TechTarget News - Week of Aug 01, 2010

What's the real value of SQL Server certification?

Not all certs are created equal, but changes to Microsoft’s certification track over the past few years have left some database professionals curious about what to pursue.

Microsoft to release emergency security fix

Microsoft plans to release an emergency security update for Windows today to patch a recently reported vulnerability in the way the operating system creates desktop shortcuts.

Saudi and UAE could freeze Blackberry service

More than one million Blackberry users in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates may be blocked from key services after authorities increased demands for access to encrypted messages sent over the device.

Cheap 2G and top-end 3G phones drive 13% rise in quarterly sales

Shipment of mobile phones reached 308 million units globally in the second quarter due to low-end 2G models and 3G touchphones driving sales within the industry, according to a report released by Strategy Analytics today.

ICO clears Google of UK Wi-Fi privacy breach

The Information Commissioner's Office has cleared Google of collecting "meaningful personal details" when private Wi-Fi data was intercepted as it recorded images for its Street View service.

Hospital trust to cut costs with finance management system

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBristol) has implemented a financial management system from COA Solutions in an effort to make efficiency savings.

Redstone names M&A experts as non-exec directors

Redstone has welcomed on board merger and acquisitions specialists Ian Smith and Tony Weaver as non-executive directors. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange this morning, London-based Redstone confirmed the appointments.

Government ignores IE6 security worries

Despite security concerns, the government has refused to upgrade Internet Explorer 6 from running on most of its computers.

"It is not straightforward...

Mobility leaders under pressure, says IDC

Competitive pressure continued to pile on the mobile sector market leaders through the second calendar quarter of 2010, according to new figures from analysts at IDC.

Hackers release first ‘jailbreak’ for iPhone 4

Hackers have released the first "jailbreak" for the iPhone 4 to enable users to run non-Apple approved third-party applications and sign up to a carrier of their choice.

IT resellers see growth in non-computing

The IT market has seen a challenging 12 months, with many of its segments being unpredictable, volatile and tough to get to grips with. In short, sales have been slow and there are few who would disagree with this sentiment.

Public sector cuts fail to rattle overall IT jobs market

The rate of increase in advertising for the overall IT jobs market in the second quarter was the fastest for three years, despite a 21% decline in public sector job postings.

Oracle distributors still blind to vendor's intentions

Prospective and existing Oracle distributors across the world are still waiting anxiously to hear the results of a tender process that were due at the end of last week.

C2000 unveils end-user finance scheme for partners

Computer 2000 has become the first UK distributor to launch an end user financing scheme which it claims will give resellers a significant advantage over competitors.

FAQ: ERP upgrade best practices

This FAQ has expert answers on how to plan, execute, and test an ERP upgrade for maximum ROI and minimum disruption to business processes.

iiNet to launch cloud backup for business

Internet Service Provider iiNet has launched a cloud backup service for consumers, and plans to scale it up for business users.

HP pays $47m to settle US overcharging case

Hewlett-Packard has reached a $47m settlement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over claims the supplier overcharged the government on multiple federal contracts.

CIOs drive app development to understand customers

Developing business applications is a top priority for CIOs for 2010. Forty six per cent of CIOs surveyed said they were actively developing their CRM applications. In the survey of 200 CIOs by Vodafone, data collection was the second highest priority for CIOs, with 45%, while database management applications were close behind with 44%.

Domain name sales push up profits for VeriSign in Q2

Internet infrastructure service provider VeriSign reported a rise in profits in the second quarter following increased sales from its domain name registration business.

Product sales boost Extreme's Q4

Extreme Networks CFO and acting CEO, Bob Corey (pictured), has singled out both the North American and EMEA theatres for praise after the company posted improved sales figures and profits for the fourth quarter and full-year Monday evening.

Nimans ups Avaya support levels

Network and comms distributor Nimans has upped its support levels on the Avaya line after adding to its face-to-face support team that it claims will be able to offer nationwide field-based service.

HP settles US kick-back investigation

HP has agreed to pay a settlement to the US Department of Justice to end a three year investigation into alleged kick-backs being paid to channel partners from government contracts.

Should IT departments take the tablet?

As major technology providers plan to introduce tablet devices in the UK over the coming months, how will tablets impact IT departments?

