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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register
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DXC UK chops more customer-facing service staff

Frankenfirm DXC Technologies is again looking for front-end customer support staff who are willing to leave with a redundancy cheque, according to an internal document. Targets are understood to be relatively low, certainly compared with last summer when – sources told us at the time – 900 staff were scheduled to leave the …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2018
Tesla Model 3

Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

Tesla is to issue a firmware update before the weekend for its Model 3 to deal with a critical brake weakness that was highlighted by US website Consumer Reports. The publication found lots to like about the 'leccy saloon, particularly its record-setting range and insanely fast acceleration – but when it came to slowing down …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2018
The big fish eats the little fish

HPE to gobble software defined data fabric networking startup

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has agreed to slurp software-defined data fabric networking maker Plexxi for an undisclosed sum. The buy fits into the hardware giant’s hyperconverged and data centre modernisation play, and HPE’s consultancy business as it sells advice for punters migrating to the hybrid cloud. Rick Lewis, HPE …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2018
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UKFast bit barn yarn: 'Cisco switch glitch' leads to service ditch

Updated Manchester-based hosting outfit UKFast has fingered a Cisco switch as the root cause of a service wobble that has caused grief for some customers. "Engineers received multiple network alerts affecting part of our infrastructure," the business said in a status alert at 0927 BST this morning about an outage that started at 2250 …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2018

Oh Capita! Thirsty outsourcing titan finds small oasis in contract desert

Capita's Customer Management tentacle is to consolidate claims-handling on behalf of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FCSC) in one of the few good pieces of news this year for the beleaguered tech biz. The loss-making outsourcing titan signed an extension with M&S in January, prolonging customer service phone and …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2018
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Data centre down: Budget plane-ride mart Ryanair goes all in with AWS

Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair is shuttering the "vast majority" of its data centres and moving the infrastructure to AWS. The budget flight mart already runs several workloads on Amazon's public cloud including Ryanair Rooms and Ryanair.com but is set to go all-in over the next three years. Ryanair trilled today it is …
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2018
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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

IBM lost $28bn in revenues in the past six years but that made not one jot of difference the salary and bonuses the top execs got paid. The message from Wall Street? Ever-shrinking sales are not sustainable. Unlike hardware rival Hewlett Packard Enterprise and other tech giants Apple and HP Inc, Big Blue's leaders are not …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2018
A man in handcuffs

World's biggest DDoS-for-hire souk shuttered, masterminds cuffed

Cops yesterday cuffed IT admins behind the "world’s biggest DDoS marketplace", webstresser.org, Europol confirmed today. Europol said Webstresser.org had 136,000 registered users and four million attacks measured by April 2018, targeting online services from banks, government institutions, police forces and the gaming world. …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2018

Recycling tech biz bosses get years for VAT fraud, money laundering

A dastardly duo running IT recycling businesses that pilfered nearly £145,000 in VAT and laundered cash for a gang of fraudsters face years behind bars, HMRC confirmed today. Andrew Baddeley, 45, formerly of Greengate Road, Stoke-on-Trent, and Douglas Brown, 55, of Springfield Avenue, Warrington, ran CMS Computer Monitor …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2018
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McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

Burger-flipping grease-monger McDonald's is ditching Atos and will instead buy IT support services from rival French integrator Capgemini, The Register can reveal. The agreement with Atos – understood to have included support for point-of-sales systems, digital signage and payment systems across McD's 1,249 UK outlets – is …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2018
Suitcase full of money

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

Some tickets to a Bros reunion gig in return for a favourable article? £1,500 to do a straight rewrite of a press release? Or some "free" man perfume from Kaspersky called Eau d'Eugene. Just what would you accept as a gift bribe to do someone's corporate bidding? OK – I'll 'fess up – Reg Towers was not invited to glory in some …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2018
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Now IBM turns redundo gun on its Digital Business Group

IBM is preparing a redundancy chute for the good folk working in its Digital Business Group (DBG), The Register can reveal. Employees in the unit received an email from company execs early last month seeking volunteers to leave the business with "an ex-gratia payment equivalent to statutory minimum redundancy terms". Despite …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2018
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Boring as she goes at Sage? Oh no, no, no! Shares slide as sales slip below forecasts

