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  • December 07, 2010 07 Dec'10

    Epson in no rush to jump on MPS bandwagon

    Epson is going against the flow in the market by holding fire on a managed print services push according to UK managing director Chris Price.

  • December 07, 2010 07 Dec'10

    UK PC market bouyant despite slide in netbook sales

    PC sales through UK distributors grew healthily in October despite the continued decline in netbook shipments. Market data from Context showed that more £122m worth of desktops, notebooks, workstations, tablets and x86 servers were pushed ...

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Calyx MS CEO Brady signs for Southend Utd

    Calyx Managed Services (MS) boss Tara Brady is standing down and will become chief executive at League Two football side South end United with immediate effect.

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Ingram gets access to RIM mobility line-up

    Ingram Micro has been given access to the full line-up of RIM's BlackBerry mobility portfolio across nine EMEA markets including the UK. The distributor already supplies RIM's server lines but will now add smartphones, accessories, software and ...

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Clarification: Impact Computing

    Preston-based Impact Computing has requested that MicroScope points out that it is in no way connected to the recent coverage of the latest efforts by Microsoft to reduce hard disk loading.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Gateway claims rivals meddled with UK partner recruitment

    Gateway reckons its partner recruitment drive in the UK stalled because rivals put pressure on prospective resellers and distributors to steer clear of the brand.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    HP seeking UK boss to spice up BCS after Curry leaves

    HP has confirmed that is looking for a new head to run its Business Critical Systems unit in the UK and Ireland with current incumbent Rod Curry resigning after less than a year in charge.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Promethean warns of weaker Q4

    Education technology specialist Promethean World has warned that its fiscal fourth quarter has not been strong on the revenue front and full year numbers will be impacted.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 3 December 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 3 December 2010

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Large government suppliers told to treat SMEs as equals

    The government has warned major IT suppliers that the days of big contracts are over with a determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past and told them that should not look down on smaller rivals.

  • November 30, 2010 30 Nov'10

    British computing pioneer Wilkes dies

    The death has been announced of computing pioneer Sir Maurice Wilkes, widely regarded as the father of British computing, at the age of 97.

  • November 30, 2010 30 Nov'10

    RM banks BSF contract but value shrinks

    RM has confirmed that a Building Schools for the Future project with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has gone through at just one tenth of the value it initially expected back in the summer.

  • November 30, 2010 30 Nov'10

    Oracle loses ground as server market rebounds

    Oracle has conceded its long standing position as one of the top five biggest server vendors on the planet to NEC following a lacklustre turnout in the third quarter.

  • November 30, 2010 30 Nov'10

    Magirus drops SolarWinds into vBundle line-up

    Data centre distributor Magirus is to add network management capabilities from SolarWinds to its vBundle package. Magirus picked up the SolarWinds EMEA distribution contract in September to complement its growing Cisco business.

  • November 29, 2010 29 Nov'10

    Gartner cuts PC sales projections for 2010

    Weakening consumer demand and the continued distractive buzz surrounding the iPad has caused Gartner to cut traditional PC sales forecasts for 2010.

  • November 26, 2010 26 Nov'10

    Fujitsu TS expands Ingram Micro relationship

    Fujitsu Technology Solutions (TS) and Ingram Micro have announced an expansion of their EMEA relationship, with Ingram taking on Fujitsu's Dynamic Infrastructure kit, including the Primary and Eternus server and storage lines to target SMB and ...

  • November 26, 2010 26 Nov'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 26 November 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 26 November 2010

  • November 25, 2010 25 Nov'10

    Dixons B2B unit still challenged but losses fall

    Dixons Retail dramatically cut losses in the first half of the year but made scant reference to its B2B resale operations, saying they continued to be "weak".

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    UK printer market declines in Q3, survey reveals

    Customer interest in managed print services and the fragility of the economy conspired to force down UK printer shipments in Q3. Figures by channel analyst Context revealed that while the market in Western Europe grew 6.5% buoyed by France and ...

