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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register
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On the edge of its seats: Cloud rains down even more cash on Adobe

Adobe, the maker of reassuringly expensive software for creative types that have limited tech alternatives, has again wrapped up another quarter of double-digit jumps in both the top and bottom lines. cloud killer Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only READ MORE For the three months ended 31 August – …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2018

Adobe chatting up Marketo – reports

Adobe, the developer of software clouds for creative types, is reportedly locked in talks to buy marketing software-as-a-service slinger Marketo. California-based Marketo, which writes B2B marketing applications, was taken private a little more than two years ago by private equity house Vista Equity Partner Management LLC in a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2018
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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

Exclusive Irascible Dragons’ Den celebrity tycoon Peter Jones has scooped up the Maplin Electronics trading name, The Reg can reveal. An auction of the fallen retailer's intellectual property took place in the summer with PWC asking Morvan Fraser, senior manager for IP sales at Metis Partners to preside over the sell-off. Peter Jones, …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2018
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Danube diss: Cloud spending to outstrip Slovakia's GDP this year

What sector of tech is forecast to grow fatter than the Slovakian economy or Elon Musk’s ego in 2018? The cloud. Global spending on the fluffy white stuff is predicted by mystics at Gartner to reach $175.8bn this year. If the House of Crystal Ball Strokers are right - they’ve been wrong before - then that will equate to a rise …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2018
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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

Hard-pressed outsourcing biz Capita was today selected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to manage the Gas Safe Register (GSR) for five years, including overseeing the competence of engineers listed. The five-year agreement kicks off from April Fools’ Day 2019 and is valued by London Stock Exchange-listed Capita as …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2018
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Capita onshores IBM transformer man as chief growth officer

Beleaguered outsourcing biz Capita is turning to IBM Global Business Services (GBS) – another beleaguered outsourcing biz – to onshore its managing partner for North America, hiring him as chief growth officer. Ismail Amla's recruitment was trumpeted by London Stock Exchange-listed Capita today: he fills a position that didn't …
Paul Kunert, 6 Sep 2018
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World Cup TV sales offset dip in computing demand says Dixons Carphone

Data-breach-hit Dixons Carphone is on track to meet its profit expectations for the current fiscal year as the World Cup beefed up sales of TVs to more than offset crappier demand for computing kit and white box goods. The group said like-for-like sales were flat for the 13 weeks ended 28 July, the firm’s first quarter of …
Paul Kunert, 6 Sep 2018
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Everything DM gets direct message slap: Marketing biz cops £60k ICO fine

A scurrilous marketing agency that fired 1.42 million emails at prospective customers was today saddled with a £60,000 fine by the UK’s data watchdog. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Stevenage-based Everything DM Ltd (EDML) pestered people for a year from May 2016 via its direct marketing system, Touchpoint. EDML, …
Paul Kunert, 5 Sep 2018

Dell EMC plucks Tech Data distie man Tomlin to run UK channels

Updated Dell EMC has poached a channel veteran to lead its UK partner biz, sources have told The Register. Rob Tomlin, currently boss of Tech Data's Advanced Solutions unit, which houses the Dell EMC enterprise franchise, is to take up the post, Dell told its senior management team on Friday. The move has been well received in some …
Paul Kunert, 3 Sep 2018

Computacenter goes Dutch, picks up Misco's Netherlands biz

The cash reserves at Computacenter (CC) – one of Europe's largest tech resellers – are a little lighter today after it slurped Misco Netherlands. The buy will see some 200 people transfer from Misco Solutions BV in Amstelveen to the new parent, and will add a chunk of sales to CC's top line: €134m in 2017, according to Misco's …
Paul Kunert, 3 Sep 2018

AIM-listed iomart inhales third cloud biz in 4 months

Exclusive AIM-listed iomart has carved out the umpteenth notch on its bedpost, so to speak, buying UK managed hosting and cloud minnow Bytemark. North Yorkshire-based Bytemark is the third slurp in four months for iomart following deals with cloud services outfits Dediserve, Tier 9 Ltd, which trades as Simply Servers. The latest …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2018

Respected Wall St analyst snips HPE's share price rating

An influential Wall Street analyst has downgraded its rating for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's stock, citing fears about the supplier's small footprint in cloud computing and ceding share in servers. "We are lowering our rating on HPE from Outperform to Market-Perform and our price is $20 to $18," said Toni Sacconaghi Jr, …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2018
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Butcher by name, Butcher by nature? Capita finds new CFO