UK users: Spam is bad but not receiving a message is worse

Despite fears that spam could infect their computers with viruses or lead to identity theft, most UK users would rather receive spam than have a legitimate email mistakenly blocked by anti-spam software.

Westcon promotes new Europe SVP

Network, convergence and security distie Westcon has promoted David Grant (pictured) the former CEO of Telco distributor Crane to fill the role of senior vice president of Europe. Westcon acquired Crane in 2007, and Grant remained with Westcon's Convergence division after the integration.

eBuyer parts company with whistleblower

eBuyer has split with the whistleblower who made allegations that members of the purchasing team took backhanders less than three months after he joined the firm.

Esteem Systems splashes the cash on SiRViS IT acquisition

Esteem Systems has stumped up £10m for maintenance and managed services provider SiRViS IT. Backed by Primary Capital and Lloyds TSB, this is the second deal Esteem has completed this summer after taking over small Oracle software house Midas IT Solutions in May.

Intel to to reveal deal with US competition authorities

Computer chip maker Intel is today expected to publish details of an agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission aimed at ending a series of investigations for anti-competitive behaviour.

Businesses pay the price for poor information management

Most enterprises are not following their own advice when it comes to information management, according to Symantec's 2010 Information Management Health Check Survey.

Top UK software companies taking the SaaS route

The majority of the top 25 UK software companies are already on the road towards delivering a software as a service (SaaS) model but some of them are failing to promote the fact effectively, according to analysis by Tech Market View.

Lloyds' systems integration to save £2bn by 2011

Lloyds Banking Group expects its IT-enabled integration project with HBOS to save it £2bn by the end of 2011.

The integration of the two companies...

E-Crime Unit busts Anglo-Irish web fraud gang

The Metropolitan Police Service's Police Central E-Crime Unit (PCeU) has closed down a gang that allegedly stole more than £3m using online technology.

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Extreme ends CEO hunt after 10 months

Almost a year after it bid farewell to former CEO Mark Canepa, Extreme Networks has hired networking vet and computer science expert Oscar Rodriguez as its new boss.

Fears of double-dip recession cloud IDC forecast for IT spending

The next three months will be "crucial" in predicting whether IT spending will continue to grow in 2010 and beyond or fall to less than one per cent growth in the face of a double-dip recession, IDC has warned.

Social women turn internet pink

People now spend almost a quarter of their time online social networking, says market researcher the Nielsen Company.

Majority of end-users misuse backup, recovery tools

A majority of enterprise customers are failing to follow advice surrounding information management practice, with many improperly using backup and recovery software packages, according to new information from security specialist Symantec.

KPMG advises government to get on Facebook

The government must use social networking, wikis and blogs to interact with the public and improve internal communications, according to the latest report...

Investment banks fuel IT hiring surge

The IT jobs market is experiencing a hiring frenzy among investment banks despite a slowing growth rate in sector vacancies, according to HR specialist Diaz...

US told to get its house in order on cyber security

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to co-ordinate efforts across agencies to ensure uniform policies, standards...

Public sector suppliers face difficult few months

Public sector suppliers are entering a difficult period of increased scrutiny, according to Ovum analyst Jessica Hawkins.

The coalition government...

Avaya retains Avnet relationship

Nortel distie Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) has been retained by Avaya to distribute its UC and contact centre line-up in addition to the Nortel enterprise portfolio. Avnet already distributed parts of the Avaya line, but now has plans to double its vendor team by early 2011.

FTC, Intel resolve anti-competitive charges

The FTC has approved a settlement with Intel that resolves charges the company illegally stifled competition in the market for computer chips.

Bosses are biggest threat to IT security

Bosses are the biggest threat to corporate data because they use their personal IT devices to upload and download work on the corporate network, according...

Big surge in technology M&A deals in the UK

Corporate merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the UK technology sector rose by a third in the second quarter of 2010, making it the most acquisitive technology sector in Europe and second only to the US globally.

10 technology trends businesses must not ignore

Management consultancy McKinsey has identified 10 technology trends that will force executives to anticipate and respond to their effects on their enterprises.

Google pulls the plug on Google Wave

Google has pulled the plug on its Google Wave collaboration tool because of disappointing uptake since it was first introduced in 2009.

