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. "We welcome Ian and Tony to our board, to which they will add co

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. Overall, 317.5 million handset units shipped during the second quarter, up 14.5% on the same period last year, said IDC's Worldwide Q

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

By Greg Allen The IT market has seen a challenging12 months,with many of itssegments being unpredictable, volatile and tough to get to grips with. In short, sales have beenslow and thereare fewwho would disagree with this sentiment. However, in the first half of 2010 GfK Retail and Technology's IT p

Public sector cuts fail to rattle overall IT jobs market

by Billy MacInnes 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. According to CWJobs.co.uk and JobAdsWatch.co.uk, the rise was mainly fuelled by an increase in advertising

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. With no warning, the US giant asked distributors on 5 July to complete a Request For Information document by the middle of the mon

C2000 unveils end-user finance scheme for partners

By Billy MacInnes 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. The Computer 2000 End User Finance Scheme, producedin partnership with Syscap,can be provided for purchases from

Calyx considering options to cut unsustainable debts

Systems integrator Calyx has appointed corporate finance advisor Livingstone Partners to explore the potential options to reduce its unsustainable debts levels. The UK and Irish business has expanded rapidly since its formation in 2002, acquiring nine firms including Matrix Group and Service Tec UK,

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), hassingled out both the North American and EMEA theatres for praiseafter the company posted improved sales figures and profitsfor the fourth quarter and full-year Monday evening. "Product revenue in North America and EMEA increased by 1

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. The team will cover the full line-up of Avaya kit sold by Nimans from SMB to enterprise level install

HP settles US kick-back investigation

by Billy MacInnesHP 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.The vendor said it would take a charge of 2 cents per share on third quarter earnings this year to pay

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

by Billy MacInnes 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. The findings were contained in a survey of 6,500 users in the UK, US, France,

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 withWestcon's Convergence division after the integration. Reportingto

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. Mark Wilson joined the East-Yorkshire-based etailer from CCI Distribution in May and made claims to management that members of its buyin

2e2 extends talks with support staff over Patni outsourcing deal

2e2 has extended the consultation period with support staff to determine whether they transfer en masse, in part or not at all to Indian outsourcing firm Patni. The initial deadline set by 2e2 to conclude negotiations with employees providing second and third line support ended on 25 July but has b

Esteem Systems splashes the cash on SiRViS IT acquisition

Esteem Systems hasstumped up £10mfor 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. Joe Connolly, Esteem Systems ch

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

By Billy MacInnes 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 TechMarketView. According to its Cloud Compatibility Grid mod

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.

Police...

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. Acting CEO Bob Corey, who has kept the tiller steady for the past 10 months and yesterday announced improving sales figures and profit

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

By Billy MacInnes 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. Faced with a market "in the middle of two powerful

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. The vendor's 2010 Information Management Health Check Survey t

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 andcontact 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. "Avnet has long b

Former Basilica boss Gorringe joins board at Vohkus

Former Basilica and BT Engage IT boss Nick Gorringe is returning to the industry as non-executive director at south coast-based reseller Vohkus. The 16-year channel veteran sold Basilica to BT in the summer of 2007 and managed the business until last September when he stepped down with a six month

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

By Billy MacInnes 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. According to the Global technology M&A update from Ernst

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.commade to pay licensing fees over nine patents itstood accused of violating. TheIP in questionrelated toMicrosoft's CRM software portfolio, an area where the two firms compete he

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...

Insight Enterprises Q2 numbers reflect improving IT demand

Insight Enterprises last night posted a bumper set of Q2 financials and upped its guidance for the year on the back of improving global demand for IT. The US reseller recorded a 23% rise in sales to $1.3bn for the period ended 30 June, operating profits up 104% to $44.7m and net income of $26.9m, a

Fears UK will fall behind as pupils shun uninspiring ICT and Computing courses

By Billy MacInnes Many of the pioneers of the IT industry and channel did not have an IT qualification and it's beginning to look as if the same will be true for future generations unless there's a dramatic improvement in ICT and Computer Science courses in schools. The Royal Society has suggested

IT leaders sign up to grand Gates giveaway

Several of theIT industry'sbiggest nameshave 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. They

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. Recovery in the banking sector in well under way with HSBC, Lloyds TSB and Barclays recording bumper multi-million pound profits but banks are continuing to restrict lending

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

By Billy MacInnes 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. ASPs were positively affected by a number of fac

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

by Rebecca Thomson 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). From January all councils will be required to publish online any data on contracts and spe

SAP won't fight Oracle IP claims

SAP will not contest rival Oracle's claims that an SAPsubsidiary abused access to its customer support website and stole valuable data, and will acceptany financial penalty that is handed down. However, the German software giant said thatthe $1bn indamages being demanded by Oraclewas overinflated gi

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.

Growth stalled: Q2 netbook sales fall to the same level as a year ago

By Billy MacInnes Second quarter UK netbook sales through distribution returned to the same level as last year suggesting the market has reached maturity after peaking in the last quarter of 2009. According to figures from Context, netbook sales by unit accounted for 24% of the overall notebook ma

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. In a statement sent to MicroScope, Riccardi said he

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. The deal was tabled last month and its acceptance brings both "stability and security for both staff and the company," accordin

HP CEO Hurd resigns following sexual harassment probe

HP CEO Mark Hurd has quit following a probe into allegations of sexual harassment made by a former contractor. The world's largest IT firm said tonight that an investigation by outside legal counsel and HP's General Counsel, presided over by the board, found no violation of HP's sexual harassment p