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  • August 09, 2011 09 Aug'11

    Looters target IT retailers and Sony distribution centre burns in riots

    The riots that swept London last night have touched the IT industry with the Sony distribution centre in Enfield set alight and tech retailers including Currys and PC World targeted by looters.

  • August 05, 2011 05 Aug'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 5 August 2011

    Ingram Micro mulls EMEA redundancies.

  • August 04, 2011 04 Aug'11

    Insight posts Q2 growth across the board

    The growing importance of IT services to the channel's balance sheet has been once again laid bare by Insight, which saw 43% growth in its EMEA services business, compared to 14% in software and 7% in hardware during the second quarter of the firm's...

  • August 03, 2011 03 Aug'11

    Fujitsu rallies channel for tablet PC wars

    Fujitsu has set out plans to "dominate" the business tablet PC market and is calling on the channel to get involved as it launches its business-centric Windows-based Stylistic Q550. The business tablet market has long been the near-exclusive ...

  • August 02, 2011 02 Aug'11

    Impact of earthquake still hitting Japanese component firms

    The fallout from the Japanese earthquake continues to plague the components industry with revenues and forecasts still impacted by the disaster.

  • August 01, 2011 01 Aug'11

    Review series: HP Officejet Pro 8000

    HP has a big opportunity in the low cost colour printer market. It wants to promote the use of inkjet printers in small business, while not hurting sales of its low-end colour lasers. The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer shows what the inkjet side of ...

  • July 29, 2011 29 Jul'11

    ServersPlus plans to expand iQuote scope

    Servers Plus, the network hardware, software and support services arm of components distie Target, is making plans to expand the range of HP kit it covers under the vendor's configurator and procurement tool, iQuote.

  • July 29, 2011 29 Jul'11

    Huge surge in tablet sales but consumer PC market stays flat

    From a standing start last year, tablets captured 19% of all volume sales of computing devices through consumer channels in the UK in the second quarter of 2011 with 237,400 sold.

  • July 29, 2011 29 Jul'11

    Government suppliers silent on talk of IT cartel

    KeyIT suppliers have kept quiet in the face of accusations that they ran government IT as a collusive cartel after implications made by Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) chairman Bernard Jenkin MP, according to our sister title ...

  • July 29, 2011 29 Jul'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 29 July 2011

    Cisco shuffles channel execs, holds off naming UK head Cisco made a series of changes at the top of its worldwide partner organisation last week.

  • July 28, 2011 28 Jul'11

    Arrow Q2 sales and profits up but components oversupply could affect Q3

    Arrow Electronics posted record Q2 sales up 20% to $5.54bn and net income up 34% to $156.2m but admitted a "modest oversupply" in inventory in Europe at the end of the second quarter would temper growth in the third quarter.

  • July 27, 2011 27 Jul'11

    Midwich appoints key account sales manager, adds more staff

    AV and IT distributor Midwich has appointed a key account sales manager, bolstered its sales specialist team, added to the Midwich home technology division, strengthened its pro audio division and recruited three extra sales staff to its True ...

  • July 27, 2011 27 Jul'11

    CablesToGo signs distie agreement with Synaxon

    Connectivity specialist CablesToGo has signed a distribution deal with Synaxon UK, giving it access to the dealer group's member community, writes Nick Booth.

  • July 27, 2011 27 Jul'11

    Amazon international cloud growth dwarfed by American performance

    Growth at Amazon's web services division internationally is falling further behind the company's performance in the North American market where AWS reported a massive revenue growth rate of 85% for its latest quarter.

  • July 25, 2011 25 Jul'11

    IBM specialist Life IT picks up software dealer PSSL

    Cheshire-based IBM System i specialist Life IT has bought fellow IBM partner and software specialist Professional Software Solutions Ltd (PSSL) in a bid to expand the range of services it can provide to its customers.

  • July 25, 2011 25 Jul'11

    RIM to make 2,000 redundant

    Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry handset, is to reduce its global workforce "across all functions" by 2,000 as it seeks to optimise its costs to eliminate redundancies and focus on higher-growth opportunities.

