MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 March 2011
Japanese earthquake to disrupt IT component supply
In the wake of the 11 March earthquale that struck the north-east coast of Japan, analysts were quick to warn of potentially major disruption to the IT component supply chain.
The 8.9-magnitude quake, which hit roughly 250 miles from the capital Tokyo, unleashed a tsunami as high as 10 metres across the Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and shut down factories across the country.
Samsung takes bite out of Apple tablet sales in Q4
Competition is heating up in the tablet market but Apple's iPad remains the dominant force, accounting for nearly three of every four devices sold worldwide last quarter.
Japanese quake will lead to component price hikes
As the impact of the devastating natural disaster and unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan grew clearer through the week, component prices were predicted to rise as a direct consequence of closed factories and power supply problems.
Serco acquires Lawrence Dallaglio, contact centre firm
Outsourcing and BPO giant Serco acquired contact centre services provider The Listening Company this week, along with the services of its sales director, former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio.
Logicalis acquires Inca Software for £8.65m
Logicalis is forking out £8.65m to acquire the UK's largest IBM Cognos reseller Inca Software as it makes a play for the business analytics market.
Microsoft to treble reseller base as education sector fragments
Tablets cannibalising notebook sales, warns Canalys
Blackberry wilts as Apple blooms for enterprise users
Trustmarque notes tide turning in corporate land
Cloud growth will shake up the UK software channel