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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

If he listened to the latest advice from HR types working for the European Commission, Brexit secretary David Davis may today be sat in a darkened room, dressed in cabana wear, as talks with the EU’s chief negotiator begin. The political debate is heating up as the UK starts the two-year process of exiting the Union of 27 …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017
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When corporate signage goes BAD

LogoBotch Thanks to a sharp-eyed Reg reader in Norway who snapped the local Cisco offices, everyone can cop an eyeful of the unfortunate rebranding exercise that happened after it bought Tandberg in 2010. We aren't sure whether the sign slippage was caused by sloppy workmanship or a batch of dodgy glue. But we are sure the $60bn sales …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2017

Component makers have their server chums by the short and curlies

Pressure is set to intensify on server makers caught in the vice-like grip of rising components costs and stiff competition for new business. DRAMeXchange, a unit of researcher TrendForce, said the average contract price of server DRAM modules shot up in the first and second quarters of 2017 by 40 and 10 per cent respectively …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2017

Amazon and others sniffing around Slack

Slack is attracting interest from potential suitors including Amazon that are reportedly eyeing up the white collar messaging and collaboration software slinger. The cost of such a buy could be as high as $9bn, loquacious sources told Bloomberg today, though talks are at the preliminary stage and there are no assurances an …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2017

Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

Currys PC World was today placed on the naughty step by toothless watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority over the way it misleadingly promoted savings to push laptops sales. A disgruntled consumer contacted the ASA to question the retailer's £200 discount claim on a lappy that was initially priced £1,149.99 for just 21 …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2017
Meg Whitman

HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has hatched a radical plan to overhaul processes, investments, people and overheads in a project that is “likely to determine” its “relevance in the years ahead.” HPE Next is an initiative which will sit under the control of Jon Faust – senior veep of finance, worldwide financial planning and …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2017
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DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step

DXC Technology staff who continue to ignore orders to haul their asses 4km (2.5 miles) across London to repopulate shiny offices in Kings Cross will soon be locked out of the building they're reluctant to exit. Top brass at DXC – a spin-merge (with a reputation for "fun-ishment") between CSC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2017

IBM warns itself of possible outages in lab shift screw-up

A cost-cutting measure at IBM to shift a hybrid cloud lab to a new location has itself been scuppered by a cost-cutting measure, insiders have told The Reg. Big Blue's moneymen in the accounts department have given a last-minute reprieve to a facility in Austin, Texas, which houses engineers that run workloads internally for …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2017
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HPE to staff: 'We are permanently clipping your costs'

A six-month squeeze on staff travel expenses and meal allowances are among the measures Hewlett Packard Enterprise is using to lop up to $300m off its operating costs. Nick Gunn, senior veep of global corporate services, said in an internal memo that HPE needed to "drive efficiencies" in spending and was immediately " …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jun 2017
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Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone

Sales stats for the server market are out for the first three months of the year and they are bad – bad meaning bad, not bad meaning good. According to Gartner’s estimations for calendar Q1, vendors’ global revenues slipped 4.5 per cent to $12.5bn, and shipments were 4.2 per cent lower than the prior year period at 2,601,600 …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2017
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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

IBM UK and Ireland has told the Global Technology Services team that all travel to customer sites must be approved by divisional general manager Tosca Colangeli irrespective of "value or business justification". This is a more extreme version of the previous directive issued by IBM for its calendar Q2 that all employee trips …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2017

HPE's cloud server wasting away on low calorie Microsoft sales

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's joint venture with Foxconn to build lower cost servers to order for the world's biggest service providers is under threat because of its over reliance on shrinking sales to its one major customer, reportedly Microsoft. The two-year-old tie-up between the pair was created to compete with Chinese …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2017
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The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

Here is the short video that IBM didn’t want the world see - it shows CEO, president and chairman Ginni Rometty mounting a Big Blue chopper following a trip to the Hursley R&D labs in the UK. Youtube Video El Reg first reported last month the company overlord had boldly ignored the £75 travel restriction earlier imposed on …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2017
Meg Whitman

