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  • November 01, 2010 01 Nov'10

    Five minute interview: Alex Teh, Vigil Software

    MicroScope puts its questions to Alex Teh, commercial director of Vigil Software What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom? The best advice I received came from one of the founders of Vigil Software.

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Microsoft reports record Q1 sales in "exceptional quarter"

    Microsoft reported record sales of $16.2bn (£10.2bn) for its first quarter ending 30 September, 25% up on the previous year, with net income up 51% at just over $5.4bn.

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Symantec acquisitions do better than expected

    Symantec president and CEO Enrique Salem has said the firm has made better progress than anticipated in integrating its recent acquisitions, VeriSign, PGP and GuardianEdge. "All three acquisitions performed better than expected in the quarter," he ...

  • October 27, 2010 27 Oct'10

    Connect introduces cloud-based business continuity scheme

    Connect has launched a UK channel programme for resellers to sell a range of cloud-based business continuity services to the SME market.

  • October 27, 2010 27 Oct'10

    Businesses delay Office 2010 roll out, KACE survey reveals

    Less than one fifth of businesses will broadly deploy Office 2010 this year but the majority are holding off due to fears over the complexities of migration, according to a survey by Dell KACE.

  • October 27, 2010 27 Oct'10

    SAP attacks rivals' proprietary strategy, announces Q3 results

    SAP launched a thinly veiled attack on rivals such as Oracle that "want to lock in their customers to a single vendor on one proprietary technology stack" as it reported a 20% increase in third quarter revenues.

  • October 26, 2010 26 Oct'10

    Compleat Software targets Sage resellers

    Compleat Software has begun recruiting Sage resellers after adding Sage 50, Sage 200 and Sage Line 500 to the portfolio of accounting and ERP software supported by its browser-based Purchase to Pay automation and spend control solutions.

  • October 25, 2010 25 Oct'10

    Windows 7 migration is positive experience for many

    The vast majority of companies that have migrated to Windows 7 in the year since its launch have experienced increased performance, security, reliability, ease of use and end point management.

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    Microsoft boasts of strong sales on Windows 7 first birthday

    Windows 7 is celebrating its first anniversary boasting of large numbers of licenses sold at a quicker pace than any of its other operating systems.

  • October 21, 2010 21 Oct'10

    FAST IiS back SAM certification

    The industry has edged closer to a benchmark certification for Software Asset Management (SAM) with the launch of a new Tiered Scheme backed by The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS).

  • October 20, 2010 20 Oct'10

    Microsoft puts Office into the cloud

    The death knell for on-premise versions of Office has been sounded a little bit louder after Microsoft announced the software suite would be made available in the cloud from next year.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    SCC first to bag Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance UK badge

    SCC has jumped through the requisite hoops to bag Microsoft and Citrix's V-Alliance accreditation, becoming the first reseller in the UK to complete the exhaustive process.

  • October 14, 2010 14 Oct'10

    SaaS sales being hit by short term view of costs from users

    A short-term attitude from customers towards costs is undermining attempts by the channel to sell the TCO benefits of software as a service compared to the traditional on-premise options.

  • October 13, 2010 13 Oct'10

    Scottish travel agency caught out by BSA

    A Scottish travel company has become the latest to be named and shamed by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for using unlicensed software.

  • October 12, 2010 12 Oct'10

    Software giants sign up to government efficiency drive

    The largest players in the software world have joined a host of government suppliers signing a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Cabinet Office as part of the ongoing efforts by the coalition to cut costs.

  • October 08, 2010 08 Oct'10

    Global moves made to close ranks on software pirates

    The net around software pirates is being tightened with a pact between 37 countries being signed in a bid to fight counterfeit goods.

  • October 08, 2010 08 Oct'10

    BSA aims to increase SAM adoption with standards programme

    The failure of a standard approach to software asset management (SAM) has confused users and prevented the technology from being more widely embraced according the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

  • October 05, 2010 05 Oct'10

    Microsoft refuses to cut "over-crowded" OEM distie network

    Distribution partners have slammed Microsoft for not rationalising its OEM wholesale channel after exiting the review stage with the same eight firms.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    Ballmer takes bonus hit for iPad and Kin failures

    The failure to produce an iPad beater and the damp squib of the teenager targeted Kin phone have hit Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the pocket losing the executive half of his bonus.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    Trustmarque to build mini-framework for NHS Trusts

    In the aftermath of the government's decision not to renew an NHS Enterprise Wide Agreement with Novell, reseller partner Trust marque is building regional frameworks to pull together the purchasing power of the local Trusts.

