MicroScope's top stories, week ending 14 October 2011

Avaya UK boss to take channel back to basics Avaya's new UK and Ireland managing director Andrew Sheppardhassaid he will adopt a"back to basics" approach in his dealings with the channel that will see the comms vendoremphasise both operational efficiency and costs savings in its sales app

Avaya UK boss to take channel back to basics

Avaya's new UK and Ireland managing director Andrew Sheppard has said he will adopt a "back to basics" approach in his dealings with the channel that will see the comms vendor emphasise both operational efficiency and costs savings in its sales approach.

In his first official interview since taking the role, ex-C2000 heavyweight Sheppard said he was starting his time at Avaya with a clean slate and wanted to consign its chequered channel history to the dustbin.

Tomb rejoins SAP to drive on-demand sales

Former SAP US boss Greg Tomb has been tempted back to the software group to drive its cloud business and on-demand sales, as well as ensuring that the firm's offerings are tailored for specific geographies.

European PC sales tumble in Q3

The latest PC market figures from Context revealed that although frantic cost-cutting by vendors has boosted PC shipment levels in Europe, sales revenues collapsed during the third quarter of the year.

RMS bosses call it quits after 10 months 

Less than a year after it was spun out of Redstone, the owners of security reseller RMS have decided to sell up to comms and infrastructure specialist Pinnacle Telecom after the firm failed to turn a profit.

SAP extends service cover on ERP product through to 2020

In a move designed to ease customer concerns about upgrades, SAP has extended standard maintenance around its ERP 6.0 ecosystem through to the end of the decade, saying it wanted to improve predictability and remove a customer burden.

Cloud services outfit Six Degrees bags £60m injection

Tablet technology heads for wider PC market

IBM takes wraps off SmartCloud

Steve Jobs loses battle with cancer

New Hammer services business goes beyond storage

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