January 2012

  • Changes to WEEE would save industry millions

    The channel and vendors could save millions of pounds if the electrical recycling laws were changed to improve the collection and charging procedures. An HP report has revealed that the WEEE legis...

  • Demand for IT jobs set to grow

    The demand for IT jobs is not expected to slow down this year as the demand for skilled staff continues to be a priority for recruiters looking to fill gaps in headcount. Last year saw the jobs ma...

  • In-depth: The virtualisation channel pitch

    Virtualisation has long been seen as a market that not only offers growth but provides resellers with a topical technology to talk to customers about. It has spread from servers to desktops and the...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 January 2012

    Getronics sold off in KPN shake-up Systemsintegrator Getronics International has been sold by its Dutch owners, KPN, as the telco retrenches in its domestic market. The 2,900-strong European operat...

  • ThinkGrid seals cloud relationship with Ingram Micro

    Cloud specialist ThinkGrid has sealed a deal with Ingram Micro enabling the distributor to offer its platform and hosted services to resellers as both look to widen and strengthen their reach and s...

  • Logitech warns weak demand and Euro woes will hit numbers

    Eurozone problems and weak demand are hitting Logitech in the pocket with the peripherals specialist warning that its full year numbers will have to be revised downwards again. The manufacturer ha...

  • In-depth: Managing the complexities of virtualisation projects

    Billy MacInnes identifies opportunities for resellers in virtualised business environments It's one of the unwritten laws of technology that whenever it promises to make something simpler to do, it...

  • HP extends pay for rewards as tough times continue

    Hewlett-Packard has vowed to continue offering financial support for resellers in the face of an ongoing touch economy extending its pay for rewards scheme into the second quarter. The scheme ensu...

  • Security players back tougher EU data protection laws

    Security players have welcomed the moves by the EU to outline plans to strengthen data protection laws with much greater penalties than those that currently exist for those that are careless with u...

  • VMware posts billion dollar quarter

    VMware has posted yet another stellar quarter as demand for cloud computing technology continues to ramp up, with Q4 and full year sales up 27% and 32% to $1.06bn (£680m) and $3.77bn respecti...

  • Strong iPad and iPhone sales lift Apple to record numbers

    Strong sales of iPads and iPhones helped deliver the numbers for Apple as the vendor unveiled its highest quarterly revenue in its history. The vendor shifted 37m iPhones and 15.43m iPads in the t...

  • EMC hands hundreds of direct accounts over to channel

    EMC has announced dramatic plans to ramp up the revenue that is driven through its channel cutting the number of direct accounts significantly and offering greater services support for partners. T...

  • HP looks for increased networking activity from partners

    Hewlett-Packard is looking for more resellers to sell its networking range in response to moves it has made to simplify its partner programme and extend training and support in that market. The ve...

  • B2Net reborn under Proact umbrella

    Nine and a half months after it was acquired by Sweden-based storage and cloud integrator Proact, NetApp partner B2Net has rebranded under its parent's name. Since its acquisition by Stockholm-lis...

  • Acer to beef up commercial business strategy

    Computing hardware specialist Acer is to roll out a new partner programme in the next few months with the express intent of beefing up its commercial business and targeting more enterprise customer...

  • Insolvencies remain stable despite challenging economy

    The IT population remained fairly intact during the tough times of last year with the number of insolvencies holding firm compared to the levels of 2010. The final numbers of insolvencies collecte...

  • Acer claims channel inventory down to a month

    Acer claims to have put the inventory issues that plagued it during 2011 well and truly in the past, with the firm's new UK managing director Neil Marshall saying that it now held just a month's st...

  • Getronics sold off in KPN shake-up

    Systemsintegrator Getronics International has been sold by its Dutch owners, KPN, as the telco retrenches in its domestic market. The 2,900-strong European and APAC operation has already been picke...

  • Remembering David Hurley

    It was with great sadness that we heard about the death of David Hurley, who passed away after a short illness at the weekend. Hurley had been a long standing contact of MicroScope and the relatio...

  • Cars rather than computers getting the ad money

    Where it was once computer adverts that grabbed the attention in the breaks in Super Bowl coverage this time around it looks set to be cars that are being plugged in the moments between the action....