Never mind Brexit, Dataiku doubles-down on UK expansion

Despite the lingering economic uncertainty about Brexit, there are still many companies that have plans to expand into the UK market.

US-based  Enterprise AI software maker, Dataiku, has just announced the company has raised £80 million in a Series-C round – one of the largest funding rounds for AI ever – and the company will aggressively speed up their expansion into the UK regardless of Brexit.

Dataiku CEO Florian Douetteau said: “We’re very excited about what this latest funding round represents – it’s a confirmation of

Channel becoming more customer centric

Agilitas IT Solutions has discovered that the channel is getting the message and becoming more customer-centric.

Agilitas research has found the majority of channel firms have understood the need to adopt that approach with 86 percent registering the need to relevant moving to a customer-centric model.

The firm has been looking into the current market landscape in its Channel in 2020 Relevance report and found that

Tenable finds untenable vulnerablities in PremiSys

Security outfit Tenable has announced that Tenable Research has discovered several zero-day vulnerabilities in the PremiSys access control system developed by IDenticard.

When exploited, the most severe vulnerability would give an attacker unfettered access to the badge system database, allowing him/her to covertly enter buildings by creating fraudulent badges and disabling building locks.

Castleton plunges into Deep Lake

Managed services provider Castleton Technology has written a cheque for housing industry specialist Deeplake Digital.

The £1.8 million deal will see Castleton take 100 percent of Deeplake and its proprietary comms software.

Castleton is the market leader for a the landlord and tenant communication niche.

Bytes was the king of government IT contracts

Bytes Software Services was the fifth largest supplier to central government last year but ranked ahead of IT behemoths Capita, DXC Technology, Atos, IBM, and Fujitsu.

Number crunchers from public sector consultant Tussell said that the software reseller won £328 million worth of government contracts making it the largest IT-dedicated supplier to the government last year.

Generally it ranked behind four other organisations: defence contractor QinetiQ (£359 million), outsourcer Mitie (£514 million), infrastructure provider Amey (£641 million) and

Intel CPU shortages stalled PC growth

The much expected rise in PC sales stalled last year because Intel failed to provide its suppliers with enough CPUs.

Analysts at Gartner group said a shortage of CPUs stopped the PC market’s revival in its tracks.

The analyst stated that worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter were 68.6 million, down

Customers want flexible finance

More than a third of consumers feel let down by the lack of flexible finance products offered by UK businesses, according to a research study.

Specialist finance outfit, Duologi, surveyed 1,000 UK residents and found that, on average, 34 percent of people think that UK businesses could be doing more to provide point-of-sale (POS) finance to their customers. More than 42 percent of shoppers believe that retailers could do more in this respect.

More than 42 percent said

CySure pushes into South Africa with Frost solutions

Cybersecurity outfit CySure has appointed Frost Solutions as a specialist value-added reseller partner in South Africa.

Frost Solutions specialises in delivering IT services to the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) market and has added CySure’s information security management system, VOSO to its product and service portfolio.

Richard Frost, CEO and Founder at Frost Solutions, said: “We are delighted to introduce CySure’s Virtual Online Security Officer (VOSO) to our offering.  Our vision

Sectigo announces new security channel programme

The commercial certificate authority, Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA) has largest has announced its new channel partner programme that enables partners to expand into new segments within the cybersecurity market, such as IoT security and email security.

Further support, tools, and discounts are also available in the new programme, with Sectigo offering increased benefits per tier and partner market development funds (MFD).

Datto appoints Tim Weller as CEO

Datto has announced the appointment of Tim Weller as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Weller succeeds Founder Austin McChord who got away from the daily management of the company but continues as a board member.

A Spokesdatto said that Weller will assume the position immediately, providing a seamless transition from his interim role of leading Datto’s Executive Team over the last two months.

Networking infrastructure set to boom

Extreme Networks is expecting this year to be a good year for those flogging network infrastructure.

While the current trend appears to be software and hosted applications the much predicted “death of hardware” might not be a thing in the networking world.

John Morrison, VP, Extreme Networks said that this year could see a shift in focus away from software and apps back to infrastructure.

Desktop monitor sales grow

Beancounters at Context have  been adding up some numbers and worked out that revenues from desktop monitors through Western European distributors showed strong growth in early Q4 2018.

The first half of the fourth quarter built on the growth seen in the previous three quarters of the year with sales were primarily fuelled by business monitors, with gaming monitors making a significant contribution to revenue growth.

The combined sales of business and gaming monitors i

Retailers moved from AI hype to reality in last year

A study from the Capgemini Research Institute has dispelled some rubbish surrounding AI’s value to retail businesses and shown a path to tangible growth opportunities.

Capgemini beancounters calculate a $300 billion+ opportunity for those retail companies that can scale and expand the scope of their existing deployments.

Things are never as good as that, and the report

Amazon cements its position as market Queen

Amazon is the latest technology titan to claim the crown of world’s most valuable public company –  the outfit is worth $797 billion and beats surpasses Microsoft with $784 billion in value.

Apple, which had been part of a close three-way race for the seat, is now down to about $702 billion in market value after plunging last week on the news of its weak iPhone sales. Google parent company Alphabet has surpassed Apple with a market value of about $748 billion.