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Police authority loves Sprint ii buying regime

West Midlands Police Authority (WMPA) has retracted claims that the Sprint ii procurement agreement was more expensive than other options. The controversial single-supplier pan-public sector agreement has been much maligned since police forces in England and Wales were mandated to use it from March. WMPA also questioned …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2011
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Reseller Insight gobbles consultancy biz

Reseller giant Insight Enterprises has swallowed US-based professional services outfit Ensynch. Ensynch, which employs 65 field engineers and 70 contractors, turned over $16.2m (£10.3m) last year. It carries Microsoft's Gold badge for virtualisation, ID and security, and portal and collaboration. Ken Lamneck, Insight CEO, said …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2011
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HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics

HP is facing legal action brought about by a disgruntled shareholder who claims the tech titan hid plans to review ownership of the PC biz and flush the TouchPad down the toilet [causing it to suddenly catch fire - ed]. The PC business may be sold, kept or as seems most likely spun off with the backing of private equity …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Fujitsu gov workers strike Monday: Unite on, PCS off

Unionised Fujitsu workers have called off their strike set for Monday after bosses at the firm "doubled" the pot of money available for pay rises with an additional £500,000 brought to the negotiating table. This is according to the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union which following a ballot of its 720 members planned a …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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HP extends deadline as Autonomy shareholders drag feet

HP has extended the acceptance deadline for its Autonomy bid as fewer than half the UK software developers' shareholders approved the £7bn deal. Yesterday's closing date for agreeing on HP's £25.50 per share offer made on 19 August passed with just 42 per cent of Autonomy investors giving the thumbs-up, despite the deal …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2011
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HP shelves plans to offshore DWP support roles

HP has abandoned plans to offshore the jobs of IT support staff working on the Adams 2 contract for the Department of Work and Pensions. The saga began in June when HP first revealed it was in talks to transfer some 200 roles based in north-east England to India to help it match the Government's demand to cut costs. The move …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011
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Google greedily goobles foodie guide Zagat

Google has acquired Zagat, the US restaurant guide, to tag onto its search engine and mapping application. The purchase price is undisclosed. Google confirmed the deal in a blog entry, penned by Marissa Mayer, who currentlu heads up Local, Maps and Location Services "Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering - …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2011
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Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree

Swedish police were called to the aid of a pissed-up elk after it chomped on fermenting apples and became trapped in a tree that had been doubling up as its free bar. Coppers were alerted to the alcine alkie by residents living south of Gothenburg who heard his cries and initially attempted to free him. "I thought at first that …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2011
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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

Almost a half of all PCs in operation worldwide use pirated software, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The industry body came to the number after tasking research firm Ipsos Public Affairs with a poll of 15,000 users in 32 countries, albeit a tiny fraction of the more than one billion clients used across the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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Most organisations just not ready for Cloud: Computacenter

The majority of organisations do not have the infrastructure backbone to move wholesale to the cloud, according to a report by Computacenter. The services-based reseller took small steps into cloud provision earlier this year with the launch of C3 mail and has since added collaboration and virtual desktop solutions. But …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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HP plucks webOS team out of departing PC division

HP evidently sees a brighter future for its webOS platform after moving the team into the Office of Strategy and Technology (OS&T) as it figures out what to do with the software. The other half of the business HP acquired from Palm – the hardware element – will continue to reside in its Personal Systems Group that will likely be …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2011
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IT services market down by 40 per cent, says Ovum

Disappearing mega-deals saw the global IT services market slump to an eight-year low in the second quarter, according to Ovum. Stats from the beancounter show that total contract values (TCV) dived 40 per cent year-on-year to $19bn as the number of agreements penned fell by a fifth to 384. The market went from "bad to worse" in …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2011
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Former Insight veep Akkerman rocks up at Rackspace

Former Insight veep of sales Olaf Akkerman is expected to join Rackspace as enterprise sales director, according to sources close to the matter. He resigned from the reseller last month after less than a year in the role – though he had been at Insight since September 2006 when it acquired Software Spectrum. Sources have now …
Paul Kunert, 22 Aug 2011
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Dragons Den Jones to offload Data Select to management

