TechTarget News - Week of May 09, 2010

State health laws complicate HITECH compliance

State health laws and executive orders add deadline pressure for health care providers facing strict timelines for meaningful use, standards and HITECH compliance.

Nokia steps up patent battle with Apple over iPhone and iPad

Nokia is suing Apple for five alleged patent infringements related to mobile speech and data transmission, location data integration and antenna technologies used in the iPhone and iPad 3G.

Smart meter roll-out starts in strong Q1 for British Gas

This winter's unusually cold weather meant British Gas had a better-than-expected first quarter of 2010, with its good performance underpinned by a continued drive to cut costs.

BT to get back on broadband wagon

BT, the UK's largest network operator, is expected to reveal plans to extend its broadband service to two-thirds of UK homes when it announces its annual results this week.

Hard drive business bounces back after recession

The hard drive business has exited the recession quickly with demand holding up in both consumer and commercial markets. Speaking at an event in Barcelona the president and CEO of Western Digital John Coyne said that it had seen demand get back to pre recession levels. He said that on a consumer f

Astaro considers vertical focus following reseller sign-ups

Security specialist Astaro is considering changes tothe partner programme after a number of vertical focused resellers came on board. The vendor is on the brink of launching three products to widen the portfolio beyond it's traditional UTM expertise and the attraction of these launches is one facto

New employment law affecting businesses in the channel

In recent years, the government has tried to make it easier for everyone to see the legislative changes that are coming by using a common commencement date system, writes Adam Bernstein.

UK server sales return to double digit growth in Q1

Server sales in the UK rebounded during the first quarter as big business and Government replacement cycles came online. The health of the sector had improved late last year but final stats from market watcher IDC show shipments grew 13.9% in Q1 to 80,000 units; the first double digit climb since b

ISC Networks profits slide after tough 09

ISC Networks' profits have sunk in the face of the economic meltdown as it was caught out by falling sales and a relatively high cost base. The Cambridgeshire-based HP and Microsoft Gold partner saw income in the year-ended 30 September 2009 collapse by 67% to £69,245 and a 6% dip in sales to

IBM turns its back on PartnerWorld 2010

Resellers have branded IBM's decision to cancel PartnerWorld for the second consecutive year as a missed trick. The annual event was called off in 2009 due to the economic crisis but with the recession lifting, the way was clear for it to be put back on the agenda. However an IBM spokeswoman told

What to do when a zero-day strikes

Zero-day attacks sound scary, but security experts say you can ride them out with some simple precautions.

Are engineers the next wave of CRM users?

Social networks and the expanded use of CRM are bringing engineers and product development people into contact with customers. Is that a good thing, and is it worth it?

Mobile network operators reveal iPad data prices

Mobile network operators have unveiled their data plan prices for the Apple iPad, which launches this month in the UK. Orange UK users have a wider...

Threatening Tweet costs man £1,000

A man was found guilty of sending a menacing electronic communication after he tweeted he would blow up an airport.

Former trainee accountant Paul...

Software piracy costs UK economy £1bn

The piracy rate in the UK has remain unchanged in the last year indicating that the recession did not produce an increase in the number of users cutting corners to save money. According to the latest figures put together by IDC on behalf of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) the level of piracy i

Nokia revamps, hires ex-Sun software boss as CTO

Nokia, the world's biggest mobile phone company, has simplified its management structure "to increase competitiveness and deliver a stronger and more differentiated consumer experience", the company said.

Political stalemate is impacting SME confidence

The on-going uncertainty over who is going to be running the country is having an impact on business confidence in the SME sector. Since last Thursday's general election the results have produced a hung parliament with the Liberal Democrats holding discussions with both the Conservatives and Labour

Cloud computing a positive for hard drive specialists

Industry observers that thought cloud computing was going to be bad for the hard drive business might be surprised to hear those selling the products describing it as one of the best things that has ever happened to the industry. The growth in data continues to chug along at a phenomenal rate and t

IT missing from Europe's R&D priorities

IT is not among Europe's research and innovation priorities, which are climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and ageing, European commissioner for research, innovation and science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said today.

