TechTarget News - Week of Jun 20, 2010

Telstra/NBN FAQ

Richard Chirgwin analyses the proposed deal between the federal government and Telstra, explaining how it will work, what it will mean for your broadband connection and the impact on competition.

Web shopping growth hits highest rate in two years

UK online sales saw an increase of 22% in May compared with the same period last year - the highest growth rate since 2008 - according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index.

Victoria University adopts EMC lifecycle management

The IT team at Wellington’s Victoria University has taken charge of its storage needs, implementing central SANs to replace diverse departmental systems

Telstra/NBN FAQ

Richard Chirgwin analyses the proposed deal between the federal government and Telstra, explaining how it will work, what it will mean for your broadband connection and the impact on competition.

Consumers slow to adopt PHR software -- for now

For PHR software to take off, providers need to sell the concept of personal health records and demonstrate their value. Neither is being done, one health care quality advocate says, but there may be hope.

Workflow design integral to EHR development, use

Doctors must turn away from the computer screen and toward workflow design to ensure that EHR systems are worth using and able to meet meaningful use requirements.

Facebook stands up to privacy coalition

Facebook has insisted it is doing enough to protect users' privacy in response to an open letter from a coalition of privacy groups calling for more action.

Mulberry online sales grow 99%

Online sales at luxury clothing retailer Mulberry grew 99% in the first ten weeks of the financial year.

eNom fails to act on bogus online pharmacies

The world's second-largest seller of website addresses knowingly helped groups that sell counterfeit pharmaceuticals to US residents in violation of federal laws, a research report alleges.

Met police secures IT savings to 2015 with contract extension

Greater London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has extended its contract with IT services supplier Capgemini until December 2015. The original £350m seven-year deal was signed in 2005, but the police service opted for an early renewal.

2e2 completes £69.8m acquisition of Morse

IT services company 2e2 has completed the £69.8m acquisition of IT services and technology company Morse, creating an IT supplier to provide services and products to SMEs and government.

England's poor performance will cost the economy

England's failure to deliver a decent winning performance against Algeria has produced the scenario a lot of employers were dreading with the game this Wednesday afternoon now taking on a great deal of importance.

IT services firms under pressure as CIOs look for value

Demands to reduce costs and the increasing need to innovate and transform business operations through IT will see outsourcing firms struggling to prove their worth, according to the latest KPMG report.

Bird & Bird proves ROI of business continuity

The failure of a mobile messaging server proves the value of having a business continuity system in place, says international law firm Bird & Bird.

Government seeks no-cost ideas for universal 2Mbps broadband

The government is to hold a open day on 15 July in London to hear ideas from industry about how to provide and pay for a minimum 2Mbps broadband service to the UK's "not spots", and how to roll a "superfast" service at the same time

Roundtable: Big energy users must use IT to keep tabs on emissions in carbon trading scheme

A legally binding carbon-trading scheme which came into force in April this year could be a "game changer" for energy-hungry businesses. The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) could have major implications for businesses with large datacentres, a roundtable panel of IT and environmental experts heard.

BT offers all-you-can-eat WiFi on your Home Hub

BT is to scrap its cap on WiFi traffic following O2's announcement that it will limit data traffic on its mobile network. BT Retail consumer managing director John Petter said BT's broadband users were previously limited on WiFi minutes available at BT FON and BT Openzone hotspots.

Viglen sales rise but profits slide

Viglen's top brass managed to steer the UK system builder to higher sales in fiscal 2009 but were unable to prevent a steep drop in profits. The Hertfordshire-based firm saw sales rise 9.2% to £53.3m for the twelve months to 30 September as retained profits sank 65% to £748,139.

IT services firms under pressure as CIOs look for value

Demands to reduce costs and the increasing need to innovate and transform business operations through IT will see outsourcing firms struggling to prove their worth, according to the latest KPMG report. While IT outsourcing is part of 'business as usual' CIO strategies in the aftermath of the recessi

Arrow ECS acquires Sphinx Group

Another UK national has lost its independence after it emerged today that Arrow Electronics has swallowed up Sphinx Group.

