Technology – News in brief.

– UK plc is losing up to #17bn a year by failing to manage IT hardware and software, according to a KPMG study published today. Recent estimates from the US suggest that between 10% and 40% of overall IT costs can be saved by effective procurement and management of hardware and software – but the study found that this issue is not being addressed. The firm’s survey of directors and senior managers found that almost half have absolutely no idea how much their annual IT budget is. Some 80% do not know what cost savings they may be making from management of IT assets.

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– Sage has launched the latest version of its popular accountancy software, Sage Line 50. The updated product, version 8, costs from #395 plus VAT, and includes faster data sorting, automatic reordering of stock and direct links to Sage services. Sage said: ‘The growth of e-commerce and other technological developments means it is now more crucial than ever that small businesses have the necessary software solutions to take full advantage of the business opportunities on offer.’

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– Software vendor, Hansa, has announced plans to accelerate its UK reseller partner programme in CRM, financials and logistics. As part of these plans, the company has launched a recruitment campaign to attract new reseller partners in the mid-tier of the market. It is particularly targeting what it calls ‘disillusioned’ SunSystems, Pegasus, Navision and Sage resellers.

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