July 2011

  • Does privatisation plan for police IT cross the thin blue line?

    This has got to be one of the most bizarre ideas I've seen when it comes to a public service. We have become accustomed to the notion of private businesses being contracted to provide IT systems fo...

  • Caan expresses fears over SME security

    Symantec has been offering small business partners and customers the chance to quiz former Dragons Den star and entrepreneur James Caan to get advice from the multi-millionaire. The security vendo...

  • Systems integrators could take stake in police agency

    Systems integrators that were paid billions to supply police computer systems could take a stake in the agency managing their contracts when it is privatised next year, writes Mark Ballard. Gordon...

  • Success in the SME market is harder than it looks

    MicroScope reports that Xerox is seeking to recruit more resellers that sell rival products in a bid to boost its presence in the SME market. Nothing new in that. Vendors have always had to go out ...

  • Cloud computing will take IT out of IT's hands

    Cloud computing will prove just as expensive and unmanageable as all other attempts to save money and bypass the uppity jobsworths in the IT department, warned delegates at yesterday's Mobilising t...

  • Private sector shocks with lax attitude to data risk

    Following the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) annual report, security firms are expressing astonishment that the private sector is shunning assessment of its data risk, writes Linda Endersby...

  • Corel appoints Ingram to gain more reseller numbers

    Just days after talking of its plans to review and expand its channel operations Corel has inked a contract with Ingram Micro. The decision to appoint another distribution partner to sit alongside...

  • RIM talks up progress with subscriber numbers tweet

    Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has had a difficult few months with its share price taking a dip and critics arguing it trailing Apple in the tablet stakes but it has been gaining custome...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 8 July 2011

    Cloud Alliance slammed by standards group The establishment of the Star Internet backed Cloud Alliance came in for some criticism from the Cloud Industry Forum. Described by a friend of the Allia...

  • Intern doesn't mean free

    Are you a business that uses interns to lower your employment costs in exchange for some on the job training? If so, you ought to note that there'sbeen another successful Tribunal pay claim by an u...

  • Xerox reaches out to widen reseller base and take SME share

    Xerox has outlined ambitions to grow its UK channel through a combination of methods including courting dealers currently selling rivals products. The printing specialist wrapped up a partner even...

  • VMware appoints cloud technology chief

    Virtualisation giant VMware has appointed a chief cloud technologist based in the UK offering guidance to resellers across Europe.

  • Investment doubled for Tech City

    The Tech City Launchpad competition for East London hunting for innovative and creative digital businesses is now looking for 20 firms to receive a £100,000 grant instead of the original 10, ...

  • Phoenix brings in former Fujitsu Services boss as CEO

    Phoenix IT Group has filled its CEO position, which was going to become vacant at the end of the month with the departure of Nick Robinson, with a former Fujitsu Services UK boss David Courtley. C...

  • Results on Target for component distributor

    Yorkshire based distributor Target Components has announced record results for year ending 31st March 2011, with pretax profits of £700K, writes Linda Endersby. Turnover for the year was &po...

  • SaaS set to grow as users embrace hosted option

    Software as a service (SaaS) revenue is going to reach $12.1bn by the end of this year as users look for cheaper alternatives to on-premise products and start to embrace the cloud more widely. The...

  • Financial Ombudsman Service to help more

    Individuals and small businesses (with a turnover of less than €2 million and fewer than 10 staff) can go to the Financial Ombudsman Service for redress should they encounter a problem of maladmini...

  • Symantec focuses on endpoint protection

    Symantec is talking up its ability to outflank rivals with the release of iuts endpoint protection product arguing that other alternatives are unable to be as proactive or provide customers with th...

  • Avnet given rights to sell IBM retail products

    Avnet has strengthened its relationship with IBM after securing the distribution rights to sell Big Blue's retail products across Europe, writes Linda Endersby. Avnet will distribute IBM's Retail ...

  • Finance officers take keener interest in IT spend

    So the finance people are starting to take much closer control of IT spending. According to a study, chief financial officers (CFOs) have authorisation for 26% of all IT investment compared to 5% f...