MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 September 2011


MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 September 2011

Simon Quicke

It's been a week where the boss of Intel looked to a mobile future, SAP won its day in court and Tech Data headed back out on the acquisition trail.  It ended with RIM becoming the latest to show how difficult it is to compete with Apple in the tablet market.

Intel boss looks to mobile future

Keynote speeches are often a chance for a bit of crystal ball gazing and Intel's boss used his slot at the vendor's developer conference to give the clearest signal yet that it believes a large part of the future lies in mobile technology after outlining plans to work with Google and develop products for the next wave of netbooks and smart phones. Intel's president and CEO Paul Otellini to: "The unprecedented demand for computing from the client devices to the cloud is creating significant opportunity for the industry."

SAP appeal wipes $1bn off Oracle fine

SAP's decision to challenge the $1.3bn fine that was handed out in it's intellectual property infringement case against Oracle last year has been vindicated with $1bn slashed off what it must now pay it's arch rival. The German business intelligence specialist will now only pay $20m (£13m) to Oracle after wrapping up a two week review of the case.

Tech Data expands software design muscle with Man and Machine buy

Tech Data picked up the distribution assets from Man and Machine to give it a greater penetration of the design software market. Man and Machine, which is exiting distribution to focus on being a reseller, operates in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Romania and Benelux and the tie-up should be completed by the end of next month if it gets the green light from the European Commission. If the agreement, the terms of which were undisclosed, gets the nod then TDDatech, the distributor's design software division, would get a foothold in Benelux and Romania and become one of Autodesk's largest partners in Europe.

Nokia shakes up distribution strategy

Nokia took the wraps off a distribution revamp that sees it settle on three partners and unveil a channel network. The telecoms vendor made the strategic changes following a six month review of what it needs to do to further its business in the distribution tier of the channel.
The results are the appointment of Ingram Micro to serve the IT reseller channel, Micro-P to reach out to the consumer and business telecom community and it expands a relationship with franchise accessories partner Kondor. As a result former distribution partners 2020 and Data Select have been dropped with immediate effect.

RIM tablets fail to fly and low demand hits numbers

The problems at Blackberry maker Research in Motion continue with the firm following up an announcement of 2,000 job cuts back in July with second quarter numbers that exposed its issues with low demand. Both revenue and net profit fell in the three months ended 27 August and low demand for its older products was blamed with RIMs tablet not yet making the impact that it had clearly hoped would help it offset the sluggish sales of some of its smart phone models.
Year-on-year net profit plummeted from $797m to $329m (£208m) and revenue fell by 10% to $4.2bn but it was in the sales numbers of specific problems where more concerns were raised with only 200,000 PlayBook tablets being sold in the quarter.

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