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    HP CEO to raise staff salaries and R&D in post Hurd era

    HP's CEO Leo Apotheker is trying to re-engage with employees in the workforce that became disillusioned under the leadership of his predecessor Mark Hurd by committing to raise salaries in the current financial year.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    Tech Data steers clear of Ingram led price war in fiscal Q3

    Tech Data resisted the temptation of an all-out price war with arch rival Ingram Micro to post much improved fiscal third quarter profits.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    Computacenter MD Walsh: Why I resigned

    Computacenter (CC) managing director Simon Walsh tendered his resignation after weighing up the short to medium term prospects for getting the role as CEO and out of fear of being typecast.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    RM posts sales and profit gains, talks up UK education space

    RM has talked up the overall prospects for sale growth in the education sector after recording a bumper set of preliminary financials for its fiscal 2010 ended 30 September.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    Juniper gets new EMEA VP

    Juniper Networks has stolen away Alcatel-Lucent APAC president Sean Dolan to be its new EMEA senior vice president and "spearhead Juniper's support for the growing demand for IP networking."

  • November 19, 2010 19 Nov'10

    Dell upbeat as profits double on business segments

    Dell doubled profits in the third quarter indicating the firm's fortunes are turning the corner as all operating segments bar consumer posted double digit sales gains.

  • November 19, 2010 19 Nov'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 19 November 2010

    SMBs urged to be wise to cold-calling fraudsters Businesses have been warned to be alert to fraudsters posing as representatives of major web security vendors at the start of 2010's Get Safe Online week.

  • November 17, 2010 17 Nov'10

    Lenovo to jump on tablet bandwagon early next year

    Lenovo is going to launch its tablet PC in China early next year and stagger the worldwide launch to make sure it is glitch free. The tablet phenomenon has rapidly replaced netbooks as the most hyped gadget for consumers with Apple's iPad dominating...

  • November 16, 2010 16 Nov'10

    Lexmark extends managed service programme to IT dealers

    Lexmark is developing a managed print programme for IT resellers that allows them to back off the service element to its field engineers.

  • November 12, 2010 12 Nov'10

    Fujitsu TS boss pledges to make up lost ground

    Fujitsu Technology Solutions' (TS) new channel and enterprise sales director Simon Workfolk has pledged to rebuild the firm's standing in the market and focus on driving more business to its channel partners, saying: "I believe the ground we have ...

  • November 12, 2010 12 Nov'10

    Optimistic Intel raises dividend payout

    Intel has provided a clear signal that it believes the recovery is not faltering after increasing its dividend payments to shareholders. The firm's board approved a 15% increase in its quarterly dividend with the CEO Paul Otellini upbeat about the ...

  • November 12, 2010 12 Nov'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 12 November 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days

  • November 11, 2010 11 Nov'10

    Fujitsu names Worsfold as channel and enterprise chief

    Fujitsu Technology Solutions has replaced outgoing UK channel boss Darren Neath with Simon Worsfold, who takes on a newly created role that encompasses partner and enterprise sales development.

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    Lenovo on the lookout for acquisitions

    Lenovo is planning to dip into its $2.5bn (£1.55bn) cash reserves to fuel an acquisition strategy in the PC market.

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    Systemax profits fall by a third as pricing pressures mount

    Systemax profits have tumbled by nearly a third off the back of pricing pressures in the ultra-competitive US consumer space. The stateside owners of multiple channel brands including Misco and WStore grew its top line by 14% to $862.7m in Q3 but ...

  • November 09, 2010 09 Nov'10

    Netbook platform down but not out, claims IDC

    Reports of the netbook platforms' death have been greatly exaggerated according to IDC but the boom in sales that fuelled PC market growth has waned.

  • November 09, 2010 09 Nov'10

    Sony offers 'VAT back' campaign through the channel

    There are plenty of television adverts already running promoting Christmas sales and Sony's VAT back campaign is one of the most high profile. But the deal, which allows anyone who buys Sony products between now and Christmas Eve to get the VAT back...

  • November 08, 2010 08 Nov'10

    Dell to inject new top tier in partner programme

    Dell is mulling over the introduction of a top tier reseller accreditation which pays out more to partners that invest in multiple or deeper certifications.

  • November 05, 2010 05 Nov'10

    Samsung Galaxy Tabs rare as hens teeth, say partners

    Samsung entered the tablet market this week but biting product shortages due to massive demand have dampened the launch, according to partners.

  • November 05, 2010 05 Nov'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 5 November 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 5 November 2010

  • November 04, 2010 04 Nov'10

    Insight Q3 sales and profits rise by double digits

    Insight Enterprises beat analyst expectations as profits grew double digits in its third quarter despite a currency headwind in Europe.

