TechTarget News - Week of Jul 11, 2010

Martha Lane Fox pushes for connecting the UK's unconnected

Digital champion, Martha Lane Fox has unveiled a Manifesto for a Networked Nation paper, which aims to highlight the problems people are facing because they have no online access.

Google resumes Street View image collection

Google has announced it has removed all Wi-Fi scanning equipment from vehicles collecting images for its Street View service. The internet firm was...

Microsoft to update Dynamics CRM, add Marketplace

Microsoft revealed some of the features of the forthcoming CRM upgrade at its partner conference, including Marketplace, a repository of partner applications and extensions.

iTunes hack could affect thousands, say experts

The 400 iTunes accounts Apple admitted were hacked by a rogue developer to boost his ratings may be just the tip of the iceberg, say experts.

US announces infrastructure cybersecurity programme

The National Security Agency within the US Department of Defense has announced a programme to mitigate cyber attacks on critical infrastructure such as power...

China renews operating licence

China has renewed Google's licence to operate as an internet content provider (ICP) more than a week after it had expired.

Microsoft and Fujitsu join forces on the cloud front

In a move designed to provide Microsoft with a stronger platform to compete against cloud rivals such as Google it is teaming up with Fujitsu to use the vendors network of data centres. The arrangement between Microsoft and Fujitsu is one that combines software and services from the two players.

Software piracy has long-term effects on UK economy

Tough economic times are driving software piracy in the UK as some small computer shops look to boost sales and cut costs. But what is good for some is not good for all.

Gartner sets out charter of user's cloud rights

Gartner has set out the six rights that cloud consumers have that will ensure they are provided with a good service. One of the factors holding back wider adoption of cloud computing has been the fear of inconsistent service delivery along with concerns about security.

Prime Minister backs web for all campaign

The Prime Minister has backed calls to provide universal UK web access as part of a campaign that has been kicked off to get everyone of working age familiar with the internet.

Mitel reverses losses after IPO

Despite a harrowing debut on the stock market, Mitel has posted a profit for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 30 April, in its first set of financial results released since its recent IPO.

BT and CWU pay deal averts strike action

BT has resolved its pay dispute with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) after agreeing to cough up a 3% rise for each of the next three years.

Microsoft debuts Azure platform appliance

Microsoft has introduced the Windows Azure platform appliance, which it says will enable service providers and larger businesses to provide on-demand IT...

E-commerce failures leave business owners guessing

The lack of visibility of web failures and errors is causing major problems for those running e-commerce operations. The consequences of web sites failing are not just lost revenue but lost loyalty from users that can easily head off to other competitor offerings.

Intrinsic Technology hails 2009 profit and sales surge

Unified comms and managed service provider Intrinsic Technology has navigated through the recessionary waters relatively unscathed, bolstering its top and bottom lines in fiscal 2009.

Ballmer sets out importance of cloud in WPC keynote

Cloud computing has dominated the first day of Microsoft's worldwide partner conference (WPC) with the vendor making product announcements and underlining to resellers just how important the hosted application option is for customers.

SOA provides path to cloud computing services for health care

Health care CIOs may not trust cloud computing services for everything. When cloud computing is used in conjunction with a service-oriented architecture, however, it works for some processes.

Microsoft integrates Facebook and Windows Live Messenger with Outlook

Microsoft has integrated Facebook and Windows Live Messenger into its Outlook e-mail application. The move follows on from Microsoft's release last year of the Outlook Social Connector plug-in to synchronise social networking feeds with Outlook contact, according to Mashable.

Microsoft’s July Patch Tuesday to fix zero-day vulnerabilities

Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday security update due for release on 13 July is small with only four bulletins. Two are aimed at addressing flaws in the Windows operating system and two for the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software.

BT wins more time to fight £42m overcharge case

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has granted BT extra time to prepare its appeal against an Ofcom finding that it overcharged other network operators almost £42m for partial private circuits for five years

Microsoft builds Dynamics Marketplace

Microsoft has unveiled Dynamics Marketplace for its latest Dynamics CRM product at its worldwide partner conference in Washington. The company said the new online catalogue, which is due to be available in September 2010, would provide a way for software companies that build applications based on Dynamics to distribute their products to Microsoft Dynamics customers.

Computacenter profits rally in first half

UK IT services firm Computacenter said it expected overall profitability for the first half of 2010 to be in excess of 10% ahead of the previous year.


CSF to launch IT security support programme for UK non-profit sector

The Charities Security Forum (CSF) has announced a mentoring programme to enhance IT security knowledge and practice in the UK non-profit sector. The programme was developed because many in the UK non-profit sector lack dedicated information security resource and access to expertise.

Google tool lets anyone develop apps for Android

Google has announced a web-based visual software development tool to make it easy to create applications for mobile devices running the Android operating...

