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Redundancy costs dent BT profits

BT's results for its second quarter - ended 30 September 2009 - are not as bad as expected. The company's aggressive cutting of jobs and costs is working and it was hoping to hit £1bn for the year, having already cut £900m from annual spending. It expects to make free cash flow of £1.6bn compared to previous expectations of £1bn …
John Oates, 12 Nov 2009

Brocade, wake up: Cisco is here, and it ALSO has 16 gig FC

Cisco has waited two years, watching while competitor Brocade launched and sold 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, before finally doubling the speed of its own Fibre Channel switch products, belatedly announcing 16Gbps MDS switches. It's quite possible the networking giant had been hoping that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) take-up …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013

Auditor rains on Bureau of Met's data warehousing parade

An ambitious project to create a single national water database is going to need a complete reboot, with the Australian National Audit Office saying complexity, non-standard approaches and supplier capture caused a multi-million-dollar blowout in the system. The Bureau of Meteorology was given the task of creating the database …

HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

HP has confirmed that more than 7,000 workers in Europe are headed for the chopping block, with sources telling us that a good whack of the cuts will be made in Enterprise Services. In June 2012, HP began consultations with union and staff over plans to get rid of 8,000 jobs in the region, and it confirmed that thousands more …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
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Capita: We WILL be more accountable for our services

A restructure at Capita IT Services is long overdue - well it has been eight whole months since the last one - so the healing mitts of MD Peter Hands have once again grasped the org chart for a rejig. Hands has created five ITS "services towers" under which Capita's wider business units will fall, to give the heads of each …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013

'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

Nearly 1,350 HP Enterprise Services workers downed tools as part of multi-day industrial action in protest against the mass redundancy programme, at least according to the PCS trade union. Industrial officer Alan Brown said up to 90 per cent of the union's 1,500 HPES members went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday this week, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013

Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

Northamber's colourful chairman is forecasting a "more worthwhile future" - one that is less dependent on tech hardware - but the latest financials still bear the scorch-marks of attempts put out its burning PC biz. The UK's oldest tech wholesaler has been rather more quiet since listing on AIM, which means the company no longer …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014
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Amazon fires up worldwide Read Replicas for hosted MySQL

Developers that use the hulking Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud can now shift Read Replicas of data into other global data center hubs. The new feature was announced at the web giant's re:Invent show earlier in November and has now been made available. Previously, Read Replicas could only be shifted about within …
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013
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BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines

Consumer campaigners at Which? are calling for a ban on costly helpline and customer call-lines. Executive director Richard Lloyd said it was "outrageous" to force people with questions or complaints to call higher-rate numbers - such as those starting with 09, 0845, 0844, and 0871 - that could charge up to £1.50 a minute. "It' …
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Another zombie 'bogus app' bug shambles out of Android

Jay Freeman, aka @saurik, has detailed another Zip implementation bug in pre-4.4 (Kit Kat) versions of Android which, similarly to the notorious APK vulnerability exposed earlier this year, opens a hole that malware can sneak through. Freeman – whose previous credentials include security analysis of Google Glass and uncovering …

Capita's IT Services top dog legs it after just 6 months

Capita IT Services boss Mark Quartermaine is leaving the company just six months after he landed the job. He follows operations director Russ Hewitt, who quit the firm a month ago. In an announcement to employees, seen by The Channel, Mark Wyllie, executive director at Capita, said that Quartermaine would be heading for the door …
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'Quarter' of TWO-MILLION-strong zombie PC army lured to their deaths

Symantec has claimed credit for luring a significant lump of the powerful ZeroAccess botnet into a sinkhole. ZeroAccess has been active since 2011 and is one of the largest known botnets in existence: it has upwards of 1.9 million infected computers forming its army, all remotely controlled by miscreants. This swarm of PC robots …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2013

HP throws an extra 2,000 staff onto chopping block

HP has added an extra two thousand workers to its mass redundancy programme, it confirmed today. Back in May the troubled US tech titan threatened to axe 27,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2014 to cut overheads and use some of the savings to invest in R&D. However, in a 10Q form filed today with US financial watchdog SEC, HP …
Paul Kunert, 10 Sep 2012
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NTT Comms snaps up US cloud players in £540 MILLION swoop

