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MicroScope's top stories, week ending 02 December 2011

Simon Quicke

A week when cloud predictions again came to the fore and thanks to the Chancellor George Osborne and his Autumn Statement thoughts also turned to the state of the economy. As public sector workers took to the streets to march against planned changes to their pensions and Jeremy Clarkson got into a storm for joking that they should all be executed, there was still some serious business for resellers to deal with.

Cloud and consumerisation to dominate the tech landscape
The next few years are going to be dominated by increased consumerisation and a greater move towards the cloud posing problems for IT administrators and outsourcing specialists alike as greater technology flexibility continues to be the main demand from users and businesses alike. Analyst house Gartner unveiled its predictions for the next few years and they make interesting reading for the channel as the trends they have seen in the last 18 months accelerate even more and the axis in the hardware market moves from PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets.

Server sales down slightly across EMEA
Sales of servers in EMEA underwent a slight downturn during the third quarter, according to the latest market figures from Gartner, but the 0.5% dip was easily absorbed by stronger worldwide growth of 5.2%. Western Europe was the worst performing region worldwide, analysts said, down 4.9%, while growth of 27.4% in Eastern Europe pushed the regional average back up.

Insolvencies rise as economy remains fragile
The level of insolvencies across the economy, and in the IT sector, rose last month slightly as the tough conditions continued to have an impact on firms. The latest insolvency figures from Experian indicated that 0.10% of the UK business population ran into problems last month, compared to 0.09% in September.In terms of the IT sector there were 74 firms running into trouble last month, up 27% year-on-year, although it was nowhere near as high as the 470 business services specialists that went insolvent.

Osborne confirms £40bn SME credit fund
The Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the establishment of a £40bn credit easing scheme to underwrite bank loans to small firms as one of the main actions announced in the Autumn Statement. Osborne has revealed at the weekend that the credit easing fund would be set up in order to take away some of the risks for banks lending to smaller firms as it looked to take additional steps to help SMEs get money to fuel growth.

Vodafone acquires UC consultancy Bluefish
Vodafone's Global Enterprise unit acquired Reading-based ICT consultancy Bluefish Communications for £3.14m to build up its professional services business. Bluefish will form the basis ofr a new UCC practice within the Global Enterprise business - which specialises in managing comms for Vodafone's larger, multinational customers - providing infrastrucure and comms audits, advice on implementing joint mobile, fixed-line and IT comms strategies, and reseller and vendor management.
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