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You MUST supply dying customers even if they're in administration, thunders

Just two tech firms responded to a government consultation on a potentially “catastrophic” change in the law that will force suppliers to keep kit and services flowing to biz customers that are in administration. Under proposals laid out by Business Minister Jo Swinson, providers of “essential IT” will be “prevented” from …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2015
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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Phones 4u fell into administration late on Sunday, after carrier EE cut its ties with the UK retailer. The company said in a statement that's EE's "unexpected" decision not to renew its contract with Phones 4u meant the High Street business would be without any mobile network partners. EE's withdrawal from that deal, which …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014
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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

British Samsung repair centre Samuel King Intelligent IT Solutions has gone under, leaving folks stranded without their serviceable Sammy equipment. The repair firm, which fixes mobiles, TVs, laptops and other Samsung tech, said on its website that it had gone into administration, without giving any further information other …

IT supplier? Got a customer who won't pay? Dob them in to the Insolvency Service

From today IT suppliers are encouraged to begin shopping their failing customers into the Insolvency Service, under a new order coming into force that will guarantee payment to providers of companies entering administration. Under Insolvency (Protection of Essential Supplies) Order 2015, the rules have been expanded - …
Kat Hall, 01 Oct 2015
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It's MY ball! Stone Computers' pre-pack sale placed on ice

Exclusive The pre-pack sale of Stone Computers has been adjourned due to an alleged discrepancy over shareholder voting rights to appoint an administrator, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Directors at the Staffordshire-based PC builder called in administrator Duff & Phelps last month, after defaulting on loan note repayments to the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015
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CORRECTION: Stone Computers

In our article dated 28 September 2015 entitled "High Court judge deciding future of Stone Computers - Will someone please think of the customers", we incorrectly reported that “The future of Stone Computers will be decided by a High Court judge who could rule to place the entire group of companies into administration”. This was …
Team Register, 08 Oct 2015

Rich List tech baron heads home as Itopia reseller biz enters administration

Troubled London-based VAR Itopia Group has gone into administration, The Reg can confirm. As revealed in recent weeks, the reseller minnow, which of late has been looked after by Sunday Times Rich List regular Robin Lodge on behalf of an investor, ran into financial difficulties and was facing a winding-up petition from …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011 provider frees Microsoft partner TES from administration

Business process outsourcing firm Liberata IT Solutions, which is responsible for several large government contracts, has devoured Microsoft Gold partner Trinity Expert Systems (TES) in a pre-pack administration. This came after TES succumbed to pressing cash-flow issues. Coventry-based TES called in the receivers Deloitte …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013

Liquidator: 2e2 preferential creditors to get £745k payout

2e2's preferential creditors, including former staffers made redundant after the business crashed and burned, have been told what they can expect collctively from the financial embers and it's not a lot. The Berkshire-based integrator’s UK ops went into administration at the start of 2013, the result of too many poorly …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2015

Administrator tries to squeeze blood out of Stone Computers' parent

Exclusive Senior execs at financially strapped Stone Computers Ltd (SCL) have bid £28.43m to buy the business in a pre-packaged sale after placing the parent company Stone Bidco into administration. But under pre-pack regs, administrator Duff & Phelps has to allow 45-days for someone else to make a rival offer and Stone founder and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015

Ex-Trinity boss McDonagh bags NED role at Trustmarque

Trustmarque has hired former Trinity Expert Systems CEO Steve McDonagh as a non-exec director to provide consultancy on the fluffy white stuff - cloud services that is, for the absence of doubt. McDonagh was in driving seat at TES when it acquired Eurodata in the summer of 2011, but the firm subsequently succumbed to cash flow …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2015

Citrix to axe 1,000 workers, tells GoTo to go to someplace else

Citrix has announced plans to lay off 1,000 employees as part of a corporate reshuffling that will also include spinning off its GoTo brand. The IT giant said it would be letting the GoTo family of products, including GoToMeeting, GoToAssist and GoToMyPC, cast off on their own as a standalone operation. Citrix said the spinoff …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2015

Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

US presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has boasted that HP sold the NSA servers that allowed the agency to build a system for mass surveillance. Servers originally earmarked for retail customers were shipped to the NSA instead, to power a warrantless surveillance programme codenamed “Stellar Wind”, approved by then-president …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2015
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Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week. According to the Sunday Times (£), EE has until tonight to secure a deal to buy 60 stores from Phones 4u. The move comes after rival mobile network …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014
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Gamma Global goes titsup after running out of cash

Manchester-based broker Gamma Global has shut up shop after running out of cash, The Channel can reveal. Creditors first spoke of their concerns about the short-term financial health of the business last week, and just yesterday more channel folk came forward to to say Gamma was unable to process orders. A post on the company’s …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015

Trustmarque sold to biz process outsourcing specialist Liberata

Business Process Outsourcing biz Liberata has swallowed troubled Microsoft enterprise partner Trustmarque for an undisclosed sum. The solvent sale was concluded late last night, avoiding the need for the York-headquartered reseller to call in the administrators, something that seemed liked a possibility 10 days ago when issues …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2014

Docker shocker: It's got a commercial product, and is ready to SELL IT

DockerCon 2015 The themes of Docker's past conferences has been increasing adoption of the container tech, but the theme of this year's DockerCon was moving beyond experimentation and into production deployment. By extension, it was also about how Docker plans to make money. The startup is well-heeled, having received enough venture cash in …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2015
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IT touts cough up $6m for flogging 'overpriced' PCs to US nuke boffins

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) will extract $5.9m from an American tech reseller accused of overcharging Uncle Sam's scientists. The DoJ said Technology Integration Group (TIG), aka PC Specialists Inc, snapped up Dell PCs, and then resold them at a much-inflated price to the US government's Sandia National Laboratory in …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2015

Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

The axe fell on nearly 1,700 jobs at Phones 4u last night, a little over a week after the High Street retailer went into administration. It brings the total number of staff laid off with redundancy packages so far to 2,325 – nearly half of the company's workers. The staffers had been based at 700 outlets, including 550 stores …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2014
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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

Vodafone has swooped on 140 Phones 4u stores just days after the retailer blamed the operator for contributing to its untimely demise when it slipped into administration late last Sunday. Administrator PwC said in a statement late on Friday that Voda had struck a deal with Phones 4u to re-brand the stores over the next few …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014

2e2 debt recovery specialist finds... £2,000 in six months

The administrator of 2e2 has recouped just a tiny fraction of the debts owed to the integrator, a Progress Report has revealed. FTI Consulting took control of the company's affairs January '13 in the well-documented collapse. By March last year, it had struggled to recover one-tenth of the £43m on the debt ledger at its …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014

Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

A pair of technology industry pressure groups have sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to back off demands that companies give government agencies the ability to decrypt all user data. In the letter [PDF], the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and the Software and Information Industry …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015

$125m VC war chest awaits NTT Com Security's outgoing boss

The hedge fund that outgoing NTT Com Security overlord Simon Church is joining has $125m to splash on new investments in cyber defence and data services. Church, who provided consultancy for C5 Capital since its inception last year, and was made an advisory board member in April, is to become an "exec in residence" at the equity …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2015

BPO playa Liberata stitches together its resellers' hit squads

Liberata has lobbed together its Microsoft licensing arm Trustmarque and cloudy biz Trinity, with the latter’s brand name set to disappear from view. The business process outsourcing firm added to its technology portfolio last summer with the speedy buy of Trustmarque, which changed accounting practises and then found itself …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2015

Q. How much did Google just spend applying political pressure in the US? A. $4.6 million

Moneybags Google has topped the list of tech-giant political lobbyists again, spending $4.62m in the past three months alone in Washington DC and elbowing its way into an enormous range of issues. That's according to a declaration filed by Google that companies are legally obliged to submit to US Congress. The multimillion- …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jul 2015

