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  • 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... 

  • 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... 

  • Financial Ombudsman Service to help more

    Individuals and small businesses (with a turnover of less than €2 million and fewer than 10 staff) can go to the Financial Ombudsman Service for redress should they encounter a problem of maladministration with a financial institution. If a ruling is... 

  • 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... 

  • Even in the cloud, there's nothing new in alliances

    There's a lot of confusion around cloud computing. What is it exactly? Who is it for? What can it do? Hardly surprising then that groups are springing up that claim to help people understand the concept, see beyond the hype and get an idea of what it... 

  • HMRC picks on small firms...again

    According to the Association of Taxation Technicians, HMRC is showing an undue level of interest in small businesses. Indeed, HMRC apparently has plans to check the records of 50,000 small businesses during a six month trial period to ensure that the... 

  • Can pay won't pay?

    There seem to be a lot of survey's around at present and another, from Sage, has suggested that despite some improvements in the state of the economy payment times are slipping even further. Sage's monthly Omnibus survey found that more than a th...