March 2011

  • Jobs springs a surprise by turning up at iPad 2 launch

    It was no surprise that Apple launched iPad 2 tonight but the presence of Steve Jobs to present the product did raise more than a few eyebrows. The Apple CEO is signed off on his third leave of sic...

  • Shift F7 MD Ognall exits the business

    The owner at Surrey-based reseller Shift F7 Garry King has stepped back into the managing director's seat following the "mutual" split with previous incumbent Simon Ognall. Former managi...

  • Consumerisation of IT hands resellers an opportunity

    The latest research from IBM that has indentified a trend among customers to earmark some spending for endpoint security as workforces become increasingly mobile, backs up numerous ancedotal report...

  • Daisy lays bare distribution ambitions

    Newly-formed telecomsdistributor Daisy Distribution has set out its ambitions in thesector and moved toput clear water betweenits own business and that of its parent's other units, Daisy Communicat...

  • Apple to Microsoft: if you can trademark Windows, we can trademark App Store

    The latest development in the Microsoft v Apple court case over Apple's attempt to trademark the phrase "App Store" is a case of the biter bit. Personally, I don't agree that Apple should...

  • Government tech contracts should have more flexibility

    A report into the mistakes made by the government when it buys IT has recommended more flexibility in the procurement process and a move away from 'locked down' contracts. The 'System Error: fixing...

  • Cisco tweaks partner accreditations in New Orleans

    Changes to Cisco's channel are once again afoot at the vendor's annual Partner Summit... During yesterday's keynote sessions, the vendor's global channel boss Edison Peres lifted the lid on a new c...

  • Tech Data Q4 numbers lifted by "healthy" IT market

    Distribution behemoth Tech Data beat analysts' expectations in Q4 to post double digit sales gains in spite of a currency headwind. The world's second largest wholesaler warned, however that the s...

  • Ten things we hate about trade shows - even Infosec

    I missed CeBIT this year because I couldn't quite get my hair how I like it. So I cancelled the flight. And you know what, I don't think I missed anything. Why? Here's then reasons why you should n...

  • IBM identifies user spending to secure consumerisation of IT

    IBM has identified a trend among customers to earmark some spending for endpoint security as workforces become increasingly mobile. Big Blue released the findings of its security research at its Pu...

  • Restructuring costs drive Mitel to third quarter loss

    Unified communications vendor Mitel hasposted aGAAPnet loss of $4m, compared to net income of $33.2m this time last year, after being hit by restructuring costs of $7.4m. Non-GAAP income was $8.6m....

  • Don't bank on the Ombudsman

    Banks are often a law unto themselves. However, customers - both personal and commercial - can seek redress via the Financial Ombudsman Service. Whilst the the FOS can help almost all personal cust...

  • Cisco to partners: no competition in the cloud

    In a now customary packed opener to its annual Partner Summit, Cisco's bosses have told an audience of over 2,000 channel partners that the vendor will not compete with them in the cloud as it laun...

  • C2000 enters Dragon's Den in bid to acquire Data Select

    The word on the street is that Computer 2000 is leading negotiations with mobile phone and airtime distributor Data Select that could lead to an acquisition. The UK's largestIT distributor, C2000 ...

  • Boffins shift IT dimensions with photonic quantum computing

    This is a representation of a circuit for quantum information processing that makes use of multiport MMI devices. These circuits will bemore compact and robust to fabrication tolerances compared to...

  • Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you a channel

    Xerox has a very simple strategy when it comes to the channel. If the company decides it needs a particular presence in a country it doesn't get bogged down in appointing distributors and setting u...

  • HP overhauls rebate model to lure services partners on board

    HP is lowering the barrier to entry for the Services Specialisation Programme (SSP) after admitting the Penetration Rate Index (PRI) it used to measure reseller sales did not work for some larger p...

  • Lumison splashes £22m on first acquisition

    Infrastructure services outfit Lumison will turn its attentions to acquisition targets in the IT and network services space after forking out £22m for data centre co-location firm Blue Square...

  • Xerox snaps up Canon's largest UK dealer

    Xerox has put its hand in its pocket to fund an acquisition of Scottish-headquartered Concept Group to widen its route to SMEs. The deal means that Xerox will be selling its range of office product...

  • Magirus to slash public sector vBundle costs

    Data centre and network distributor Magirus is making plans to capitalise on the end of the public sector financial year on 5 April by offering 50% discounts on its preconfigured vBundle virtualise...