• February 17, 2011 17 Feb'11

    Alec Baldwin flogs Cisco TelePresence

    The news that product placement is to be allowed on commercial TVin the UK reminded Network Noise of a recent episode of US sitcom 30 Rock, starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey. In this sceneBaldwin - tongue firmly in cheek - shills for Cisco's "...  Continue Reading

  • February 17, 2011 17 Feb'11

    Lower insurance premiums on the horizon?

    Good news! Motorists may see lower insurance premiums as seven insurance companies and two IT software and service providers have provisionally agreed to limit the data that they exchange between them after the Office of Fair Trading raised ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    US companies want to bring their money home

    An interesting story which originally appeared in Forbes, has revealed that a consortium of companies - Cisco, Oracle, Apple and Pfizer among them - are lobbying the US government for a tax holiday to repatriate as much as $1trillion banked in ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Dell buying AMD would be the irony to end all ironies

    Dell was quizzed about its acquisition strategy on a conference call with analysts last night but nobody mentioned the white elephant in the room; the feverish industry talk that it is looking to buy AMD. In the recent acquisition spree, Dell ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Dell profits swell on back of biz refresh cycles

    Falling components prices and the continued tech refresh cycle helped Dell nearly triple profits in the fourth quarter though sales fell below analyst expectations. The Texan PC giant pushed up revenues for the period by 5% to $15.7bn as profits ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Resellers urged to deal with more service queries online

    Resellers are being encouraged to provide more help for their customers online via their websites and through social media platforms. Research conducted by Salesforce.com has highlighted not just high levels of customer dissatisfaction with service...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Chinese comms firm to bid for Nortel patents

    Chinese telecoms firm ZTE has thrown its hat into the ring in the race to acquire Nortel's networking patents, expressing particular interest in its LTE intellectual property (IP), according to Reuters. In an interview, ZTE IP director Wang Haibo ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Micro Focus shares slide after profits warning

    Micro Focus has admitted that the revenue it managed to hit in the three months to 31 January were below its own expectations and it will not be able to make up the shortfall by the end of its fiscal year. Shares lost a quarter of their value ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Kroll Ontrack makes tweaks to data recovery partner set-up

    Data recovery technology and services vendor Kroll Ontrack isattempting to galvanise its existing partner programme with the addition of extra services designed to enable partners to manage 'disaster' situations. "Being able to recover ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Google chief: Nokia should've gone with us

    As if yesterday's damning analysis by analyst Will Gibbs at IHS iSuppli was not clear enough on the subject,executive chairman and former CEOof Google, Eric Schmidt, has now stuck his oar into the furore surrounding Nokia and Microsoft's decision to...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    ShoreTel's Don Girskis reflects on time at the top

    Last week, Network Noise sat down for coffee and sandwiches with Don Girskis, worldwide sales vice president and erstwhile interimCEO at ShoreTel. Girskis stepped up to the hotseat following the resignation of long-serving John Combs last year, and ...  Continue Reading

  • February 16, 2011 16 Feb'11

    Workplace dispute reforms proposed

    Plans to improve the way in which workplace disputes are resolved have been published by the Government. Concerns have been raised by businesses that the system has become too costly, takes too much time, places unnecessary strains on small ...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    2e2 appoints broker to seek buyer for Morse units

    2e2 is testing the waters ahead of a possible sale of its businesses in Ireland and Spain, which it inherited during last year's Morse acquisition. According to channel insiders, regional brokerage and investment banker Stifel Financial was ...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    IBM rolls out Cloud Computing Speciality programme

    IBM used day one of its PartnerWorld conference to roll out a cloud computing speciality programme. The initiative covers five partner types - cloud application providers, cloud builders, cloud infrastructure providers, resellers and cloud ...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    Denman's Diary: Mobile World Congress 2011 is all about collaboration

    It may have rained for most of the first day, but so far, Mobile World Congress has been anything but a wash out, writes Openwave chief executiveKen Denman Official visitor numbers have yet to be announced, butthe place seemed to bepacked. The ...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    The sandwich index points to tough times

    Now and again a press release floats across the desk that grabs the attention for no other reason than humour when perhaps it is intended to stir deeper and more serious passions. Take for example the research from office design company Maris ...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    Apple moves to secure components, plots baby iPhone?

    Following last month's news that Apple was seeing constrained supplies of iPhone components, a high-profile leak to the South Korean media, detailed in the Wall Street Journal,has claimed that Cupertino is in talks with Samsung to secure a $7.8bn ...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    Intellect tells government IT growth can help the economy

    IT trade body Intellect has met with leading members of the coalition government and put the case for putting technology at the heart of the nations growth strategy. Business Secretary Vince Cable and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey met with ...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    ShoreTel outlines plan for profitability, acquisitions

    ShoreTel worldwide sales senior vice presidentand former interim CEODon Girskis has outlined the UC vendor's evolving strategy and thrown his weight behind newly-appointed CEO Peter Blackmore's pledge to turn the firm profitable by the middle of the...  Continue Reading

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    Insight takes a hit on LAR changes

    Ouch. Insight has predicted that the changes to Microsoft's fees for LARs (large account resellers) could make a dent of $5m to $10m in gross profits. Not turnover, profits. Insight says it is "implementing action plans intended to help ...  Continue Reading

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