  • July 25, 2011 25 Jul'11

    Judge tells Oracle to rethink Google Java damages claim

    A United States District Court Judge has dismissed Oracle's initial damages estimate for its Java patent case against Google after accusing the company of over-reaching in multiple ways with the "goal of seeing how much it could get away with".

  • July 22, 2011 22 Jul'11

    DWP asks integrators to share SME supplier lists

    System integrators working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may be forced to list the number of SMEs in their supply chains as part of a move to open up public sector ICT contracts to small businesses.

  • July 22, 2011 22 Jul'11

    RM warns investors of "unpredictable" times ahead

    Education sector specialist RM has warned shareholders to expect a "potentially difficult and unpredictable period in the near term" after admitting it will likely miss its financial targets as it undertakes a comprehensive business review to try to...

  • July 22, 2011 22 Jul'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 22 July 2011

    Softcat breaks through £200m revenue mark Softcat is planning to hand out cake and beer to staff after breaking through the £200m revenue mark in its financial year, beating its own forecasts.

  • July 21, 2011 21 Jul'11

    European PC market on the slide in Q2, says IDC

    Analysts at IDC have spoken of severe contractions in the EMEA PC market, as lingering high inventory levels hampered stronger sell-in and caused shrinkage of 8.9 per cent across the region as a whole, with Western Europe wiping out growth in CEE ...

  • July 21, 2011 21 Jul'11

    Buy IT Direct recruits Comet director to spearhead growth spurt

    Former Comet Group services director Tony Lousada (pictured) is joining online retailer Buy IT Direct in the role of non-executive chairman.

  • July 21, 2011 21 Jul'11

    Atom sales fall raises questions over Intel tablet ambitions

    Intel reported record second quarter revenue of $13bn on the back of double digit growth in its PC client and data centre businesses, but its Atom product range aimed at netbooks and tablets declined 15%.

  • July 20, 2011 20 Jul'11

    EMC raises outlook after strong Q2 results

    EMC has raised its financial outlook for the year after reporting second quarter revenue of $4.5bn and a 28% increase in net income to $546m.

  • July 20, 2011 20 Jul'11

    Dell to acquire Force10 Networks

    Dell has finally made its move on the networking space after signing a statement of intent to acquire high-performance datacentre networking specialist Force10 Networks for an undisclosed sum.

  • July 20, 2011 20 Jul'11

    Target Components tests out VAR community website

    Components distie Target has launched a collaborative business micro-site targeted at its resellers to providing advice, support and resources around the concept of building a better business.

  • July 19, 2011 19 Jul'11

    Apple reports huge increase in Q3 revenue and profit

    Apple third quarter revenue increased by 82% and net profit rose by 125% as the company sold more than 20m iPhones, 9.25m iPads and 3.95m Macs in the three months ending 25 June 2011. Revenue reached $28.57bn with net quarterly profit of $7.31bn.

  • July 19, 2011 19 Jul'11

    IBM beats Q2 estimates, raises expectations for full year

    IBM's mainframe revenue jumped 61% as it posted better than expected results for its second quarter with revenue up 12% to $26.7bn and an 8% increase in net income to $3.7bn.

  • July 18, 2011 18 Jul'11

    Akamai extends channel with NetAlliance partner programme

    Cloud optimisation services specialist Akamai Technologies has announced plans to expand its channel with a partner programme designed to help global IT solution providers integrate the company's services into their offerings.

  • July 18, 2011 18 Jul'11

    Over 1/3 of enterprise servers now virtualised, reports Veeam

    Just under 40 per cent of all enterprise servers have now been virtualised, according to new figures from virtualisation management specialist Veeam.

  • July 18, 2011 18 Jul'11

    ramsac adds Apple support to services mix

    Surrey-based Microsoft Gold Partner ram sac has launched a dedicated Apple business unit and been accredited by the Apple Consultants Network in order to meet demand from end-users diversifying their IT estates.

  • July 18, 2011 18 Jul'11

    Long-term forecast for NAND Flash demand looks cloudy if Apple's iCloud takes off

    Apple has been instrumental in fuelling the growth of the NAND flash market but the forthcoming launch of Apple's iCloud storage service could have "significant implications" for the market going forward and potentially weaken demand, according to ...

