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  • September 13, 2010 13 Sep'10

    Former HP channel boss Poskett joins Cisco

    Cisco has recruited HP's former UK and Ireland channel boss Dave Poskett to manage its relationship with IBM. After twenty five years at HP, Poskett left in January following a restructure that saw channel management teams folded back into their ...

  • September 13, 2010 13 Sep'10

    All change at the top of Computer 2000's PC unit

    Computer 2000 marketing director Andy Dow will take charge of the PC systems operation from next month when current incumbent Mark Glasspool moves to a European position at parent Tech Data.

  • September 13, 2010 13 Sep'10

    HP eyes $1.5bn ArcSight deal

    Hewlett-Packard is widely reported to be close to buying intrusion detection security software company ArcSight for $1.5bn, writes ComputerWeekly.com's Warwick Ashford. HP has been negotiating to buy ArcSight since it was put up for sale late last ...

  • September 10, 2010 10 Sep'10

    Better Capital acquires Calyx and prepares turnaround plan

    Better Capital has been confirmed as the new owner of Calyx and will kick start its turnaround strategy by divesting parts of the networking integrator with a view to making further acquisitions.

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    SCC acquires Kavanagh

    Bracknell-based integrator Kavanagh has been sold to SCC for an undisclosed sum with managing director Rob Campbell standing down immediately. The negotiations started about a month ago and the deal was signed late last night, building on parent SCH...

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    Oracle hires Hurd, Phillips resigns

    As reported yesterday, Oracle has officially named ex-HP boss Mark Hurd (pictured) to the board of directors and appointed him president. At the same time, Charles Phillips has also decided to call it a day, handing in his resignation as president ...

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    Magirus picks up EMEA SolarWinds contract

    Data centre and virtualisation distie Magirus has added network management software vendor SolarWinds to its portfolio to reinforce its growing Cisco business.

  • September 06, 2010 06 Sep'10

    Calyx administrators proclaim business as usual

    A statement put out on behalf of networking integrator Calyx, which went into administration last week, has claimed the business will continue to run "as normal" with no redundancies made while the administrators attempt to find a buyer.

  • September 06, 2010 06 Sep'10

    Death of netbook platform imminent

    Lenovo believes the end of the netbook is in sight and claims the platform will quickly be subsumed by the slate tablet space as competition in the sector heats up.

  • September 06, 2010 06 Sep'10

    Mark Hurd may get board role at Oracle

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd is being considered for a board role at Oracle, according to reports that emerged over the weekend. Hurd quit HP last month after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against an HP contractor ...

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    Better Capital acquires Calyx debts, calls in the administrators

    Private equity firm Better Capital has acquired the bank debts for Calyx Group from Anglo Irish Bank and placed the services-based networking reseller into administration.

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    Dell shipments return to form, Acer slips in Q2, says iSuppli

    Dell has regained its customary number two position in the global PC market in Q2 after shipments of Acer flopped in the three months to the end of June, according to analysts at iSuppli.

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    Samsung aims to rival iPad with Galaxy tablet

    The battle for market share in the tablet market is increasing with Samsung the latest to enter the fray with a product to take on Apple's iPad.

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 3 September 2010

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

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Lenovo gunning for UK consumers despite late market entry

    Lenovo expects to grab 5% of the consumer market in the UK by year-end after finally launching into the sector with DSGi in the summer.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    HP emerges victorious in 3Par bidding war

    The protracted bidding war between Hewlett-Packard and Dell over storage vendor 3Par has concluded this afternoon after Dell bowed out of the bidding process, saying it had "ended its discussions regarding a potential acquisition".

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Oracle ordered to pay costs in grey trading case

    Following last week's Court of Appeal judgment in favour of reseller M-Tech, which was accused of importing greySun Microsystems hardware, Sun owner Oracle has now been ordered to repay costs of £85,000.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    DSGi sales up but B2B reseller biz finds life tough

    DSG International had a comparatively rosy start to the year with sales fuelled by rising demand for televisions prior to the World Cup and early exclusive rights to the iPad but it confirmed that the B2B market remained challenging.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Apple reignites race for the digital living room

    Apple is aiming to get its brand firmly entrenched in the living room with a slimmed down and more attractively priced TV product that allows users to hire and watch movies and Internet video content.

