TechTarget News - Week of May 16, 2010

RM reports profit increase

The UK educational software provider, RM, is optimistic about performance in the second half of 2010 and has announced a joint venture with Lego Education.

YouTube notches up two billion daily views in five years

YouTube is marking its fifth anniversary by announcing the service has exceeded two billion daily views, demonstrating rapid growth in popularity since reaching...

Phishing scam hits thousands on Twitter

A phishing scam is targeting thousands of Twitter users hoping to increase their number of followers. Spam messages are circulating that claim to contain links to websites that will help Twitter users to increase their number of followers for free.

Tata’s £600m pension deal could be put on hold

The £600m outsourcing agreement between the previous government and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) could be put on hold while the new government looks at the options for cutting the budget deficit. The government will next week announce its plans to make £6bn spending cuts this year.

Wireless key to dodging public sector bullet

With the scale of the inevitable cuts in public spending under the new Liberal-Conservative government still unclear, the channel is still bracing itself for a rough ride in the coming months.

Exclusive: Domino's Pizza tech chief resigns

Domino's IT director Jane Kimberlin is leaving the fast-food company this week to set up her own technology consultancy.

CA changes name and sets out cloud ambitions

CA has used its annual partner get together in Las Vegas to announce a change in its name and plans to increase the focus on cloud computing and virtualisation.

Extreme brings ScanSource partnership to UK shores

LAN infrastructure specialist Extreme Networks has added convergence distie ScanSource to its UK line-up alongside Mayflex and Westcon. The distributor, which already worked with Extreme on the continent, brings skills in IP and wireless networks that the vendor said today it is keen to exploit,

Seven reasons IPv6 is overhyped

IPv6 is sometimes touted as network professionals' saviour. But as we learn in this story that corrects seven IPv6 myths, the protocol may be a wee bit overhyped.

Hosted identity services could overcome slow adoption

The move towards securing access for staff, resellers and other third parties is on customer radars but management systems are yet to be implemented by the majority of users.

Nortel profits from sell-off process

Defunct networking vendor Nortel has booked net profits of $355m (£245m) in Q1 - reversing losses of over $500m this time last year - as cash continued to pour in from the various sales of its remaining business units.

Asian vendors dominate growth in UK Q1 PC arena

The rise of the Asian PC vendors continued in the first quarter with Acer, Samsung, Lenovo and ASUS benefiting the most as the UK market finally emerged from recession.

Coalition government pledges to publish more data

The new coalition government has pledged to continue improving access to government-held data as part of its 'Big Society' initiative.

The government...

Microsoft pays $200m to VirnetX in patent lawsuit

Microsoft is to pay $200m in settlement of a patent infringement case brought by VirnetX. VirnetX had claimed Microsoft was infringing on two of its patents on automatic and secure virtual private network (VPN) technology.

UK's slower websites to lose rank to faster US ones in Google

UK FTSE companies will have their websites ranked lower by Google than their US rivals because their websites are slow. Research carried out by web optimisation company Aptimize, found that the websites of FTSE companies in the UK were 27% slower than their Fortune 1000 counterparts in the US.

Vodafone profits double as mobile Internet soars

Vodafone has reported a full-year pre-tax profit of £8.7bn for the 12 months to the end of March, more than doubling its fiscal 2009 profits as worldwide growth in mobile data and broadband traffic over smartphone devices continued unimpeded.

Bell slides to $5m loss in Q1 ahead of Avnet acquisition

Bell Microproducts managed to push up its sales by double digits during the first quarter but slid to a substantial loss in what is likely to be its last quarter reported under the current ownership.

Will the public sector see an exodus of talented IT staff?

CIOs have warned the public sector is at risk of losing talented staff as they face budget cuts, possible salary freezes and uncertainty as the new coalition government gears up to announce its plans to tackle the deficit

Micro-P parent grows annual sales, profits

Micro-P and Gem parent SerCom, the IT arm of DCC, has posted improved results for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2010, with chief executive Tommy Breen hailing "excellent results in its distribution businesses in Britain."

HITECH Act incentives still confuse some providers

New legislation aims to clarify who is eligible for HITECH Act incentives, but doctors say the law still doesn't go far enough to fund and promote EHR implementation.

Worldwide mobile phones sales up 17% in Q1

Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 314.7m units in the first quarter of 2010, a 17% per cent increase from the same period in 2009, according to Gartner.

Twitter plans to head to profitability from Q4

Twitter plans to have signed up hundreds of customers to its new advertising system by the end of the year as part of plans to make the microblogging company self-sustaining and profitable.

Google Android overtakes Windows Mobile

Google's Android smartphone operating system has moved up the rankings to fourth place, ahead of Microsoft's Windows Mobile and Linux, in the first quarter of 2010, according to research firm Gartner.

Thetrainline signs m-ticketing deal

Customers of online ticket provider will be able to buy and receive tickets using their mobile devices later this year.

World Cup could bring UK SMEs to a halt, survey claims

Small and medium businesses could be hit by computer chaos with 54% of UK workers planning to watch 2010 FIFA World Cup games online at work, a survey has revealed.

Judge tears up vendors' get out of jail free card

Software vendors may lose their get out of jail free card after a UK High Court judge ruled that claims to fitness for purpose were legally binding on a...

Cisco beefs up consumer arm

Cisco has added some more muscle to its consumer technology arm after picking up 35-strong California-based product and strategy development consultancy MOTO for an undisclosed sum.

