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  • February 05, 2009 05 Feb'09

    LARs feel the pinch of Microsoft fee changes

    Despite making massive reductions in fees paid to LARs on Software Assurance deals, Microsoft has insisted the total level of back-end funding will not shrink under long awaited changes to the system due 1 May.

  • February 04, 2009 04 Feb'09

    SAP talks of death of upgrades with Business Suite 7

    SAP has taken the wraps off its vision for the future scraping its traditional approach to upgrading products.

  • January 28, 2009 28 Jan'09

    Microsoft plays down Google challenge

    Microsoft has greeted Google’s decision to pitch up on its turf with the view that it validates the market it has been building over the past few years.

  • January 28, 2009 28 Jan'09

    ITAC owner sent down and assets seized to cover £2.5m fine

    Microsoft continues to pursue ITAC owner Barry Omesuh to get hold of the £2.5m he has been ordered to pay in damages after being found guilty of intellectual property infringement.

  • January 28, 2009 28 Jan'09

    SAP cuts staff and reveals income hit in 08 figures

    One of the most honest voices in the downturn has come from the board room at SAP as the German software player has consistently spelt out the reality of the economic situation.

  • January 27, 2009 27 Jan'09

    Software AG benefits from demand for efficiency aids

    Software AG is planning to make acquisitions after posting strong figures for its fourth quarter. The German business intelligence specialist saw revenues increase by 14% year on year to 212.4m Euros and an operating profit rise of 28.3% to 564.9m ...

  • January 22, 2009 22 Jan'09

    IBM unveils SME suite at Lotusphere

    In a reflection of the tough times that customers face IBMhas unveiled low cost packages and highlighted its free software offerings atLotusphere. The event has already been a platform to unveil Alloy, the firstproduct produced from a tie-up ...

  • January 20, 2009 20 Jan'09

    Lotusphere delivers cloud and Alloy

    Reflecting the increasing demand for mobile technology one of the major announcements at Lotusphere has been around the development of cloud communities.

  • January 19, 2009 19 Jan'09

    Parallels signs SITS to boost Northern coverage

    Virtualisation specialist Parallels has signed up a gold partner SITS in the North of England to extend its geographical coverage.

  • January 16, 2009 16 Jan'09

    Microsoft reveals pricing of online productivity suite

    Microsoft has unveiled the pricing for its Business Productivity Online Suite, which it is launching later this spring, arguing it offers the flexibility in costs customers are demanding.

  • January 07, 2009 07 Jan'09

    CDC tables offer for Chordiant

    Enterprise software specialist CDC has made an offer to acquire Cordiant Software just days after its president used a Q4 forecasting statement to reveal it would be acquisitive.

  • December 03, 2008 03 Dec'08

    Microsoft LAR changes due in January

    Microsoft has halved the number of hoops that LARs must jump through to hit rebates targets under changes that will see partners earn less on volume licensing deals particularly in the public sector but more from higher value apps.

  • December 01, 2008 01 Dec'08

    Games market offers resellers opportunities

    Analysis by Davey Winder, First published in MicroScope 1 December 2008 Speaking at an entertainment conference in New York last year, Mindy Mount, Microsoft's CFO of the entertainment and devices division.

  • August 14, 2008 14 Aug'08

    Microsoft postpones LAR rebate changes

    Microsoft has delayed the European roll out of its global rebate programme for LARs until January after partners complained they needed more time to adjust their business model to reflect the revamped structure.

  • August 05, 2008 05 Aug'08

    Piracy crackdown

    The net is starting to close in around resellers that have an interest in selling pirated or counterfeited software. Over the past six months or so, there have been a raft of prosecutions, with one of the most high-profile being the settlement made ...

  • August 01, 2008 01 Aug'08

    Ease fears of holiday disconnection

    Going on holiday without taking a host of technology is unthinkable for most of us. Even before you finish packing the car, you need to make sure that you have your mobile or Blackberry and chargers, digital cameras and camcorders, plus memory and ...

  • June 12, 2008 12 Jun'08

    Adventi poaches Oracle Scotland boss to lead the charge

    Adventi Group has sent out a clear signal of its intent to become a significant business IT provider by audaciously poaching the head of Oracle Scotland to become its new CEO.

  • April 15, 2008 15 Apr'08

    Add greenery to save money

    If there is one word that grabs the attention of a customer that word has to be "green". With an Antarctic ice shelf sliding into the sea and the weather all over the place it is hard to find anyone who is not aware of the need to protect the ...

  • April 15, 2008 15 Apr'08

    Protect kids from the web

    One of the most worrying areas of the internet is its scope for making children vulnerable to criminals and other predatory elements. The growth of chat rooms and social networking sites has taken most parents completely unawares.

  • April 14, 2008 14 Apr'08

    An eventful first quarter

    The first quarter of the year ended with an old-fashioned feel, with several high-profile product launches that recall the good old days of the 1990s.

  • April 03, 2008 03 Apr'08

    Opportunities with Server 2008

    In the good old days of the channel there seemed to be a product launch every other week at a plush venue with some half-decent food. These days the large launches are special because of their rarity, but they still have the ability to create ...

  • April 03, 2008 03 Apr'08

    F-Secure Anti-Virus 2008 offers SMEs security

    One of the more immune products in any downturn is computer security because taking risks with data is simply not an option.