  • September 01, 2010 01 Sep'10

    Printer sales back on track says Context

    The EMEA printer market staged a recovery in the second quarter driven by All-in-One (AiO) laser devices.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Gartner warns of slowing PC demand, downgrades forecast

    Gartner has warned that the litmus test for recovery in the PC market will come in the second half of the year but the early signs are not encouraging.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    MicroScope's top stories, August 2010

    A look back at the top 10 most read stories on MicroScope.co.uk for the month of August: Phoenix accounts put on notice On August 13, infrastructure and managed services provider Phoenix IT said it had received notice from two key customers with ...

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Callow set ambitious targets for reseller growth by Lexmark

    Lexmark has set ambitious targets for channel boss Paul Callow to increase its reseller base, entrench customer loyalty and develop fresh reseller programmes.

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    HP edges back in front in race to acquire 3Par with $2bn bid

    Hardly had the share price of storage player 3Par had time to react to Dell matching HP's offer of $1.8bn than the race to seal the deal to acquire the company reached another level.

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    Intel warns on weak consumer demand

    Intel has warned that its Q3 sales are likely to fall short of its own projections by as much as $1bn (£644m) due to weaker than expected consumer PC demand in mature markets.

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    Overland Q4 loss widens

    Year-on-year net losses at Overland Storage widened in the final three months of its financial year to $4.2m after the vendor has hit by $1.2m of non-cash, stock compensation expenses.

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    HP ups ante in 3Par bidding war

    Hewlett-Packard has upped its bid for 3Par, trumping Dell's earlier offer which was accepted by the storage vendor yesterday afternoon. HP last night tabled $27 per share in a new offer that values 3Par at $1.8bn (£1.16bn), topping Dell's ...

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 August 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 27 August 2010

  • August 26, 2010 26 Aug'10

    Dell expected to make counter offer to trump HP bid for 3Par

    Dell looks set to make a counter offer for 3Par increasing the amount offered for the storage infrastructure specialist beyond the current $1.6bn. According to Reuters the vendor appears to be determined to beat its rival HP which trumped its ...

  • August 25, 2010 25 Aug'10

    iPad has tablet market sewn up through 2012

    Despite a flood of rival products in development, including offerings from Dell, Lenovo, Cisco's Cius and HP's webOS and Microsoft Windows tablets, Apple's iPad is unlikely to face a viable competitor before early 2011 and will maintain its market ...

  • August 25, 2010 25 Aug'10

    2e2 numbers up in spite of tough 2009

    Integrator 2e2 this morning hailed an improvement in its full-year results for fiscal 2009, which closed at the end of December, in spite of the ravages of the global recession.

  • August 25, 2010 25 Aug'10

    Epson settles with Ebuyer as it turns up heat in patent battle

    Epson has wrapped up a settlement with Ebuyer over the sale of ink cartridges that it is claiming infringe its patents with the vendor now targeting the manufacturer.

  • August 24, 2010 24 Aug'10

    Appeals court rules in favour of grey trader in Sun case

    In a case with massive ramifications for grey marketing, the Court of Appeal has today held that a reseller accused by Oracle of importing second-hand Sun Microsystems hardware from outside the EEA was entitled to argue that specific articles in the...

  • August 24, 2010 24 Aug'10

    Dip in UK offset by global growth at Promethean

    The impact on schools spending by a cut happy coalition government could have impacted education specialist Promethean World quite badly had the vendor not enjoyed a decent geographical spread of business.

  • August 23, 2010 23 Aug'10

    Headsets a product to sell alongside UC

    Those resellers looking to add some margin to a unified comms sale are being urged to put headsets into their product portfolios.

  • August 20, 2010 20 Aug'10

    Hurd-less HP revs up growth engine in Q3

    Acting HP CEO Cathie Lesjak was flanked by business group executives last night as the company outlined the last set of quarterly results that previous boss Mark Hurd presided over.

  • August 20, 2010 20 Aug'10

    Dell predicts corporate refresh will continue well into 2011

    Corporate spending on the desktop refresh is set to continue for the next few quarters despite the ongoing fears of a double-dip recession according to Dell.

