April 2012

  • Dingley gets UK MD role at Konica Minolta

    Konica Mintola has shuffled its management pack with the UK managing director of the last five years returning to Japan. The decision by Yuki Kobayashi to head back to the HQ in Japan gives an opp...

  • Meet John Chambers, Huawei's new marketing star

    MicroScope has long been a fan of Cisco CEO John Chambers. We admire him for, among other things, his easy-going manner, his old school Southern charm and his willingness to be outspoken and candid...

  • Cisco's Chambers prompts war of words with Huawei

    Outspoken Cisco CEO John Chambers has used an interview with the Wall Street Journal to go on the offensive against his rivals, accusing the nascent Chinese network vendor of playing fast and loose...

  • Kelway gets LAR status with BSS buy

    Kelway has added Microsoft Large Account Reseller status to its credentials after acquiring Ireland's major (LAR) BSS. The 25 year plus reseller, with operations in both Belfast and Dublin, is one...

  • Veeam targets legacy rivals with channel promo

    Veeam has taken the wraps off an aggressive promotion designed to help resellers prise users away from rival legacy backup products. The virtualisation specialist is providing those customers that...

  • Palo Alto in $175m IPO bid

    Network security vendor Palo Alto Networks has taken the first step along the road to going public, filing a registration statement with the SEC ahead of an IPO that it is thought could value the f...

  • Column: Cash in the Static

    Dead Social allows you to keep posting up messages after you're dead. Technically speaking, you must load them onto the system before you start flatlining, but these postings can be timed to appear...

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

    Resellers top the growth charts The channel has flown the flag strongly in a list of the fastest growing mid-sized companies indicating that it's far from all gloom and doom in the reseller world. ...

  • Accumuli eyes SIEM market buys after solid 2012

    A year after its last acquisition, buy-and-build security services outfit Accumuli has turned in strong full-year results, posting total revenues of £7m for the 12 months to 31 March, up 27% ...

  • Yahoo! cuts workforce by 14% in major business restructure

    Yahoo! yesterday confirmed that it is to shed 2,000 jobs as part of reshaping the company for the future, writes Linda Endersby. The company, which will announce its quarterly results on 17 April,c...

  • Azlan revamps SMARTnet quote tool for Cisco VARs

    C2000 enterprise networking wing Azlan has unveiled a series of tweaks to its Felix platform, which provides quoting, ordering and contract management for resellers usingCisco's SMARTnet support se...

  • FAST, Trading Standards piracy campaign heads for South East

    The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)and Trading Standards areto bringtheir anti-software piracycampaignto London and the South East, writes Linda Endersby The 'Software - Stay Legal' progra...

  • EntaTech to distribute Digium OS comms solutions

    EntaTech distributor and Digium, the communications provider, have announced a deal which sees Entatech distributing two of the vendor'ssolutions, writes Linda Endersby. Gayle Magee, director of w...

  • Gartner revises quarterly IT forecast down on dollar fears

    Worldwide IT spending now looks set to hit $3.7tn (£2.3tn) for 2012, up 2.5% on 2011 but down by 0.2% on previous estimates, according to Gartner's latest market outlook. However the lowered ...

  • Column: Twitter bashing doesn't hide Skype's own limitations

    If the success of an ad campaign is judged by the amount of coverage it gets, then the latest from Skype is turning out to be a bit of a winner, says Billy MacInnes. For those of you who haven't se...

  • UK economy pulls back from brink of double dip

    Fears of a double dip recession have receeded slightly after the latest UK Services Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS) showed the...

  • Booze-fuelled BlackBerry stabbing caps off rotten week at RIM

    As if it wasn't bad enough that ill-considered comments from CEO Thorsten Heims ledlast weekto panicked headlines about RIM being on the verge of quitting the consumer business, a violent incident ...

  • HDD output back to pre-flood levels in the second half of 2012

    The Hard Disc Drive (HDD) market, hit hard by the floods in Thailand last year, should have got back to normal by the second half of this year.

  • Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme

    Channel businesses located north of the border are being encouraged to support a new initiative from e-Placement Scotland, a paid IT work placements scheme, designed to highlight the importance of ...

  • Kyocera ditches the Mita to focus on solutions angle

    Kyocera Mita is to drop the Mita from its stationery, and would now like to be known as Kyocera Document Solutions. The move reflectsa commonevolution among printer firms from the traditionalpure-p...