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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register
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NHS supplier Trustmarque seeks backers after accounting change

The future of major NHS supplier Trustmarque looks less certain after private equity backer Dunedin confirmed that a change in the way revenue is recognised has created a “funding gap”. The venture capitalist was the vital cog in the £43m management buy-out at York-headquartered Trustmarque, a top table Microsoft partner that …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2014
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Dragons' Den man and co-CEO to work for FREE at loss-making Outsourcery

Outsourcery bosses Piers Linney and Simon Newton are relinquishing their salaries for the next 12 months in a bid to save the loss-making cloudy biz £500,000, the company told the stock market today. The desperate duo’s act is part of measures to find £4.5m in funds to keep the wolves from the door in the medium term, a move …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2014

CEO of Brit giant Daisy Group in talks to take biz private

Matthew Riley, the man in charge of perpetually hungry comms and tech titan Daisy Group, is part of a consortium that has made advances to buy the LSE-listed biz. The group today confirmed it “received an approach” on 27 July from its largest shareholder Toscafund Asset Management LLP and Penta Capital, as well as Daisy chief …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2014
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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

The Internet of Things is riding high at the Peak of Inflated Expectations as Big Data and wearable tech plummet toward the Trough of Disillusionment. Sound like gobbledygook? Well at least you didn’t pay Gartner for the privilege of reading up on the progress of emerging tech in the infamous hype cycle that the crystal ball …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2014
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BT consumer biz saves day: Grr, if it weren't for that meddling Ofcom

Former state-owned telco monopoly BT reported top line declines across the majority of operations for the opening three months of its new financial year with only the consumer biz - fuelled by broadband demand - bucking the trend. Sales for Q1 ended June were two per cent adrift of revenues in the same period a year ago at £638m …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jul 2014
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Capita: We've spent £150m on acquisitions... SHOW US the MONEY

Serial acquirer Capita IT Services reported a low-single digit revenue jump for the first half of calendar 2014, but given the numerous acquisitions made this looks to be something of a commercial damp squib. The techie arm bulked up sales by just 2.7 per cent year-on-year to £235m in the period, not including the £60m worth of …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2014
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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

The Home Office frittered away hundreds of millions of taxpayer pounds on a botched tech project designed to manage immigration and asylum applications, a National Audit Office report has revealed. The "flagship" IT programme, the Immigration Case Work computer system, was launched in 2010 to replace fragmented systems and pull …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

The European Commission has put Apple on the naughty step over its apparent failure to tackle costly in-app purchases. But the EU body gave Google top marks for the suggestions it put forward. On the back of mounting complaints, the EC earlier this year invited both companies for a chat about the way games and other apps can …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014
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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

HP CEO and president Meg Whitman has consolidated power at the top of the corporation by taking on the role of chairman as well. The manoeuvring comes days after HP confirmed that Ralph Whitworth is to step down due to health concerns, the exact nature of which were not revealed. Whitman joined HP's board at the start of 2011 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014

Brit biz Phoenix IT Group confirms £16m of contract wins

A flurry of biz wins worth more than £16m were this morning confirmed by the new CEO at Phoenix IT Group - the man brought in to turn the loss-making British firm into a profit generating machine. Former EDS and Synstar exec Steve Vaughan, was hired in March to design a turnaround plan, which includes the, er, mind-blowing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014

CEO of Brit biz Phoenix plans to 'ram-raid' old friend, new enemy Cisco

The boss at Brit services provider Phoenix IT Group wants to "ram raid" former vendor partner Cisco. The UK biz is currently bulking out its portfolio, with Chinese networking firm Huawei Enterprise the latest addition. In the autumnal months last year, Cisco wrote to 1,000 firms across EMEA telling them it was withdrawing …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2014

Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

Europe's highest court has stated that Apple can indeed trademark the layout of its stores - the iAltars - in a ruling that could ultimately dunk copycat retailers in hot water with the litigious US titan. The decision follows a spat last year, when the German Patent and Trademark Office said Apple could not extend the 2010 US …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2014
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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