  • November 02, 2010 02 Nov'10

    Best Buy to offer web sales

    Best Buy has pledged to start offering web sales in an effort to compete with UK rivals that already offer that service.

  • November 01, 2010 01 Nov'10

    Print firms face restrictions after bomb plot

    Distributors and importers of printing equipment will be subject to new security measures following the discovery last week of an explosive device on board a UPS courier aircraft at East Midlands Airport.

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    Too many users ignoring print policies, OKI survey finds

    Businesses are wasting billions a year needlessly outsourcing printing jobs that they have the capability to do in house and losing money through users failing to heed companywide policies on duplex printing or using colour print when they could use...

  • October 29, 2010 29 Oct'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 29 October 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 29 October 2010

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Gateway vows to name infrastructure distie before year-end

    Gateway has vowed to have at least one server and storage distributor in place by the end of this quarter to hit the ground running in 2011, which could be wishful thinking given the lengthy process to date.

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Sun dealer migration to Oracle Partner Network delayed

    The deadline for migration of Sun Microsystems' resellers into Oracle's Partner Network (OPN) channel scheme has been delayed with lower-than-expected numbers signing up and internal system glitches blamed for the hold up.

  • October 27, 2010 27 Oct'10

    Fujitsu Q2 sales hit by weakness in Europe

    The economic downturn, corporate spending constraints and price competition dented Fujitsu's second quarter sales of PCs and infrastructure services in Europe and delays in ICT investment in Europe and the US prompted a revision of its net sales ...

  • 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

    Kelway in talks to acquire ISC Computers

    Kelway is understood to be locked in negotiations to acquire Cambridge shire-based ISC Computers.

  • October 26, 2010 26 Oct'10

    European PC distribution up in third quarter but outlook is mixed, says Context

    Unit sales of PCs through distribution in Western Europe in the third quarter grew 20% and revenues rose by 25% Context reported, but the figures were "artificially" boosted by the weak performance of the market in the third quarter of 2009.

  • October 26, 2010 26 Oct'10

    Unisys claims Apple services deal, reports fall in third quarter sales and income

    Apple appears to be getting serious about the US enterprise market after recruiting Unisys to help provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies.

  • October 25, 2010 25 Oct'10

    UK PC market declines in Q3, says IDC

    Recovery in the UK PC arena stalled in the third quarter as netbook sales went into free-fall. Preliminary numbers from IDC reveal UK shipments sank 5% to 3.1 million units following several quarters of growth.

  • October 25, 2010 25 Oct'10

    All stick no carrot: CRC scheme changes create 'stealth tax'

    The government has been urged to review changes to the carbon reduction commitment (CRC) scheme announced last week to prevent it becoming a "stealth carbon tax" on business.

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    HP appoints Azlan, terminates Arrow in services re-jig

    HP has stripped Arrow Enterprise Computing of its deal to distribute support contracts and handed Azlan the franchise in a bid more than triple the number of partners that resell its branded services.

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    In-Depth: Is this the year of the tablet?

    With Blackberry the latest manufacturer to produce a tablet device adding to an expanding list of household names with products available this is shaping up to be a turning point in the market.

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 22 October 2010

    Avnet to close Chessington office, staff on notice Avnet Technology Solutions initiated a redundancy programme at its offices in Chessington.

  • October 21, 2010 21 Oct'10

    HP simplifies dealer training schemes

    Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a converged infrastructure training and certification offering to cover its entire ICT offering, including networks, storage, servers, software, printing and personal computing.

  • October 20, 2010 20 Oct'10

    EMC and Dell seek reparatory talks post 3Par bids

    EMC's nose was put out of joint by Dell's efforts to acquire 3Par and both firms are again exploring new ways to revive their flagging partnership, according to senior management.

  • October 20, 2010 20 Oct'10

    RIM boss hits back at Steve Jobs 7 inch tablet jibe

    The technology market loves a spat between vendors and Apple and RIM have provided one that is more public than most.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    Hardware shines for IBM in third quarter

    Hardware sales overshadowed software and services last night as IBM unveiled a decent set of financials for the third quarter. Turover grew 4% on a constant currency basis to $24.3bn as profits went up 12% to $3.6bn for the three months ended 30 ...

