TechTarget News - Week of Jun 27, 2010

Twitter ordered to tighten security

Twitter has been ordered to set up and maintain a comprehensive information security programme and allow a third-party review of that programme every two years for 10 years.

US auctions spectrum to double broadband

The US government has announced plans to nearly double the wireless communications spectrum in the next ten years to encourage the spread of wireless broadband,...

Cisco signs network agreement with Abu Dhabi government

US network equipment maker Cisco has signed a framework agreement with Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (Adsic), the information and communications technology arm of the Abu Dhabi government.

US sets out plan to boost online security with trusted identities

The US has published a strategy aimed at improving the security of online transactions. The report builds on the Cyberspace Policy Review, commissioned by President Barack Obama, which analysed the government's ICT infrastructure defensive capabilities.

Video: Intel demos MeeGo for Tablet

Intel has posted a video demo of the pre-alpha MeeGo for tablets on YouTube. MeeGo, the Linux operating system from Nokia and Intel, aims to provide a cheap alternative to Windows and Android on Net Books and smartphones.

Indian supplier creates jobs in the UK

Indian supplier L&T Infotech is creating 85 jobs in Northern Ireland by setting up a European development and maintenance centre in Belfast to support global customers.

IT professionals fear cloud performance and security

IT professionals worry about the performance, security and reliability of cloud computing. But the biggest barrier is the inability of cloud computing providers to deal with the corporate supply contracts demanded by big business, says Stuart Curley, chief technology architect at Royal Mail.

Government eyes 'big society' rural broadband option

The government could rely on its "big society" idea to get broadband into rural communities.

The idea that communities club together and set up their...

Salesforce.com starts legal battle against Microsoft

The IT world seems to relish a legal spat and no sooner has a six year battle between SCO and Novell wound down than Microsoft and Salesforce start to bring the lawyers into argue over intellectual property.

2e2 consults support staff over Indian outsourcing deal

2e2 is consulting with staff on its support desk about potentially outsourcing their functions to Indian firm Patni. The process, which according to reports, will impact around 150 jobs in the UK is due to be completed on 25 July, said 2e2 group business development director Nick Grossman.

Oracle-Sun x86 hardware gets Intel Xeon upgrade

Oracle has released new Oracle-Sun x86 hardware, including six servers based on Xeon processors that Intel introduced three months ago.

Gartner outlines CRM's past, present and future

The renamed Customer 360 Summit, Gartner revealed its analysis of CRM's past and how that history is affecting the present CRM market, plus its predictions of CRM’s future.

National Grid outsources more to Tata

National Grid has outsourced its finance and human resource support to Tata Consultancy Services with about 300 workers affected.

EU agrees to share banking data with US

The European Union has reached an agreement with the US to continue sharing European bank data to help fight terrorism, after initially rejecting a proposal to extend information sharing because of privacy concerns.

SME confidence takes a dip

Confidence in the economy is a precious commodity which has taking a beating since the election and the aftermath with the focus on cuts and austerity.

Government immigration cap gets mixed response

Government plans to cap the number of overseas workers entering the UK have survived the coalition negotiations with the Liberal Democrats. As a result, businesses might have to change their IT cost-cutting strategies.

Virgin Media Business courts channel

With voice margins declining broadband provider Virgin Media Business has launched a reseller programme aimed at attracting those with the expertise in data sales.

Bell Microproducts shareholders approve Avnet acquisition

Bell Microproducts shareholders last night voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed acquisition by Avnet Corporation. The offer of $7 per share, which valued the distributor at $594m (£396.6m), was tabled late in March and is edging closer to completion.

UK channel recovery driven by notebooks says Context

Recovery in the UK PC and low-end server markets fell sequentially in May but was up on last year as shipments and revenues generated through distribution saw double digit growth.

IBM veteran Hirst to retire next month

IBM EMEA chairman Larry Hirst CBE is to stand down next month after more than three decades with the company. In his current role he represented Big Blue to authorities including the European Commission, NAT and EDA covering areas such as business regulation.

Office for Civil Rights offers HIPAA enforcement update

HIPAA enforcement has changed since the HITECH Act passed. An Office for Civil Rights official recently explained the new HIPAA rules and outlined how providers can avoid costly data breaches.

FSA chief information officer jumps ship

CIO Darryl Salmons has left the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to lead a newly-formed CIO advisory practice at a London consulting firm. Salmons...

More software services head offshore this year

Software services are set to be the biggest IT capability offshored by UK IT directors over the next 12 to 18 months, as businesses look for customised and...

Cisco Capital tweaks financing thresholds

Cisco Capital has tweaked the balance of reseller deals it will finance that include third party products to allow its partners to sell a wider solution.

UK slips in digital economy rankings

Even before the private sector has come up with an answer to how to extend rural broadband as the Channecloor expects them to do the UK has slipped further in the global internet provision rankings.

