TechTarget News - Week of Oct 24, 2010

Wikileaks releases 391,832 Iraq war documents

Wikileaks has released over 350,000 documents relating to the Iraq war, claiming 60% of deaths were of civilians.

Cloud security to grow to $1.5bn market by 2015

Cloud security is set to grow into a $1.5bn market by 2015 to make up nearly 5% of IT security technology spending, according to Forrester analyst Jonathan Penn.

IBM addresses security fears over cloud computing

IBM is addressing security fears over cloud computing after research revealed security and privacy issues are still the top reasons for not embracing the...

Computerlinks named as new D-Link distie

Security and network distributor Computerlinks is to take on IP surveillance and storage kit from SMB networking vendor D-Link. Computerlinks has lately been getting into new technological areas such as physical IP security, which has also caused a spike in demand for networked storage to back up th

Extreme hires ex-3Com channel team for platinum push

Extreme Networks has hired two former 3Com channel specialists to drive its own UK partner programme. Steve Johnson, who joins as UK channel director, was formerly business development manager at 3Com/H3C, and also served as UK channel head between 2005 and 2008,before its acquisition by Hewlett-Pac

Windows 7 migration is positive experience for many

by Billy MacInnes The vast majority of companies that have migrated to Windows 7 in the year since its launch have experienced increased performance, security, reliability, ease of use and end point management. But a worldwide survey of 1,360 IT managers commissioned by Symantec also found the migra

Deloitte reveals top 50 fastest growing IT firms

Consultancy Deloitte has released its latest annual ranking of the fastest growing technology companies in the UK. The Technology Fast 50, as it is...

Component shortages leave Ericsson flat

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has once again blamed a lacklustre quarter on continuing supply chain bottlenecks and shortages of critical components after the Swedish networking giant saw a slim 2% year-on-year rise in sales. "A key priority has been to mitigate the effects of industry-wide compon

All stick no carrot: CRC scheme changes create 'stealth tax'

by Billy MacInnes The government has been urged to review changes to the carbon reduction commitment (CRC) scheme announced last week to prevent it becoming a "stealth carbon tax" on business. When it was initially introduced, CRC adopted a 'carrot and stick' approach by pledging to r

UK PC market declines in Q3, says IDC

Recovery in the UK PC arena stalled in the third quarter as netbook sales went into freefall. Preliminary numbers from IDC reveal UK shipments sank 5% to 3.1 million units following several quarters of growth, with excess inventory from Q2 and media tablet-induced delays to consumer purchasing also

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 moves closer to final release

The first service packs for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 are a big deal for Microsoft, with new features that could help the company compete in the virtual desktop space.

On-demand CRM price comparison

Software as a Service, or on-demand CRM, has transformed the way CRM software is priced. See how the top SaaS vendors stack up against one another.

SaaS CRM license renewals not always easy

Companies that got a discount with their initial SaaS CRM implementation may not get the same kind of treatment when they renew their SaaS CRM license three years later, but the buyer still has the upper hand.

How important is CRM software pricing?

SaaS has simplified the way vendors price their software. How much do buyers care, and could it lead to a price war in the market?

OLAP and data mining: What’s the difference?

Online application processing (OLAP) and data mining are considered double entendres. Here we attempt at singling out what each term entails.

How PC makers are reinventing the laptop

As tablet computers look set to dominate the computing market in the coming year, driving PC makers to make laptops more mobile, what does the future holds for the corporate laptop?

How IT can help prevent another banking meltdown

The banking crisis of 2008 could have been prevented, except that no-one in authority could believe the information they were getting, according to an expert in financial risk management

US sets up internet privacy committee

The White House has announced a new sub-committee of the National Science and Technology Council to help balance online economic opportunities with consumers' rights to privacy.

ARM posts 29% sales increase for Q3

Cambridge-based UK chip designer, ARM, has posted sales of £100.4m compared to £75.2m in 2009, an increase of 29%, for the third quarter of this year.

Business analytics give retailers an edge in loyalty card war

Business analytics is driving the development of loyalty programmes in terms of what prices, services and products suppliers use to tempt customers to stay with them, says the grandson of one of the founders of Shoprite, a famous north-east United States retailer.

Social CRM puts MySpace back in the social network ring

As Facebook basks in the publicity surrounding The Social Network Hollywood blockbuster, rival MySpace hopes to win back users with superior customer service. Jenny Williams investigates.

easyJet IT boss to retire

The IT director at budget airline easyJet is to retire towards the end of the year and former Homeserve chief information officer (CIO) Trevor Didcock has...

