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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
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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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Can you hear that? It's the world's smallest violin playing for DXC, IBM and Capgemini

British businesses and the public sector spent £448m less on infrastructure services (IS) from DXC Technology, IBM and Capgemini in 2017. Man counts pounds and pence. Photo by Shutterstock Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two contracts READ MORE Frankenfirm DXC was still by far the biggest recipient of IS cash, hauling …
Paul Kunert, 7 Aug 2018
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Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap

Even in its darkest hours, Capita still clung to its status as the top UK supplier of software and IT services (SITS) for 2017 – though largely because its next nearest rivals played a stinker. Shiny new Capita boss to I know you are but what am I? READ MORE Everyone's favourite outsourcing badass – Capita for the …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2018
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Brit web host biz UKFast gears up to IPO on London Stock Exchange

UKFast, a British web hosting provider and bringer of clouds, is planning to float on the London Stock Exchange with the aim of raising a £350m war chest, The Register can exclusively reveal. The Manchester-based business, which employs 350 staff and operates five data centres – with two dedicated to the British public sector …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2018

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

NHS England must re-evaluate the way it outsources work to the private sector in the wake of "continued squabbles" with Capita over the mismanaged £700m Primary Support Care (PSC) contract. The seven-year agreement that began in September 2015, which includes an option to extend it for three years, was to provide support …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2018
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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

BT Group today said it has started consultation with 31,000 staff that are bound for Openreach in October, according to a statement filed with the London Stock Exchange. In early 2016, UK comms regulator Ofcom identified serious failings with BT's ownership of Openreach, a subsidiary that runs Britain's entire broadband …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2018

Atos to hoover up US tech buzzword biz Syntel for $3.4bn

Atos has diverted attention from some cracks in its North American ops by making public its intention to spend lots of cash – a cool $3.4bn to be precise – to buy US-HQ'd tech services outfit Syntel. Michigan-based Syntel sells a menu of cloud, mobile, analytics, IoT, and automation services, which also come peppered with …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2018
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DXC CEO confirms boss of its field-based techies is OUT

Exclusive Frankenfirm DXC Technology over the weekend abruptly announced the immediate departure of Steve Hilton, the exec veep that ran the Global Delivery Organisation, and confirmed his temporary replacement. Hilton ran GDO since DXC began trading in April 2017. He controlled IT Operations, Application Management and Business Process …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2018
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IBM wants everyone to marvel at the size of its Strategic Imperatives

The latest financial headlines emitted by the faltering enterprise juggernaut that is IBM indicate that its years-long efforts to turn a corner might be paying off, though not everyone on Wall Street agrees. Big Blue last week reported a sales uplift of 4 per cent to $20.4bn for Q2 ended 30 June. This equated to a 2 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2018

If only 3D desktop printers could 3D print sales! Units crash in Q1

There was a lull after the 3D printer sales storm in 2017 as shipments of personal/desktop boxes declined in the first quarter of this year for the first time, according to distributor stats. There were 3 per cent fewer units of the desktop variety flung into distribution globally in the three months than was the case in Q1 …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2018
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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

The water wells across parts of England* may be running dry but Southern Water has kept the taps running on its long running managed service deal with Capita, extending the contacts initially by five years for £30m. The renewal was confirmed to the London Stock Exchange today by shape shifting Capita, a company that lost £515m …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2018

Why why why Di Data? Brit limb Advanced Infrastructure has date with administrators

Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure (DDAI) will not be providing network plumbing to the construction industry again – at least in its current guise – because the business is in administration. The loss-making organisation helped large enterprises and contractors design, plan, build and support intelligent building …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2018

Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

The UK's data watchdog today issued the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) a £200,000 penalty after it sent a bulk email to participants that identified possible victims of historical crimes. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said IICSA – set up in 2014 to probe the degree to which institutions in …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2018
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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

Never let it be said that techies aren't agile or innovative – and perhaps a little slapdash – when solving problems on a tight budget. Only this week, El Reg was given early sight of a pre-patented swanky new cooling system. IT departments at businesses that asked to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons, have devised a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2018

Do you really want your kids' future in the hands of Capita? Well, too bad

Won't somebody think of the children? Capita – perhaps the UK's least favourite outsourcing badass – is to oversee the admin, processing and support for all primary school national curriculum assessment (NCA) tests in England. The six-year contract worth £109m was awarded by the Department for Education's Standards and Testing …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2018
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Micro Focus belches as it struggles to digest HPE Software

The integration of HPE Software into Micro Focus is running a year behind schedule due to a clash of sales cultures and setting up new IT systems. But at least the rate of falling revenues has slowed. So said Micro Focus chairman Kevin Loosemore and chief exec Stephen Murdoch, whose backside is still warming a seat vacated by …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2018

Distie bosses tuck 7-figure settlement into Cisco's top pocket

The bosses of a now defunct distributor have coughed a seven-figure settlement to Cisco after admitting they violated trademark laws by importing kit from outside the European Economic Area. Alan Gould and Kelley Stewart, former sole directors and equal shareholders at Manchester-based Gen-X, accepted a High Court injunction …
Paul Kunert, 5 Jul 2018

Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

Apple is to set up an alliance with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to reach more suits in the corporate world, The Register can reveal. Similar arrangements are already up and running between Apple and IBM, Cisco, SAP, GE and Deloitte. Apple said in 2015 its enterprise business turned over $25bn in sales. HPE is to be added to the …
Paul Kunert, 4 Jul 2018

Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

More entities affected by the computer security breach at web form and survey company Typeform have come forward, including budget hotel chain Travelodge and UK political party the Liberal Democrats. The survey-as-a-service biz discovered on 27 June that an intruder had accessed files from a "partial backup" dated 3 May …
Paul Kunert, 3 Jul 2018

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