Software Applications and Services

  • December 03, 2012 03 Dec'12

    Cloud and storage software drives market growth

    The latest figures from Context have shown that the software market has grown strongly in the UK over the last three quarters driven by cloud and storage services demand

  • November 30, 2012 30 Nov'12

    Windows 8 effect yet to be seen in hardware sales

    The experience of the US retail market indicates that the launch of Windows 8 has been unable to reveerse declines in sales of both laptops and desktop PCs

  • November 28, 2012 28 Nov'12

    Windows 8 passes 40m licence sales mark

    Licence sales of Windows 8 hit 40m in the first month since release making it more successful than Windows 7 if that sales momentum continues

  • November 27, 2012 27 Nov'12

    Firms failing to take advantage of social media

    Those companies that have decided to allow their staff to use social media have yet to formulate user policies that will enable the business to take advantage of greater collaboration

  • November 27, 2012 27 Nov'12

    App gamification won’t meet business needs, says Gartner

    A lack of understanding of the gamification phenomenon among software buyers, coupled with shoddy design skills, will see end-users taken in by the hype waste money, Gartner has warned

  • November 26, 2012 26 Nov'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 23 November 2012

    Our regular look back at the most read stories on from the past seven days

  • November 23, 2012 23 Nov'12

    Claranet buys Star to build £120m MSP

    Internet service provider turned managed services specialist Claranet has forked out £55m to acquire managed technology services outfit Star with the intent of building a £120m MSP business in Europe

  • November 22, 2012 22 Nov'12

    Camwood kicks off 500 day countdown to end of XP support

    With just 500 days left of support from Microsoft for XP one of its gold partners has started a campaign to encourage customers to think about transition strategies

  • November 21, 2012 21 Nov'12

    Autonomy founder Lynch rejects HP allegations

    Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has come forward to refute Hewlett-Packard’s allegations that it was deliberately misled over the true state of the firm’s books when it acquired his business in 2011

  • November 20, 2012 20 Nov'12

    HP lashes out at Autonomy ‘lies’

    Hewlett-Packard has accused Autonomy of “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations” after taking an $8bn write-down

  • November 15, 2012 15 Nov'12

    ServiceSource showcases recurring revenue renewal tools

    Channel-centric recurring revenue generation specialist ServiceSource has been demonstrating its recently launched Renew OnDemand cloud software suite to channel end-users at its London conference

  • November 14, 2012 14 Nov'12

    Ipanema hires Cisco bod to boost app channel sales

    Application performance management specialist Ipanema has hired former Cisco managed services specialist and Linksys UK channel builder Philip Smith to beef up its UK and Ireland channel

  • November 13, 2012 13 Nov'12

    Windows 8 PC sales on track

    Sales of Windows 8 on PCs sold through distribution have shown a positive impact following the launch of Microsoft's latest operating system according to figures from Context

  • November 13, 2012 13 Nov'12

    Windows head exits Microsoft

    Just weeks after the launch of Windows 8 the man largely responsible for masterminding the OS has departed from Microsoft with immediate effect

  • November 13, 2012 13 Nov'12

    SAP gives app backing to Windows 8

    SAP has launched six mobile apps to take advantage of the mobility functions in Windows 8 offering both business intelligence and security functionality

  • November 12, 2012 12 Nov'12

    IDC predicts spending on mobile ERP will rise

    IDC expects that spending on mobile platforms and business applications will continue to rise as more firms put aside budget to pay for investments in those areas

  • November 12, 2012 12 Nov'12

    Chinese highlight positives in anti-piracy fight

    The man responsible for heading up efforts in China to cut down the volume of pirated software has called for more credit to be given by the West to its effiorts

  • November 09, 2012 09 Nov'12

    Bitdefender identifies Windows 8 security flaws

    Bitdefender has discovered that Microsoft's latest operating system is not able to fend off some of the most common malware threats leading to a call for users to adopt additional security

  • November 08, 2012 08 Nov'12

    C2000 launches Windows 8 website to channel

    Computer 2000 has launched a dedicated Windows 8 website to bring reseller partners up to speed on the new operating system

