TechTarget News - Week of Sep 26, 2010

Satyam to delist from NYSE

Mahindra Satyam, previously Satyam Computer Services (SEC), is to delist from the New York Stock Exchange.

Top tech firms to stop anti-poaching deals

Six top tech firms, including Google and Apple, have agreed to stop employment practices that restrict other companies from recruiting their employees. The...

ANALYSIS: Is Virgin Blue’s outage a storage problem?

Budget airline Virgin Blue says failure in a “solid state disk server” is behind the outage in its booking systems. We’d believe it, except there’s no such thing as a “solid state disk server.” Is a SAN instead the problem? We speculate about the real cause of the gllitch and name two storage vendors possibly behind the outage.

Workgroup begins work on Stage 2 of meaningful use rules

Policymakers are exploring the next stages of the meaningful use rules designed to encourage IT adoption among health care providers. CPOE and quality reporting will be key.

UAE close to Blackberry security agreement

The United Arab Emirates is optimistic about reaching an agreement with Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) over security concerns, according to a top official.

Silent callers face £2m fines from today

Companies that use automated dialling to solicit business, but which result in silent or abandoned phone calls, face fines of up to £2m from this week.

Internet deals leave offline bank customers poorer

Banks should provide in-branch internet access so people without access to the web do not miss out on the best deals, according to the Consumer Association.

Top four issues in tackling the internet business blind-spot

As more businesses rely on internet-based business applications, they face new challenges in managing them. Now that applications are borderless, in that they can be located and used outside company walls, businesses must ensure they put in place the right systems to ensure all areas of the business are running effectively.

Ericsson nabs Nortel switching unit

Ericsson has acquired Nortel's multi-service switching (MSS) unit for $65m (£41m) after successfully outbidding a consortium made up of private equity money and a little-known comms firm called Samnite Technologies.

Merseytravel launches travel smartcard system

Merseytravel has launched a smartcard system to validate concessionary travel passes, which it hopes to grow to become the largest network of its type outside London.

Apple concessions end planned EC probe

The European Commission has abandoned its planned antitrust probe of Apple after the vendor made a series of concessions surrounding cross-border repair policies and developer restrictions.

How satellite can fill in the UK's broadband not spots

If you want to plan where to get to, and when to get there, you first have to be sure of where you are starting from, writes Max Gutberlet, product marketing...

ChangeBASE looks for migration specialists

The ongoing migration from legacy systems to the world of Windows 7 and emerging applications is creating a customer headache and an opportunity for resellers.

Diagonal not for sale, says 2e2

2e2's decision to maintain the Diagonal brand and distinct organisational structure is not an indication that the business will be sold, the firm has insisted.

Magirus bundles up data centre market

Data centre distributor Magirus is attempting a run at what it calls the "untapped" low-end market for data centre and cloud based computing with the launch of a new unified data centre offering dubbed vBundle.

IBM buys Blade Network Technologies

In a long-anticipated response to its rivals' advance on the data centre environment, IBM has bought virtualisation software, blade server and top-of-rack switch builder Blade Network Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

Landlines mainly for internet access, survey finds

Landlines mainly for internet access, survey finds

Two-thirds of UK landline phone owners use it only for incoming calls and broadband access, and...

NetApp denies role in Virgin Blue crash

NetApp says Navitatire remains a valued customer, but that its products have had no role in outages at Virgin Blue.

IBM buys Blade Network Technologies: News in brief

While IBM scooped up Blade, Hewlett-Packard bolstered its Integrity platform and Stratus unveiled an Intel Westmere-based fault-tolerant server.

SAP extends support and maintenance on R/3 4.6c

With many customers still on older releases, SAP announced it would extend the timeline for support and maintenance, allowing customers more time to move to ECC 6.0.

SAP extends support and maintenance on R/3 4.6c

With many customers still on older releases, SAP announced it would extend the timeline for support and maintenance, allowing customers more time to move to ECC 6.0.

R.L. Polk sees 10x query improvement with Oracle Exadata V2

R.L. Polk, an automotive statistics company, says it saw 10x improvement on its query performance since installing Oracle Exadata V2, largely due to the box’s hybrid columnar compression and flash cache features.

Hero MotoCorp’s BI implementation fuels future growth

When Hero Honda’s reporting systems proved insufficient to abet business endeavors, a SAP Business Intelligence (BI) implementation made the difference.

Social media, mobility shape business process automation in Las Vegas

CIO Joe Marcella, a seasoned practitioner of business process automation, talks about his approach and how the recession -- and social media -- have made BPA more critical than ever.

Malicious spam attack targets LinkedIn users

Business networking service LinkedIn has been targeted by a malicious spam attack aimed at stealing personal information from people in business.

Logica signs government cost-saving agreement

Technology service company Logica has agreed to a number of efficiency savings with the government following a savings review launched by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, earlier this year. claims independence from Oracle

Open source volunteers have claimed independence for the free office software,, from Oracle's Sun Microsystems after 10 years.

Online retail growth set to slow significantly

Online shopping is set to slow down significantly after 2014 as the channel matures and competition increases, according to research firm Verdict.


