Half-price highlights, discount dining and penny-pinching pedicures are what you'd expect to see on discount site Groupon, but the channel got a shock recently when heavily reduced Cisco training was up for grabs.
Independent training provider Careermatch offered five Cisco courses at a whopping 96 per cent discount - reduced from £2,760 to just £99. But just as Cisco VARs may have been scrambling over the deal, adding it to their baskets alongside eyelash tints and garden furniture, the vendor went and put a dampener on it, insisting it is not endorsed by the firm.
Nothing in life is free, as they say, but 96 per cent is pretty damn close, and £2,661 seems like a lot of cash to splash on a Cisco logo.
The drinks are on you after recruitment analyst Adzuna hailed the IT industry as the sector with the fastest-growing pay packets in the UK.
According to jobs advertised between November 2012 and May 2013, the average salaries for the IT industry grew more than any other sector, by five per cent to £43,127. And as if that wasn't enough, 500,000 extra IT jobs were created in the six-month period.
Some recruiters claimed the industry is booming due to its fast-changing nature, while others said cloud played its part in keeping staff wages high.
Whatever the reason, congratulations. And we'll have a large red, please.
YOYOTech's fortunes have been up and down like a... well, a yoyo, in recent weeks as news broke that Centerprise has snapped up the fallen PC builder from the liquidators.
Details were thin on the ground as we went to press but Centerprise confirmed that it had acquired certain assets of parent company Antech Direct Ltd, including the YOYOTech brand, which was owned by CK Kohli (pictured). We love it when a plan comes together.
It may have been a bad month for the 3,000 IBM workers who, according to the [email protected] union, are set to lose their jobs. But it was actually a rather good week for the inventive use of the English language with the vendor styling the cutbacks as a "workforce remix".
Big Blue clearly feels traditional euphemisms such as ‘rationalising' are outdated, so has come up with a funky new spin for the Gen-Z worker facing the dole. But despite such linguistic jiggery-pokery, the union is upset with CEO Ginni Rometty. "The leadership only cares about money," it said. "In the drive to reach the goals of [IBM's] road map [for] 2015, Rometty has neglected and disrespected IBM's greatest asset - its employees."
Ofcom's decision not to uphold complaints that BT abused its position by squeezing wholesale voice margins will have been a kick in the teeth for the telco's competitors - not least because the decision took half a decade to arrive.
Gamma and Thus (which has long since been bought by Cable&Wireless) complained back in summer 2008 that BT was stifling competition on voice sales through the channel. Ofcom finally concluded that BT had been selling below cost, but that this did not constitute anti-competitive behaviour as it was "principally driven by one large contract, rather than a generalised pattern".
Gamma has indicated that it may take further action, and CRN will keep you abreast of all developments. Remind us to give Ofcom a call in 2018.
Type "McAfee" into a Google news search and - we imagine much to the anti-virus vendor's chagrin - most results will relate not to the Intel-owned outfit but to its colourful eponymous founder, John McAfee (who left the firm over 20 years ago).
The part-time fugitive has hit the headlines again after he took to YouTube to mock the brand he founded in 1987 in a distasteful, expletive-ridden four-minute video. The bizarre skit ends with McAfee gunning down a laptop installed with the software he invented.
Although the video has already racked up nearly 3.5 million hits, it's unlikely it will be a favourite of McAfee's top brass. But it's hard to picture the gun-toting, drug-loving 68-year old moving to Eastborne to take up crown-green bowls just yet.
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