  • August 20, 2010 20 Aug'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 20 August 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 20 August 2010

  • August 19, 2010 19 Aug'10

    Intel CEO Paul Otellini: Software alone cannot solve net security

    by Cliff Saran Security cannot be solved by software alone, warned Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini in a conference call discussing the firm's $7.7bn acquisition of security firm McAfee. He said, "In the 1990s, when we added capabilities ...

  • August 19, 2010 19 Aug'10

    Intel gobbles up McAfee

    Intel has pounced on security specialist McAfee in a deal valued at $7.68bn, a 60% premium on McAfee's closing price on Wednesday evening.

  • August 19, 2010 19 Aug'10

    Budget cuts force IT departments to stick with ageing kit

    by Jenny Williams IT departments are extending, or even freezing, IT upgrade cycles due to the recession and budget cuts, according to a survey by IT charity Computer Aid International. Longer upgrade cycles have reduced the number of donations, ...

  • August 18, 2010 18 Aug'10

    Shareholders display discontent with CEO Michael Dell

    One quarter of Dell shareholders have registered their frustration with the performance of the company by refusing to back CEO, chairman and founder Michael Dell's re-election to the board.

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    Public sector spending freeze hits UK server sales

    Austerity measures in the UK public sector resulted in more modest sequential x86 server sales growth in Q2, according to IDC. Shipments declined 9.3% on the last quarter to 74,000 units and were up only 17.9% on the year ago period when sales ...

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    Aruba signs wireless OEM pact with Dell

    Wireless vendor Aruba has signed an OEM deal with Dell under the terms of which the Texan PC giant will market wireless networking products under its PowerConnect marquee. Dell already has OEM relationships with Brocade and Juniper, and already ...

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    Big Blue buys marketing software outfit

    IBM has put $480m on the table to acquire privately-held marketing software business Unica in an all cash deal. Unica, which boasts 1,500 global customers including eBay and recruitment website Monster, adds additional marketing software ...

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    Hosting vendor Peer 1 adds dedicated UK channel head

    Hosted IT services provider PEER 1 has added a dedicated UK channel boss to spearhead a planned ramp up of its activities in the dealer channel.

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    Print and be damned: huge amounts of paper still wasted in offices

    Almost 70% of paper sheets printed by office workers in a year are "wasted or unnecessary", according to a report commissioned by Kyocera.

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 August 2010

    HP boss quits after sexual harassment probe Late last week Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd fell on his sword after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment uncovered apparent expenses irregularities.

  • August 12, 2010 12 Aug'10

    US pension fund launches law suit against HP board and Hurd

    A US pension fund has filed a complaint in Santa Clara County Court against named members of the HP board and former CEO Mark Hurd in the wake of his departure from the company last week.

  • August 10, 2010 10 Aug'10

    Acer, ETC to scale back volume PC sales business

    Acer and ETC are shifting the nature of their distribution relationship away from volume deals to one that focuses on building "solutions" for B2B resellers.

  • August 10, 2010 10 Aug'10

    Samsung rejigs partner programme, launches portal

    Samsung Electronics has launched a new resale programme and online partner portal pitched at its print and print services dealer channel, which it claims will offer resellers higher margins on its printer lines.

  • August 10, 2010 10 Aug'10

    Memory shortages on the cards, warns iSuppli

    Analysts have raised the spectre of DRAM shortages in the second half of this year, predicting boom in demand that will put pressure on manufacturing facilities migrating to new production processes.

  • August 10, 2010 10 Aug'10

    Second report confirms upwards trend in UK technology M&A deals in 2010

    The UK technology sector enjoyed a huge surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half of 2010, but uncertainty over the effects of forthcoming cuts to the public sector could act as a brake on activity for some companies until after the ...

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    Nowhere for Dell to hide from poor Q2 performance in UK - Gartner

    The gradual recovery in the UK PC arena has clearly bypassed the one-time market dominator Dell as sales across all segments collapsed in the second quarter.

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    RM Academy deal a sign of the times

    It is a sign of leaner times in the public sector that education IT supplier RM this morning issued a statement to detail its win of a (2.5m British pounds) project at Landau Forte Academy in Staffordshire.

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    Former soft porn actress implicated in Hurd's downfall

    A former soft-core porn actress and reality game show contestant has been identified as the one-time marketing contractor at HP whose relationship with CEO Mark Hurd led to his downfall.

