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  • 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 ...

  • June 11, 2010 11 Jun'10

    Kaspersky, Aveva, Progress join BSA in piracy fight

    Three leading software firms have joined the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the industry body dedicated to fighting software piracy.

  • June 08, 2010 08 Jun'10

    Novell targets Sun resellers and users with migration promo

    In an effort to exploit the uncertainty that continues to surround Sun post its Oracle acquisition Novell has unveiled a promotion to attract users of its rival's identity management and security products.

  • June 03, 2010 03 Jun'10

    FaceTime changes name to avoid Apple conflict

    Messaging security specialist FaceTime has announced plans to scrap its name after Apple unveiled plans to use the same moniker for its video calling application.

  • June 03, 2010 03 Jun'10

    Trading Standards lands victory against Wirral pirates

    Trading Standards has succeeded in curtailing the activities of two Wirral-based business that were selling PCs with unauthorised software pre-installed.

  • June 02, 2010 02 Jun'10

    Gartner warns time is running out for XP users

    Those users still clinging to Windows XP putting off the decision to upgrade have been warned that with the operating system getting older and support options narrowing the move to Windows 7 has to be made soon.

  • May 28, 2010 28 May'10

    Novell CEO talks up IWM as Q2 shows slight improvement

    Novell's second quarter revenue dipped slightly on last year despite benefiting by $2m as a result of favourable currency rates. For the three months ended 30 April net revenue was $204m compared to $216m in the same period a year earlier.

  • May 25, 2010 25 May'10

    Sage sets out ambitions to take mid market share

    Sage is using a reseller event in London tomorrow to outline its ambitions in the mid-market as it launches a national campaign to increase the user awareness of its brand in that space.

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Considerations for building a successful cloud offering

    Mark Williams, managing director at Pensar, pinpoints the areas resellers should focus on when building cloud services. There is no doubting that cloud computing is an impassioned topic within the channel.

  • May 21, 2010 21 May'10

    Prospect of Novell sale returns

    Novell appears to be heading towards a sale after it emerged the software company was being targeted by private equity groups.

  • May 19, 2010 19 May'10

    SAP co-CEOs set sights on hosted market

    SAP's CO-CEO's have marked their first 100 days in office using their keynote speeches at the vendor's Sapphire event to pat themselves on the back and set out their goals for the future.

  • May 17, 2010 17 May'10

    CA changes name and sets out cloud ambitions

    CA has used its annual partner get together in Las Vegas to announce a change in its name and plans to increase the focus on cloud computing and virtualisation.

  • May 13, 2010 13 May'10

    Integrating Microsoft Office suite could net channel billions

    The figure of six billion is on every politician's lips but is also the amount of money Microsoft believes the channel can make from selling Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010.

  • May 13, 2010 13 May'10

    SAP stumps up $5.6bn to acquire Sybase

    SAP has made its first acquisition since changing its CEO team picking up Sybase in an indication that it will expand into the mobile infrastructure space.

  • May 12, 2010 12 May'10

    Nolan merges with Benteq to enhance CRM skills

    Long standing Microsoft developer Nolan Computers has merged with accounting and CRM specialist Benteq. The merged entity, which comes into effect immediately, will trade as Nolan Business Solutions with a turnover of just more than £2m. ...

  • May 12, 2010 12 May'10

    Micro Focus results swelled by acquisition revenues

    British software player Micro Focus has indicated that its acquisitions of Compuware's testing business and Borland are filtering through to the bottom line. In a trading update for the fiscal year ended 30 April the channel player pointed to a ...

  • May 11, 2010 11 May'10

    Software piracy costs UK economy £1bn

    The piracy rate in the UK has remain unchanged in the last year indicating that the recession did not produce an increase in the number of users cutting corners to save money.

  • May 06, 2010 06 May'10

    HP appoints Microsoft veteran to head enterprise software

    Hewlett-Packard has strengthened its software credentials with the hiring of one of the former Microsoft executives responsible for helping Windows 7 emerge from the ashes of Vista.

  • May 05, 2010 05 May'10

    Sage identifies pent-up SME demand for software

    Pent-up demand in the SME community, caused by the recession, should start to filter through and improve the market for Sage as it looks to continue to build on the recovery.

  • May 05, 2010 05 May'10

    FAST hits hospital with £13,000 settlement

    Highlighting the extent to which unlicensed software can be used across the public sector FAST has secured a £13,000 settlement on behalf of its member Esker in a case against a Sheffield NHS Trust hospital.