  • July 15, 2011 15 Jul'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 15 July 2011

    Xerox prepared to continue with reseller acquisitions Xerox will continue buying resellers that it believes will add value to its business as it looks to get a deeper stake in the SME market.

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    Ineffective Acer loses out in EMEA PC battle

    Acer has dropped down the PC shipment league table in the second quarter with its low price, high volume business model branded "no longer effective" by industry watchers Gartner. So far this year, the troubled vendor has canned its CEO and written ...

  • July 11, 2011 11 Jul'11

    Tablet market just for Christmas as shipments slide in Q1

    The media tablet market burned out in Q1 after experiencing the same kind of heavy seasonal downturn normally seen in more mature consumer electronics categories, according to IDC.

  • July 11, 2011 11 Jul'11

    Interview series: Dexter Harriss, Marketing Manager, HP's B2B Imaging and Printing Group

    Presenting a good image is something that every business wants to do regardless of their size and balance sheet. Creating and developing a brand is an ambition that many firms have and work hard to do to establish a strong position in the ...

  • July 11, 2011 11 Jul'11

    Sizing up the SME opportunity

    In last month's feature Microscope looked at the choices in the printer market and concluded that small and medium enterprises (SME's) stood to benefit from inkjet printing where lower print volumes are experienced.

  • July 08, 2011 08 Jul'11

    SMB - Benefits of Colour to a Business

    Colour printing has sometimes been perceived as an expensive luxury for SMBs, but competitive pricing, innovative technology and advanced controls now mean that not only can it be a crucial factor in a business's communications but is affordable too.

  • July 08, 2011 08 Jul'11

    Colour as a Business Enabler

    The use of colour can be a very useful weapon in a business's arsenal to secure visibility, attention and - ultimately - market presence. Currently, two key trends are driving the increased use of colour within the enterprise.

  • July 08, 2011 08 Jul'11

    Xerox prepared to continue with reseller acquisitions

    Xerox will continue buying resellers that it believes will add value to its business as it looks to get a deeper stake in the SME market. The vendor has already picked up Scotland-based Canon dealer Concept Group and Middlesex-based NewField IT ...

  • July 08, 2011 08 Jul'11

    RIM talks up progress with subscriber numbers tweet

    Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has had a difficult few months with its share price taking a dip and critics arguing it trailing Apple in the tablet stakes but it has been gaining customers.

  • July 08, 2011 08 Jul'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 8 July 2011

    Cloud Alliance slammed by standards group.

  • July 07, 2011 07 Jul'11

    Xerox reaches out to widen reseller base and take SME share

    Xerox has outlined ambitions to grow its UK channel through a combination of methods including courting dealers currently selling rivals products.

  • July 06, 2011 06 Jul'11

    Avnet given rights to sell IBM retail products

    Avnet has strengthened its relationship with IBM after securing the distribution rights to sell Big Blue's retail products across Europe, writes Linda Endersby.

  • July 05, 2011 05 Jul'11

    HP reshuffles ESSN management pack

    Hewlett-Packard has unveiled former Logica man Peter Ryan as the head of its enterprise servers, storage and networking (ESSN) operation across EMEA.

  • July 05, 2011 05 Jul'11

    OKI appoints Northamber to widen reseller reach

    OKI has added Northamber to its distribution roster in order to widen the number of resellers it reaches with its printer products.

  • July 01, 2011 01 Jul'11

    HP launches summer campaign to push cloud printing

    Hewlett-Packard's printing and imaging group (IPG) is launching a summer campaign with the aim of targeting IT directors encouraging them to think strategically about their role in the business.

  • July 01, 2011 01 Jul'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 1 July 2011

    York firm latest to be caught out by BSA The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has caught out another business that failed to pay for its software landing the York-based Salamander Organisation with a settlement that will set it back £29,000.

  • June 30, 2011 30 Jun'11

    Former Canon boss Vickers joins Tinglobal

    The former UK managing director of Canon has reemerged at refurbished kit specialist TinGlobal joining the firm after a management buyout.