  • August 06, 2010 06 Aug'10

    HP CEO Hurd resigns following sexual harassment probe

    HP CEO Mark Hurd has quit following a probe into allegations of sexual harassment made by a former contractor.

  • August 06, 2010 06 Aug'10

    Mesh GM Riccardi crosses fence to join CMS Peripherals

    Mesh Computers general manager Tony Riccardi is leaving the system builder after 15 years to move into the distribution market with CMS Peripherals. He is due to roll up at London-based wholesaler CMS as retail business unit manager on 23 August.

  • August 06, 2010 06 Aug'10

    Growth stalled: Q2 netbook sales fall to the same level as a year ago

    Second quarter UK netbook sales through distribution returned to the same level as last year suggesting the market has reached maturity after peaking in the last quarter of 2009.

  • August 06, 2010 06 Aug'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 6 August 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 6 August 2010

  • August 05, 2010 05 Aug'10

    UK distribution revenues grow as average selling prices increase

    An increase in average selling prices (ASPs) helped to drive a 17.5% growth in revenue for notebooks, desktops and workstations through UK distribution in June to a value of just over £103m, according to figures from Context.

  • August 05, 2010 05 Aug'10

    Insight Enterprises Q2 numbers reflect improving IT demand

    Insight Enterprises last night posted a bumper set of Q2 financials and upped its guidance for the year on the back of improving global demand for IT.

  • August 04, 2010 04 Aug'10

    FTC, Intel resolve anti-competitive charges

    The FTC has approved a settlement with Intel that resolves charges the company illegally stifled competition in the market for computer chips.

  • August 04, 2010 04 Aug'10

    Fears of double-dip recession cloud IDC forecast for IT spending

    The next three months will be "crucial" in predicting whether IT spending will continue to grow in 2010 and beyond or fall to less than one per cent growth in the face of a double-dip recession, IDC has warned.

  • August 03, 2010 03 Aug'10

    2e2 extends talks with support staff over Patni outsourcing deal

    2e2 has extended the consultation period with support staff to determine whether they transfer en masse, in part or not at all to Indian outsourcing firm Patni.

  • August 03, 2010 03 Aug'10

    eBuyer parts company with whistleblower

    eBuyer has split with the whistleblower who made allegations that members of the purchasing team took backhanders less than three months after he joined the firm.

  • August 03, 2010 03 Aug'10

    HP settles US kick-back investigation

    HP has agreed to pay a settlement to the US Department of Justice to end a three year investigation into alleged kick-backs being paid to channel partners from government contracts.

  • August 02, 2010 02 Aug'10

    Calyx considering options to cut unsustainable debts

    Systems integrator Calyx has appointed corporate finance advisor Livingstone Partners to explore the potential options to reduce its unsustainable debts levels.

  • July 30, 2010 30 Jul'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 30 July 2010

    IBM names new mid-market distributors It emerged last week that IBM planned to expand the remit of some of its midmarket distributors in an attempt to steal away Sun dealers.

  • July 29, 2010 29 Jul'10

    Lexmark warns of laser shortfall for rest of 2010

    Lexmark has warned that the laser shortages that have been a feature of the first half of the year are likely to persist for the next six months. The Kentucky-based printer specialist filed a 14% rise in second quarter revenues to $1.033bn and ...

  • July 28, 2010 28 Jul'10

    IBM breaks silence over distie strategy

    IBM has confirmed it is tweaking its UK distribution line-up to increase the number of partners carrying the Unix and storage range.

  • July 27, 2010 27 Jul'10

    IBM in the dock as EC investigates mainframe market

    The European Commission has confirmed it will launch formal several anti-trust investigations against IBM following complaints that it abused its position in the mainframe market.

  • July 26, 2010 26 Jul'10

    IBM names new mid-market distributors

    IBM is looking to poach disaffected mid-market infrastructure resellers from rivals including Sun Microsystems and will expand the remit of several value distributors to seek them out.

  • July 26, 2010 26 Jul'10

    RM cuts BSF contractors and restructures bidding team

    RM has cut contractors working on the recently departed Building Schools for the Future projects and is restructuring its bidding teams.

  • July 23, 2010 23 Jul'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 23 July 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 23 July 2010

  • July 21, 2010 21 Jul'10

    Acer leapfrogs HP to lead UK PC market

    HP has again ceded the top spot in the UK PC arena to Acer in Q2 despite hitting sales volumes achieved two years ago before the economic meltdown.