  • May 04, 2010 04 May'10

    Microsoft highlights channel opportunity to sell to future offices

    The office of the future is going to require technology to make it operate with much greater flexibility as the lines between home and work blur further.

  • April 30, 2010 30 Apr'10

    SAP looks to developers to support Business ByDesign

    SAP is preparing its developer and reseller community for the launch of its hosted Business ByDesign service, which goes mainstream from July.

  • April 29, 2010 29 Apr'10

    Sales of Windows 7 hit the 100m mark

    The words 'Vista' and 'OS disappointment' need never be uttered in Microsoft offices again after the sales of Windows 7 hit the 100m unit mark.

  • April 29, 2010 29 Apr'10

    Adobe identifies billions being wasted in unnecessary admin

    Even before the election started the politicians were banging on about how they could use technology to cut costs in UK plc and there is £8.8bn that Adobe has identified that could go relatively easily.

  • April 29, 2010 29 Apr'10

    Reseller opportunity identified around mixed SaaS adoption

    Despite an apparent interest from customers in software as a service (SaaS) the majority of firms have still not established evaluation criteria to choose which products they will go for.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    Design agency hit by £44,000 costs after being caught out by BSA

    In its fight against the use of unlicensed software the Business Software Alliance never seems to take much of a breather between cases and its latest settlement has landed a London design agency with a £44,000 bill.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    Chinese court backs Microsoft in IP fight against pirates

    The success Microsoft has had winning a legal victory against a Chinese company using illegal copies of its software has been seen as a boost for defenders of intellectual property.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    SAP bolstered by software and services growth in Q1

    The joint CEOs at SAP must be patting each other on the back after the numbers for the vendor's first quarter showed growth in software and services revenues.

  • April 26, 2010 26 Apr'10

    SAM message getting through slowly

    The message of the need to adopt Software Asset Management (SAM) is slowly getting through to users but there is a long way to go until the ignorance about the technology is broadly overcome.

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    Five minute interview: David Cuss, Quest Software

    MicroScope puts its questions to David Cuss, partner sales manager at Quest Software

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    Microsoft fiscal Q3 profits edge nearer to pre-recession high

    Microsoft stepped closer to pre-recessionary profit levels and returned to revenue growth across nearly all divisions in its penultimate quarter of fiscal 2010.

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    Business intelligence grows through recession

    The market for business intelligence has shown it can rise above cyclical patterns experienced by other parts of the software industry.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Capturing opportunities in education

    Ian Curtis, head of UK and Ireland for interactive learning technology provider Promethean, looks at how resellers can ensure they are best placed to capitalise on demand for educational technology.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    VMware sales surge but execs voice cautious outlook

    VMware is not yet ready to call time on the recession despite posting double digit rises in profits and revenues for the first quarter. The virtualisation pioneer reported a 35% rise in sales to $634m and an 18% hike in profits to $102m for the ...

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Veeam leans on distribution to attract Microsoft resellers

    Virtualisation backup specialist Veeam is leaning on its distributors to add resellers with Microsoft knowledge to its roster.

  • April 20, 2010 20 Apr'10

    Microsoft dealers see SMB tech spend rebound

    Resellers reckon that SMBs expect to increase their technology spend during 2010 in an attempt to invest in tools that will directly benefit their bottom line, according to research released by Microsoft.

  • April 19, 2010 19 Apr'10

    Sage starts hunt for CEO as Walker steps down

    Sage has started the hunt for a CEO after long serving incumbent Paul Walker announced plans to quit the software company. Walker has been with Sage for 16 years as CEO and has informed the board that he intends to step down.

  • April 14, 2010 14 Apr'10

    CA launches managed service provider licensing

    Management software specialist CA has unveiled a new managed service provider (MSP) licensing programme in response to what it sees as growing demand from the reseller community to provide data protection software to MSPs.

  • April 13, 2010 13 Apr'10

    C2000 re-launches Apple team and takes on Parallels

    Computer 2000 is re-launching an Apple business unit to underpin the recruitment of limited authorised resellers (LARs).

  • April 09, 2010 09 Apr'10

    Buoyant first quarter builds channel optimism

    Opinion is divided over whether or not the recession is over, but the outlook for 2010 is positive overall, writes Steve Moyes.

  • April 09, 2010 09 Apr'10

    Managing assets in a virtual world

    IT managers need complete visibility of physical and virtual assets for control over costs and licensing, writes Matt Fisher, director of FrontRange Solutions With organisations increasingly investing in virtualisation, asset management is no ...

  • April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    FAST welcomes anti-piracy Digital Economy Bill

    The Digital Economy Bill might have been passed through the House of Commons but the controversy surrounding the attempts by the government to prevent illegal file downloading is rumbling on.