MySpace joins Facebook in info-sharing shame

MySpace has been found to be sharing user data with third parties just days after similar revelations at larger rival Facebook.

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What future for young people seeking a career in IT?

Computer Weekly talks to two digital natives who are leaving the Department for Work and Pensions' IT apprenticeship scheme as the government swings the axe

IT business failures rise in September

Sixty-seven IT businesses in the UK went to the wall during September, according to new monthly figures from financial information services provider Experian, a sequential rise of 52% and a year-on-year spike of 24%. Overall the data show thatthe insolvency rate continues to fluctuate but has improv

Unisys claims Apple services deal, reports fall in third quarter sales and income

By Billy MacInnes Apple appears to be getting serious about the US enterprise market after recruiting Unisys to help provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies. Unisys managing partner Gene Zapfel spilled the beans on the deal between the companies, signed earl

EEF calls for ISP data retention law to be scrapped

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on European privacy authorities to scrap legislation that requires internet service providers (ISPs)...

European PC distribution up in third quarter but outlook is mixed, says Context

By Billy MacInnes Unit sales of PCs through distribution in Western Europe in the third quarter grew 20% and revenues rose by 25% Context reported, but the figures were "artificially" boosted by the weak performance of the market in the third quarter of 2009.And the market research fir

IBM brings partners down to earth with cloud computing lab

IBM has opened its inaugural UK-based cloud computing development lab that lets partners test services based on Big Blue technologies. The Hursley Innovation Centre near Winchester has been kitted out to help channel partners work out their role in the cloud-based IT economy, which IBM reckons will

Compleat Software targets Sage resellers

By Billy MacInnes Compleat Software has begun recruiting Sage resellers after adding Sage 50, Sage 200 and Sage Line 500 to the portfolio of accounting and ERP software supported by its browser-based Purchase to Pay automation and spend control solutions. The company believes there is a signifi

Everything Everywhere appoints new sales head

Mobility JV Everything Everywhere is ramping up its business offering with the addition of Andy Summerfield as corporate sales director for its Orange Business wing.

Clearswift undercuts rival with price guarantee

Clearswift has vowed to undercut eight of its major rivals' renewal prices by 20% in an attempt to win over new customers and reseller partners. The email and web gateway vendor will kick start the promotion on 1 November with Websense, McAfee, Cisco, Symantec, BlueCoat, Trend Micro, M86 and Proofp

Kelway in talks to acquire ISC Computers

Kelway is understood to be locked in negotiations to acquire Cambridgeshire-based ISC Computers. This would represent the fifth acquisition for Kelway, which began a buy and build strategy in the summer of 2007 when it bought Elcom out of administration and continued in calendar 2009 with Panacea Se

Juniper launches mobile security play

Following its acquisition of mobile security vendor S-Mobile, Juniper Networks has both rebranded and repositioned its mobile security suite.

SAP profit up, but falls short of estimates

SAP has announced third-quarter profit of €501m, up 12% on the same period a year ago, but short of analysts' estimates of around €553m.

Tidal wave of data is heading our way

Brace yourselves, this is going to get rough. The coming tidal wave of data is likely to sweep away old perceptions and practices, leaving many of us floundering...

UK IT directors need product roadmap information

Survey claims the majority of UK IT directors would consider switching suppliers in return for better visibility and influence over product roadmaps.

IT people should automate their jobs

Forrester Research's latest research into IT automation has recommended that the best people to automate a task are the people being automated.

Brocade ditches reseller sales targets

Brocade is removing revenue requirements from its Alliance Partner Network (APN) programme in an attempt to refocus its resellers on "quality and skills", according to worldwide channel vice president Barbara Spicek. Outlining the change, Spicek said: "I see a trend where business par

SMB sales shine for Netgear

A worldwiderecovery in demand for networking kit among SMBs benefited Netgear during its fiscal Q3, which closed on 3 October, according to chairman and CEO Patrick Lo. Netgear, which specialises in home and small business networking kit, posted net sales of $236m (£148.9m), up 38% year-on-yea

Only excellence matters for successful CRM

"CRM is four-letter word," says Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies. "Everyone has had a failed CRM project.

Will Indian IT giants grasp UK public sector opportunity?

The government wants to use as many options as possible to reduce the amount of money it spends on IT, while retaining service levels. Indian IT suppliers have been invited by the government to be part of this, but what do they think?

