TechTarget News - Week of Oct 31, 2010

Council hits back at criticism of £13,000 social media spend

Kent County Council has hit back at criticism that it spent nearly £13,000 on training members of staff to use sites such as Twitter and Facebook between October 2009 and October 2010.

Oracle vs. SAP trial matters little to users

Despite the high drama and publicity surrounding the Oracle vs. SAP lawsuit, customers don’t really care, and SAP will be able to absorb any damages, analysts said.

CDC gets into health care social media policy

The CDC has published a report offering guidance on creating a health care social media policy that will help organizations build business and manage employees' personal use.

Microsoft smoothes path to Azure for Windows shops

Microsoft made the on-ramp to Azure easier for Windows users by adding loads of new features. But customers still need time to wrap their heads around the cloud idea.

Five minute interview: Alex Teh, Vigil Software

MicroScope puts its questions to Alex Teh, commercial director of Vigil Software What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom? The best advice I received came from one of the founders of Vigil Software.

Oracle starts court battle for $2.3bn in damages from SAP

Oracle's court battle with SAP is set to begin today in Oakland, California as it seeks at least $2.3bn in damages for unauthorised access of its systems by an SAP subsidiary. In a suit filed in 2007, Oracle alleges that SAP's now-defunct support services division TomorrowNow illegally copied software code from Oracle systems needed to support customers without buying licences to access it

IT director jailed for hacking company website

A sacked IT director has been jailed for 28 months after he deleted 1,000 files after being dismissed, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has reported.


Windows ‘irrelevant’, says DWP CTO James Gardner

The concept of the Windows-based business desktop is irrelevant according to James Gardner, chief technology officer at the Department of Work and Pensions.

IT jobs under threat at Durex condom maker

Fears of potential redundancy have been reported at SSL International as part of the company's takeover by consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser.


SME saves thousands with hosted service

Commercial gritting service Gritit has saved £40,000, reduced business risk and improved its effectiveness by outsourcing its IT and subsequently moving to a hosted model.

Thomson Reuters internal cloud strategy expands

Real-time information provider Thomson Reuters' project to create internal clouds to support the increased use of algorithmic trading by its investment firm customers has expanded. The project, known as Elektron, saw the company initially build seven datacentres across the world to enable its customers to connect to its information. It also offered customers the opportunity to put their systems next to its own systems to speed up the transmission of information.

ANS bags NetApp expertise with Alpha buy

ANS Group has forked out £4.85m to acquire fellow London and Manchester-based data storage and network solution specialist Alpha Business Computers.

IBM puts cloud under services wing

IBM has repositioned its approach to selling cloud computing, putting sales of the technology under the umbrella of its services division. Big Blue is also recognising user fears around a wholesale shift to the cloud offering to sell services packaged services that are supported by its data centres.

Fortinet may be next buy for Big Blue

Fresh from the closure of its acquisition of Blade Network Technologies at the end of last week, IBM's eyes are turning to pastures new, according to reports.

Serco backs down in bid to pass on government cuts

Up until this point most of the large government suppliers have towed the line and signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government, but Serco has taken a different line looking to pass on the cuts it is making to its own suppliers.

Cognizant breaks 40% revenue growth

Cognizant has reported a 43% increase in revenues for its latest financial quarter compared with the same period a year ago, as customers step up their investments.

365 iT buys Fox IT

Basingstoke-based reseller 365 iT has notched up its fifth acquisition in four years by snapping up small service management and governance specialist Fox IT.

Partner migration delays hold up Arrow Oracle plans

Arrow may be chomping at the bit to step up its development activities in Oracle's hardware and software partner base but the delayed migration to OPN might just hold up proceedings.

Buffalo EMEA sales boss to quit

Buffalo EMEA sales and marketing vice president Kevin Vine has resigned from the company after five years in the role. The consumer networking and storage specialist gave no reason for the departure of Vine, a former managing director at Ingram Micro.

Webroot swoops on Prevx

Cloud security vendor Prevx has been acquired by Webroot for an undisclosed sum to bulk up its own cloud practice. Derby-based Prevx specialises in cloud-based antivirus and behaviour-based malware detection, which Webroot believes will give it an edge over fast-moving cybercriminals.

Print firms face restrictions after bomb plot

Distributors and importers of printing equipment will be subject to new security measures following the discovery last week of an explosive device on board a UPS courier aircraft at East Midlands Airport.

States slow to bring Medicaid meaningful use plans online

Will your state be ready to dole out Medicaid meaningful use money right away? Probably not: Most states are still drafting plans and waiting for the National Level Repository.

