However, a worldwide decline of 30% in server sales over the same period means that Western Europe compares favourably, with a drop of 21%.
“US-based global vendors have been suffering from a downturn in their home market for some time and have been unable to address the greater demand for servers in Europe,” said Martin Hingley, VP of IDC’s European systems group. “Internal organisational issues and global scale economies have taken precedence over sales development for many.”
Standard Intel Architecture Servers (SIAS) saw a small decline of under 1% in unit terms sequentially over Q3 2001. The rankings of the top five vendors remained the same, with Compaq maintaining its lead, despite the news of HP’s intention to acquire it. However, the market saw revenue decline exceed unit decline sharply, according to IDC manager Thomas Meyer.
“Vendors must realise that alternative routes to gaining market share need to be considered and explored as the effectiveness of price reductions as a competitive tool decreases,” he said.
Barclays has partnered with accounting software company Xero to provide businesses with access to transaction data through its direct feed.
Government's estimate of a £400m admin saving from Making Tax Digital is way off - and is instead a huge cost burden, warns Lamont Pridmore chief executive Graham Lamont
Xero unveiled its expanded global partner programme at Xerocon South, the accounting technology conference in Australasia
Accountancy software firm Sage has been hit by a data breach which may have compromised the personal details and bank account details of as many as 300 UK businesses