TechTarget News - Week of Sep 12, 2010

Laura Ashley’s online sales jump 63%

Laura Ashley's e-commerce channel is now an established sales channel for the company, seeing 63% growth in sales year on year.

E-commerce and mail...

HP eyes $1.5bn deal for ArcSight

Hewlett-Packard is widely reported to be close to buying intrusion detection security software company ArcSight for $1.5bn.

Android SMS Trojan targets porn users

Security researchers have discovered an Android Trojan that sends $6 text messages until the user's mobile phone account runs out of credit.

Seasonal dip hits tech M&A activity

A seasonal dip in the level of mergers and acquisitions should be confined to just August with this month already showing signs that the strong activity already seen this year is going to continue. The level of valuations and market activity has been recovering from the recession and the signs from

Symantec gives services resellers monthly billing option

Symantec is offering SME resellers the chance to provide customers with pay-as-you-go monthly billing for managed services in response to demand from both partners and users. The software vendor has up to now had an annuity payment approach, which will remain as an option, but through its ExSP licen

HP eyes $1.5bn ArcSight deal

Hewlett-Packard is widely reported to be close to buying intrusion detection security software company ArcSight for $1.5bn, writes ComputerWeekly.com's Warwick Ashford. HP has been negotiating to buy ArcSight since it was put up for sale late last month, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Jou

Poor cloud performance costing firms thousands

Performance problems are costing enterprise cloud users tens of thousands of pounds leading many to delay or stop moving more of their applications to a hosted environment. Research from Compuware of IT directors across Europe showed that more than half (57%) were rethinking the speed of cloud deplo

Nimans boss vows to cut out network jargon

Nimans' newly-appointed network services head Mark Curtis-Wood has vowed to take a back-to-basics approach to sales pitches in order to entreat more dealers to consider adopting network services. Setting out plans to grow the comms distributor's networking business, Curtis-Wood said: "What we a

Azlan on the prowl for Avaya VARs

C2000's enterprise and networking division Azlan has launched a recruitment drive to win over the Avaya dealer channel and sign up some new members at the same time. The distie already carried the Nortel enterprise portfolio when Avaya acquired the unit from the defunct Canadian vendor last autumn,

HP swoops on ArcSight

Aspredicted earlier today, Hewlett-Packard has signed a definitive agreement with security software vendor ArcSight to acquire the company for $43.50 per share, representing an enterprise value of $1.5bn (£973m). Following its protracted bidding war with Dell over 3Par, thisis the second acqus

All change at the top of Computer 2000's PC unit

Computer 2000 marketing director Andy Dow will take charge of the PC systems operation from next month when current incumbent Mark Glasspool moves to a European position at parent Tech Data. After four years at the helm of the business unit, Glasspool will become the regional senior group manager fo

MoD extends BT networking DFTS contract

The Ministry of Defence has extended its network and communications contract with BT by three years to 2015, through the Defence Fixed Telecommunications...

Former HP channel boss Poskett joins Cisco

Cisco has recruited HP's former UK and Ireland channel boss Dave Poskett to manage its relationship with IBM. After twenty five years at HP, Poskett left in Januaryfollowing a restructure thatsaw channel management teams folded back into their respective business units. The overhaulleft the solutio

The top five practical data governance strategy tips

The task of implementing and maintaining a solid data governance strategy is fraught with obstacles. These real-world tips can help ensure success.

Database Access with Spring 3.0 and the JdbcTemplate

Learning Spring can be intimidating, because there are so many different aspects to the framework. At its core, Spring is an Inversion of Control (IoC) and Dependency Injection (DI) container. It's also a powerful platform for doing some aspect oriented programming as well. Layer on Spring MVC, Spring Web Flow, Security, Roo, AMQP, Blaze Integration, and whatever new project the people at VMWare have added to the list, the whole thing can get pretty intimidating.