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    Dark clouds loom for VMware as server market slows

    Concerns surrounding slowing growth in server shipments during the coming 12 to 15 months have put a dampener on otherwise positive third quarter numbers for VMware.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    iPads and iPhones help Apple deliver strong Q4

    Strong sales of the iPad and iPhones filtered through to Apple's Q4 results giving the vendor a strong set of numbers. Revenues of $20.34bn and net quarterly profit of $4.31bn for the three months ended 25 September were up from $12.21bn and $2.53bn...

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    Epson wins long running cartridge patent dispute

    Epson has finally won its long running patent legal dispute with Medea International after it was agreed various products did infringe on the vendor's intellectual property.

  • October 18, 2010 18 Oct'10

    PC prices hold firm in face of component cost declines

    PC prices are holding firm in distribution despite the third consecutive monthly drop in component costs but analysts have forecast significant downward movement from the first quarter.

  • October 15, 2010 15 Oct'10

    Exponential tablet growth threat to netbook market

    The netbook market is under increasing threat of cannibalisation as the average selling price of a media tablet drops below the $300 (£186) mark, according to Gartner.

  • October 15, 2010 15 Oct'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 15 October 2010

    Equanet cuts on the cards, says Dixons Retail Dixons Retail put back-office staff at its Equanet subsidiary in Bury at risk of redundancy with 30 to 50 positions expected to go.

  • October 14, 2010 14 Oct'10

    Government secures support from largest supplier for cuts

    The government has managed to get the signature of its largest supplier Hewlett-Packard on a memorandum of understanding that will commit the vendor to helping the coalition reduce costs.

  • October 13, 2010 13 Oct'10

    Global PC sales dampened by consumer slowdown

    Global PC shipments grew just 7.6% in Q3, falling short of analyst's estimates as the boom in consumer demand for portables fizzled out in the mature markets.

  • October 13, 2010 13 Oct'10

    Intel forecasts quieter Q4 on back of soft consumer demand

    Intel has forecast conservative sales for the Christmas quarter on the back of continued concerns of slowing demand in the consumer sector.

  • October 12, 2010 12 Oct'10

    Equanet job cuts on the cards, Dixons Retail confirms

    Dixons Retail has put back-office staff at its Equanet subsidiary in Bury at risk of redundancy with 30 to 50 positions expected to go.

  • October 11, 2010 11 Oct'10

    Online channel delivers healthy growth as netbooks takeoff

    ICEcat, the open catalogue price comparison site, has reported huge growth of the online channel in Q3 of 2010 with 119% year on year in terms of data-sheet downloads via more than 12,000 online channel partners.

  • October 08, 2010 08 Oct'10

    HP moving aggresively to close special bid loophole

    HP is trying to close a loophole in the special bid process that resellers are exploiting to get hold of products at significantly cheaper prices.

  • October 08, 2010 08 Oct'10

    Oracle restricts maintainance renewals to four resellers

    Oracle will permit just four services-based resellers and integrators to renew maintenance agreements when they expire, effectively forcing vast swathes of the partner channel to hand over customer details to rivals.

  • October 08, 2010 08 Oct'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 8 October 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days

  • October 07, 2010 07 Oct'10

    Fujitsu seeks channel boss as Neath heads to Microsoft

    Fujitsu channel director Darren Neath is leaving the business at the end of the month to join up with his predecessor Gary Fowle, who runs the OEM division at Microsoft.

  • October 07, 2010 07 Oct'10

    Teneo eyes data centre, services acquisitions

    Mid-market focused infrastructure optimisation reseller Teneo is targeting expansion into the data centre environment as part of a three-year growth plan, and may look to make acquisitions to bulk up its muscle in this area, according to CEO Piers ...

  • October 06, 2010 06 Oct'10

    Calyx Group dishes out management roles, announces job cuts

    Calyx Group has clarified its organisational structure as it rebuilds the operations following last month's acquisition by private equity house Better Capital.

  • October 05, 2010 05 Oct'10

    Sales slide at SCC but services save the day

    A higher mix of services sales bolstered profits at Specialist Computer Centres (SCC) but weak demand for hardware and software were responsible for a slide in turnover.

