We're not sure if transatlanticism is an actual word, but it has been a good week for it nonetheless as we Brits welcomed US reseller titan Zones to the UK.Howdy, partner.
The firm, whose revenue is in the region of $1.5bn (￡900m), is planning to post UK sales of about ￡30m this year, and has aggressive plans for world domination as it looks to scale the business throughout the rest of Europe and beyond.
"We have been the best-kept secret for some time," the firm boasted, as it laid out its plans to work with a wide range of vendors across the desktop, datacentre, storage, networking, security and software space. Phew!
We think that the new venture is going to be, like, totally super AWESOME, dudes. High five!
Despite a few trust troubles in the US, it appears Huawei has a lot to celebrate and is one of the popular kids in the UK.
Not only did it post a set of stellar results, but it has a new best friend over here in the form of IT services firm Phoenix IT Group. And finally it is deepening its ties with the UK even further after announcing it will set up an R&D development centre in Bristol this year. Trebles all round!
The virtual currency some naysayers said would never last, has been given a massive seal of approval after Dell announced it would accept payments based on the crypto-currency.
Michael Dell tweeted that his firm is now the largest e-commerce business to offer bitcoins as a purchase option under a US pilot scheme. Initially it is available only to US consumers and small businesses visiting Dell.com, via its partnership with payment processing firm Coinbase. With the value of the Bitcoin yo-yoing the way it is, things could get interesting in the pricing department. We'll stick with ‘real' money here, thanks.
The Home Office
The public sector is no stranger to a good old-fashioned IT fiasco, with the BBC and the Ministry of Defence recently writing off nearly ￡107m between them thanks to their respective IT disasters.
Not one to miss out, the Home Office was embroiled in a similar situation earlier this month, but the size of its balls-up dwarfed that of the previous two as it hit an eye-watering ￡347m.
In 2010 the department designed a swanky IT system to organise its immigration and asylum agencies, but eventually knocked it on the head last summer after it failed to live up to expectations despite its hefty price. Oops.
Oh well, plenty more tax cash pouring in to top things up.
The saying "pride comes before a fall" is very true for software-defined networking (SDN), the much-hailed technology trend that was predicted to be the death knell for the telecoms industry just a short time ago.
Well, it appears that the telecoms industry is having the last laugh and is in fact enjoying a new lease of life, if figures from Infonetics Research are to be believed, as the telecom and datacom networking equipment and software market is set to grow through 2018, with next year set for a boom.
Whippersnapper SDN will have to stay in its box a while longer yet.
End users cowering in fear of the next big software-vendor audit have been thrown a lifeline this week as a fairly new end-user licensing body has squared up to the industry's big guns.
The Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has been around for a year but recently welcomed a new chief executive, former Snow Software man Mark Flynn, who suggested the licensing industry is driven by fear of getting it wrong but lacks the support framework to get it right.
Flynn said bodies such as the Business Software Alliance and Federation Against Software Theft serve to support the software vendors. But he said no one is standing up for end-user organisations - something CCL claims to do.
He said vendors' mindset of "where there is mystery and fear there is money" has to stop. Good luck with that one.
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