• November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    Insolvencies rise as economy remains fragile

    The level of insolvencies across the economy, and in the IT sector, rose last month slightly as the tough conditions continued to have an impact on firms. The latest insolvency figures from Experian indicate that 0.10% of the UK business population...  Continue Reading

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    MicroScope's review of the month: November 2011

    The channel news agenda in November was dominated by a few key trends, with the Thai floods, tumult in the retail sector and the ever-present threat of channel-related crime all grabbing the attention of visitors to MicroScope.co.uk. Flood disaster ...  Continue Reading

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    Norton gets the cycling bug with Tour channel promotion

    This blog has been used before as a platform to point out the growing love in the channel for two wheels and clearly Norton has picked up on the trend as well. The security vendor is encouraging resellers to sell its products with a promotion.  Continue Reading

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    Sage delivers growth but caution remains on uncertain outlook

    Sage has revealed its customers remain concerned about the short-term prospects for the economy as the ongoing uncertainty over future growth continues to linger in the SME market. The software vendor revealed that it has not fared too badly in its...  Continue Reading

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    Monitor firm Eizo leaves Avnet to go it alone

    Specialist-monitor vendor Eizo is to call time on a20-year relationship with Avnet in the new year to set up its own distribution operation, and is on the hunt for new partners to expand its channel proposition. Eizo sells high-spec display ...  Continue Reading

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    Eclipse aims to put ISP rivals in the shade

    KCOM Group-owned business ISP Eclipse Internet has set out plans to turn broadband services into a product that the channel actively wants to sell, and is betting that a series of changes to its pricing model will allow it to gain an edge over its ...  Continue Reading

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    e92plus signed up by Huawei Symantec

    Huawei Symantec has chosen e92plus as its first authorised distributor as it looks to expand the reseller network carrying its products. The distributor will start by focusing on the next generation firewall, UTM and security routing gateway ...  Continue Reading

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    Business groups call for greater investment in skills

    There has been a call for more focus on developing skills, particularly at the SME end of the market, following the Autumn Statement. The Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement yesterday outlining a range of measures designed to ...  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Public sector urged to change attitude to IT to deliver change

    Talk of capping salaries and keeping an eye on public sector costs in the Autumn Statement have provoked calls from the channel for more use of technology to save money and smaller suppliers to deliver efficiencies. The response to the Chancellor ...  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Redstone on road to recovery as net losses halve

    Networking services provider Redstone has cut its operating losses by over 50% to £458,000 during the six months to the end of September, with £4000,000 attributed from the write-off of loan notes outstanding from its disposal of ...  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Osborne confirms £40bn SME credit fund

    The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed the establishment of a £40bn credit easing scheme to underwrite bank loans to small firms as one of the main actions announced in the Autumn Statement. Osborne has revealed at the weekend that the ...  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Server sales down slightly across EMEA

    Sales of servers in EMEA underwent a slight downturn during the third quarter, according to the latest market figures from Gartner, but the 0.5% dip was easily absorbed by stronger worldwide growth of 5.2%.B Western Europe was the worst performing ...  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Ingram signs up to Cloud Industry Forum

    Ingram Micro has become the latest to sign up to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) as it looks to underline its commitment to the emerging technology. The distributor has been instrumental in driving the Channel Transformation Alliance, which aims at ...  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Five minute interview: Amanda Dunn, PEER1 Hosting

    This week, MicroScope's Five Minute Interview turns its spotlight on Amanda Dunn of PEER1 Hosting. Tell us what you do for a livingI work as the Business Development Director for EMEA at PEER1 Hosting. This role focuses on our partner programme ...  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Clearswift plans for growth after Lyceum Capital acquisition

    Security vendor Clearswift has been acquired by investor group Lyceum Capital in a deal which the vendor is trumpeting as one that will provide the platform it needs to fund its next stage of development.  Continue Reading

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Infor signs Cambridge to target discrete ERP market

    Privately-held ERP sector giant Infor has conceded it is "under-represented" in the UK channel after announcing the signging of software services provider Cambridge Online to plot an assault onthe discrete manufacturing industry. Infor ...  Continue Reading

  • November 28, 2011 28 Nov'11

    Column: Not all hackers are smart

    Technology, as we all know, is "an enabler" that can bring a lot of benefits. And 26 year old Hungarian Attila Nemeth (what a great name), was keen to demonstrate just what a great enabler it could be by using his talent with computers to ...  Continue Reading

  • November 28, 2011 28 Nov'11

    Cloud computing model could help fight cyber crime

    Trend Micro has moved quickly to throw its weight behind efforts to stamp out web-based crime just weeks after the London Cyberspace conference and days after the government indicated its own intelligence agency GCHQ will work with vendors. The ...  Continue Reading

  • November 28, 2011 28 Nov'11

    Major names back changes to computer education

    Microsoft and Google are two of the big names that have joined the call to improve the teaching of computer skills in schools to try and increase the number of children that can write code. The government has also acknowledged the need to do more ...  Continue Reading

  • November 28, 2011 28 Nov'11

    In-depth: Big Data is a channel play

    You might be surprised to learn that, according to IBM, the rise in data levels has reached such a pitch that 90% of the data in the world today has actually only been created in the past two years, writes Billy MacInnes. That's a pretty spectacular...  Continue Reading

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