• July 20, 2010 20 Jul'10

    IBM services organisation takes a hammering

    IBM has caused concernon Wall Street after revealing that new services contract signings for its fiscal Q2 were down 12% to $12.3bn at actual rates, indicative of a trend picked up onin Big Blue's Q1 numbers in April. Speaking on a conference call ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    When is a threshold not worth having?

    When you hear things about Symantec reducing its threshold on its SME specialisation from $100,000 to just $10,000 it makes you wonder why you bother having a threshold at all. Clearly the bar was set too high but if it is too low then it makes it ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    HP launches QuickPage after concluding UK pilot

    by Billy MacInnes HP has launched its QuickPage packaged managed print service for SMB customers in the UK following the completion of a pilot programme earlier in the year. The "all-inclusive" service, which includes product, page mix ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Symantec opens up SME channel specialisation

    Symantec has lowered the entry requirements for its small business specialisation to make it appeal to a wider number of resellers. Those signing up for the specialisation get financial incentives and tools, including online deal registration, that...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Welch rocks up at Azlan to lead product marketing

    Azlan has tempted Simon Welch out of a brief retirement with the offer of becoming its product marketing director. The appointment of the enterprise distribution veteran is likely to raise a few eyebrows at former employer Avnet, which ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Sophos reveals appetite for tougher penalities for data loss

    Despite potential fines of half a million pounds from the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to protect data and prevent leaks many firms think the penalties don't go far enough. According to research from Sophos half of those quizzed ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Nokia Siemens buys Motorola wireless business for $1.2bn

    Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)has today splashed out $1.2bn (£784m) on Motorola's wireless networking infrastructure business in yet another networking mega-deal. The deal, which was mooted in the business pages last week, sees Nokia take ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    UK business missing out on social media opportunities

    Reluctance among British businesses to follow the lead of the US is leading companies to miss out on social media-enabled interaction with customers and employees, according to a comparative global study on Web 2.0 media carried out by Siemens ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    June business failure rate rises in Scotland

    Evidence of a growing disparity between north and south has emerged in the latest business insolvency figures from financial services house Experian, which highlighted growing numbers of business failures last month in Scotland, and high levels of ...  Continue Reading

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Gartner sets out IT maintenance code of conduct

    On the back of setting out rights for cloud customers Gartner has now done the same for those users wondering what they should expect from IT maintenance specialists. With a fair bit of the channel providing maintenance the code of conduct that the...  Continue Reading

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    I'll call you back, I'm in Mongolia

    I've always thought the term mobile workerto besomething of a misnomer. Most of them, it seems to me, are actually sitting at a desk in a spare upstairs bedroom, or on a nice day, in the garden. Eventhe most dedicatedroad warriors never really log ...  Continue Reading

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    Sage appoints CEO from within to replace Walker

    Sage has concluded the search for a CEO by choosing an internal candidate to replace the outgoing Paul Walker who leaves the vendor later this year. Guy Berruyer, who is currently CEO of Sage's mainland Europe and Asia operations, has been handed ...  Continue Reading

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    Analysis: A streaming World Cup

    News analysis Streaming of major sporting events puts networks under strain and IT suppliers must be ready, says Amro GebreelWith the World Cup one of the first major sporting events to be streamed over the network, there were fears that it would ...  Continue Reading

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    Polycom powers to new record quarter

    Video, telepresence and voice comms specialist Polycom has broken its previous quarterly sales record, set back in April, after posting revenues of $295m (£191.7m)for the three months to the end of June. However the vendor still struggled to ...  Continue Reading

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    CRM the tool to helping small business expand

    Every big business was a small business once. Therefore, selling to the present-day minnows will put you in pole position for selling to ­tomorrow's whales, writes Paul Clapham. They won't all make that leap - some won't want to - but the next ...  Continue Reading

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    KCOM tells shareholders profitability is the aim

    KCOM has told shareholders at its AGM this morning that it expects to return to growth this year and has sorted out confusion with its pension scheme. At a meeting this morning the company will state that its trading for the three months to the end...  Continue Reading

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 July 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days; Government ends £80m Microsoft licensing deal with NHS The coalition government scrapped the nine-year Connecting for Health enterprising agreement with Microsoft, ...  Continue Reading