TechTarget News - Week of Sep 05, 2010

Hardware company melds ERP and BI

Hardware company Dahlsens has adopted business intelligence by bolting a ComOps application onto its specialist ERP suite.

Former HP CEO in job talks with Oracle

Former HP chief executive Mark Hurd is in talks with Oracle about an executive job just weeks after the HP forced him to quit.

Zero-rate shared networks to speed up broadband access

The search is on to find a way for communications minister Ed Vaizey to save face after he reneged on an election promise to review the business rates regime with respect to optical fibre networks.

Google to simplify privacy policy

Google is updating and simplifying its privacy policies to make them more transparent and understandable.

Facebook to improve security with remote control

Facebook is rolling out a security feature that will enable users to log out remotely from active sessions on the social networking site.

CA Technologies buys Arcot Systems for £129m

CA Technologies will extend its cloud security services with the acquisition of fraud prevention company Arcot Systems.

The $200m (£129m) acquisition...

Car computers vulnerable to wireless attack

Modern cars could be vulnerable to wireless hacking, research by the University of California San Diego and the University of Washington has revealed.

US NIST publishes guide to smart grid cybersecurity

The US has released a 537-page guide on how to protect the country's electrical power grid from cyber attack.

The guidelines on security requirements...

Tesco Finder app reaches 1m downloads

Tesco's store and product finding iPhone application, Tesco Finder, has reached one million downloads.

The free app, which allows users to locate stores...

Mark Hurd may get board role at Oracle

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd is being considered for a board role at Oracle, according to reports that emerged over the weekend. Hurd quit HP last month after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against an HP contractor uncovered expenses irregularities.

Death of netbook platform imminent

Lenovo believes the end of the netbook is in sight and claims the platform will quickly be subsumed by the slate tablet space as competition in the sector heats up.

ComputerLinks provides cloud service for resellers

Computerlinks has signed up with cloud provider OpSource to offer those resellers that do not have the infrastructure with a platform for delivering hosted services.

Whistleblower lands former firm with £100,000 BSA settlement

A whistleblower has dropped his former company in it with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) after reporting them for using unlicensed copies of Microsoft and Adobe software.

Nigel Shadbolt hunts for government open data uses

Computer science professor Nigel Shadbolt is hunting for innovative new ways of using the public data that continues to flood the internet as the UK government attempts to increase transparency.

Calyx administrators proclaim business as usual

A statement put out on behalf of networking integrator Calyx, which went into administration last week, has claimed the business will continue to run "as normal" with no redundancies made while the administrators attempt to find a buyer.

Welsh village gets broadband for 10% of BT quote

Rutland Telecom is to supply a 40Mbps fibre-based broadband service for £50,000 to about 80 homes in the Welsh village of Erbistock after BT quoted £550,000 for copper-based broadband link.

End users mostly indifferent to Oracle hiring former HP CEO Mark Hurd

Former HP CEO Mark Hurd brings much needed hardware experience to his new job as co-president of Oracle, but most customers don't tune in closely to the game of musical chairs being played in the executive suite.

ONC, stakeholders want central health IT standards repository

Providers now have to be more attentive to health IT standards and value sets, so the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT hopes to launch a one-stop information shop.

HDS responds to EMC's competitive assessment

HDS has written to SearchStorage ANZ with a rebuttal of EMC's competitive assessment that suggests the Japanese vendor sells for no profit.

BT’s app finds Wi-Fi hotspots for Android and iPhone

BT has launched a free smartphone application for Android and iPhone devices, allowing BT Total Broadband customers to automatically connect to BT's network...

Spies like Blackberry devices, claims Dubai police chief

Dubai's chief of police has said concerns over Israeli and US spying is the reason behind the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) clampdown on Blackberry's encrypted...

IET spends £500k in bid to woo STEM pupils

The UK's Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is to spend £500,000 on a campaign to attract more school-goers into science and maths classes.

European businesses to outsource more IT

About 53% of organisations in Europe will increase their outsourcing budgets in 2010, according to a survey from Gartner.

Of the 206 European organisations...

Magirus picks up EMEA SolarWinds contract

Data centre and virtualisation distie Magirus has added network management software vendor SolarWinds to its portfolio to reinforce its growing Cisco business.

Digital information hampers legal process

Thousands of lawyers across ten countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa say difficulties in locating or processing digital information is hampering legal processes.

UK wastes £700m a year on broadband speeds, says O2

UK consumers are wasting more than £700m every year on under-utilised high broadband speeds.

According to a survey of 2,000 consumers by mobile operator...

Thorntons appoints HP for IT services

Chocolate company Thorntons has contracted HP Enterprise Services to run its IT portfolio.

Some of the services HP will provide for the confectionary...

Oracle hires Hurd, Phillips resigns

As reported yesterday, Oracle has officially named ex-HP boss Mark Hurd (pictured) to the board of directors and appointed him president. At the same time, Charles Phillips has also decided to call it a day, handing in his resignation as president and board member.

