TechTarget News - Week of Jun 06, 2010

HP misses notebook targets for May

Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) notebook shipments in May 2010 fell short of company expectations, due to drops in sales in Europe and China. HP shipped 2.6 million to 2.7 million notebooks for the past month, lower than the expected 3.2 million to 3.4 million because of the bond crisis in Europe and lower demand in China, according to US reports.

Visa improves security for online transactions

Visa has launched a payment card in Europe to improve security for online transactions. The CodeSure card contains a keypad and an eight-character display for showing a one-time passcode for any Visa debit or credit card.

Cool vendor list misses a few

As consumerism becomes the driving force for innovation in information and communications technology, so it is increasingly important for vendors to increase...

How to escape the online police

Despite the Cameron government's promise to publish more government data, it is unlikely to publish everything, especially where publication might prove damaging or embarrassing.

Phoenix IT eyes strategic cloud acquisitions

System integrator Phoenix IT has hinted it is considering further acquisitions to bulk up its cloud computing strategy as it released full-year prelims and recorded a slight dip in revenues but growth in underlying pre-tax profit after a challenging 12 months. Group sales slipped 2.9% to £

Star releases free hosted IM service

CIOs bothered by the unrestricted use of instant messaging within their companies might care to look at SME cloud services provider Star's instant messaging and telepresence service, free with its £8.99 per month hosted e-mail service.

Kavanagh fires up HP Networking engines

Following the acquisition and integration of 3Com, specialist data centre integrator and Hewlett-Packard Gold partner Kavanagh is diving headlong into the networking space and taking on the HP Networking portfolio to better provide an end-to-end data centre proposition. Speaking to MicroScope, m

Jobs expected to unveil faster iPhone at developer event

With the campaign to promote the iPad into its first couple of weeks in the UK the focus is set to shift back onto Apple's iPhone as the CEO Steve Jobs unveils its latest product later this evening. Jobs is expected to take to the stage at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco lat

NAO calls for compulsory safeguards for major IT projects

The National Audit Office (NAO) has called for a compulsory system of safeguards for major IT projects in an attempt to stop the huge cost overruns they have become associated with.

Resellers key to helping cloud providers expand

The channel is set to play a crucial role in helping public cloud providers reach their growth targets with the relationship between reseller and hosted specialist mirroring the traditional one of vendor and dealer. Resellers will play a crucial role in helping the public cloud providers gain a deg

Bridging the skills gap

A sustained economic recovery might be on the horizon but persistent doubt about the immediate future has precipitated a crunch in the skills market as personnel in senior management positions keep their heads firmly below the parapet. MicroScope takes a look at the strategies some channel firms are

UK finance firms spend more on information security

Almost three-quarters of UK financial services firms have increased their security budgets in the past year, with identity and access management and data loss prevention strategies receiving most funds.

Tesco’s group IT director gets promoted to CEO

Tesco's director of group IT Philip Clarke is taking over as chief executive after Sir Terry Leahy decided to step down after 14 years. Leahy is retiring at the age of 55 and will be replaced by Clarke in March 2011. Clarke currently has responsibility for the group's international operations in Asia and Europe as well as group IT.

BSkyB and HP/EDS settle on £318m in damages

HP has agreed to pay BSkyB £318m in damages six months after a UK court ruled that HP-owned EDS had misrepresented its capabilities in delivering a CRM system.

BCS and Law Society to help government avoid legal own-goals

The British Computer Society and the Law Society are working on a process that will help stop the new government from passing acts that will result in "unintended consequences" in the implementation of the law.

Effective performance management, CPM software: out of the shadows?

Effective performance management techniques and corporate performance management (CPM) software are getting more attention due to the economy. Read about CPM tools and CPM vendors.

iPhone 4 available in UK from 24 June

UK Apple users will be able to purchase the iPhone 4 from O2 from 24 June. The latest Apple smartphone offers multi-tasking and is claimed to be the thinnest smartphone in the world, with the highest resolution display ever built into a phone.

