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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register

Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

Autonomy founder and ex-CEO Mike Lynch is suing HP for at least $150m (£100m) in damages over its assertion that he helped cook the books to inflate the price it paid for the software firm. Back in the summer of 2011, HP forked out $10.7bn to acquire Autonomy. Little over a year later, the US giant accused Lynch of …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2015
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Capita: O2 call centre staff exodus is premature evacuation

Capita has “invited” O2 call centre staff with one eye on the exit to stick around for a little longer, and the resulting excitement at such a prospect is palpable. Some 700 workers opted for voluntary redundancy last month, helping the outsourcing monster wring more profits from the £1.2bn, ten-year contract signed with O2 in …
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2015
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Strong dollar blamed for expected tech spend fall across all verticals

IT spending across every major vertical industry is set to shrink in 2015 and it’s largely down to the relatively robust US dollar. The weaker outlook from the beanies at Gartner has buyers splashing $2.699trn on tech this year, and if correct that will be a 3.5 per cent decline on 2014. “Appreciation of the US dollar, along …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015

Comparex: Just two buyers left in sales negotiations

Microsoft reseller titan Comparex has whittled down its list of prospective buyers to just two, The Channel can reveal. A sales process for the pan-regional reseller began some months ago with investment bank Jefferies sending out a commercial prospectus or Information Memorandum. Sources in the investment community told us …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2015

Quadsys: Fraud charges are still pending

Quadsys has tried to allay concerns in the channel about a pending fraud case involving the owner and MD by circulating police documents showing that criminal charges were dropped. The reseller’s owner, Paul Streeter, MD Paul Cox and director Alistair Barnard are correct to say that four counts levelled against them were …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2015
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Wall Street turns off music at Adobe results after-party

Financial analysts last night ejected everyone from Adobe’s party prematurely as weaker-than-expected forecasts for the current quarter eclipsed the good progress made in cloud services, causing a share dip. The Creative Suite developer reported a 21 per cent bounce in turnover to $1.22bn in its Q3 of fiscal ’15 ended ended 28 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2015

From the frying pan, into the fire: HP Services veteran Craig Wilson is off

Former HP Enterprise Services UK chief Craig Wilson is to take control at London-listed software and BPO provider Xchanging from the start of next year. For the past 11 or so months, Wilson – who was replaced at HP ES by Jacqui Ferguson, one-time chief of staff for CEO Meg Whitman – was veep of corporate restructuring to …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2015
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Serco CEO Soames brags about £250m sale of BPO private sector biz

Scandal-hit Serco has finally resold its private-sector business process outsourcing (BPO) division to the previous private equity owner Blackstone for £250m, equating to a loss of £165m. The division consists of middle and back-office skills across customer contact, transaction and financial processing, as well as related …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2015
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HP going public on more job cuts, say expectant analysts

HP CEO Meg Whitman is to brief financial analysts Stateside later today on the commercial forecasts post split, with Wall Street types also expecting detailed news of more jobs cuts on the Enterprise Services side. The company breaks apart legally from the 1 November, forming HP Inc (PC/printers) and HP Enterprise (the rest of …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2015
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IBM grabs Harriet Green to run IoT and education divisions

Listing tech tanker IBM has hired former Thomas Cook Group CEO Harriet Green to head up two new business wings – Education and Internet of Stuff. “Harriet brings to IBM a strong, proven track record as a transformative leader,” said John Kelly, Big Blue senior veep for the solutions portfolio and research. Green – who …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2015

Dixons Carphone breakdances on graves of fallen rivals

Dixons Carphone is still shaking its booty on the graves of fallen rivals as it once again reported growing sales. In the 13 weeks ended 1 August, which is Dix-Car’s Q1 of fiscal year 2016, like-for-like group turnover was up eight per cent, fuelled by a ten per cent spike in the UK division’s top line. Over in the Nordics, …
Paul Kunert, 10 Sep 2015

Squeaky bum time for server makers: Dollar dashes buyers' budgets

A currency noose hanging around the neck of customers’ budgets in Europe looks set to throttle server spending, according to IDC. Appreciation of the US dollar has forced American tech makers to increase their prices this year on several occasions, and this disrupting impact is tipped to worsen as the unsettled economic and …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2015
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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