Northern Foods boosts IT investment

Northern Foods is pressing ahead with technology-driven automation, despite falling sales and predictions of challenging trading ahead.

Warning over skills retention as 934 leave HP

IT and comms support outfit Comtek has issued a stark warning over the scale of Hewlett-Packard's planned UK redundancy programme, which is set to impact 934 workers at the firm's Enterprise Services arm.

Cambridge village gets fibre to the home

Villagers in Broughton, a Cambridgeshire hamlet near Huntingdon, will have access to superfast broadband through a fibre to the home (FTTH) network supplied by Vtesse Broadband, the new broadband arm of Vtesse Networks.

Computacenter straddles services hobbyhorse as product slows

Services again became the primary growth engine for Computacenter in Q2 but good old fashioned product sales also contributed to top and bottom line growth, albeit lower than the first three months of 2010.

GFI buys Sunbelt Software

US-based SME software infrastructure player has picked up security software vendor Sunbelt for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was driven by Sunbelt's VIPRE product set, and GFI said today that it would fold the VIPRE security portfolio into its own email and web security solutions group.

Microsoft's UK resellers ready for cloud

Microsoft's British resellers are already well on course to benefit from the cloud revolution having made the move to embrace the hosted application model a couple of years ago.

Suppliers could lose £3.7bn in schools IT cutbacks

The government's decision to cut the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme could cost IT suppliers about £3.7bn in lost business, according to research.

Microsoft unveils cloud accreditations for resellers

Microsoft has taken the wraps off channel cloud accreditations designed to encourage and promote those resellers that make a dedicated move into selling hosted applications.

Prolinx picks up virtualisation firm Five IT

VMware, Microsoft and Citrix reseller Prolix has splashed out on the assets of Merseyside-based virtualisation consultancy Five IT in its third acquisition of the past year, as it continues to refine a buy-and-build infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and cloud computing strategy.

Griffin parent buys managed services outfit

Octium, the parent company behind business ISP Griffin Internet, has spent an undisclosed sum on the assets of managed services firm MBD.

Lords query £140k grant to rural broadband quango

Questions have been raised in the House of Lords about £140,500 of taxpayers' money given to support a mentoring scheme for rural broadband projects, but more may be at stake.

Government to review powers to intercept electronic communications

State powers to intercept electronic communications will be scrutinised in an urgent review of counter-terrorism legislation, the government said, fulfilling a pre-election promise to reverse the erosion of civil liberties under the Labour government.

Facebook claims 150 million mobile users

Facebook claims to have about 150 million mobile users and expects mobile phones to be a crucial platform for the future.

Unilever picks BT for €1.2bn outsource deal, again

Consumer goods maker Unilever has extended its €1bn outsourcing contract with BT Global Services in a technology refresh deal worth an extra €173m (£144m), BT said.

How will suppliers cut government IT costs?

The government has told IT suppliers that it wants them to reduce the cost of contracts with government departments, but it could be the government that has to change the most.

FAST, Trading Standards test out new powers in Welsh raid

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) and Swansea Trading Standards have conducted their first anti-piracy raid using powers granted in 2007 under section 107A of the 1988 Copyright.

Co-op to introduce contactless payments

The Co-op supermarket chain is to enable customers to make purchases of £15 or less using "touch and go" technology.

Nokia Siemens emerges as bidder for Motorola network biz

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), rebuffed last year in its attempts to buy Nortel's carrier Ethernet, optical networking, LTE and CDMA assets, has today emerged as a potential acquirer of Motorola's network business, according to claims made by the Wall Street Journal.

UK jumps up spam-relaying rankings

The UK has jumped from ninth to fourth place in the ranking of spam-relaying countries since the first quarter of the year.

Government scraps £80m Microsoft licensing deal with NHS

The government has scrapped the long-running NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) enterprise agreement (EA) software licensing deal with Microsoft after deciding there was no business case or budget to renew it.

Datatec's Montanana plans network security roll-up

Datatec boss Jens Montanana is embarking on an ambitious roll-up of businesses in the security networking space after taking a non-executive seat on the board of AIM-listed BPM software minnow Corero.

Internet security takes a leap forward

Internet security takes a giant leap forward today with the global roll-out of technology aimed at making the public network safer for all users without affecting performance.

Intel returns to profits in Q2

Intel swung to profit in the second quarter on the back of healthy PC and server demand that was most apparent in the enterprise sector.

Government ends £80m Microsoft licensing deal with NHS

The government has scrapped the long running NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) enterprise agreement (EA) with Microsoft after deciding there was no business case or budget to renew it.

Whistleblowers: Give your name if you want to shame

Give your name if you want to shame - that's the advice for whistleblowers following a study of how audit committees respond to anonymous and identified reports of corporate wrongdoing.