FTC claims victory in battle with Intel

The US Federal Trade Commission says its agreement with Intel goes further than European and Asian moves to limit the chipmaker's anti-competitive practices.

Google to allow third-party trademark ad words

Google is changing its policy to allow some advertisers to use trademarks which they do not own in their ad text.

The search engine first changed its...

UK leads Europe in tech sector mergers

The UK technology sector experienced the most mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in Europe for the second consecutive quarter, according to a report by Ernst...

CESG approves encrypted USB flash drive

The government's technical security advisor CESG has formally approved MXI Security's Stealth M600 encrypted USB flash drive.

EC delays revision of data protection directive

The European Commission has announced a new schedule for the revision of the European Union Data Protection Directive, delaying legislative proposals for...

Thales offers £50,000 bounty for airport security ideas

Defence contractor Thales, in partnership with Intellect and the Home Office, is looking for small firms with a technology that can improve airline security from check-in to check-out.

Salesforce.com pays up in MS patent settlement

Microsoft and Salesforce.com have put aside their differences and settled their three month patent spat, with Salesforce.com made to pay licensing fees over nine patents it stood accused of violating.

Sceptical Brits question value of government data

Giving away government data does not automatically make it useful or valuable to citizens. That was the conclusion of research which found widespread scepticism...

IT leaders sign up to grand Gates giveaway

Several of the IT industry's biggest names have signed up to a new philanthropic drive to donate half their fortunes to good causes. Dubbed the 'Giving Pledge' and spearheaded by Microsoft's Bill Gates (pictured) and investor Warren Buffett, a total of 40 other billionaires have agreed to join in.

Bank lending to SMEs down by half

The amount banks lend to small businesses has halved since the recession took hold in the UK, official figures have revealed.

Google pulls plug on Google Wave

Google has suspended development of Wave, its much anticipated next-generation e-mail platform, according to reports across the internet.

Wave was...

UK distribution revenues grow as average selling prices increase

An increase in average selling prices (ASPs) helped to drive a 17.5% growth in revenue for notebooks, desktops and workstations through UK distribution in June to a value of just over £103m, according to figures from Context.

Windows 7 proves a hit with developers

Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is attracting developers to build new applications with its multi-gesture, touch-based features.

D-day for Saudi Blackberry users

Thousands of Blackberry users will be cut off from today if last-ditch talks between Saudi authorities and smartphone maker Research In Motion fail.

Google’s Street View cars return to UK roads

Google's Street View vehicles are to hit the UK roads again this week after the entire fleet was grounded over concerns about Wi-Fi snooping.

Google-backed IP satellite operator to compete with fibre networks

A Google-backed satellite network operator, O3b, has signed a long-term agreement with Europe Media Port to provide gigabit IP network connectivity and bandwidth services to clients located in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Wipro to take over Citibank’s German datacentre

Wipro has signed an agreement with Citibank to take over the management of its datacentre in Germany, establishing the Indian IT service provider's first...

Corporations gear up to move into the cloud

Around 78% of corporates said they have had internal discussions about using cloud computing, according to a survey from business advisory firm TPI.

Company bosses biggest threat to IT security

by Ian Grant Bosses are the biggest threat to corporate data because they use their personal IT devices to upload and download work on the corporate network, according to new research. Sourcefire, the creator of Snort, an open source network intrusion detection system, found that 96% of UK senior ma

Open data could cause public sector disruption, says Socitm

The current movement to open up public sector data could be as disruptive for government as the internet has been for the media industry, according to the Society for IT Management (Socitm).

SAP won't fight Oracle IP claims

SAP will not contest rival Oracle's claims that an SAP subsidiary abused access to its customer support website and stole valuable data, and will accept any financial penalty that is handed down.

Laptop repair fraudster jailed for nine months

A Polish laptop repair engineer who tried to hack in to an undercover reporter's bank account after stealing details from her computer has been jailed for nine months.

Mesh GM Riccardi crosses fence to join CMS Peripherals

Mesh Computers general manager Tony Riccardi is leaving the system builder after 15 years to move into the distribution market with CMS Peripherals. He is due to roll up at London-based wholesaler CMS as retail business unit manager on 23 August.

CWU members give BT pay deal thumbs up

The threat of strike action at BT has receded after CWU members overwhelmingly backed a three-year pay deal worth 9.3%, with over 85% of votes returned in favour.