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  • PCs in retreat as market prepares for tablet invasion

    Poor old PC. Things are not looking good. After all the furore surrounding HP's decision to retreat from the PC arena, we now read that Gartner has downgraded its PC market forecast for 2011, suggesting the PC is "not a particularly compelling p... 

  • Global services sector takes a big hit in Q2

    Ouch. Things aren't looking great in the services sector right now. Ovum has revealed that the value of global IT services sales in the second quarter of 2011 was 40% (yes, that's right, 40%) down on the same quarter in 2010. There were no deals ... 

  • Thoughts on HP's MPS Confessions campaign: what kind of people have 'beloved' print devices?

    In case you missed it, HP has just launched its "MPS Confessions" campaign - no, not MPs Confessions (now that might be diverting) but MPS. For those of you who have been living in a desert outpost somewhere miles away from an internet... 

  • 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 ... 

  • 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... 

  • 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... 

  • 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... 

  • Data is the new oil? That's just too much

    Judging by Google, there seem to be a lot of people around at the moment who are opening their presentations with the bold statement that "data is the new oil". It's a pretty exciting and thought-provoking way to get people's attention....