HP and Dell – cunningly assisted by Microsoft – have hatched a brilliant plan in which they will compete against their own products, not to mention the channel types who sell them, by flogging Redmond's Surface Pro 3 direct. At the worldwide partner knees up in June, Microsoft confirmed it was opening the gates to allow …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2015

Administrator tries to squeeze blood out of Stone Computers' parent

Exclusive Senior execs at financially strapped Stone Computers Ltd (SCL) have bid £28.43m to buy the business in a pre-packaged sale after placing the parent company Stone Bidco into administration. But under pre-pack regs, administrator Duff & Phelps has to allow 45-days for someone else to make a rival offer and Stone founder and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

HP is making what looks to be a final round of UK redundancies before it breaks apart and is seeking volunteers to jump rather than be pushed. The organisation is nearing the end of its mega, three and a half-year redundancy programme that will have included the exit of 58,000 people by 1 November, the start of HP’s fiscal ’16 …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Booked that expensive holiday yet Mr Server Maker? Maybe just a day trip for now

The EMEA server market is on fire, but not in a good way – both shipments and factory revenues declined in Q2 amid the currency issue and uncertain business climate. Unit sales dropped 5.6 per cent year-on-year to 523,800 servers, and the money coughed for them dipped 2.3 per cent to $3.1bn, abacus fondlers at Gartner have …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015

Prognosticator, for one, welcomes our new robot work colleagues

On a scale of one to ten on The Reg’s own fear-o-meter, concerns about a future in which humans are mere canon fodder - or even worse - sources of nutrients for robots overlords rank pretty highly, but there’s nothing to be scared about people. It’ll all be fine. How do we know this? The folks at Forrester Research say so and …
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2015

Lenovo exec: Yes we can get IBM's server biz out of the crapper

Interview Lenovo Europe president Eric Cador is banking on a major overhaul of its enterprise supply chain – among other things – to help the x86 business it acquired from IBM “recover” lost ground. In the UK alone, IBM’s revenue share slumped to $31m by Q4 ’14 from $61m in the prior year’s quarter, caused by the uncertainty surrounding …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015

Suffering a comms blackout in the loo? Now you don't have to

Ever wanted to shoot the shit with “friends and strangers” while on the bog? Fear not because the Pooductive app has emerged that allows you to do just that, AND it’s free. The realtime messaging service allows users to make contact with like minded individuals in other countries or those in your own that are within a 250 to …
Paul Kunert, 23 Aug 2015
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Brit hydro fuel cell maker: our tech charges iPhone 6 for a week

Brit-based hydrogen fuel cell maker Intelligent Energy (IE) reckons it has developed an iPhone that can run for a week after one charge of the battery - which might just help massage the loss-making firm’s bottom line. The Loughborough-based business has produced a working prototype of Apple’s sixth generation smartmobe …
Paul Kunert, 23 Aug 2015

Auto erotica bonk shocker: ja das ist gut, say 56% of Germans

For some the car is a functional thing that gets them from A to B, for speed demons getting behind the wheel is like a drug, but for many folk in Germany going for a ride has an entirely different meaning. According to the mother of all silly polls, 56 per cent of our Saxon cousins have admitting to bonking in their vehicles …
Paul Kunert, 22 Aug 2015

Ashley Madison hack – Tory MP Green denies registering account

Ex-Tory bigwig Damian Green has got caught up in the hack of after it emerged a private email address seemingly linked to him was found on the site for love rats. The former Minister for Police and Criminal Justice has denied ever using the website, and said he could not remember if the address used …
Paul Kunert, 22 Aug 2015
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Hype Circle 2015: Gartner stares groggily into crystal ball

Smart Dust is entering the Innovation Trigger, Micro Data Centres are nearing the Peak of Inflated Expectations and virtual reality has escaped the Trough of Disillusionment en route to the Slope of Enlightenment. Yes folks, it can mean only thing: Gartner has been hitting the psychotropic drugs again has cast its collective …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2015

Intel workforce diversity report throws up a bunch of 'unknowns'

In the pursuit of transparency, Intel has released a breakdown of its staffers, including new hires – revealing that it doesn't seem to know all of its employees' sex or race. Chipzilla’s mid-year US workforce data report revealed the firm is making progress toward diversification. 43 per cent of newbies were women or non- …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2015
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HP arranges boardroom deck chairs as The Big Split looms