Businesses warned of software licensing clampdown

Businesses are under threat of legal action and compulsory audits as cash-strapped software suppliers take a tough line on software licensing.

Challenges of SIP trunking for telecom managers and network admins

The challenges of SIP trunking for network administrators include interoperability and compression issues, service availability, security, SIP trunking architectures, lack of fax services, E-911 support and SIP trunk monitoring tools.

ASUS sets sales director Brown a golden target

Netbook pioneer ASUS has handed new UK sales director Phil Brown the task of transforming the operation into a top three player by 2011. As reported by MicroScope, Brown left Samsung in February after leading its meteoric rise in the notebook market and has since been on gardening leave. The corpo

C2000 extends Credit Elevator to comms channel

The Credit Elevator programme that Computer 2000 runs for small IT resellers is to be transferred to comms dealers and retailers via its Brightstar Europe operation. Under the Ts&Cs, mobile phone dealers can now extend their credit with the business - a joint venture between C2000 parent Tech D

Storage Decisions Australia - LIVE!

Can't make it to Storage Decisions Australia? Then check in here next Wednesday for a full day of live coverage from the event.

Medical records privacy: It's not just HIPAA rules anymore

Federal Trade Commission and HIPAA rules, as well as individual states' laws, now govern medical records privacy. Providers must cover all bases, including personal health record (PHR) services.

SAP to join tech sector M&A boom

Technology sector mergers and acquisitions are expected to gain momentum after a 26% year-on-year global increase in the first three months of 2010.

SAP...

Are businesses ready for Office 2010?

Microsoft claims that to get the most from the new Office suite, users need both Windows 7 and Office 2010. But will businesses upgrade?

DiData sees clients spending in second half

London and Johannesburg-listed ICT solutions provider Dimension Data has reported headline growth in sales, profits and margins for the first half of 2010, and said it anticipates growth in IT and services spending patterns during the next six months. The company's reported revenues for the peri

Micro Focus results swelled by acquisition revenues

British software player Micro Focus has indicated that its acquisitions of Compuware's testing business and Borland are filtering through to the bottom line. In a trading update for the fiscal year ended 30 April the channel player pointed to a revenue of $160m from its testing market acquisitions.

Nolan merges with Benteq to enhance CRM skills

Long standing Microsoft developer Nolan Computers has merged with accounting and CRM specialist Benteq. The merged entity, which comes into effect immediately, will trade as Nolan Business Solutions with a turnover of just more than £2m. Further details of the deal remain undisclosed. Nolan

Security Zone: Security in master data management

A consistent universal view of your organisation's data - as provided by master data management - can deliver considerable benefits in streamlining processes, writes Sean Pollonais, information security consultant at BD&F Infosec

UK government to scrap £15bn of IT projects

The government plans to scrap some £15bn of controversial IT projects in a "great repeal bill" that will reverse "the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour government and roll back state intrusion".

Mobiles save Deutsche Telekom's bottom line

High-margin income from mobile phone customers rescued Deutsche Telekom's results as revenues stayed flat for the first quarter of 2010, the company reported today.

Peering moves down to the Ethernet layer

Richard Chirgwin explains Internet peering and how it is changing to use more of the IP stack.

