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Martin Leuw, group chief executive of IRIS, said the product is intended to meet a gap in the market between low-end and over-complex systems. ‘Many of the existing entry-level packages are too basic for many small businesses and the next step up is too complicated and costly,’ he said.

  • More than three-quarters of companies say using broadband technology will reduce their costs, according to an Institute of Directors survey. But of the 63% of respondents who had the technology, only one in ten felt their broadband needs were being properly met. ‘There is still a long way to go, but we are on the way to creating a highly competitive broadband market – providing UK businesses with choice and value for money,’ said e-commerce minister, Stephen Timms.

  • The government has signed a discounted three-year deal with business software giant Oracle. The Office of Government Commerce has secured a discounted price which it estimates will provide savings of 11%. ‘This shows the deals we can get when we buy as one purchaser,’ said an OGC spokesman.

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