Industry stalwart Rafi Razzak has claimed the rate of change that will occur in the IT industry over the next three years will rival the Stone Age in terms of its historical significance, as he reflected on his 30-plus years at the helm of Centerprise.
Two of IBM's most committed UK partners have referenced their efforts to reduce their reliance on Big Blue, and work with a broader set of vendors, in their latest sets of annual accounts. Big Blue has infamously seen revenues decline for 22 consecutive quarters as it reshapes its business to focus on ‘strategic imperatives' such as analytics and cloud. In their recently filed 2017 accounts, Meridian IT and Tectrade both referenced initiatives to diversify their vendor portfolios during the year.
IT and audio-visual reseller Millennium Business Systems (MBS) has gone into administration, apparently following a failed attempt to refinance. The Wokingham-based VAR, which last year won a place on an £800m Welsh public sector IT framework, turned over £8m in its year ending 31 December 2016. Reports reached CRN's desk last week that MBS was attempting to urgently raise cash by selling off excess inventory, and had also told staff that it couldn't pay them.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".