Logicalis has confirmed it is relocating its helpdesk support to the land of leeks and laverbread, hiring more than 20 staff as it brings the service back from Logicalis Malaysia.
According to head honcho Mark Starkey, the move will be a win-win for customers as well as Wales as it enables Logicalis to offer enhanced technical support. Starkey also says the enthusiasm of recruits in Wales for the project is unparalleled, especially as it will help them maintain and develop their own skills - while Logicalis
Malaysia will pick up more business from the Australian operation. Aw, we just love it when a plan comes together.
The "gap yah" season is nearly upon us, and the next wave of graduates is soon set to be churned out before they head off into the sunset (or Thailand's Full Moon party). But for those wanting to see the world without a backpack in tow and with some change in their pocket, Software One thinks it has the answer.
The reseller is hoping to recruit new employees to a scheme which sees them take part in four three-month placements in any of the 62 countries in which it operates.
That sounds great, but we're not sure who would want to leave behind the fabulous weather, thriving economy and unparalleled job prospects the UK has to offer.
Online bargain hunters
You may have noticed in recent years the emergence of so-called "online retailers" on what tech bods call the "worldwide internet". Hot young start-ups such as Amazon and eBay might currently have the edge, but a new UK player called OnBuy is aiming to snaffle a slice of the market.
Run by recently incorporated OnCommerce, the site has secured funding from system builder Centerprise. Boss Cas Paton asserted that his firm will offer "the lowest cost per sale" on the market, while stressing that it pays UK tax in full.
"Our competitors will see this isn't some Mickey Mouse guy trying to set up a business from home," he added.
The PC market
Stop us if you've heard this one before, but the PC market is going through a bad time.
The oh-so-positive number crunchers at Gartner reckon that in 2013's first quarter, the western European PC market shrank by more than a fifth - the worst results EVER. And guess who carries the can? Those pesky tablets and smartphones and, you guessed it, Windows 8. The poor new OS has been lumbered with the blame for a multitude of sins, and the ailing PC market tops the list.
Gartner claims the slump in the market will have "profound impact" on the size of the installed PC base. Hang on, we said we'd stop if you've heard this before. Sorry.
The national press
It has been a time of bloopers for one national newspaper group's IT newsdesk, with two major vendors denying stories two of its titles had broken.
First in the firing line was the Financial Times, which accused Microsoft of making a U-turn on the latest iteration of Windows 8. The paper had secured a pre-briefing with a Microsoft exec and read more into her comments than all the other journalists invited along. Microsoft flatly denied making a U-turn and said the FT did not "accurately reflect the context of our conversation". Ouch.
Next was sister title the Times, which broke a story claiming HP's chief had tried to flog Autonomy to SAP. Cue an angry statement the next day from HP to tech site AllThingsD, which said "contrary to reports in the media, Autonomy is not for sale". Double ouch.
Just as concerns emerged last week that Jonny Motorist may be paying over the odds for his petrol due to price fixing, so PC giant Dell has alleged that a similar conspiracy in the optical disk drive (ODD) market left it out of pocket.
Dell claims a string of ODD manufacturers conspired to fix their products' prices between 2004 and 2010. So next time you're at the forecourt, spare a thought for the underdog that is Dell - a firm that banked $4bn profits on revenue of $62bn last year.
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