A new group of CIOs, the NG CIO Australia committee, has met for the first time and has been told by analyst firm Ovum that cloud governance will require their collective attention.
Security consultancy stratsec has won the right to operate a Security Evaluation Facility in Malasyia, where it will test local prodcuts under the Common Criteria Certification and Evaluation Scheme.
EMC’s competitive assessment of Hitachi Data Systems Adaptive Modular Storage product suggests it is being sold at cost price, and says Hitachi’s USP V lacks robust VMware support
E-sourcing software is not just for putting cheap commodities out to bid. It’s an entire platform that manufacturers can use to collaborate with suppliers to save money and improve quality.
With Oracle RAC and VMware both growing in popularity, end users might be tempted to combine the two. So what are the pros and cons of running Oracle RAC on VMware?
Oracle won’t support Oracle RAC on VMware at all, largely for political and outdated technical reasons, according to end users, consultants and vendors.
Increasing numbers of health information exchange initiatives are sharing data, but few are breaking even. That must change if HIEs are to help providers reach meaningful use.
Hewlett-Packard is searching for a new chief executive after Mark Hurd's resignation in the face of allegations of sexual harassment and false expense claims.
The senior executive in charge of Apple's iPhone is leaving the company for undisclosed reasons.
The departure so soon after the iPhone 4 launch has...
Saudi authorities delayed Friday's planned ban on the instant messaging services offered by Blackberry because of concerns about security.
WatchGuard has raised the gauntlet to its UTM rivals by promoting its tactic of detailing the performance of the entire unit with all the functions switched on. The typical way of promoting a UTM is to focus on firewall performance but to gloss over the impact that switching on the other functional
Coventry has become the first UK city to hold a web-based public crowdsourcing event, inviting ideas from residents on reform of council services.
Computer science courses are so dull that students' are being put off the subject, according to the Royal Society.
Unless significant improvements...
A former soft-core porn actress and reality game show contestant has been identified as the one-time marketing contractor at HP whose relationship with CEO Mark Hurd led to his downfall.
Virtualisation technology has allowed large companies to slash costs without compromising their IT effectiveness. But can small businesses also benefit from the technology?
Microsoft is to patch 34 vulnerabilities in 14 security bulletins to be issued in its August Patch Tuesday security update according to an advance notice.
Inmarsat is to spend $1.2bn to build a new global satellite-based network to deliver data speeds up to 50Mbps on demand to customers from 2014.
A glitch in BT Vision left some customers unable to view the Sky Sports channels over the weekend.
The company was hit by hundreds of complaints over...
By Billy MacInnes The UK's big six banks have established a taskforce to look at the issue of providing finance to businesses even though they continue to claim companies have become less willing to seek loans. The chairman of HSBC, Stephen Green, has written to the chancellor George Osborne, to p
The UK needs to encourage the formation of organisations that help turn good IT ideas into tools used by businesses if it is to benefit from the expanding market for web-based services.
It is a sign of leaner times in the public sector that education IT supplier RM this morning issued a statement to detail its win of a (2.5m British pounds) project at Landau Forte Academy in Staffordshire. The Academy system will become vital to some in the UK channel with the Building Schools for
Symantec has completed its $1.28bn cash acquisition of VeriSign's identity and authentication business, announced in May.
Skype, the world's biggest communications service provider measured by minutes, is to raise an estimated $100m through a listing on the Nasdaq exchange.
Over 50% of British IT workers believe their productivity would be enhanced if they were given the option to share in profits or take ownership stakes in their company's. An annual survey of workplace attitudes conductedby Kelly Services quizzed over 134,000 people worldwide, with 6,000 UK responden
Azlan has revealed itself as the latest distributor to take on Avaya's full line-up in the UK, and is adding formerOpal distribution head and Avaya SMB boss Graham Bunting as Avaya Business Leader. Bunting joined Opal in March of this year, where he was tasked with reviewing the b-2b comms provider'
By Paul Kunert The gradual recovery in the UK PC arena has clearly bypassed the one-time market dominator Dell as sales across all segments collapsed in the second quarter. Overall, more than 2.8 million units were shipped in the three months, up 15% on a year ago but seasonally down 12% on a sequ
By Billy MacInnes High-profile VoIP service Skype has filed for an initial public offering as it seeks to strengthen revenues in four different areas going forward, including increasing its adoption among business users. The plan to broaden the number of business users on the platform foll
One furniture maker is rolling out the iPad with its delivery team, to improve the customer experience, go paperless and create efficiencies.