Dragons Den star Peter Jones is understood to be in talks with the management team at Data Select to sell the mobile distributor, according to industry sources. The empire got a bit smaller this week as Jones flogged his machine-to-machine (M2M) comms specialist Wireless Logic to mid-market private equity firm ECI Partners for £ …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2011
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Computacenter guru outlines new Colt not-a-cloud plan

Computacenter's former storage boss Matthew Yeager is set to join LSE-listed Colt from next month as chief technologist. After nearly four years at CC, Yeager is heading to Colt, which dropped the Telecom element of its brand last year as it transitions into a cloud services biz or "information delivery platform provider" as it …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2011
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Lenovo chiefs chortle over decision to buy IBM's PC biz

IBM may think it was a grand plan to exit the PC game by flogging its biz to Lenovo, but the Chinese vendor does not concur, as its Q1 sales rises show. The concerted turnaround efforts continued for the seventh consecutive quarter since Lenovo dumped former CEO Bill Amelio, with sales up 15 per cent to $5.9bn and operating …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2011
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Profit-disaster CEO at Blue Coat: I'll get my coat

Blue Coat boss Michael Borman has fallen on his sword following declining sales and profits in fiscal first quarter 2012. The web security and WAN optimisation minnow saw sales come in at $109.5m (£66.7m) down 9 per cent sequentially and 11 per cent on last year, as profits fell 70 per cent quarter-on-quarter to $2.7m (£1.6m) …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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HARRY POTTER CHAINED to new Sony reader

Sony will bundle its next generation e-reader with the entire series of Harry Potter stories from November, The Register has learnt. The bespectacled wizard debuts in digital format in October – the same time as the Sony-sponsored Pottermore "online reading experience" goes live – according to well-placed sources in the vendor's …
Paul Kunert, 16 Aug 2011
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RIM emits 100-BlackBerry cloud for small biz

Research In Motion (RIM) is releasing a cloud service for small firms to manage up to 100 BlackBerry smartphones and secure biz data stored locally on the device. The BlackBerry Management Centre is built for commercial users that access email via an ISP or web-based services, running on OS 4.6 models or later versions. Alan …
Paul Kunert, 16 Aug 2011
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People don't want tablets, they want iPads

The phenomenal sales success of Apple's iPad shows no sign of abating, but sales for all other tablets competitors are stagnating and channel inventories are building. US tech titan HP is the latest to correct its prices, trimming £50 off the cost of a TouchPad in an effort to get them shifting, with the 16GB and 32GB versions …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2011
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Fujitsu staff vote on strikes

Unionised workers at Fujitsu are being balloted for strike action after they were refused below inflation pay rises. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union is testing the appetite for industrial action among 750 IT support staff at the integration arm of the Japanese giant working on government contracts across the UK in …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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Amazon web services back up and running

Amazon has finally resolved the lingering issues from the outage last weekend, but the root cause of the power failure has yet to be determined by energy provider ESB Networks. The web giant said at the time that lightning had struck a transformer in Dublin on Sunday, which knocked out all power provision including the back-up …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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National police procurement hub goes live

The National Police Procurement Hub goes live today with coppers in Lincolnshire the first to implement the "Amazon" styled e-commerce platform. The portal set up by ProcServe with the backing of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), allows fuzz to buy IT, body armour and vehicles from 500 suppliers – though it was …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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Amazon web outage not caused by lightning

Dublin-based energy supplier ESB Networks has dismissed Amazon's claim that a bolt of lightning caused the chain of events that led to its web outage last weekend. The US giant today entered the sixth day of trying to resolve issues created by the crash at its Dublin data centre. First it blamed a lightning striking on a …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011
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Cisco lifts axe again, chops nearly one in five execs