How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

Analysis If the latest reports are true and Chinese hackers have managed to pilfer as much data about US government employees in sensitive positions as is thought, the Obama administration may be headed for a serious intelligence crisis. According to an Associated Press report on Friday, hackers linked to China may have compromised …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2015

Cisco's Chambers: white box is dead and WE KILLED IT

Cisco's now-outgoing CEO John Chambers has reiterated his belief that the Borg has already beaten off the white-box market. In an interview with CNBC – transcript here (with editing suggesting voice recognition rather than human transcription) – Chambers says that extending the company's lock-in strategy across platforms and …

Paragon Group consumes tits-up print house Service Point

Specialist print biz Paragon Group has acquired Service Point UK, saving the jobs of "more than" 400 staff less than a fortnight after it was placed into administration. Directors at loss-making Service Point, Michael Barton-Harvey and Clayton Lee, called in the receivers on 24 April, according to a filing at Companies House …
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014

Brit education tech supplier comes back to life after collapse

The company formerly known as Tribune Business Systems is about to be reanimated after Dubai-based investment firm VMS bought it out of administration in a classic pre-pack arrangement. As revealed this week, the London-based education supplier called in receivers FRP Advisory after failing to secure additional investment. All …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014
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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

Readers may recall a time when the Tory-led UK government trumpeted plans to have the best broadband connections in Europe by, well, now. That dream was shattered, however, when progress on the Broadband UK (BDUK) project stalled, in part due to intervention from Brussels' competition officials, who had questioned BT's tight …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2015
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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

Phones 4u's website is currently telling customers that it is unable to trade due to "the unexpected decision of EE and Vodafone to withdraw supply" from the retailer. It comes after the High Street firm, which has 550 stores throughout the UK and 5,596 employees on its books, confirmed late on Sunday that it had fallen into …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Sep 2014
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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …
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Infosec bigwigs rally against US cyber export control rule

Infosec heavyweights are uniting to oppose US government proposals to tighten up export controls against software exploits, a move critics argue threatens to imperil mainstream security research and information sharing. The proposed regulation, based on the Wassenaar Arrangement of 1996 and not originally intended to include …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2015

IBM and Sun reseller goes into administration

Exclusive: Productivity Computer Solutions, an IBM and Sun reseller based in Wakefield, has gone into administration. A spokesman for chartered accountants Tait Walker said: "We were appointed administrators on the 15th of October but can't say any more than that at this stage." Steve Wolski, managing director at PCS, told the Reg: "We …
John Oates, 19 Oct 2007

2e2 staffers get day in court over unpaid pre-meltdown wages

Hundreds of former 2e2 UK employees will be told just days before Christmas at a Reading tribunal whether wages owed to them will be paid in full or not. There are some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica, a clerk at Reading tribunal told The Channel. The hearing date has been set …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2013
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Relisys back in administration

Monitor maker Relisys Digital has gone into administration for the second time in just over year. Any customer attempting to contact the firm, which supplies products including plasma screens and LCD TVs, is currently met with an answer machine message: "Please be advised that the company has gone into administration. You …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Mar 2007

Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified "technical and security vulnerabilities" in its £284.9m central benefits payment system - responsible for underpinning the much-maligned Universal Credit programme and processing 13 million payments each week, The Register can reveal. The Central Payments System's …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2014

Cain says Veritas is in fine fettle as able Symantec preps for split

Data storage biz Veritas has announced five product releases and updates, and set out its product strategy as an independent operation during and after its separation from Symantec. Symantec EVP and chief product officer Matt Cain divided the products destined for Veritas into foundational and next-generation categories, with …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2015