In-house IT does not add business value, claims survey

A survey of 600 business and IT decision makers has reported that in-house IT does not add any business value.

According to the study from Vanson...

High-tech manufacture and innovation are trump cards for UK, says Nesta

Boosting high-tech manufacturing and innovation is the best chance to save the British economy, says the government's innovation agency. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) explored four economic scenarios related to boosting the manufacturing sector.

TechEd 2010: Microsoft pushes the cloud

Microsoft's TechEd developer conference in New Orleans kicked off with a keynote presentation by Bob Muglia, president of the server and tools business at Microsoft, pushing the company's commitment to cloud computing.

IT professionals admit telling fibs to pass audits

One in 10 IT professionals admit they have lied in audits of their company's technology.

According to a survey conducted by Tufin Technologies, of...

Is e-skills UK safe from massive budget cuts?

E-skills UK says it believes it will continue to receive support from the government despite the wide ranging cuts expected and already announced. The sector skills council for business and IT says technology skills offer "the biggest lever the country has to achieve success in a global economy".

Debate over future of BCS heats up as EGM approaches

BCS, the chartered institute for IT, has sent out brochures urging its 70,000 members to back its executives and trustees in an extraordinary general meeting to debate the organisation's future next month.

UK’s quest for a fair and rational privacy law

The government's decision to scrap identity cards relieved privacy advocates but did not solve the basic problem, which is that citizens need a cheap, reliable, easy to use and universally accepted way to assert their identity.

BT makes new pay offer as CWU strike ballot looms

BT has made an improved offer to its staff in a bid to avert the Communication Workers' Union's (CWU) threatened strike ballot, according to reports still emerging. The Press Association has reported that BT has now put a two-year offer on the table, with pay set to rise 2% this year and 3% in

Making cloud computing a business reality: roundtable debate

Cloud computing will give small and medium-sized companies computing capabilities previously only affordable for large businesses. But suppliers will need to change the way they offer cloud services to make them more accessible to small businesses

Midwich raises tricolor after closing SIDEV acquisition

Midwich has made its first acquisition in mainland Europe after buying certain assets and the trade of small, troubled French AV distributor SIDEV. The Lyons Commercial Court has agreed to the sale of the specialist trade wholesaler which had been part of integration group Soft that was placed into

Novell targets Sun resellers and users with migration promo

In an effort to exploit the uncertainty that continues to surround Sun post its Oracle acquisition Novell has unveiled a promotion to attract users of its rival's identity management and security products. As well as trying to attract Sun users Novell is also hoping it can coax resellers onto its P

Photo Gallery: The ACEs 2010 - The Winners

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IT recruitment picks up as economy stabilises

The number of IT jobs advertised in all sectors in the fist quarter of 2010 was 4% higher than the previous quarter, with financial services IT job vacancies increasing by 23%.

Ingres slashes database query time

Open source database supplier Ingres has launched a database project which it claims can cut the time taken to answer business queries by up to 70 times.

The...

CEOs don't care about IT, says Forrester

Of the top 100 CEOs, only a very small number referenced IT in their annual report letters, George Colony, chief executive at Forrester Research, has told...

Former HP boss closer to taking major political position

Those in the channel with political ambitions might fancy copying the example of the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who is closing in on her ambition to join the ranks of US Senators. After leaving HP Carly Fiorina resurfaced very publicly as part of the failed Republican team vying against Barak Ob

Public sector cuts start to hit job market

The job market continues to recover from the low point of the recession but there are signs that the rate of improvement is slowing down. In the last few months the regular reports from KMPG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have showed that jobs are flowing back into the syste

How Lloyd's of London moves IT into the business

The IT department at Lloyd's of London has worked with the business to provide technology capabilities to support business requirements. Cliff Saran finds out how it works.

