TechTarget News - Week of Jul 25, 2010

Ubuntu Server makes gains at SUSE Linux' expense

RHEL claims the majority of enterprise deployments, but Ubuntu adoption is also fast filling the needs of business. SUSE Linux, by contrast, has dwindled.

Microsoft deal boosts Arm shares

Shares in Cambridge-based UK chip designer ARM rose more than 11% after the announcement on Friday of a licensing agreement with Microsoft.

Ofcom bloodies BT nose over pensions

Ofcom has refused to change the way it works out the pension portion of BT's regulated prices to relieve the estimated £9bn hole in the network operator's defined benefit pension fund.

Blackberry poses security threat, says UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued as statement that the Blackberry smartphone is open to misuse and poses a security risk.

UK launches Cyber Security Challenge

The UK has officially launched its Cyber Security Challenge to find and attract new talent to the IT security industry.

Social networks influencing buying decisions

Those in the channel who ignore social networking do so at their cost with customers now using online platforms to influence purchasing decisions.

BT goes after cable thieves in new scheme

BT has responded to the surge in cable thefts across its network with the launch of a nationwide campaign to forensically tag malfeasants and bring them to justice.

UK users reluctant to pay for digital content

Those software publishers hoping that the threats of fines and web connection severance outlined in the Digital Britain Act would have an impact on user attitudes towards online content might have to rethink their strategy.

Ericsson takes hit from component shortage

Ericsson, the Swedish networking and comms kit giant, has blamed a components shortage for an 8% year-on-year decline in group sales, indicating that the networking supply chain is still struggling to get back into gear after the global downturn.

SMEs still struggling to get access to bank lending

The Prime Minister might like to talk tough about getting the banks to lend to small businesses but the evidence on the ground is that it is not getting easier to access credit.

IBM names new mid-market distributors

IBM is looking to poach disaffected mid-market infrastructure resellers from rivals including Sun Microsystems and will expand the remit of several value distributors to seek them out.

How big is Oracle’s acquisition budget, really?

Oracle president Charles Phillips said the company could spend $70 billion on acquisitions in the next five years. The next day, a company spokeswoman said that wasn’t the case. So what’s going on?

Capgemini takes Royal Mail into the clouds

Royal Mail has signed a six-year deal with Capgemini to introduce cloud computing technology to its IT infrastructure and enable it to cut costs through...

Outsourcing tops government's £7.57bn IT bill

The government spent £7.57bn on IT, networking and related costs last year, excluding staff costs, according to figures released by the Office of Government Commerce

iPhone jailbreaking not illegal, says US government

The US government has given iPhone users the go-ahead to bypass electronic protection on Apple's iPhones to enable them to use any wireless service provider.

Policing green paper leaves cybercrime fighters in limbo

The government has already stopped a promised £1m as part of its wider austerity campaign. It is now unclear if the Police Central E-Crime Unit, presently part of the Metropolitan Police Service, will end up as part of the proposed National Crime Agency.

SAP reports strong second quarter growth

SAP has reported software and related service revenues of €2.3bn in preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2010, up 16% compared with a year ago.

BMW slashes security management costs

BMW has reduced the complexity and cost of security with an identity and access management service from Logica.

The Identity and Access Management...

Bayer signs five-year deal for global SAP system

Pharmaceuticals company Bayer has signed a five-year global enterprise agreement with SAP to support the company's IT strategy to standardise globally on...

Identity fraud increases 14%

The number of identity fraud victims jumped in the first six months of 2010 as a consequence of the recession, according to a Cifas report.

Ofcom highlights broadband speed discrepancy

Average broadband speeds in the UK are increasing, but there still remains a serious discrepancy between advertised speeds and average actual speeds, according to new research from comms regulator Ofcom and broadband monitoring specialists SamKnows.

Betfair seeks IT recruits with global ambitions

Online gambling firm Betfair is looking to hire nearly 100 technology employees and graduates across different areas of expertise. The company is now looking to recruit 80 to 90 people with expertise in areas including C#, C++, SQL Server and Java, as well as outsourcing consultants, quality assurance and internet security specialists.

Tech M&A activity continues to recover

The level of mergers and acquisitions activity in the tech market has been in recovery for three quarters after hitting a low point last year at the height of the recession.

Radware ups sales, profits once again

Israeli application delivery networking and security vendor Radware turned in another record set of revenues Tuesday, posting sales of $35.2m (£22.64m), up 30% year-on-year, with GAAP net income up to $1.4m, reversing a $1.7m loss in the year-ago quarter.

Customer confidence fuels SAP Q2 performance

Renewed customer confidence and a return to spending on both software and support fed into SAP's financial performance as the German vendor continued to climb out of the recession.

Azlan handed Tandberg video contract

Computer 2000's enterprise and networking division Azlan is to take on the Tandberg telepresence, conferencing and mobile video portfolio after being appointed as a UK Channel Development Partner by the firm, which is now owned by Cisco.

IBM in the dock as EC investigates mainframe market

The European Commission has confirmed it will launch formal several anti-trust investigations against IBM following complaints that it abused its position in the mainframe market.