SAP attacks rivals' proprietary strategy, announces Q3 results

By Billy MacInnes SAP launched a thinly veiled attack on rivals such as Oracle that "want to lock in their customers to a single vendor on one proprietary technology stack" as it reported a 20% increase in third quarter revenues. For the period ending 30 September 2010, SAP reported t

Fujitsu Q2 sales hit by weakness in Europe

By Billy MacInnes The economic downturn, corporate spending constraints and price competition dented Fujitsu's second quarter sales of PCs and infrastructure services in Europe and delays in ICT investment in Europe and the US prompted a revision of its net sales projection for the full year. T

Businesses delay Office 2010 roll out, KACE survey reveals

Less than one fifth of businesses will broadly deploy Office 2010 this year but the majority are holding off due to fears over the complexities of migration, according to a survey by Dell KACE. The system management vendor found 85% of 953 IT professionals polled planned to adopt the software but al

F5 forecasts strong start to new fiscal year

Network equipment maker F5 Networks is the latest vendor to weigh in with quarterly numbers as thelatest results season gets into full swing. Posting Q4 results today, F5 reported sales of $254.3m (£160.7m), up 45% year-on-year, as well as GAAP net income of $48.2m, up 19% over the same period

Connect introduces cloud-based business continuity scheme

By Billy MacInnes Connect has launched a UK channel programme for resellers to sell a range of cloud-based business continuity services to the SME market. Describing the business benefits of email continuity and data backup in the cloud as "compelling", the company claims the scheme w

Arrow Q3 sales and profits soar

The global components operation at distributor Arrow fuelled a 27% hike in third quarter sales as profits rebounded. Revenues for the three months ended 2 October came in at $4.66bn (£2.9bn) while profits climbed to $118.5m (£75m), up from $12.6m in the same period a year ago which incl

N.H. won't be ready for Medicaid meaningful use until 2012

New Hampshire probably won't be the only state unable to process meaningful use reporting data from Medicaid providers immediately. But it's the first state to say so publicly.

Why does BI excel reporting tools?

Business Intelligence (BI) exceeds reporting tools. Reporting would entail the humblest of Excel sheets while BI probes complex data usage

Oracle claims double savings with StorageTek

Oracle has unveiled what it claims is the industry's first highly scalable second tier of disc storage that optimises tape processing in mainframe environments.

US halts Google Wi-Fi data collection probe

Just days after the UK privacy watchdog announced it would re-open its investigation into Google's harvesting of Wi-Fi data using its Streetview vehicles in 2007, US authorities have halted their inquiry.

Ray Ozzie admits rivals have surpassed Microsoft

Ray Ozzie, who is about to retire after five year as Bill Gates' replacement at Microsoft, has posted a blog in which he describes the failings of the software firm and the end of the PC.

Indian companies eye SME sector

The adoption of cloud computing among small businesses could help Indian IT service providers grow even more.

Bidders invited for nuclear IT outsourcing

The organisation responsible for decommissioning the UK's ageing nuclear power stations has kicked off a 12-month procurement for IT services covering everything...

IT industry split on representation of women

Just over half of IT professionals believe there is a fair representation of women in IT, but there is major disagreement over the pay disparity between...

Riverbed names channel sales VP

Network performance specialist Riverbed has promoted its service provider sales boss to vice president of worldwide channel sales as it seeks to up partner revenue opportunities. Randy Schirman, who joined the firm in 2008, has won plaudits from the company for his efforts to build up Riverbed's ser

UK internet economy worth £100bn, claims report

The UK is the world leader for e-commerce, with the internet economy contributing £100bn to the UK's gross domestic product (GDP) a year, a report has claimed....

Internet worth £100bn to UK economy

The UK's online economy is generating £100bn a year, pulling inover 7% of the nation's GDP, dwarfing industries such as construction, transport and utilities, according to research conducted by the US-basedBoston Consulting Group on behalf of Google. According to the analysts,£59bnof the

Radware hits new heights

Radware's recent spate of good results is showing no sign of abating after the Israel-based network security vendor made net sales of $36.8m (£23.17m), up 25.8% year-on-year and a new record. GAAP net profit at the firm was up to $3.7m from $200,000 this time last year, beating analyst expecta

Interview: Dr James Martin

Dr James Martin, entrepreneur, visionary, "guru of the information age", "father of Case", ranked fourth in the world by Computerworld among the most influential people in the computer industry, Martin is not only a distinguished technology expert, but also a leading business authority, generally acknowledged as THE specialist on the social and business implications of computers and technology.