The top five practical data governance strategy tips

The task of implementing and maintaining a solid data governance strategy is fraught with obstacles. These real-world tips can help ensure success.

Breakthrough BigMemory™ for Enterprise Ehcache

Terracotta, a recognized leader in infrastructure software for enterprise application and scalability, today announced the beta availability of BigMemory™ for Enterprise Ehcache, a breakthrough solution for the universal problem of Garbage Collection (GC) in Java applications

Why the customer, not the content, is king

Management author Peter Drucker tells this story: "I have worked with musician Peter Gabriel on several projects. At a workshop we were holding for AT&T he was asked, 'How do you deal with piracy of your albums?'

HP agrees $1.5bn deal for ArcSight

HP has confirmed it is to buy security software firm ArcSight for $1.5bn after reports said a deal was imminent. Rumours of a potential deal with HP, IBM or Oracle have pushed ArcSight's share value up 70% in recent weeks, according to US reports.

Nokia readies for smartphone battle with Symbian 3

Mobile phone maker Nokia today launched four devices based on its new Symbian 3 operating system that it hopes will capture 50 million customers and allow Nokia to recapture the high ground in the competitive smartphone market

Vanjoki quits Nokia on eve of conference keynote speech

The head of Nokia's mobile solutions unit, Anssi Vanjoki, quit the company a day before he was due to give a keynote speech to the NokiaWorld developers' conference that opened in London on Tuesday.

Rackspace grabs dotcom veteran for Euro expansion

Hosted computing supplier Rackspace has hired former Amazon and eBay European operations director David Kelly to lead its expansion drive into the Continent, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and to take on Google and Amazon.

Proofpoint joins VADition stable

VADition has bulked up its SaaS line-up with the addition of security software vendor Proofpoint. The Hampshire-based distie saidthat it would be focusing chiefly on the services-led component of Proofpoint's email security technology, although it has access to the vendor's full portfolio, which inc

BT Global Services gets new sales, marketing head

Troubled enterprise ICT services provider BT Global Services (BTGS) has appointed former AT&T EMEA head Tom Regent to president of global sales and marketing. Regent will assume responsibility for the firm's worldwide sales ops, bid management, indirect channel strategy and marketing from 1 Nove

Samsung UK finally fills vacant GM positions

Samsung has finally recruited several UK general managers to fill positions that have been vacant for months with Phil Gaut stepping in to head up the display business unit and Dion Smith looking after the printer operation. As revealed by MicroScope in May, Samsung parted with Dom Webb, GM of its

Bring your own presents channel opportunity

The increasing number of firms starting to offer employees a 'bring your own device' policy is presenting opportunities for those selling infrastructure and security management tools. The spread of the iPhone, iPad and Android phones into the work place is causing more employers to abandon attempts

Nokia unveils changes to app developer revenues

Nokia has changed the revenue split between Nokia has changed the revenue split between applications developers and app store owner from the usual 70:30 respectively to 60:40, but says developers will take home about 40% more money.

Software industry set to pick up cost of piracy fight

The software industry looks as if it will have to continue carrying the costs of fighting piracy as the government indicates it will b e copyright holders that have to stump up the cash to catch those breaking the law. The latest twist in the anti-piracy parts of the Digital Economy Act will not com

Data security budgets to rocket, says PwC

by Warwick Ashford Corporate spending on data security will increase sharply, according to a global poll by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). More than half of respondents said their companies planned to spend more on technological defences against security breaches. This is the high

Avnet lifts covers off UK management team

The UK management team at Avnet was finally unveiled today as the distributor rallied the troops to use the expanded portfolio and customer base to take market share from rivals. As revealed last week, director of enterprise computing Colin McGregor has left the business to set up a people developm

SQL Server 2008 R2 Express ready for install

Microsoft has upped the maximum database size for SQL Server 2008 R2 Express in what amounts to a major upgrade over previous versions.