Simpana 9 on sale in Q3, adds source-based de-duplication

CommVault’s Australian offices are preparing for beta testing of Simpana 9 to begin in August, while also busying themselves with the new task of serving as part of the company’s follow-the-sun support operations.

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott gives his mid-year review

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott is pleased with what he and Jim Hagemann Snabe have been able to accomplish so far, but he acknowledges there’s still a lot of work to do.

MoD spent £10.1bn on IT in 10 years

The Ministry of Defence spent a total of £10.1bn on IT between 1997 and 2009, figures revealed by junior defence minister Andrew Roathan have shown. Expenditure...

SAP shares dip on disappointing business outlook

SAP shares dipped over 2% despite reporting software and related service revenues of €2.3bn (£1.9bn) in preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2010, up 16% compared with a year ago.

Lack of management skills in IT costs firms millions

Management skills shortages in IT teams are costing organisations millions of pounds, a report has claimed.

More than 41% of CIOs in companies with...

Most UK CIOs expect bigger budgets this year

Nearly three-quarters of CIOs expect their IT budgets to increase this year.

About 70% of CIOs in large companies believe their departmental budgets...

4G spectrum auction set for late 2011

The long-awaited auction for so-called 4G mobile licences will take place at the end of 2011, communications minister Ed Vaizey announced on Wednesday.

IT employers must invest in skills to stay ahead

IT employers must invest more in skills if the UK is to remain in the top eight countries for productivity by 2020, according to a report on skills in the UK.

Juniper buys mobile security vendor

Juniper Networks has picked up smartphone and tablet computing security software builder SMobile Systems for $70m (£44.9m) barely a week after CEO Kevin Johnson told analysts the firm planned further market consolidation.

Fujitsu revamps to stress global cloud services

Fujitsu, the $50bn IT and communications company, has restructured its product lines to reflect an acceleration of the company's globalisation and creation of new services businesses.

Sage trading in line despite wobbly economy

Sage has reported that trading is in line with expectations despite continuing uncertainty in the macro economy.

McAfee cans Arc Technology as it concludes distribution review

The security vendor has concluded its seven month review of its distribution partners deciding to go down from four to three on its roster. Arc Technology has missed out on the cut leaving McAfee using Computer 2000, Ingram Micro and Arrow which acquired Sphinx one of the existing players.

Carphone Warehouse sees strong start to year

The Carphone Warehouse Group (CPW) this morning reported that growth in sales of smartphones and good initial trading at its newly-launched Best Buy JV helped like-for-like revenues grow 3.7% at constant currency rates.

FAST campaign targets pirate Google listings

The move to fight online piracy continues to gather pace with FAST following the examples of the likes of Microsoft to target those selling illegal software via the web.

Virgin Media Business ups sales, buys back shares

Business communications provider Virgin Media Business has reported a 7.2% increase in sales during the quarter ended 30 June, hitting £152.7m after booking stronger than expected growth in data revenues, up 26.3%.

Wireless spend forecast to return to growth

Increased deployment of 4G networks in the coming months will reverse two years of declining revenues in the wireless infrastructure market, according to stats from analysts at iSuppli.

IBM breaks silence over distie strategy

IBM has confirmed it is tweaking its UK distribution line-up to increase the number of partners carrying the Unix and storage range.

Arrow Electronics Q2 numbers surpass pre-recession highs

Arrow Components has surpassed pre-recession revenues and profits in a bumper second quarter during which both divisions returned to double digit growth. Sales for the period ended 3 July were up 36% year-on-year to $4.61bn as profits soared to $116.2m from $21.1m in 2009.

Smartphone sales boost Carphone Warehouse revenue

Carphone Warehouse has benefited from a surge in smartphones sales. The devices helped lift revenue at the retailer's European stores by 3.7%...

Blackberry faces ban in India

Research In Motion's Blackberry service may be banned in India if the company does not resolve government concerns over security.

Fujitsu addresses government's 20% cut challenge

Roger Gilbert took over as CEO of Fujitsu UK & Ireland in April 2009. Since then the parent company has largely merged its UK operations with Fujitsu Telecommunications, bought out German electrical engineering firm Siemens's share of Fujitsu Siemens and restructured its products and services to compete more vigorously as a global supplier of cloud-based and managed services.

SAP too slow to cloud, say users

Nearly two-thirds of SAP users plan to use SAP's cloud-based offering in future, but 73% believe SAP has been slow in bringing them to market, a survey reveals.

Cost-cutting boosts BT's profits

Despite falling revenue, BT saw its profits climb to £375m for the first three months to 30 June, up 38 % compared to the same period last year.

The...

PeerIndex launches as authority ranking platform

The first platform for recognising authority on the web, PeerIndex has launched, attempting to rank web users according to their authority on different subjects rather than the number of contacts they have.

Watkins to quit Teksys as DiData integration wraps

Serial entrepreneur Alan Watkins, who took control of Microsoft LAR Teksys in January 2008, is to leave the company to concentrate on his private equity venture, Blackhawk Investments, as the integration of Teksys by Dimension Data wraps up.

Cyberchallenge aims to lure in new talent

The UK has launched a national cybersecurity challenge to attract new talent to the information security industry, but is a series of competitions going to do the trick?