Using 3G as a backup WAN

3G data services are often advanced as a cheap way to provide a disaster recovery service for your WAN. But experts say you need to do more than just cut from one link to another to create a functional connection.

Xchanging acquires Data Integration

Business process services provider Xchanging has forked out £6.5m for privately owned networking, security and comms reseller Data Integration (DI).

2e2 sets out plan to integrate Morse

2e2 management has hinted that once the major work to integrate Morse is completed in the desired six to nine month timeframe, they will be in an appropriate state to have conversations with potential buyers of the expanded group.

Cisco CIO heads for the clouds to deliver IT as a service

Network equipment maker Cisco is moving its IT towards a cloud-based IT-as-a-Service model, using the Innovation Value Institute's IT capability maturity framework (IT-CMF) to manage the transition.

Gartner: The six elements of cloud analytics and SaaS BI

The term ‘cloud analytics’ means different things to different people. To gain any advantage from it, organizations must first agree on a definition, according to Gartner.

Data services experts see clouds on the horizon

Extending data services to the cloud should be an easy task, according to one industry expert -- provided that “the hard work” of deploying those services was done right in the first place.

Azul Systems® Announces Zing

Azul Systems®, the award-winning leader in solutions for business-critical Java™ applications, today announced the coming availability of Zing™, the industry’s first elastic runtime platform for Java applications.

The First Tomcat Management App for the iPhone

MuleSoft, the Web Middleware Company, today announced the introduction of TomcatStats, the world’s first Tomcat management app for the Apple iPhone.

LinkedIn to expand services through acquisition

Professional networking site LinkedIn plans to enhance the service and make it more mobile friendly through some strategic acquisitions.

US states join forces in Google WiFi investigation

A number of US states will co-ordinate investigations into Google's interception of private WiFi data sent over unencrypted home networks, Connecticut attorney-general Richard Blumenthal has confirmed.

FCC seeks compromise on net-neutrality

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun talks with unnamed parties in an effort to get consensus on net-neutrality and draw up a legislative proposal.

Live coverage: The June 2010 emergency Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s June 2010 emergency Budget will show us how the new government plans to reduce the massive budget deficit of £155bn. Following hot-on-the-heels of the General Election and of course Alistair Darling's Budget, the Chancellor’s plans are eagerly awaited.

Will ISIS save the police £200m a year?

Policing in the UK is not the only part of the public sector facing budget cuts, but it is one of the few relying on a big IT project as a cost-cutter.


Corporation tax falls 4% as VAT jumps in budget

The coalition government's first budget focused on boosting business in the UK, with a range of measures that included a 4% cut in corporation tax over four years.

Cloud services taking off as users embrace SaaS

The cloud services market is set to reach a global revenue of $68.3bn this year as customers continue to adopt Software as a Service (SaaS) application delivery models.

IT firms top in UK innovation awards

Two IT companies were among three winners at annual UK innovation competition Best of British Innovation.

CIO interview: Avis Europe drives IT makeover

Avis Europe is working on a group-wide IT transformation and driving customer-facing innovation following a recent restructure that has enabled the entire technology team to move towards a federated model.

Budget will be difficult and controversial

The words "difficult and controversial" are being used this morning in the run up to the emergency budget being delivered in less than half an hour by the Chancellor George Osborne.

Sphinx Group brand to disappear says Arrow ECS

The European president at Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) has confirmed that the Sphinx Group brand will disappear in the summer as the acquired business forms the backbone of its networking and security division.

Private sector to lead the recovery

The Chancellor George Osborne has spoken of a budget that will look to the private sector to lead the country out of the depths of recession. As the government review public spending it is looking to rebalance the economy with more growth coming from the enterprise sector in the future.