Ex-Morse boss Mike Phillips joins Micro Focus

Micro Focus has ended its hunt for a CFO to replace Nick Bray, appointing former Morse CEO Mike Phillips to the role. Phillips quit Morse after its sale to 2e2 in April. He had worked his way up to the top spot after starting out as finance director.

Government IT cost cutting meets mixed response

The government has received a mixed response to cost-cutting demands from its top IT suppliers, but is on track to make hundreds of millions of initial savings.

SCC acquires Kavanagh

Bracknell-based integrator Kavanagh has been sold to SCC for an undisclosed sum with managing director Rob Campbell standing down immediately. The negotiations started about a month ago and the deal was signed late last night, building on parent SCH Group's integration businesses.

FAST warns over rocketing license audit figures

Software asset management (SAM), compliance body and Federation against Software Theft (FASTIiS) mandate FAST Ltd has sounded a warning over growing numbers of software audits by software publishers or similar bodies, with 55% of respondents to this annual customer survey reporting an audit.

Google pays $8.5m to settle Buzz privacy case

Google is to pay $8.5m to settle a private class-action lawsuit that alleged its Buzz social networking service violated users' privacy.

Product consolidation coming in the security space

Consolidation in the security market could leave some resellers trailing the market as customers look to reduce the number of products they have to manage and update.

Northamber turns a profit, cautiouly optimistic about FY11

Northamber returned to operational profits in fiscal 2010 assisted by some prudent cost cutting measures and unlike recent years is looking forward to the next twelve months with a "degree of optimistic caution".

Outsourcing spending on IT services set to grow

Outsourcing is set to grow this year particularly on the IT services front as more firms across Europe look to work with third parties.

Can Mark Hurd make a success of Oracle?

Having resigned from HP as CEO, Mark Hurd is now heading to Oracle. The move could boost Oracle's position as a hardware supplier. How will Hurd change Oracle?

Geospatial IT saves councils £230m

Geospatial technology saved councils £230m and boosted GDP by around £323m in England and Wales in 2009, according to a report.

HP sues Mark Hurd over move to Oracle

HP has filed a lawsuit against its former chief executive, Mark Hurd, which seeks monetary damages and assurances that HP's secrets are safe.

Job growth slows as public sector freeze bites

Demand appears robust for jobs in the technology sector, for both permanent and temporary roles, according to the latest survey from KMPG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Jobs market slows as public sector cuts start to bite

Fears of a double dip recession might be raised again with the latest jobs figures showing the weakest rate of growth in permanent positions since October last year.

Avaya consolidates PBX market leadership in Q2

Avaya has consolidated its position at the top of the PBX shipment tree in the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest market figures from analysts at MZA.

360IT: Command and control culture in IT must end

The command and control culture that has served IT well during the past 15 years of the PC revolution must adapt to support the consumerisation of IT, say experts.

Hurd to be paid $950,000 with potential $10m bonus by Oracle

If he was worried that leaving HP might have left him out of pocket then Mark Hurd, the newly announced co-president of Oracle can breathe easy as the generous terms of his salary with his new employer became public.

IDC raises converged device sales forecast

Analysts at IDC have raised their global sales forecast for the converged mobile device market by 10% amid greater than expected demand for smartphone devices. The number-crunchers now expect the worldwide market to grow 55.4% over 2009, with 269.6 million converged devices shipping.

Brocade tweaks Alliance Partner Network

Brocade has made a series of tweaks to its Professional Services (PSP) and Support Delivery (SDP) partner networks to reflect growing sales in IT infrastructure as a service.

Ciena losses widen on Nortel MEN integration

Ciena has slumped to a GAAP net loss of $109.9m (£71m) or $1.18 per share after booking $17m of acquisition and integration-related costs associated with the integration of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business.

Euler inflicts first credit insurance cut on public sector player

Euler Hermes is viewing resellers that have grown reliant on the public sector purse with some caution and has already taken the knife to one mid-sized business that is heavily focused on the government space.

Mobile EHR for the iPad slowly coming to market

As iPad adoption among doctors continues to climb, vendors focus their efforts on mobile EHR systems. November’s iOS update, which supports multitasking, should speed things up.

Five secret data storage and data management vendors

Companies like EMC and NetApp hog the storage headlines. Here’s a list of five vendors you hardly ever hear about, but which may add value to your business.

Google updates search with Google Instant

Google has updated its search capability with Google Instant, which uses 15 new technologies to display results as users type in search terms.

Adobe warns of new zero-day vulnerability

Adobe has warned that hackers are exploiting a new zero-day vulnerability in its Reader and Acrobat products to compromise computers.

Clegg warns of choppy times ahead

With the details of the government spending cuts coming shortly the message coming out of those operating in Number 10 is that things will continue to get tough.

Dell kills off Windows XP early

Dell has announced that it will stop shipping systems with Windows XP and XP Home this month, ahead of the Microsoft deadline.

Apple releases iOS 4.1 update

Apple has launched the first major update for its mobile operating system, iOS 4, which runs the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Cisco and Citrix team up on desktop virtualisation

Cisco and Citrix Systems have announced a collaborative desktop virtualisation service, claiming that the product will simplify and reduce the cost of deploying enterprise users to high-definition virtual desktops and applications.

