TechTarget News - Week of Apr 04, 2010

New England HIMSS president talks health care reform initiatives

Daniel Feinberg, director of Northeastern University's Health Informatics Graduate Program, offers his perspective on health care reform, HITECH legislation and other topics.

IPad launch marred by poor Wi-Fi experience

Apple sold more than 300,000 iPads on the day of its launch in the US, and new owners downloaded more than three applications and "almost a book" within hours of acquiring it.

MPs debate Digital Economy Bill today

MPs go to the Commons today for the second reading of the controversial Digital Economy Bill. The bill will allow websites to be blocked and internet users to be cut off for alleged online copyright infringements.

Five iPad apps for busy IT people

With the imminent UK launch of Apple's much-hyped iPad, Computer Weekly has identified five ways IT people could use it.

Wyse turns iPad into Windows 7

Thin client specialist Wyse Technology has released a version of its PocketCloud App for Apple's iPad, which allows users to connect to Windows 7 applications.

Fines for losing data come into force

The threat of £50,000 fines for losing data becomes a reality today as the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) gets the powers to go after those businesses that are careless with customer and staff records.

Cisco ramps up datacentre consolidation

Cisco has boosted its datacentre product line with Data Center 3.0, a suite of two- and four-core servers, which it claims offers 300% greater application performance.

MPs debate Digital Economy Bill today

MPs go to the Commons today for the second reading of the controversial Digital Economy Bill. Among other things, the bill will allow websites to be blocked and internet users to be cut off for alleged online copyright infringements.

Take care of data or face ICO fines

From today, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can serve a Monetary Penalty Notice with fines up to £500,000 for a serious data breach.

Software piracy seen as 'acceptable' by a third of users

As MPs start to debate the Digital Economy Bill and move to bring into law measures to prevent piracy Microsoft has revealed the widespread extent of user indifference to respecting intellectual property.

Consensus needed to pass Digital Economy Bill

The controversial Digital Economy Bill will not go forward without "consensus", Harriet Harman, the leader of the House said today.

SIP is no guarantee of interoperability

Session Initiation Protocol is generally held to be the dominant VoIP standard. Yet interoperability between different vendors' SIP systems remains a challenge because the standard is immature, say analysts from Yankee Group and Forrester Research.

Carbon Reduction compliance catches firms unaware

The industry is calling for more clarification over the impact of the government's little-publicised Carbon Reduction Commitment cap-and-trade scheme, which came into effect on 1 April.

MicroScope ACEs Golf Challenge reaches quarter final stage

The MicroScope ACEs Golf Challenge in association with VADition and Fortinet has reached the quarter final stage. The final eight competitors have emerged after the original field of 76, which entered the competition last November, have been whittled down over a series of three rounds.

CA to cull 1,000 jobs

CA is showing the door to 1,000 employees as part of a cost-cutting and restructuring drive announced today. In a statement lodged with the SEC today, the IT management software vendor also revealed plans to consolidate some of its global facilities.

AOL to offload struggling Bebo

AOL is planning to sell or close down Bebo, the social networking site it purchased two years ago for $850m, according to reports on the internet.

Green Grid joins forces to standardise PUE

The Green Grid datacentre efficiency organisation has joined a global consortium to develop datacentre efficiency metrics, measurements and reporting conventions.

Former Fujitsu president sues

The former president of IT services firm Fujitsu' intends to file a suit against the company unless its auditors act to resolve his claim that he was improperly...

Election 2010: The main parties' technology policies

All three parties have pushed technology-related issues up the agenda for 2010's General Election. Here's our round-up of the main policies…

Chinese hackers attack Dalai Lama and India High Commission

Security researchers have discovered a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage which they claim systematically compromised computer networks in India, the Offices of the Dalai Lama, the United Nations and several other countries.

Blackberry gets Java and Eclipse plug-ins

Research In Motion (RIM) has updated its Java and web-based development tools for the Blackberry platform to help developers build smartphone applications.

Labour ditches 50p broadband tax in wash-up

Government plans to fund high-speed broadband networks were in disarray after ministers admitted there was not enough time to debate the proposed 50p per month tax on fixed-wire phones.

ICO slaps three councils for data breaches

Privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has accepted undertakings to do better from three councils that breached the Data Protection Act.

New banks set to stimulate IT investment

The government's plan to increase competition in the banking sector is taking shape as Tesco, the Post Office and Virgin Money set themselves up to take...

Avaya adds Nortel kit to 0% financing offer

Avaya and its in-house financial services outfit are trying to drum up some new business through a six-month extension of their 0% financing offer.

Office 2010 will provide resellers with cloud options

Microsoft is pitching its forthcoming release of Office 2010 as a way of introducing SMEs to the reality of cloud computing. Office 2010 is being released in June, but has already seen 7m beta downloads globally, with the option of parts of the suite being based on-premise or in the cloud.

Wi-fi problems highlighted after iPad launch

With the iPad launch in the UK just weeks away the arrival of the product in the US has been undermined by technical problems with Wi-Fi signals. There is a mounting consensus among those that spend their time watching.

Huawei mulls potential Motorola bid

Shot down in 2008 in an attempt to link up with 3Com, Chinese networking vendor Huawei is now reportedly eyeing up Motorola's network business as the venerable US-based tech firm prepares to break up early next year.