Economic growth for 2010 lower at 1.2%

Growth in the UK economy in the economy is expected to be 1.2% rising to 2.7% by 2014 with the inflation target keeping firm at 2%.

Royal Mail donates 3,000 computers to Computer Aid

The Royal Mail is donating 3,000 used computers to IT charity Computer Aid International to be sent to disadvantaged children in remote areas of Chile.

Emergency Budget: Corporation tax to be cut

Corporation tax is to be cut to make the UK a more competitive environment for businesses and credit will be made more readily available to support a private sector recovery.

Emergency budget: Landline broadband tax scrapped

The landline duty has been abolished even before it could be introduced and the government is supporting private broadband funding to reach rural areas using money that hasn't been spent in the digital switchover campaign.

Daisy reveals financial losses, buys MurphX IS

The multi-million pound losses Daisy Group chalked up in preliminary results released today has clearly not dampened its appetite to expand, as it shelled out £4.8m to acquire MurphX Innovative Solutions.

RSA and Lumension partner on data protection

RSA, the security division of EMC, and endpoint security firm Lumension have announced a partnership aimed at helping organisations better protect and share...

Budget cuts need not compromise IT security

The coalition government's tough first budget could have a negative impact on cyber security, with IT budgets coming under additional pressure.

UK chip and pin fraudster gang jailed

A gang of UK chip and pin fraudsters have been jailed for a nationwide scam that netted £725,000 in nine months.

London schools save £390m with private fibre network

London's 33 boroughs are saving £131m a year by aggregating their schools network and content delivery applications onto a newly-upgraded Juniper Networks-based fibre optic network.

iPad sales hit 3m in just 80 days

Things continue to tick along nicely for Apple as the vendor marks hitting the 3m sales mark on the iPad in under three months. The tablet had already shipped a couple of million in its first 60 days but has seen the sales continue to grow on the back of the arrival of the product in the UK.

Red Hat deliver solid revenues in Q1

Linux specialist Red Hat has delivered strong numbers for its first quarter bolstered by decent subscriptions and services revenues. For the three months ended 31 May revenues increased by 20% to $209.1m with subscription revenue also going up by the same percentage year-on-year to $179.1m.

Video: iPad vulnerable to iPhone Ikee worm

The Apple iPad is vulnerable to the iPhone Ikee worm, says PandaLabs, the antimalware research arm of Panda Security.

Software pirates face additional pressure from US

British software pirates might have thought life was hard enough fending off the Business Software Alliance, The Federation Against Software Theft and Microsoft but the war against them just took a global turn with US anti-piracy groups wading in.

Budget analysis: what it means for business

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has at last delivered the bad news of the full extent of the spending cuts and tax rises that are needed to bring the fiscal deficit under control within the next five years, Paula Tallon gauges the impact for business.

Clarity on BSF future expected by autumn

RM is expecting clarity on the future of the Building Schools for the Future programme by the autumn as uncertainty continues to hang over the initiative.

Comet parent swings back into profit

Kesa Electricals has warned that the market will tighten for the rest of the year despite returning to profit at group level with Darty France and Comet offsetting steep losses in developing operations.

Deakin University signs up for Isilon scale-out NAS

Scale-out NAS specialist Isilon has won Deakin University as a customer, is set to name other local users in the bio-informatics industry and then target the oil and gas sector.

Red Hat users enveloped by cloud, virtualization

Cloud computing, virtualization and new features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, which hits beta 2 next week, were the hot topics at Red Hat Summit 2010.

NCP targets barriers to enterprise mobility

Concern about the security of public internet access is still preventing many businesses giving mobile access to company data, says secure connection software...

YouTube survives Viacom copyright case

YouTube is safe for now, thanks to a court ruling that protects the video site and other sites that host user-generated content.

Red Hat puts open source in the cloud

Red Hat has unveiled a suite of products and services aimed at supporting cloud infrastructure, based on open source software.