ShoreTel rolls out TCO courses

UC and IP phone specialist ShoreTel is to run a series of channel-centrictotal cost of ownership (TCO)training courses across EMEA todrive uptake ofits Online TCO facility. ShoreTel has staked a big part of its market reputation on beating its rivals on TCO and initially launched the tool in April.

Government scraps £12.7bn NHS National Programme for IT

by Ian Grant The government has scrapped the National Health Service's centralised £12.7bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in favour of a "connect-all" strategy in an effort to save £700m on the late, over-budget project. The controversial programme "is no longer needed&

NetApp and Oracle settle long running patent battle

NetApp and Oracle have settled their legal battle over a patent disagreement that goes back more than ten years and buried the hatchet enough to talk of working more closely together.

Vodafone announces restructuring plans

Vodafone is to take steps to rationalise its business through a restructuring plan that it says will simplify managerial governance and reduce some unnecessary organisational layers.

Bell Micro EMEA enterprise boss McGregor leaves

Bell Microproducts has parted company with director Colin McGregor who has decided to start up a consultancy business. The distributor is not far off finalising the UK personnel changes as it integrates with new parent Avnet, with Europe not far behind.

Apple lifts restrictions on iPhone apps

Apple has removed many restrictions in its developer agreement and published guidelines about the apps it will accept and reject.

“Here you Have” mass e-mail worm hits in-boxes

A new mass-mailing worm with the subject line "Here you Have" and "Just For you" is hitting thousands of in-boxes around the world.

Many small businesses still not online

One in five small businesses does not have a website, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

Microsoft's Stephen Elop to become Nokia CEO

The head of Microsoft's business unit, Stephen Elop, has been appointed president and CEO of Nokia, the world's largest mobile handset maker.

CIOs ramp up infrastructure investments

CIOs are cutting operating budgets in order to increase capital expenditure.

Commercial and public sector CIOs plan to increase capital expenditure...

ARM launches Cortex A15 processor for servers and smartphones

ARM has launched a 2.5GHz processor for tablets, high-end phones and enterprise infrastructure, predicting better than 50% performance improvements compared with its Cortex-A9, and increasing memory range 250 times.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 10 September 2010

Better Capital acquires Calyx debts Last Friday private equity firm Better Capital acquired the bank debts for Calyx Group from Anglo Irish Bank and placed the services-based networking reseller into administration.

Codework acquired by European player Altimate Group

Codework has been acquired by Altimate Group for an undisclosed sum adding the Manchester-based outfit into a family of European distributors. Altimate operates in six countries already, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg.

Nokia ousts CEO in favour of Microsoft man

Beleaguered Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been given his marching orders and will be replaced by Microsoft Business Division head Stephen Elop from 21 September. Kallasvuo spent 30 years at Nokia and helmed the firm from 2006.

Many questions remain for NHS IT programme

The government's decision to reorganise - and hence effectively scrap - the National Health Service's controversial £12.7bn National Programme for IT and save £1.3bn may come as a relief to many taxpayers, patients, health professionals and academics, but many people remain wary.

Network Rail CIO seeks business-literate IT workers

Network Rail's CIO, Susan Cooklin, has told a group of IT leaders her biggest challenge lies in increasing the business literacy of her IT staff.

HP chases SMEs with £220 server

HP is targeting the small business sector with a server aimed at enterprises with fewer than ten members of staff.

Online reputation firm launches ‘defamation action’ against TripAdvisor

Up to 1,000 hotel and restaurant businesses could present their grievances about what they see as unfair treatment on the reviews website TripAdvisor by the end of this week, as part of an initiative led by an online reputation management firm.

Ebay wins Craigslist share-dilution lawsuit

Ebay has won a lawsuit against online classified ad site Craigslist, restoring the auction group's near 25% stake in the company.

Atos Origin first to agree new deal with government

Atos Origin has become the first IT supplier to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government under its new "single-client" approach to IT procurement.

NHS opens doors to Microsoft and Google for patient care records

The government's decision to allow local health care providers greater freedom of choice in IT systems may open the door to firms like Microsoft and Google, both of which are eager to sell their electronic patient record-keeping systems.

Lax internal security blamed for FIFA data leaks

Lax internal security at world football governing body FIFA is likely to blame for an alleged leak of the details of thousands of England fans, says security firm Imperva.

Comstor updates Cisco guidebook

Networking distributor and Cisco-specialist Comstor has updated its Cisco Solutions Handbook, adding sections on the vendor's UCS data centre portfolio for the first time.

Logicalis numbers improve in second half

Logicalis UK has filed a "solid" set of numbers for fiscal 2010 with the top and bottom lines holding firm as customer demand began returning, particularly in the second half of the year.

Better Capital acquires Calyx and prepares turnaround plan

Better Capital has been confirmed as the new owner of Calyx and will kick start its turnaround strategy by divesting parts of the networking integrator with a view to making further acquisitions.