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BT CEO offers strategic update in wake of lack lustre Q2 results

BT has reported a reduction in both sales and profits for the second quarter ended 30 September. Sales dipped 1% to £5.95bn, with underlying revenue down 1.5%, and adjusted EBITDA fell 4% to £1.81bn.

Date set for European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2018

The European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2018 will be held in London on 19 April 2018.

Now in their tenth year, the European IT & Software Excellence Awards have been designed to recognise and reward excellence in European software development and IT and Telecoms solutions provision.

Swyx launches Technology Alliance Programmme

Swyx's new Technology Alliance Programme (TAP) replaces its previous purely technical certification programme and brings greater levels of integration between technology partners.

The programme is designed to support third party hardware and software vendors in the development and marketing of complementary products for Swyx's communication solution.

Skills gap stymies cloud market potential

A lack of skills is the biggest challenge to selling and delivering cloud services, according to new research from intY.

The survey of delegates at intY's annual Cloud Fest event found that 37% of cloud resellers identified a lack of staff skills to support the solutions as one of the biggest challenges to selling and delivering cloud services, the highest rated opinion.

Ellis to head up Tech Data's security solutions in Europa

Distributor Tech Data has named David Ellis as its new Director of Security Solutions, Europe.

In this new role, he will look after the expansion of Tech Data's portfolio of security offerings, as well as the in-country dedicated security team investments across Europe.

Microsoft extends market availability of HoloLens

Microsoft has extended the market availability of HoloLen, the self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10, to 29 new markets, nearly tripling its global reach.

"At Microsoft we are on a mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more," said Lorraine Bardeen, GM of Microsoft HoloLens and Windows experiences.

Cisco drives through partner programme changes

Cisco's revamped partner programmes, unveiled at the firm's Partner Summit, signal a push towards the recurring revenue model and reward partners who drive the strategy.

The three key programme changes focus on building and recognising capabilities, refreshing to digital, and moving to lifecycle and recurring revenue.

Sennheiser signs distribution deal with ProVu

Sennheiser has extended its UK channel reach following a deal with distributor ProVu which has has adopted the whole office and contact centre range of headsets and speakerphones.

ProVu MD Darren Garland said: "With more and more people using headsets and speakerphones as part of their everyday solutions, audio quality has never been more important."

8x8 expands agreement with Ingram Micro

8x8 has expanded its agreement with Ingram Micro Cloud to deliver 8x8's one unified platform for cloud communications, including collaboration and contact centre solutions to channel partners in the UK and Ireland.

TalkTalk Business forges peer partnerships with 8x8, Vonage, and NFON UK

TalkTalk Business has secured a series of peering partnerships with some of the UK's top cloud communications firms including 8x8, Vonage and NFON UK.

By working with TalkTalk Business to provide their customers with Internet connectivity, the vendors will be offering access to the bandwidth required to support the communications needs of any size business.

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