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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register

SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week. The online payment service, which boasts about letting retailers get on with the business of retailing while it manages multi-channel …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2017
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UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

Updated Insurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal. DXC, which is hell-bent on eking out $1bn in cost savings in its fiscal 2017, recently bemoaned contract run-offs after the UK Department for Work and Pensions refused …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2017
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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

DXC Technologies employees fear a company request to profile their skills on a new management portal will be used by top brass to elbow them out of the door in the next round of compulsory redundancies. Staff were given two week deadline to complete their “individual profile” on the Saba Cloud, a new “skills management system …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2017
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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

SFW The Reg readership might be interested to know that the coming Friday does not just signal the end of the working week and time to cut loose, it is also World Vasectomy Day. WVD, to use the acronym, isn’t a new thing per se, it first started in 2013 to celebrate men around the world who are “stepping up for their partners, …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2017
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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

Miscreants racked up a $64,000 bill on DXC Technologies' tab after a techie accidentally uploaded the outsourcing firm's private AWS key to a public GitHub repo. It was red faces all round as the business opened up on the classic crypto key fumble in a PDF memo to staff, the contents of which were seen by The Register. " …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2017
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Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach

Builders merchant Jewson has confirmed in writing to customers that their privates could have been exposed in a cyber break-in that occurred late this summer. In a letter sent to customers – seen by The Reg – Jewson stated: "As a Jewson Direct customers, we regrettably are writing to inform you that our website (www. …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2017
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What will £450k buy you? A new CEO at Softcat

Ever wondered how much the CEO at a big box shifting reseller gets paid? Wonder no more, for Softcat has revealed its new head honcho Graeme Watt will be on a cool £450,000 yearly base salary. London Stock Exchange-listed Softcat today confirmed Watt, a veteran of tech distribution, will take control of Marlow-headquartered …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2017
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Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two UK.gov contracts

Exclusive The Department for Work & Pensions has not renewed a pair of contracts it held with Frankenfirm DXC Technologies – a loss the outsourcing business was lamenting in its latest financial results. El Reg can reveal that the government department opted not to renew the legacy HP Hosting and Desktop agreements that were in place …
Paul Kunert, 9 Nov 2017

That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

AWS has a reputation for ratcheting up prices as customers migrate more workloads to its sprawling rack empire – but a bunch of UK users endured a sphincter-tightening moment today when they checked their bill. Reg reader Alec Hendry, who manages digital platforms and a "bunch of crazy video stuff" for MTV, said he was …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2017
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Lenovo buys majority stake in Fujitsu's sickly PC biz

Japanese tech pusher Fujitsu has finally - as expected - found a solution for its ailing PC business: it will sell a majority stake to Lenovo for up to JPY28bn (£187m) that will be used to form a joint venture. The pair, along with the Development Bank of Japan, will "focus on the research, development, design, manufacturing …
Paul Kunert, 2 Nov 2017

LTE it snow: Microsoft to punt out LTE-tastic Surface Pro in December

Microsoft's Surface Pro with added LTE goodness is due to land in the UK on 1 December, just in time for enterprise punters to request one from the local Santas residing in their procurement and IT department. Panos Panay, corporate veep of devices, took to the stage at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in London to confirm the …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2017

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

Microsoft stands accused of forcing customers to migrate to cloud services by introducing new licensing terms and raising prices for hosted Windows Server 2016, which could see monthly costs more than doubling. When Microsoft launched WS16 last autumn, it shifted from licensing per CPU to licensing per core for the Standard …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2017
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Which reseller pleased fatcats today and rhymes with let's mute a centaur?

Computacenter – one of Europe’s largest resellers – today reported Q3 financials that are sure to warm the cockles of investors' hearts: sales jumped by a fifth as businesses splashed the cash on tech kit and services. Total reported turnover for the calendar third quarter ended September jumped 27 per cent to £931m; this was …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2017
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DXC: Hands up in customer support – who wants redundo?

DXC Technologies is seeking volunteers in customer support teams to strap themselves to the redundancy cannon as the process of shipping jobs out of higher wage locations and into cheaper ones continues. Peter Hands, the Frankenfirm’s UK and Ireland veep of the "deliver" unit, issued a memo to staff yesterday that was seen by …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2017
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BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

Former UK state monopoly BT has agreed to Ofcom's requests to hack more than a third off the price of monthly line rental for its one million landline-only punters across the UK. Even though wholesale costs of providing landlines had fallen, rental prices had risen, pointed out Ofcom, which said it was concerned that landline- …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2017
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Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

Exclusive Microsoft has something that will compound customers' New Year hangovers for 2018 – a double-digit price hike. According to documents seen by The Register, Microsoft will slap up to 10 per cent on the cost of certain flavours of Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) in the UK from next year. "On January 1, 2018, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2017
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Feel the pension pot burn, Canadian DXCers

Exclusive DXC Technologies Canada will match only half the pension contributions made by former HPE Enterprise Services staff in yet another dramatic expenses purge. The amounts funnelled into the ESIT Retirement and Savings Programme will be calculated differently from the start of next year, DXC told staff yesterday, in documents seen …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2017
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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

Exclusive Credit insurers are cutting their exposure to geek emporium Maplin Electronics amid some reports of declining profit and wider concerns about old-school retailing. Trade indemnifier QBE slashed available cover on Maplin by more than 80 per cent in September and has just removed the limit completely, meaning distributors will …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2017
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DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

In the pursuit of ways to further squeeze its overheads, DXC Technologies has issued a fresh directive to the troops by further clipping travel costs and capping client entertainment. This is a tightening of previous rules instigated by the powers that be at DXC in May – the outsourcing provider is seeking to slash its …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2017

Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon

Lenovo is laying off a little more than 1,000 employees with the majority of heads set to roll in the US and China. The “worldwide resource action” will impact “approximately two per cent of our approximately 52,000 employees globally,” a spokesman confirmed to The Register in a statement. “While we are making good progress …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2017
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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

Misco UK has laid off 300 staff, as expected, after ceasing to trade and appointing administrative receiver FRP Advisory to pick through the ashes of the loss-making business. El Reg revealed at the start of this week that the Northamptonshire-based firm’s boss Alan Cantwell was trying to raise additional funds to rescue the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2017
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IT resellers, this is your future: Shifting driverless cars within 5 years

Canalys Channels Forum Tech resellers who are on occasion – and perhaps cruelly – compared to sheepskin jacket-wearing secondhand car dealers, might just be getting into game after all, if a veteran channel analyst is to be believed. In one of the more left-field predictions from Steve Brazier, CEO at Canalys, channel partners resellers will soon be …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2017

Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

Misco Group Ltd is holding eleventh-hour talks to secure additional funding to turn around the business and stave off the threat of administrative receivership, multiple sources have told The Reg. The majority of Misco’s European operations were sold to IT industry exec Alan Cantwell backed by Hilco Capital – the private …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2017
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Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

Canalys Channels Forum The biggest tech resellers in Europe would not mourn the demise of the Surface device should Microsoft decide to kill it off by 2019, as was recently predicted at the Canalys Channels Forum. Industry figures including Steve Brazier, CEO at Canalys; Lenovo COO Gianfranco Lanci; and Dell president Marius Haas have all claimed …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2017

Ernst & Young slapped with £1.8 MEEEELLION fine for crap accounting

Ernst & Young is nursing a £1.8m fine from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) after admitting to "misconduct" when auditing 2012 P&L accounts for distributor Tech Data that were later found to contain material mistakes. Tech Data (formerly Computer 2000 in the UK) revealed in 2013 that it had made financial blunders for …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2017

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