HPE sales slide, profits evaporate... but think of the future, CEO urges

The long feted turnaround of Hewlett Packard Enterprise has yet to show up after the misfiring tech corp reported another set of quarterly declines, and it’ll surprise no one that cost cutting is going to feature heavily once again. Revenue from continuing operations dropped 13 per cent to $7.44bn, as all but the Financial …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2017
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Stingy DXC Tech tells staff to breathe in and tighten those belts

Execs at DXC Technology have imposed a series of penny-pinching measures on staff just two months after the tech outsourcing corpse started trading, and amid a redundancy programme. The belt tightening message was delivered in a company memo, seen by us, which stated: “As part of combined efforts to improve our Q1 performance …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2017
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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

IBM has tried to erase the photograph of the Big Blue chopper that CEO, president and chairman Ginny Rometty used to fly to the UK R&D labs recently, because it didn’t fit with the corporate austerity message. The company recently issued a directive forcing staff to seek supporting evidence before spending more than £75 on …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2017

DXC Technology warns staff of multiple office closures

DXC Technology is planning to shutter a bunch of sites as part of its mega savings plan, multiple company insiders have told El Reg. The business, which emerged from the spin-merge of HPE’s Enterprise Services arm and CSC, has forecast a reduction in overheads of $1.6bn in three years and will consolidate office space to help …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2017
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HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sales shoot up

For the first time in more than half a decade HP Inc has managed to report quarterly growth in both its PC and printer businesses, a point CEO Dion Weisler described as a watershed moment in the company's recent history. However, spiralling costs, particularly in Selling, General and Administrative Expenses, meant profits were …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2017
I quit

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

Exclusive Lenovo UK boss John Harber has quit just 15 months after taking the hot seat, El Reg can confirm. Harber landed the job in February last year, moving across from being veep of global sales at wearables and peripherals vendor Jawbone. A PR rep at Lenovo told us that Harber, an exec director and GM for the UK and Ireland …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2017
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Dixons Carphone: Brexit not a factor as Brits' gadget lust holds strong

Political uncertainty haven’t put punters off purchasing electronic gadgets, Dixons Carphone CEO reported today. The group issued a trading update for fiscal ’16 ended 29 April ahead of reporting its full blown annual results showing sales were up nine per cent year-on-year, including a two per cent rise in the UK. The Brexit …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2017
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Channel luvvie Martin Hellawell set to check out of Softcat. Sort of

Martin Hellawell, the McDonald's-card-toting CEO at mega reseller Softcat, isn't quite sailing off into the sunset just yet, but he is preparing to hand over the operation once a successor is found. In a note to the London Stock Exchange, Softcat confirmed Hellawell had "decided to step down" and will take over as non-exec …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2017

Capita and Birmingham City Council 'dissolve' joint venture

The long-running and highly criticised joint venture between Capita and Birmingham, England, City Council is being rubbed out, reportedly saving taxpayers around £44m. The Service Birmingham Partnership was established in 2006 – Capita was the majority shareholder – with some grand ambitions to save the council £500m, generate …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2017

Dell kills botched BIOS update that murdered punters' PCs

Dell has finally 'fessed up about the BIOS update that borked some customers' PCs, and advised punters to do what many have tried so far without any success – contact its tech troubleshooters for resolution. Complaints about the release first emerged a week ago after Dell owners of the Inspiron 20 model 3052 and 20 3252 …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2017

Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

A Texan is suing his date for the cost of a cinema ticket after she upset him by sending a bunch of texts to a pal while watching Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Brandon Vezmar has filed a lawsuit in a small claims court in the state capital of Austin to get back the $17.31 he splashed during their first and seemingly final …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2017
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DXC Technology looks to lighten the payroll six weeks after launch

It was only a matter of time before DXC Technology – the corporate pile-up between CSC and HPE’s former Enterprise Services division – began using staff cuts to lighten the overheads. And so it begins. Peter Hands, veep at DXC, formed at the start of April, has told employees the business has “committed the achieve specific …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2017

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