Articles about Smes

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That big UK gov leg up for small biz: SMEs bag just 1-in-10 G-Cloud deals

Small businesses have taken just 10 per cent of government IT contracts available from public-sector shopping catalogue G-Cloud. That's according to a group formed to give Whitehall feedback on actions that could boost SME involvement. The target figure is 25 per cent. Fronted by managed hosting and IaaS provider Memset, the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2013

Calling all resellers:Cloud, security, SMEs and you

Mini-poll Vendors may have declared that 2012 is the year of the cloud, but it's resellers who have to deal with the fall-out from over hyped expectations and half-baked product strategies. You know what your customers really think of the cloud, and what you need to help them make the switch. So please help us enlighten the vendor …
David Gordon, 18 Jun 2012

MPs in SHOCK discovery: G-Cloud yet to impact govt SME biz

Just 27 per cent of MPs believe the G-Cloud has enabled small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to more easily access the UK government's notoriously closed ICT market, according to a survey of MPs and peers. By contrast, peers were more encouraging, with 52 per cent believing the programme has improved SME access - although many …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2014

UK.gov SLASHES ICT frameworks by more than HALF

The government is cutting the number of its ICT frameworks from 26 down to just 10 - a move that has been criticised for leaving SMEs in the dark. The strategy will initially reduce the number of frameworks down to 16, but as more agreements expire that number will decrease to 10. The new frameworks will typically last for …
Kat Hall, 16 Dec 2014

'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

More than one in ten of Blighty's small biz owners admit to being shameless software pirates, the Business Software Alliance reckons. The industry organ arrived at this stat by extrapolating research from Vanson Bourne covering just 250 SMEs, finding that 12 per cent admitted to side-stepping licensing rules. It found that 18 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013
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Making SMEs cyber-safe for fun and profit

Whitepaper Big firms stand to lose a lot when their defences are breached. But small companies have their own crown jewels, and stand to lose at least as much as their larger rivals without the resources to fall back on. So, The Register has created the whitepaper The Business of Security in collaboration with McAfee. It looks at what …
Miatta Momoh, 17 Jul 2012

Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing

Microsoft is loosening restrictions for business customers who want the full-fat edition of Windows – the Enterprise Edition. Redmond is making it easier and less expensive for organisations with more than five PCs to get Enterprise Edition under a licensing change from March 1. Windows Enterprise Edition is to be made …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Feb 2014
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Think your IT department's parochial? Try selling to SMEs

It’s been a few years since I carried a quota, but over the course of my sales career I have signed some pretty substantial and complex deals in the large corporate space. However, it was the time I spent working with IT channel partners selling enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems into smaller businesses that I had to …
Dale Vile, 03 Jun 2013

Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys

Sysadmin blog Recently I have been spending most of my time with enterprise CIOs and vendors' "product owners"; their dismissiveness of the needs of small and medium-sized businesses has finally got to me. As a rule, talking about the needs of corner cases is boring to the masses, but today I just need to get up on my soapbox and talk a …
Trevor Pott, 12 Jul 2013
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Jacking up firearms fees will cost SMEs £3.5 MILLION. Thanks, Plod

Downrange The Home Office has admitted that police plans to force a 76 per cent hike in the cost of a firearm certificate will cost firearms dealers alone £700,000, with gamekeepers and vets being smacked with a further £2.8m in government-imposed fees. A consultation on the proposed increase in firearms fees, issued earlier this week, …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2014
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UK.gov claims it's giving doubled cash to SMEs ... now 13%

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude claimed today that the government was "on track" to double the monetary value of business going to small- and medium-sized firms by April this year. “Governments might be able to print money but it is SMEs who make it successful. SMEs are crucial to the future of this country and can save …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2012

Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

Smaller businesses tend to be worse off for broadband connections than average users, particularly in urban areas, according to an official report on the UK's digital infrastructure. Market regulator Ofcom said that its 2014 report underlined the importance of its new programme of work for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Dec 2014
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Can SMEs score those big gov contracts?

