambridge boffins can gauge your fertility with their mobiles

    We've heard about mobiles that can get you in the mood for love... Now scientists have found another step of the cycle that mobiles can measure. Cambridge Temperature Concepts (CTC) has discovered ...

  • IBM UK tweaks distribution management

    IBM distribution boss Ian Jeffs is taking over the marketing function for mid-market resellers with former Lenovo head of enterprise sales Martin Greason-Walker returning to Big Blue to manage its ...

  • Open source uptake provides opportunity for developers

    Open source might be gaining customers but it is being deployed in a fairly ad hoc way by a significant number of firms. According to a worldwide study looking into the adoption of open source car...

  • Phoenix IT Group staff defections to Concorde continues

    Concorde Informatics Technology Group (CITG) has hired Servo's client director Matthew Wood to head up business development, adding to the growing band of defectors that have exited businesses owne...

  • Blue Coat launches partners at secure clouds

    WAN optimisation vendor Blue Coat has introduced a dedicated Cloud Partner Programme to get its dealer network up to speed on its internet-delivered cloud services offering. The programme includes ...

  • Smart phone security threats on the rise

    Smart phone security threats are becoming an increasing problem as hackers target the growing number of users using their handheld devices to store sensitive information. According to the latest t...

  • The ups and downs of the SME market

    Today's announcement of a new business range of Drobo products from Data Robotics, based on its BeyondRAID technology that allows users to mix and match drives, is another instance of a company mov...

  • Should Microsoft hook up with Nokia?

    Should the also-rans of the smartphone space, Microsoft and Nokia, team up for market domination? Adnaan Ahmad, a London-based analyst with Berenberg Bank, thinks so. In fact, he's so confident it ...

  • Antenna picks up mobile internet specialist

    Mobility software outfit Antenna Software has forked out an undisclosed sum to acquire mobile internet software company Volanits systems as part of an attempt to position itself as an end-to-end mo...

  • IP hyenas await the IPv6 stampede

    Continuing in his series of seminal briefings on IPv4, Jeff Smith warns of the pain involved in mass migration. Have you ever watched those wildlife documentaries, where the lush pastures of east A...

  • Companies House sh(r)eds paper

    Now that the world has gone digital - in many areas anyway - it won't surprise readers to know that Companies House plans to become an entirely electronic service. As a result, for standard compani...

  • Equanet eyes services growth with new head of IT solutions

    Dixons-owned reseller Equanet has ushered in former Dataplex technical director Jamie Marshall as head of IT solutions. Marshall came on the job market late last year when Dataplex was placed in a...

  • Dell and Midwich to tie the distribution knot?

    The word on the street is that Dell is locked in negotiations with Midwich to expand distribution of its printer products beyond Micro P. The one time direct selling purist is expanding its networ...

  • PBX hackers cost businesses a billion

    If you were worried about your mobile phone voicemail being hacked by errant reporters, then worry no more. For a start, you're probably not famous enough, and secondly, you ought to be more worrie...

  • Government misses deadline for first round of IT reform plans

    The government has missed the deadline on nearly all its commitments to IT reform due to be implemented last month, writes Kathleen Hall. In November 2010 all Whitehall departments published busin...

  • Accenture predicts easier to use BI and automated security

    Business intelligence has become slicker and cheaper but is going to have to become easier to use if its going to deliver on user demands in the next stage of its development. According to predict...

  • C2000 hand Reed dual role as GM for PCs and software

    Computer 2000 has doubled the responsibilities of software general manager James Reed to also include the PC business unit, ending the four month search for a permanent successor to Mark Glasspool....

  • Atos Origin calls time on email

    Those resellers struggling to cope under the weight of emails might be intrigued by the ambition of Atos Origin's CEO to eradicate the technology inside his firm over the next three years. Thierry...

  • Money talks in LAR fee changes

    Microsoft's changes to the fee structure of its Enterprise Agreements (EA) appear pretty tough. On the surface, large account resellers (LARs) are losing around two-thirds of their existing fees fo...