State health laws and executive orders add deadline pressure for health care providers facing strict timelines for meaningful use, standards and HITECH compliance.
Cloud-based data integration software offers companies a fast way to get data into the cloud; but it’s not an ideal fit in all situations, experts warn.
Florida State University’s multi-year BI standardization project has saved the school significant manpower and money.
Microsoft is to issue only two software fixes in its Patch Tuesday monthly security update on 11 May, according to the advance bulletin.
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.
Facebook has hired former US Federal Trade Commission chairman Tim Muris in the face of increased government scrutiny of the social networking site's privacy policies.
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, 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.
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
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
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.
Northern Ireland's Department for Regional Development is looking for a partner to develop an IT strategy.
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 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
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
Zero-day attacks sound scary, but security experts say you can ride them out with some simple precautions.
EMC has announced a new storage virtualization device, named VPLEX, which allows the creation of logical storage resources that span physical arrays on multiple sites. Local beta tester Melbourne IT plans to deploy the product.
Quest has released Toad Extension for Visual studio, a new database schema provider to improve Oracle database development.
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?
The world's software industry lost $51bn to piracy in 2009 as the unlicensed software rate rose to 43%, but losses were less than expected…
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...
Many IT leaders seek to have a large IT transformation under their belts but embarking on such projects - and staying until the end - is far from easy.
A man was found guilty of sending a menacing electronic communication after he tweeted he would blow up an airport.
Former trainee accountant Paul...
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, 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.
Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have unveiled Everything Everywhere (E2), the new name for their combined UK mobile operators, Orange and T-mobile. The...
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
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 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 are under threat of legal action and compulsory audits as cash-strapped software suppliers take a tough line on software licensing.
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.
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
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
NetApp has issued a statement saying it can ddo everything EMC's new VPlex products can achieve, and customers are cool on the new product too.
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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.
Verizon Wireless is working with Google on a tablet computer to rival Apple's iPad.
Microsoft expects customers to adopt the latest version of its Office productivity software at a faster rate than any previous version. The prediction...
Technology sector mergers and acquisitions (M&As) increased 26% globally and more than doubled in the UK in the first quarter of 2010 compared with Q1 2009.
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.
Microsoft claims that to get the most from the new Office suite, users need both Windows 7 and Office 2010. But will businesses upgrade?
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
The London Stock Exchange has outlined its ambitions to become a supplier of IT systems following its MillenniumIT acquisition.
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.
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
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
A competition to find the UK's most innovative businesses and put them in front of potential investors will soon close to entrants.
IT developers are...
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".
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.
Richard Chirgwin explains Internet peering and how it is changing to use more of the IP stack.
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
IT departments in the public sector need to start considering pay and recruitment freezes, the director of public services at the Confederation of British Industry says.
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 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
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 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.
German enterprise software maker SAP has agreed to acquire US database and mobility software producer Sybase for $5.8bn.
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, 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, which has made several acquisitions in the first quarter, has announced that it plans to continue down the acquisition trail.
Big Blue plans to...
Microsoft is pitching Office 2010 as the product that will help UK businesses return to profit and compete in the global market.
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 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
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
Barclays has tightened up the security of its mobile banking service after it was identified as being weak and a risk to data protection.
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
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 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
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.
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
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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 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
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
Facebook has added new security tools to prevent hacking and held a staff meeting amid a growing storm about privacy at the social networking company.
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.”
The extension of broadband to UK citizens remained high on the new government's priority list, despite not being part of the agreement thrashed out by Conservative and Liberal Democrat negotiators this week.
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Standards Council has published the latest version of its security requirements for card-based transactions. The
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...
The Wolverhampton Primary Care Trust (PCT) has reduced the cost of data back-ups by up to 30% in the year since switching to an agentless back-up system...
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
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has formed a group to establish global standards for interoperability and secure information exchange across...
Businesses are stepping up their spending on outsourcing as they begin to replace outdated infrastructure, a major survey of the UK IT service providers...
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.
SAP's planned acquisition of Sybase for $5.8bn ...
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
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
The new president of the Society of IT Management (Socitm) says the government must make clear its priorities for public sector IT before repercussions of...
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
Verizon Business has announced a global, cloud-based security service that combines the company's core networking and security businesses.
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
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
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
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