Enterprise ICT business NTT Communications has taken a big step towards expanding its global cloud computing footprint with the $US525 million (£326m) acquisition of US provider Virtela and a $350m (£217m) swoop for 80 per cent of datacentre firm RagingWire. The Japanese firm said its deal with RagingWire would more than double …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2013
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'Xiaomi is good enough to break the American market' - Apple's Woz

This was the week when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak rather bizarrely backed a Chinese firm that's been roundly mocked for emulating the fruity firm. Apparently Xiaomi, dubbed the Apple of the Far East, is so similar to the fruity firm that its founder Lei Jun even appears in Steve Jobs-esque attire of black shirt and blue …
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Capita cans Employee Forum a year after launch

Capita IT Services (CITHS) staffers are scratching their heads after the Employee Forum was disbanded just a year after it was set up. The council of 70 staffers was formed as part of the Unity programme, set up by former operations director Russ Hewitt who was then shown the door in July just week before CEO Mark Quartermaine …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2012
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Capita ITS ditches UK job cuts, offshoring dream

Capita IT Services has finally shelved its plans to offshore jobs and make compulsory redundancies in 2013. In August just 84 unionised workers at the reseller-cum-integrator threatened industrial action over moves to send part of the service desk to India and push through job cuts across the wider organisation. Then last month …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2012
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Pay cut consultations could trigger redundancy payments

Companies which follow computer maker Hewlett-Packard's lead and attempt to cut staff wages risk triggering redundancy law payouts if they do not consult staff properly, an employment lawyer has warned. Hewlett-Packard is seeking to cut the pay of its 300,000 staff by between 2.5% and 15%, depending on the level of job they have …
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CSC UK waves ta-ta to axed staff, sharpens axe for next round

CSC UK has concluded the 90-day consultation period for workers at risk of redundancy with roughly two thirds of staffers heading for the door voluntarily, insiders claim. Sources reckon that of 640 peeps CSC included in the cost-cutting programme back in February, 330 are leaving the firm and about 220 of those are willingly …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2012
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Phoenix burns engineering and Northampton call centre jobs

Phoenix IT Group has told HQ-based call centre staff and a bunch of field engineers that their jobs are at risk of redundancy, insiders have told The Channel. The headcount reduction is part of a phased plan to chop 300 workers, and is understood to have led to some rationalisation in sales and marketing including the exit of …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2012
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HP redundancies all about getting 'cheaper, lower skilled' bods

HP engineers in Blighty's Customer Delivery Services unit were warned of redundancies yesterday, with more than one in 10 workers expected to pick up a P45. The trimming is all part of HP's multi-year Make It Better restructuring programme that will see a total of 29,000 workers laid off by the start of its next fiscal year …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2013
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Unite: HP 'addicted to culture of job cuts' as axe raised again

The brothers at Unite have slammed HP for being a "long term addict to a culture of job cuts" as the union bemoaned the loss of a claimed 1,124 UK staffers due to collect their P45s by January. The redundancies are part of the 7,100 mass layoffs across Europe that HP is pushing through before the end of the current fiscal year …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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Ingram Micro's layer cake is about to get a bit flatter

Ingram Micro is toasting better trading conditions in Europe that helped it report record revenues for calendar '13 by sharpening the axe to "de-layer" and "align" the business and save up to $100m in overheads. The world's largest tech distributor filed numbers for Q4 with sales edging up four per cent to $11.8bn driven by …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2014
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Nasdaq blames rival NYSE Arca for 3-HOUR trading outage

The company behind the NASDAQ stock exchange has said that last week's three-hour outage was partly its own fault, but mostly the fault of rival exchange firm NYSE Arca. The glitch forced Nasdaq to take trading offline on Thursday last week – and thousands of Nasdaq-listed stocks were frozen in place for three hours across the …

O2 and Capita finally ink £1.2bn outsourcing deal

O2 has signed the expected deal outsourcing its telephone support to Capita, transferring 2,700 staff in a 10-year deal worth £1.2bn. The deal was only announced in May, though that followed months of discussion and a fair bit of rumour. The Communication Workers Union reckons this to be the UK's biggest ever outsourcing deal, …
Bill Ray, 03 Jul 2013

One year on: What exactly did the 2e2 collapse teach us?

