September 2011

  • Dixons sales slump as economy remains fragile

    A fragile economy, lack of football world cup to spur TV sales and a gap between iPad launches all took their toll on Dixons Retail operation with sales dropping at the high-street giant.

  • Corero security unit outperformed by legacy education biz

    Buy-and-build security outfit Corero Network Security has booked a first half pre-tax loss at its core business, acquired earlier this year through a reverse takeover ofTop Layer, butsaw strong gro...

  • Social networking seen by staff as security risk

    The warnings about the security threats of social networking sites have made a deep impression on users with a growing number of users taking the view that sites like Facebook and LinkedIn pose a t...

  • Why did Yahoo's CEO get the boot by phone?

    So Yahoo has fired CEO Carol Bartz. Whatever the reasons for her sacking, I'm intrigued by the way Yahoo chose to fire her. In an email to Yahoo employees, Bartz wrote: "I am very sad to tell ...

  • Wireless kit sales boosted by corporate mobility growth

    Booming sales of mobile devices haveleadto year-on-year growth of35% in enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) sales, as Wi-Fi coverage in both public and private spaces becomes a must-have service, accord...

  • BT to merge Engage IT and dabs, Balaam steps down

    BT is to form a £400m IT services business that will see the integration of three standalone units, reseller Engage IT, BT Business Direct and e-tail arm dabs.com, with Engage IT head Martin ...

  • Former Dell channel head takes role at HDS

    The former channel head at Dell has popped up within just a couple of days of his departure from the PC giant, being confirmed in a role driving corporate and commercial business at Hitachi Data Sy...

  • Siemens Enterprise Comms names new channel boss

    Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC) hasnamed distribution manager Tony Smith as its new UK indirect channel sales director, replacing Leon Mangan, who is leaving to take up a new post elsewhere...

  • ANS doubles turnover in busy fiscal 2011

    Manchester-based servcies provider ANS has more than doubled its turnover to £29.4m during an eventful fiscal 2011. In the 12 months to 31 March, the firm turned in gross profit of £6.6...

  • Ingram Micro to launch new Cisco VAR programme

    Ingram Microwill launch a programme designed to attract new Cisco resellers later on this month, the distributor has said. The firm has developed a pan-European programme, dubbed 'Fly Higher', with...

  • Channel could benefit from NOA call for multi-sourcing

    The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) is warning that in the wake of the decision by Fujitsu workers to strike customers should be looking into the idea of taking their services from a larger ...

  • Security fears spark social media clampdown

    We are all meant to be getting more social but with the likes of Twitter and Facebook identified as sources of security threats more firms are clamping down on the use of networking sites. Over th...

  • Computacenter finds infrastructure holds back user cloud ambitions

    The virtualisation opportunity remains a large one for the channel with a sizeable number of customers yet to make any moves in the area. Research carried out by Computacenter at the Cloud Computi...

  • Stone nabs RM man to run services

    Michael Battle, former RM service manager, is heading to public sector hardware supplier Stone as director of services, a newly-created role designed to strengthen its service provision in the publ...

  • Fisher heads to China to run, cycle and swim for GB

    The channel is full of talent and people with passions and hidden depths so it is perhaps not as surprising as it might at first seem to be highlighting the triathlete credentials of License Dashbo...

  • Peer 1 looks for channel growth

    IT hosting provider Peer 1 has reached the milestone of gaining 100 partners across EMEA, with 70 of them in the UK, as it looks to secure more business through the channel. With an ambition to se...

  • BT and Heineken team up to enable drunk tweeting!

    As if the legless needed any more encouragement to spill their (mental and physical) guts, BT and Heineken have just announced plans to supply a new wireless internet service, the Heineken Hub, to ...

  • Consultation launched into disability employment services

    Around 50% of disabled people are out of work and for a number of reasons, those that are employed often work far below their potential. To combat this, the Government has launched a consultation i...

  • Global services sector takes a big hit in Q2

    Ouch. Things aren't looking great in the services sector right now. Ovum has revealed that the value of global IT services sales in the second quarter of 2011 was 40% (yes, that's right, 40%) down ...

  • PSG head vows to lead HP hardware operation

    The current head of Hewlett-Packard's personal systems group (PSG) has indicated that he plans to stay at the helm of the operation even if the vendor decides to spin it off. Todd Bradley has revea...