The UK public sector spends £230bn on goods and services a year, roughly 15 per cent of the UK economy and £1 for every £7 spent in Britain. The procurement of these goods and services is a massively complex undertaking, fraught with inefficiency accumulated over successive governments. When the Coalition government was elected …
Michael Keegan, 18 May 2012

Gov cockup on £1bn mega buying framework slams SMEs in wallet

Exclusive Cost-cutting in the public sector has serious implications for service delivery: just ask the SME IT suppliers counting the expense of bidding for a mega software and services agreement that may now be scrapped. Resellers were invited in June to tender for the Applications Development, Delivery and Support Services (ADDSS) …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2012
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SMEs get hit harder in a market crisis, say biz profs

SMEs, especially riskier R&D-led ones, get even harder than one would expect by market crises, according to a new analysis by biz professors. "We found that during big market crashes, investors adjust their holdings towards bigger corporate stocks that they perceive as being safer, even after controlling for economic exposures …
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2011

UK.gov dumps another £40m into unpopular SME broadband scheme

Seemingly flush with cash, the government is pouring an extra £40m into its SME broadband voucher scheme, despite the pitiful take up of the existing £100m initiative to date. Plans to extend the scheme until March 2016, and to more cities, were outlined in the Treasury's 2014 National Infrastructure plan. "Vouchers will be …
Kat Hall, 03 Dec 2014
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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

The government has enlisted the boss of an SME yet to win any business via G-Cloud to advise on ways to, er, oil the wheels of commerce for other small traders that have similarly found public sector contract success elusive. Dragons' Den star Piers Linney, joint head at AIM-listed, cloudy infrastructure biz Outsourcery, is the …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014
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Cisco to sink $16m in cloudy Chinese joint venture with TCL Corp

Cisco is planning to set up a new $80m commercial cloud joint venture with Chinese electronics firm TCL Corp, according to a company filing. TCL told Shenzhen Stock Exchange (translated by Google) that Cisco would invest $16m in the new firm and hold a 20 per cent stake, while TCL takes care of the rest of the investment for the …
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Sage butters up SMEs in fiscal first half

British software outfit Sage saw a mild upswing in pretax profit and revenue in the first half of its fiscal year as SMEs tentatively splashed some cash. The company's boss Guy Berruyer attributed the gentle rise to an "increase in business confidence for SMEs in the period". Sage reported pre-tax profit was up 5 per cent to £ …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2011
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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

BlackBerry has given users another reason to throw out their BlackBerry servers – by putting BES10 into the cloud as a hosted service. It's a long-overdue move, allowing existing BlackBerry sites to set up and manage the first-rate MDM and secure communications services offered BlackBerry via the web, rather than maintaining in- …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Most Brits can get broadband at home these days, according to regulator Ofcom, but the service is still pretty patchy. The telecoms authority said 97 per cent of folks in Blighty are able to get at least basic broadband of 2Mbps, and altogether 15 per cent of people are stuck below the 10Mbps mark. Ofcom considers this speed – …
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Telstra (re)launches am app store (again)

Telstra has taken the defibrillator to the in-house app store idea, announcing the business-focussed Telstra Apps Marketplace. Launched with two apps – DocuSign (digital transactions) at AU$10 a month and Box (collaboration) at $6.60 a month – the marketplace is pitched as “a one-stop shop to find, buy, and use today’s best …

UK Cabinet Office's £200m IT bonanza: I got 999 contracts but a pitch ain't won (yet)

The UK government is seeking as many as 999 firms to provide a raft of tech services across the public sector, according to a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Cabinet Office, acting via government procurement body Crown Commercial Services, is splitting the Technology Services framework into 11 …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2014

Plusnet wants resellers' SME customers and is willing to pay

Biz broadband and calls provider Plusnet has called on distie DMSL to muster dealers that want to flog its services to SMEs weeks after the latest web wobble. The timing on recruitment could be better for the Sheffield-based ISP following an outage on 4 March that downed services for an hour. Connectivity wholesaler DMSL will …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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Gov: Half of new tech spending must be made with SME suppliers

