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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register
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MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

The British government must wake up to service delivery implications of the latest mega-layoff scheming at CSC given the number of sensitive public sector contracts held, and work with the business and others to "root out the worst excesses of capitalism". Or so Toby Perkins, Labour MP for Chesterfield, argued during a House …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2017
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Blighty floods with techies' tears as Capita boss Parker quits

Capita chief Andy Parker is stepping off the executive merry-go-round after the little loved outsourcing company today reported financial results that showed a crash in profits - the worst in its corporate history. The London-listed business told the City that costs related to contract delays and weak trade in the technology …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2017
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NCC Group top dog steps down after latest profit warning

Yet another senior exec has fallen on his sword at cybersecurity and managed services outfit NCC Group, just weeks after the latest profit warning. This time around it was CEO Rob Cotton. The Manchester-based business, which also sells software escrow and verification, issued a profit warning on 19 January due to the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Mar 2017
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Fiscal '17 was a record year for us, says Workday CEO

It was a record-breaking year for finance and HR cloud purveyor Workday for all the right and the wrong reasons: sales reached a new high aided by Oracle’s disruptive buy of NetSuite, but losses soared too. Revenues for the firm's fiscal 2017 ended 31 January were $1.569bn, up 35 per cent year-on-year, including subscription …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2017
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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

Exclusive IBM is clamping down on its remote workers in Britain, with the Global Technology Services team being centralised in one of a number of as yet unnamed “colocation hubs”. Tosca Colangeli, IBM’s UK veep of GTS, warned employees in a recording, seen by The Register, that a “big feature” of 2017 is a “desire to be colocated …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2017

Fujitsu staff will strike from midnight over pay, pensions and layoffs

Unionised staff at Fujitsu are downing tools for 24 hours from midnight in protest over cuts to jobs, pay and pensions. It appears the conciliation service ACAS failed to find a common ground that suited all parties. Trade union Unite was unable to say how many of its 1,200 members employed at Fujitsu will be on the picket …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2017

Can you fly with the Vultures? The Reg news desk is hiring

The Register is looking for an experienced reporter to join its lively London news desk. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in building contacts and breaking original articles, and should demonstrate a strong understanding of the tech industry. The Register is renowned for breaking exclusive news stories …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2017

IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

Exclusive IBM is hoping to lighten monthly payroll costs by, er, dangling minimum statutory redundancy terms in front of UK staff who volunteer to cut short their career at the creaking tech titan. As El Reg revealed yesterday, Big Blue told staff in the Technical Services Support unit it was forming an Employee Consultation Committee …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2017
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IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

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 in UK and Ireland, Paul Simmonds, director of TSS, part of Global Technology Services, confirmed the formation of yet another Employee …
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
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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
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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
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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

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