HP has confirmed the captains of industry who will sit on the two boards formed when the organization splits in two. The IT giant will pull in execs from sectors ranging from automotive and clothing to private equity. The organization operationally splits this month. By 1 November, HP will legally separate to become HP Inc ( …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2015

Outsourcing tanker CSC sales growth torpedoed

Leaky outsourcing tanker CSC saw sales growth drift off on the horizon for yet another quarter – the first of its fiscal 2016 – but the services slinger is back in the black, without the help of tax benefits. The fact CSC slashed costs and expenses by nearly half a billion dollars had nothing to do with bottom line beefiness, …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2015
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Colt shareholders grab Fidelity offer, declare 'we're outta here'

Reluctant telco Colt is edging closer to private ownership again, after a bunch of shareholders approved a 190-pence-per-share offer from private equity firm Fidelity to flee the loss-making biz. Fidelity was already a majority share owner in Colt when it approached the LSE-listed cloud wannabe in June, with a bid that values …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2015
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Sales up, profit up, but no champagne corks popping at Rackspace

The gods of tech sales finally smiled on Rackspace in calendar Q2 of 2015. But the biz isn't celebrating just yet, because it's public cloud arm is stuck in first gear. The cloud server-hosting biz reported an 11 per cent year-on-year growth in turnover to $489.4m (£314.2m) in the three months ended 30 June. Total costs and …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2015
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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

HMRC is to follow the lead set by the Met Police by setting up a private company to run elements of the tech estate that currently fall under the scope of the failing multi-billion pound Aspire contract. This is the first step HMRC is taking to replace Aspire – the largest single tech contract in UK public sector, which it is …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2015

Systemax bleeds $28m while its shares bounce off the floor

With the store closure programme Stateside, the axe falling on EMEA boss Pim Dale, and the industry-wide currency crisis, portents of doom hung over Systemax’s Q2 numbers. And so it has come to pass – the once mighty tech reseller last night reported another quarter of double digit sales declines and widening losses. Turnover …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2015
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Daisy Group’s Riley: Integration of £200m + acquired beast starts today

Management at Daisy Group today start the mammoth task of integrating Phoenix IT Group, and getting the respective sales staff to cross-sell following yesterday’s purchase completion. The acquisition of tech services outfit Phoenix is the 48th acquisition Daisy has made since it was founded by chairman Matthew Riley in 2001, …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2015

Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

Exclusive One in every five public-sector health and emergency services organisations in the UK will still be running Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends extended support today. A Reg investigation of 33 hospitals, ambulance trusts, police and fire and rescue services found that many are still running Windows Server 2003 on a lot …
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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

The kind souls at Capita are placing hundreds of workers at risk of redundancy at call centres across the UK that service O2 clients, according to documents seen by The Channel. The work was outsourced to Capita back in 2013, the contract is valued at £1.2bn over ten years and is the biggest of its kind. The Communications …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2015

Ingram Micro feasts on European old-mobe specialists

First Ingram Micro dug deep to acquire handset seller Brightpoint and now it is buying up companies to deal with the devices in middle age and at the end of their life. The tech wholesaler has subsumed CANAI Group, which specialises in trade-ins, reuse, recycling and global redistribution. High Wycombe-based CANAI runs a …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2015
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Attenda for sale this year? Not on your nelly, says CEO

App hosting and co-lo slinger Attenda was expected to be put up for sale by owner Darwin Private Equity later this year, but postponed the process, and it’s latest financials perhaps explain why. The venture capitalist backed an MBO of Staines-based Attenda in 2011 for £50m and multiple sources told us in May that it had eyed up …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2015
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Arkansas Kum & Go onanist did just that

Arkansas state cops are trying to press the flesh with a local who took things slightly too literally when he opted for a five-knuckle shuffle outside a Kum & Go convenience store ... and then legged it without even leaving a phone number. Springdale Police Department put a call out on Facebook for anyone that can identify the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2015

Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

Electric car maker Tesla needs to turn vegan by dropping leather upholstered interiors or play its part in the destruction of the Earth, according to some of its shareholders. Talking at yesterday’s AGM, Mark Peters and his vegan wife Elizabeth Farrell Peters – both Tesla fans who took a financial punt on the government- …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2015