  • April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    Licence sales boost Misys interims

    In an interim management statement published today, application Software Company Misys has reported growth in both sales and profits, with its healthcare unit singled out for particular praise.

  • April 07, 2010 07 Apr'10

    Office 2010 will provide resellers with cloud options

    Microsoft is pitching its forthcoming release of Office 2010 as a way of introducing SMEs to the reality of cloud computing. Office 2010 is being released in June, but has already seen 7m beta downloads globally, with the option of parts of the ...

  • April 06, 2010 06 Apr'10

    CA to cull 1,000 jobs

    CA is showing the door to 1,000 employees as part of a cost-cutting and restructuring drive announced today. In a statement lodged with the SEC today, the IT management software vendor also revealed plans to consolidate some of its global facilities.

  • April 06, 2010 06 Apr'10

    Software piracy seen as 'acceptable' by a third of users

    As MPs start to debate the Digital Economy Bill and move to bring into law measures to prevent piracy Microsoft has revealed the widespread extent of user indifference to respecting intellectual property.

  • April 01, 2010 01 Apr'10

    Micro Focus ends seven month search for CEO

    UK software player Micro Focus has ended its hunt for a CEO announcing a replacement for Stephen Kelly seven months after he left the vendor.

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Novell gets jury backing in Linux copyright fight with SCO

    Novell has managed to gain the upper hand in a legal battle over Unix copyrights against SCO clearing the way for greater promotion of Linux.

  • March 26, 2010 26 Mar'10

    HP sets out to recruit Quick Page partners

    HP has revealed it is in the process of recruiting up to 20 partners to resell its Quick Page packaged managed print service in the UK.

  • March 25, 2010 25 Mar'10

    Enterprise software spending boosts Oracle Q3 numbers

    A rebound in enterprise spending filtered through to license sales for Oracle as the vendor reported its third quarter results.

  • March 25, 2010 25 Mar'10

    Intelligent workload management: A new way of working

    Novell is so confident of the market for intelligent workload management that it is restructuring its business around the technology.

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    Red Hat growth defies economic downturn

    Punchy open source vendor Red Hat has edged closer to its goal of becoming a $1bn (£671m) a year business after finishing off its fiscal 2009 with a double digit growth spurt.

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    BSA hits gambling firm with £45,000 in settlement and costs

    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) continues its legal war against companies using unlicensed software with a gambling company being caught on the wrong side of the law costing it £45,000.

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    Adobe Q1 numbers show impact of recovery

    Adobe has continued to claw back its income to pre-recessionary levels and increased its revenues in the run-up to its flagship launch of its latest version of Creative Suite.

  • March 22, 2010 22 Mar'10

    Cost-effective business intelligence for mid-market companies

    New cost-effective business intelligence packages give mid-market companies the kind of analytical tools previously the preserve of large organisations, such as personalised desktop dashboards for each employee, writes Tony Glover.

  • March 22, 2010 22 Mar'10

    Novell turns down $2bn offer but suitor still circling for buy

    Novell has rejected a proposed $2bn takeover from investment fund Elliott Associates deeming the offer to be inadequate. Elliott Associates had made its offer at the start of the month and some had expected it to start a bidding war for the company.

  • March 19, 2010 19 Mar'10

    FAST backs speedy passing of Digital Economy Bill

    As the Digital Economy Bill enters its final stages before being made law heading back to the House of Commons for its third reading those representing the software industry have called for speed with passing the legislation.

  • March 18, 2010 18 Mar'10

    Windows 7 adoption set to grow through 2010

    The sales figures since the October launch have already placed Windows 7 ahead of its predecessor Vista but the market for the OS looks set to expand further this year.

  • March 17, 2010 17 Mar'10

    SAP bosses pitch up in US with talk of innovation

    The fresh management team at SAP have turned up in Silicon Valley following on the back of an appearance at CeBIT talking of the need to revitalise the company.

  • March 11, 2010 11 Mar'10

    Oracle lifts covers off plan to integrate software with Sun boxes

    Oracle has presented its vision for its $7.1 billion acquisition of Sun, which will see the company sell integrated hardware and software designed to lower IT operating costs and boost performance.

  • March 11, 2010 11 Mar'10

    CA continues cloud spending spree with Nimsoft purchase

    CA continues to expand its cloud computing portfolio with its fourth acquisition in that space in a matter of months. The vendor has picked up Nimsoft, which provides monitoring and performance tools for managed service providers (MSPs), in an all ...