Strike ballot to go ahead despite BT offer

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has said it will press ahead with a strike ballot of 50,000 BT workers in spite of a revised two-year pay offer made by BT yesterday. In a statement released following BT's offer on Tuesday, the union said it was willing to meet with BT to discuss the revise

CEOs don't care about IT, says Forrester

Of the top 100 CEOs, only a very small number referenced IT in their annual report letters, George Colony, chief executive at Forrester Research, has told Forrester's IT Forum EMEA 2010. He said, "CEOs do not really care about IT. If you look at how IT is managed, you have lines of busines

Government sets more ambitious broadband targets

The Coalition government has pledged to give the UK the best broadband network in Europe. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt described the previous government's commitment to 2Mbps speed for all as "pitifully unambitious." He also said it is scandalous that three million people cannot

One in three UK professionals join LinkedIn

LinkedIn. Social networking site LinkedIn has added one million users in the past eight months in the UK and is on average adding one member every second across the world.

500 IT jobs at risk from police budget cuts

The National Police Improvement Agency is considering cutting 500 jobs in police IT departments across the UK to reduce costs

Ciena sales soar, losses narrow following Nortel acquisition

Network infrastructure vendor Ciena has reported unaudited second quarter sales of $253.5m (£174m), up 75% on the year-ago quarter, after booking $53.5m worth of sales from the former Nortel Metro Ethernet Networking (MEN) business. Underlying sales excluding the impact of the MEN acquisi

Novell, Fujitsu team up for flexible clouds

Novell and Fujitsu have announced the formation of a new vendor alliance designed to deliver flexible cloud solutions that are scaled to business needs. Under the terms of the alliance, Fujitsu will run its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for Server offerings across Novell's SUSE Linux Enterp

How to secure USB thumb drives

Learn how to secure USB thumb drives to make them safe enough for use in any environment, even the hyper-sensitive world of government IT.

NICE to acquire eglue

Call recording and performance management vendor NICE said today that it will acquire eglue for $29 million.

Government introduces Digital Britain 2.0

"Within this parliament we want Britain to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe," culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said, setting out the new government's ambitions with respect to creating a digital economy in the UK.

Google aims to halve search time with Caffeine

Google has introduced a new indexing system that will halve the time it takes to find new information on the web in whatever format it exists.

Writing...

More than 100,000 Apple iPad owners’ details exposed

A security breach has exposed the personal details of more than 100,000 US iPad owners, including senior company executives, military officials and top politicians.

TalkTalk CIO hails merger integration success

After just over a year at telecoms giant TalkTalk, chief information officer (CIO) David Cooper is pleased with the work he has done so far under his IT transformation plan, but there are still many challenges ahead.

New vulnerability in Windows revealed

An independent security researcher has published exploit code for a zero-day vulnerability in...

Daisy splashes out on mobile distie

Just days after securing a new credit facility, acquisitive SME comms provider Daisy Group has splurged £3.6m in cash on Northumberland-based mobility distributor Fone Logistics. Fone Logistics, which turned over £19.6m and made EBITDA of £500,000 in the six months to the end o

Small firms fear tax hikes in emergency Budget

With the emergency budget just a few days away the fears over the prospect of tax hikes are having an impact on small business confidence. Talk from both the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Chancellor George Osborne about the need for cuts and for us all to accept that life may never be quite

BCS rebels publish manifesto for vote of no confidence

Members of BCS, the chartered institute for IT, have published a manifesto raising questions about the organisation as it gears up for an extraordinary general meeting on 1 July.

£500,000 data breach fine is too low, say experts

The £500,000 fine that the Information Commissioner's Office can levy for data breaches is too low to get companies to protect personal information properly,...

O2 scraps 'all you can eat' tariffs

O2, the UK's second largest mobile operator, is to scrap its "all you can eat" single tariff in favour of charging separately for data, to cut traffic congestion and claw back revenue.