“Sam, I need you in the Heathrow office early tomorrow morning,” read the panicked text from my line manager on a Sunday night. The UK subs of 2e2 Group entered administration a year ago. I had a unique vantage point from where I sat within the crumbling company through the brutal process of administration and seeing the …
Sam Simpson, 20 Feb 2014
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Don't want to get LOCKED INTO IBM's cloud? Um... IBM has a toolkit for you

IBM Labs software researchers have devised technology that moves your data between different clouds, public and private - including IBM’s own Softlayer product. It’s called InterCloud Storage (ICStore) and moves data securely. IBM says storing data on multiple clouds, private and/or public, helps guarantee cloud storage service …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013

QLogic brandishes axe over staff, seeks $20m cost savings

Some of the reasons for QLogic's ousting of its CEO have become clearer after the company issued a restructuring statement. An undisclosed number of staff will be laid off; some engineering operations are going to be consolidated (presumably reducing overlap and costs); and the focus on product development is going to get " …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2013
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TransLattice 3.0 dreams of multi-cloud nirvana

Distributed database TransLattice has a dream of scalable multi-cloud data for all, but competition among providers may quash it. With the release of the TransLattice Elastic Database (TED) 3.0 on Monday, the company is trumpeting its ability to run across multiple public clouds. At launch, TED can run across Amazon Web …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2013
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EDS offers 2,500 UK staff voluntary redundancy

EDS has told its staff that it plans to make up to 250 job cuts by the end of this month. A spokesman for the outsourcing firm confirmed to The Register that company bosses met with trade union representatives last Friday to talk about a limited voluntary redundancy plan during January as part of its "ongoing restructuring and …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2008
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Fujitsu threaten one redundancy

The amicable resolution of a long-running dispute between Fujitsu Services and employees at its Manchester office could be in jeopardy after the firm threatened to make one employee redundant. To make matters worse, Amicus, the union leading a dispute over pay, redundancy rights and union recognition at Fujitsu, said the …
Mark Ballard, 27 Apr 2007
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CEO of bloated outsourcing firm Capita quits after 26 years

Fat cat chief exec Paul Pinder is to quit after 26 years at outsourcing giant Capita to head up small, private equity-backed businesses. The man who, along with other top brass, pocketed a 20 per cent pay hike last year as IT Services staff had their wages frozen and bonuses shelved, is to be replaced by Capita deputy chief exec …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2013
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Cashless Comet to close 41 stores, axe 500 jobs

Collapsed electricals retailer Comet is to shutter 41 stores over the next fortnight, administrator Deloitte has confirmed. So far Dixons Retail and Maplin are among the rivals circling the fallen retailer, although it appears the two are interested in just a handful of stores. As a result the closing down process began at 27 …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2012
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9,000 heads to roll at Dell? Tosh. It'll all go down in Feb and it's THOUSANDS more - insiders

We’re being told that the 9,000 heads redundancy figure at Dell is wrong - it could be 17,000 or more. Dell disputes this strongly, saying our sources' numbers are "inaccurate", but refused to give us a figure. Across the whole Dell worldwide organisation, a figure of 15 to 20 per cent across-the-board cuts has come to us from …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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5,000 job cuts later: Fujitsu boss says bloodletting's almost over ... for now

Fujitsu’s international boss said the company was substantially through a painful transformation that saw it shed 5,000 staff, as the firm kicked off its customer shindig in Munich with a raft of storage and cloud announcements. Now all the remaining staff have to do to keep their jobs is get stuck into pushing the cloud and the …
Joe Fay, 05 Nov 2013
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Cisco readies axe for 4,000 employees

4,000 heads will roll at Cisco, as the networking giant prepares for another lean year in an IT market still recovering from the aftershocks of the global recession. The company's chief executive, John Chambers, announced the cuts alongside Cisco's financial results for Q4 2013 on a conference call on Wednesday. Cisco shares …
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013
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Cost-slashing T Systems asks UK staff to pack their bags

T Systems UK is testing the appetite for voluntary redundancy among its workforce as part of a cost-cutting drive. The division of Deutsche Telekom, which provides desktop services, systems integration, computing and network services and e-business, informed staff yesterday of its proposal. "TSL management told us that they …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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BitTorrent awarded distributed storage patent

