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Are industry awards worth the effort and expense?

Are industry awards worth the effort and expense?

There are industry awards for just about every sector of commercial life. Even funeral directors like to recognise the best of their profession (at the Ideal Death Show), and toilets are celebrated by both the Loo Awards and the British Toilet Association’s Innovation...
Why opting-out of social media could cost you customers

Why opting-out of social media could cost you customers

We’ve all seen them. The discarded social media accounts. The ‘latest news’ pages last updated in 2006. Facebook pages never touched by original content. The LinkedIn page that everyone in the company has forgotten. And if we’re guilty of creating these relics, we can...
Systemax says goodbye to Misco

Systemax says goodbye to Misco

It’s with no surprise that we saw Systemax offload almost all of its Misco-branded European operations recently to business rescue specialist Hilco Capital. Systemax had previously sold off it’s US Tigerdirect business and is only now left with it’s Misco outfit in...
The cyclical IT channel

The cyclical IT channel

Following one of the busiest months of the year in the IT channel, it always occurs to us at Axente how cyclical the channel has now become. October and November are traditionally demanding times for retail businesses, but March, June and October always stand out as...
MWC 2017: Review

MWC 2017: Review

It’s perhaps a sign of the times for the annual Mobile World Congress event that the biggest buzz was created by a mobile phone first launched 17 years ago. Nokia’s classic 3310 was unveiled alongside a host of new, more powerful, Nokia devices. But the old-timer...
MWC 2017: New gadgets coming our way

MWC 2017: New gadgets coming our way

A highlight in the annual tech calendar, Mobile World Congress is set to see a host of new announcements from leading smartphone manufacturers around the world. MWC, held in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March, will see the latest from Samsung and Sony as well as...
ISE: Another showstopper

ISE: Another showstopper

Integrated Systems Europe, now into its 14th year, is expected to pull in more than 65,000 visitors for over 1,100 exhibitors between 7-10 February. It promises to be a great year for the Amsterdam event, with a keynote from Daniel Lamarre, CEO of Cirque du Soleil, a...
ISE review: AV is the place to be

ISE review: AV is the place to be

It goes without saying that any industry with close links to IT is always going to be subject to plenty of innovation, but at ISE 2017 we were blown away by the level of investment many players had put into their offering. What really struck us was how large the...