Market & Technology News

German firm buys US specialist

IHS, specialist in technology solutions for the hotel industry, has announced the acquisition of a US-based provider of reservations solutions InnLink LLC.

Altran buys Dutch IS specialist

French consulting firm Altran Technologies has bought a Dutch Intelligent Systems specialist TASS for an undisclosed amount.

Sopra-Steria union creates new European giant

French integrator Sopra and European developer Steria have agreed on a merger, which will create a major player with a combined revenue of €3.1bn and operations in 24 countries, employing 35,000 in Europe and Asia.

Dell signs new partner in Germany

Dell has announced it has chosen Pironet NDH, provider of cloud computing, as one of its first partners under the Dell’s programme for Managed Service Providers in Germany, it says.

New money service in Romania

Solutions vendor Huawei has announced its contribution into a new mobile money service in Romania as it has delivered a new platform for Vodafone’s new M-Pesa service.

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.

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.