PCI checklist approach a false economy for retailers

With the latest deadline in credit card data compliance just two days away there are fears being expressed in the security industry over the position of retailers.

Orange Business Services signs up to cloud alliance

Hosted network services provider Orange Business Services has signed up to a new alliance with Cisco, EMC and VMware to target enterprises with cloud-based infrastructure and software-as-a-service solutions.

Interview: New look IT in store for Harvey Nichols

Computer Weekly talks to Harvey Nichols retail operations director Martin Schofield about plans for a new online operation, understanding customers better and balancing multiple roles

Users warned to keep eyes peeled for pirate goods

Users have been warned by anti-piracy bodies that they need to be on the lookout for counterfeit software with large amounts of illegal products swamping the market.

Department for Health axes Novell NHS contract

The Department for Health has confirmed the £6m Enterprise Wide Agreement with Novell, due to expire next month, will not be renewed. Local trusts will be responsible for ensuring compliance.

Three quarters of servers not virtualised, says Gartner

Only a quarter of all servers are virtualised, according to the latest data from analyst Gartner. While CIOs believe they have virtualised their x86 servers, Gartner said IT departments have to plan for two to three times the growth of virtualisation. "Virtualisation will continue as the highes

FirstGroup searches for ERP IT partner

FirstGroup, the company behind UK train operator First Capital Connect, is tendering for a global IT services company to develop its ERP strategy.

Government axes Novell NHS contract

The Department for Health has confirmed the soon-to-expire £6m Enterprise Wide Agreement (EWA) with Novell will not be renewed, leaving local trusts responsible for procurement and compliance.

Brother makes MPS channel plans for 2011

Brother is building a managed print service (MPS) for resellers that it plans to pilot in the UK early next year. Most of major print and copier vendors sell their brand of MPS through the channel but although a little late to the table, Brother reckons the market has yet to go mainstream.

IT shops keep Windows Server 2003, despite risks

Enterprises don’t let Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policies dictate their upgrade cycles. But unless they buy hotfix support for Windows Server 2003, it could lead to trouble.

Oracle vs. Micron lawsuit

Oracle sued Micron on Sept. 24, 2010, claiming that Micron's involvement in a conspiracy with other memory chip manufacturers caused Sun Microsystems to lose money and customers.

5 ways smart phones challenge mobile internet security

Smart phones like the iPhone, BlackBerry and HTC range are winning many users in business. We explain the threats they represent, and offer a glimpse of how security pros can address those risks.

HP forecasts solid 2011 but does not name a new CEO

HP has forecast strong financial results for 2011 as it seeks to reassure investors after the sudden departure in August of former chief executive Mark Hurd.

Dell takes on iPad with seven-inch tablet

Dell is to launch a seven-inch tablet computer in the next few weeks and a 10-inch tablet in six to12 months.

Amit Midha, Dell greater China president,...

EDF Trading CIO steps down

Mark Pickering has stood down as CIO of energy wholesale firm EDF Trading. Mark Pickering left the energy commodities trading giant last month after...

Reseller attitudes to outsourcing evolving

Resellers are increasingly looking to outsource parts of the support demanded of them to third party specialists in order to keep customers contented.

Blackberry tablet computer ‘puts PC suppliers under notice’

Research in Motion (RIM) has launched its tablet computer, the Blackberry Playbook, at the Blackberry Devcon 2010 conference in San Francisco, in a bid to establish a tablet device for the enterprise.

Cable & Wireless to build Cisco UCS clouds

Cable & Wireless Worldwide is to build WAN-based enterprise cloud computing solutions based on Cisco's UCS data centre platform.

Thomas Cook IT jobs at risk

Technology workers could be at risk of losing their jobs as travel company Thomas Cook announces it will cut jobs to reduce costs.

Birmingham targeted in piracy campaign by BSA

The West Midlands has become the latest battle ground in the Business Software Alliance's fight against piracy.

Facebook improves your happiness, says BCS

Using social networking sites, such as Facebook, makes a direct impact on our happiness, according to a report by the Chartered Institute for IT, BCS.

BT and Sky ISPs drawn into ACS:Law data breach

Leading internet service providers BT and Sky have been drawn into the storm surrounding a data breach at ACS:Law, a law firm that sent dunning letters to thousands of alleged illegal file-sharers.

Cisco data centre demos a new LEAP for Comstor

Cisco distributor Comstor has lifted the wraps on a data centre proof-of-concept demo and training centre in Brussels based around Cisco's Unified Compute (UCS) architecture.

Web sales skyrocket at Domino's Pizza

The pizza chain Domino's Pizza reported growth in its online business, as quarterly revenue reached £352.8m - an increase of almost 20% on the same period a year ago.

$1m worth of bugs in average app, study finds

The average software application has more than $1m of trouble buried inside it, and government apps are the worst, says a software quality analyst.

Domino’s Pizza hires new IT director

Domino's Pizza has said it hired a new IT director as part or a series of new appointments to its senior management team.

Colin Rees has joined the...

BA offers SAP best practices through TCS service

British Airway is working on a joint venture with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), to bring to market its expertise in implementing SAP for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO).

