Mainframe software outfit Micro Focus has started proceedings to merge with Attachmate, owners of Novell and Suse Linux, for approximately US$1.2 billion.
The combined company should have yearly revenue of $1.4 billion, with more than 4,500 employees and more than 30,000 customers, Micro Focus said. more»
The worth of digital content in 2013 amounted to $57 billion, and that’s just for seven countries surveyed.
According to market research company IHS, global spending on digital games, apps and online movies was up by 30 percent from the 2012 figure of $44 billion. more»
After a dreadful dose of the recession clap, it appears the UK economy is showing signs of growth.
It’s growth, but not much growth, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
In the fourth quarter of 2013 the economy grew by 0.7 percent. more»
According to new research from KPMG, the British tech sector has outperformed the rest of the private sector in terms of hiring and long-term outlook.
This is no new trend. KPMG notes that the tech sector has consistently outperformed the rest of the private sector over the last decade. more»
Top notebook peddler Acer has chosen Marco Andresen as general manager in the UK, replacing Neil Marshall who was promoted to looking after North Europe operations.
Both Andresen and Marshall will cooperate on their current and new positions frmo 1 November, 2013. more»
According to research outfit Information Services Group (ISG), the public sector outsourcing market in the UK has taken a massive hit in the first half of the year. The ISG Outsourcing Index for EMEA found just €2 billion of outsourcing activity in the UK for the first half of the year. more»
The tech sector has long been lauded as the place to go for highly motivated individuals who believe the sky is the limit. While there are numerous success stories in every industry, the tech sector isn’t what it used to be. more»
The recovery may be slow and the situation on the job market is still pretty grim, but people and businesses are buying quite a few new cars. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 65,937 new vehicles were registered last month in Britain. more»
Toshiba has been approved as a vendor in the new National Desktop and Notebook Agreement (NDNA) to provide PCs to universities, colleges and affiliated research institutions.
Toshiba is not new to NDNA, it has been on board for twelve years, but now it’s expanding its reach in Lot 2 of NDNA. more»
The European PC market may be about to bottom out, but before it does several vendors will take massive hits, research from Gartner reveals. PC shipments in Western Europe totalled just 10.9 million units last quarter, down 19.8 percent year-on-year.
Gartner concluded that the death of netbook PCs, inventory woes caused by the transition to Haswell and Windows 8.1 all played a role in the decline. more»
British people are falling in love with e-commerce and a new eMarketer report claims their enthusiasm for buying things they don’t need and can’t afford with money they don’t have will drive UK business-to-consumer e-commerce sales up to £62.49 billion this year. more»
July appears to have been a great month for British retailers and they have mother nature, a tennis player and a baby to thank for it.
According to the British Retail Consortium and KPMG, sales were up 3.9 percent, against a 2.0 percent increase in July 2012, the fastest July growth since 2006. more»
Some oddly encouraging news is coming from research firm Strategy Analytics today. In its latest survey of home computing devices, Strategy Analytics reports that an increasing number of consumers are planning to upgrade over the next year. more»
July retail sales in Britain rose at their fastest pace since January, thanks to summer shopping and the unseasonal heatwave.
According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), retail sales hit their six-month high in July. Retailers recorded strong demand for clothing, footwear and just anything related to tropical temperatures. more»
The latest data from the Office for National Statistics estimates the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 0.6 percent sequentially in the second quarter, and have predictably been jumped on by both the Conservatives and Labour.
The biggest contribution to GDP was the services industry, growing 0.6 percent or 0.48 percentage points to the 0.6 percent increase. more»