MicroScope's top stories, week ending 9 March 2012

Employee number one at Compaq UK, Joe McNally, dies.

Employee number one at Compaq UK, Joe McNally, dies

Joe McNally, the first employee at Compaq UK and its managing director for many years, died this week after losing a battle against cancer.

He started Compaq's UK operation with just $40,000 in 1984 taking it from nothing in this country to a household name that posed a challenge to the likes of Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Born in the northeast, McNally was a popular figure in the industry but before moving into IT he was a roadsweeper, a supply teacher and worked in a steel stockpiling business.

Acer fraud complaint piles legal pressure on Lanci

Legal pressure is mounting on former Acer boss Gianfranco Lanci after his ex-employers lodged a fraud complaint against him in France

Acer already claims Lanci breached a non-compete cause by taking a job with Lenovo, but is now claiming it was overcharged for an internal event by a business associated him.

iPad 3 launch will add to IT department headaches

The launch of the iPad 3 is a prospect that is not likely to be greeted with smiles from those IT managers already struggling to cope with the consumerisation wave battering their networks.

C2000 cuts ribbon on new digs

Computer 2000 has bid farewell to its Basingstoke home of 18 years, moving a mile up the road to new facilities at Chineham Park.

Mitel to sell non-core units as profits increase

Mitel has revealed it is in discussions to sell off its DataNet CommSource business unit in an attempt to streamline its business still further.

iPad 3 will widen Apple tablet lead, says Ovum

Ricoh calls for channel action in face of growing mobile print demand

Credit card fraud drops as industry fights back

Microsoft adds small business competency

Avangate hires UK sales boss to beef up local presence

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