Barclays to enforce encryption in software applications

Barclays Bank is enforcing the use of encryption for rewriting much of its portfolio of software applications. The bank has also begun vetting software supplied by vendors, ranking suppliers by their level of risk

AVG adds social media protection

AVG has become one of the first security companies to highlight its ability to protect users in social media environments as a key selling point of its software.

Nortel to fight UK pension claims

Nortel has joined forces with representatives of bankrupt financial house Lehman Brothers to fight demands that they cover deficits in their UK pension schemes. The UK Pensions Regulator is seeking to recover £2.1bn from Nortel and approximately £150m from Lehman Brothers.

Data centre energy costs to worsen, says Gartner

New research from analysts at Gartner has revealed that energy-related costs now account for around 12% of overall data centre expenditure, a figure that is expected to increase in the next few years.

Services market in fragile state

Growth in the UK IT services market is set to stall next year to just 2%, down from 2.4% in 2010, said analyst firm Ovum .

Small businesses in danger of security breaches

Small businesses should be encouraged to gain security certificates in order to avoid data breaches, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.

Techies lose out as cloud engulfs jobs

The outlook for security testers, database, network and application admins looks extremely poor, analyst Gartner has warned.

Redstone closes door on annus horribilis

The extent of Redstone's troubles have been laid bare by financial results that reflect the tough economic climate and its unclear strategy in fiscal 2010.

EC gets serious on cyber threats as Enisa tests massive attack

The European Commission has extended the term of the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) to 2017 and expanded its role to give it the greater flexibility and capability required to address growing cyberthreats.

eSoft offloads UTM appliance product range

Web filtering specialist eSoft has offloaded its UTM appliance line for an undisclosed cash amount to eSoft Acquisition Limited. The deal has been backed by shareholders and the board and means eSoft will change its name to zvelo continuing to sell its Site Filter product.

Cornwall to get disputed £132m fibre broadband network

Plans to give businesses and homes in one of the UK's poorest counties high-speed internet access through fibre to the premises were unveiled today despite a complaint to the European courts about alleged unfair competition for the £132m contract, writes Ian Grant. BT won the contract to suppl

Networks First launches network maturity service

Infrastructure services support specialist Networks First has launched a network maturity assessment tool designed to enable its reseller and integrator partners to identify new opportunities to up sell into their sales targets.

FalconStor chief quits over 'improper' payments

FalconStor Software president, CEO and chairman of the board has resigned amid allegations of "improper" payments made in connection to one customer's contract.

HP names former SAP boss Apotheker as CEO

HP has made former SAP boss Leo Apotheker its CEO and president just seven months after the board at the German software maker issued him with a vote of no confidence.

DoH seeks patient self-monitoring IT to aid NHS savings

Technology that enables patients to monitor their own conditions could help the NHS meet part of its £20bn cost-savings programme, said the Department of Health's CIO.

AOL buys TechCrunch blog

AOL has acquired the US-based blog site for IT start-ups TechCrunch.

CIO interview: Volkswagen UK tunes up its IT engine

In an exclusive interview, Volkswagen UK's chief information officer Nick Gaines talks about a major IT-led overhaul and best-practice in sourcing management.

Businesses lack IT systems needed for CRC deadline

Businesses are ill-equipped and lack the IT systems needed for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, despite the close for registration this week.

Cyber weapon Stuxnet hits China

Stuxnet, the computer worm considered to be the world's first cyber weapon, has hit millions of computers in China.

MicroScope's top stories, September 2010

A look back at the top 10 most read stories on for the month of September. Better Capital acquires Calyx debts, calls in the administrators. The fate of network services reseller Calyx was the major story of the month.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 1 October 2010

Redstone restructure begins with closure of BSF division Redstone announced the closure of its loss-making ie4 (RIE) subsidiary, which operated in the ill-fated Building Schools for the Future programme.

Trustmarque to build mini-framework for NHS Trusts

In the aftermath of the government's decision not to renew an NHS Enterprise Wide Agreement with Novell, reseller partner Trust marque is building regional frameworks to pull together the purchasing power of the local Trusts.

Arc Technology becomes Exclusive in rebrand

Security distributor Arc Technologies is undergoing a name change and setting out a fresh direction for the business following its re-branding as Exclusive Networks Limited. The Exclusive Group, which runs a pan-European distribution operation, acquired a controlling share stake in Arc last summer.

More Zeus Trojan bank robbers arrested in US

US authorities have charged 37 Russians and Eastern Europeans with using US bank accounts to launder money from hacked accounts.

Ballmer takes bonus hit for iPad and Kin failures

The failure to produce an iPad beater and the damp squib of the teenager targeted Kin phone have hit Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the pocket losing the executive half of his bonus.

Everything Everywhere cans 1,200 jobs after profit slump

Everything everywhere, the recently formed mobile network joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile, is axing 1,200 jobs, approximately 7.5% of its 16,000 total staff, it has emerged.

Quick boot-up on PCs closer to reality

The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) has been developed to the point where it could deliver an almost instant-on for PCs and it will be widely incorporated in PCs in 2011, writes David Manners.