January 2012

  • Cloud adoption of business intelligence tools lagging

    The hype and the rush to provide cloud functionality might have led some resellers selling business intelligence to believe that this was the year the technology shifted to delivery via hosted plat...

  • In-depth: 2011, how was it for you? part II

    The decorations have come down and the lights have been out away for another year but as we look back over 2011 there are still plenty of things worth talking about. For many in the channel it was ...

  • ICM brand to disappear in new Phoenix merger

    ICM-owner Phoenix is to merge the business continuity and infrastructureservices house with its own Phoenix IT Services business in a move that will see the ICM brand disappear from the market. It ...

  • Avaya's Anderson heads into channel

    Avaya has parted company with yet another senior executive, losing UK and Ireland channel director Niall Anderson just over a year into the role. Anderson, who joined Avaya from comms firm Global C...

  • VIP Computers unveils ambitions in retail market

    Components and peripherals distributor VIP Computers has unveiled intentions to go after the retail market appointing a head of a team dedicated to gaining share in that space. The distributor has...

  • Hilton gets managing director promotion at Rise

    Cloud specialist Rise has promoted Alex Hilton to the role of managing director after a successful stint building business at the infrastructure player over the last year and a half. Hilton has ma...

  • Lanci in Lenovo love-in

    A worldwide reorganisation at Chinese PC vendor Lenovo will see Gianfranco Lanci, former CEO at Acer, crossing the straits of Taiwan to become head ofLenovo's newly-created EMEA operation. Lenovocu...

  • HP looking for partners to get Agile in the cloud

    Hewlett-Packard is expecting resellers will take advantage of its moves into the cloud by either signing up to deliver their own infrastructure services in conjunction with the vendor or by partner...

  • Research: Users set to expand virtualisation investments

    Virtualisation has been a hot technology for the last few years and it continues to provide opportunities for resellers. Originally focusing on server virtualisation the growth in applications for...

  • Bourguet gets PSG UK channel nod

    HP PSG consumer sales team lead Pascal Bourguet is set to become UK PSG channel sales director after an extensive search for Trevor Evans' replacement. Evans left HP at the end of 2011 and has cros...

  • Android business users get new UC functionality

    The increasing importance of Android to the business mobile experience was reflected this week with two UC vendors launching new apps for the platform. Vidyo was first to take the plunge, announcin...

  • HTC in smartphone slump as Samsung flies

    An increasingly competitive mobile comms environment, matched with ongoing economic uncertainty, has pushed Taiwanese mobile kit vendor HTC to a 26% slump in unaudited fourth quarter profits, its f...

  • Tablets grow but netbooks wane over festive period

    This winter was seen by many as a success for tablets and the latest numbers of sales coming through distribution show that sales of the popular products swelled PC unit sales by 6% in the run up t...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 6 January 2012

    Microsoft starts legal proceedings against counterfeiting Comet Earlier in the week Microsoftstarted legal proceedings against retail giant Comet, accusing the chain store ofbootlegging over 94,000...

  • Column: Keep your nerve in the M2M comms minefield

    As the man at the shop will have told you when you ordered your automated butler,M2M communications are going to be massive in the coming months.

  • BT Engage IT adds Palo Alto to portfolio

    BT Engage IT has sealed a partnership with firewall specialist Palo Alto to provide security options alongside its network and data packages. The services division of BT Business has reacted to an...

  • The network will continue to assert itself in 2012

    In a new guest blog, Dan Cunliffe, head of BE Wholesale,looks at thegrowingassertiveness of thenetworking sector at the heart of the IT proposition, and explores some of the trends that will contin...

  • Column: The messy case of the recovery discs

    I find the story of Microsoft's legal action against retail giant for allegedly creating and selling over 94,000 counterfeit copies of Windows Vista and XP intriguing, writes Billy MacInnes. First...

  • Cloud player Accellion sets sights on international expansion

    Mobile file sharing specialist Accellion is looking to strengthen its expansion out of the US after securing a multi-million dollar investment. The vendor has listed its priorities as ploughing mo...

  • FAST backs Microsoft action against Comet

    The move by Microsoft to sue Comet for selling counterfeit copies of Windows Vista and Xp has been given the backing of intellectual property rights campaigner the Federation Against Software Theft...