MicroScope's top stories, week ending 09 December 2011

It could have been very easy this week to forget that there was a world outside of Brussels as Europe's leaders converged on the City to try and save the Euro.

It could have been very easy this week to forget that there was a world outside of Brussels as Europe's leaders converged on the City to try and save the Euro. But in the tech world there were some interesting thoughts about the spread of consumerisation and a re-emergence of a distribution veteran to take minds off vetoes and debt crises.

Klein returns to distie channel in Maverick role
Former Ingram Micro, Steljes and Computer 2000 boss Julian Klein is returning to the channel after a lengthy absence to take up the post of European development director at Tech Data-owned audio-visual distie Maverick. Klein, who parted company with Ingram in June 2009, has been tasked with replicating Maverick's business model as it expands into nine more countries in the region, developing both new country operations and vendor partnerships.

Watt benefits from senior reshuffle at Avnet
Another name in distribution also hit the headlines with Graeme Watt being promoted in a senior reshuffle at Avnet which sees the channel veteran extend his role at the distributor beyond its Technology Solutions operation. Watt, who has been president of Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA and maintains that role has also been elected at the corporate vice president for Avnet Inc.

Home workers putting data at risk
Consumerisation might seem to be inevitable but it still has the power to cause some concerns as Mozy found out. With staff logging onto the corporate network remotely more often company data is being more widely distributed across unprotected personal devices, according to research from storage specialist.

UK users fast adopting new tech but security concerns linger
British consumers are some of the fastest at adopting the latest technology to take advantage of anytime and anywhere connection but continue to have security concerns. According to the KPMG Converged Lifestyle report the growth of tablets. smart phones and the use of social networking and ecommerce is a global trend but in the UK market the adoption had been more rapid but users continue to have concerns over privacy and security.

Fire kindled under Apple
Apple will have to start looking over its shoulder even more after it emerged that barely a fortnight since it was launched, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet looks to be proving a viable contender to the iron grip of sector big boy Apple, according to number-crunchers at IHS iSuppli. A preliminary projection from the US analysts' Display Materials and Systems Service reckoned that Amazon will ship 3.9 million Fire tablets during the last three months of 2011, up from, obviously, zero in Q3.

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