  • June 30, 2011 30 Jun'11

    Intel VARs to get CompTIA certification

    Intel has teamed up with industry trade body CompTIA to build a new Server Specialist reseller certification intended to grow dealer customer bases.

  • June 28, 2011 28 Jun'11

    HP looks for bigger channel deals through iQuote

    Hewlett-Packard has taken the wraps off its iQuote system for its distributors and resellers with the aim of delivering regional information to support the channel and cut down on mistakes and to improve speed.

  • June 28, 2011 28 Jun'11

    Spicers beefs up dealer programme

    Stationary specialist Spicers is stepping up its dealer programme to provide it with a chance to compete against rivals. As the stationary distribution market starts to find traditional IT suppliers vying for share, the need to compete has grown ...

  • June 28, 2011 28 Jun'11

    Kell acquired by Schneider Electric's APC unit

    Bucks-based server cabinet manufacturer Kell Systems has been bought by APC by Schneider Electric for an undisclosed sum. APC, which was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2007, specialises in uninterruptible power supplies, electronics peripherals ...

  • June 24, 2011 24 Jun'11

    Data is the new oil? That's just too much

    Judging by Google, there seem to be a lot of people around at the moment who are opening their presentations with the bold statement that "data is the new oil".

  • June 24, 2011 24 Jun'11

    Turning back on loss-making deals hits Oracle hardware sales

    Oracle's decision to walk away from unprofitable deals caused it to suffer a drop in hardware sales and its latest quarterly results exposed the lack of impression the Sun product line had made on its bottom line.

  • June 24, 2011 24 Jun'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 24 June 2011

    Virgin Media has been criticised for informing users that their PCs had become infected by a virus via letters rather than more immediate email.

  • June 23, 2011 23 Jun'11

    Maverick hires three to drive Promethean channel

    C2000's audio-visual arm Maverick has announced three new appointments to drive sales of Promethean's education technology and interactive whiteboard solutions through VARs.

  • June 23, 2011 23 Jun'11

    Exceptional charges wipe out Dixons Retail profits

    Exceptional charges and a tough economic climate have wiped out any profits that Dixons Retail hoped to deliver in the last fiscal year. The costs of shutting down its Spanish operation, writing down the Greek arm and having to take a hit on its ...

  • June 22, 2011 22 Jun'11

    Comet parent weighing up options over retailer's future

    The future of Comet could become clearer as its parent looks to get the struggling retailer back on track to get the best outcome for shareholders.

  • June 21, 2011 21 Jun'11

    OKI creates distribution management post

    OKI has created a post to manage its distribution and etailer partnerships as part of an ongoing process of changing its channel management team.

  • June 21, 2011 21 Jun'11

    Quake impact on IT industry may linger into 2012, says Gartner

    Although the impact of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan, has not impacted the electronics manufacturing industry as much as was initially feared, there may still be some residual effects in Q3 and beyond, according to Gartner.

  • June 20, 2011 20 Jun'11

    VIP adds Apple to its product basket

    VIP has announced that following increasing demand from customers it has moved into selling Apple products for the first time in its history.

  • June 17, 2011 17 Jun'11

    RIM to cull staff in face of Android, Apple assault

    RIM is to embark on a drastic cost-cutting drive that will see undisclosed numbers of redundancies across the firm, and the "reallocation of resources to areas that offer highest growth opportunities" after turning in a poor performance in the first...

  • June 17, 2011 17 Jun'11

    XTG expands European rental business with Livingston buy

    Xchange Technology Group (XTG) has continued to expand in the rental market acquiring the assets of Livingston Electronic Services just six months after it picked up Hamilton Rentals.

  • June 17, 2011 17 Jun'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 17 June 2011

    Business intelligence and cloud on midmarket agenda getting greater business intelligence is the key requirement for mid-market customers as they look to get greater insights into their operations to identify where trends are emerging that will ...

  • June 16, 2011 16 Jun'11

    HP and Oracle chip spat goes legal

    Relationships between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle continue to deteriorate with the two vendors heading for the courts over an Itanium chip dispute.

  • June 15, 2011 15 Jun'11

    RSA's Chris Johnson to lead HP EMEA storage business

    Former RSA vice president and general manager Chris Johnson is heading to HP to take up the role of vice president of HP Storage in EMEA.

