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  • Name and shame scheme for late payers will only work if they feel shame

    The Forum of Private Business is on the warpath over late payers. It has set up a 'late payment hall of shame' and is encouraging small businesses to provide details anonymously of companies that are late in paying their bills. Late payment can b... 

  • Hardware sales distract attention from Oracle's software

    Oracle has taken an interesting stance with its decision to walk away from loss-making hardware deals. Explaining why the company's hardware revenues were 6% down in the fourth quarter, president and CFO Safra Catz said it had decided to avoid unpro... 

  • Taken in by an ego massage

    The other day an email dropped into the inbox that cried out for some attention. Apparently someone had recognised my talents and wanted to offer me a job. At last, Ithought, he is one of those legendary headhunting contacts I have heard so much abou... 

  • Five minute interview: Lee Casselman, Zebra Technologies

    MicroScope puts its questions to Lee Casselman, UK channel manager at Zebra Technologies What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?Best advice: Use your brains not your hands to make a living. You can only do so much in a day with... 

  • Would Oracle have dropped Itanium support if it hadn't bought Sun?

    The bust up between Oracle and HP over Oracle's decision to drop support for Itanium-based servers is intriguing. To my mind, once you get past the claims and counter-claims, the only question that needs to be asked is this: would Oracle have dropped... 

  • Are resellers reluctant to sell managed print services?

    How come resellers are taking so long to switch on to the benefits of managed print services and to sell them to their customers? I ask because Oki has just appointedGavin Castelyn, previously at Konica, to drivedemand for managed print services. Th... 

  • Who decides if open source is best for public sector bodies?

    Bit of a bust up between open source provider Sirius Corporation and Computacenter over an open source proof of concept projectwith Bristol City Council. Sirius boss Mark Taylor is not impressed, suggesting large system integrators like Computacenter... 

  • Apple devices helped to make the Mac the digital hub, now it wants to put the hub in the cloud

    Am I the only one who thinks there's something ironic in the pronouncement by Steve Jobs at Apple's WWDC that the PC and Mac are being demoted from "digital hub" to "device"? Speaking for myself, I can say that my computer was ne... 

  • Webby Awards take note: People are people, computers are machines

    The people behind the Webby Awards probably thought it was cool to give the Person Of The Year Award to Watson, the IBM computer that beat the world's best 'Jeopardy' players on TV earlier in the year. They could also be forgiven for thinking Wat... 

  • Why are Oracle EMEA server sales lagging worldwide figures?

    By the looks of it, Oracle needs to take some lessons in how to sell hardware in Europe. While revenue for the overall EMEA server market in the first quarter of 2011 grew 10.8%, the software giant failed to match the trend. According to figures ...