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Open Eye: Head back to the Business Cafe

The second series of The Business Cafe opens up on Sunday mornings from 21 February between 7.45am and 8.15am on BBC2. Presented by the Today programme's Winifred Robinson, the nine programme series will serve up a rich mix of analysis with business innovators and management experts presenting their recipes for success in the new millennium.

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New technology gives Microgen a boost

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MR warns of poorer than expected results

DELAYED orders would affect results for the year to 30 June, MR Data Management warned yesterday. Shares in the data processing and computer services group closed 33p lower at 144p.

Innovation: Stacks more data

IBM scientists have unveiled multi-layer compact disks that offer huge gains in storage capacity. The disks are made by stacking two or more recording surfaces. At today's storage density, a 10-layer disk could store the equivalent of a million pages of printed text, with about a 10-second access time. To date, capacity increases in optical data storage have been due to increases in the density of information that could be written on a single disk surface.

British Data falls on disappointing results

A RISE of 10 per cent in interim pre-tax profits at British Data Management, to pounds 1.75m, disappointed expectations. Shares in the specialist data management and storage company closed 7p lower at 212p, despite its statement that prospects for new business have improved.

Tiddler promises to be prize catch

As I have mentioned in previous articles, I like to invest in companies that offer goods or services of the future - 'new economy' companies such as Amersham International, Sage and this week's recommendation, the data storage group British Data Management.

Aborted takeover brought 500,000 pounds profit for N Brown

N BROWN, the mail order firm controlled by Sir David Alliance, disclosed yesterday that it had unsuccessfully stalked a takeover target last year, making a pounds 522,000 profit on the shares in the process, writes Patrick Hosking.

Microfilm chief optimistic

MICROFILM Reprographics, the microfilm bureau, held out the prospect of 'a particularly successful' 1993 as it reported pre-tax profits barely higher at pounds 8.2m, writes Paul Durman.

Special Report on Business Computing: Spoils to the victors of a later data game: Database management packages have been suffering a crisis and a transformation, to cope with hardware advances, writes Chris Naylor

FOR many computer users the database is the very raison d'etre of their machine. If they did not need to maintain a database of any sort then they would probably question the need to have a machine at all. Under these circumstances, the choice of a suitable database management package could hardly be more important.

Smaller Companies: Market scents shopping plans at British Data

THERE are faint rumours in the City that British Data Management is close to making its first acquisition since it came to the market shortly before the general election. BDM's shares notably bucked the market over the last couple of days last week.
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