  • September 29, 2010 29 Sep'10

    Birmingham targeted in piracy campaign by BSA

    The West Midlands has become the latest battle ground in the Business Software Alliance's fight against piracy.

  • September 28, 2010 28 Sep'10

    Government axes Novell NHS contract

    The Department for Health has confirmed the soon-to-expire £6m Enterprise Wide Agreement (EWA) with Novell will not be renewed, leaving local trusts responsible for procurement and compliance.

  • September 28, 2010 28 Sep'10

    Users warned to keep eyes peeled for pirate goods

    Users have been warned by anti-piracy bodies that they need to be on the lookout for counterfeit software with large amounts of illegal products swamping the market.

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    ChangeBASE looks for migration specialists

    The ongoing migration from legacy systems to the world of Windows 7 and emerging applications is creating a customer headache and an opportunity for resellers.

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    Apple concessions end planned EC probe

    The European Commission has abandoned its planned antitrust probe of Apple after the vendor made a series of concessions surrounding cross-border repair policies and developer restrictions.

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    Oracle eyes further acquisitions

    Oracle has not ruled out making further acquisitions despite shelling out billions in purchases of Sun and several smaller purchases already in the database and business intelligence space this year.

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    Analysis: A slow return to growth in the software market

    We all want to know what is going to happen in the future as not only can money be made that way but business security can also be achieved through understanding where the world is heading.

  • September 23, 2010 23 Sep'10

    Red Hat banks on cloud portfolio

    Open source solutions specialist Red Hat is registering growing interest in its recently-introduced Cloud Foundations portfolio and says it has already inked its first million dollar private cloud management deal.

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Adobe revenues grow but miss out on $1bn mark

    Adobe is aiming to break through the $1bn revenue barrier in its next fiscal quarter after delivering solid growth in Q3. The software vendor saw its revenues for the three months ended 3 September increase by 42% from $697.5m to $990.3m but miss ...

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Recovery delayed for the software and services sector

    The UK software and services sector is set for slow growth over the next decade as the market shrinks with offshoring and cloud computing impacting traditional business models along with the blow dealt by public sector cutbacks.

  • September 21, 2010 21 Sep'10

    Civica acquires developer PTC Software

    Civica UK has acquired the trade and assets of small Cambridge shire-based developer PTC Software for an undisclosed sum.

  • September 21, 2010 21 Sep'10

    Copyright legal cost split sparks concerns

    Fears have been raised by those fighting software piracy that the costs of pursuing legal action will be unfairly distributed.

  • September 21, 2010 21 Sep'10

    Hurd tells Oracle partners to increase activity in services

    Services are emerging as the area Oracle expects its resellers to focus on with the vendor unveiling fresh accreditation levels for those going the extra mile and rolling out latest recruit Mark Hurd to underline the message.

  • September 20, 2010 20 Sep'10

    Europe lags behind enterprise software spending recovery

    The worldwide software market is recovering from the recession with signs that the next four years will be ones of modest growth but things remain downbeat in Europe.

  • September 17, 2010 17 Sep'10

    Analysis: Mood right to drive down software piracy

    Software piracy rates have remained fairly stable over the last couple of years hovering at the 27% mark costing the industry millions in wasted revenue.

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    IBM hears that green has to produce the goods

    IBM has wrapped up nine days of debate in central London on the subject of sustainability concluding that just appealing to the good nature of companies is not enough.

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    Novell sale edges closer

    Novell is getting closer to reaching the point where it is prepared to sell the business with the prospect of it being split into two parts.

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    Northamber sheds box shifting skin with Solution Point launch

    The realisation that margins made from classic IT wholesaling will not return to previous levels has finally dawned on Northamber, which is taking major steps into a world beyond box shifting.

  • September 15, 2010 15 Sep'10

    BSA calls for tougher laws to reduce piracy and boost economy

    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is putting pressure on the government to increase the deterrent to prevent users and companies taking the risk of using unlicensed software.

  • September 14, 2010 14 Sep'10

    Software industry set to pick up cost of piracy fight

    The software industry looks as if it will have to continue carrying the costs of fighting piracy as the government indicates it will be copyright holders that have to stump up the cash to catch those breaking the law.

  • September 10, 2010 10 Sep'10

    Codework acquired by European player Altimate Group

    Codework has been acquired by Altimate Group for an undisclosed sum adding the Manchester-based outfit into a family of European distributors. Altimate operates in six countries already, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg.