  • November 08, 2012 08 Nov'12

    VIP hires former Insight staffer to boost Microsoft sales

    VIP Computers has recruited a former Insight UK staffer as it looks to respond to the launch of Windows 8 by bolstering its Microsoft accounts team

  • November 07, 2012 07 Nov'12

    Imago, Vidyo team up to offer VAR cloud video service

    Video solutions VAD Imago Group says it has become the first European hosted video distributor after signing a new compact with telepresence software specialist Vidyo

  • November 05, 2012 05 Nov'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 2 November 2012

    Our regular look back at the most important channel news stories from the past seven days

  • October 31, 2012 31 Oct'12

    BCS takes SAM show on the road, hunts for partners

    Software Asset Management solutions specialist Business Continuity Services (BCS) is to take to the road with a series of SAM events, and is on the hunt for reseller partners

  • October 29, 2012 29 Oct'12

    M&A due diligence must extend to software licensing, warns BSA

    The BSA/Software Alliance has warned acquisitive companies to perform thorough due diligence on their targets’ software estates after catching out another unlicensed user

  • October 29, 2012 29 Oct'12

    Clearswift signals growth intent with new appointment

    Software security vendor, Clearswift, has continued with the strengthening of its management team with the appointment of Dr Guy Bunker as senior vice president of products

  • October 29, 2012 29 Oct'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 26 October 2012

    Our regular look back at the most popular ICT channel news stories from the past week

  • October 26, 2012 26 Oct'12

    NetSuite blasts laggard ERP rivals as sales climb again

    Cloud ERP specialist NetSuite has hit out at slow-moving competitors after booking record quarterly sales and releasing a new next-generation range of commerce software solutions in the UK

  • October 26, 2012 26 Oct'12

    Ballmer talks of love and reimagination as Win 8 arrives

    Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage at the launch event in New York and said that Windows 8 would allow users to love using their PCs as he ushered in the latest OS

  • October 25, 2012 25 Oct'12

    Kaseya sounds warning for those sticking with XP

    With the clock ticking down to the launch of Windows 8 a warning has been sounded by Kaseya for those that are still using the old XP operating system.

  • October 25, 2012 25 Oct'12

    Ingram Micro ready to roll with Microsoft SPLA programme

    Ingram Micro has formally launched Microsoft’s Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) to the channel, two months after being handed the role of distributor

  • October 25, 2012 25 Oct'12

    Windows 8 gives Microsoft shot at phones and tablets

    IDC believes that Windows 8 provides the potential for Microsoft to catch up on rivals and get its operating system established in the smart phone and tablet worlds

  • October 24, 2012 24 Oct'12

    FAST warns cyber threat is linked with illegal software

    FAST has welcomed moves by the government to increase awareness of cyber crime but has warned that the use of unlicensed software also increases the risks faced by users

  • October 24, 2012 24 Oct'12

    Cloud, mobile and big data deliver for SAP in Q3

    SAP has delivered a solid set of results thanks to its strategy of focusing on the growth areas of cloud, mobile and big data

  • October 23, 2012 23 Oct'12

    Avnet expands IBM services offering

    Avnet Technology Services has expanded the support it can offer IBM resellers in the UK by providing two additional services to the channel

  • October 22, 2012 22 Oct'12

    Gartner restates Windows 8 is a slow burner

    Gartner's head of research Peter Sondergaard has used a speech at the analyst firm's symposium in Orlando to restate that Windows 8 will take time to penetrate the corporate market

  • October 22, 2012 22 Oct'12

    Daisy adds bespoke pricing tools to channel proposition

    Channel comms distie Daisy Distribution has added telecoms pricing software from sector consultancy Tariffcom to its arsenal of reseller enablement tools

  • October 22, 2012 22 Oct'12

    Surface already ticking corporate boxes

    The Microsoft Windows 8-based tablet Surface looks like getting a good run at the business market as SecureData reveals users are attracted by the compatibility of the operating system with existing infrastructure

  • October 22, 2012 22 Oct'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 19 October 2012

    Our regular look back at the most popular ICT channel news stories from the past week

  • October 19, 2012 19 Oct'12

    Google puts positive spin on weak results

    Google has added to the ranks of big tech names that have issued disappointing results this week but is trying to remain positive

