The number of IT support roles advertised has surpassed IT management roles for the first time this year, research has found.
IBM unveiled the much-anticipated Cognos 10 business analytics platform as well as a new version of InfoSphere Server at its Information on Demand conference.
Unity, Canonical's netbook user interface, will replace GNOME as the default UI for both PCs and netbooks in Ubuntu 11.04.
What SAP’s decision to run Carbon Impact on Amazon’s EC2 cloud means for the future of the company’s on-demand strategy depends on whether you ask analysts, users or company officials.
Curious about Gateway, River and SAP’s cloud strategy? SearchSAP.com sat down with the man leading it all, Chief Technology Officer Vishal Sikka, at SAP TechEd 2010.
With corporate scandals elevating the importance of chief audit executives, now is the time for CAEs to strategically partner with the C-suite, says Deloitte veteran Shayne Gregg.
Avoiding a few common ERP project management mistakes will help project leaders run a smooth implementation.
Wikileaks has released over 350,000 documents relating to the Iraq war, claiming 60% of deaths were of civilians.
The UK is to open a fresh inquiry into Google's Wi-Fi data harvesting after the company admitted its Street View cars captured complete e-mails and passwords.
Facebook has proposed using encryption after reports that popular applications expose user identification numbers.
Apple's new version of its Macintosh operating system, Mac OS X Lion, introduces iPad-like features.
CA Technologies has reported sales of $1.1bn (£700m) for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, an increase of 4%.
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 is addressing security fears over cloud computing after research revealed security and privacy issues are still the top reasons for not embracing the...
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 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
Data warehousing and business intelligence supplier Teradata has unveiled a slew of products in anticipation of a huge increase in the amount of data that...
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
Consultancy Deloitte has released its latest annual ranking of the fastest growing technology companies in the UK. The Technology Fast 50, as it is...
Businesses are failing to respond to new customer enquiries, potentially losing £70bn of business a year across the UK, a report has found.
IT services firm T-Systems has bought the Intellectual property of Glasgow-based company Vamosa, which went into administration.
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
Using interactive pictures rather than text to set out the business requirements of software applications could save billions of pounds, according to business...
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
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
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.
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.
It's time to reinforce the CIO-CFO alliance, or get busy establishing one. The CFO is playing a bigger role in IT decisions, and that's expected to continue beyond this recession.
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.
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?
Online application processing (OLAP) and data mining are considered double entendres. Here we attempt at singling out what each term entails.
Predictive analytics software holds much promise, but to be effective it must be tied to action, according to experts. Oh, and don’t forget about data governance and data quality.
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?
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
Former Oracle president Charles Phillips has joined business applications provider Infor as the company's new chief executive officer.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 has been found to be sharing user data with third parties just days after similar revelations at larger rival Facebook.
As was the case with...
Research in Motion (RIM) has launched an Adobe Air software development kit (SDK) for the Blackberry Tablet operating system (OS) to allow developers to...
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
While Forrester Research predicts the cloud security market will grow to $1.5bn by 2015, cloud adoption is outpacing security controls, a global survey has revealed.
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
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
Targeted cyber attacks have increased significantly in the past five years, Symantec's latest MessageLabs Intelligence report has revealed.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on European privacy authorities to scrap legislation that requires internet service providers (ISPs)...
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 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
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
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 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 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
SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe talked about what his company is doing differently to meet customers’ needs and the upcoming trial with Oracle.
A lot goes into a health care social media policy, from HIPAA regulations to staff Internet use. An Ohio State Medical Association report offers providers much-needed guidance.
Following its acquisition of mobile security vendor S-Mobile, Juniper Networks has both rebranded and repositioned its mobile security suite.
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.
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...
Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison has challenged former SAP chief executive Leo Apotheker to testify in court over an IP theft suit brought by Oracle against SAP.
Survey claims the majority of UK IT directors would consider switching suppliers in return for better visibility and influence over product roadmaps.
Forrester Research's latest research into IT automation has recommended that the best people to automate a task are the people being automated.
More than two-fifths of mobile owners use their devices for both personal and business purposes, a global survey has revealed.
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
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
"CRM is four-letter word," says Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies. "Everyone has had a failed CRM project.
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?
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
Almost half of FTSE350 companies have no software escrow agreements in place, a study has shown.