Senior business managers are becoming increasingly IT-savvy, but there are still large gaps in their understanding of the potential of technology to improve the organisation, according to research.
Andrew Dowsett has joined the Press Association (PA) today as chief technology officer. He is the first senior IT leader to be appointed to the management...
"The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago," says Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Former net neutrality adversaries Google and Verizon have announced a compromise plan aimed a keeping the internet free and open.
Google's Android mobile operating system has been hit by its first text-based Trojan, according to security firm Kaspersky Labs.
A UK financial institution is being targeted by a sophisticated attack using web-based malware to steal money from accounts…
By Billy MacInnes Whatever happens to the wider economy going forward, the IT security industry is likely to stay busy as the threat from malware continues to grow with ten million new pieces produced in the first six months of 2010. According to the McAfee Threats Report for the second quarter, t
The global roll-out in mid-July of technology aimed at making the internet safer was billed as a decisive blow against cyber criminals, but has it made a difference?
By Billy MacInnes The UK technology sector enjoyed a huge surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half of 2010, but uncertainty over the effects of forthcoming cuts to the public sector could act as a brake on activity for some companies until after the October Spending Review. Ac
Gartnerhas downgradedits enterprise IT spending forecast for 2010 as the fragile global economy hangs in the balance and urged the industry toput contingency plans in place to counter a slowdown next year as governments weigh in with cost-cutting measures. The market watcher expects sales to surpas
National and international government will be the fastest growing sector of global IT spending in 2010, according to Gartner.
The analyst firm's study...
Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new 0% financing and three month deferred payment scheme pitched at theSME end of the market, which will run until the end of November. Available through its business partner network, the comms vendor said the scheme was designed to offer end-user customers an all-inclu
Privacy settings in Firefox, Internet Explorer and other web browsers can expose more details than users expect, security researchers have found.
IT managers should prolong the life of IT by re-using rather than recycling unwanted equipment, according to a report by Computer...
Analysts have raised the spectre of DRAM shortages in the second half of this year, predictinga boom in demand that will put pressure on manufacturing facilities migrating to new production processes. "A commodity profoundly susceptible to the variable dynamics of supply and demand, DRAM is ex
Weak IT governance and a lack of tangible benefits from projects is leading to under-investment in IT, according to public sector IT managers group Socitm.
Samsung Electronics has launched a new resale programme and online partner portal pitched at its print and print services dealer channel, which it claims will offer resellers higher margins on its printer lines. The vendor says it has seen significant uplift in sales in recent months, and is keen to
Avnet Technology Solutions has put a timetable in place to axe the Bell brand and have all front office staff in place by the end of next month. The close to $600m acquisition of Bell Microproducts was completed by Avnet TS in June when it named the executive team in Europe: Graeme Watt picked up th
Acer and ETC are shifting the nature of their distribution relationship away from volume deals to one that focuses on building "solutions" for B2B resellers. The tweak to this agreement signals Acer's intent to carve a greater swathe in the small and mid-market commercial segments with a r
Open Compliance Program promises to make it easier to distribute infringement-free open source code.
Addressing meaningful use right away will show that the mandate is about quality, not technology, consultants with the Medical Group Management Association suggest.
Microsoft's record-equalling Patch Tuesday security update for August did not include a fix for a newly-discovered flaw in several versions of Windows.
South Korean police have raided Google's office in Seoul as part of an investigation into the company's collection of private Wi-Fi data.
The defence group is placing emphasis on improving employee interaction and efficiency through improved communications as part of a group-wide IT transformation plan.
The government has gone back on a pre-election promise to review business rates on fibre networks, which are said to be the single biggest inhibitor of investment in next-generation networks.
London Fire Brigade is using SAS business intelligence software to help it prevent fires and evaluate risks.
Broadband minister Ed Vaizey opened a fibre-to-the-cabinet project in Birch Green, Hertfordshire on Tuesday that will see some 200 homes in the former "not...
As networking sector bellwether Cisco prepares to release its quarterly results this evening, company experts are in bullish mood, predicting sales to rise 28% year-on-year - 4.4% sequentially - to approximately $10.86bn, a return to pre-recession highs. Inspite of its recent moves into other tech a
Buckinghamshire has developed what it claims is the first website in the UK to provide live highways maintenance information to the public.
The security industry needs to work together on a more proactive strategy for fighting cybercrime, according to a report from security firm McAfee.