With new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella keen to cram Windows into ever more devices, the operating system behemoth is now forecast to swell by no less than HALF a percentage point. Folks at Gartner told us Windows accounted for 13.96 per cent of the 2.33 billion devices shipped globally in 2013, and that they expect a dip this year …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2014
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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

A late rally from Adobe customers wanting to buy software on a perpetual license before that option closed this month, coupled with a swelling base of cloudy converts, helped boost the developer's coffers in its fiscal second quarter. Adobe turned over $1.07bn in revenues in the three-month period ended 30 May, up from $1.01bn a …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2014
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HP cloudy bigwig: the Helion train is steaming ahead

A "full blown" commercial release of HP's Helion enterprise edition should hit the market in the dead of summer - a little later than expected - priced at $1,400 a year per server. The free Open Stack community edition was launched on 7 May and Kerry Bailey, senior veep for HP Cloud, said it has had over 1,000 downloads allowing …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2014
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Will IBM System x sink without trace before Lenovo can grab the helm?

It's squeaky bottom time for Lenovo execs waiting to get their hands on IBM's System X division, as Big Blue's sales train continues to head south, making sporadic station stops at Double Digit Declines-ville and Commodity Central. IBM's server biz continued to fall from grace in the first calendar quarter of 2014, with Gartner …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014
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HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al

As many as 20 cloud titans that order servers by the container load are fixed in HP's server team's sights – as a joint venture between contract manufacturer Foxconn and the PC giant begins. The duo's alliance was forged last week: the aim is to give HP a better shot at competing against Taiwanese assembly lines that churn out …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
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Hey cloud providers, HP wants your server biz back: Here's one we made earlier in Far East

HP is fighting back against the Far East ODMs that are eating into server shipments by inking a deal with Foxconn to build a price conscious box in high volumes for the largest cloudy firms. Such is the growth of the white box server market - including offerings from Quanta Computer, Wistron, Inventec and Compal Electronics - …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2014

BT merges iNet and Engage IT divisions under one roof

BT has slapped together the IT Engage and iNet businesses from today, April Fools' Day, but the move is no laughing matter for staff put at risk of redundancy. The telco had merged the dabs, Business Direct and Engage IT operations back in 2011, plonking long-serving exec John Thornhill into the boss seat to oversee integration …
Paul Kunert, 01 Apr 2014
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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

The Department of Health and Microsoft are thrashing out a one-year support deal for tens of thousands of NHS PCs running Windows XP. The agreement would give hospitals, trusts and GPs across England and Wales time to back away from Windows XP and implement a newer operating system. A deal would mean Microsoft continues to …

Our Moderately Sized Data analytics engine pooh-poohs Acer '30 second support' claims

Biz customers with broken Acer kit might want to sling a call into the technical centre: then put on the kettle and make a cuppa, because they could be on hold for a lot longer than they were expecting. Certainly longer than the half a minute average response time that Jakob Jersild Olsen, veep at Acer's commercial division EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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Acer coughs to insider trading probe on 2 staffers

Senior execs implementing a turnaround strategy at sickly PC maker Acer have another plate to spin after prosecutors stormed the firm's HQ in Taiwan over an insider trading probe. Ten peeps, some of whom are still employed by the firm, were held and quizzed about the alleged offence, according to the New Taipei District …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014

Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

Cost-cutting Barclays has incurred the wrath of all its contractors, including techies, by confirming plans to slash rates by ten per cent from next month. This is the third cut to IT freelancers in as many years, say our sources, and comes as the business prepares to wave goodbye to up to 12,000 workers worldwide including 7, …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2014

Apple finance overlord Oppenheimer: I love Apple, but I gotta get this pilot licence. See ya

Apple's chief bean counter Peter Oppenheimer – the man who has been a constant during Apple's dark pre-iPod days and amid the meteoric rise since – is to call it a day at the end of September. The Cupertino finance lord manages all the grey aspects of the colourful tech vendor's biz including treasury, information systems, …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014
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Grab a cloudy boss: VMware raids Amazon Web Services

It usually works the other way around, but VMware rolled out the vCloud Hybrid Service on both sides of the pond and then recruited an exec to run the show, poaching a senior technology evangelist from Amazon Web Services. Italian national Simone Brunozzi has rocked up as VMware vCloud Hybrid Service veep and chief technologist …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014
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Tough times in the server market, even though more iron moved in '13