Soon your car won't let you drink. But it won't care if you're on the phone

Drink drivers jumping behind the wheel of a car after a boozy session at the pub might just find they are going nowhere fast, if alcohol sensor technology finally comes into play. Which it might at some point. Breath and touch-based sensors, to be used in cars to detect the amount of alcohol in the blood, are currently being …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2015
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Apple preps summer bonking bonanza for Brits

People of Blighty rejoice for you will soon be able to bonk with Apple - the contactless mobile payment service is reportedly landing this summer, or to be a little more precise in two months time. The launch of Apple Pay is expected to be touted about at this year’s worldwide developer knees up on Monday, or so says The …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2015
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Surging dollar value brightens Tech Data’s European revenues

The unfavourable forex rate leaving US vendors with a damp patch on their financial results in Europe ironically might have helped Tech Data in its opening quarter of fiscal 2016. The world’s second largest tech distie reported sales of $5.8bn for Q1 ended 30 April, down 12 per cent year-on-year, but better than Wall Street …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2015
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HP: you know we said we were done with cost cutting...

Just when the folk at HP Enterprise Services thought the multi-year cost cutting timetable was almost at an end, along comes another plan to lop $2bn off the expenses bill. The division reported a 16 per cent drop in turnover to $4.81bn in HP’s second quarter of fiscal ’15 ended 30 April, although profit before tax went up 31 …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2015
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BlackBerry: We ARE cutting jobs AGAIN

Blackberry is to axe workers across its loss-making hardware division to lighten overheads, the ailing Canadian smartphone maker has confirmed. The company temporarily broke into the black during Q4 of fiscal ’15 ended February, but this short run of fortune couldn’t mask the wider malaise and yet another year of losses. CEO …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2015

£300m education tech framework is LIVE

Crown Commercial Services has rung the bell on the mega ICT for Education framework, with 21 suppliers passing the entrance exam, one more than was originally planned for. The four-year agreement was first tendered last October and the roll out was delayed by a couple of weeks due to the high number of responses from candidates …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2015

Salesforce: Profit pah! We’ll be back in the red before you know it

Software service slinger banked its first operating profit in 18 quarters — yes, you read that correctly — but reassuringly confirmed it will be back in the red again in the next trading period. The cloudy-based CRM and marketing apps maker reported sales of $1.51bn for the three months ended 30 April, up 23 per …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2015

Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

Two security strokers screeners at Denver airport got the boot after investigators were tipped off about gratuitous groin groping of certain male travellers, a police report reveals. The Office of Inspection of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were informed of the pair’s pervy prowess and did a little probing of …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2015

Hortonworks to gobble Budapest-based SequenceIQ

Hortonworks decided it needed an automated tool to launch Hadoop clusters in the cloud, or any environment supporting Docker containers, and one buy of SequenceIQ later, ’tis done. The loss-making slinger of enterprise Apache Hadoop is to consume the Budapest-based open source developer of rapid deployment tools, for an …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2015

Lenovo: MSPs and CSPs, PLEASE come buy our servers

Chinese PC ruler Lenovo has arrived at the cloud and managed services provider party relatively late, with a sales programme tucked under its arm and an expanded x86 server portfolio brochure in hand. The biggest purveyors of the fluffy white stuff already have their designs custom built by ODMs in the Far East - a point not …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2015
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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed he is to hand over his relatively measly fortune to charity for the betterment of the planet – once he’s paid off his nephew’s college bill. This is not some sort of publicity stunt to reinforce Apple’s image as a benevolent tech designer. Scurrilous hacks at lesser publications might suggest …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2015

Redundo-happy IBMers will benefit from High Court pension ruling

IBMers that take voluntary redundancy ahead of a High Court ruling on the firm’s pension scheme will still benefit from any remedies set out should they leave, according to an internal document. Staffers who were refused salary increases because they railed against changes to pensions were told they are able to claim damages in …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015

HP's ailing Enterprises Service unit bags 'mega' TNT gig

HP’s sickly Enterprise Services (ES) unit continues to show signs of recovery after putting pen to paper on a “mega” six-year managed services deal with Dutch logistics biz TNT. The project, believed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, follows hot on the heels of a decade long outsourcing agreement with Deutsche Bank, …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015