Security vendor Sophos has announced the initial availability of an endpoint security as a service offeringand formalised itsmanaged service provider (MSP) programme. Initially available atlaunchviaSophos' fourService Partner Alliance (SPA) partners, Bytes, Insight, PCWare and Softcat, the programme
Small toy business Jellycat has implemented an SAP application to integrate its business functions.
By Billy MacInnes Gartner has advised governments to aggressively introduce teleworking among public sector employees to compensate for cost-reduction measures such as salary freezes. The market researcher was outlining a number of "radical steps" that it believed governments needed t
Insufficient security checks and the complexity of taking online payments are leaving small firms exposed to payment processing fraud, says the Forum...
CIOs must change how they approach BPM
Growth in the small business sector will be stunted if internet service providers decide to charge a premium for faster speeds, it has been claimed.
by Rebecca Thomson Weak IT governance and a lack of tangible benefits from projects is leading to under-investment in IT, according to public sector IT managers group Socitm. In 2009, public sector IT managers increased user satisfaction while reducing costs, but top-level management teams still app
An increase in calls from members complaining about payment processing fraud has prompted the Forum of Private Business to warn that both insufficient security checks and complex payment systems are still leaving SMBs open to fraud. Recognising that accepting card payments online is an increasingly
Federal IT managers will likely see greater demands to facilitate and improve telework infrastructures at their agencies.
By Billy MacInnes The fear of losing personal or financial information or having it stolen online is as strong for many Americans as losing their jobs or being unable to provide healthcare for their family. According to a survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing
An SAP mobile applications strategy needs to take into account SAP mobile device security, and that requires tough encryption and proper planning.
Why do mobile SAP projects fail? Usability is chief amongst the list of reasons.
Delivering SAP mobile applications is a centerpiece of the vendor’s strategy. How can organizations align their SAP mobile strategies with SAP’s plans?
Automated build-out and deployment of custom SUSE Linux on Amazon Web Services is winning combo, users say.
The new version of Sybase Replication Server aims to greatly reduce the time it takes to move huge volumes of data between enterprise information stores.
Once an EHR system is installed, attention turns to maintenance, service and support. Using an IT service provider for such tasks may be the best bet for small practices.
Networks giant Cisco has reported strong fourth quarter 2010 results, with sales of $10.8bn, an increase of more than 28% compared to Q4 2009.
Unused smartphone applications will cost UK mobile phone owners £747m in 2010.
An open compliance programme has been launched by the Linux Foundation to help people using open source software comply with licensing.
We live in a unique period of history. The computer age has generated an unprecedented number of self-made millionaires and billionaires who combine their intellectual, technological and philanthropic prowess to good effect.
In his first interview as technology chief at the Edinburgh-based insurer Standard Life, Christian Torkington tells Computer Weekly about his transformation agenda.
Worldwide mobile device sales to end-users reached 325.6 million units in the second quarter of 2010 - an increase of 13.8% compared to 2009.
The migration of millions of Alliance & Leicester customer records to Santander's banking system has left some customers unable to access their online bank...
Cisco CEO John Chambersdisplayed his usual cautious optimism in presenting the networking bellwether's fourth quarter and full-year 2010 results, reporting anticipated growth in both sales and profits but sounding a conservative note on the state of the global economy. Speaking on a conference call,
Dame Stephanie Shirley, one of the pioneering names in the IT industry, a leading philanthropist for 40 years, and in the Sunday Times Rich List for 10 years, pledged to give away 100% of her wealth more than 20 years ago.
Sun Microsystems servicessenior vice presidentJoe Heel has jumped ship to Avaya to take up the role of president of global services, replacing Chris Formant who is taking over Avaya's public sector business. The shift will free up ex-Nortel boss Joel Hackney, who had been running the government divi
Avnet chairman and CEO Roy Vallee has spoken optimistically of recovery in the technology markets and hailed the strengthening IT refresh cycle as the broadline IT and electronic components distributor posted record sales in the final quarter of its fiscal 2010. "The refresh cycle that has been
David Bickerton has been appointed global chief information officer at Centrica. Most recently CIO at Centrica subsidiary British Gas, Bickerton will...
IT spending by the UK's top 100 retailers is stagnant this year, remaining at 2009's unusually low level of 1.1% of sales.