  • October 19, 2012 19 Oct'12

    Microsoft suffers profit drop as world waits for Win 8

    Microsoft reported a drop in profits blaming sluggish sales of PCs using its operating system as users chose instead to wait for the launch of Windows 8 later this month

  • October 17, 2012 17 Oct'12

    Strong dollar and weak Europe hit IBM

    A strong dollar combined with ongoing economic fragility in Europe have been highlighted by IBM as the main reasons its Q3 results were not better

  • October 16, 2012 16 Oct'12

    IBM reseller Portal snaps up Planit CPM

    IBM reseller Portal has moved to bolster its information management skills buying Cognos specialist Planit CPM

  • October 11, 2012 11 Oct'12

    BSA becomes Software Alliance

    The Business Software Alliance has revealed a name change as it looks to promote its activities beyond simply the enterprise market

  • October 11, 2012 11 Oct'12

    Sage hires former Cisco marketing executive Jobbins

    Former Cisco chief marketing officer Amanda Jobbins is joining Sage next month to give the software vendor a boost to its branding strategy

  • October 10, 2012 10 Oct'12

    Windows 8 expected to be slow starter

    Some of Microsoft's OEM partners have expressed the view that Windows 8 will take time to drive hardware sales into the corporate market

  • October 10, 2012 10 Oct'12

    Enterprise purchasing programme latest VMware wheeze

    On the second day of VMworld Europe 2012 in Barcelona, host VMware has announced the introduction of a token-based enterprise purchasing programme (EPP) to increase software licence sales

  • October 10, 2012 10 Oct'12

    IBM growth plans will see channel activity rise

    As it looks to hit ambitious growth plans by 2015 IBM will see the share of its indirect business rise as it looks for more growth from its reseller base

  • October 09, 2012 09 Oct'12

    Ancoris snaps up Cloud Skills

    Ancoris has acquired Google Apps specialist Cloud Skills to bolster the support it can provide for legacy as well as web-based applications

  • October 09, 2012 09 Oct'12

    Canalys: App investment key to VAR services portfolio

    Resellers should be busy hiring developers to develop their own applications as part of their services effort as more customers look for more flexible support based on mobile platforms

  • October 03, 2012 03 Oct'12

    Public sector fails to open up to SMEs

    The government might have talked about making it easier for smaller suppliers to win public sector IT contracts but the UK IT Association has found it is not happening

  • October 01, 2012 01 Oct'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 28 September 2012

    Our regular look back at the most popular news stories from the past seven days on

  • September 27, 2012 27 Sep'12

    Mimecast plans US expansion with $62m funding

    Having secured $62m worth of funding cloud email management specialist Mimecast has outlined plans to plough the funds into R&D and US expansion

  • September 25, 2012 25 Sep'12

    Certero raids SAM rivals for business development talent

    Software asset management (SAM) specialist Certero has appointed two new business development directors from rivals License Dashboard and LANDesk to manage drive new sales across the UK

  • September 25, 2012 25 Sep'12

    Gartner sounds warnings over Windows 8

    Gartner has warned that for some users making the move to Windows 8 will have risks not yet worth taking and they are best to stick with the current version of the Microsoft OS

  • September 25, 2012 25 Sep'12

    Avnet sets up Red Hat support centre

    Avnet Technology Solutions has set up a Red Hat support centre to increase the support it provides for resellers looking to sell open source based solutions.

  • September 24, 2012 24 Sep'12

    Ingram launches UK Ipanema partnership

    Ingram Micro will today use its Cloud and Managed Service Boot Camp in Manchester to unveil a partnership with app performance solutions developer Ipanema Technologies

  • September 24, 2012 24 Sep'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 21 September 2012

    Our regular look back at the most read stories from the past week on

  • September 21, 2012 21 Sep'12

    Oracle sees hardware decline, SaaS shine

    Oracle has once again seen its quarterly hardware sales tumbling, and the decline only looks set to continue as the vendor struggles to turn around its Sun business

  • September 20, 2012 20 Sep'12

    m-hance makes in-house social tool available to SMEs

    Business software reseller m-hance has unveiled its own SME enterprise social networking (ESN) tool in a bid to capitalise on a market that looks set to be worth £2.8bn by 2016, according to IDC

