Business users, who for years used SaaS applications as a way to sidestep IT, had better start paying attention to integration if they want to get more from their tools.
The education IT buying organisation BECTA is to likely to be scrapped as part of the government's plans to claw back £6bn from the deficit. The announcement being made later today could kill off BECTA as the Chancellor George Osborne details of the cuts aimed to help bring the public debts u
The government plans to cut £95m from its IT spending as part of its effort to save £6.24bn in its first round of cuts.
The UK government has imposed an immediate freeze on all new IT spending above £1m, and reviews of the biggest IT projects are being set up to see which can be stopped.
BECTAhas responded aggressively to the government's plans to kill it off as it cuts £2bn in IT, suppliers and property-related spending. This forms part of the £6bn total spending cuts announced this morning by the Coalition government as it seeks to slash the UK's deficit. The
Mark Williams, managing director at Pensar, pinpoints the areas resellers should focus on when building cloud services There is no doubting that cloud computing is an impassioned topic within the channel. While resellers that have embraced the model are absolutely convinced it is the way the busine
The problem with the speed of light is that it is just too slow, says David Yach, CTO of Research in Motion's software.
Resellers are scrambling about for information on the forthcoming ICT Services education framework due to kick off in August, in light of the Government's decision to close procurement organiser BECTA. This morning, the Con-Lib coalition announced plan to kill off BECTA as part of efforts to slash
McAfee is evaluating the responses from distributors looking to come through its channel revaluation process and has set the first week of July as the date a decision will bne made. The security software specialist started a review of distribution at the start of this year offering both its current
IBM has acquired Sterling Commerce from AT&T for $1.4bn, as part of its planned $20bn acquisition spree to bolster in high-growth markets.
Bell Microproducts is creating a new virtual team to represent the new HP ESSN unit and will be training up its servers and storage teams to sell the combined ProCurve and 3Com lines after being handed a contract to distribute the HP Networking portfolio alongside its existing HP business. "
Dell is finally getting round to marketing reseller partners, albeit only those in the top echelon, more than two years after formalising its engagement with the channel. The one-time direct selling purist plans to roll out a partner locator tool for customers on its website this quarter to make it
Learn about the options for third-party tools for Oracle databases and why Oracle third-party tools are growing in popularity.
Innovative use of data has helped Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust achieve the highest ratings for its care and management in the latest Care Quality Commission report.
Microsoft is expected this week to reorganise its entertainment and devices division, which is responsible for Xbox games, mobile phone and other consumer...
The UK IT sector is unlikely to grow faster than the national gross domestic product for the second decade in a row…
PC makers Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI are expected to introduce up to 40 new ultra-thin lightweight laptops based on Intel's new 32 nanometre core processors
UK CIOs will soon be able to buy hosted datacentre services in Saudi Arabia following Saudi Telecom's decision to enter the hosting business with technology partners Cisco, VMware and EMC
Marks & Spencer is pressing ahead with major technology-driven change projects, despite voicing caution over the economy as it announced its annual results.
The moderate prices achieved in the German auction of next-generation mobile spectrum suggest the UK government will get nothing like the £24.6bn bonanza...
When the London Stock Exchange acquired Sri Lankan software developer MillenniumIT, it turned outsourcing inside-out by bringing the service provider's resources in-house and continuing to supply third parties.
The Queen has named high-speed broadband roll out and the abolition of the national ID cards project as priorities for the coalition government in the coming 18 months.
McAfee's efforts to move partners to a solution based channel programme are on schedule to be completed this summer months before the October deadline. The security vendor has announced that from October it is changing its programmes to reflect a solutions selling approach with the aim of encouragi
The cost cutting and restructuring activities undertaken by KCOM underpinned the comms provider's return to profit though its decision to exit product only sales dented revenues. In unaudited prelims for the year to 31 March, KCOM made a profit of £22.4m compared to losses of £151.6m a
Consumer notebook prices are rising this month by as much as 13% as vendors seek to counter the weakness of the pound and rising component costs. All of the major PC giants last month pushed up the prices for commercial systems but the longer supply chain in the retail space means higher priced con
During his five years as chief information security manager at Prudential, Tom Doughty has dealt with parts of the business that perceive security as...