The Red Hat Cloud Foundation...

Video: Droid X takes shine off iPhone 4

While people are queuing up today to buy Apple's latest baby, Google, Motorola and Verizon have launched Droid x, their iPhone 4 killer, which offers a 4.3 inch 854 x 480 resolution screen and voice recognition.

VAT rise will hit IT budgets

The rise in VAT announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne during the emergency budget will hit IT departments at a time when budgets are already tight.

HP collaborates with VMware to slash virtualisation costs

HP is collaborating with VMware to provide integrated storage, desktop and connectivity to support virtualisation in the datacentre and pave the way towards...

CIOs to take lead in boardroom amid fuel fears

CIOs will have to take on additional responsibility as power and power management issues enter the boardroom, says EIU report

Labour wasted £292m on ID cards project

Home Office minister Damian Green has revealed a total of £292m was spent on developing national identity cards.

Airlines see timid recovery in IT spending

After a grim couple of years, technology investment in airlines appears to be picking up and sector firms are investing in tools to automate processes in the back-end and increase customer satisfaction as well as acquisition.

Research offers hope for IT recovery

IT professionals across Europe are optimistic that their IT budgets will recover in 2010 as the global economy begins to pick up.

World Cup game causes internet surge

Fears that World Cup games would put a strain on the network were borne out yesterday as England played its first game during office hours.

No turnaround at DSGi Business in fiscal 2010

DSG International showed real progress in financial results filed this morning but the turnaround in its PC World and B2B reseller division has yet to materialise as sales continued to slide.

Acquisitions filter in to bolster Micro Focus yearly numbers

UK software player Micro Focus has seen the benefits of its acquisitions of Borland and the automated management and quality business of Compuware feed into its financial results.

Three joins the ranks of data capping phone operators

The days of unlimited data on smart phones are coming to an end just as Apple launches its latest incarnation of the iPhone. As customers queue to get their hands on the iPhone 4 they will be signing contracts that set caps on the amount of data they can download.

Oracle Q4 earnings boost investor confidence

Oracle has announced that revenues for its fourth quarter, ending 31 May, were up 39% to $9.5bn (£6.4bn) and earnings of 46 cents a share, up 24% compared with the same period a year ago.

US authorities take Twitter to task over security

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has criticised Twitter's lax internal security procedures, which enabled hackers to post fake statements from the accounts of US President Barack Obama and others.

Poor Blackberry sales knock RIM share price

News of lower than expected first quarter Blackberry sales sent shares in maker Research in Motion (RIM) down 1.8% in New York.

EC sets deadline for UK to beef up powers of ICO

The European Commission has called on the UK to strengthen the powers of its data protection authority, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Micro Focus CFO walks

The shine has been taken off Micro Focus results slightly with the announcement that the British software vendor's CFO is leaving the business.

Smaller networks hit by fibre charges

The Valuation Office Agency plans to publish new business tax rates on optical fibre networks in July, but few if any smaller network operators have been consulted.

RIM Q1 performance over shadowed by future product plans

Shipment delays and a focus on forthcoming products has had an impact on Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) revenues and device sales.

iPad saves London-based global insurer thousands

London-based global insurance firm Torus has saved thousands of pounds with its first 'paperless' board meeting in one of three trials of Apple iPads across the company.

Oracle profits up 25% as Sun emerges from the gloom

Sun Microsystems has recorded a profit - albeit an operating profit - during the fourth quarter, its first set of financials recorded under Oracle ownership.

Former EMC channel boss moves to systems integrator Tieto

EMC's former global channel head has moved to Nordic systems integrator and outsourcer Tieto with part of his remit to expand the footprint in the UK operation.

Plymouth City Council fined £8,000 for WEEE breach

Plymouth City Council has been fined £8,000 for allowing unauthorised firms to remove and sell unwanted computers from its waste plants.