Cisco has given marching orders to nearly one in five of its senior execs included in its massive cost-cutting drive and now plans to hand 1,200 contract workers their pink slips too. The networking Goliath last night revealed a 3 per cent rise in Q4 sales to $11.2bn but a 37.5 per cent collapse in operating profits to $1.45bn …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011
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Amazon web services customers vent spleen

Vulnerabilities in Amazon's web services that were exposed after lightning hit power supplies at the weekend have led to stinging criticism from some customers. The bolt knocked out the utility and back-up generators in Dublin, causing a blackout which took down the Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) and Relational Database Services ( …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Essex cops slaps cuffs on social media riot crusaders

Eager Essex fuzz have cuffed three locals lads suspected of using social media site Facebook to whip gangs of teenage marauders into a looting frenzy. An 18-year-old man from Grays and a 16-year-old from South Ockendon were taken into custody yesterday morning, where they remain, and a 17-year-old who was caught at around 5pm …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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iPad threatened by young pretenders

High prices and a lack of content are stymieing growth of iPad wannabes in Europe but Chinese and Taiwanese vendors could mount a stiffer challenge, according to a report by tech research company Forrester. Pretenders to Apple's fondleslab crown are off the mark, the analyst says. However even the US titan is vulnerable to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Microsoft gives BPOS customers credit note for latest crash

Microsoft UK has vowed to provide BPOS customers with vouchers against future credits following seven hours of downtime at the weekend. This is the latest in a series of embarrassing cloud outages for Redmond after a summer of interruptions began in May, but differs from other incidents in that an "Act of God" was responsible …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Microsoft UK and axed exec in legal smackdown

Microsoft's former UK enterprise partner director and board member Simon Negus is suing the software giant for wrongful dismissal months after it slapped a writ on him to repay part of a bonus and holiday money. He left the firm last September amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour and was the subject of a lawsuit filed by …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2011
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RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots

BlackBerry UK has broken silence over the role its devices played in helping disaffected London yoof co-ordinate riots in Tottenham, Brixton, Enfield and Walthamstow this weekend. The smash 'n' burn attacks on High Street stores and vehicles on Saturday and yesterday came days after the death of Mark Duggan, who was killed in an …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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TelecityGroup swallows Data Electronics

TelecityGroup has splashed £87.6m in cash on Irish-based fellow co-location data centre provider Data Electronics in what promises to be the first of many acquisitions. The firm, which also today outlined a bumper set of numbers for the six months ended 30 June, has a £300m war chest to fund further buys. Commenting on the deal …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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Lightning strikes cloud: Amazon, MS downed

Microsoft has been left reeling again after another BPOS crash but at least on this occasion it was not alone, as Amazon's EC2 web services were also downed by the same act of God in Europe. A bolt of lightning struck a transformer at a power utility provider in Dublin, causing an explosion that took down the back-systems last …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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HP industrial action starts today

Unionised HP staff working on the Department for Work and Pensions Adam 2 contract are today starting industrial action over proposals to offshore their jobs to India amid government pressure on IT suppliers to cut costs. Support staff from India set to take over some of the functions next year are due to arrive in Blighty as …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011
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HTC swallows cloud app biz Dashwire

Smartphone maker HTC has taken time out from its long-running patent battle with Apple to bid $18.5m for US web-based application developer Dashwire. The platform allows users to download apps, personalise their phones and access content across multiple devices, and will be integrated into the HTCSense cloud services portfolio …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Police procurement deal means cops pay more

West Midlands Police Authority has cast doubts on Home Office claims about the savings offered by the controversial Sprint ii IT procurement framework and plans to minimise its use. All forces in England and Wales were mandated by government in March to buy commodity hardware and software via Sprint ii – a pan-public sector …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Logica profits hit by misers in public sector

Logica is continuing to shift its order book from the public sector toward the commercial markets following a tough first half-year that challenged margins and gave operating profits a pounding. The IT service provider and consultancy's sales for calendar H1 were up 5 per cent to just shy of £2bn and it expects similar growth in …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Union talks up offshoring dangers to UK economy