  • April 03, 2008 03 Apr'08

    InvisiTasking makes for 'no brainer' sales

    It has been a while since the name Diskeeper appeared on Tech Trader's pages but, as is usual in the world of technology, if you wait long enough another version will come along.

  • April 03, 2008 03 Apr'08

    Data leakage to set conference agenda

    As the great and the good meet in Olympia later this month to show off their wares and discuss the direction of the industry there are going to be a couple of key areas that dominate conversations.

  • April 03, 2008 03 Apr'08

    Acorn event recalls best of British computing

    The glory days of the early 1980s saw some British names fighting it out in the computer rooms at schools and in the bedrooms with Acorn among the leading contenders.

  • April 02, 2008 02 Apr'08

    ControlGuard monitors access

    One of the biggest fears of any IT administrator is to manage the demands of staff that want to connect into the business from numerous external locations.

  • April 02, 2008 02 Apr'08

    Delayed Vista deployments in schools raise skills fears

    Some sections of the industry have raised fears that the decision by most schools to delay the deployment of Vista could have a negative impact on skills.

  • March 24, 2008 24 Mar'08

    Wireless mice keep on running

    It really is a case of using is believing with wireless mice because it is only after you have tried one that you understand the freedom and much more relaxed experience it provides. There has been a great deal of focus on wireless keyboards but ...

  • March 24, 2008 24 Mar'08

    Smooth performance

    One of the best products of the past few years has to be the iPod and the smart piece of design has spawned numerous equally innovative products.

  • March 10, 2008 10 Mar'08

    Cure-all for data transfer

    One of the parts of the technology world that tends to be forgotten by almost everyone other than those directly involved is the storage peripherals market.

  • February 11, 2008 11 Feb'08

    Flexible wireless access

    As we come to the end of the deep box that held a number of products from Level1, it is time to look at the PoE AP Access Point. The 108Mbps wireless box can support bridge, client and repeater mode and has power over Ethernet (PoE) capability, ...

  • February 11, 2008 11 Feb'08

    Intelligent laptop case

    Computer bags have almost reached the point where they are the universal choice for anyone not wanting a sports bag or a handbag. The reason is no doubt the increasing ownership of laptops, but also the convenience of a bag that can take a mobile, ...

  • February 04, 2008 04 Feb'08

    Virtual meetings from the desktop

    If you were to stick your finger in the air to judge which way the wind was blowing on major technologies, you could guarantee it was heading for videoconferencing. Videoconferencing no longer involves simply sitting in one room and talking down the...

  • January 28, 2008 28 Jan'08

    Simple secured wireless

    Technology becomes accepted into the mainstream so much more quickly than it ever used to, with home users embracing anything that will make their lives easier.

  • January 28, 2008 28 Jan'08

    More than storage

    When you first hear the words ‘big red box' you might automatically think of storage in the sense of something brightly coloured you put your belongings in.

  • January 21, 2008 21 Jan'08

    Delivering broadband control

    These days you don't see too many people harking on about broadband, with most of us just signing up to services as a norm.

  • January 21, 2008 21 Jan'08

    A stylish alternative

    Laptop bags have come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years and are now a far cry from the clunky freebies you got with mobiles in the past. The initial inspiration of designers of laptop bags seemed to be drawn from the big, bright products ...

  • January 21, 2008 21 Jan'08

    Smart digital photo tools

    It is one thing to sell a digital camera, but it is quite another helping a customer to get the most out of the purchase. It is quite understandable why people might take digital photography for granted now that cameras seem to be able to take ...

  • December 17, 2007 17 Dec'07

    Reviews of 2007

    The year has been a busy one in terms of reviews and the highlights below demonstrate that all sides of the industry were producing quality products.

  • December 10, 2007 10 Dec'07

    Best reviews of Q4 2007

    With the march towards the end of the year well on its way, it is a good time to look back at the fourth quarter to cast an eye over the reviews that have stood out in the last few months.

  • December 03, 2007 03 Dec'07

    Flexible network storage

    There cannot be many customers that are not struggling to cope with their growing data, and looking for a way of getting more capacity without causing major disruption.

  • December 03, 2007 03 Dec'07

    Solving the security jigsaw

    One of the growth areas in recent years has been security, particularly the idea of linking CCTVs to the network so that the digital images can be stored and accessed on a system open to all.

  • December 03, 2007 03 Dec'07

    Bridging the gap

    Over the years there have been several attempts to come up with products that fit into the gap between PDA and full-blown laptop. There are two reasons why most of them have sunk without trace.

  • November 26, 2007 26 Nov'07

    Remote backup

    The need for remote management is only going to increase, with larger numbers of people opting to take advantage of flexible working.

  • November 26, 2007 26 Nov'07

    Gateway to peace of mind

    Although there are numerous arguments in the security world about exactly what defines the gateway, with remote working now widening the routes into data, there is no argument that dismisses the need for some protection.

  • November 26, 2007 26 Nov'07

    Enhanced clocking-off system

    Keeping track of staff that are coming and going, and charging by the hour for their work can be a nightmare for even the most organised managers. In these days when trust is all too often abused, the temptation is to either give up trying to keep ...

  • November 26, 2007 26 Nov'07

    Painless updates

    There are increasing numbers of customers that are going home after a hard working day wondering whether or not they have done the right thing with their data.

  • November 19, 2007 19 Nov'07

    Looks good inside and out

    If the look and design of technology is something that matters to your customers then the Sony Vaio XVGNSZ61VN is going to get some welcome attention.

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