Tasty merger challenge sees Yummy benefits from IT

Dickie Oliver, vice-president of global IT for Yum, the company behind KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, speaks to Adam Burns about how IT keeps the company cooking.

CA scraps minimum orders in recovery product promotion

CA Technologies has scrapped minimum order requirements on its ARC serve products promising better margins and back-end rebates as part of a promotion that will run until March next year.

US channel hits pre-recession high, Europe close behind

Sales through the major US distributors have surpassed pre-recession levels and Europe is gradually heading in the right direction, according to figures from the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC).

Microsoft dishes out tough message for cloud sceptics

Microsoft has warned resellers continuing to rely on traditional software delivery methods that they risk becoming marginalised as customers begin transitioning to the cloud.

Gartner debunks SaaS CRM myths

SaaS vendors' claims don't always stand up. Gartner analysts took a closer look at some myths at the recent Customer 360 Summit.

BT accepts loss on Sky sports channels deal

BT has admitted that it will lose money on its Sky Sports offering in its online TV service as a result of BskyB's wholesale price increase.

New chairman sees special role for Corporate IT Forum

Business IT user group the Corporate IT Forum will aim to better prepare IT professionals for the changes in the industry, says new chairman John Harris.

Answer services top Britons' pet hates

Automated call-answering services unsurprisingly topped the list of Britons' pet peeves, according to findings on sources on irritation with financial services by market researcher Mintel.

Government austerity lowers Gartner's expectations

Analyst company Gartner has pegged back its prediction for IT spending growth this year as a result of a strengthening dollar and public sector spending cuts in Europe.

Accenture bags Statoil BPO deal

Norwegian energy firm Statoil has outsourced its accounts payable functions to Accenture in a five-year business process outsourcing (BPO) deal for an undisclosed sum.

ID cards raised £196k in fees income

The identity card scheme raised £196,000 of income in the last financial, year Home Office minister Damian Green has revealed.

Watmore to head government group overseeing Whitehall cuts

Former government CIO Ian Watmore is to become the chief operating officer of the new efficiency and reform group in the Cabinet Office, which aims to cut £6bn lost to Whitehall waste this year.

UK online bank customers under attack

UK users of online banking services are under attack as criminals use malware that is undetected by most anti-virus software.

According to browser...

BCS rebels issue statement at EGM

Members of the BCS behind today's Extraordinary General Meeting have raised questions about the transparency and accountability of the Chartered Institute's £5m rebranding programme.

What on earth was Cisco thinking?

Cisco has released one of the most embarassing corporate videos of all time. Seriously.

Dell KACE sets out indirect ambitions

Systems management specialist KACE has set its sights on extending its reseller base following on from its acquisition by Dell with a channel refresh waiting in the wings.

BCS wins no confidence vote

The BCS Chartered Institute of IT, which represents 70,000 IT professionals and academics emerged victorious this evening when its membership voted against motion’s of no confidence in the BCS leadership at an extraordinary general meeting today.

SAP looks to take reseller numbers back into three figures

SAP is looking to expand its channel numbers back past 100 after going through a rationalisation process that saw it shed 50 partners at the end of the last quarter.

Gartner Magic Quadrant ranks data quality tools vendors

The best data quality software vendors offer platforms that combine data quality tools with data integration and MDM products, according to Gartner.

Cleaning up the product data quality mess

Bad product data leads to costly mistakes and missed opportunities, but there is some hope, according to experts and IT pros.

French regulator slams Google over AdWords complaint

French competition authorities have found that Google abused its dominant position in the internet advertising market when it prevented a location-data company using its AdWords service.

Intel denies WiMax retreat

Chipmaker Intel has denied it is scaling back its commitment to the WiMax wireless standard.

Kaspersky Lab technology predicts malware epidemics

Kaspersky Lab has patented technology in the US which it claims allows the potential scale of malware epidemics to be predicted accurately to stop them spreading.

The...

Deutsche Bank boosts UK senior IT team

Former head of strategy for global technology and operations at Standard Chartered Bank, Natasha Davydova, has been appointed managing director of group...

MicroScope top stories, week ending 2 July

Equanet restructure leads to exit of senior staff. As part of the ongoing transformation programme to align the business more closely to its customers.

Analysis: The new normal in the credit world

When Cisco called together the main executives in its Capital business to talk about the current state of credit the resulting conversation showed the situation seems to have changed fundamentally since the start of the recession.

Sage extends mobile functionality

Sage is expecting the mobile functionality built into its latest flagship product will be a tick in the box for both customers and channel partners.

Cisco makes major changes to worldwide channel team

Cisco has announced a major reshuffle of its worldwide channel team as it looks to grow its SME business and get more for resellers selling into vertical markets.