  • September 08, 2010 08 Sep'10

    Hurd to be paid $950,000 with potential $10m bonus by Oracle

    If he was worried that leaving HP might have left him out of pocket then Mark Hurd, the newly announced co-president of Oracle can breathe easy as the generous terms of his salary with his new employer became public.

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    FAST warns over rocketing license audit figures

    Software asset management (SAM), compliance body and Federation against Software Theft (FASTIiS) mandate FAST Ltd has sounded a warning over growing numbers of software audits by software publishers or similar bodies, with 55% of respondents to this...

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    Ex-Morse boss Mike Phillips joins Micro Focus

    Micro Focus has ended its hunt for a CFO to replace Nick Bray, appointing former Morse CEO Mike Phillips to the role. Phillips quit Morse after its sale to 2e2 in April. He had worked his way up to the top spot after starting out as finance director.

  • September 06, 2010 06 Sep'10

    Whistleblower lands former firm with £100,000 BSA settlement

    A whistleblower has dropped his former company in it with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) after reporting them for using unlicensed copies of Microsoft and Adobe software.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    European firms cough up £6.5m in software piracy costs

    European businesses caught using unlicensed software have had to splash out £6.5m in the first half of this year as they settle with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and buy the required licenses to get legal.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Sage signs up Westcoast

    Westcoast has been signed up by Sage as its fourth UK distributor selling the software vendor's products from next Monday. The distributor is being given the chance to sell boxed product into retailers, licenses and support to the reseller community...

  • September 01, 2010 01 Sep'10

    VMware announces two acquisitions at VMworld

    VMware has kicked off its 2010 VMworld conference by acquiring real-time app and infrastructure performance analytics specialist Integrin, and secure access management and enterprise identity federation for cloud hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) ...

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Veeam tiers products to provide enterprise emphasis

    Virtualisation specialist Veeam has used the VMWorld event as the moment to split its product range into basic and enterprise versions.

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    Novell Q3 revenues hit by uncertainty over strategy

    The shadow of a strategic company review, which could include a potential sale, has hit Novell's Q3 numbers as the uncertainty over its future fed through to revenues.

  • August 26, 2010 26 Aug'10

    Windows 7 migration skills gap opening up

    The migration to Windows 7 is going to produce a skills shortage of specialists able to transition firms from XP and 2000 versions to the latest Microsoft OS.

  • August 24, 2010 24 Aug'10

    Irish medical supplier settles with BSA

    The hunt for users of unlicensed software has stepped over the Irish Sea with a County Londonderry-based medical equipment supplier being slapped on the knuckles and hit for a settlement and additional software costs totalling £12,000.

  • August 20, 2010 20 Aug'10

    Microsoft UK partner boss Scott Dodds changes roles

    Microsoft UK is transferring overall control of the partner community to Barry Ridgway as Scott Dodds moves internally to head up the business and marketing operation unit.

  • August 18, 2010 18 Aug'10

    Microsoft reviews distribution partners

    Microsoft has embarked on a business review with eight UK distribution partners and while rationalisation is not at the top the agenda, the software giant refused to rule out cuts.

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    CA bolsters cloud credentials with 4Base acqusition

    CA has moved to bolster its cloud expertise through the acquisition of 4Base Technology which specialises in moving users from virtualisation to a hosted solution.

  • August 16, 2010 16 Aug'10

    Computerlinks puts final touches to virtualisation stack

    Computerlinks has added two new vendors to its virtualisation line-up in the shape of data and application availability management vendor SteelEye and virtualised WAN optimisation software developer NetEx.

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    Google hit by Oracle lawsuit and 'sell out' charges

    Oracle has launched a legal action against Google for allegedly infringing patents on Java technology in its Android operating system.

  • August 12, 2010 12 Aug'10

    Micro Focus shares fall after warning on growth

    Shares in Micro Focus International declined by more than a quarter after it admitted revenue growth for its 2011 financial year would be weaker than expected in the low single digits.

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    Skype files for IPO

    High-profile VoIP service Skype has filed for an initial public offering as it seeks to strengthen revenues in four different areas going forward, including increasing its adoption among business users.

  • August 06, 2010 06 Aug'10

    SAP won't fight Oracle IP claims

    SAP will not contest rival Oracle's claims that an SAP subsidiary abused access to its customer support website and stole valuable data, and will accept any financial penalty that is handed down.

  • August 05, 2010 05 Aug'10

    IT leaders sign up to grand Gates giveaway

    Several of the IT industry's biggest names have signed up to a new philanthropic drive to donate half their fortunes to good causes. Dubbed the 'Giving Pledge' and spearheaded by Microsoft's Bill Gates (pictured) and investor Warren Buffett, a total...