The UK government is trying to accelerate procurement reforms and hit ambitious targets by directing at least half of all new IT spending to small biz suppliers before the next general election. One of the grand aims of the Cabinet Office had been to route 25 per cent of all government IT business through SMEs by the end of …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2013
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Telstra targets SMEs in next cloud push

While some providers are looking to free trials to get businesses, particularly small ones, to try out the cloud, there’s no such pussyfooting around from Telstra: it’s launched a small business cloud service that ranges upwards from $AU200 per month. The Telstra cloud entry level pricing will get you two CPUs, 4 GB of RAM, 100 …

Crown Representative: SME biz is huge... but I don't have exact figures

The Crown Representative for SMEs is talking big about working with small tech suppliers, but even he can't detail in a transparent way the exact financial benefits of doing so. SME flag-waver Stephen Allott blogged that at the end of October, 20 months since launch, 56 per cent of the £63.46m transacted on CloudStore, a web …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

UK.gov's flagship infosec program ISN'T DELIVERING - but all's still well, say auditors

The UK's National Cyber Security Programme is not yet delivering on its much-vaunted economic benefits but is still a worthwhile exercise, according to a report by government auditors. An update by the National Audit Office for Parliament's Public Accounts Committee on the government’s National Cyber Security Programme said that …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2014
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Small biz isn't finding it any easier to bag govt IT contracts

Smaller businesses are still finding it tough to win government IT contracts, with just six per cent of SMEs reckoning they can more easily sign on the dotted line in the last two years. Fujitsu has said that a survey of 500 SMEs in Blighty found that half of them reckoned there had been no change in their ability to win …
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Coalition rejigs gov procurement to give SMEs an in

The government launched a new website this afternoon for contractors looking to win public sector jobs that cost over £10,000. It's hoped that more small businesses will get involved in the procurement process, said Prime Minister David Cameron. Stephen Allot has been tasked with improving dialogue between Whitehall and smaller …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2011

Capita to hoover up small pile of SMEs in 2012

Capita is flogging 40 million new ordinary shares in an institutional pacing to fund a "pipeline" of small and medium sized bolt-on biz acquisitions. The group, whose IT Services arm has told 1,000 workers they are at risk of redundancy, is estimated to raise £280m through the rights issue following an "encouraging start to the …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2012

LOHAN sponsor Lucidica explains the benefits of being French

Back in October, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team welcomed our magnificent Kickstarter sponsors to Vulture Central, and among those who rolled up to be frisked by security at the door were representatives of London-based IT support firm Lucidica. The Lucidica team at Vulture Central With fighting livers at …
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2014
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Dragon's Outsourcery flaunts UK.gov cloud bazaar credentials

Outsourcery is crowing about the O-Cloud platform receiving pan government accreditation - IL2 in old money - that will allow it to unleash IaaS and hosted Microsoft apps on tech buyers in the Digital Marketplace. This does not give the loss-making purveyor of cloudy stuff the keys to a particularly exclusive club; 17 other …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2014
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Give us a digi-Czar and more bureaucrats, begs UK tech-services biz

+Comment New policy proposals published by tech services trade group Tech UK (formerly Intellect) today seek to grapple with its members being marginalised by recent Government fads. Many of the proposals are familiar - ring-fencing the science budget, making the hiring of skilled foreign tech workers easier, and urging Government to …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Sep 2014
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HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational

Her Majesty's Treasury appears to be using smoke and mirror tactics to promote the government's wider SME agenda, after splitting up a major contract into multiple towers but handing the beefiest deal to a huge corporate. The coalition has made great strides to break the oligopoly of tech suppliers that hoovered up business …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014

EU's super-commish for tech: Geo-blocks on cat vids, music – NOT FAIR

Andrus Ansip, the new EU super-commissioner for all things digital, says he will work to completely abolish geo-blocking of media in Europe – and urged telcos to get on with pushing out high-speed mobile broadband. What started out as a relatively boring and predictable hearing before the European Parliament on Monday took a …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Oct 2014
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Australia's eMinister has policy-crush on UK's Liam Maxwell