  • September 20, 2012 20 Sep'12

    Mindjet unifies product range

    Mindjet has put its products into a single solution with a subscription price to tap into the different way users are collaborating in the workplace

  • September 19, 2012 19 Sep'12

    License Dashboard moves to make true-up picture clearer

    SAM specialist License Dashboard has launched tools to help resellers give a clear and accurate picture of their Microsoft licensing needs

  • September 18, 2012 18 Sep'12

    K3 takes down 'for sale' signs

    K3 Group has officially taken itself off the market after ending a sale process that started back in March after the board felt no good offers had been made for the firm

  • September 17, 2012 17 Sep'12

    Portal, m-hance among channel firms in 2012 Tech Track 100

    IBM specialist Portal and Microsoft partner m-hance are among a host of channel players named to the twelfth edition of the annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table.

  • September 17, 2012 17 Sep'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 14 September 2012

    Our regular rundown of the most read stories of the past week on

  • September 13, 2012 13 Sep'12

    Expansive SSS breathes in Oxygen

    BI and asset management expert and Microsoft partner SSS Group has bought out the IP and assets of Oxon-based SaaS pioneer e-Warehouse, including its Oxygen helpdesk suite

  • September 13, 2012 13 Sep'12

    Acronis bolsters mobile credentials with GroupLogic buy

    Data protection specialist Acronis has moved to enhance the accessibility options it can give customers by splashing out on GroupLogic

  • September 13, 2012 13 Sep'12

    Sage takeover talk returns

    Sage is again being tipped as a takeover target leading to an increase in the software vendor's share price and mounting talk of a change of ownership

  • September 12, 2012 12 Sep'12

    Oracle getting partners to sell more of the stack

    Oracle has changed compensation packages to encourage resellers to sell more of its portfolio and the moves appear to be paying off

  • September 10, 2012 10 Sep'12

    Distie finance boss crosses floor to Microsoft partner SSS

    Infrastructure and asset management specialist Specialist Software Services (SSS) Group has formally appointed former Bell Micro, Avnet and Northamber finance boss Nick Lee as director of finance and operations.

  • September 05, 2012 05 Sep'12

    Tech Data pounces on SDG in £219m deal

    Tech Data has swallowed up SCH’s distribution business, SDG, in a deal valued at around £219m to augment its enterprise distribution unit, Azlan and strengthen its wider broadline capabilities.

  • August 28, 2012 28 Aug'12

    IBM springs for social software specialist

    IBM has bolstered its expertise in the growing social business game after spending $1.3bn (£823m) on Kenexa, a recruitment and ‘talent’ management specialist based in the States.

  • August 24, 2012 24 Aug'12

    BroadVision seeks resellers for social software programme

    Collaboration specialist BroadVision is embarking on a channel recruitment drive to push sales of its enterprise social network software package ClearVale.

  • August 23, 2012 23 Aug'12

    HP plunges to $8.9bn loss

    Hewlett-Packard has posted an enormous $8.9bn (£5.6bn) loss in the third quarter of its fiscal 2012.

  • August 22, 2012 22 Aug'12

    License Dashboard wins Microsoft Gold

    Software management company Licence Dashboard has bagged a Gold Certification from Microsoft in Software Asset Management.

  • August 15, 2012 15 Aug'12

    Sage seeks developers to swell ISV numbers

    Sage has outlined plans to recruit more independent software developers as part of plans to expand its developer community significantly into 2013

  • August 15, 2012 15 Aug'12

    Geeks seeks channel to sell software tools

    Programming developers Geeks Ltd is looking to the channel for the first time as it starts to roll out its enterprise software tools through resellers

  • August 15, 2012 15 Aug'12

    Channel portfolio performs for Better Capital

    Investment company Better Capital PCC has said that in spite of economic weakness its IT businesses are making “solid and significant improvements” in profitability and cash generation.

