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  • Currency fluctuations can be good for your business, ask IBM

    Here's an interesting snippet of information: IBM's second quarter revenues were positively affected by currency fluctuations to the tune of 7% or around $1.6bn. In other words, without positive foreign exchange rates, IBM's revenues would have been ... 

  • Staff benefit from Softcat's "rubbish forecasting" with beer and cake

    When Softcat broke throughthe £200m revenue mark last week, managing director Martin Hellawell revealed that it would be celebrating with beer and cake for staff. "I never dreamt of getting to the £200m mark this financial year,&quo... 

  • Memo to Turner: You can run Windows 7 on an iMac. It's not a big deal

    Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner was in combative mood at the vendor's Worldwide Partner Conference last week, taking jabs at all manner of rivals, including Google, IBM, Oracle, salesforce.com, VMware and Apple. On the latter, he m... 

  • Will InterCept lingerie campaign get women into the channel?

    Cloud servcies provider Intercept IT hasteamed up with its customer,online lingerie storefigleaves.com, for a campaign aimed at getting more women into the IT industry. Five employees from Intercept are appearing in a new social media campaign, dubbe... 

  • Integralis solves office location pickle with Gherkin

    Security services provider Integralis is hoping swanky new London premises at 30 St Mary Axe - also known as the Gherkin - will up its standing among potential clients aftercutting the ribbon onits new City pad in the RIBA Stirling prize-winning skys... 

  • Micro-P racks up the charity karma

    Directors and employees at DCC-owned distie Micro-P have been taking a break from the cut-throat world of distribution to raise money for children's charities. Besides completing the Three Peaks Challenge and participating in a 50 mile Pennine h... 

  • Xerox covers all the bases with SME strategy

    Xerox has an interesting approach to the SME market which, at first sight, seems to be ever so slightly contradictory. Last week Douraid Zaghouani, president of indirect channels group at Xerox, revealed that it wanted to recruit partners that were s... 

  • Does privatisation plan for police IT cross the thin blue line?

    This has got to be one of the most bizarre ideas I've seen when it comes to a public service. We have become accustomed to the notion of private businesses being contracted to provide IT systems for public bodies but the suggestion that those compani... 

  • Success in the SME market is harder than it looks

    MicroScope reports that Xerox is seeking to recruit more resellers that sell rival products in a bid to boost its presence in the SME market. Nothing new in that. Vendors have always had to go out and try and get resellers on board if they want to ma... 

  • Finance officers take keener interest in IT spend

    So the finance people are starting to take much closer control of IT spending. According to a study, chief financial officers (CFOs) have authorisation for 26% of all IT investment compared to 5% for chief information officers (CIOs). In addition...