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has offered a little more detail on his plans for electronic delivery of government services and the way Australia will procure the kit required to deliver them. Writing in The Guardian Australia, Turnbull detailed a meeting with Liam Maxwell this week. Neelie Kroes, the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014
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Usual suspects make UK.gov Digital Services supplier list

Some 183 suppliers have bagged a place on a nine-month, £40m public sector framework to bid for digital services project work, with a third of the firms new to government work. A tender was issued by Government Procurement Services in July. It had been looking for a maximum of 999 suppliers to provide software engineering and …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013
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SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time

Sysadmin Blog The storage market is in the middle of an evolution. To what, nobody knows, but a whole lot of people expect to get very rich between now and when we've got it all figured out. The only market that matters to most companies is the enterprise, because that's where the big margins are. One sales junket, lots of terabytes sold. …
Trevor Pott, 12 Feb 2014
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Watchdog puts UK gov IT on RED alert. Yes, that's a bad thing

The UK government's "G-Cloud" project is one of more than 20 IT-related government-run projects that have been given a "red" or "amber/red" status by the Major Projects Authority (MPA), a watchdog that oversees government projects. "It is important to note that a red or amber/red rating does not mean a project will be or should …
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 May 2014
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Amazon offers cloud based bulk emailer to SMEs

Amazon is offering a bulk emailer for businesses via its cloud services arm Amazon Web Services. Amazon's Simple Email Service - Amazon SES to its friends - allows you to send up to 2,000 emails a day for free, if they come from another Amazon cloud service. The book and services giant says that messages can be sent for as …
John Oates, 25 Jan 2011
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Alternative Networks hauls in heavy duty sales hand

Alternative Networks has turned to former Vodafone UK enterprise channel boss Chris Huggett to reinvigorate stagnating sales. The appointment as group sales director at the London Stock Exchange-listed biz comms provider comes after a disappointing 2013 for investors, when revenue stagnated at £114m and operating profit dipped …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2014
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UK.gov: We really are going to start buying open-source from SMEs

Intellect 2012 Open source and open standards are the direction for UK government IT, the civil servant leading the government's technology change agenda has said. Liam Maxwell, Cabinet Office director of ICT futures, said Tuesday in London that open source has grown up and it's time to dispel lingering misconceptions about this technology and …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2012

Backup bruiser Barracuda bares teeth, gulps down C2C

BJ Jenkins' Barracuda has made its first acquisitive bite, buying mail archiver and manager C2C for an undisclosed mix of cash and stock. It's part of a comprehensive product revamp called Data Protection Plus. Barracuda is a backup, file sync and share and content/application security business, which went through an IPO in …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2014

Unify to axe 3,800 employees, blames the cloud

Unify, the company formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC), is to ditch half its workforce as it pursues a future based on flogging services and software. The joint venture between Siemens (49 per cent stake) and Gores Group sprang to life as SEC in 2008, but was rebranded last November, and now plans to edge …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2014
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SMEs, tech vendors scrabble for morsels of comfort in CSR

George Osborne left small business lobbyists spluttering today over the lack of an explicit commitment to helping SMEs in the Comprehensive Spending Review. Meanwhile, tech vendors reacted with a flurry of pre-canned statements, mainly claiming that their products and services are just the thing to help hard-pressed public …
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2010

OFT probe: Do small UK firms get fair shake in public sector tenders?

Armed with data provided from suppliers and public sector IT bods, the Office of Fair Trading will now launch a probe into the state of the government tech landscape and whether SMEs are getting a fair share. Back in July, the competition watchdog put out a call for information as bids to discover if competition is alive and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013
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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014

Think ahead when bringing mobiles into your small business

Sponsored article This article is sponsored by EE. When a business, no matter how small, works out its mobile strategy, it is important for it to pay due attention to what the future might hold. It is no good making an investment in mobile technology and then equipping staff with devices that will no longer do the job in 18 months’ time. …
David Gordon, 15 Oct 2014
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Government dials 999. What service do you require? DIGITAL

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has issued a cross public sector framework tender worth up to £40m over nine months for tech firms that can design, build and run digital services. The framework organiser is looking for a maximum of 999 participants to provide software engineering and ongoing support, system administration …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013