  • August 05, 2010 05 Aug'10 pays up in MS patent settlement

    Microsoft and have put aside their differences and settled their three month patent spat, with made to pay licensing fees over nine patents it stood accused of violating.

  • August 04, 2010 04 Aug'10

    Top UK software companies taking the SaaS route

    The majority of the top 25 UK software companies are already on the road towards delivering a software as a service (SaaS) model but some of them are failing to promote the fact effectively, according to analysis by Tech Market View.

  • August 02, 2010 02 Aug'10

    Oracle distributors still blind to vendor's intentions

    Prospective and existing Oracle distributors across the world are still waiting anxiously to hear the results of a tender process that were due at the end of last week.

  • July 30, 2010 30 Jul'10

    Ballmer backs free Office web applications strategy

    Microsoft has talked of the impact of its strategy to allow some Office functionality to be downloaded free by consumers as a way of curtailing software piracy.

  • July 30, 2010 30 Jul'10

    FAST kicks off summer anti-piracy campaign

    The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has kicked off a joint initiative with Trading Standards in various locations across the UK to launch a summer education campaign against unlicensed software.

  • July 29, 2010 29 Jul'10

    Oracle to name distributors, spell out rebate changes

    Oracle will tomorrow inform value added distributors if they feature in its future plans following an intensive four week request for information, a move that will signal a significant shift in the way reseller hardware rebates are handled.

  • July 28, 2010 28 Jul'10

    FAST campaign targets pirate Google listings

    The move to fight online piracy continues to gather pace with FAST following the examples of the likes of Microsoft to target those selling illegal software via the web.

  • July 28, 2010 28 Jul'10

    Sage trading in line despite wobbly economy

    Sage has reported that trading is in line with expectations despite continuing uncertainty in the macro economy.

  • July 27, 2010 27 Jul'10

    Customer confidence fuels SAP Q2 performance

    Renewed customer confidence and a return to spending on both software and support fed into SAP's financial performance as the German vendor continued to climb out of the recession.

  • July 26, 2010 26 Jul'10

    UK users reluctant to pay for digital content

    Those software publishers hoping that the threats of fines and web connection severance outlined in the Digital Britain Act would have an impact on user attitudes towards online content might have to rethink their strategy.

  • July 23, 2010 23 Jul'10

    Microsoft delivers in Q4 but doubts remain over phone plans

    Microsoft has announced record fourth quarter profits with revenues of $16.04bn for the quarter ending 30th June 2010, up 22% from the same period last year.

  • July 22, 2010 22 Jul'10

    SaaS set to take larger chunk of enterprise software market

    Hosted software is continuing to grow in the enterprise market as concerns around security and service levels have been overcome.

  • July 22, 2010 22 Jul'10

    Illegal downloading clampdown sparks consumer fears

    The battle against online piracy is attracting more legal firms that are sending out thousands of letters to users that have infringed copyright on behalf of publishers.

  • July 21, 2010 21 Jul'10

    VMware sees growing SMB, desktop order book in Q2

    Strong market demand for its vSphere packages in the SMB market helped virtualisation experts VMware book a record number of transactions during its second quarter, according to company CFO Mark Peek.

  • July 20, 2010 20 Jul'10

    Sage kicks off reseller mobility club to support RIM functionality

    Those resellers waiting to see what the impact of extending Blackberry functionality to Sage products would be have had less than three weeks to get the answer.

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    HP launches QuickPage after concluding UK pilot

    HP has launched its QuickPage packaged managed print service for SMB customers in the UK following the completion of a pilot programme earlier in the year.

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    Sage appoints CEO from within to replace Walker

    Sage has concluded the search for a CEO by choosing an internal candidate to replace the outgoing Paul Walker who leaves the vendor later this year.

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    CRM the tool to helping small business expand

    Every big business was a small business once. Therefore, selling to the present-day minnows will put you in pole position for selling to tomorrow's whales, writes Paul Clapham. They won't all make that leap - some won't want to - but the next ...

  • July 14, 2010 14 Jul'10

    Government ends £80m Microsoft licensing deal with NHS

    The government has scrapped the long running NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) enterprise agreement (EA) with Microsoft after deciding there was no business case or budget to renew it.

  • July 14, 2010 14 Jul'10

    FAST, Trading Standards test out new powers in Welsh raid

    The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) and Swansea Trading Standards have conducted their first anti-piracy raid using powers granted in 2007 under section 107A of the 1988 Copyright.

