Top IT news stories of the week

A look back at the top stories from the Australian IT industry this week

  • Canon restructuring business to focus on channel: The vendor will merge its consumer and business units in an effort to implement a more consumer and channel-centric approach. Partner programs and initiatives are in the planning stages and due to be announced mid-year.
  • Microsoft partners unconcerned by retail plans: The software giant's partners aren’t bothered by its plans to open Apple-like stores. Microsoft has not confirmed whether the retail strategy includes Australia yet.
  • Telstra partners boosted by 21Mbps modem: Partners welcome the telco’s release of a 21Mbps peak rated mobile broadband modem. Called Turbo 21, it will be made available next week to some business partners.
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    Ingram Micro sees global sales slump: Distributor reports net losses totalling $US394.9 million globally along with a $US742.6 goodwill impairment charge to January 3. In Asia-Pacific, Ingram recorded full year net sales of $US6.90 billion, three per cent less than the previous year.
  • IT industry sees tough 2009, but confidence remains: ARN second Business Survey shows more than 59 per cent of respondents believe economic conditions will continue to deteriorate in the next 12 months. Other respondents think we have yet to fully feel the ramifications of the economic crisis.
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