  • June 15, 2011 15 Jun'11

    Acer rings the changes with board shake-up

    Acer has made sweeping changes to its board as it looks to get the company heading back in the right direction.

  • June 14, 2011 14 Jun'11

    Livermore gets board role in latest HP shake-up

    HP CEO Apotheker has shaken his snow globe once again, with company veteran Ann Livermore stepping down from her role as boss of HP Enterprise to join the board of directors, and new reporting lines for HP ESSN EVP Dave Donatelli and Software EVP ...

  • June 14, 2011 14 Jun'11

    Stone gets £30m to back public sector financing

    Public sector computing specialist Stone has negotiated a new three-year financing agreement with Rabobank subsidiary De Lage Landen Worth £30m, the agreement will see Stone provide direct financing to its education and public sector customers.

  • June 13, 2011 13 Jun'11

    Oki hires head of end user business to promote managed print

    OKI has recruited a former Konica Minolta Business Solutions sales manager with the task of driving the demand for managed print services.

  • June 10, 2011 10 Jun'11

    Target Components bulks up monitor lines

    Components distributor Target is adding monitors and displays from HKC to its line-up in response to customer feedback.

  • June 10, 2011 10 Jun'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 10 June 2011

    Computacenter blamed in public sector open source row Systems integrator (SI) Computacenter has taken fire in a growing bust-up over open source software at Bristol City Council, which MPs have been told proves the government's open source ICT ...

  • June 09, 2011 09 Jun'11

    Zebra to reward specialist VARs

    Speciality printing, RFID and location systems vendor Zebra is to reward specialist solution VARs in a new programme being rolled out in the UK.

  • June 08, 2011 08 Jun'11

    Gartner forecasts tough second half for PC sales

    The second half of the year is going to be a tough one for those in the channel relying on PC sales, as consumers sit on their hands and avoid spending on desktop technology and the collapse of the mini-notebook market continues.

  • June 07, 2011 07 Jun'11

    Kyocera Mita launches national engineer network

    Kyocera Mita has launched a nationwide network of engineers to provide its resellers with a resource they can use to deliver support to customers.

  • June 07, 2011 07 Jun'11

    Interview series: Beth DeAvila, HP Officejet Pro Brand Manager

    Far too often the customer ends up buying technology not because it's right for them but because it's what they think is going to be the perfect fit.

  • June 07, 2011 07 Jun'11

    Phoenix IT sees modest growth in full-year results

    Revenue growth at IT services outfit Phoenix ITGroup has ticked into double figures, and pre-tax profit saw slight growth at the end of a turbulent year for the firm.

  • June 03, 2011 03 Jun'11

    ICT vendors praised in Gartner supply chain rankings

    The vendor community was heavily represented in Gartner's 2011 Supply Chain Top 25 rankings, released today to mark the analyst house's Supply Chain Executive Conference in the US.

  • June 03, 2011 03 Jun'11

    MESH collapse leaves customers out of pocket

    Worried MESH customers have been contacting MicroScope to express their concerns that the collapse into administration and change of ownership at the PC manufacturer will hit requests for refunds on orders placed in the last few months.

  • June 03, 2011 03 Jun'11

    Orbitsound turns to Widget to achieve market share ambitions

    Widget has launched its plan of attack to start selling the groundbreaking sound system from Orbit sound to more resellers and retailers.

  • June 03, 2011 03 Jun'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 3 June 2011

    MESH picked up by PC Peripherals MESH Computers has been sold but the brand and certain other assets will remain in British hands after being picked up by PC Peripherals.

  • June 02, 2011 02 Jun'11

    OKI ditches Printing Solutions brand

    OKI Europe has canned its Printing Solutions brand name effective as of 1 June, and is transitioning back to plain old OKI as part of a mid-term business plan. Japan-based OKI says it wants to "maximise corporate values and brand equity" through ...

  • June 02, 2011 02 Jun'11

    Lenovo forks out for German PC builder Medion

    Budget German PC builder Medion has been acquired by Lenovo in a deal valuing the firm at €629.4m (£554.1m), doubling its local market share and handing the Chinese firm around 7.5 per cent of the PC market in western Europe, according to...