There was a minor disturbance in the accountancy software market today: accountants even looked up from their books as Sage admitted sales were more sloppy than expected at the half-way stage of its fiscal ’18. In a trading update that initially sent the share price tumbling 17 per cent - down 10 per cent at the time of …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2018
Money cloud

Public cloud services could be worth $302 BEEELLION by 2021

Public cloud services will be a $302bn-plus global market by 2021 and ten vendors will account for nearly three-quarters of those sales, if the mystics at Gartner have read those tea leaves correctly. All segments are set to expand but the fast growing area is slated to be infrastructure services, jumping 36 per cent between …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2018
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Former DXC UK chief Wilson lands at Micro Focus

Recently departed DXC Tech UK boss Nick Wilson has swapped one troubled employer for another - he is the new global veep of professional services at the retirement home for legacy software, Micro Focus. As exclusively revealed by El Reg way back when, Wilson gave DXC a six-month notice period that he was off: at that stage he’ …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2018

HPE swallows cloud consultancy RedPixie

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has gobbled RedPixie, a Brit cloud consultancy and app developer, for an undisclosed sum. The US titan might have given up on selling its own public cloud but is using the Pointnext division – rebranded from Technology Services – to cuddle up to customers and give advice on a living hybrid cloudy …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2018
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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

A steamy romp in a sauna – like there's any other kind – has landed two alleged canoodlers in hot water. The unnamed duo were yesterday taken to court by the owners of spa complex Badewelt, based in, er, Sinsheim, south Germany, after they refused to cough a €600 fine for supposed fruity behaviour in the changing rooms, The …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2018
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'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

Brit supermarket giant Tesco is killing off the free email services offered to customers who bought its broadband package. "Your tesco.net email address is the one you got with your very first Tesco Broadband and Homephone package. After 27th June, it will no longer be in service," the company told users. The broadband …
Paul Kunert, 4 Apr 2018
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DXC Tech CEO continues to wash away HPE old guard

DXC Technologies has helped pack the bags of another HPE old-timer with global sales honcho Larry Stack said to be leaving of his own volition, although his role will not be replaced. Stack was previously a chief sales officer at HPE Services for four years until he transferred with the business to DXC in April 2017 – lest we …
Paul Kunert, 4 Apr 2018
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Lenovo sends EMEA exec into metaphorical burning building

Lenovo is parachuting an EMEA exec into its North America computer division that has recorded year-on-year sales declines for the past six consecutive quarters. Pascal Bourguet, who joined Lenovo from HP Inc in 2015 and most recently headed PC ops for EMEA, is new chief category officer across the pond, an internal memo seen …
Paul Kunert, 3 Apr 2018
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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

Hewlett Packard Enterprises' legal and admin division – it is bigger than you might think – has issued guidance for staff presenting to colleagues, including some, er, dress code tips for male and female workers. Prep notes from the Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs run by John F Schultz have been seen by El Reg, …
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2018
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IBMers in TSS: How WILL we support customers after these latest job cuts?

IBM is to lay off more than one in 10 workers across the UK Technology Support Services (TSS) division, with insiders telling us that some areas will be hit so severely that clients will inevitably feel the pinch. The protracted redundancy process for TSS, a unit of Global Technology Services (GTS), began in late 2017 but has …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2018

PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

PwC’s Maplin Electronics’ administration team has laid off another bunch of hapless souls from head office as the protracted - and some might say doomed - search for a buyer to rescue the retailer runs on. Some 57 redundancies were made at HQ in London and nine in Rotherham, taking the total to 129 since Maplin was placed in …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2018
We'll get our coats.

UK tech whale Micro Focus: Share price halves as CEO quits, sales slide

The brief tenure of Micro Focus CEO Chris Hsu came to an abrupt end today when he quit following a sales slide and confirmation of execution missteps since the purchase of HPE’s Software division. Hsu only landed the top job at Micro Focus – a kind of shelter home for legacy software brands – in September when it merged with …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2018
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Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

Airbus won't eradicate Microsoft Office from its entire user base after all it seems: the Defence, Space and Helicopters units will retain the on-premises version due to the "legal and national security implications" of storing sensitive data in the cloud. As revealed by The Register on 14 March, Airbus will start shifting its …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2018

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