• June 11, 2010 11 Jun'10

    SMEs up for watching the World Cup

    With the opening match of the World Cup just hours away the indications are that majority of small businesses will allow staff to watch the competition rather than to clamp down on viewing in office hours. There have been numerous warnings that ...  Continue Reading

  • June 11, 2010 11 Jun'10

    Don't score an own goal with the World Cup

    With the World Cup starting later today the bets are stacking up over who will win the competition. Will it be the bosses or the workers? The bosses want staff to work as normal but the staff want to enjoy the World Cup. The result is the prospect...  Continue Reading

  • June 11, 2010 11 Jun'10

    Analysis: Time for the supply chain to improve for workers

    The question of how people are treated throughout the supply chain is one that is edging closer to being a significant issue as the developments with Foxconn's Shenzhen factory illustrate. The background to this story is a sad one because it ...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    Nortel's name will live on

    In the last eighteen months, MicroScope has been following the sad demise of Nortel closer than any other UK tech publication, and in that time the vendor's other business units have all found new homes The sale of its businesses has meant ...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    Managed services filling gap left by reduced headcount

    Businesses are holding off from replacing those IT staff that were jettisoned during the recession looking instead for the channel to fill the skills gap with its managed services expertise. Although the demand for permanent IT staff has risen ...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    Just as smart phones deliver O2 scraps unlimited data use

    As an iPhone owner and an O2 customer it always seemed inevitable that sooner rather than later the question of unlimited data use would be one that was tackled by the phone company. The focus on texts and minutes might have been sensible when the ...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    HP picks Vidyo for conferencing line-up

    Hewlett-Packard has signed an agreement with video-conferencing software provider Vidyo to run Vidyo's software-based desktop and room video solutions on HP servers as part of its Halo desktop and room-sized telepresence offering. The HP-branded...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    O2 rolls out data usage charges for smartphone users

    O2 has announced plans to introduce data charges for smartphone users ending the more unlimited usage attitude it had taken in the past. The mobile phone giant, which had an exclusive relationship with Apple to sell the iPhone when it was first ...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    Snail mail still rules up north

    This will probably come as no surprise to the average Mancunian, Scouser or Geordie, but it turns out that people in the north would rather take things slowly and have a friendly face-to-face meeting and have little truck with any of that poncy ...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    Small firms fear tax hikes in emergency Budget

    With the emergency budget just a few days away the fears over the prospect of tax hikes are having an impact on small business confidence. Talk from both the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Chancellor George Osborne about the need for cuts and...  Continue Reading

  • June 10, 2010 10 Jun'10

    Daisy splashes out on mobile distie

    Just days after securing a new credit facility, acquisitive SME comms provider Daisy Group has splurged £3.6m in cash on Northumberland-based mobility distributor Fone Logistics. Fone Logistics, which turned over £19.6m and made ...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Novell, Fujitsu team up for flexible clouds

    Novell and Fujitsu have announced the formation of a new vendor alliance designed to deliver flexible cloud solutions that are scaled to business needs. Under the terms of the alliance, Fujitsu will run its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    A special mention for teachers

    Having taken a day's leave to accompany my youngest son on a school trip today to the Natural History Museum can I just say to anyone in the channel who has family working in the teaching profession give them a big pat on the back. Like most people...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Ciena sales soar, losses narrow following Nortel acquisition

    Network infrastructure vendor Ciena has reported unaudited second quarter sales of $253.5m (£174m), up 75% on the year-ago quarter, after booking $53.5m worth of sales from the former Nortel Metro Ethernet Networking (MEN) business. ...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Government sets more ambitious broadband targets

    The Coalition government has pledged to give the UK the best broadband network in Europe. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt described the previous government's commitment to 2Mbps speed for all as "pitifully unambitious." He also ...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    CEOs don't care about IT, says Forrester

    Of the top 100 CEOs, only a very small number referenced IT in their annual report letters, George Colony, chief executive at Forrester Research, has told Forrester's IT Forum EMEA 2010. He said, "CEOs do not really care about IT. If you ...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Strike ballot to go ahead despite BT offer

    The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has said it will press ahead with a strike ballot of 50,000 BT workers in spite of a revised two-year pay offer made by BT yesterday. In a statement released following BT's offer on Tuesday, the union said ...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Public sector cuts start to hit job market

    The job market continues to recover from the low point of the recession but there are signs that the rate of improvement is slowing down. In the last few months the regular reports from KMPG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) ...  Continue Reading

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Former HP boss closer to taking major political position

    Those in the channel with political ambitions might fancy copying the example of the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who is closing in on her ambition to join the ranks of US Senators. After leaving HP Carly Fiorina resurfaced very publicly as part ...  Continue Reading

  • June 08, 2010 08 Jun'10

    World Cup security a valid concern but don't kill the fun

    The World Cup could provide an opportunity for more than just audio visual and networking resellers with security concerns about the football competition now coming to the fore. A warning from LANDesk mentions that deadly combination of words '...  Continue Reading