September 2011

  • Strategy, schmategy: could there be more disruption at HP?

    So the biggest technology story doing the rounds today (22 September) is that the board of HP have had a meeting to discuss whether they should get rid of CEO Leo Apotheker, the man they appointed ...

  • Red Hat numbers add to evidence of solid software demand

    Just a day after fellow software player Oracle showed that demand was holding up in the market open source specialist Red Hat has added its own figures to illustrate that spending is still taking p...

  • Whitman touted for HP CEO post as Apotheker reign crumbles

    Former eBay boss, failed California gubernatorial candidate and HP board member Meg Whitman has been mooted as a potentialsuccessor to Léo Apotheker as doubts grow over the HP CEO's future. ...

  • Micro Focus trading ahead of expectations

    The consequences of taking down the for sale signs appear to have been positive for Micro Focus with the UK software specialist beating its own trading expectations. The firm holds its AGM today w...

  • Sabio Network arm teams up with Gamma

    Contact centre and UC reseller Sabio has hooked up with IP telephony services provider Gamma Telecom to integrate its SIP trunking services with Avaya telephony platforms. The duo say this will pro...

  • BT says it DID deliver a £12bn IT system to the NHS. But they were out

    The ill-fated £11.4 billion National Programme for IT, set up in 2002, is to be "urgently dismantled" following criticism that it is not value for taxpayers' money. After an offi...

  • Sleeping with the enemy?

    It's dangerous territory but a recent survey from Staffbay, a jobs website, found that a good number of respondents were happy to (try to) sleep their way to the top. Not surprisingly, men came out...

  • Is Gmail a bad advert for cloud computing?

    I'm constantly amazed as the omnipotent power of marketing in IT. Mumbo jumbo really has conquered the world. If you repeat a lie often enough, people will inevitably start to believe it and pass i...

  • Westcoast to launch reseller unified comms package

    Westcoast has announced the imminent launch of a VARunified communications (UC)offering tying together some of its key comms and networking vendor partners. The Lync-centric platform, to be unveile...

  • BT offers £15 grand kickstart for small businesses

    BT is launching a new leasing scheme through its BT Local Business arm, offering start-ups up to £15,000 worth of ICT kit to get them off the ground. The telco intends for the plan, which wil...

  • UK firms targeted in social engineering security attacks

    UK firms are being targeted with increasing frequency in security attacks designed to exploit human weaknesses and curiosity through emails and social networkinh sites. Research from Check Point h...

  • Interoute buys into app services market with Quantix acquisition

    Cloud infrastructure services provider Interoute has spent an undisclosed sum to buy Midlands-based Oracle platinum partner Quantix in an attempt to get into managed application services as well.

  • Can Microsoft explanation for Office 365 and Windows Live outage reassure cloud customers?

    The explanation as to why Microsoft suffered an outage of three and a half hours to its Office 365 and Windows Live services on 8 September might not be too reassuring for those people out there te...

  • Time to hide your number 4 as 5 is on its way

    It looks as if Apple is going to take the wraps off iPhone 5 on 4 October according to sources that are desperate to reveal the launch schedule from the vendor. That is good news for anyone who se...

  • Citrix brings in former HP networking boss to run Europe

    Citrix has hired the former general manager of HP Networking Europe to head up Europe with the job of increasing growth and improving the effectiveness of partners across EMEA. The appointment of ...

  • Managed services can deliver higher reseller valuations

    Resellers have been encouraged to consider the positive impact on their value being involved with services can have raising the potential to be gained when the 'for sale' signs go up. The drive tow...

  • Tableau offers business intelligence for dummies

    I missed the event, but a tip off from a former tabloid journalist told me that the Tableau's partner programme might be worth investigating Research companies Gartner and IDC both recently rated T...

  • Strong software demand bolsters Oracle performance

    With the International Monetary Fund warning that the global economy is in a difficult position the temptation to slide into doom and gloom could be overpowering but Oracle has indicated that IT sp...

  • National Minimum Wage and guidance for interns

    With increasing use of interns by businesses, both as a way of increasing work placements and of hiring low cost help, the Government (and the Courts) have become concerned at the potential for abu...

  • Who else thinks resellers can thrive in the cloud era?

    I'm a bit confused by the Channel Transformation Alliance, the body which has been set up to promote and further the spread of cloud computing and managed services in the channel. It's not that...