IT cuts to be deeper under Tory-Lib coalition

The channel is waiting with bated breath for the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition to outline spending cuts in IT, which are expected to be far greater than under any deal that involved Labour. As every corner of our sceptred isle will now be aware, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown last ni

TalkTalk adjusts to life without Carphone Warehouse

Consumer and business communications provider TalkTalk is getting used to the single life after posting its first full-year results since splitting from electrical and IT retail specialist Carphone Warehouse in March. Hailing a "transformational" year for TalkTalk, boss Charles Dunston

Samsung splits with senior UK managers

Samsung has been hit with a number of senior UK resignations with display boss Dom Webb and mobile phone head Mark Mitchinson leaving the company, along with distribution manager Steve Hope. This means that in the last five months, the vendor has seen changes at the top of all its major UK divisions

Meaningful use compliance for Atrius merely involves fine-tuning

For Atrius, a large group of ambulatory providers already wired for electronic medical records, meaningful use compliance involves merely keeping abreast of changes in the proposed rule.

BT pledges £1bn to increase UK broadband coverage

BT will spend an extra £1bn to increase broadband coverage from 40% to 66% of the nation's homes in the coming year, CEO Ian Livingston, said this morning.

SAP to acquire Sybase for $5.8bn

German enterprise software maker SAP has agreed to acquire US database and mobility software producer Sybase for $5.8bn.

Google Nexus One maker HTC hits back at Apple

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has hit back at Apple with a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that seeks to halt the sale of iPhones, iPods...

BT sales beat expectations

BT, the UK's largest fixed-line network operator, reported profits of £1m on sales down 2% at £20.9bn for the year ended 30 March 2010.

IBM announces five-year acquisition plan

IBM, which has made several acquisitions in the first quarter, has announced that it plans to continue down the acquisition trail.

Big Blue plans to...

Cybercriminals exploit Google Groups

Cybercriminals are using Google Groups to distribute rogue anti-virus software and other malware, according to researchers at security firm eSoft....

Office 2010 has potential to boost the economy

Microsoft is pitching Office 2010 as the product that will help UK businesses return to profit and compete in the global market.

Are WLANs ready to replace wired LANs

Is it possible to replace an enterprise's wired LANs with their wireless equivalents? Yes: if you are willing to invest in WLAN management to keep a sharp eye on performance.

SAP stumps up $5.6bn to acquire Sybase

SAP has made its first acquisition since changing its CEO team picking up Sybase in an indication that it will expand into the mobile infrastructure space. Sybase specialises in the mobile arena and SAP is stumping up $5.8bn drawing on a loan facility of €2.75bn that it has with Barclays Capital an

SMEs avoid burden of NI tax but threat of VAT rise lingers

Although the manner in which the coalition government is intending making cuts of £6bn this financial year remains slightly vague the expectations are growing that some taxes will have to increase to help cut the deficit. Although business leaders have given the decision to scrap the national

Sales slide continues at DSGi reseller business

Life's only certainties are death and taxes but it would seem that the perennial sales decline in DSGi's reseller operations should also join that list. The retail giant this morning released a trading update for the second half of its fiscal 2010 ended 1 May with group sales up 8% and more modestl

Integrating Microsoft Office suite could net channel billions

By Cliff Saran The figure of six billion is on every politicians lips but is also the amount of money Microsoft believes the channel can make from selling Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010. Speaking at the launch of its latest software products in London yesterday Microsoft is clearly positioning Of

Cisco cautiously optimistic over Euro debt crisis

Cisco is watching the European theatre closely for signs of deepening economic hardship due to the financial crisis over the future of the Euro, precipitated by the near-collapse of the Greek economy. Breaking out growth figures for Cisco's European business on a conference call to celebrate th

How will ICT cap for non EU workers affect IT?

Conservative plans to cap the number of non-EU overseas workers entering the UK have survived the coalition negotiations with the Liberal Democrats, and businesses might soon have to change their cost-cutting strategies as a result.

BT's profit breakdown: how did they do it?

Price cuts due to competition and regulatory change have rippled through BT's operating division to hold down revenues, but cost-cutting has helped to maintain margins.BT Global Services

IBM Impact 2010: Complete conference coverage

Visit this page to find complete coverage of IBM impact 2010. Read about IBM's recent purchase of Cast Iron Systems, updates to DataPower and Cloud Burst, and more.

