Industry News

Salesforce to use partners for vertical push

Salesforce's (CRM) Industries Business Unit will use partners to deliver industry-specific cloud software solutions for six verticals: Financial services/insurance, healthcare/life sciences, retail/consumer products, telecom/media, public sector, and automotive/manufacturing.

Microsoft offers common core to developers

Microsoft's message to ISVs is that it has one consistent platform. This includes flexible development, unified management common identity and integrated virtualisation in a complete data platform. What Microsoft now has for the first time, Rob Croft (pictured), Microsoft senior director.

Pluribus Networks expands to Europe

Pluribus Networks, specialist in open architecture, has announced its expansion plans across Europe with new deployments in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.

Working with IBM Watson – all types of partners needed

If you want to buy a Watson, IBM will sell you one, Lauri Saft, director of the Watson cognitive computing partner programme told the ISV convention, but that is not the way many will use it. IBM's cognitive computing system is something that many at the event had not been exposed to before, and many had questions on how it could benefit partners.

Hard drives sales under pressure

With demand squeezed by PC weakness and SSD cannibalisation, Gartner forecasts global hard drive shipments will post a 2.9% CAGR from 2013-2018, growing from 552 million units to 635.1 million. High-capacity business-critical drives as used by Web/cloud service providers, are expected to fuel much of the industry's growth by delivering a 25.1% CAGR.

Dutch online firm buys Italian web printer

Netherlands-based Vistaprint NV, an online provider of marketing products and services to micro businesses and the home, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pixartprinting Srl for a base purchase price of approximately €127 million, resulting in Vistaprint ownership of 97% of Pixartprinting, and 3% retained ownership by Pixartprinting’s founder.

Ex-SAP-er joins UNIT4

UNIT4 Business Software, the UK subsidiary of UNIT4, has appointed Helen Sutton as its new UK Commercial Sales Director. Sutton joins from SAP where she was responsible for UK and Ireland partnerships and she was also a member of the SAP UK and Ireland Extended Leadership Team, it says.

Capita buys UK network services specialist

Capita plc, BPO and integrated support service solutions specialist, has announced its acquisition of Updata Infrastructure, a UK-based IT network services provider, for a cash consideration of £80m (€96.4m).

Xyratex move raises channel questions

Seagate's $294m purchase of UK-based hard drive equipment/storage subsystem maker Xyratex could mean channel conflict. Announced on Dec. 23, the confirmation means Xyratex's third-party hard drive equipment clients are likely to start looking elsewhere.

European IT & Software Excellence Awards Winners

This year's European IT Excellence Awards shows just how diverse the IT supply industry has become with solutions ranging from construction site management to healthcare systems and government document control, and from all parts of Europe.