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Microsoft pauses delayed partner ecosystem security update to count its money

Active Directory privilege de-escalation will run for nine days in May before taking June off Microsoft's delayed effort to ensure its partners don't enjoy unduly privileged access to their clients' systems will run for just nine days before pausing for a month.…

India’s top four outsourcers report rosy revenues, mild macroeconomic misgivings

Attrition woes subside as workers stop shifting, producing pleasing cost savings India’s top four IT outsourcers, Wipro, HCL Technologies Infosys, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) all reported reasonably rosy results for their final quarter of 2022. the quarter rounding out 2022, despite global economic uncertainty.…

Microsoft extends deadline for partners to improve their clients' security with unauthorised AD tweaks

Partners may be dragging the chain a little – perhaps you'd like to hurry them up? Microsoft's campaign to improve the security of its customers and partners – by letting the latter set roles in clients' Active Directory implementations without asking permission – has been extended by four months.…

Alibaba Cloud reveals billion dollar 'ecosystem upgrade'

It's mostly a channel program with a fancy name, plus more outposts Alibaba Cloud last week staged its annual gabfest and revealed some tasty new cloud services, as well as a billion dollar "ecosystem upgrade" aimed at finding more customers outside China.…

Philippines decides outsourcers need incentives to stick around, after all

Just three months ago senior bureaucrat said 'Tax perks are not that important to investors.' Contortions now in place to keep cash flowing The Philippines last week decided to extend incentives offered to foreign outsourcers that offer working from home to local employees.…

Salesperson's tech dream delivered by ill-equipped consultant who charged for the inevitable fix

‘I had a sharp new suit and a misplaced sense of confidence’ – and made a costly mistake Before you shell out big bucks to engage the services of consultants, perhaps consider this week’s instalment of Who, Me? and the adventures of a reader we’ll call “Norman” for the duration of this tale.…

India's big four services giants bemoan rising labor costs

Business is good at TCS, Wipro, Infosys and HCL – but margin pressure and staff attrition are big problems India's big four outsourcers are worried about rising labor costs and their impact on profits, according to their most recent quarterly financial statements.…

Microsoft postpones shift to New Commerce Experience subscriptions

The whiff of rebellion among Cloud Solution Providers is getting stronger Microsoft has indefinitely postponed the date on which its Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) will be required to sell software and services licences on new terms.…

Lenovo to form venture with Hong Kong comms conglomerate PCCW

Gains access to offshoring centers in Malaysia and Philippines Lenovo has struck an agreement with Hong Kong comms conglomerate PCCW to create a jointly owned services company, advancing its strategy of growth through services.…

Microsoft forgot to renew the certificate for its Windows Insider subdomain

Visitors to insider.windows.com met with safety warning - how reassuring Microsoft has forgotten to renew the certificate for the web page of its Windows Insider software testing program.…

European tech businesses cool on China due to coronavirus lockdowns

Oops. Beijing wants zero COVID, not zero foreign investment Supply chain issues and other disruptions in China caused by strict COVID-19 lockdown measures have seen 23 percent of European businesses operating in the Middle Kingdom consider moving elsewhere, according to a recent report.…

Ericsson pulls out of Russia 'indefinitely' to protest war in Ukraine

Plus: AMD tells El Reg it stopped 'all technical, product support and marketing' in pariah state Swedish network system maker Ericsson has confirmed it has "indefinitely" halted all shipments to clients in Russia, joining the ever growing list of tech organizations protesting the atrocities in Ukraine.…

Capita offloads Microsoft licensing biz Trustmarque to private equity for £110m

Remainder of Capita's Portfolio of unwanted businesses to be expunged by year end, says CEO Capita is again clearing out another of the previous CEO’s past conquests with confirmation this morning that it is offloading software licensing and hardware reseller Trustmarque to One Equity Partners for £111m.…

Pakistan considers ten-year tax holiday for freelance techies

Could clean up dispute over who collects tax and when, but unlikely to worry outsourcing rivals Pakistan’s minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Aminul Haque, has floated the idea of a ten-year tax holiday for freelancers, suggesting the move could improve the nation’s services exports.…

Renewal chasing as-a-service is now a thing – and vendors love it

Third parties get some data, use it to send mails as if they were your reseller, and – phew! – you don't get calls from sales people The next time your vendor or reseller sends a mail reminding you it's time to renew your software licence, subscription, or support contract, the mail could come from a third party you've never met and never will – but which has been trusted with enough info about you to make the sale.…
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