Fears of double dip voiced by Websense CEO

Problems with the Euro zone currency and the potential of a double dip cast a shadow over Websense's second quarter numbers.

Earnings soar at BT Global Services

BT's troubled IT services division, BTGlobal Services (BTGS) appears to have secured its recovery at long last after adjusted EBITDA soared to £130m in the first quarter, and overall losses continued to reverse.

Apple iPhone jailbreaking is 'okay under EU law'

Jailbreaking Apple iPhones to bypass code aimed at limiting the applications and carriers owners can use is unlikely to violate EU copyright laws, say legal experts.

Slow buying cycles and caution hit Symantec Q1 revenues

A picture of elongated buying cycles and continuing caution was the scene painted by Symantec's CEO as he spoke about the landscape that contributed to flat first quarter revenues year-on-year.

Industry urges government to clarify IT reform agenda

The industry has broadly backed the Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan but feels greater clarity of some seemingly contradictory policies is needed, according to Tech Market View (TMV).

Lexmark warns of laser shortfall for rest of 2010

Lexmark has warned that the laser shortages that have been a feature of the first half of the year are likely to persist for the next six months. The Kentucky-based printer specialist filed a 14% rise in second quarter revenues to $1.033bn and profits of $85.1m compared to $17m a year ago.

Oracle to name distributors, spell out rebate changes

Oracle will tomorrow inform value added distributors if they feature in its future plans following an intensive four week request for information, a move that will signal a significant shift in the way reseller hardware rebates are handled.

Profits climb at Capgemini

Capgemini reported a fall in sales of 3.8% to €4.2bn in the first six months of 2010, compared with the same period last year but profits increased to €101m from €78m.

3Par responds to EMC's competitive intelligence

Yesterday SearchStorage ANZ published excerpts from a document we are almost certain is an EMC competitive intelligence assessment of 3Par and its products. Today, 3Par responds with its analysis of EMC's assessment.

UK business outsourcing spending plummets

Commercial outsourcing spend in the UK plummeted during the first half of 2010, according to research. A total of €3bn was spent on private sector...

Oracle accused of defrauding US federal government

The US Department of Justice has filed a civil suit in a federal court against Oracle, accusing the company of defrauding the federal government by overcharging for software.

Millions download suspicious Android wallpaper

Up to 4.6 million users of the Android smartphone operating system have downloaded a suspicious wallpaper app that collects and transmits user data to a site in China

Could FiReControl be the next IT project to go?

The government has spent the last couple of months casting a critical eye over large-scale IT projects, and it's looking increasingly likely that FiReControl could be next to be hit.

Black Hat: GSM hacking tools now available

Security researcher Karsten Nohl has unveiled a suite of tools at the Black Hat hacker convention that hackers can use to listen to GSM mobile phone calls.

Steria profits rise

French IT service provider Steria announced an increase in sales and profits for the first six months of this year compared to the same period a year ago.

Tech start-up community thrives in Scotland

A high turnout of IT SMEs is expected to attend Scotland's first Startup Weekend in Glasgow next month.

IT suppliers back coalition government’s IT strategy

The IT industry largely supports the new coalition government's IT strategy - including cost cutting, claims a report by analyst firm TechMarketView.

Based...

FAST kicks off summer anti-piracy campaign

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has kicked off a joint initiative with Trading Standards in various locations across the UK to launch a summer education campaign against unlicensed software.

TalkTalk launches Vodafone MVNO, cracks open interims

TalkTalk, owners of the Opal b-2-b comms brand, has today announced the formation of a new MVNO agreement with Vodafone to offer customers mobile voice and broadband services alongside their landline and home Internet plans.

Ballmer backs free Office web applications strategy

Microsoft has talked of the impact of its strategy to allow some Office functionality to be downloaded free by consumers as a way of curtailing software piracy.

UK is largest spender on utilities industry IT

The UK spends more on utilities IT than any other Western European country, according to research by IDC Energy Insight.

The report, covering market...

Rimini Street expands UK operations

UK businesses are increasingly joining their North American peers in switching to third-party technical support to cut costs of owning big-ticket enterprise software.

Components drought hits Alcatel-Lucent

Crucial supplies of semiconductor network components have been bled close to dry with no sign of resolution in sight, according to Alcatel-Lucent.

Difference Engine completes first phase

The UK tech incubator set up last year to transform technology ideas into businesses has completed its first intake with investments already being made into the companies that have emerged.

Roadmap to Broadband Britain released

The government has published its roadmap to introduce national universal access to a minimum 2Mbps broadband service.

Ingram Micro "back in the game" after record Q2

Ingram Micro is "back in the game" according to its CEO after hitting the highest Q2 profits in its history helped along by an IT industry refresh, taking market share from smaller rivals and cost cutting activities implemented during the recession.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 30 July 2010

IBM names new mid-market distributors It emerged last week that IBM planned to expand the remit of some of its midmarket distributors in an attempt to steal away Sun dealers.

HP Networking tweaks lifetime warranty policy

HP Networking will not be extending life time warranties to the entire 3Com and H3C portfolio, with many core products receiving one to three year guarantees.