• May 26, 2010 26 May'10

    Recruitment back on the agenda in tech sector

    The recovery is spilling over into the jobs market with a significant number of firms indicating that they will recruit this year. According to the CBI 25% of firms will add staff this year as the number of companies sticking with a recruitment ...  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2010 26 May'10

    Congratulations to ACEs networking nominees

    Tonight marks the fourth annual MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence (ACEs) and those attending this year's event at the Lancaster London are promised a night of gourmet food, fun and frolics and top-notch comedy from our mystery guest! ...  Continue Reading

  • May 25, 2010 25 May'10

    Ash cloud hits European PC sales

    The volcanic ash cloudcasta shadow overthe European PC market in April but has left pent-up demand which should start to feed through to sales this month.Channel analyst Context revealed that revenues via distribution across the region's top 14 ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Bye bye BECTA, baby bye bye

    The channel is digesting - and will be for the next month - the ramifications of the Government's decision to axe BECTA but after the dust settles, will the industry really be worse off or did the quango justify its existence? The procurement body ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Why the decision to close BECTA reminds me of HCI

    Those who remember the moment when the announcement was made that the Home Computing Initiative (HCI) was going to be canned will also be acutely familiar with the chaos that followed it. You fear the same might happen with the announcement that ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Dell finally unveils Certified partner marketing plans

    Dell is finally getting round to marketing reseller partners, albeit only those in the top echelon, more than two years after formalising its engagement with the channel. The one-time direct selling purist plans to roll out a partner locator tool ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Bell readies HP Networking portfolio

    Bell Microproducts is creating a new virtual team to represent the new HP ESSN unit and will be training up its servers and storage teams to sell the combined ProCurve and 3Com lines after being handed a contract to distribute the HP Networking ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    McAfee sets July as the date to reveal results of distie review

    McAfee is evaluating the responses from distributors looking to come through its channel revaluation process and has set the first week of July as the date a decision will bne made. The security software specialist started a review of distribution ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Prepare to redecorate; Cisco wants into your living room!

    Wallpaper paste at the ready. A £350 home telepresence system could be gracing your living room in the near-future if remarks made by Cisco worldwide operations veep Rob Lloyd last week are anything to go by. Speaking at a Reuters ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Resellers seek answers over BECTA framework uncertainty

    Resellers are scrambling about for information on the forthcoming ICT Services education framework due to kick off in August, in light of the Government's decision to close procurement organiser BECTA. This morning, the Con-Lib coalition announced ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Considerations for building a successful cloud offering

    Mark Williams, managing director at Pensar, pinpoints the areas resellers should focus on when building cloud services There is no doubting that cloud computing is an impassioned topic within the channel. While resellers that have embraced the ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    BECTA hits out at imminent closure

    BECTAhas responded aggressively to the government's plans to kill it off as it cuts £2bn in IT, suppliers and property-related spending. This forms part of the £6bn total spending cuts announced this morning by the Coalition ...  Continue Reading

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    BECTA likely to be scrapped as part of government cuts

    The education IT buying organisation BECTA is to likely to be scrapped as part of the government's plans to claw back £6bn from the deficit. The announcement being made later today could kill off BECTA as the Chancellor George Osborne details...  Continue Reading