Sword Ciboodle software demonstration

In this short software demonstration, Sword Ciboodle shows off its new Crowd application for social CRM and how it integrates with its contact center software.

Tibco puts free BI into the cloud

Tibco Software has launched a business intelligence tool which will give users free access to cloud-based reporting and analytics for the first year of use.

Cybercriminals combine Java and Flash to thwart security

The latest report from M86 Security, a company specialising in real-time web and e-mail threat protection, has found hackers are using multiple attacks to get around IT security.

CA and SAP collaborate on big brother checks on IT

SAP and CA Technologies have collaborated on offering an integrated governance, regulation and compliance (GRC) tools for CIOs, which links SAP's enterprise software with CA Technologies' monitoring software

NTT buys DiData for £2.1bn

Japanese communications firm NTT has put £2.1bn on the table in an all-cash offer for Cisco powerhouse Dimension Data. The offer, which represents an 18% premium on DiData's most recent closing price, has already been agreed unanimously and recommended by both Boards of Directors.

ShoreTel CEO John Combs to step down

ShoreTel CEO John Combs has announced he is to leave the company after posting above guidance preliminary numbers for the quarter ended 30 June.

Outdated IBM procedure crashes Asian bank

Asian bank DBS has revealed that a seven-hour period where banking services were unavailable was caused by a mistake made by an IBM employee

Azure: buy the product, sell the company

What is Microsoft doing, tying up with HP, Dell, Ebay and Fujitsu to sell its Azure cloud computing appliance? At its annual Worldwide Partner conference, Microsoft turned its cloud strategy on its head by allowing hardware partners and large enterprises to build private Azure clouds.

Coalition austerity plan unsettles Datatec

An interim management statement released today by Datatec has highlighted improving profitability across the group's constituent firms, but the firm warned that the long term impact on its SI division, Logical is, of government austerity measures in the UK was "unclear".

Shaky confidence hits IT budgets

Spending on technology is expected to fall in the next year in both Europe and the US as a result of the continuing economic uncertainty. The latest quarterly poll of CIOs from UBS indicates that confidence remains very shaky with IT budgets expected to fall by 1.3% on average.

HP overtaken by Acer in EMEA PC stakes

Hewlett-Packard has been knocked off the top of the EMEA PC market by Acer as its professional mobile business showed signs of weakness.

Smart Technologies delivers largest tech IPO so far in 2010

Interactive whiteboard specialist Smart Technologies has seen strong interest in its flotation indicating that shareholders believe there is still life in selling IT to the education sector and beyond.

BT takes knife to partner commission structure

BT Indirect Channels has incurred the wrath of some partners by overhauling its voice sales compensation structure in favour of new business. At the same time the telco giant has notified Ofcom of numerous cuts to discount and other cost savings schemes, which may upset households across the UK.

Peer excluded from government broadband meeting

Lord Laird, who is investigating the use of public money to promote rural broadband, was yesterday denied entry to a government meeting to discuss the roll-out of broadband to remote areas of the country.

Apple unlikely to recall iPhone 4, say analysts

Apple's announcement of a news conference in New York today has sparked speculation as to how the company plans to deal with a design flaw that is causing reception problems with the iPhone 4.

NTT to acquire Dimension Data in $3.2bn deal

Japanese telecommunications operator NTT has announced an agreement to acquire UK-listed IT services company Dimension Data for $3.2bn.

Camelot’s enhanced terminals blocked

Regulator likely to refuse a proposal by National Lottery operator to enhance the functionality of its ticket terminals.

Universal broadband to take three more years

Providing universal access to broadband speeds of a minimum of 2Mbps will take until 2015, three years longer than Labour had predicted, the government said...

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 July 2010

Government ends £80m Microsoft licensing deal with NHS The coalition government scrapped the nine-year Connecting for Health enterprising agreement with Microsoft, amid talk of a £100m licensing black hole.

KCOM tells shareholders profitability is the aim

KCOM has told shareholders at its AGM this morning that it expects to return to growth this year and has sorted out confusion with its pension scheme. At a meeting this morning the company will state that its trading for the three months to the end of June were in line with expectations and it had

CRM the tool to helping small business expand

Every big business was a small business once. Therefore, selling to the present-day minnows will put you in pole position for selling to tomorrow's whales, writes Paul Clapham. They won't all make that leap - some won't want to - but the next generation of big beasts is out there.

Polycom powers to new record quarter

Video, telepresence and voice comms specialist Polycom has broken its previous quarterly sales record, set back in April, after posting revenues of $295m (£191.7m) for the three months to the end of June.

Sage appoints CEO from within to replace Walker

Sage has concluded the search for a CEO by choosing an internal candidate to replace the outgoing Paul Walker who leaves the vendor later this year.

Ford extends CSC outsourcing deal

The car manufacturer's European arm will continue to outsource core infrastructure and application management