The latest news from the world of the IT channel. This week sees retro console mayhem, a lack of legal skills and a prestigious public sector contract win
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Firms lack skills for IoT adoption
Seventy percent of organisations recognise the importance of the Internet of Things (IoT) to their business, but nearly the same percentage feel they do not have the skills to capitalise on the growth opportunities, according to research from Capita and Cisco.
Security, regulation and the migration from legacy IT systems were cited as the most significant barriers.
IT SMBs struggle with compliance
Companies on the other side of the divide have issues too, according to a report from business insurance firm Hiscox, which claims as many as 750,000 IT SMBs struggle to understand contracts necessary for the operation of their respective businesses.
Boardroom turmoil at retro Spectrum project
The company behind a new crowdfunded retro games console, the Vega+, has hit back against claims from two directors that the system will fail to ship on time because the project was oversubscribed. The two parties are both taking legal action against each other and Retro Computers has insisted the console will be delivered “towards the end of the month.”
The Vega+ is backed by Sir Clive Sinclair, who founded Sinclair Research, the creators of the original ZX Spectrum.
Manchester Grammar School signs up with LIMA
Manchester Grammar School, one of the UK’s leading boys independent schools, is using NetApp partner LIMA to revamp its data infrastructure as the institution grows in size. It now has 1,500 students and 300 staff, with the number of workstations rising from 400 to 1,100 – in cluding tablets and other mobile devices.