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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register
Redundancy

IBM to staff: Get ready for musical chairs AGAIN

Exclusive IBM is about to fling another bunch of Technical Services Support staffers down the redundancy chute, internal documents leaked to The Register reveal. In a letter to permanent employees, Paul Simmonds, director of TSS, part of Global Technology Services, confirmed the formation of yet another Employee Consultation Committee …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2017
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Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

Everyone's favourite cuddly outsourcing corp Capita is writing off a cool £50m worth of assets related to certain deals with customers after a "comprehensive review across its major contracts" base. The listed firm today told the London Stock Exchange that top brass had decided to "impair, at the year end 2016, a number of …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2017

2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

Remote working might be a dirty word among senior IBMers these days but it wasn't always so: teleworking, Big Blue once claimed, would help heal a global economy suffering aftershocks of the banking meltdown, and it might even play a part in planetary salvation. As El Reg exclusively revealed last week, IBM is following the …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2017
The British Pound - Sterling currency tumbles post Brexit

Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

Adobe, the developer of overpriced software for creative types, is just about to get a whole lot more expensive in the UK with steep rises set to be introduced from next month. The flash monkey is the latest firm to blame a slump in the value of the Great British Pound for hikes on product, with the ranges understood to be …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2017

HPE raises 'at risk' flag over hundreds of Brit services techies

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is bundling hundreds more UK Enterprise Services (ES) staff out of the door ahead of the looming ‘spin merger’ with CSC. Peter Hands, the former exec director of Capita’s IT Services business, now HPE ES UK, Ireland and MEMA cluster leader, has told staff of the latest “Workforce Management” …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2017
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AMD's had a horrible 2016: Never mind, it lost slightly less than half a billion this time

Industry execs are paid to put on a brave face when outlining company financials, and AMD’s CEO Lisa Su kept up her end of the bargain last night when the broken business reported a net loss of $497m for 2016. This was progress of sorts: in the prior year ailing AMD filed losses of $660m. Despite the latest numbers, the stock …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2017

ENTA founder Tsai gets banhammer as company director for 13 years

Thirteen is certainly unlucky for Jason Tsai, one-time owner of distie Changtel Solutions UK – formerly ENTA Technologies (ETL) – as that's the number of years he's been barred from being a company director. The “disqualification” was due to Tsai’s participation in a VAT carousel – also commonly known as missing trader intra- …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2017
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NetApp rehires former exec Thurlow to run UK biz

Industry grey beard Nick Thurlow has returned to NetApp to run the UK business half a decade after he quit. Thurlow told us he started the role on Monday following six months of freedom after leaving his post at NetApp distributor Arrow ECS. “I’m running the UK. I was there for 12 year previously, NetApp has some good plans …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2017
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Unite: CSC UK set for 'jobs massacre' as 1,101 heads put on chopping block

Sickly outsourcing titan CSC UK is strapping another 1,101 staff to the employment catapult to be hurled out of the organisation between March and September, according to Unite the union. In a newsletter to members - seen by us - the union claimed it was “time to fight” the pending “massacre” of jobs “across most areas of the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2017
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Computacenter: No mention of Brexit but UK sales went nowhere in 2016

The gods of channel sales growth did not smile on Computacenter in 2016 as the UK filed standstill top line numbers and progress in European ops was unpicked by unfavourable forex rates. Unaudited results for the financial year were released today, showing group revenues that were flat on the prior year, indicating they were …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 will be a no-show at MWC, exec says

MWC 2017 The great and the good attending next month’s Mobile World Congress won’t be getting a sneak peek at Samsung latest premier Galaxy S8 smartphone after all, a company exec has confirmed. Sammy today went public on its investigation into the costly Note 7 debacle - it blamed the battery makers who built cells that contained …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2017

Fujitsu strikes are OFF – it's not the 1970s after all

Unite has suspended all industrial action in its dispute with Fujitsu over planned cuts to job, pay and pensions in the UK. The ceasefire was called so unionised workers can review a package brought to the negotiating table by the IT giant's management. Fujitsu put 1,800 UK staff at risk of redundancy in October. Its …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2017
The British Pound - Sterling currency tumbles post Brexit

Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

Apple has confirmed to developers it is raising app store prices by up to a third, more than countering any downward currency swing in the British pound since the Brexit vote in June. The changes (PDF) will happen in seven days and will see the cheapest app go from 79 pence to £0.99 - in the US the entry level price is $0.99 …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2017

AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

Cynics might say Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is on thin ice when discussing job preservation in the era of AI and robotics given her own track record, but that was the thrust of her speech at Davos. Business tycoons and global politicos swooped on the the highest town in Europe this week to attend the World …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2017
Shouting match

Strike day struck off as Fujitsu and Unite negotiate job cuts

It might be damn cold outside, but Unite the union is trying to thaw relations with Fujitsu by cancelling strike action scheduled for January 19 to enter conciliatory talks over job cuts, pay and pensions. Unionised members at Fujitsu are in dispute after some 1,800 company staff were put at risk of redundancy late last year …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2017
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Outage-hit Lloyds Bank in talks to outsource data centres to IBM

Exclusive In the week that Lloyds Banking Group suffered multiple outages, it has emerged the UK financial giant is negotiating to outsource management of its bit barns to IBM Global Business Services. Online services were interrupted on Wednesday and Thursday by unspecified technical glitches that prevented people from logging into …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2017

Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

Santa's sack was bulging over Chrimbo, but it wasn't due to PC-shaped presents – computer sales slipped again in the final quarter of 2016, capping off five consecutive years of market shrinkage. According to data from Gartner, shipments to distributors and retailers fell 3.7 per cent year-on-year to 72.6 million units. The …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2017

Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

Day two and old nag Lloyds Banking Group’s online and mobile app services are still up and down like the Grand National, with no sign that customers will be put out of their misery any time soon. lloyds An outage yesterday morning prevented punters from logging onto their accounts, to, say, apply for a loan or perhaps re- …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2017

Strike January: Fujitsu staff gearing up for more industrial action – Unite

As hundreds of workers at Fujitsu prepare to down tools over the imminent threat of widespread redundancies, a power struggle at top of Unite, the union representing the staff, is taking shape. Unionised Fujitsu workers have already taken nine days of strike action over pay, pensions and job cuts – some 1,800 people in the UK …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2017
Power outage

Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

An unspecified glitch at Lloyds Bank Group prevented customers from logging into their accounts via a browser or app this morning. Services were unavailable for several hours during the outage, though the company kept mum on Twitter about the causes. “We are aware that some customers may have experienced issues logging on to …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2017

SCC veterans set to leave the building after two decades

Nigh on 20-year SCC veteran Andy Wright is hanging up his company overalls to take a commercial director role and board seat at reseller XMA, sister company to distributor Westcoast. SCC CEO James Rigby confirmed to El Reg that Wright, who was also his firm’s commercial director, will leave at the beginning of March. “He’s …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2017
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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

Life is about to get more expensive for anyone in Britain that favours a French Fancy, an Angel Slice or indeed any other “exceedingly good” cake from a certain baker. The sad (for some) news reaches El Reg that Premier Foods, the parent of Mr Kipling, is poised to hike prices to retailers. “The situation on pricing differs …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jan 2017

Hey Brit Transport Police, your tech supplier has changed ownership

MTI Europe, a tech supplier to the British Transport Police, has swapped one private equity owner for another with Endless LLP slurping the Surrey-based business for an undisclosed fee. The seller of cloudy infrastructures, storage and security services is one of EMC's largest trade customers in the UK. It also has operations …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jan 2017

UKCloud: We ARE cheaper than Microsoft or AWS online storage

British-based infrastructure services-slinger UKCloud says it is “fighting back” against the giants of industry by slashing the price of online storage. Customers looking for cheap online storage with data volumes above 1,000 TB will pay 1.46 pence per GB per month, down 66 per cent, and importantly there are no additional …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2017
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HPE exec quits for online security startup

The veep chosen by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s to run its sales channels in the UK and Ireland has quit to take up a post an at online security services startup. Lee Hughes was given control of the channel, service provider and SME teams at the start of the year, replacing Johnny Ansell, who moved to head up the Azure and …
Paul Kunert, 22 Dec 2016