At PDC: Microsoft's Muglia talks about Azure Platform as a Service advances

Windows Azure as platform for applications gained attention at Microsoft’s PDC in Redmond, Wash. Platform as a Service [PaaS] is where the future of the cloud computing resides, said Bob Muglia, President of Server and Tools Business for Microsoft.

Sharing knowledge critical to IT project team success

IT project teams' ability to share knowledge and experience with each other and the rest of the business is critical if IT projects are to add value to the bottom line, according to the team leaders of a major research project.

Google sues US government over cloud contract exclusion

Google is suing the US government over claims that the search company was excluded a Department of the Interior (DOI) request for proposals to provide a hosted e-mail service.

Five slow steps to faster and smarter project completion

Slow is not about putting your work on hold. The power of slow means to act in full alignment with your goals. If the death of multitasking has taught us anything, it is that slow is indeed faster while fast is merely exhausting.

Oracle copyright court battle with SAP begins

Oracle's court battle with rival SAP over unauthorised access of its customer systems by an SAP subsidiary in 2007 gets into full swing today.


Ready for a challenge? Sign up for the 2011 CARE IT Adventure

Computer Weekly is once again teaming up with leading overseas development charity CARE International to announce the launch of the first CARE IT Adventure Challenge fundraising event, exclusively for IT professionals and those working in the IT industry.

Webroot buys Prevx

US internet security firm Webroot has acquired Derby-based anti-malware cloud provider Prevx.

Extreme numbers up on service provider sales

Growth in sales through service provider partners in EMEA helped Extreme Networks reverse its year-ago losses during the first quarter of its fiscal 2011, the firm has said.

Fortinet denies IBM talks

Network security vendor Fortinet has moved quickly to counter stories that appeared yesterday suggesting that the $2bn firm was close to being acquired by IBM.

Microsoft’s Bob Muglia makes a Silverlight U-turn

Microsoft president of servers and tools Bob Muglia has backtracked on a statement he made last week on the demise of Silverlight, its answer to Adobe Flash.

Aviva focuses on reducing energy cost

Insurance giant Aviva is using power management software to reduce energy spending and waste related to desktop use.

Supplier 1E is providing the...

Contactless card payments pass one million milestone

The total number of "touch-and-go" transactions has passed the one million mark, according to Barclays and Barclaycard.

The financial service providers...

Oracle bolsters e-commerce with ATG acquisition

Oracle has agreed to acquire Art Technology Group, a provider of e-commerce software, for approximately $1bn.

ATG, whose customers include B&Q, Body...

Micro-P confirmed as new Cisco SMB distie

Micro-P has today confirmed it will be joining Cisco's distribution line-up to sell its SMB product lines, as revealed last Friday The distributor said its appointment would reinforce its recent move into the comms and mobility sector.

Best Buy to offer web sales

Best Buy has pledged to start offering web sales in an effort to compete with UK rivals that already offer that service.

Computacenter managing director Walsh resigns

Long standing Computacenter director Simon Walsh is leaving the firm at the end of the year to pursue opportunities outside of the company with his role to be divided up between existing management.

SNIA ANZ's day for storage bloggers

The Storage Networking Industry Association's Australia/New Zealand (SNIA ANZ) chapter is today conducting a "blogfest," with prominent storage and data centre infrastructure bloggers. Read about the day through the bloggers' twitter streams and find their blogs with our links.

Data centers take the 10 GbE plunge

Spurred by falling prices and dead-ended support on older hardware, data centers are finally upgrading from 1 GbE to 10 GbE Ethernet networks.

IBM updates InfoSphere and DB2 at Information on Demand

Big Blue’s director of information management product strategy talked about new updates to InfoSphere Information Server and DB2 at the IBM Information on Demand conference.

Gem gets D-Link consumer lines

D-Link has signed DCC's consumer distribution unit Gem to manage its growing consumer portfolio and drive more sales through retail channels.

More than 16% of IT graduates unemployed

IT graduates are among the least likely students to find a job after leaving university, according to a report by the government's Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU).

Dell buys cloud integration specialist Boomi

Dell has acquired software-as-a-service (SaaS) integration company Boomi.

The terms of acquisition were not disclosed. But Dell said the deal would...

Google and Facebook could face new privacy code

Companies such as Google and Facebook could be subject to a new privacy code under proposals from communications minister Ed Vaizey.

The code would...

Former HP boss Fiorina misses out on Senate seat

Despite her high profile experience running Hewlett-Packard and her connections at senior levels of the Republican party former HP CEO Carly Fiorina lost out on gaining a Senate seat last night.

Nimans cut from Avaya distribution team

Avaya has announced that it is ending its distribution agreement with Manchester-based comms and networking distie Nimans. The move to rationalise its distributor portfolio has been a long time coming, with senior UK sources within Avaya admitting they felt that it was over-distributed.