It may be a case of nominative determinism that in the midst of its expense purge Capita has hired a man called Butcher to take control of the finance function. It might just be coincidence. Patrick Butcher will inherit the wooden abacus at Capita by the end of the calendar year, the sickly outsourcing badass confirmed to the …
Paul Kunert, 22 Aug 2018

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

Hackers claim to have grabbed the personal details of almost 20,000 bods who shopped online at Superdrug, the British cosmetics retailer has confirmed. Payment card details are not said to be among the haul. The biz has emailed customers, El Reg can confirm, advising them of the “possible disclosure of your personal data, but …
Paul Kunert, 21 Aug 2018
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DXC Technology asks field-based techies if they'd like to leave

Just as DXC Technology workers thought they’d escaped a summer redundancy session the perennial cost-cutter has asked for volunteers to form an orderly queue to the exit door. Peter Hands, DXC UK and Ireland veep of the Deliver organisation - the unit that actually provides field services to customers - delivered the news to …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2018

Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo

Windows 10 PC refreshes in business land helped Lenovo report double digit sales growth for the first quarter of its fiscal 2019 earnings - the Chinese giant made hay while the sun shone. Revenue bounced 19 per cent year-on-year to $11.91bn, but two thirds of this came from PC sales, which went up 19.8 per cent in the quarter …
Paul Kunert, 16 Aug 2018

Quantiq slurps asset of Profile Enterprise Solutions

Quantiq has snaffled certain assets of fellow Microsoft Dynamics boutique Profile Enterprise Solutions. The trade buy includes support contracts for roughly 40 customers that had projects on the go with PES, the Hemel Hempstead-based biz that has now formally shuttered its Dynamics NAV practice. A small number of staff have …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2018
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Now DXC yourself to the door: Another exec exits outsourcing giant

Mike Klaus, the boss of DXC Technology’s $4bn Applications Services business has left the building, sources have informed The Register. In a memo sent to staff last night - emailed to the Brit contingent this morning - DXC CEO Mike Lawrie thanked the exec for his time near the top of the org chart and unveiled his immediate …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2018
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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

Devon County Council has pointed the finger of blame at a "new IT printing system" for a letter littered with spelling mistakes that informed a father he was being fined for taking his son out of school in term time. penalty notice from Daniel Moore - used with permission. Do not reuse without his permission The letter Daniel …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2018
The big fish eats the little fish

Can, can, can you buy it, CANCOM? Brexit's made it cheap(er), man: Firm inks OCSL deal

Munich-headquartered integrator CANCOM has confirmed to the German stock exchange that it is buying British enterprise tech supplier OCSL for £29m in cash and shares. Founded in 1990, West Sussex-based OCSL resells hardware and software, hybrid cloud, and managed and consultancy services. It largely works with HPE, Microsoft, …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2018
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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

Exclusive The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today confirmed the resignation of Liam Maxwell, though the UK government’s top tech advisor will work his notice period and not leave until October. As exclusively revealed by The Register earlier this week, Maxwell is set to swap life in the public sector for a …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2018
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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

Updated Data-brokering biz Lifecycle Marketing (Mother & Baby) has been fined £140,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for illegally collating and flogging personal information of more than a million people. The Buckinghamshire-based business, also known as Emma's Diary, issues advice on pregnancy and childcare. It sold …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2018

Mind behind 16.7m nuisance call menace cops six-year boss ban

A company boss whose business was fined £260,000 for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls has been banned from holding directorships for six years. Shaun Harkin, 48, from Coventry and the sole director at Easyleads Ltd, was pulled over hot coals by the Information Commissioner's Office on 21 September last year for …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2018
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DXC will be damned if it lets cloud cannibalise the IT outsourcing biz before DXC does

DXC Technology, fed up with the cloud brigade eating into its own IT outsourcing (ITO) business, has set up an "integrated practice" with AWS to get in on the action itself. The unit will "deliver IT migration, application transformation and business innovation to global enterprise clients", DXC CEO Mike Lawrie promised …
Paul Kunert, 8 Aug 2018
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UK govt's top tech heavyweight Maxwell quits for Amazon job

Exclusive The UK government’s top tech adviser Liam Maxwell is to swap public life for the private sector, with a global role at tax-efficient cloud titan Amazon Web Services, The Register can reveal. Maxwell – who currently holds the title of national tech advisor to the government, and before that was the first CTO for Government …

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