By Billy MacInnes Shares in Micro Focus International declined by more than a quarter after it admitted revenue growth for its 2011 financial year would be weaker than expected in the low single digits. An interim management statement from the company, which revealed demand was flat in the firs
by Karl Flinders Small businesses are spending more on IT, but nearly half of firms surveyed see IT as a freelance role rather than an in-house function. The survey fromsmall business skills organisationPeoplePerHour, found that PHP and SEO skills were most in demand among SMEs. Forty-three per cent
Despite recordingthe usual healthygrowth in shipment volumes, average selling prices of mobile communications devices fell during calendar Q2, and margins have begun to slide, according to the latest market research figures from Gartner. A stronger dollar, a depreciating euro "and intense compe
By Billy MacInnes A US pension fund has filed a complaint in Santa Clara County Court against named members of the HP board and former CEO Mark Hurd in the wake of his departure from the company last week. The shareholder derivative complaint, revealed by CourtHouse News Service,names Hurd, interi
Big Blue is digging deeper into the CRM market with the acquisition of Unica for $480 million, building on its Coremetrics and Sterling Commerce deals.
These five influential data center pros helped change the IT industry by improving energy efficiency through innovation and by driving adoption of quantitative standards.
Steel company ArcelorMittal is migrating all of its messaging systems to Microsoft Exchange 2010 under a five-year outsourcing deal with Indian IT services...
Novell is offering its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server as a cloud service on Amazon's Elastic Compute (EC2) cloud services.
Oracle is suing Google over its Android mobile operating system software because it uses Java technology acquired by Oracle when it bought Sun Microsystems.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion says it will not make country-specific deals as it attempts to work with governments threatening to block its services.
Hewlett-Packard's directors are facing a class action lawsuit which claims that they violated their fiduciary duties in connection with Mark Hurd's resignation as chief executive.
The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: HP bossquits after sexual harassment probe Late last week Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd fell on his sword after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment uncovered apparent expenses irregularities. Skype file
Compromised small, legitimate websites are among the top four security danger zones on the internet, says security firm Avast...
Research in Motion (RIM) has released the latest version of its free Blackberry server software for enterprises and small businesses, allowing wireless synchronisation between Blackberry smartphones and corporate systems.
IP telephony vendor ShoreTel has again capitalised onhigh levels ofdemand for cost-effective products during the downturn, with its Q4 sales up 30% year-on-year to $42.2m, but wasunable to convert this growth to profits,sinking to a GAAP net loss of $3.7m, compared to a loss of $700,000 this time la
By Billy MacInnes Oracle has launched a legal action against Google for allegedly infringing patents on Java technology in its Android operating system, heaping further pressure on the search giant as it battles to stave off accusations it has "sold out" on net neutrality because of the O
by Warwick Ashford Security and data protection are consistently under-funded and under-staffedany potential investment has to be justified and pass budget approval hurdles, which typically require IT managers to show a return on investment (ROI), according to studies by the Ponemon Institute. But R
A shared information and IT department supporting four North London NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) has rolled out a UK-developed system for secure remote working.
Theft, removal or loss of information and disclosure of private or confidential information are the top information security threats facing organisations, a survey has revealed.
A team of researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute is investigating whether passwords are now worthless, given the supercomputer-like performance now available to hackers using standard desktop graphics cards.
Small businesses are at risk of losing control of their websites, due to an over reliance on external web providers.
IBM has expanded its IT transformation services with the acquisition of Unica, a company specialising in cross-channel marketing automation.
One-third of anti-malware products fail to secure Microsoft's Windows Vista Business Edition, according to security research company Virus Bulletin.
By Billy MacInnes Almost 70% of paper sheets printed by office workers in a year are "wasted or unnecessary", according to a report commissioned by Kyocera. The Rethinking Printing Report found that despite a high level of environmental concern (63%), office workers are failing to change
Hosted IT services provider Peer 1 has added a dedicated UK channel boss to spearhead a planned ramp up of its activities in the dealer channel. Amanda Dunn joins the firm from services house B&M Europe - havingalso done time as an enterprise account managerwith Hewlett-Packard - and will take r
IBM has put $480m on the table to acquire privately-held marketing software business Unica in an all cash deal. Unica, which boasts 1,500 global customersincluding eBay andrecruitment website Monster, addsadditional marketing software capabilities to IBM's portfolio. "IBM understands the demand
Infrastructure and managed services provider Phoenix IT has received notice from two keycustomers with accountsworth a total of £12.5mthat they have made plans to take in house some of the services provided by the company. In a newly-released interim management statement, Phoenix IT said the t