TechTarget News - Week of Apr 11, 2010

SAS unveils social media analytics suite

SAS has released an on-demand social media analytics suite that the vendor says will help companies track and understand consumer sentiment.

Video: Gartner predicts hike in hardware demand

Worldwide IT spending will grow by 5.3% to $3.4trn in 2010 as consumers and businesses buy more IT hardware, according to Gartner.

The analyst firm...

Consumer PC sales to power 2010 IT spend

Computing hardware will see a strong rebound this year as global IT spending rises 5.3%, with consumer spend on mobile PC devices a strong factor, said Gartner analysts today. Taken as a whole, the global IT market is set to hit $3.4tn (£2.2tn) this year, with computing hardware accounting

Nimans grabs former Ingram sales boss

Nimans and Rocom have hired Ingram Micro's former sales director James Perkins ( pictured) to head up group sales at the distributor. A 12-year veteran of the Ingram Micro machine, Perkins has also worked in finance and business planning roles before joining the broadliner from technical outsour

Java inventor James Gosling leaves Oracle

James Gosling, the father of Java, has announced he is leaving Oracle.

Gosling did not give any reason for the departure, but on his blog,...

D-Link expands line-up to target midmarket

Ahead of a planned channel programme refresh, SMB networking specialist D-Link has launched a new line-up of 802.11n wireless products pitched at midmarket firms, and added new partner sales tools to its online portal. The vendor's new high-speed line-up is designed to "catch a more sophis

HP completes 3Com acquisition

Hewlett-Packard completed its acquisition of 3Com on Monday for $7.90 per share in cash, valuing the network infrastructure vendor at $2.7bn (£1.75bn). 3Com's switching, routing and security line-up is to be folded into HP's existing networking division, ProCurve, to solidify HP's Converge

HP grabs VP to boost managed print services sales

Hewlett-Packard has moved to shore up its enterprise printing and services business across EMEA by recruiting veteran Marko Tarkiainen. In the past two decades the Finn has held various positions at country and regional level with Sharp, Xerox and Lexmark, where most recently he was general manager

Gateway signs first reseller contracts

A channel is not built overnight but Gateway has still taken longer than expected to get its house in order and sign up the first tranche of reseller partners. It has been a slow start for the Acer-owned mid-market brand which is ushering on board some new personnel and preparing to ink deals with

PHR services present new frontier for providers

As health providers scrutinize IT to ensure compliance with meaningful use, they are considering personal health record services as a way to supplement patient health information.

Twitter finds a business model at last

Twitter is to announce long-awaited revenue-generating plans after months of speculation about how the microblogging site will begin to capitalise on its popularity.

IT students and graduates in high demand

Students and graduates of IT are in high demand as IT companies admit to having the biggest surplus of work of any UK sector.

Teradata Berlin: Unlock the data we've paid for, governments told

Governments should make the data they collect freely available to citizens so they can use it to develop new businesses and improve their ability to run existing companies, says the founder of

Infosys grows revenues despite sluggish economy

Infosys Technologies, India's second largest software exporter, reported an 8.7% year-on-year growth in profit following an upturn in demand for services in Europe.

Over half of general public unaware of cloud computing

Cloud computing may well be taking the IT industry by storm but the majority of ordinary people in Europe have no idea what "in the cloud" means. According to a survey by the Business Software Alliance, 60% of European citizens were unaware of the meaning of the term "in the cloud&quo

C2000 re-launches Apple team and takes on Parallels

Computer 2000 is re-launching an Apple business unit to underpin the recruitment of limited authorised resellers (LARs). The broadline giant has also penned a distribution contract with virtualisation vendor Parallels - which enables Mac users to run Windows apps on their systems - and plans further

Outsourcing confidence rises but cost concerns persist

The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) has released its quarterly Outsourcing Confidence Index and claimed that over 50% of end-users are more confident with using outsourcing to support their businesses than they were in 2009. The survey, conducted amongst 50 end-user organisations on the N

ShoreTel launches TCO calculator

IP communications vendor ShoreTel has launched a new tool designed to guarantee lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) to prospective customers when compared to rival solutions. The new program relies on third-party data provided by analyst and research firms, and has been designed to show the tru

OPINION: Let's move on from reds under the routers

How seriously can we take allegations that China or other foreign powers are using DDOS attacks to silence critics and attack other nations?