Juniper Networks has launched a new training programme and a marketing resource unit that it hopes will help its global VAR community more successfully market, sell and deploy its kit. The Juniper Learning Academy, which will become available during Q2, will provide a free online, on-demand lear
The channel is being urged to take steps to deal with steadfast ignorance of cloud computing and services among business users after two different reports in the space of a week highlighted the fact that IT buyers are still largely unaware of the technology. The two reports from GFI Software and
Sage is using a reseller event in London tomorrow to outline its ambitions in the mid market as it launches a national campaign to increase the user awareness of its brand in that space. The software vendor has been selling into the mid-market for a few years but wants to increase that business and
The volcanic ash cloudcasta shadow overthe European PC market in April but has left pent-up demand which should start to feed through to sales this month.Channel analyst Context revealed that revenues via distribution across the region's top 14 economies fell 14.3% in April compared to the same mont
The state of Texas, recognizing that HITECH Act stimulus funds won't cover the cost of its health information exchange infrastructure, is turning to a public-private alliance to get the HIE built.
The latest version of the MSF Agile and SDL Process Template for Visual Studio 2010 is due for release on 27 May, says Bryan Sullivan, senior security program manager at Microsoft.
Communications workers will vote this morning on whether to ballot members on a strike at BT, the UK's biggest network operator. The move follows a...
The controversial Digital Economy Act will not be repealed, a spokesman for Jeremy Hunt, the new minister for Culture Olympics, Media and Sport, said today.
The recovery is spilling over into the jobs market with a significant number of firms indicating that they will recruit this year. According to the CBI 25% of firms will add staff this year as the number of companies sticking with a recruitment freeze drops from 65% in 2009 to just 5%. The survey
Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) has inched back into the black after posting a full-year net profit of £1m, up from a £32m loss this time last year. The UK-based communications provider scraped over the line thanks to a £95m income tax credit that just about absorbed a pr
Computer scientists Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt have said they are "disappointed" by the government's plans to cancel the Institute of Web Science.
Communications Workers Union members voted unanimously this morning to ballot 60,000 BT workers for a strike in support of their 5% wage claim against BT's offer of 2% plus a guaranteed bonus of between £250 and £500.
Fifa has unveiled its Fifa.com supercomputer site, which will support online access to the world cup.
A pilot of the new Horizon Online system at Royal Mail has been scaled back after connectivity problems and outages.
McAfee has quickly followed in the footsteps of its rival Symantec buying into the mobile security space with the acquisition of Trust Digital. Symantec picked up VeriSign last week as the scramble to seize the high ground in the smart phone security market picked up pace and the undisclosed deal
Hewlett-Packard has leapfrogged IBM to take complete control of the global server market after customers delayed buying Big Blue kit in anticipation of forthcoming product updates. In Gartner's final Q1 numbers, HP grew server revenues 15.9% to $3.4bn and took 31.5% market share, as IBM declined 2.
Monsanto revamped its customer service operations with an upgrade to SAP CRM 6.0 that leveraged the KM portal and a Cisco infrastructure.
Monsanto revamped its customer service operations with an upgrade to SAP CRM 6.0 that leveraged the KM portal and a Cisco infrastructure.
Oracle Sun server hardware sales dive-bombed in the first quarter of this year. Meanwhile, all other server hardware vendors saw growth.
Microsoft is planning to replicate the success in shutting down the Waledac botnet in February with similar operations.
Yesterday Apple became the world's biggest IT company by market value, eclipsing Microsoft for the first time since 1989, and even Google.
Comstor has announced it is making the Cisco IronPort portfolio available to its SME-facing line-up in the UK and Europe. The distributor has been running Cisco certification training and workshops with a few select dealers for some months now, and is now targeting certified SME partners with I
The fourth MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence (ACEs) were held in London last night with the achievements across all levels of the industry recognised and rewarded. Resellers, distributors and vendors were given awards to mark the success they have had managing to continue to deliver excellen
Facebook is again changing the way it handles members' privacy. The move is in response to growing concern among members and governments that its shifting...