  • March 11, 2010 11 Mar'10

    Bill Gates ousted as richest tech billionaire

    The world's richest tech billionaires upped their collective wealth by $55.8bn last year despite the impact of the recession.

  • March 10, 2010 10 Mar'10

    Samsung makes self-portraits easy with ST550's dual screen

    The world of digital cameras is one full of invention with image quality improving and the technology to help the user take a better picture also coming on in leaps and bounds. So it is perhaps not that surprising someone has come up with a camera ...

  • March 10, 2010 10 Mar'10

    Parallels Desktop 5 makes Mac and Windows working seamless

    The number of people who have found it difficult to resist the beauty and simplicity that are the hallmarks of the world of Apple has increased but the need to use Windows applications has remained.

  • March 08, 2010 08 Mar'10

    Services and software sector set for slow growth this decade

    The prospects for the next decade in terms of IT growth in the UK IT services and software market look limited with one of the gurus of the industry predicting that growth over the next ten years will be slow.

  • March 08, 2010 08 Mar'10

    ComputerLinks adds virtualisation support to reseller services

    Computerlinks is expanding the depth of support it offers resellers taking the wraps off a series of virtualisation services that are designed to plug the gaps in dealer's knowledge.

  • March 05, 2010 05 Mar'10

    Lords tone down Digital Bill but continue to generate controversy

    The progress of the Digital Economy Bill through parliament continues to spark concerns about the way the government intends to protect copyright. One of the main worries was around Clause 17, which would have given the power to make changes to the...

  • March 04, 2010 04 Mar'10

    Ciena slips to loss after acquisition costs

    Ethernet networking specialist Ciena has slipped to a quarterly loss of $53.3m (£35.3m) after booking a major $27m expense relating to its acquisition of Nortel's optical networking and carrier Ethernet assets.

  • March 04, 2010 04 Mar'10

    Trustmarque cuts ties with valueless volume licence resellers

    Trustmarque has moved to cut relationships with resellers that use the LAR for volume license agreements as it looks to serve customers with a higher value service package.

  • March 03, 2010 03 Mar'10

    SAP bosses use CeBIT as venue to talk of growth

    In their first public outing since becoming joint CEOs of SAP Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe have set out their ambitions for the software giant.

  • March 03, 2010 03 Mar'10

    Private equity firm makes $2bn approach for Novell

    Enterprise software provider Novell has confirmed it has received an unsolicited approach from hedge fund Elliott Associates LP to buy the company for $5.75 per share, or $2bn, a premium of 49% over its current enterprise value.

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    GFI MAX MailProtection fighting spam with the channel in mind

    If there is one area where a hosted option really works it is in managing email and blocking spam and viruses. The concept is not only easy to understand but it is a channel favorite because it is something that they can show clearly works and ...

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    Colleges caught using unlicensed software by BSA

    The spotlight on unlicensed software has been cast over the education sector with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) settling with a couple of institutions caught on the wrong side of the licensing law.

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    Microsoft looks to C2000 to grow BPOS channel

    Microsoft has turned to Computer 2000 in its efforts to recruit resellers to push its Business Productivity Online Standard suite of hosted messaging tools.

  • March 01, 2010 01 Mar'10

    FAST Ltd aims to guide firms through software audits

    The commercial operation advising customers how to deal with software compliance FAST Ltd has set out a guide to help those targeted by an audit.

  • March 01, 2010 01 Mar'10

    Mimecast uses discounts to protect reseller renewal business

    Cloud-based email management vendor Mimecast has hit on a novel way of preventing channel partners from stealing each other's renewal business - it slashes the discount available to the partner trying to poach the contract.

  • February 26, 2010 26 Feb'10

    Novell reports increase in profit despite sales decline

    By Ian Grant Software, cloud and virtualisation firm Novellreported a slight drop in sales, but increased profits and doubledearnings per share in its first quarter 2010. Net revenue dropped to $202m from $215m in the first quarter2009. Income from...

  • February 25, 2010 25 Feb'10

    Cloud popularity underpins revenue growth

    The expansion of interest in cloud computing has been the main factor in buoying's full year results.

  • February 25, 2010 25 Feb'10

    CA acquires 3Tera to expand cloud portfolio

    CA continues to expand its cloud portfolio after snapping up privately held 3Tera which specialises in developing hosted services.

  • February 23, 2010 23 Feb'10

    Desktop outsourcers facing Windows 7 and cloud challenges

    Those resellers that specialise in helping users with desktop management face an increasing number of challenges as customers move towards the cloud, unified communications and migrate to Windows 7.

