April 2011

  • Pacey launches credit management consultancy

    Credit guru Eddie Pacey has launched a channel consultancy to provide advisory services for resellers, distributors and vendors. During his 19 years at Bell Microproducts, Pacey became the poster b...

  • Perkins exiting C2000 to head up Sage small biz unit

    Computer 2000 country manager Lee Perkins has resigned from the distributor and is preparing to cross the fence into vendor land to head up Sage's small business unit from July. In other developme...

  • A planted question: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (14)

    A very sober roundtable discussion atNetworks 95was hijacked by a particularly earnest reseller only too keen to raise a number of topics close to his heart. Just as he was winding up to ask ye...

  • SAP bosses set out determination to remain independent

    SAP's joint CEO's have outlined plans top remain independent and played down the prospect of a takeover. There have been various moments in the last few years when speculation around the German ve...

  • Screen saver blues for Dixons: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (13)

    A Scope staffer was taking a wander around the Dixons in Heathrow Airport back in 2002, marvelling at all the wonderful electronic gadgets for sale. Settling his gaze on a laptop, our man's eye...

  • ComputerLinks signs up with Pillar Data Systems

    ComputerLinks has continued its march into the storage arena signing up Pillar Data Systems. The distributor, best known for its security expertise, has been widening its reach as it moves into th...

  • Corero sets out Top Layer channel ambitions

    Ahead of this week's Infosec show, buy-and-build security outfit Corero,the new owner of IPS and DDOS solutions vendor Top Layer, has been setting out its ambitions in the channelafter signingdisti...

  • Review: Apple TV

    When I tell people I have Apple TV the uninitiated get a gleam in their eye at the thought of a shiny white television bearing the fruity logo in simple silver in the corner of the room, writes Lin...

  • Huawei lifts the veil to alleviate western fears

    Secretive Chinese comms and networking kit specialist Huawei, which last week unveiled plans to recruit 500 new staff in the UK, hasdecidedto adopta "market-oriented" corporate governance...

  • Location, location, location: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (12)

    Last week we recounted the story about the poor people working at Wang's offices in Cologne who had to answer the phone with the following words: "Wang - Cologne." But Wang wasn't the...

  • Email marketing doesn't have to be cheesey, but it does have to work, says Message Horizon

    We asked: Is Email marketing too cheesey?We got a massive response. Here's Jonathan Rodger, CEO of Message Horizon, on the pros and cons of this type of approach to cheese burger marketing. ...

  • Keep details up-to-date with HMRC's free electronic service

    HM Revenue & Customs are quite keen to tell taxpayers that notification of changes to their circumstances can be made any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, with its electronic change of ci...

  • Angels swoon over Roll's sausage role play: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (11)

    Back in 1995, then Microsoft Office product manager Oliver Roll was making a presentation to top executives at London temping agency Office Angels. In a bid to keep things interesting, Olly had...

  • Times were hard back then: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (10)

    If you think times are tough now in the computing industry, you should have seen it in the early days. Think of the poor managing director of a failed company spotted in conference with five bu...

  • Micro Focus CEO walks after a year in the job

    Nigel Clifford, CEO at UK software player Micro Focus, has been given theheave-ho after just 12 months in the hotseat. Non-executive chairman Kevin Loosemore will take over the running of the compa...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 15 April 2011

    Epson starts High Court case to protect brand and channel Epson has kicked off High Court proceedings in a move to defend its printer ink cartridge patents. The court action against Dynamic Cassett...

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, IBM salesman: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (9)

    Back in the days of the cold war, two IBMers in Moscow on business got into a conversation about espionage. "I'd be careful if I were you," said the first one, "your hotel room is li...

  • Debt collection guidance

    The OFT has launched a 12-week consultation on its updated Debt Collection Guidance. The new guidance will confirm that it applies to all businesses involved in debt recovery, including credit...

  • Daisy Wholesale puts lid on acquisitions

    Its parent Daisy Group may still have the bit between its teeth, but the firm's channel-facing comms solutions arm, Daisy Wholesale, says it is not planning any further buys as it concentrates on t...

  • Britain should not fear Huawei

    Huawei announced today that it is to double its UK workforce, hiring 500 people by 2014 in engineering, management and sales roles, and creating an additional 1,500 subcontracting jobs. Wheneve...