That is despite the fact that the lack software availability...
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
A group of the largest businesses across the world have joined forces to provide a set of requirements for the future of cloud computing.
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
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
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
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
Facebook users can now study an MBA for free after a college launched a course that will be available on the social networking website.
Ensuring the success of an ECM implementation initiative means paying close attention to interoperability and cultural change management issues, according to experts.
Ensuring the success of an ECM implementation initiative means paying close attention to interoperability and cultural change management issues, according to experts.
Just days before the Oracle vs. SAP trial is set to begin, SAP’s attorneys sent an email to Oracle’s saying they won’t contest claims SAP contributed to copyright infringement by TomorrowNow.
Emerson Network Power is the latest to jump on the data center infrastructure management bandwagon, but a lot has to happen before it can be truly useful.
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.
Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite11i ends Nov. 30, and end users must decide whether to move to Extended Support, which brings fewer features and higher maintenance fees, or do an EBS R12 upgrade.
Early adopters are tapping predictive analytics to foretell customer behavior at the individual level to reduce churn and identify up-sell opportunities.
Business Intelligence (BI) exceeds reporting tools. Reporting would entail the humblest of Excel sheets while BI probes complex data usage
With CFOs' influence in IT decisions at its greatest in a decade, CIOs need to develop a strong CIO-CFO alliance. Gartner Inc.'s CFO and CIO analyze how they built a partnership.
ISCSI is well on its way to replacing Fibre Channel as the de facto technology for SANs.
Chaos and fragmentation greeted Caroline Bellamy when she joined Vodafone UK to breathe new life into the mobile firm's business intelligence operation...
Airlines will soon custom-tailor prices and passengers will feel happy to pay it, thanks to business analytics. That's the view of Rick Elieson, managing...
CA Technologies is offering IBM mainframe users same-day support covering 30 CA products.
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.
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.
Taiwanese-owned company Proview has threatened to sue Apple for an alleged trademark infringement of the name of Apple's tablet computer, iPad.
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.
MySpace has launched a new version of its website focused on social entertainment in an attempt to regain share in the social network market.
Yahoo has appointed former News Corp internet chief Ross Levinsohn as an executive vice-president.
The adoption of cloud computing among small businesses could help Indian IT service providers grow even more.
Glasgow Subway has become the first UK transport system to provide 3G and Wi-Fi networks underground.
The service, which uses The Cloud's mobile Wi-Fi...
The organisation responsible for decommissioning the UK's ageing nuclear power stations has kicked off a 12-month procurement for IT services covering everything...
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...
Hactivist moves show cybercrime is going into top gear, say security experts
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
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....
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
Adobe Systems has warned of a critical vulnerability in its Flash Player.
The vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow...
Most organisations acknowledge they are part of the critical national infrastructure (CNI) and believe a cyber attack could disrupt their country's mission-critical...
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
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.
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 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
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 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 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
Commuters who travel through Charing Cross will now be able to access Wi-Fi via BT OpenZone.
Navigate the confusing landscape of vendors, software, and deployment options by mapping your procurement strategy to four main product categories.
Rapid growth of enterprise video is threatening to squeeze critical business applications. IT pros must prepare WAN traffic management strategies to protect these apps.
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.
Complex event processing (CEP) engines that work with a multitude of computer languages are making the technology more accessible and easier to implement.
Within days of Oracle chief Larry Ellison challenging former SAP chief Leo Apotheker to a showdown in court, SAP has retreated.
Microsoft has reported revenues of $16.2bn (£10.1bn) for the first fiscal quarter of 2011, beating analysts' estimates of $15.8bn and up 25% compared to the same period a year ago.
The Chinese have taken the super computing crown with the fastest machine on the planet.
Specialist electricals retailer Dixons is introducing major change to its business processes as it replaces its key systems by a SAP-based platform.
Global handset shipments for the third quarter have slowed down due to the shortage of key components.
Strategy Analytics's latest research has reported...
Google has developed administrative controls to help IT departments securely manage devices running Google's operating system (OS), Android, in a Google Apps environment.
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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
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.
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
The Open University has made 100 e-Books available on iTunes, with a further 200 to come by the end of 2010.
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 has opened a facility in the UK to help its business partners take advantage of opportunities presented by cloud computing.
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
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
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