Hardware sales drive revenues in Q2 for Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard highlighted the speed with which different parts of the industry are exiting recession delivering Q2 results showing healthy sales in the hardware side of its business but almost flat services revenues.

HP server sales in double figures in Q2

IT bellwether HP has reported double-digit PC and server sales in its second quarter of 2010, but its services business lagged behind.

Deputy PM Clegg talks of reducing storage of personal data

Those who get twitchy over the government's habit of losing sensitive personal data will be relieved to hear the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg talk of a new politics which avoids the need to keep numerous emails and web records.

NHS trust proves sound procurement is key to successful projects

The management of big, outsourced IT projects in the public sector has seen its fair share of criticism, with committees regularly publishing details of mismanaged procurements and wasted millions.

Government wasted £21bn a year on IT, says think-tank.

Transformational Government, Labour's ambitious plan to use IT to transform how citizens and government agencies interact, has been a disaster, says an academic think-tank.

Nokia under pressure as global mobile sales climb 17%

Close to 315 million mobile handset units shipped during the first three months of 2010, representing a 17% increase on the same period in 2009, according to the latest quarterly figures from the industry-watchers at Gartner, but market-leader Nokia continued to flounder.

Government needs an overhaul to fit the internet age, says report

The report published today by the Centre for Technology Policy Research says that access to social media must be opened up, civil servants must be given crash courses in information management and senior staff must be given compulsory technology training to help achieve this, it said.

Networking vendors ink interoperability pact

Hewlett-Packard, Juniper, Logitech, Microsoft and Polycom have been named as the founder members of a new non-profit alliance - dubbed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum - designed to promote standards-based, cross-vendor interoperability across the UC spectrum.

SAP co-CEOs set sights on hosted market

SAP's CO-CEO's have marked their first 100 days in office using their keynote speeches at the vendor's Sapphire event to pat themselves on the back and set out their goals for the future.

Facebook to simplify privacy tools

Facebook has announced that it will release simpler privacy options in the face of a growing storm over the company's drive to encourage more people to publish more information online by default.

Are Oracle unlimited license agreements really unlimited?

Oracle’s unlimited license agreements have grown in popularity, but end users should pay close attention to the details rather than assuming that “unlimited” means unlimited.

IT jobs to go at Newcastle Building Society

Some 126 employees are at risk of losing their jobs as Newcastle Building Society seeks to reduce costs during a "challenging climate".

The cull will...

Hacker McKinnon to stay in UK, for now

Self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon will stay in the UK for the foreseeable future following home secretary Theresa May's decision to adjourn a judicial review of his case due next week.

Google gears up for greater web influence

Google has announced plans to step up its influence on the web and challenge rivals with a new video standard, cloud computing framework and web-based application...

How BMW virtualised with SuSE Linux and Xen

BMW is using the Xen para virtualisation tool in SuSE Linux Enterprise Server to run test and development production systems.

Aruba struggles to reverse losses as sales climb

Distributed network and wireless specialist Aruba Networks has booked year-on-year increase in sales but barely managed to reverse its losses in the year-ago quarter after turning in its fiscal Q3 numbers.

CSC profits down, but hopes up

CSC reported a fall in profits for its latest quarter, but a rise in sales for the final three months of the financial year sets the scene for the company to grow next year.

Mobility and sustainability dominate SAP vision

SAP's new leaders have detailed various aspects of their product strategy at the software maker's annual customer and partner conference, making commitments to real-time analytics, mobility and sustainability, but did they go far enough?

Cisco makes optical networking play

Cisco has made its second acquisition this week after putting down $99m (£69.38m) in cash and retention incentives to acquire digital signal processing solutions provider CoreOptics.

Winds of change adjust health IT policy priority, focus

Information sharing initiatives such as NHIN Direct have shifted the focus of health IT policy. Federal committees and workgroups are redirecting their efforts accordingly.

IT spending boosts Dell profits and revenues

Dell has reported a better than expected net profit of $441m (£306) for the first quarter of its 2011 fiscal year, 52% up on the same period a year ago.

Google prepared to fight for AdMob deal

Google is prepared to "fight" if US regulators seek to block the firm's planned $750m acquisition of mobile phone advertising company AdMob, according to US reports.

FSB calls on Vaizey to push universal broadband

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on Ed Vaizey, the new broadband minister, to make basic broadband speeds a universal service obligation to help small firms grow and strengthen economic recovery.

Prospect of Novell sale returns

Novell appears to be heading towards a sale after it emerged the software company was being targeted by private equity groups.

Seminar series: The future is managed services

The words "managed services" might as well be "here be dragons" for those resellers yet to make the move into delivering customer support in a different way, but the experience of those selling managed services is one that should inspire greater adoption.

CW500 Club: Gain a competitive advantage with social media

Social media is key in helping businesses attract scarce talent, build relationships with their customers and navigate the rapidly growing morass of information on the internet.

Coalition sets out broadband policy

The programme for government published this week by the Liberal-Conservative Coalition has set out the new government's plans for the ongoing roll-out of super-fast broadband across the UK.

Recession hammers network management systems sector

Sales of network management systems (NMS) suffered more during 2009 than was originally expected, according to new research from analysts at Analysys Mason, as total sales dipped 8% year-on-year to $4.27bn (£2.95bn).

HP UK names Hunter as PSG big daddy

Hewlett-Packard is handing the reins of its PC operation in the UK to the unit's current director of category management Paul Hunter from next month.