January 2012

  • Thai floods hurt Toshiba and influence sober outlook

    Toshiba has become the latest vendor to reveal that the flooding of manufacturing plants in Thailand have impacted results after it reported third quarter numbers and gave a sober forecast of the n...

  • iPad lifts Apple to PC client pinnacle, says Canalys

    Apple has soared past HP to become worldwide client PC vendor leader for the final quarter of 2011, according to the latest sector figures from Canalys. After selling 15 million iPads and 5 million...

  • Big data and mobile highlighting skills shortages

    The skills shortage is being felt acutely by those employers looking for IT staff in large firms and across London and the South as big data, mobile solutions and the need to meet regulations stret...

  • Phoenix cutting 300 jobs as costs hamper business

    Following a period of trading roughly in-line with the board's expecations, system integrator Phoenix IT Grouphas put a figure to the number of jobs it expects to cut as part of an ongoing restruct...

  • Kcom on track to reduce debt and grow sales

    Kcom remains on track to reduce net debt and secure long-term growth as the communications specialist continues to keep to the forecasts it made last November. An interim management statement issue...

  • Browett quits Dixons for bite of the Apple

    John Browett has this morning announced he is to step down from his role asCEO of Dixons Retail to take up the position ofsenior vice president ofretailat Apple from 20 April. The Apple post has be...

  • Slow European demand for printers hits Canon

    Poor economic conditions in Europe and and the US were blamed by Canon for a slide in demand for some of its printer products and following its financial results the vendor has shaken up its boardr...

  • Softcat gets education server, storage contract

    Softcat has been named among a select group of service providers to provide server and data storage equipment to further education institutions by the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC). Under t...

  • Panduit offers Magirus pre-configured infrastructure options

    Data centre specialist Panduit has teamed up with Magirus to get the distributor to carry its products and encourage resellers to sell pre-configured infrastructure systems to users. Under the ter...

  • Column: Is Britain cheapwalking into oblivion?

    British industry seems to have an almost suicidally short term fixation with being cheap. Our book publishers, for example, always gave Amazon better discounts, because it could sell more books by...

  • End-users at odds with channel over BYOD pitch

    Two pieces of research from managed services providers Avanade and Damovo have suggested that certain aspects of the BYOD pitch may be considered largely irrelevant by end-users.

  • Customers exposed to threats by sticking with old firewalls

    Customers are leaving themselves exposed to security threats because of a failure to update their firewalls, which are no longer able to fend off sophisticated web-based attacks. The other consequ...

  • EU data law penalty hikes will be felt by UK firms

    If EU data protection laws get the green light the impact on the UK will be greater than other European countries because of the relatively low penalties that are currently handed out for losing se...

  • Nokia lurches to billion Euro loss amid smartphone disaster

    Thesicknessplaguing one time mobility giant Nokia shows no sign of abating after the firm plunged to a full-year operating loss of over a billion Euros, while full-year sales fell 9% to €38.6bn (&p...

  • Government called to think again about protecting creditors

    The government's decision to abandon plans to make pre-pack administrations harder to enter into have been criticised for failing to protect creditors and vulnerable suppliers. The dreaded phoenix...

  • Avnet Q2 brings greater profit returns for distributor

    Despite booking a very slight year-on-year dip in sales to $6.69bn (£4.27bn), Avnet CEO Rick Hamada was in bullish mood as he looked back on his first six months in charge, a period that saw ...

  • Redstone cuts ribbon on new demo datacentre

    Resurgent network integrator Redstone has lifted the veil on a new datacentre at Vtesse Cirrus' Hertfordshire facility to support its drive into the cloud and improve the quality of service it offe...

  • M&A and public sector on agenda as Trustmarque aims higher

    Infrastructure and software VAR Trustmarque has revealed it may look to make larger acquisitions, potentially of similar sized businesses to itself, as it aims to build on the most successful 12 mo...

  • Column: Does Facebook really contribute £2.2bn to UK GDP?

    What a bizarre story doing the rounds this week concerning a study by Deloitte which suggests Facebook has contributed £2.2bn to UK GDP and supports as many as 35,000 jobs, writes Billy MacIn...

  • EMEA flat for Symantec

    The EMEA market produced a flat performance for Symantec as the security specialist showed it is not immune to the economic conditions that are undermining confidence across the continent. The ven...