Oracle updates, reaffirms commitment to MySQL

Speaking to a gathering of open source database users, Oracle's chief architect said the company remains committed to MySQL.

Election 2010: Technology policies in the Conservative manifesto

The Conservative Party says it will strengthen the role of the government chief information officer (CIO) to have more control over procurement, freeze new IT spending, and consider using the television licence fee to fund the roll out of broadband.

Three steps to successful CRM

To make a success of customer relationship management (CRM) systems CIOs need a clear strategy which builds on the corporate strategy and maps onto future...

City job opportunities up, but what about IT?

The number of job vacancies in the UK's financial services centre has increased by more than 120%.

According to finance recruitment company Astbury...

Election 2010: LibDems' IT-related manifesto policies

The Liberal Democrats would start their term in office by scrapping ID cards, the Contactpoint child database and the next generation of biometric passports.

CA launches managed service provider licensing

Management software specialist CA has unveiled a new managed service provider (MSP) licensing programme in response to what it sees as growing demand from the reseller community to provide data protection software to MSPs. The programme includes CA's ARCserve product line and XOsoft products, w

Record petrol prices to drive up freight charges in 2010

Distributors are warning of an increase in freight costs after petrol prices hit a record high this week, with the prospect of further surges in the coming months. The cost of a litre of fuel surpassed £1.20 this week and is predicted to climb another 25% by the summer leaving distributors lit

Immigrants needed to fill UK IT skills gap

IT staff from other countries are snapping up jobs in the UK because the British workforce does not have the required skills...

Lenovo postpones debut of Skylight smartbook

Lenovo has delayed the launch of its Skylight smartbook until July to ensure the Linux-based device operates smoothly and has online content available. The initial release date scheduled for this month has been pushed back with a phased roll out in China and other emerging markets expected first an

Exclusive: Unilever global CIO quits

Neil Cameron, global chief information officer at Unilever, has left the firm after a seven-year stint...

Intel sales and profits up in Q1, talks up industry recovery

Intel has claimed that the industry is on the mend and the corporate market is again showing signs of life after posting an improved set of financials. Sales for the first quarter ended 27 March climbed 44% year-on-year to $10.3bn and profits went up 288% to $2.4bn with inventory levels at healthie

Promethean creates new role for industry veteran Wynn

Interactive learning technology provider Promethean has tapped industry veteran Jim Wynn to join its senior exec team as Chief Education Officer. Only last month the firm raised £185.7m by floating on the London Stock Exchange to give it an expected market cap of £400m and believes the

HP appoints new managing directors in all regions

Hewlett-Packard has shuffled its enterprise exec team and replaced the managing directors for its EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific/Japan operations. Software and solutions head honcho Thomas Hogan has been bumped up to executive VP of sales, marketing and strategy for HP's $54bn enterprise business.

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Social CRM software ranges from cheap to free

There are myriad free or low-cost software options out there for social CRM initiatives; but beware -- you may get what you pay for.

UK iPad release delayed by unexpected US demand

Apple's UK release of the iPad could be delayed by a month because the company is struggling to keep up with higher than predicted demand in the US.

Russian authorities raid HP offices in Moscow

Russian investigators working with German authorities have raided the Moscow offices of PC maker Hewlett-Packard to probe alleged bribery-linked to sales...

How the government’s G-cloud could stack up

IT services firm Capgemini, which is running a pilot of a full potential G-cloud, has outlined to Computer Weekly how it might look…

Cameron beats Brown in Google searches

Google searches for David Cameron have overtaken those for Gordon Brown for the first time since the Conservative Party conference in October 2009.

Conflict over proposed United Nations cybercrime treaty

The United Nations will decide this week whether to draft a treaty on cybercrime.

The Russia-backed proposal has gained support from developing countries...

Global PC sales smash analysts' predictions

Global sales of PCs bounced back in the first quarter as suppliers from the Far East took advantage of the improving economy

Preliminary data by Gartner...

Ofcom starts anti-piracy code consultation

Communications regulator Ofcom has issued a consultation on a code of conduct that aims to cut online copyright infringement by up to 70%.

