August 2011

  • SMEs now have (slightly) easier access to new funds

    The Government has brought two deregulatory amendments to the EU Prospectus Directive into effect a year early which may help small businesses access equity finance more easily. By implementin...

  • Are you a director?

    There are instances of people who although not officially a director act is if they are a director. The law understands this and allows for them to be made liable for any malfeasance and a recent c...

  • TouchPad hunters fell retail sites Lulzsec style

    Web performance firm Site Confidence has shared some insight into the impact of this week's HP TouchPad fire sale on the UK e-tail community, revealing that hordes of consumers seeking out the barg...

  • IT departments marginalised as UK workers take control

    Nearly 70% ofBritish workers are now using at least one of their own devices, whether it be a notebook, smartphone or tablet, in their day-to-day work, according to Mitel, with many end-users expre...

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs part 6 - can we get some SLAs round here?

    There's an awful lot that can go wrong with service level agreements (SLAs) oncloud-based services says Craig Beddis, Regional SVP at UC4 Software. Services in the cloud are not available when ther...

  • HP to widen scope of channel installation, break-fix services

    HP's Technology Services unitis lining up a series of new services for the channel to be launched over the next three to six months, and partners who may be concerned over the potential loss of the...

  • Resellers must embrace cloud or risk being frozen out

    Resellers have to do more to establish their cloud credentials with customers or face themselves being squeezed out of the conversation with customers. Disturbing research from Rise Partners has r...

  • HP executives move to calm channel and customer fears

    With the decision to exit PCs and tablets still reverberating HP has taken steps to reassure customers over concerns they may have over the company direction. In a major shake-up, HP announced pla...

  • Distributors already positioned to handle HP PC exit

    Distributors should be able to swallow the loss of HP's PC and tablet business thanks largely to the moves they have been making over the last few years to diversify their portfolios and rely less ...

  • IT sector failure rates rise but large customers hold firm

    The number of IT firms hitting the wall rose slightly last month year-on-year as the number of insolvencies across the economy as a whole increased only slightly with large companies holding firm i...

  • Post-PC or PC Plus? The result is still the same

    Are we in a post-PC age or a PC plus age? Lots of people have been saying the golden age of the PC is over, a perception reinforced by HP's abrupt decision to get out of the PC business as soon as ...

  • Sick records skipped by employers, says DWP

    According to a recent survey from the Department of Work and Pensions employee sickness at work isn't being recorded correctly, if at all.In fact some 21 per cent of employers haven't got any form ...

  • User virtualisation demands continue to develop

    Virtualisation demands are becoming more complex as customers look to replicate some of the multi-tasking they enjoy in the physical world in their virtual environments. The result is a change in ...

  • Ex-Riverbed boss to oversee EMEA launch for Tintri

    Former Riverbed EMEA vice president Marcus Chambers has popped up at US VM storage specialist Tintri to oversee its expansion into Europe. Tintri, which builds VM-aware storage appliances, is movin...

  • Drobo recruits HP storage expert to map channel path

    Consumer storage specialist Drobo has picked former HPUK and Ireland enterprise storage channelsales manager Marcus Thompson as senior director of EMEA sales as it bets thatthe launch of a major ne...

  • TouchPad fire-sale causes server crashes and sell-outs

    The price slashing on the HP TouchPad reached fever pitch last night with those retailers that chose to sell stock online selling out in minutes. With expectations of a fire-sale starting in earnes...

  • Micro Focus sale talks collapse

    UK software firm Micro Focus has watched its share price slide after revealing that takeover talks with two finance houses have come to an end without a deal being struck. Originally the firm had ...

  • Capital allowances loophole ended

    The Government has bought forward the closure of a loophole which previously had allowed businesses to accelerate capital allowances claims for plant and machinery and thereby obtain advantageous e...

  • Cisco software buy to ease service provider sales process

    Cisco has handed over $31m (£18.8m) to acquire the AXIOSS service fulfillment software assets andrelated employees of Finnish comms software firm Comptel's UK subsidiary. The AXIOSS suite wil...

  • New HP Inkjets Change the Game for Small Business: Colour up to Half the Cost of Laser

    InfoTrends recently conducted a Total Cost of Printing study and product comparison on the competitive value of Hewlett Packard's latest inkjet printers, the Officejet Pro 8000/8500 series, against...