Enterprise Feedback Management – Special Report

There are more ways to survey and listen to customers than ever but organizations must approach it carefully. This special report offers real world examples, pitfalls and best practices for EFM.

One in six firms unprepared for new IPv6 net addresses

One in six companies has no plans to move to the new IPv6 internet addressing scheme, which could leave them with expansion problems when the world runs out of IPv4 addresses around May next year.

Twitter announces major site revamp

Twitter has revamped its website to be faster, easier to use and more capable of handling photos and videos in the biggest overhaul in its four-year history.

Bill Gates and The Guardian launch new site

The Guardian News & Media (GNM)andthe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationhave joined forces to launch a global development issues website.

Nokia, Intuit team up to push SMEs

Mobile phone maker Nokia and financial software house Intuit have teamed up to address some of the needs of 500 million small and medium enterprise around the world.

Radware subject of bidding war talk

Hewlett-Packard may be about to embroil itself in a bidding war with IBM over Israel-based networking and security vendor Radware. Market interest in Radware, which bought Nortel's layer 4-7 application delivery switch business for a bargain basement price in 2009, has soared since the reports emerg

BSA calls for tougher laws to reduce piracy and boost economy

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is putting pressure on the government to increase the deterrent to prevent users and companies taking the risk of using unlicensed software. Armed with compelling figures from IDC research that shows that if the level of piracy in the UK could be reduced by 10% f

Chambers to pay Cisco's first dividend

Cisco CEO John Chambers has decided to let investors in on a bit of the action, returning 1% to 2% of the vendor's $40bn cash pile to shareholders in its first ever dividend payment. The size of the rebate, to be made in the early part of calendar 2011, will depend on oncomingchanges to US law gover

Best Buy Q2 numbers boosted by European stores

The expansion into Europe has already filtered into Best Buy's results with the US retailer planning to open more outlets in the UK this year. The positive impact of Europe, which constitutes three stores and a relationship with Carphone Warehouse, has been highlighted in the retailers Q2 results fo

IBM CEO lays into HP over strategy but praises Oracle

IBM CEO Sam Palmisano has criticised HP's pricey acquisition strategy which he says it is pursuing to compensate for massive cuts in R&D and revealed that it is Oracle he is monitoring more closely. During a rare public flogging of a rival, IBM's big cheese also criticised HP's handling of CEO

Internet Explorer IE9 Beta takes on Flash

Microsoft has made available the beta of Internet Explorer 9.0, its first browser to use HTML 5.0, allowing designers to build interactive sites in standard HTML.

Insights on JavaOne 2010 and Oracle OpenWorld

Everyone is gearing up for JavaOne 2010, and in anticipation of the event, TheServerSide got a chance to chat with habitual presenter, Eugene Ciurana.

Database virtualization helps TiVo speed up testing and development

New database virtualization technology is helping TiVo speed up and enhance the testing and development process. Is it a sign that attitudes toward database virtualization have changed?

PQRI program, meaningful use have headaches in common

Providers participating in the PQRI program now know what to expect when it comes to reporting for meaningful use. Some wonder how palatable the new program really will be.

Protection needs to go beyond the network, and focus on data

Data security has moved past early adopters and penetrated the mainstream of the security industry, a report on a survey of IT security professionals has concluded, with 27% of respondents claiming a decline in security incidents and 46% reporting no increase

Northamber sheds box shifting skin with Solution Point launch

The realisation that margins made from classic IT wholesaling will not return to previous levels has finally dawned on Northamber, which is taking major steps into a world beyond box shifting. The Surrey-based distributor, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary later this year, has invested &po

DiData buys into video services with mvision acquisition

Dimension Data has bulked up its managed video services muscle after buying video integrator mvision for an undisclosed sum. Mvision specialises in Tandberg kit, and following the acquisition of the vendor by Cisco had made plans to become a Cisco partner itself. Managing director Terry Dwyer told M

IDC: traditional IT security is broken says security expert

Traditional IT security is buckling and breaking under increasingly sophisticated, high-quality malware attacks, says James Lyne, senior technologist at security firm Sophos.