The Public and Commercial Services Union is warning that a wave of private sector jobs will inevitably move offshore as the government forces IT suppliers to cut costs. At the start of this week, PCS members working at HP voted in favour of industrial action over plans to axe 200 staff in the north-east working on the Adams 2 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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HMRC online tax systems slammed by Private Forum for Biz

HM Revenues and Customs' sprawling online tax systems are not up to the job and small biz folk are paying the price, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB). Talking in the wake of Treasury's sub-committee critical report into the administration and effectiveness of HMRC, the FPB reckons red tape is strangling small business …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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UK software and services market wedged in U-bend

The UK software and IT services (SITS) industry will limp along for at least the rest of this year and the next before staging a very gradual recovery. This is according to bean-counters at TechMarketView, whose stats show the sector has been in annual decline since the recession that started in 2008 – and shows no signs of …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011
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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

Apple has lifted the covers from its UK and US pricing model for the iCloud with a bunch of options for fanbois to suck up additional storage space. And there were no surprises as our friends across the Atlantic are once again getting a better deal. A beta version of the web-based service went live today, giving users 5GB of …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2011
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HTC sues Apple in the UK

Smartphone maker HTC is taking rival Apple to court in the UK just weeks after losing a preliminary ruling over two patent violations in the US. The latest case was filed at the High Court on 29 July according to reports on Bloomberg, but the exact nature of the litigation in HTC Europe Co v Apple Inc was not specified. …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2011
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HP to axe sales staff found pilfering dealers

HP is taking a hard line on direct sales staff at its Technology Services Group* (TSG) in the US - it will sack anyone caught nicking deals from resellers. The same principle – part of the new rules of engagement policy – will be applied in Europe later this year but the vendor has yet to give local partners advance warning – …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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Telecity in talks to acquires Data Electronics Group

Data centre provider TelecityGroup has confirmed it is chatting up Data Electronics Group (DEG) and that those flirtations could lead to an acquisition, reported to be valued at roughly £100m. The discussions are at an early stage, but Telecity, which claims to be Europe's largest pusher of carrier-neutral data centres, is …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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Acer turns to trains for imports

PC vendors may be finally bowing to pressure to build more flexibility into the supply chain amid reports that Acer is to start shipping PCs by train. Forty carriers are already en route to Europe. Disties have been calling for alternative transportation techniques following the growing mountain of notebooks in the region caused …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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SpaceX set to send supply ship to ISS in November

Space Exploration Technologies – SpaceX – is one small step closer to producing the world's first commercial taxi cab to drop off astronauts and cargo at the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket biz launched by PayPal founder Elon Musk – with $500m from investors and $300m from the US government – is firing a second …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011
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Alcatel Lucent goes black

Alcatel Lucent returned to profit in the second quarter on the back of cost-cutting and some market share gains in IP and optics. Sales climbed a little more than 2 per cent to €3.9bn and operating profits were €108m compared to losses of €184m a year earlier. CEO Ben Verwaayen, installed three years ago to revive the fortunes …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011
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Beeb rolls out global paid iPlayer app in €urope

Expats or foreigners who own an Apple iPad and are interested in a weekly dose of Brit TV gruel – grisly East End folk, crappy daytime shows or pointless period dramas – should rejoice, as the Beeb is launching an international version of iPlayer. The on-demand service app will be available in 11 European countries in the …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2011
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Avisen reports losses 3 times higher than sales

Reseller minnow Avison managed to pull an unusual set of results out of the bag today, reporting operating losses that are nearly three times higher than its sales. The LSE-listed firm, which flogged its IBM Cognos business Inca Software to Logicalis earlier this year for £7.3m in cash, filed losses of £7.8m on sales of £2.6m …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Getronics sharpens chopper, eyes 2,500 of its people

Dutch IT services provider Getronics is firing up to 2,500 staff to counter effects of the market slowdown in its homeland, but refused to be drawn on potential cuts to the UK workforce. Telco parent KPN has reported a drop in second calendar quarter results showing a near 2 per cent drop in sales to €3.29bn as EBITDA fell more …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011