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  • 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... 

  • 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... 

  • Keep the communication channels open to retain customers

    A recent survey by Pitney Bowes has suggested resellers should communicate more with their customers if they want to keep them. It found that lack of communication was one of the major reasons for suppliers getting sacked by customers. That's not... 

  • 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... 

  • HMRC seeks missing VAT

    HM Revenue & Customs have launched an initiative to crack down on individuals and businesses who are trading above the VAT threshold (presently £71000) but who have not yet registered for VAT. The initiative is being discussed with int... 

  • 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...