Channel talks of recovery and return to growth

Ever since the recession started the hunt has been on for green shoots but with the first quarter completed those quizzed by MicroScope paint a picture of continuing customer deliberations over purchasing but a return to spending.

EMC vs. NetApp argument erupts over Bycast buy, UCS implementations

EMC and NetApp are going at it harder than ever this week, as NetApp's Bycast acquisition draws fire. Over in the Twittersphere, meanwhile, there's more animosity,plus IBM possibly taking down a tweet that proclaimed a win over EMC.

Nokia launches unlimited free music download service in China

Hours after the House of Commons passed a law to prevent online music piracy, Nokia announced a free, DRM-free music download service in China - with the full cooperation of the music industry.

Leading light in MicroScope formation passes away

Guy Kewney, one of the key figures involved with establishing MicroScope magazine, and a major figure in the technology journalism world has sadly passed away.

Costs of Digital Economy Bill stack up for ISPs

By Ian Grant Internet service providers (ISPs) face a host of extra coststhat could add up to £15m a year when provisions in the DigitalEconomy Bill become law. This emerged from a consultation document published by theDepartment of Business, Innovation and Skills on how best tosplit

Backlash against Digital Economy Bill begins

A civil disobedience campaign started minutes after MPs voted to approve the controversial Digital Economy Bill last night.

Putting ERP in the cloud

Companies such as have made it possible to put customer relationship management (CRM) systems in the cloud, but

FAST welcomes anti-piracy Digital Economy Bill

The Digital Economy Bill might have been passed through the House of Commons but the controversy surrounding the attempts by the government to prevent illegal file downloading is rumbling on.

Licence sales boost Misys interims

In an interim management statement published today, application Software Company Misys has reported growth in both sales and profits, with its healthcare unit singled out for particular praise.

HP UK PSG boss quits after four months in charge

Hewlett-Packard is again on the hunt for someone to lead its PC business in the UK after it emerged current incumbent Gordon Ballantyne has quit to join Australian Telco Telstra.

Melbourne IT turns to data deduplication to backup virtual machines

Hosting provider Melbourne IT has achieved 25:1 deduplication ratios using Data Domain to backup virtual machines, but hopes those ratios will fall over time as it learns more about how dedupe works.

Federal health IT strategic plan seeks to shape future policy

Major themes of the federal health IT strategic plan, which should be finished this fall, include meaningful use, data security, and patient education and engagement.

Debill becomes Digital Economy Act overnight

The Digital Economy Bill is now the Digital Economy Act 2010, following overnight Royal Assent after being rushed through parliament before the election.

NPfIT aims in London won't be achieved, says a top health official

A senior health official has told all London NHS chief executives that savings on the £12.7bn NHS IT programme mean that "it will no longer be possible to provide a comprehensive solution that was anticipated in 2003".

Managing assets in a virtual world

IT managers need complete visibility of physical and virtual assets for control over costs and licensing, writes Matt Fisher, director of FrontRange Solutions With organisations increasingly investing in virtualisation, asset management is no longer confined to physical machines and applications.

Gershon tells Tories to save £4bn through IT cuts

Peter Gershon, who has advised the government on efficiency savings in the past, has told the Conservative Party it could save between £2bn and £4bn by stopping any new major spend on IT.

Software houses lead the open innovation trend

Software houses were the big winners in Nesta's Open 100 competition to find global firms that excel at open innovation and exploit the power of mass collaboration.

TalkTalk vows to fight Digital bill as debate rages

Consumer ISP and Opal owner TalkTalk has vowed it will not surrender the details of any of its customers from digital rights holders and will refuse requests to disconnect copyright infringers, telling right shoulders "we'll see them in court".

Buoyant first quarter builds channel optimism

Opinion is divided over whether or not the recession is over, but the outlook for 2010 is positive overall, writes Steve Moyes.

Juniper grabs new media content outfit Ankeena

Juniper Networks has bought into the fixed and mobile video traffic game with the acquisition of new media infrastructure specialist Ankeena Networks for an undisclosed sum.

BCS urges members to withdraw support for £100k EGM

The BCS is writing to 50 disgruntled members to persuade them to withdraw their signatures from a motion calling for an EGM to discuss the institute's future.

Digital Economy Act raises legal risks for all businesses

Businesses that provide staff and visitors with internet access may face greater risk of legal action for copyright infringement following the passing into law of the Digital Economy Act, it has emerged.

Tories plan £4bn savings with IT spending cuts

The prospect of cuts to public sector IT programs if the Conservatives win the election has been revealed by one of the Tories key advisors.

EMC channel boss steps down

EMC's global channel boss Willem Hendrickx has resigned and plans to exit the storage arena after more than eight years at the firm to hone in on another sector in the industry.

HP set to build EPOS range and specialist channel

HP will build its desktop portfolio as part of an assault on the Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) retail market and is profiling the channel for specialists. According to Paul Hunter, channel sales director for HP's personal systems group - who started a career in IT at EPOS specialist NCR - said it.

UK lagging behind US in speed of tech recovery

The UK and the rest of Europe are going to lag behind the rate of recovery in the IT market set to be enjoyed by the US and Asia Pacific regions.

SCC wins Sprint ii Gov framework

SCC has beaten off rivals to renew a four year pan-public sector framework agreement with Buying Solutions. Previously HMRC were the contracting authority for Sprint ii but it has been passed across to Buying Solutions, the public sector's largest professional procurement agency.