  • October 04, 2010 04 Oct'10

    Oracle chief lambasts new HP CEO

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has lashed out at rival Hewlett-Packard again, this time over its choice of leadership. HP hired former SAP boss Apotheker at the end of last week in a surprise move, and has drawn the ire of Ellison as a result.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    Quick boot-up on PCs closer to reality

    The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) has been developed to the point where it could deliver an almost instant-on for PCs and it will be widely incorporated in PCs in 2011, writes David Manners.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 1 October 2010

    Redstone restructure begins with closure of BSF division Redstone announced the closure of its loss-making ie4 (RIE) subsidiary, which operated in the ill-fated Building Schools for the Future programme.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    MicroScope's top stories, September 2010

    A look back at the top 10 most read stories on MicroScope.co.uk for the month of September. Better Capital acquires Calyx debts, calls in the administrators. The fate of network services reseller Calyx was the major story of the month.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    HP names former SAP boss Apotheker as CEO

    HP has made former SAP boss Leo Apotheker its CEO and president just seven months after the board at the German software maker issued him with a vote of no confidence.

  • September 30, 2010 30 Sep'10

    Data centre energy costs to worsen, says Gartner

    New research from analysts at Gartner has revealed that energy-related costs now account for around 12% of overall data centre expenditure, a figure that is expected to increase in the next few years.

  • September 29, 2010 29 Sep'10

    Interim HP boss upbeat on 2011 numbers, defends strategy

    Hewlett-Packard's interim boss, Cathie Lesjak, has told analysts that the firm expects to make total sales of between $131.5bn and $133.5bn during its financial 2011.

  • September 28, 2010 28 Sep'10

    Brother makes MPS channel plans for 2011

    Brother is building a managed print service (MPS) for resellers that it plans to pilot in the UK early next year. Most of major print and copier vendors sell their brand of MPS through the channel but although a little late to the table, Brother ...

  • September 28, 2010 28 Sep'10

    Three quarters of servers not virtualised, says Gartner

    Only a quarter of all servers are virtualised, according to the latest data from analyst Gartner. While CIOs believe they have virtualised their x86 servers, Gartner said IT departments have to plan for two to three times the growth of ...

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    IBM buys Blade Network Technologies

    In a long-anticipated response to its rivals' advance on the data centre environment, IBM has bought virtualisation software, blade server and top-of-rack switch builder Blade Network Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    Kelway profits up as firm explores future expansion options

    Kelway is tracking a sales run rate close to £230m for fiscal 2011 and has three finance options on the table to underpin continued expansion through acquisition.

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    Magirus bundles up data centre market

    Data centre distributor Magirus is attempting a run at what it calls the "untapped" low-end market for data centre and cloud based computing with the launch of a new unified data centre offering dubbed vBundle.

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    Diagonal not for sale, says 2e2

    2e2's decision to maintain the Diagonal brand and distinct organisational structure is not an indication that the business will be sold, the firm has insisted.

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    Ingram Micro names Connell as boss of PC systems unit

    Ingram Micro is appointing VIP sales director Chris Connell to head up its PC systems division.

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    Former Wstore boss Price pitches up at Chiltern IT

    HP spare parts distributor Chiltern IT has recruited former Store head honcho Tony Price as commercial director. Price left the reseller early this year following its integration into new owner Systemax and took a break from the industry, before ...

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 24 September 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 24 September 2010

  • September 23, 2010 23 Sep'10

    HP wins legal case against grey trading D&P Data Systems

    HP has resolved a legal battle with D&P Data Systems over the importation of branded kit from outside the European Economic Area without its consent.

  • September 23, 2010 23 Sep'10

    Shift F7 boss speaks out over fraud impact

    Shift F7 has revealed the biggest impact on its business of the frauds perpetrated by a former sales exec was the man hours it took to help the police build a case.

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Directors shuffled as 2e2 and Morse integration ramps

    The integration of Morse into 2e2 is gaining pace following the restructure of the business units, some real estate consolidation and the news that directors Mark Nutt and Tim Hall will leave next month.

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Former Shift F7 sales exec in the dock over frauds

    A former sales executive at Shift F7 stole £47,000 worth of computer kit from the Surrey-based reseller to fund his drug use, Guildford Crown Court has heard.

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Touchbase UK in venture capitalist backed MBO

    Cisco Unified Comms (UC) specialist Touchbase Group has sold its UK operation in a management buy-out led by director Mike Danson and COO Mike Dornan, backed by private equity investor Herald Ventures.

  • September 21, 2010 21 Sep'10

    C2000 expands retail team with market share gains in mind

    Computer 2000 is rebuilding its retail team ahead of a sales campaign to capture a greater share of wallet among the High Street chains and independent shop front dealers.

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