March 2011 | Archive by Month | MicroscopeUK | Page 2

March 2011

  • New rules on audited accounts

    The Government has announced that it intends to allow small firms to be exempted from having to have independently audited accounts. The changes will come in via amendments to the Companies Ac...

  • Linguists in war of words over Apple App store trademark claim

    Do you ever get the feeling some companies just have too much money for their own good? And that maybe they could be using it to better purpose than lining lawyers' pockets? Microsoft and Apple are...

  • Samsung snuggles up to partners for B2B growth push

    Samsung has created a major accounts team in a bid to cosy up to larger resellers amid grand plans to become the UK's third largest B2B vendor in 2011. The South Korean giant, which recently re-ji...

  • EC clears Siemens IT Solutions acquisition

    The European Commission has cleared the proposed €850m acquisition of Siemens' IT Solutions and Service (SIS) by French IT service provider Atos Origin, first announced in December, writes Ian Gran...

  • IP theft and blackmail the motivation for cyber criminals

    Money might still motivate cyber criminals but the way they are getting it increasingly involves blackmail and theft of intellectual property. The changing behavior of those attacking firms was hi...

  • Comstor dips toe in refurbished waters

    Cisco distie Comstor has launched a new programme designed to grab a chunk of the risky, yet potentially lucrative, market for remanufactured or refurbished network infrastructure kit. Acknowledgin...

  • Marketing gets social as users look for interaction

    Consumer facing resellers will need to supplement traditional mass marketing campaigns with social media if they are to attract user spending. According to Gartner over the next four years social ...

  • Get tooled up

    HMRC has launched an online resource called 'Basic PAYE Tools' to help employers run their payroll systems.The online presence is to replace HMRC's Employer CD-ROM. Basic PAYE Tools includes a...

  • The BSA's new weapon against unlicensed software: disgruntled employees

    Interesting to see that settlements paid by UK firms caught using unlicensed software doubled to £2m last year according to figures from the Business Software Alliance (BSA). As it's pret...

  • Steljes fires and hires to reflect shifting market dynamics

    Steljes has put 19 staff at risk of redundancy from its education division to reflect sweeping changes in the market being forced through bythe government. But at the same time, the Bagshot-based ...

  • Network procurement shake-up could shield front-line from cuts

    Research commissioned on behalf of Cisco has revealed that a clear majority of public sector ICT budget holders reckon that changing network procurement practice could save up to 6.4% of the govern...

  • K3 continues buy and build strategy in ERP mid-market

    AIM-listed K3 Business Technology Group continues its roll up of mid-market ERP and CRM resellers with the acquisition of Clarita Solutions from FD Systems for £1.1m. This is the second time...

  • NetScout buys BT spin-off Psytechnics

    Voice and video service management outfit andBT spin-off Psytechnics has been bought by network management vendor NetScout Systems for an undisclosed sum as it ramps up its focus on the unified com...

  • UK firms pay £2m to cover costs of unlicensed software

    The cost for UK businesses hoping they could cut corners by dodging the license fees for their software ran into millions last year as many were caught, often with the help of whistleblowers, and f...

  • CentraStage plans international expansion after funding

    Cloud-based remote monitoring specialist CentraStage, which targets resellers with managed services tools, has completed a round of funding that will be used to extend its services as well as bolst...

  • IPV4 hoarders can strike it lucky

    Psst, guv', want to buy an IPV4 address? Nah, fell off the back of a lorry, didn't it... If you've been sitting on a little nest egg of IPV4 addresses it could be time to cash in. Late last week No...

  • Wheel clampers to get the (Denver) boot

    Ahead of a clamping ban, new government figures have shown private wheel clampers take up to £55m from drivers each year. But legislation due to come into force early next year will make...

  • Disties report first signs of shortages in UK weeks after quake

    The prospect of component shortages caused by the Japanese quake and tsunami are becoming a reality in the UK channel, according to distributors. With Japan accounting for up to a quarter of globa...

  • "We're not a broadliner anymore," says C2000 boss. So what are you?

    Computer 2000 is not a generalist distributor. Has everybody got that? You at the back, did you hear it? C2000 head honcho Andy Gass was pretty clear on the subject when he told attendees at its an...

  • Citrix responds to European Commissioner's calls for cloud regulation

    European commissioner Neelie Kroes spoke out this week on interoperability and standards at the heart of the cloud computing agenda. Good grief. Is the european commissioner moving in on The C...