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...
Deakin University has adopted talent management tactics that make sure no single member of its IT team becomes a potential point of failure or delay.
Oracle has upgraded its GoldenGate and Data Integrator data integration systems software with an eye to accommodating more heterogeneous data.
Stack buffer overflow allows attackers to run malicious code; Adobe reader vulnerability classified as severe.
A hacker who claims to be behind the "Here you have" e-mail...
Hewlett-Packard is widely reported to be close to buying intrusion detection security software company ArcSight for $1.5bn.
Security researchers have discovered an Android Trojan that sends $6 text messages until the user's mobile phone account runs out of credit.
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 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
European organisations are losing more than £500,000 per year because of the poor performance of cloud-based apps. According to a survey of 300 IT...
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
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' 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
UK organisations are losing 300,000 hours and £2bn a year through IT downtime, according to a report by CA Technologies.
The Telegraph Media Group (TMG) has chosen software provider Cordys to manage its cloud services and applications to allow "rapid mashup" of its business...
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,
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
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
The Ministry of Defence has extended its network and communications contract with BT by three years to 2015, through the Defence Fixed Telecommunications...
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 task of implementing and maintaining a solid data governance strategy is fraught with obstacles. These real-world tips can help ensure success.
Optus has unveiled its cloud computing service, dubbing it a "virtual private data centre."
SAP is releasing 10 industry-specific Business Objects applications it says can be deployed in a fraction of the usual time and accessed on mobile devices.
See how one cardiologist uses mobile SaaS EHR to access patient data from multiple locations. Another plus: Tech support has not changed since GE acquired the vendor, he says.
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 task of implementing and maintaining a solid data governance strategy is fraught with obstacles. These real-world tips can help ensure success.
Konica Minolta is using on-demand CPM software to manage its annual budget. With new features, SaaS CPM vendors hope to pick up more enterprise customers.
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
Today, IT teams are slowly waking up to the green route. We take a look at aspects to consider while preparing a business case for green IT management.
Deakin University has decided storage is a differentiator for both its IT operations and the careers of its team.
The virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, architecture is making strides in the enterprise, promising business agility and business continuity, not just savings.
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 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.
A report has highlighted the colossal failures of the UK postal service in mitigating its decline in the face of advances in digital media.
Capgemini has become the latest IT supplier to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government on cutting the cost of IT.
Intel has launched its second generation Intel Core processor family, code-named Sandy Bridge, at this year's Intel Developer's Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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
Microsoft is releasing nine bulletins addressing 11 vulnerabilities today in its Patch Tuesday monthly security update.
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 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.
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
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
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
Businesses are failing to use analytics in decision-making, even though enterprise data is growing by 57% a year.
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday monthly security update for September includes protection against the Stuxnet worm which targeted critical infrastructure software.
Microsoft has upped the maximum database size for SQL Server 2008 R2 Express in what amounts to a major upgrade over previous versions.
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.
Riverbed vice president Paul Brady explains why and how WAN managers should look beyond Layer 3 and provide WAN application performance management for key business applications.
As CIOs wait for public-cloud offerings to mature, they look to offshore providers for services that confer competitive advantage. First up: a two-tier ERP or hub-and-spoke model.
The R open source analytics programming language produces stunning data visualizations but requires a statistician’s expertise. Revolution Analytics is trying to change that.
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 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.
The most effective data security approach involves technology to protect applications and databases alongside traditional approaches, a study has revealed.
The IT services market could shrink 5% to 10% year-on-year as a result of a surge of low-cost IT, analysts have warned.
The Guardian News & Media (GNM)andthe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationhave joined forces to launch a global development issues website.
The further development of the World Wide Web is threatened by the lack of online privacy and efforts to destroy net neutrality, says the father of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
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.
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
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
Electronics manufacturer Harvard Engineering has used remote monitoring to slash the electricity consumption of council street lights.
Intel has launched 'Tunnel Creek', a family of Atom processors for embedded applications in smart grid devices, car entertainment systems and IP media phones....
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
The European ICT market will need to undergo a series of mergers if it is to compete with the big American players, said Rheinhard Clemens, CEO of IT...
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 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
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.
Catch up with the week's news as we run our eye over recent events at Compellent, HDS, Quantum and CommVault.
Non profit organisation Compassion Australia has boosted engagement with sponsors with customer management software.
Everyone is gearing up for JavaOne 2010, and in anticipation of the event, TheServerSide got a chance to chat with habitual presenter, Eugene Ciurana.
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?
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.
There's no turning back mobile devices' invasion of the enterprise. CIOs need to put mobile phone security policies in place to control these uninvited guests.
Deutsche Bank has outsourced the testing of its software to SQS Software Quality Systems.
Google has confirmed that it has dismissed a systems engineer after he accessed private details from the Gmail, Google Voice and IM accounts of four teenagers.
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
IT at the Highways Agency plays a central role in managing traffic, and technology continues to develop at the organisation despite the public sector's much-discussed...
Mobile operator Orange has launched its Orange Health Gateway mobile service for the UK healthcare sector, claiming it could save the NHS up to £300m a year.
AMD has announced its Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) chipset, codenamed Zacate, to improve graphic capabilities and GPU-enabled web browsing on lower-cost PCs.
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
The increasing use of comparison websites is causing IT performance issues for insurance companies, according to software company Macro 4.
Intel is developing context-aware devices intended to make traditional computers more like personal assistants for users by introducing complex sensor-based applications.
Cloud computing is challenging traditional IT security, but could be a key element in enabling a security policy to meet modern threats, says Eric Domage, research manager at IDC EMEA.
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
Traditional IT security is buckling and breaking under increasingly sophisticated, high-quality malware attacks, says James Lyne, senior technologist at security firm Sophos.
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
Most businesses are failing to take security on smartphones as seriously as they do on laptops, says Howard Clegg, head of solution sales, Vodafone UK.
Following Intel's Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel and AMD have both unveiled products that combine graphics and computational processing on...
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 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
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.
Some manufacturers and suppliers are using supply chain finance platforms to lend and borrow against invoices that have been approved for payment.
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.
IT departments are more satisfied with the services offered by IT service providers - but not hugely more satisifed - a major research project published in November is expected to reveal.
VMware is expected to acquire the Linux SuSE operating system as part of Novell's reported plans to divest parts of the company.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has reported sales of 12.1 million handsets in its second fiscal quarter results.
In an exclusive interview with ComputerWeekly, global chief technology officer Ben Booth talks about the revitalised technology agenda at the polling giant.
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
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...
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...
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
The government has reiterated its commitment to using open source
More than two-thirds of internet users say Google's instant search tool is a disappointment
Europe has proposed a global Internet Treaty to protect the net from political interference and place into international law its principles of openness.
Thomas Cook has signed a contract with Capgemini to modernise its IT infrastructure
More than a third of BusinessObjects users are not happy with product owner SAP
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
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
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.
The British Library has laid out plans to keep pace with rapid changes in technology over the next decade by concentrating on digital media
BT is offering internet users who buy both its telephone and broadband service a free upgrade to the company's fibre broadband service
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
As customers embark on a Solution Manager project, where exactly to start can be daunting. Find out about some popular projects and lessons learned from SAP customers.