  • July 13, 2010 13 Jul'10

    Prolinx picks up virtualisation firm Five IT

    VMware, Microsoft and Citrix reseller Prolix has splashed out on the assets of Merseyside-based virtualisation consultancy Five IT in its third acquisition of the past year, as it continues to refine a buy-and-build infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS...

  • July 07, 2010 07 Jul'10

    Time for upgrades as end of life looms for Microsoft products

    Microsoft has warned that it is just days away from ending support for several products providing resellers with a reason to talk of upgrades. From next Tuesday (13 July) Windows Vista Release to Manufacture and Windows XP SP2 will have support ...

  • July 07, 2010 07 Jul'10

    Microsoft on the brink of further job cuts

    Microsoft has been reported to be on the verge of announcing more job cuts across the company in the next few days. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal the software giant is planning to make some cuts, but nowhere near the scale of the ...

  • July 06, 2010 06 Jul'10

    SAM message moves away from fear onto savings and returns

    The managing director of FAST Ltd has described the current approach to selling software compliance as one where enforcement has largely disappeared.

  • July 05, 2010 05 Jul'10

    Huge haul of pirates named and shamed

    Microsoft has been busy catching resellers selling illegal software with one of the largest cases of naming and shaming to hit the channel including a raft of shop-front-dealers from the Midlands and North among the 21 guilty offenders.

  • July 05, 2010 05 Jul'10

    Microsoft distie rebate cuts force price hikes

    Microsoft has today removed the retrospective fee it pays to distributors serving tier one reseller accounts and will instead pay them to develop smaller unmanaged dealers.

  • July 02, 2010 02 Jul'10

    Sage extends mobile functionality

    Sage is expecting the mobile functionality built into its latest flagship product will be a tick in the box for both customers and channel partners.

  • July 01, 2010 01 Jul'10

    SAP looks to take reseller numbers back into three figures

    SAP is looking to expand its channel numbers back past 100 after going through a rationalisation process that saw it shed 50 partners at the end of the last quarter.

  • June 30, 2010 30 Jun'10

    CA scraps minimum orders in recovery product promotion

    CA Technologies has scrapped minimum order requirements on its ARC serve products promising better margins and back-end rebates as part of a promotion that will run until March next year.

  • June 28, 2010 28 Jun'10 starts legal battle against Microsoft

    The IT world seems to relish a legal spat and no sooner has a six year battle between SCO and Novell wound down than Microsoft and Salesforce start to bring the lawyers into argue over intellectual property.

  • June 25, 2010 25 Jun'10

    Micro Focus CFO walks

    The shine has been taken off Micro Focus results slightly with the announcement that the British software vendor's CFO is leaving the business.

  • June 24, 2010 24 Jun'10

    Acquisitions filter in to bolster Micro Focus yearly numbers

    UK software player Micro Focus has seen the benefits of its acquisitions of Borland and the automated management and quality business of Compuware feed into its financial results.

  • June 23, 2010 23 Jun'10

    Software pirates face additional pressure from US

    British software pirates might have thought life was hard enough fending off the Business Software Alliance, The Federation Against Software Theft and Microsoft but the war against them just took a global turn with US anti-piracy groups wading in.

  • June 23, 2010 23 Jun'10

    Red Hat deliver solid revenues in Q1

    Linux specialist Red Hat has delivered strong numbers for its first quarter bolstered by decent subscriptions and services revenues. For the three months ended 31 May revenues increased by 20% to $209.1m with subscription revenue also going up by ...

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    SAP loses ground in declining supply chain software market

    The supply chain software market has been hit by the recession with a drop in worldwide revenues for the sector that includes players like Oracle and SAP.

  • June 15, 2010 15 Jun'10

    Online fraud costs UK businesses £400k each

    Online fraud cost UK businesses an average of £400,000 last year with more than half of UK firms identifying criminal activity as one of the main threats to their livelihoods.

  • June 14, 2010 14 Jun'10

    FAST sends warning it means business with Trading Standards

    The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has stepped up its fight against software pirates working with Trading Standards to target those businesses that are using illegal software.

  • June 14, 2010 14 Jun'10

    SaaS not set for the predicted dominance

    Hosted software will play a major role in the future but not the dominant that some market watchers expected it could have.

  • June 11, 2010 11 Jun'10

    After six years SCO's case against Novell ends in defeat

    The long running legal battle between Novell and SCO over a dispute over Linux copyrights has finally ended. A judge has ruled in favour of Novell and closed the case which started in 2004 ending not just that litigation but potential further ...