• October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    What's behind Computacenter's share bounce?

    Could an Indian outsourcer be among the predators stalking Europe's largest reseller Computacenter? Probably not, but this is the talk amonginvestors and brokers who have noted sweeping movements in CC's share price, which bounced in mid-October to...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Micro-P tipped for Cisco SMB move

    Word on the street is that Cisco is about to expand its distribution channel with sources expecting Micro P to take on the SME and consumer product range. The distributor ran a training weekend that started on 23 October with a number of vendors ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Pension changes could prompt SMEs to use more temps

    By Billy MacInnes Government plans to force companies to provide pensions for employees and eradicate the default retirement age will "deal a double blow to smaller employers" and push them to take on temporary and self-employed staff....  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Fewer companies seek extra time to pay VAT bills

    By Billy MacInnes The number of companies seeking an arrangement to postpone payment of their VAT bills by increasing their time to pay (TTP) to the taxman has declined substantially since the peak of January 2009. According to figures from ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Ingram Micro prepares for cloud assault

    Ingram Micro has started to make preparations for a push into cloud computing with a number of senior appointments on both sides of the Atlantic. Last month, the broadliner appointed Renee Bergeron as VP managed services and cloud computing to head...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Too many users ignoring print policies, OKI survey finds

    By Billy MacInnes Businesses are wasting billions a year needlessly outsourcing printing jobs that they have the capability to do inhouse and losing money through users failing to heed companywide policies on duplex printing or using colour ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Carousel fraud has not gone away

    It's just been reported that HMRC have seen carousel fraud, otherwise properly known as Missing Trader Intra-Community fraud, appear in the wholesale gas and power markets. As a reminder, MTIC fraud occurs when high value VAT liable goods are ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Aggressive Ingram Micro pricing buoys sales, hits profits

    Ingram Micro posted solid revenue gains in the third quarter on the back of a strong showing in its US homeland, but aggressive deals in Europe and Asia meant that profits fell short of analyst expectations. The broadliner last night filed numbers ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Microsoft reports record Q1 sales in "exceptional quarter"

    By Billy MacInnes Microsoft reported record sales of $16.2bn (£10.2bn) for its first quarter ending 30 September, 25% up on the previous year, with net income up 51% at just over $5.4bn. But after taking account of a deferral of $1.47bn ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    ShoreTel loss widens on stock compensation costs

    Net losses at UC specialist ShoreTel widened year-on-year to $3.6m inthe firm'sfiscal Q1,afterit incurred stock-based compensation expenses of $2.8m. Excluding charges and adjustments, ShoreTel still made a small loss of $200,000, but growth ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 29 October 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    No network noise on the Underground

    Look at the people in this photo. Look closely.They're passing the time in contemplation, lost in thought. Maybe winding down or grabbing a few minutes of blessed peace before their working day begins. One of them's even reading a book! Fancy, in ...  Continue Reading

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Europe's latest idea

    The Eurocrats are at it again. Not only is British business doing its best to stay afloat in the current economic climate, but it's now having to fight a rearguard action to prevent last week's Spending Review doing any extra damage. In pouring ...  Continue Reading

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Gateway vows to name infrastructure distie before year-end

    Gateway has vowed to have at least one server and storage distributor in place by the end of this quarter to hit the ground running in 2011, which could be wishful thinking given the lengthy process to date. Back in April, Gateway - Acer's business ...  Continue Reading

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Symantec acquisitions do better than expected

    Symantec president and CEO Enrique Salem has said the firm has made better progress than anticipated in integrating its recent acquisitions, VeriSign, PGP and GuardianEdge. "All three acquisitions performed better than expected in the quarter,&...  Continue Reading

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Commercial outsourcing deals down in EMEA

    By Billy MacInnes The total contract value (TCV) of commercial outsourcing deals in the UK and Germany fell by a half in the first nine months compared to 2009, far below the overall decline of 10% experienced in the EMEA market in Q3. The TCV...  Continue Reading

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Avnet surpasses $6bn revenue milestone

    Avnet has broken through the $6bn sales barrier in its fiscal first quarter on the back of double digit organic growth and three acquisitions. Revenues at the largest VAD on the planet grew 42% to $6.2bn, including 26% growth on a pro-forma basis ...  Continue Reading

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Sun dealer migration to Oracle Partner Network delayed

    The deadline for migration of Sun Microsystems' resellers into Oracle's Partner Network (OPN) channel scheme has been delayed with lower-than-expected numbers signing up and internal system glitches blamed for the hold up. Resellers had until 15 ...  Continue Reading

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Radware hits new heights

    Radware's recent spate of good results is showing no sign of abating after the Israel-based network security vendor made net sales of $36.8m (£23.17m), up 25.8% year-on-year and a new record. GAAP net profit at the firm was up to $3.7m from ...  Continue Reading

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Agency Workers Rule

    Once there was a distinction between full time employees, those employed part time and workers hired in from agencies. Over the last 15 years part and full time workers have gained significant parity and from 1 October 2011, agency workers will do ...  Continue Reading

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