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Sales, share price sink for HP Inc – but it's relative glee for HPE

It was an inauspicious start to life as a standalone entity for HP Inc - the breakaway computer and printing business - as it forecast lower than expected profits, based on depressed market demand. The organisation, which undocked from the HP mothership at the start of this month, as did Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015
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Cisco slurps Acano for $700m

Cisco is to hoover up London-based video conferencing and collaboration tech outfit Acano for $700m. The Uxbridge-based organisation, whose software bridges the gap between the physical and the cloud-based worlds, was founded in 2012 by former Cisco and Tandberg staffers. It has offices in the UK, US and Australia. The …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2015
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We are not getting out of PCs, says Fujitsu exec

Fujitsu is the latest bit part PC player to state its commitment to the product line, as it prepares to spin off the computer and mobile businesses into two separate subsidiaries. The units were part of the Ubiquitous Solutions division but at some point in the next 12 months will be distinct entities sitting under the Product …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015

Fujitsu: We started the cloud party, honest

Fujitsu Forum 2015 Fujitsu has outlined a timetable for its hybrid IT digital platform after inking a deal to acquire French-based fluffy white services outfit UShareSoft. Some components of the digital business platform MetaArc are already available, including an Internet of Things, big data, mobility solutions and app dev. Head of Fujitsu’s …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015
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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

Microsoft is scouting locations across big cities in the UK with a view to rolling out a "store within a store" concept, according to our sources. Senior UK heads at the software giant have briefed property investment companies, and one told us the vendor was “working with retailers for experiential stores.” Microsoft has …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015

Lenovo loses $784m in Q2. But actually things are OK

Restructuring costs downed Lenovo’s profits for a second consecutive quarter caused by the ingestion of acquired businesses and previously confirmed job cuts. Operating expenses swelled in the company’s Q2 of fiscal year 2016 to $2.36bn from $1.09bn a year ago, paving the way to an operating loss of $784m, compared to an …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015
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White box servers? We can do that, says HP Enterprise chief

Interview The Far Eastern white box makers are sucking up some server volumes in Europe at the expense of the big brands – but that’s just fine, according to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s EMEA chief. Stats from IDC revealed that in Q2 the ODMs (original design manufacturers) grew unit sales and revenues by 40 and 42 per cent respectively …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2015
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The $53bn 'startup': Hewlett Packard Enterprise begins life

The UK country chief of $53bn “startup” Hewlett Packard Enterprise might have had a number of concerns on his mind this morning but retail stock levels or a huge separation task weren’t among them. For HP, the grand old lady of Silicon Valley, has split in two a year after going public about plans to hive off the PC and print …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2015

Apple and Cisco begin to map their corporate desires, apps and all

Canalys Channels Forum Apple and Cisco’s developing corporate love-in – designed to prise open enterprise customers’ wallets as the fruity firm labours to push more of its iStuff into offices – is becoming clearer, as engineers at both companies have locked arms and channel mapping is happening. Milo Schacher, Cisco veep for the EMEA and Russia …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015

Make room, Cisco's punters flocking to ACI ... yep, all 150 of them

Canalys Channels Forum One hundred and fifty customers across the globe have taken a seat on Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure bandwagon that started rolling 15 months ago, we can reveal. ACI – Cisco's answer to software-defined networking – is a programmable Ethernet Fabric that couples software and hardware. The product was initially …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2015

TalkTalk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4 million Brits

TalkTalk is in the process of telling its four million subscribers that it has fallen victim to a “sustained cyberattack” – and it is possible that personal information including bank details have been pilfered. The UK ISP took down its website yesterday, telling us this was not related to a broadband outage, and the site …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2015

Citrix: CEO exit plans accelerated, results take a turn.... for the better

Citrix – currently locked in the vice-like grip of activist investor Elliott Management – has confirmed exec chairman Robert Calderoni will move into the care-taking CEO position. Long-serving chief exec Mark Templeton previously confirmed he is to retire at the end of this calendar year, but had planned to man the fort until …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2015

Softcat to float in November, £500m market cap expected

Tech reseller Softcat has confirmed it intends to float on the London Stock Exchange from next month, as it rolled out another set of healthy financials for fiscal ’15. The Marlow-based firm’s intention to go public was perhaps one of the UK industry’s worst kept secrets; it hired Credit Suisse some months ago to run the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2015
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We snubbed Microsoft's Surface Pro wooing, says Lenovo exec

Canalys Channels Forum Lenovo snubbed “competitor” Microsoft’s advances when it was asked to sell the Surface Pro slab, the PC maker’s chief operating officer has claimed. Both HP and Dell were hired as global resellers for Microsoft’s enterprise tab-cum-notebook last month, selling the hardware wrapped in a services blanket, much to the annoyance …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2015

Reseller SCC slurps up 'minority' stake in SIPCOM

Rigby Group, the parent of Midlands-based tech dynasty SCC, has acquired a minority stake in hosted voice and unified comms-as-a-service outfit SIPCOM. SCC chief James Rigby previously told us in March that customers are shifting from legacy PBXs to a hosted service, and that he intended to buy his way into the market to fill …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2015

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