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Short takes from this week's news

Government agency doubles offshore staff

National Savings & Investments is looking to double its number of back-office staff working in India from 250 to almost 500. The government agency, which runs savings products for the treasury, outsourced its back-office functions to Siemens Business Services in 1999 in a £635m 15-year deal. The offshoring may lead to "some voluntary redundancies", according to Siemens.

Woolworths trials kiosks at IBM offices

Woolworths is trialling out-of-store internet kiosks in the South East of England in an extension of its multi-channel retailing strategy. The first kiosks have gone live at one of IBM's corporate offices where 5,000 employees will be able to order 7,000 Woolworths products and about 250,000 CDs, DVDs and computer games using the kiosks.

IBM files subpoenas in dispute over Linux code

IBM has filed subpoenas demanding information from Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems and BayStar Capital about their relations with SCO Group as part of its own defence in a long-running dispute over Linux code. SCO sued IBM in 2003, claiming that the hardware giant had breached its intellectual property rights by using SCO's version of Unix code in its distribution of Linux.

Capita criticised for firing transferred staff

Records storage staff who have been transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions to Capita immediately faced compulsory redundancy, according to a civil service union. The Public and Commercial Services Union said, "In the past few weeks, 23 staff have transferred, under a Tupe [Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)] transfer, from DWP to Capita. Capita immediately declared a redundancy situation."

American Golf to get real-time sales data

Golf retailer American Golf will have real-time sales data from the end of March when it completes the integration of its store, warehouse and head office IT systems. It uses Microsoft applications for its head office applications, including its finance system. American Golf had previously only received data from its tills during overnight data runs.

Government agency doubles offshore staff

National Savings & Investments is looking to double its number of back-office staff working in India from 250 to almost 500. The government agency, which runs savings products for the treasury, outsourced its back-office functions to Siemens Business Services in 1999 in a £635m 15-year deal. The offshoring may lead to "some voluntary redundancies", according to Siemens.

Woolworths trials kiosks at IBM offices

Woolworths is trialling out-of-store internet kiosks in the South East of England in an extension of its multi-channel retailing strategy. The first kiosks have gone live at one of IBM's corporate offices where 5,000 employees will be able to order 7,000 Woolworths products and about 250,000 CDs, DVDs and computer games using the kiosks.

IBM files subpoenas in dispute over Linux code

IBM has filed subpoenas demanding information from Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems and BayStar Capital about their relations with SCO Group as part of its own defence in a long-running dispute over Linux code. SCO sued IBM in 2003, claiming that the hardware giant had breached its intellectual property rights by using SCO's version of Unix code in its distribution of Linux.

Capita criticised for firing transferred staff

Records storage staff who have been transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions to Capita immediately faced compulsory redundancy, according to a civil service union. The Public and Commercial Services Union said, "In the past few weeks, 23 staff have transferred, under a Tupe [Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)] transfer, from DWP to Capita. Capita immediately declared a redundancy situation."

American Golf to get real-time sales data

Golf retailer American Golf will have real-time sales data from the end of March when it completes the integration of its store, warehouse and head office IT systems. It uses Microsoft applications for its head office applications, including its finance system. American Golf had previously only received data from its tills during overnight data runs.

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