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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register

Fresh strike action ballot planned at Fujitsu over pay, pensions, job cuts

Unionised workers at Fujitsu will again be tested on their appetite for fresh strike action over proposed jobs, silencing of company reps in the Works Council, pay and pensions, says Unite. The Japanese organisation confirmed in October last year that it planned to chop 1,800 employees to beef up UK margins that were " …
Paul Kunert, 6 Oct 2017
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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

Some "unscrupulous" tech suppliers used Brexflation in 2016 to overcharge customers with the most extreme example being a uni that coughed more than ten times the trade price for a cable. In the wake of the EU referendum, the British pound weakened against the US dollar and many manufacturers bumped up their local sales prices …
Paul Kunert, 6 Oct 2017

AMD comes out swinging, says: We're the Buster Douglas of the tech industry!

Canalys Channels Forum Some metaphors do bear close examination. Just ask plucky, perennial underdog AMD, which this week compared itself to Buster Douglas, the short-lived heavyweight boxing champ who shocked the world when he dethroned Mike Tyson in the 1980s. AMD was celebrating a win of sorts by convincing Lenovo to integrate its Ryzen and Epyc …
Paul Kunert, 6 Oct 2017
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HPE: Cloud Server WILL survive... we just need someone else to buy 'em

Canalys channels forum Hewlett Packard Enterprise is reworking the Cloud Server line jointly developed with Foxconn – a unit that was under threat – and plans to launch shiny new products in the not-too-distant future. The servers were aimed at tier-one service providers and formed HPE's answer to original design manufacturers in the Far East that …
Paul Kunert, 5 Oct 2017
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HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

Canalys Channels Forum HP Inc has finally confirmed it is to kill off X3 device sales and support by the end of 2019, cutting short the proposed roadmap and hanging the blame on Microsoft's "change of strategy" with its mobile OS. The three-in-one PC debuted in February 2016, built around Microsoft's Continuum. El Reg's lab vultures tested the kit …
Paul Kunert, 4 Oct 2017

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Canalys Channels Forum Microsoft will quit its loss-making Surface hardware business by 2019, according to execs from PC manufacturers and a channel watcher. Talking at the tenth Canalys Channels Forum in Venice, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would exit the product line because he is a “software guy, a cloud guy” and …
Paul Kunert, 4 Oct 2017
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Pumpkin bumpkins battle, 800kg monstrosity wins

Things are getting real for outdoor pumpkin growers ahead of a European championship that starts in less than a week: a German team yesterday won the national heats with a near-800kg orange beast. A team from Bavaria beat 59 other growers from across the country to carve out the top prize at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin festival on …
Paul Kunert, 2 Oct 2017
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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

Life is about to get a lot more expensive for some customers of Fasthosts with domain renewal price hikes as high as 160 per cent coming into effect late next month – unless of course they buy early. The UK-based web-hosting firm contacted customers – El Reg saw the letter – to warn a "new pricing structure will be applied to …
Paul Kunert, 2 Oct 2017
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Microsoft titan's daddy buys Phoenix. Bytes is going to be a big reselling brother

A disturbance was noted in the reselling channel today when the parent of Bytes UK slurped rival Microsoft licensing solution partner Phoenix Software for £35.9m. The deal with see York-based Phoenix become the sister-company of Bytes Software Services (BSS) and Bytes Security Partnership, which are subsidiaries of …
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2017
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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

Former EDS employees at DXC Technologies that look set to lose the final salary pension plan will need to funnel 40 per cent of monthly earnings into the replacement scheme to maintain their current retirement pot. This was one of the areas covered by an FAQ document DXC sent to the more than 1,200 employees in the UK and …
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2017
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Lenovo fishes in Brit PC pond for new UK boss

Lenovo confirmed to the UK teamsters this morning at 9am that a new boss is set to parachute into the vacant MD’s hot seat locally in a little under six weeks. Preben Fjeld will take control of ops as GM from 1 November - he quit Acer last week where he was the UK country manager from July 2015. In a statement to staff, seen …
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2017
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HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is about to release the trap door again with 5,000 employees, or almost 10 per cent of its workforce, expected to fall through it. The redundancies, first reported by Bloomberg, are part of the HPE Next initiative that CEO Meg Whitman hatched in June, a radical programme – the latest in a long line …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2017
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How's that 'turnaround' year going, Capita? ...Sheesh, sorry I asked