O2 rolls out data usage charges for smartphone users

O2 has announced plans to introduce data charges for smartphone users ending the more unlimited usage attitude it had taken in the past. The mobile phone giant, which had an exclusive relationship with Apple to sell the iPhone when it was first launched, is phasing out the unlimited data plans intr

HP picks Vidyo for conferencing line-up

Hewlett-Packard has signed an agreement with video-conferencing software provider Vidyo to run Vidyo's software-based desktop and room video solutions on HP servers as part of its Halo desktop and room-sized telepresence offering. The HP-branded solutions will deliver higher-quality video with l

Managed services filling gap left by reduced headcount

Businesses are holding off from replacing those IT staff that were jettisoned during the recession looking instead for the channel to fill the skills gap with its managed services expertise. Although the demand for permanent IT staff has risen since the start of the year according to national figur

Collaborative decision making software: The future of BI?

Newly emerging collaborative decision making software platforms should help ensure that BI deployments really do lead to better business decisions.

Nokia Siemens backs Brazil for global operations

Telecoms giant Nokia Siemens is set to open a global operations centre in Brazil which will be crucial in supporting the firm's operations worldwide.

Elsevier buys semantic search firm

Elsevier, Computer Weekly's parent company, has bought assets from US-based semantic technology and knowledge discovery software firm Collexis Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Adobe rushes out fix for Flash Player zero-day vulnerabilities

Adobe has rushed out a fix for zero-day vulnerabilities in its Flash Player in less than a week, proving claims that a process review has improved its security team's response times.

Microsoft calls for responsible disclosure of security flaws

Microsoft says it continues to support responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities after a researcher went public with a zero-day vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Virgin Media adds ex-Verizon CFO to board

Virgin Media has appointed former Verizon Commnications CFO Doreen Toben as a non-executive director. She will join the company's audit committee.

WWF turns to Microsoft to cut costs and carbon

Conservation lobbyist WWF-UK has moved to Microsoft Exchange and Outlook to reduce its IT costs and carbon footprint. The...

Analysis: Time for the supply chain to improve for workers

The question of how people are treated throughout the supply chain is one that is edging closer to being a significant issue as the developments with Foxconn's Shenzhen factory illustrate. The background to this story is a sad one because it involves deaths, with a number of suicides of factory wor

SMEs up for watching the World Cup

With the opening match of the World Cup just hours away the indications are that majority of small businesses will allow staff to watch the competition rather than to clamp down on viewing in office hours. There have been numerous warnings that with streaming audio and video coming from numerous so

Kaspersky, Aveva, Progress join BSA in piracy fight

by Ian Grant Three leading software firms have joined the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the industry body dedicated to fighting software piracy. The new members are Russian anti-virus software house Kaspersky Labs, the UK engineering software firm Aveva, and Progress Software, a US enterprise so

Security budget share to fall through 2011

The share of the enterprise budget devoted to security spending can and will be safely reduced by as much as 6% through 2011, according to new figures from sector analysts at Gartner. Security spending will account for 5% of the total spend in 2010, down from 6% last year, said Gartner research

SAP programmers to get new code checker

German software house SAP has licensed code-checking software from Virtual Forge to help companies test and secure code written in the high level Abap programming language, part of SAP's NetWeaver suite.

Will LinkedIn reshape the recruitment sector?

LinkedIn is already a recruitment tool for corporates looking for specialist IT staff, but will its increased focus on recruitment services leave a permanent scar on an industry still reeling from recession?

After six years SCO's case against Novell ends in defeat

The long running legal battle between Novell and SCO over a dispute over Linux copyrights has finally ended. A judge has ruled in favour of Novell and closed the case which started in 2004 ending not just that litigation but potential further battles on the same grounds between SCO and IBM. The ca

European M&A market hits two year high

A series of billion-dollar buys last month pushed the combined M&A market to a value high of $15.8bn, a level not seen since mid-2008, according to the May 2010 monthly briefing from corporate finance services house Regent. In Europe, a decline in the number of deals, down from 262 in April