  • August 13, 2012 13 Aug'12

    Google takes anti-piracy steps

    Google has made changes to its search process to give lower rankings to those sites that infringe on copyright

  • August 08, 2012 08 Aug'12

    HP makes changes at top of enterprise services division

    Hewlett-Packard has made changes to the management team in charge of its enterprise services operation after the current head decided to leave

  • August 03, 2012 03 Aug'12

    SAP and Oracle copyright fight close to settlement

    SAP has offered an out of court settlement to bring its long running legal battle with Oracle to a close

  • August 02, 2012 02 Aug'12

    Tin's in at Insight

    Insight’s EMEA business has turned in a massive 31% increase in hardware sales, pushing the unit to Q2 sales of $459.7m, up 14% year-on-year.

  • August 02, 2012 02 Aug'12

    HP celebrates Itanium server victory

    HP could be in line for hefty reparations after a US judge ruled in its favour in its feud with Oracle.

  • July 31, 2012 31 Jul'12

    Education contracts deliver again for Corero

    Corero has said its strategy in the security sector is clearly paying off, but its DDoS business still grew at a slower rate than its software unit.

  • July 30, 2012 30 Jul'12

    SAP takes wraps off mobile app programme

    SAP has launched a mobile apps programme offering support for those channel developers that fancy developing applications that will be sold via the vendor's store

  • July 27, 2012 27 Jul'12

    UK delivers for Ingram Micro

    The UK has been highlighted as only one of two countries in Europe that have managed to deliver double-digit growth for Ingram Micro in the distributor's second quarter

  • July 27, 2012 27 Jul'12

    NetSuite talks up rest of year but losses remain

    Cloud ERP specialist NetSuite has improved revenues and raised its outlook but losses remain an issue

  • July 27, 2012 27 Jul'12

    SAP extends BI products sold through distribution

    Software player SAP has extended the products that are offered to resellers via distribution as it looks to grow its share of the SME market

  • July 24, 2012 24 Jul'12

    SAP highlights a rising position in the cloud

    SAP has revealed that cloud revenues have climbed sharply in its Q2 results giving it the chance to talk about taking a market leading position

  • July 20, 2012 20 Jul'12

    Microsoft delivers first quarterly loss

    Microsoft has announced its first quarterly loss in its stock market history after it wrote off billions for its online advertising business

  • July 19, 2012 19 Jul'12

    IBM earnings up as revenue hit by currency changes

    IBM has revealed that foreign currency fluctuations hit its bottom line in the second fiscal quarter

  • July 17, 2012 17 Jul'12

    Pegasus finds resellers optimistic about software market

    Pegasus Software has found the channel remains upbeat about the state of the market despite the ongoing economic problems

  • July 16, 2012 16 Jul'12

    Economic woes flatten Europe at Sage

    Sage has updated the market in an interim management statement revealing that growth in the UK remains strong but things are much tougher on the other side of the channel

  • July 12, 2012 12 Jul'12

    SAP turns to old hand Noble to fill MD role

    Tim Noble has returned to take up the UK managing director role at SAP after a break of just shy of a year to fill in a six month old vacancy

  • July 10, 2012 10 Jul'12

    XOR hires Breen to drive growth

    XOR Professional Services has hired former Azlan executive Joe Breen to drive its partner sales and help it meet ambitious growth targets

  • July 09, 2012 09 Jul'12

    Ballmer confirms Windows 8 launch for October

    Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed to resellers at the vendor's Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 8 will be launched in October

  • July 09, 2012 09 Jul'12

    Quest unveils phase two of partner system

    Quest Software has taken the wraps off the second phase of its Partner Circle extending the benefits it has offered resellers to service providers and global players

  • July 09, 2012 09 Jul'12

    RM turnaround picking up speed

    Education specialist RM delivers results that indicate getting rid of operations and trimming headcount has stopped the losses

  • July 06, 2012 06 Jul'12

    Customers already planning moves to Windows 8

    Microsoft's next OS release looks set to get the mid-market spending as SecureData probes into the buying intentions of IT managers

  • July 05, 2012 05 Jul'12

    Skills warning as IT employment booms

    A warning has been sounded by e-skills UK over the amount of new entrants into the IT and telco sectors required to keep growth on track over the rest of this decade

  • July 04, 2012 04 Jul'12

    Software and services market remains in the doldrums

    TechMarketView forecasts for the UK software and IT services market make sobering reading with those unable to adapt their business offerings staring at a long tough road ahead