• June 18, 2010 18 Jun'10

    BT workers balloted over strike action

    BT staff are being balloted by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) as the first national strike in more than two decades moves even closer. With BT staff up in arms over a 2% base pay settlement the various attempts to head the strike off before ...  Continue Reading

  • June 18, 2010 18 Jun'10

    Cameron will be hoping England do the business tonight

    The World Cup has started in earnest and it has provided a welcome distraction from the talk of cuts and emergency budgets. As the teams do their best on the various fields of play in South Africa there will be some in government hoping that ...  Continue Reading

  • June 18, 2010 18 Jun'10

    Analysis: Mid-market turns to managed services

    A consensus is emerging that only 3% of companies that reduced their IT staff during the recession are planning to recruit to fill the shortages. The research is stacking up that firms that shed staff to cut costs are not going to bring them back....  Continue Reading

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    HMRC gets aggressive over small biz debt collection

    The financial pressure on cash strapped SMEs is set to intensify with HMRC adopting a more aggressive policy on debt collection and the Government potentially ending the 'Time to Pay' tax deferral scheme next week. The Forum of Private Business (...  Continue Reading

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    A growing trend for managed services

    Having spent the morning in Birmingham at the MicroScope and Kaysea How to Succeed in Managed Services seminar it's safe to say after having done two of them this week that I can make a summary on current trends. Firstly, there is a real appetite ...  Continue Reading

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    ASA launches review of unlimited broadband offers

    A review by advertising chiefs could put an end to the word "unlimited" being applied to broadband offers that are anything but. The timing of a review of the way ISPs promote their offers is timely with both O2 and Orange announcing ...  Continue Reading

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    SAP loses ground in declining supply chain software market

    The supply chain software market has been hit by the recession with a drop in worldwide revenues for the sector that includes players like Oracle and SAP. At first glance the figures from Gartner that reveal there was a drop in worldwide revenue by...  Continue Reading

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    AVG sets out to remind Mac users they are not safe

    AVG is hoping that greater awareness of the universal nature of web-based threats will attract Mac users as it targets that operating system for the first time. Traditionally Mac has been perceived as a secure platform with the virus threats being ...  Continue Reading

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    Oracle system overhaul causes Sun box pricing calamity

    Oracle's decision to go live with an untested system that calculates Sun hardware freight charges has been criticised by resellers who have complained about discrepencies in shipping costs. With just four days notice Oracle overhauled the system at...  Continue Reading

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    Daisy offloads WiMAX and WiFi businesses

    Daisy Group has offloaded its peripheral WiMAX spectrum licenses to UK Broadband for £12.5m. The WiMAX licenses were held within a sub-group of Freedom4 Ltd, which Daisy reversed into last year and had been earmarked for disposal after making...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Can you have your cake and EET it?

    Some people - well me - are calling EET Nordics "the Acer of the distribution world". Well at least half of the equation is right. It runs a very low cost operation, employing seven staff in the UK and running a central warehouse ...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Will Intel have the last laugh?

    The embarrassing public court cases facing Dell and Intel will come as scant consolation to the hundreds of national system builders whose demise was sped up by the alliance between the two firms. But they might provoke a wry smile. While Intel may...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Cheerio for now!

    I'm bowing out for a few weeks of(very well-deserved) holiday so this will likely be the last post on Network Noise until early July. I know we've not been at this'ereblogginglark for very long, but already it looks we're getting some ...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    The games industry reminds us all of how to party

    There must be money in those there gaming hills. It was with a great deal of envy and a fair amount of incredulity that we read about the Activision party at the E3 show in Los Angeles. The gaming company used some of the biggest names in pop music...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    GCI Telecoms acquisition spree far from over

    The telco market has been one of the most active on the acquisition front during the recession with the likes of Daisy and GCI expanding their operations by opening their wallets. The result of the activity has been to create a few large entities ...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Morse shares to be suspended as 2e2 deal nears completion

    The trading of Morse shares will be suspended on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) tomorrow as it takes a step closer to finalising its acquisition by 2e2. In a statement made to the market today, services-based reseller Morse confirmed that the ...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Best Buy boss "neither pleased nor satisifed" by Q1 numbers

    The combination of higher than expected operational costs and inconsistent consumer demand meant Best Buy's fiscal Q1 profits fell short of expectations. The largest retailer in the US pushed up sales 7% to $10.8bn as the bottom line increased ...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Ingram Micro COO resigns

    Ingram Micro president and chief operating officer Alain Monie is to stand down in August to take hold of the reins at a multi-national corporate based in Asia. Monie joined the broadline distributor in 2003 as executive vice president and a year ...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Orange scores own goal with iPhone 4 plans

    Following the news last week that O2 is to can unlimited mobile data plans on the iPhone, Orange has revealed its pricing plans for the iPhone 4, reducing its fair use datalimit to 750MB across its business and consumer price plans, with only the ...  Continue Reading

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Calls for R&D tax relief to be protected in emergency budget

    The wish list for next week's emergency budget is growing with calls for less of a tax burden for small firms and a commitment to maintaining investment in technology. The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his emergency budget next week with a...  Continue Reading

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