Relisys goes into administration

Monitor maker Relisys has gone into administration. The Manchester-based company's phones have not been answered for the last two weeks and its website went offline a week later (it's back now). PKF Accountants are handling the administration. A spokesman for PKF said: "John Newell and Kerry Bailey are handling things - it …
John Oates, 30 Jan 2006
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Brit schools' supplier Tribune Business Systems RUBBED OUT

Education tech supplier Tribune Business Systems (TBS) has gone into administration due to crippling cash flow issues with FRP Advisory handling the affairs. CEO Sheldon Stoutt was understood to have been looking for additional investment but this did not materialise, and the company called in the receivers in the middle of last …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014

Evesham gets extended administration run

Evesham Technology Ltd's administration period has been extended. The defunct British computer maker’s directors received notice that the company would remain under administration until 2 February 2009. Evesham Technology’s creditors agreed to the extension, presumably to give administrators DTE Leonard Curtis more time to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Aug 2008
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Hack-smacked Alphadex bought by iRack Ltd ... or is that Networks Ltd?

Exclusive Brit data hosting biz Alphadex has been rescued from administration and bought up by a new firm, though there seems to be some confusion over just which firm is its white knight. Alphadex, which went into administration after British Gas issued a winding up petition for unpaid bills last month, said in an announcement on its …

Docker hires'n'acquires to cure its security, networking headaches

Application container firm Docker is staffing up, having brought on new talent to further its security and networking development efforts. On Tuesday, Diogo Mónica and Nathan McCauley, two former engineers for mobile payments outfit Square, jointly blogged that they had joined Docker to lead its security engineering. "We've …
Neil McAllister, 04 Mar 2015

UK storage integrator Glasshouse Tech goes titsup

Glasshouse Technologies has called the administrators into its UK ops after directors exhausted all possible solutions to heal the sickly infrastructure services integrator. El Chan can reveal that KPMG Restructuring answered the cries for help on 27 March just days before Glasshouse was due to attend a winding up petition at …
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014

Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

A group of former 2e2 staff are set to discover next week at an employment tribunal how successful they've been in efforts to recover monies they claim are owed to them by administrator FTI Consulting. The 200-strong bunch will have their case heard in Reading on 17 September under the representation of Jenny Andrews at Andrews …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013

Nortel UK goes into administration to save itself

Nortel UK, and most of the comms giant's European operation, has gone into administration a day after its Canadian parent filed for bankruptcy protection. The company said yesterday that its US and Canadian businesses were seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The UK firm will be overseen by overseen by Ernst and Young. A …
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009

Big Blue bludgeons its way to top of software-defined storage kingdom

IDC has ranked IBM as the top supplier of Software-Defined Storage Platforms (SDS-P) in its second quarter 2014 Worldwide Storage Software Qview survey. IDC says SDS-P is ”a new functional market added to the total storage software market that covers block, file, object, and/or hyper-converged software offerings that enable the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2014
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HP switch upgrade hopes to sneak SDN onto network, quietly

Interop HP has used Interop as the venue for its latest switch launch, putting software-defined networking (SDN) alongside speeds and feeds in the marketing pitch. The way HP sees it, mobility – not just the cellphone but also the proliferation of WiFi devices – is the big deal that demands SDN. The old-world attitude to the network, …

Ailing Calyx Managed Services flogged to MXC Capital for £9m

Private equity fund Better Capital has offloaded troubled Calyx Managed Services to tech investment and advisory house MXC Capital for £9m in what signifies a likely break-up of the biz. VC veteran Jon Moulton’s Calyx MS came on the market before Christmas, with corporate financier Rickitt Mitchell & Partners distributing an …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2015

Trustmarque ready to rock n roll in tech channel again

Interview With the branding issue out of the way, an enlarged Trustmarque has cut costs, embedded the exec team and is hiring - a far cry from the less than certain outlook for the business last summer. The York-based organisation this week merged with sister company Trinity, forming a £170m turnover technology wing of business process …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2015


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