At the halfway point of a turnaround year for listing tech outsourcing ship Capita, the vital statistics are still moving in the wrong direction with top and bottom line slipping and major contract challenges noted. It's almost a year since UK-based Capita issued its first ever profit warning that forced a divisional …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2017

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

Blighty's Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd £260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls. Illegally, the Coventry-based professional pesterers did not have the consent of unsuspecting …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2017

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

The average trade price of computers in Britain shot up by almost a third in the past year since the EU referendum, though a weakened pound might not tell the whole story. According to distributor data collated by channel analyst CONTEXT, average sales prices (ASPs) for desktops, notebooks and workstations reached £480 in July …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2017

DXC squeezes suppliers for extra margin, issues ultimatum

The procurement team at DXC Technologies might consider giving courses on how not to win friends or influence people after sending suppliers an ultimatum: cough better financial terms or else. In a global initiative to bulk out margins, the outsourcing firm wrote to its traders warning them that if they wanted to remain on the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2017
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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

A German chap is in recovery mode after firefighters battled tirelessly for three hours to free his member from a dumbbell weight. The unnamed gent based in Worms, a city nestled in the Rhineland-Palatinate, mid-west Germany, got his spawnhammer stuck in the 2.5kg metal disk on Friday and was transported, ever so gently, to …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2017
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DXC Technologies mails another corp message (gulp)

Repeated redundancy programmes and the imposition of penny pinching measures can make a workforce glum, no matter how many fancy dress days a company offers: DXC Technologies might have realised this. The outsourcing provider has this week informed its grunts in the UK who don’t qualify for existing bonus schemes that one is …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2017

Dell EMC president David Goulden quits

Dell EMC president and boss of the Infrastructure Solutions Group, David Goulden, is leaving the business at the end of the company’s fiscal year, The Register can reveal. Goulden landed at EMC in 2002 and went on to run sales, marketing and was CEO of the Information Infrastructure division prior to the storage vendor being …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2017

HPE slices and dices globo org chart

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is waving bye to another long standing exec as it puts more meat on the new structure that is part of a wider plan to make more money build a long term operational and financial blueprint. A radical initiative branded HPE Next was hatched by CEO Meg Whitman in June, as we exclusively revealed. It is …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2017

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

Argos shoppers who prefer to buy online rather than in-store via the laminated catalogue of dreams were out of luck this morning as the website crashed intermittently and pricing errors showed up. The site was due to be down for routine maintenance from midnight, a spokeswoman at Argos told The Reg, but “there is a separate …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2017
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Ex-EDS bod at DXC Technologies? Sign up to new pension scheme - or else...

Exclusive Frankenfirm DXC Technologies is proposing to kill off the final salary pension scheme for former EDS staff and will refuse to fund pay rises and bonuses to those affected who do not sign over to the new package. This will impact 99 active members of the EDS 1994 pension plan and 1,119 people that are on the EDS Retirement Plan …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2017
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Capita still hasn't found what its looking for: A CEO

Months after Capita commenced its search for a successor to outgoing chief exec Andy Parker, the company has yet to find anyone judged evil enough well suited to fill his boots - at least not one it can make public. The integrator suffered an annus horribilis in 2016 when it reported profits warnings that led to a middle- …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2017
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UK Home Office finds £20m to throw at Oracle cloudy ERP

The Home Office has tossed a paltry £20m of taxpayers' cash at Accenture and Oracle implementation outfit Certus Solutions to deploy a cloudy ERP system that hopefully works overhauls the way back-office services are provided. The aim of two-year contract, tendered on the UK.gov’s G-Cloud supplier framework, is to update …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2017

HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience

Exclusive The first implementation of a planned major reorg at Hewlett Packard Enterprise was outlined last night with a new chief sales officer named and the heads of the Americas and EMEA ops confirmed as exiting the business. In a message to the workforce – seen by us – president Antonio Neri said Phil Davis will move from his post …
Paul Kunert, 7 Sep 2017

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