McAfee reorganises around solution areas

McAfee is reorganising its business around specific solution areas with the intention of meeting customer demands for more complex support. The vendor has reorgainsed around four areas: endpoint security, network security, content security and risk and compliance. The decision to make the changes

BT heads back into black

BT has breezed past its previous forecasts after posting full-year profit of £1.02bn - marking a return to profit after posting massive losses in 2009 - on total sales of £20.9bn, down slightly on the previous year. The UK comms and networking services giant also posted Q4 profits o

Esteem cuddles up to Oracle with reseller acquisition

Sun Microsystems partner Esteem Systems is taking the first tentative steps to expand into the Oracle software arena by acquiring small integrator Midas IT Solutions. Set up in November 2009, Midas which majors on Oracle's database licenses, SLA Middleware and the Beehive collaboration suite, will

New Oracle Database 11g book offers 'underground' tips

April Sims, a DBA at Southern Utah University and an Oracle Certified Professional, talks about her new book, “Oracle Database 11g Underground Advice for Database Administrators.”

US military considers responses to cyber attack

The US military is to consider a military response in cases of cyber attacks against the US, according to a Pentagon official.

But there may never...

Product not services hog Q1 limelight at Computacenter

Computacenter is flirting with the idea that the economic recovery may be more sustained after seeing renewed vigour in its UK product business during Q1 more than compensate for aslower start in its services operation. In an interim management statement, the firm revealed group revenues grew 7% to

ITU group will develop cloud standards

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has formed a group to establish global standards for interoperability and secure information exchange across...

Outsourcing recovery is fragile, says EquaTerra

Businesses are stepping up their spending on outsourcing as they begin to replace outdated infrastructure, a major survey of the UK IT service providers...

IT sector braces for public sector cuts, seeks clarity on IT policies

The UK's information and communications (ICT) sector is bracing itself for massive cuts in public sector IT spending, but this may offer fresh opportunities to small and medium (SME) suppliers, says the industry's trade body, Intellect.

Profile: John Coyne, president and CEO of Western Digital

One of the biggest myths in the IT industry is that the storage marketplace lacks excitement and is a dusty sector concentrating on selling tin that provides ever greater capacities. There is no doubt that capacity is still a key issue, and the era of a terabyte drive sitting on a desk next to a la

M&A activity returns to pre-recession levels

Signs of recovery can be clearly seen in the mergers and acquisition activity in the market with more deals being sealed last month than any time in the last 18 months. According to the latest figures from Regent there were 262 acquisitions involving European tech firms in April, a number of deals

Datatec profits halve in 2010

Declining sales at its key business units, networking distributor Westcon and systems integrator Logicalis, knocked back total 2010 revenues at Datatec by 10% to $3.74bn (£2.56bn), while net profits effectively halved, down 47.2% to $31.6m as the group was hit by the toughest recession in livi

Financial strength improving in IT sector

Financial strength is returning to the IT industry at a faster rate than any other sector as stability returns to the market. According to the latest figures from Experian the IT sector had 56 insolvencies last month down from 65 for the same period last year but the strength score rose to 83.25, t

Sun resellers not told about new rebate structure

Oracle has left Sun Microsystems' resellers in the dark over what their new rebate structure will look like despite ending the current channel programme this month. At the same time it has upset some partners by changing the special bid process for key accounts, increasing the cost of support servic

Ciena lets Nortel staff go

Ethernet networking specialist Ciena is understood to be cutting 17 jobs at Nortel's Monkstown facility in Northern Ireland, drawing fire from the Unite union. The union's local representative, Sean Smyth told the BBC that angry members believed President Obama's recent call to protect US worker

Recovery in tech world continues but fragility remains

The recovery remains fragile and the expected cuts in public sector bugets could put a strain on the tech sector if they are not made sensibly. The conclusions of Intellect's State of the Technology Sector 2010 report show that although there is widespread optimism there is also a great deal of cau