Sun dealer migration to Oracle Partner Network delayed

The deadline for migration of Sun Microsystems' resellers into Oracle's Partner Network (OPN) channel scheme has been delayed with lower-than-expected numbers signing up and internal system glitches blamed for the hold up. Resellers had until 15 October to join OPN, when the Sun Partner Advantage s

Avnet surpasses $6bn revenue milestone

Avnet has broken through the $6bn sales barrier in its fiscal first quarter on the back of double digit organic growth and three acquisitions. Revenues at the largest VAD on the planet grew 42% to $6.2bn, including 26% growth on a pro-forma basis while profits were $138m compared to $51m in the sam

Commercial outsourcing deals down in EMEA

By Billy MacInnes The total contract value (TCV) of commercial outsourcing deals in the UK and Germany fell by a half in the first nine months compared to 2009, far below the overall decline of 10% experienced in the EMEA market in Q3. The TCV for EMEA in Q3 was €9bn, with the lacklustre perfo

Symantec acquisitions do better than expected

Symantec president and CEO Enrique Salem has said the firm has made better progress than anticipated in integrating its recent acquisitions, VeriSign, PGP and GuardianEdge. "All three acquisitions performed better than expected in the quarter," he said. VeriSign made $18m out of total grou

Gateway vows to name infrastructure distie before year-end

Gateway has vowed to have at least one server and storage distributor in place by the end of this quarter to hit the ground running in 2011, which could be wishful thinking given the lengthy process to date. Back in April, Gateway - Acer's business brand in Europe - revealed it was close to signing

The Oracle Lawsuit Will End with Google Owning Java

Oracle just updated their court filings. One content item sorely missing from any Oracle documentation is why Google is being pursued so aggressively. While the Enterprise Java Platform remains pervasive, valiant efforts in the past by Sun to promote mobile device and client side Java development never gained any traction, and this is a problem.

Dixons starts IT-driven business process overhaul

Specialist electricals retailer Dixons is introducing major change to its business processes as it replaces its key systems by a SAP-based platform.

Download Android device management next week

Google has developed administrative controls to help IT departments securely manage devices running Google's operating system (OS), Android, in a Google Apps environment.

ShoreTel loss widens on stock compensation costs

Net losses at UC specialist ShoreTel widened year-on-year to $3.6m inthe firm'sfiscal Q1,afterit incurred stock-based compensation expenses of $2.8m. Excluding charges and adjustments, ShoreTel still made a small loss of $200,000, but growth inrecord net sales of $44.3m -up 5% sequentially and 31% o

We must do more to develop IT talent, say industry figures

Following Computer Weekly's article about the two IT trainees facing unemployment as the Department for Work and Pensions pulls the plug on apprenticeship schemes, industry figureheads have voiced their opinions on talent management.

Microsoft reports record Q1 sales in "exceptional quarter"

By Billy MacInnes Microsoft reported record sales of $16.2bn (£10.2bn) for its first quarter ending 30 September, 25% up on the previous year, with net income up 51% at just over $5.4bn. But after taking account of a deferral of $1.47bn in the first quarter results for 2010 for the Window

OU makes e-Books available on iTunes

The Open University has made 100 e-Books available on iTunes, with a further 200 to come by the end of 2010.

Aggressive Ingram Micro pricing buoys sales, hits profits

Ingram Micro posted solid revenue gains in the third quarter on the back of a strong showing in its US homeland, but aggressive deals in Europe and Asia meant that profits fell short of analyst expectations. The broadliner last night filed numbers for the penultimate quarter of 2010, with sales up

IBM launches cloud lab for partners

IBM has opened a facility in the UK to help its business partners take advantage of opportunities presented by cloud computing.

Too many users ignoring print policies, OKI survey finds

By Billy MacInnes Businesses are wasting billions a year needlessly outsourcing printing jobs that they have the capability to do inhouse and losing money through users failing to heed companywide policies on duplex printing or using colour print when they could use mono. The findings are conta

Fewer companies seek extra time to pay VAT bills

By Billy MacInnes The number of companies seeking an arrangement to postpone payment of their VAT bills by increasing their time to pay (TTP) to the taxman has declined substantially since the peak of January 2009. According to figures from HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs), demand for TTP for V

Pension changes could prompt SMEs to use more temps

By Billy MacInnes Government plans to force companies to provide pensions for employees and eradicate the default retirement age will "deal a double blow to smaller employers" and push them to take on temporary and self-employed staff. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) argues the go