It is also...

Asian PC vendors up pressure on US rivals as global sales soar

Global sales of PCs bounced back in the first quarter but it was vendors from the Far East that took most advantage of the growth conditions. Preliminary data by Gartner shows shipments totalled 84.3 million, up 27.4% on a year ago, exceeding the analyst's previous forecast of 22% and providing fur

Nimans inks leasing agreement

Nimans has signed a new partnership with the leasing arm of French bank BNP Paribas to ease the current funding crisis in the networking channel. The distributor believes that the international standing of the financial services giant, ranked by Standard and Poor's as one of the strongest worldw

Channel insolvencies dip in Q1 but uncertainty remains

A slight spike in company failures at the end of last quarter could be a sign that predicted insolvency rises are materialising in the channel, Graydon UK has warned. According to statistics from the credit reference agency, 61 resellers and distributors went to the wall in Q1 - compared to 64

Scotsys calls in the administrators

Scotsys has become the second Apple reseller to go down in the last month after it called in administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). The Lanarkshire-based firm, which also resold HP and Microsoft, was founded in 2002 but saw its financial results head south more recently. A spokeswoman at PWC

Check Point takes first steps into leak prevention game

Check Point has taken its first steps into the data leak prevention (DLP) game with the launch of a new network-based DLP software solution designed to pre-emptively stop sensitive data leaving a corporate network while retaining an element of human control. Speaking to MicroScope, Check Point g

Timing for EHR certification, adoption remains a sticky issue

The time crunch on developing and adopting certified electronic health record systems concerns health IT professionals, who have tight meaningful use deadlines to meet.

AMD results confirm PC market rebound

Microprocessor maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has reported first quarter revenues of $1.57bn, net income of $257m, and operating income of $182m.

Israel blocks US iPad imports

Israel has banned Apple's iPad from entering the country from the US and has threatened to confiscate the newly released devices from passengers at airports.

Daily Telegraph third-party website hacked and defaced

A Daily Telegraph third-party website is the latest high-profile site to be defaced by hackers apparently unhappy about the news organisation referring to Romanians as gypsies.

Orange calls in BT to run broadband network

Orange is to hand off control of its fixed-line infrastructure and broadband services to BT in an attempt to increase its UK coverage and improve the quality of its own services. Speaking to the Times, Orange said it was disappointed by the poor performance of its fixed-line offerings, which rel

How consumer trends are shaping UC for business

March's UCExpo trade show in London provided a forum for industry representatives and customers to come together and discuss the growing influence of unified communications (UC) on the working environment and learn how to take advantage of this technological shift.

How will Avnet integrate Bell Micro?

Despite being little more than a quarter of the way through the year, it is safe to say that Bell Microproducts has enjoyed an eventful 2010 so far.

AMD Q1 sales and profits rise, warns of GPU constraint ahead

Supply constraints on AMD's 40nm graphics processors will continue this year, the firm has confirmed, though availability will ease. Aside from this shortfall, the chip giant last night took another step on the road to recovery by posting profits of $257m (£166m) in the first quarter compared

Infrastructure collapses as cloud takes hold

Natural disasters, accidents or terrorist attacks provide a perfect platform for marketing executives to push products or services in front of resellers and the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has created a large plume of ash is no different. Usually security vendors show a heightened state of aw

Is 100G Ethernet for real?

With 100 gigabit Ethernet ratification drawing closer, SearchNetworking talks to Matt Miller, director of systems engineering for Juniper Networks Australia/New Zealand about the role and applications of the new standard.

Ingram Micro launches dedicated telecoms unit

Ingram Micro EMEA has launched a new telecoms distribution unit as it seeks to grab share in the expanding mobility market. The broadliner plans to offer comms distribution services to resellers, retailers, mobile network operators and MVNOs, and will be looking to take on board additional vendo

EMC asks new channel boss to assess EMEA distie strategy

EMC has appointed Nicolas Leblanc as EMEA channel boss and tasked him with assessing and preparing the distribution channel for a tender process. However the storage behemoth is in no rush to push through changes too quickly, as it sifts through the fallout from a similar exercise in the UK. As re