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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register

Aviva dumps DXC, shoves data centre support at Atos

Exclusive Atos is lined up to replace DXC Technologies as the sole supplier of data centre hosting services to insurance giant Aviva when the existing deal times out in some 19 months. As El Reg exclusively revealed in November, Aviva was one of a number of customers that had decided to look for alternatives rather than renew contracts …
Paul Kunert, 1 Dec 2017
Auctioneer with hammer

Today is your last chance to pick up a piece of channel history

The old saying "a fool and his money are soon parted" clearly doesn't spring to mind as bidding starts to simmer on the Misco car registration plate that went under the hammer last week. As El Reg revealed, Misco Group's private equity backer Hilco Capital launched an online sale following the collapse of the reseller in …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2017
Files in manager's desk drawers: manila folder marked "Redundancies". Image via shutterstock

Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ?

IBM's Technology Support Services (TSS) teamsters in the Global Technology Services (GTS) UK division are braced for further job cuts as they enter yet another redundancy consultation process. Staff received the memo on Monday, the same day that Big Blue told its people working in the IS Delivery department, also housed within …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2017
Galaxies stretching back into time across billions of light-years of space. The image covers a portion of a large galaxy census called the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS).

Stephen Hawking's boffin buds buy HPE HPC to ogle universe

Well, would ya look at that? Hewlett Packard Enterprise has retained a customer. Stephen Hawking's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (COSMOS) has slurped the firm's latest data-crunching HPC system to better understand the universe. The Superdome Flex server was deployed eight days ago at the unit, part of the University of …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2017

IBM does what IBM does best: Raises the chopper again

Exclusive With the wider ambition to base eight in 10 services personnel to lower-cost wage locations, IBM has commenced the latest job-cutting process in the UK and Ireland. Big Blue wrote to staff in the Global Technology Services division yesterday to warn of a 45-day consultation, indicating that at least 100 heads are going to roll …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2017

Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale

Whichever fool once proclaimed money can’t buy one class clearly wasn’t privy to the inventory of now defunct tech reseller Misco Group that was recently put up for sale by private equity backer Hilco Capital. The reseller, based in Wellingborough, England, went down in October after running out of cash and failed to find a …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2017

Death, taxes, DXC job cuts: Three of life's sure bets

DXC Technologies is spreading some festive cheer by dangling voluntary redundancy (VR) terms in front of customer support teams, according to a confidential document seen by The Register. Peter Hands, UK and Ireland veep of the “deliver” division confirmed – for the second time in as many months – that DXC was seeking front …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2017

SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week. The online payment service, which boasts about letting retailers get on with the business of retailing while it manages multi-channel …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2017
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UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

Updated Insurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal. DXC, which is hell-bent on eking out $1bn in cost savings in its fiscal 2017, recently bemoaned contract run-offs after the UK Department for Work and Pensions refused …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2017
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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

DXC Technologies employees fear a company request to profile their skills on a new management portal will be used by top brass to elbow them out of the door in the next round of compulsory redundancies. Staff were given two week deadline to complete their “individual profile” on the Saba Cloud, a new “skills management system …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2017
Sharp knife slices at a salami as previously sliced pieces lay on the chopping board. Photo by Shutterstock

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

SFW The Reg readership might be interested to know that the coming Friday does not just signal the end of the working week and time to cut loose, it is also World Vasectomy Day. WVD, to use the acronym, isn’t a new thing per se, it first started in 2013 to celebrate men around the world who are “stepping up for their partners, …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2017
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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

Miscreants racked up a $64,000 bill on DXC Technologies' tab after a techie accidentally uploaded the outsourcing firm's private AWS key to a public GitHub repo. It was red faces all round as the business opened up on the classic crypto key fumble in a PDF memo to staff, the contents of which were seen by The Register. " …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2017
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Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach

Builders merchant Jewson has confirmed in writing to customers that their privates could have been exposed in a cyber break-in that occurred late this summer. In a letter sent to customers – seen by The Reg – Jewson stated: "As a Jewson Direct customers, we regrettably are writing to inform you that our website (www. …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2017
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What will £450k buy you? A new CEO at Softcat