Novell sale edges closer

Novell is getting closer to reaching the point where it is prepared to sell the business with the prospect of it being split into two parts. According to reports in the US a potential decision is just a few weeks away and the split in the operations could see the Linux business sold off separately w

IDF2010: New chips make a meal out of graphics

Following Intel's Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel and AMD have both unveiled products that combine graphics and computational processing on...

Virtualisation security to be top priority in 2011

Research conducted ahead of next month's IP Expo infrastructure trade show has suggested that concerns around virtualisation and data security will dominate IT managers' thoughts over the next 12 months. A full88% of respondents to thesurvey, carried out on behalf of the event organisers, rated data

IBM hears that green has to produce the goods

IBM has wrapped up nine days of debate in central London on the subject of sustainability concluding that just appealing to the good nature of companies is not enough. Big Blue has attracted some of the great and good to its event and received the backing of Prince Charles for its determination to

Profits rise, sales fall at Westcoast and XMA parent

Kelido Group has boosted profits on the back of a rebound in its distributionbusiness Westcoast and efforts to cut costs across the rest of the operations. In the year to 31 December 2009, the Westcoast, Clarity and XMA parent made profits of £2.15m compared to £94,000 a year earlier.

Oracle beats forecasts with $7.59bn quarter earnings

Oracle has reported sales of $7.59bn in the three months ending 31 August, up 50% on the same period the year before and above average analyst forecasts of $7.32bn.

Good times for IT at Ipsos

In an exclusive interview with ComputerWeekly, global chief technology officer Ben Booth talks about the revitalised technology agenda at the polling giant.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 17 September 2010

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days. Better Capital preps Calyx turnaround plan VC outfit Better Capital was confirmed as the new owner of Calyx and will kick start its turnaround strategy by divesting parts of the integrator with a view to further acquisiti

BBC launches YouView web-connected TV service

The BBC's free-to-air, web-connected TV service will become available next year under the brand of YouView.

The service will combine Freeview digital...

L K Bennett launches mobile commerce iPhone app

Fashion retailer L K Bennett has launched a mobile commerce application for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad, allowing users to browse and purchase products using...

Analysis: Mood right to drive down software piracy

Software piracy rates have remained fairly stable over the last couple of years hovering at the 27% mark costing the industry millions in wasted revenue. Getting that figure down has been the aim of various groups and vendors but it has proved to be difficult so far with companies and individuals c

Europe calls for global internet treaty

Europe has proposed a global Internet Treaty to protect the net from political interference and place into international law its principles of openness.

Hurd bangs R&D drum after strong Oracle Q1

Robust demand for hardware and software licenses helped Oracle push up its fiscal Q1 profits and sales close to 20% and 50% respectively. In the trading period ended 31 August, earnings reached $1.3bn on the back of revenues of $7.5bn. "We executed better than expected on both the top and bot

RIM beats forecasts on consumer sales

Canadian mobility vendor RIM has beaten expectations for the second quarter of its fiscal 2010 -which closed on 28 August - after sales rose 31% year-on-year to $3.53bn and net income soared 67% to $796.7m. Device sales accounted for 79% of sales, with services at 17% and software at 1%. Growth in c

Slow retailers face missing PCI deadline

The deadline for retailers to be prepared for PCI is looming nearer with a feeling from those selling security tools to ensure complaince that a portion of the market is still not ready.

British Library plans for a digital future

The British Library has laid out plans to keep pace with rapid changes in technology over the next decade by concentrating on digital media

VC veteran Moulton warns of pending bloodbath in SME channel

Venture capitalist veteran John Moulton is anticipating a flood of corporate casualties when the Bank of England finally starts to lift interest rates but he insists that the small business sector is most at risk. Better Capital chairman Moulton has recently re-entered the IT sector after acquiring