The market dynamics were all wrong for folk building and supplying server boxes in 2013 - in the year that shipments reached a record nine million milestone, factory revenues tumbled. IDC is the second beancountery in as many days to publish less than flattering stats, with unit sales rising 3.2 per cent on calendar '12 but the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2014

NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

There's little wonder that IBM execs were so quick to snap up Lenovo's $2.3bn offer for the sickly volume server biz. Factory revenues and shipments apparently crashed during Big Blue's last full quarter behind the wheel. Ending a thoroughly unpleasant 2013 for Big Blue server peeps, Gartner calendar Q4 numbers show revenues …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014
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VMware takes aim at AWS with hybrid cloudy infra service

VMware will next week launch a hybrid cloudy infrastructure service to take on Amazon in the UK, using only channel partners rather than his own employees to do so, a move many old world tech vendors have so far failed to make. The covers are to be lifted from the VMware Hybrid vCloud Service – launched last year across the pond …
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2014

Tech Data: UK accounting errors cost us $27m

Tech Data (TD) has turned to "external experts" to beef up fraud detection measures after it emerged that righting accounting wrongs at its UK sub had wiped $27m (£16.55m) off net profits for the last three years. The restatement equates to three per cent of income made during fiscal '11, '12 and '13, the periods that forensic …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014

HP UK: meeting unions over staff redundancy plans

HP has confirmed it will convene with unions reps in a bid to thrash out the number of UK workers that could get the heave-ho over the next 90 days. Consultation began on 30 January "regarding potential workforce changes" that have been pencilled in by management for HP's fiscal Q2, which started this month. "Collective …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014

ASA slaps down BT over 'misleading' broadband claims

Those toothless tigers gummy stripy cats at the Advertising Standards Agency have given BT a talking to over "misleading" claims about overall broadband speeds, outpacing packages from both Sky and TalkTalk. The Brit telco made an ad headed "Official", claiming it could "Superpower your broadband". It contained a cartoon man …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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Fujitsu: Sayonara, London Stock Exchange... You're not worth the money

Japanese giant Fujitsu is to yank its shares from the London Stock Exchange in a move that will help it cuts costs and which recognises the shifting sands in global financial markets. The application to delist common stock and European Depository Receipts* from the Official List of the UK Listing Authority**, as well to cancel …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013

Partners to Microsoft: We are NOT ready for cloudy stuff yet

Microsoft has delayed and in some cases completely scrapped a raft of cloudy changes to its Partner Network that were due to be put in place from as early as January. This follows responses from channel partners that they were not ready for the overhaul, which Microsoft made public at its WPC knees-up, because their cloud …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2013
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CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

CIOs and IT bods are in the dark over tech budgets as lines of biz people sidestep them to deploy their own projects, according to a survey by the Corporate Executive Board. Some 165 firms with a tech spend of $29bn responded to the questions from CEB, an advisory firm, which estimates that up to 40 per cent more is unofficially …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013

Barclays says soz for titsup website, bank app

Barclays UK has spent this morning on Twitter apologising to customers frustrated by a crashed banking app and online outage that occurred over the past two consecutive days. The bank turned a day of rest - for most of us anyway - into a stress-fest for its loyal punters who woke up on Sunday morning unable to use the mobile app …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2013
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IT finance bod coughs to slurping £130k from customers' accounts

IT finance provider Syscap account manager Leigh Jones has been sentenced to 24 months in jail after pleading guilty to nicking more than £100,000 from customers. Jailbird Jones, 40, found that his six-figure earnings weren't enough to fund his spiralling gambling habit. A clerk at Chester Crown Court confirmed to us that Jones …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013

Big customers need a personal servicing, says Big Blue grand fromage

IBM has handed the bulk of its largest corporate hardware customers to channel partners – some 200 accounts – but it is retaining 23 clients who will still get the touchy-feely treatment from its direct sales reps – who comprise half of the unit's sales. So the crown jewels remain firmly nestled in the bosom of Big Blue, so to …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2013

Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

Apple's "very limited success" in penetrating the corporate enterprise market with the iPad reflects the lack of control IT managers feel they have over the device, as well as the dominance of Windows. That is, according to HP exec Jos Brenkel, global senior veep of sales for Printers and Personal Systems, who said no single …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013

Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

Thought the UK PC market was like a dead mule? Wrong. There's life yet in those age old desktop and notebook nags, according to distributor shipment data. Numbers from venerable analyst Context, the gentle purveyor of sales-out figures - the stuff that users are actually buying - showed Q3 was not bad, not bad at all. The total …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013

Serco CEO walks the plank as firm fights off Ministry of Justice probe

The CEO at scandal-hit outsourcing monster Serco has quit as the company lifts the covers off its 'corporate renewal programme' designed to persuade the UK government that it's fit to manage public sector contracts. Back in August, Serco confirmed British cops are probing allegations over fraud related to its Prisoner Escort and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2013

HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

HP has confirmed that more than 7,000 workers in Europe are headed for the chopping block, with sources telling us that a good whack of the cuts will be made in Enterprise Services. In June 2012, HP began consultations with union and staff over plans to get rid of 8,000 jobs in the region, and it confirmed that thousands more …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
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Juniper ELIMINATES 300 jobs, braces wallet for US gov shutdown blow

Jittery Juniper Networks is axing hundreds of workers amid concerns the US government shutdown could hamper its stateside federal business. The cuts were confirmed during a conference call with analysts last night to discuss the firm's third-quarter results. Juniper also revealed sales had risen to $1.185bn, up three per cent …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2013

BBC to spaff £18 MILLION of licence fee cash... on BIG DATA

The Beeb is planing to chuck up to £18m worth of licence fee payers' cash at data analytics suppliers to work their dark arts at the corporation. A tender for a three-year Next Generation Digital Analytics Services agreement appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union* at the weekend. "The BBC is looking for a …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013

OFT probe: Do small UK firms get fair shake in public sector tenders?

Armed with data provided from suppliers and public sector IT bods, the Office of Fair Trading will now launch a probe into the state of the government tech landscape and whether SMEs are getting a fair share. Back in July, the competition watchdog put out a call for information as bids to discover if competition is alive and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013

EasyJet website crashes and burns

Barrel-scraping orange airline easyJet is apologising to customers over a "technical" error that has brought down its website worldwide, preventing punters from booking flights or checking in online. The easyjet.com site has been down for several hours with the firm taking to Twitter to 'fess up to the unspecified gremlins …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013

Royal Mail FAIL as web brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown struggles with investor demand

Online share brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown is still struggling to cope with the massive spike in Royal Mail share dealing that brought down its trading portal this morning. The company's Oracle-based infrastructure collapsed 45 minutes after trading began at 8am today, Tom McPhail, a spokesman at HL confirmed to El Reg. "Demand …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013
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Citrix share price tumbles on profit warning

Citrix issued a profit warning last night when rolling out preliminary financial data for calendar Q2, sending its share price crashing by 12 per cent. The mobility, desktop and virtualisation vendor said earnings per share (EPS) were estimated to be in the $0.39 to $0.40 cent range, compared to its previous guidance of $0.41 to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2013
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Tech Data: Computer 2000 brand taken out back and shot...today

The Computer 2000 brand is to be retired from today as the UK arm of Tech Data adopts its parent's name tag. The timing is interesting, given that C2000 – or the company formerly known as C2000 – is the subject of an ongoing investigation into vendor accounting improprieties. In a letter sent to vendor customers, seen by El …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013

Microsoft to kill Select Agreement rebates, rain cash on cloud deals

From tomorrow, Microsoft will put a bullet in Select Agreement rebates handed to UK business partners as part of a wider shake-up of the overall fees structure. Licensing Solutions Partners (LSPs) were making 2.5 per cent in back-end margin based on a deal's revenues and used this to offer discounts to customers to get them to …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2013

Dragons' Den star's biz Outsourcery sends yet more millions up in smoke

Cloud service provider Outsourcery has released its half-year financials while talking up its business potential, quietly avoiding the fact that it has little to boast about in terms of actual performance. Revenues at the cloud services player to the end of June moved up 23.5 per cent to £2.1m (including £1.5m of recurring …
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2013