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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elan patent lawsuit threatens Apple iPad

Taiwanese chipmaker Elan Microelectronics is to extend its patent infringement case against Apple to include the Apple iPad.

Microsoft issues 11 security patches, five critical

Microsoft has released 11 patches in its April Patch Tuesday monthly security update to cover 25 vulnerabilities across a range of operating systems and software packages.

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...

Thomson Reuters moves trading to the web

Thomson Reuters is overhauling its technology platforms by switching trading applications form traditional terminals to the web.

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.

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.

Exclusive: Unilever global CIO quits

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

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...

UK IT start-up incubator gains momentum

The UK IT start-up incubator programme, known as The Difference Engine, is supporting research into technologies including mobile applications, real-time web information feeds, a Facebook application and metrics software.

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.

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.

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 Lanark shire-based firm, which also resold HP and Microsoft, was founded in 2002 but saw its financial results head south more recently.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.