The government plans to scrap the ID card project within 100 days and save more than £800m over ten years by ending the scheme.
CIOs will have to manage a growing range of communications channels and provide frontline staff with fast access to accurate data to keep customers happy,...
Azlan's recruitment strategy is facing strong criticism after it poached nearly half of Avnet Technology Solution'sUnified Communications team. The networking arm of Computer 2000 has already recruited Avnet's former EMEA storage boss Mark Walker and two members of his team earlier this year But i
IDC has upped its sales forecasts for the UK PC market on the back of better than expected demand for consumer desktops and notebooks. This rather pours cold water on the significance of the corporate client refresh which some manufacturers are banking on in the second half of the year. The analys
SCH Distribution has insisted that the closure of its Interchange office in Bracknell and the subsequent re-location of 30 staff will not result in redundancies however sales director Amanda Jones has decided to leave. The six-strong Fujitsu team will move down the road to IQ-Sys' offices in Langle
Morse shareholders have voted in favour of 2e2's proposed acquisition at a General and Court Meeting held earlier today. As exclusively revealed by MicroScope last month, 2e2 approached Morse with an offer of 51 pence per share which valued the business at £70m, a deal that directors then
Hewlett-Packard is expected to increase the price of its networking boxes from next week to account for the weakening Euro. At the same time it is rebuilding demand generation activities and sales support for partners that drive its Converged Infrastructure play in the SME space. According to chan
Data Domain's board has told its shareholders it would prefer to be acquired by NetApp, spurning EMC's higher offer.
Cloud computing could help improve security, says Microsoft Cloud computing adds security challenges, but also provides opportunities to improve security...
Google has failed to meet a deadline to hand over data picked up when it was carrying out its Street View mapping project.
Novell has reported a $12m drop in net income for the second quarter of 2010 from the same period last year. Novell reported net revenue of $204m for the...
Hewlett-Packard has leapfrogged IBM to take the lead in the global server market after customers delayed buying Big Blue kit in anticipation of forthcoming...
BT Wholesale has launched its IP Exchange platform on a worldwide basis, the first time it has released a service designed specifically for the global comms market. The platform enables communications providers to connect VoIP to VoIP and VoIP to traditional voice calls, and is already being use
Firewall specialist Fortinet is echoing the general trend in the security industry to encourage resellers to sell more of its portfolio and expects to swell its channel ranks as a result. Both Symantec and McAfee have moved to put the emphasis on solution selling encouraging resellers to align thei
The UK's seven largest internet service providers will have to tell their customers if and when their accounts have been used to download material illegally, a new Ofcom code of practice proposes.
The BBC World Service is looking for a partner to work on the transmission of programmes in a contract worth up to £300m.
The contract includes providing...
Novell's second quarter revenue dipped slightly on last year despite benefiting by $2m as a result of favorable currency rates. For the three months ended 30 April net revenue was $204m compared to $216m in the same period a year earlier. GAAP net income rose from $16m to $20m and the same currency
Wipro's plan to increase its consultancy service resources is an attempt to win more business transformation engagements, which could increase choice and reduce cost for businesses.
A number of vendors offer data archiving solutions that can be incorporated into existing SAP implementations. Learn more about using SAP data archiving tools, and what role Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) plays in an SAP data archiving environment.
BCS senior executives are planning a roadshow to put the case for the institute's £5m modernisation programme to members as it gears up for an extraordinary general meeting on 1 July.
Despite almost 70 years of research into digital electronic computing, there remain some tough questions.
The NHS is the country's worst offender in terms of losing citizens' personal information, but HM Revenue & Customs is responsible for the single biggest data breach.
Only fixed-line ISPs with customer bases larger than 400,000 will be initially subject to the conditions on copyright infringement laid down in the Digital Economy Act 2010, Ofcom has proposed. This means that the seven largest ISPs in the UK, BT, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, Sky, Orange, O2 and the