  • June 01, 2011 01 Jun'11

    Acer writes off $150m inventory and axes staff to get back on track

    Acer has taken drastic action to get itself back on track swinging the axe on 300 EMEA staff and announcing a $150 write-off to clear its high channel inventory. The moves are being made by the CEO J.T Wang, who has bid his own remuneration goodbye ...

  • June 01, 2011 01 Jun'11

    Oracle struggles as server market bounces back

    Oracle continues to struggle in the European server market as both its revenue and market share slipped in the first quarter.

  • May 31, 2011 31 May'11

    MESH picked up by PC Peripherals

    MESH Computers has been sold but the brand and certain other assets will remain in British hands after being picked up by PC Peripherals. The sale came after MacIntyre Hudson was appointed earlier today as administrators.

  • May 31, 2011 31 May'11

    SCC to make data centre services carbon neutral

    SCC has signed an agreement with carbon management specialist's CO2balance to offset carbon emissions from its £20m hosted services data centre facility.

  • May 31, 2011 31 May'11

    HP faces another laptop battery recall

    A year after it first had to announce a battery recall Hewlett-Packard is having to renew its call for users to return more products that are at risk of overheating.

  • May 27, 2011 27 May'11

    Why inkjet?

    Since inkjet printers came onto the market in the late 1980's they have predictably fallen in price and risen in popularity, particularly in the home market, but could more businesses benefit from this technology? Linda Endersby investigates.

  • May 27, 2011 27 May'11

    Welcome to HP's 'Printing Resource Centre'

    Welcome to HP's 'Printing Resource Centre', in association with Microscope - over the course of the next six months we'll be sharing everything we know about the inkjet business.

  • May 27, 2011 27 May'11

    NS Optimum rescues education VAR A2Z

    Barely two months after it bought defunct system builder PARS Technology out of administration, education reseller NS Optimum has flown to the rescue of a second struggling firm, buying the trade and assets of A2Z Computer Products Ltd from ...

  • May 27, 2011 27 May'11

    VCE appoints Magirus as first EMEA distribution partner

    VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company set up last year by EMC, Cisco and VMware, has appointed Magirus as its first EMEA distribution partner.

  • May 27, 2011 27 May'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 May 2011

    Cisco shakes up blade server market in Q1, says IDC Cisco's charge into the blade server market with its UCS technology is beginning to shake up a highly consolidated sector.

  • May 26, 2011 26 May'11

    Xerox buys UK MPS reseller NewField IT

    Two months after it acquired Scotland-based Canon dealer Concept Group, Xerox has forked out an undisclosed sum to buy Middlesex-based NewField IT.

  • May 25, 2011 25 May'11

    Printer Review: taming the Samsung ML-3310ND

    What we like about Samsung's is that once you get them going, they bash out the paper in no nonsense style for years. The best printer I ever head was one of Samsung's monochrome standalone desktop lasers. It was the printer that refused to die, no ...

  • May 25, 2011 25 May'11

    Cisco shakes up blade server market in Q1, says IDC

    Cisco's charge into the blade server market with its UCS technology is beginning to shake up a highly consolidated market, where the top three vendors account for 80 per cent of revenues, according to IDC Enterprise Server research manager Jed ...

  • May 23, 2011 23 May'11

    OKI creates channel role for managed print push

    OKI Printing Solutions has promoted its channel sales manager, Tressa Whitby, to the newly-created role of head of reseller sales for the UK, as part of a ground-up rebuild of the firm's managed print services (MPS) product lines.

  • May 20, 2011 20 May'11

    HP Inkjet information

    Print professional colour documents for up to 50% less cost per page than lasers Cost-per-page (CPP) claims are based on the majority of colour laser all-in-ones less than €400 excluding VAT, as of March 2010 based on market share as reported ...

  • May 20, 2011 20 May'11

    Psion gets in on remarketing action

    Mobile computing specialist Psion is to launch a partner-only auction website designed to make sourcing hard to find parts and components, as well as discontinued legacy devices, a less onerous task.

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