  • July 21, 2010 21 Jul'10

    HP salesforce gets networking compensation

    Hewlett-Packard's sales teams are now receiving quotas and compensation across the full range of the combined HP Networking, 3Com and H3C portfolios, as the vendor ramps up its formidable sales organisation to push its Converged Infrastructure data ...

  • July 20, 2010 20 Jul'10

    Mac sales help deliver strong Q3 for Apple

    Apple continues to be the darling of Wall Street with financial results that show its products continue to appeal to customers.

  • July 20, 2010 20 Jul'10

    Dell to acquire Ocarina Networks

    Dell has inked a deal to acquire storage compression and de-duplication specialist Ocarina Networks. The takeover is due to be completed by the end of this month and US PC maker Dell said it does not plan to move the current operations from the ...

  • July 20, 2010 20 Jul'10

    IBM services organisation takes a hammering

    IBM has caused concern on Wall Street after revealing that new services contract signings for its fiscal Q2 were down 12% to $12.3bn at actual rates, indicative of a trend picked up on in Big Blue's Q1 numbers in April.

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Gartner sets out IT maintenance code of conduct

    On the back of setting out rights for cloud customers Gartner has now done the same for those users wondering what they should expect from IT maintenance specialists.

  • July 16, 2010 16 Jul'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 July 2010

    Government ends £80m Microsoft licensing deal with NHS The coalition government scrapped the nine-year Connecting for Health enterprising agreement with Microsoft, amid talk of a £100m licensing black hole.

  • July 15, 2010 15 Jul'10

    Lexmark UK channel boss moves to GM role at Logitech

    Lexmark UK channel director Marcus Harvey has stepped down to become the next general manager at Logitech with Paul Callow moving into view as his replacement.

  • July 15, 2010 15 Jul'10

    Smart Technologies delivers largest tech IPO so far in 2010

    Interactive whiteboard specialist Smart Technologies has seen strong interest in its flotation indicating that shareholders believe there is still life in selling IT to the education sector and beyond.

  • July 15, 2010 15 Jul'10

    HP overtaken by Acer in EMEA PC stakes

    Hewlett-Packard has been knocked off the top of the EMEA PC market by Acer as its professional mobile business showed signs of weakness.

  • July 14, 2010 14 Jul'10

    Intel returns to profits in Q2

    Intel swung to profit in the second quarter on the back of healthy PC and server demand that was most apparent in the enterprise sector.

  • July 13, 2010 13 Jul'10

    BSF debacle may cost IT suppliers up to £3.7bn in lost business

    The government's decision to cut the Building Schools for the Future programme could cost ICT suppliers around £3.7bn in lost business, according to research.

  • July 13, 2010 13 Jul'10

    Warning over skills retention as 934 leave HP

    IT and comms support outfit Comtek has issued a stark warning over the scale of Hewlett-Packard's planned UK redundancy programme, which is set to impact 934 workers at the firm's Enterprise Services arm.

  • July 09, 2010 09 Jul'10

    MicroScope top stories, week ending 9 July

    Watt and Toal take top European roles in post-merger Avnet Bell Micro executives get senior roles in the revised operational structure at post-merger Avnet.

  • July 08, 2010 08 Jul'10

    Gov calls meeting with captains of IT to seek cost cuts

    Twenty of the largest public sector services suppliers are due to meet with the government today to explore ways of cutting costs.

  • July 08, 2010 08 Jul'10

    BSF cock up leaves Gove apologising and more schools hit

    The education secretary is having to apologies to schools that had been told their building and ICT improvement plans under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme were incorrectly safe when in fact they had been axed.

  • July 06, 2010 06 Jul'10

    IT suppliers deal with fall out of BSF cuts

    Resellers in the education sector are this morning dealing with the fallout from the Government's freeze on spending under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

  • July 05, 2010 05 Jul'10

    BSF projects worth £1bn canned by government

    As expected the government has taken the axe to school building projects worth £1bn as part of its drive to make cuts in public spending.

  • July 05, 2010 05 Jul'10

    Future of BSF hangs in the balance

    The coalition government is expected to call time on the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme later today, month's earlier than planned.

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