July 2011

  • Ingres board names Shine as new CEO

    Steve Shine has been namedCEO and president of data management specialistIngres, effective immediately, writes Linda Endersby. Shine, latterly co-president, joined Ingres in August 2007 from Sysbas...

  • K3 finishes off Sage dealer FD Systems in £2.2m deal

    Acquisitive K3 Business Technology Group has forked out £2.23m for the remainder ofSage and e-commerce provider FD Systems Ltd (FDS)as part ofits ongoing roll-up of ERP resellers. AIM-listed ...

  • Judge tells Oracle to rethink Google Java damages claim

    A United States District Court Judge has dismissed Oracle's initial damages estimate for its Java patent case against Google after accusing the company of over-reaching in multiple ways with the &q...

  • Illegal workers face fair dismissal

    Over recent years employment law has been tightened to the point that employers caught with staff who are without the right to work in the UK risk a £10,000 fine per employee caught. A seriou...

  • Mobile payment market growth slows in 2011

    The mobile payment market is growing slower than expected and the mass market adoption of near field communication (NFC) payments is at least four years away. So says market research company Gartne...

  • Sony insurer claims policy does not cover data breach claims

    The difficulties of insuring against cyber-attacks have been thrown into sharp relief with the news that one of Sony's insurers has gone to court to escape having to indemnify the electronics giant...

  • Griffin helps focus potential data network dealers

    Griffin are launching a new service for resellers in the UK who are looking for other sources of income as their customers cut their costs in an effort to improve margin. The Data Revenue Generator...

  • Digium and Polycom to offer VARs £1 a day unified comms

    Telephony firms Digium and Polycom have teamed up with asset financing firm Capital Solutions Group to offer resellers the chance to buy Digium's Switchvox UC telephony kit for less than one pound ...

  • DWP asks integrators to share SME supplier lists

    System integrators working with the Departmenr for Work and Pensions (DWP) may be forced to list the number of SMEs in their supply chains as part of a move to open up public sector ICT contracts t...

  • RM warns investors of "unpredictable" times ahead

    Education sector specialist RM has warned shareholders to expect a "potentially difficult and unpredictable period in the near term" after admitting it will likely miss its financialtarge...

  • Is there more to Microsoft than Windows?

    Only the churlish would seek to dismiss a company reporting record revenue and profits, especially when that company is Microsoft, the biggest software business in the world. As I'm not churlish by...

  • Roberts right man to succeed Wightman at Cisco

    Following a series of structural changes to its worldwide channel operation announced yesterday, Cisco has finally broken cover and officially announced the appointment of Richard Roberts as UK and...

  • Five minute interview: Darrell Polden, Altodigital

    This week MicroScope puts its questions to Darrell Polden, group service and technical director at digital print and document solutions provider Altodigital What is the best/worst advice you have r...

  • Windows sales slip but business products fuel record MS results

    Microsoft reported record sales of $69.9bn and net income of $23.15bn for the full year ending 30 June 2011, with a small decline in Windows sales more than offset by sales of Office 2010 and other...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 22 July 2011

    Softcat breaks through £200m revenue mark Softcat is planning to hand outcake and beer to staff after breaking through the £200m revenue mark in its financial year, beating its own fore...

  • Say a prayer?

    Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, religious or otherwise, but how far does this extend to the workplace? A recent decision in Cherfi v G4S Security Services Ltd, saw the Employment Appeals Tri...

  • Cisco shuffles channel execs, holds off naming UK head

    Cisco has made a series of changes at the top of its worldwide partner organisation, shuffling its executive teamand reduced the number of theatres it operates in,but contrary to speculation has re...

  • European PC market on the slide in Q2, says IDC

    Analysts at IDC havespoken of severe contractionsin the EMEA PC market, as lingering high inventory levels hampered stronger sell-in and caused shrinkage of 8.9 per cent across the region as a whol...

  • SAP opens up Sybase mobility solutions to VARs

    SAP VARs are being given the opportunity to sell Sybase enterprise mobility apps and solutions for the first time in a move that could provide new mobile and revenue opportunities to as many as 3,0...

  • How do you get end users interested in data breaches?

    Data breaching. They try to make it sound vaguely erotic don't they? The phrase conjures up images of Colin Firth, striding purposefully through a crowd of swooning bonnets, his muscular thighs thr...