Ever wondered how much the CEO at a big box shifting reseller gets paid? Wonder no more, for Softcat has revealed its new head honcho Graeme Watt will be on a cool £450,000 yearly base salary. London Stock Exchange-listed Softcat today confirmed Watt, a veteran of tech distribution, will take control of Marlow-headquartered …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2017
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Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two UK.gov contracts

Exclusive The Department for Work & Pensions has not renewed a pair of contracts it held with Frankenfirm DXC Technologies – a loss the outsourcing business was lamenting in its latest financial results. El Reg can reveal that the government department opted not to renew the legacy HP Hosting and Desktop agreements that were in place …
Paul Kunert, 9 Nov 2017

That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

AWS has a reputation for ratcheting up prices as customers migrate more workloads to its sprawling rack empire – but a bunch of UK users endured a sphincter-tightening moment today when they checked their bill. Reg reader Alec Hendry, who manages digital platforms and a "bunch of crazy video stuff" for MTV, said he was …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2017
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Lenovo buys majority stake in Fujitsu's sickly PC biz

Japanese tech pusher Fujitsu has finally - as expected - found a solution for its ailing PC business: it will sell a majority stake to Lenovo for up to JPY28bn (£187m) that will be used to form a joint venture. The pair, along with the Development Bank of Japan, will "focus on the research, development, design, manufacturing …
Paul Kunert, 2 Nov 2017

LTE it snow: Microsoft to punt out LTE-tastic Surface Pro in December

Microsoft's Surface Pro with added LTE goodness is due to land in the UK on 1 December, just in time for enterprise punters to request one from the local Santas residing in their procurement and IT department. Panos Panay, corporate veep of devices, took to the stage at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in London to confirm the …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2017

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

Microsoft stands accused of forcing customers to migrate to cloud services by introducing new licensing terms and raising prices for hosted Windows Server 2016, which could see monthly costs more than doubling. When Microsoft launched WS16 last autumn, it shifted from licensing per CPU to licensing per core for the Standard …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2017
Wallet stuffed full of bundles of cash

Which reseller pleased fatcats today and rhymes with let's mute a centaur?

Computacenter – one of Europe’s largest resellers – today reported Q3 financials that are sure to warm the cockles of investors' hearts: sales jumped by a fifth as businesses splashed the cash on tech kit and services. Total reported turnover for the calendar third quarter ended September jumped 27 per cent to £931m; this was …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2017
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DXC: Hands up in customer support – who wants redundo?

DXC Technologies is seeking volunteers in customer support teams to strap themselves to the redundancy cannon as the process of shipping jobs out of higher wage locations and into cheaper ones continues. Peter Hands, the Frankenfirm’s UK and Ireland veep of the "deliver" unit, issued a memo to staff yesterday that was seen by …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2017
Older woman on phone gives credit card number.

BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

Former UK state monopoly BT has agreed to Ofcom's requests to hack more than a third off the price of monthly line rental for its one million landline-only punters across the UK. Even though wholesale costs of providing landlines had fallen, rental prices had risen, pointed out Ofcom, which said it was concerned that landline- …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2017
Man dressed as Santa claus runs away with loot in a bag.

Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

Exclusive Microsoft has something that will compound customers' New Year hangovers for 2018 – a double-digit price hike. According to documents seen by The Register, Microsoft will slap up to 10 per cent on the cost of certain flavours of Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) in the UK from next year. "On January 1, 2018, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2017
Woman sweats... looks worried

Feel the pension pot burn, Canadian DXCers

Exclusive DXC Technologies Canada will match only half the pension contributions made by former HPE Enterprise Services staff in yet another dramatic expenses purge. The amounts funnelled into the ESIT Retirement and Savings Programme will be calculated differently from the start of next year, DXC told staff yesterday, in documents seen …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2017
Basingstoke, UK - Entrance to the Maplin Electronics store

Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

Exclusive Credit insurers are cutting their exposure to geek emporium Maplin Electronics amid some reports of declining profit and wider concerns about old-school retailing. Trade indemnifier QBE slashed available cover on Maplin by more than 80 per cent in September and has just removed the limit completely, meaning distributors will …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2017

Biting the hand that feeds IT ? 1998–2017

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