BitTorrent has been awarded a patent for something called “Distributed storage of recoverable data”. Available here, the patent is described as “A system, method, and computer program product replace a failed node storing data relating to a portion of a data file.” The invention seems to resemble something an awful lot like …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2013
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IBM gets ready to push more UK and Irish bods overboard

IBM has started a 45-day consultation on letting up to 270 people go from its UK and Ireland operations. Sources have told The Register that Big Blue is once more readying the axe for employees in Blighty, adding to rounds of layoffs that have seen over 6,000 workers sacked globally since 2009. An IBM spokesperson confirmed …
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Capita IT Services second-in-command Hewitt leaves today

Capita IT Services has told its workforce that operations director Russ Hewitt – the man in charge of the Unity cost cutting and change programme – is leaving today. Unity was designed to help the integrator-cum-reseller navigate the perilous economic situation in the UK during 2012 including freezing bonuses and pay, reforming …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2012
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Wages frozen, jobs at risk. Now Capita ITS shifts pay reviews to 1 April

Workers at Capita IT Services (CITS) have been warned their annual reviews could be moved to the same date... April Fool's Day. After an austerity-focussed 2012, during which salaries were frozen, bonuses shelved and 1,000 staff put at risk of redundancy, the upcoming pay review for employees is no laughing matter for many. In …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2013
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Layoffs at Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems over... for now

T-Systems claims to have concluded its voluntary redundancy (VR) programme and has initiated some compulsory lay-offs under a cost-cutting programme. The IT arm of Deutsche Telekom providing desktop services, system integration and computing and network services kicked off the process a month ago. It employs 40,000 bods …
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2012
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Evesham Technology redundancy claims outstanding

Many Evesham Technology Ltd workers who lost their jobs when the British computer maker fell into administration last August appear to still be waiting for their redundancy claims to be fully realised. According to an administrator’s report filed with Companies House late last month: “A significant number of redundancies were …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2008
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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

A big outage that struck Britain's air traffic control system on Saturday was due to a technical fault with a touch screen interface provided by Frequentis, The Register has learned. On Saturday 7 December, during the run-up to one of the busiest times of the year for the UK's airports, controllers at NATS (National Air Traffic …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2013

CSC UK touts jobs at RIVALS to techies facing chop

Outsourcing biz CSC has allowed rivals to advertise job vacancies on its intranet as hundreds of workers face redundancy. In February the integrator wrote off nearly $1.5bn in the fallout of the NHS IT fiasco and threatened to axe 500 techies working on its project to provide electronic patient records. A 90-day consultation …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2012
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Google AXES another 1,200 employees from Motorola workforce

Google is cutting loose another 10 per cent of its Motorola Mobility workforce - which means 1,200 employees at the smartphone maker face redundancy. The move comes after 4,000 jobs in the Motorola wing of Google's biz were axed in August 2012. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Motorola workers were told about …
Team Register, 08 Mar 2013
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IBM's $1bn layoffs latest: Now axe swings in US, Canada - reports

Scores of workers have been made redundant at IBM's Systems and Technology Group in the US, according to a union, soon after the tech titan warned of sweeping job cuts worldwide. Following a $400m shortfall in mainframe and software sales in the first quarter of 2013, employees were warned that a "workforce rebalancing" act (a …
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Storage veteran Murphy returns to HDS after HP fling

Storage tech veteran Steve Murphy has returned Hitachi Data Systems as a vice-president following a brief flirtation with rival HP. Murphy rocked up at HDS in early 2007 and spent four years in various senior positions in the UK and elsewhere. Then in April 2011, he was persuaded to work for HP to oversee its major accounts biz …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2012
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Google goes for Amazon: Slash-fest on cloud storage prices

The Google juggernaut has ground out new cloud storage and compute facilities, slashed its prices, and provided European data centre support for its EU zone. The Google cloud platform includes a range of products, such as its AppEngine, BigQuery, Compute Engine infrastructure service, as well as Cloud Storage. Google's product …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2012
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TransLattice inks partnership with Amazon's AWS cloud

Distributed-database company TransLattice has sailed into Amazon's AWS Partner Network, giving developers confidence that they'll get the most out of their database when running it on the AWS cloud. The company announced on Tuesday that it had gained AWS Partner Network Standard Technology Partner certification (snappy acronym: …
Jack Clark, 13 Feb 2013