  • February 18, 2010 18 Feb'10

    Welsh burglar had been targeting resellers

    The involvement of organised crime in software piracy was a disturbing enough revelation but it has emerged that criminals were targeting resellers in a burglary campaign that ran last summer.

  • February 18, 2010 18 Feb'10

    SME software spending to focus on existing systems

    The majority of software budgets from SMEs will be spent on ongoing operations and maintenance of existing applications rather than buying fresh products.

  • February 17, 2010 17 Feb'10

    Court case highlights organised crime links with software piracy

    The link between organised crime and illegal software has been laid bare in a case at Reading Crown Court which ended with a prison sentence. Nicholas Wright, a software pirate from Lampeter, Wales, was sent down for 15 months after being found ...

  • February 17, 2010 17 Feb'10

    Microsoft unveils reduced pricing on Office 2010

    Microsoft has unveiled its UK pricing for its Office 2010 application with the prices decreasing with a free taster on offer to entice users to choose the software.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    HP holds onto top position in UK services and software market

    Hewlett-Packard has held onto the top position in the UK software and IT services rankings buoyed by a strong performance from its EDS subsidiary.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    FAST encourages whistleblowers to report unlicensed bosses

    On the back of research showing half of web designers were using unlicensed software the head of The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST IiS) has been talking up the need for whistleblowers to help highlight the problem.

  • February 15, 2010 15 Feb'10 looks to channel to support ERP cloud push

    Cloud ERP specialist is looking to the channel as its route to the SME market in an attempt to get more SME customers and resellers selling hosted services.

  • February 15, 2010 15 Feb'10

    Government launches cyber team to tackle counterfeit selling

    Government attempts to tighten the screws on illegal web activity has moved to focus on those selling fake goods online. The establishment of a cyber-security team has been accompanied by extra funding for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and ...

  • February 15, 2010 15 Feb'10

    Windows 7 is good for business

    Overcoming application compatibility issues with Windows 7 will create opportunities for the channel, says John Tate The opportunities for Windows 7 are being widely discussed in the IT channel.

  • February 11, 2010 11 Feb'10

    Web designers admit to using unlicensed software

    Those looking for places to carry out software audits might well want to take a closer look at the web design community.

  • February 11, 2010 11 Feb'10

    Mid-sized software and services players optimistic

    Mid-market software and services specialists across Europe are confident that the future is looking up with most having survived the recession and taking advantage of improving economic conditions.

  • February 10, 2010 10 Feb'10

    FAST views government IT cuts as chance to promote SAM

    The government plans to save billions of pounds through the more efficient use of IT have been seen as an opportunity to put software asset management into practice.

  • February 08, 2010 08 Feb'10

    SAP looks to rebuild trust and win back users after CEO change

    SAP's co-founder and chairman of the supervisory board has talked of the need to quickly restore trust following the surprise departure yesterday of CEO Leo Apotheker. In a conference call Hasso Plattner hinted that things had not been going well ...

  • February 08, 2010 08 Feb'10

    Pressure growing to give cloud attacks more legal penalities

    The pressure could be mounting to redraw the legal penalties for hacking into a cloud system with the current consequences for targeting hosted data not reflecting the potential damage caused by such an attack.

  • February 07, 2010 07 Feb'10

    SAP CEO Apotheker resigns

    SAP chief executive Leo Apotheker has stepped down following a vote of no confidence from the board. The German software maker confirmed in a statement he had left by mutual consent after it decided not to renew his contract that expired in December...

  • February 05, 2010 05 Feb'10

    NetSuite losses widen but CEO remains positive

    ERP cloud computing specialist NetSuite has seen its losses for the fourth quarter and the year widen despite meeting expectations on the revenue front.

  • February 03, 2010 03 Feb'10

    Global IT spending recovery won't fully bounce back until 2011

    The lingering impact of the recession will peg back the recovery in global IT spending to just 3% as credit and demand remain limited commodities.

  • February 03, 2010 03 Feb'10

    Anti-piracy bill backer to step down from Commons

    The on-going march by the government towards introducing the digital economy bill cracking down on piracy faces yet another complication with one of the ministers charged with driving the legislation through announcing plans to step down.

  • February 03, 2010 03 Feb'10

    TSG acquires Croft Technology

    Acquisitive Sage house Technology Services Group has acquired fellow Tyneside-based firm Croft Technology for an undisclosed sum and is planning to make additional purchases.

  • February 02, 2010 02 Feb'10

    Oracle gets damages ruling advantage in SAP case

    Oracle has the legal wind in its sails in the battle against SAP over the allegations that the German vendor's TommorrowNow division illegally downloaded software.