UK business trailing government in cyber security

The government has identified cyber attacks as one of the top national security threats and allocated £650m for UK cyber defences in the next four years, but is that level of awareness and investment matched by UK business?

Google breached UK data protection laws, says ICO

Google breached UK data protection law by intercepting Wi-Fi data as it recorded images for its Street View service, according to the Information Commissioner's Office.

Redstone sells Irish reselling business to PFH

Redstone has offloaded its Irish reselling operation to PFH Technology group for £2.25m as it continues to re-shape the operation into a managed services provider.

Yorkshire manufacturing firm latest to be hit by BSA

Yorkshire-based manufacturing firm Plas-tech Thermoforming Limited has become the latest to be hit by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for using unlicensed software. Plast-tech Thermoforming had to pay out a settlement of £11,500, which includes costs and the purchasing of the necessary so

Disties should brace for deeper security checks after plot

Following Monday's crackdown on imports of printer toner cartridges in the wake of the Yemeni bomb plot, risk, compliance and data management specialist Datanomic has said that the supply chain industry will need to adopt a risk-based approach to cargo screening.

Has the Windows-based business desktop had its day?

Has the concept of the Windows-based business desktop become irrelevant due to the uptake of low-cost internet-connected devices and mobile apps? Cliff Saran investigates.

Jobs market dips as recruitment slows

The dip in the IT job market, which had been threatening to come for the last few months, has arrived taking the number of vacancies back to the levels experienced in the early days of the recession.

Oracle E-Business Suite users face EBS R12 upgrade challenges

An upgrade to E-Business Suite R12 can offer many benefits, but EBS users have also reported a number of business and technical challenges during and after their EBS R12 upgrade process.

SAP launching better support for BusinessObjects customers

SAP is looking to repair relationships with BusinessObjects customers that don’t run SAP software, expanding its support operations and allowing for feedback into product roadmaps.

The upcoming revolution in business intelligence systems

A revolution is coming to business intelligence systems that's fueled by more compute power, mobility, data from everywhere and the adoption of predictive analytics.

East London to become new Silicon Valley?

Prime minister David Cameron is to unveil a new technology centre in London's East End today.

Google and Facebook are said to be investing in the East...

Vodafone offers businesses smartphone security

Vodafone has partnered with mobile security specialist Good Technology to enable businesses to manage corporate data on Android, Windows, iPhone and Nokia...

Public sector IT jobs start to feel the spending cuts

Public sector IT job advertisements have fallen by 36% in the third quarter of this year compared to the first three months as contract roles are decimated.


CIO Interview: Kevin O'Connor, Paddy Power

Technology plans are moving full steam ahead at Paddy Power, with a new chief information officer recruited to oversee the IT underpinning the bookmaker's exponential growth.

Is IT offshoring inevitable to meet government cuts?

Large-scale offshoring of IT and business processes is seen by many as the way government departments can cut costs, but the ineffective procurement of the past could mean there is an alternative.

Cameron plans East End tech hub

The prime minister will today unveil plans to create a British Silicon Valley at London's Olympic Park, with firms including Google, Intel and Olympic network supplier Cisco already understood to have committed to investing in the area.

Azlan launches Avaya channel lifeboat

Enterprise and networking distributor Azlan has launched a lifeboat programme for resellers affected by the expulsion of Nimans from Avaya's distribution line-up.

Citigroup creates 440 IT jobs in Northern Ireland

Citigroup is creating 440 IT jobs at in a technology and operations centre in Belfast over the next five years.

The IT jobs are part of the banking...

Best Buy launches transactional website

Eletricals retailer Best Buy has launched a transactional website in a bid to expand its reach and sell to consumers across the UK.

The US company,...

North-South divide in IT professional pay widens

IT professionals in the South East earn up to 20% more than their counterparts in the North, according to recruitment agency CV Screen.

News Corp hit by MySpace decline

The MySpace social networking site has dented the financial performance of its parent company News Corp.

In the company's Q1 financials, News Corp...

US publishes cloud security programme

The US federal government has released draft plans for a programme to ensure cloud services meet federal cybersecurity guidelines.

The Federal Risk...

Questions over speed of adoption raised on Windows 7 birthday

Windows 7 might have racked up impressive sales figures in its first year of release and wiped away the memories of the disappointment of Vista but it still has a long way to go to become the de facto operating system in the corporate space.

Banks need to take security more seriously

Resellers in the financial sector with security knowledge could find their services much in demand as banks face up to the choice of improving data protection or losing customers.

Alcatel-Lucent sales, profits up on growing demand

Alcatel-Lucent has posted an unexpected net profit of €25m (£21.8m) for the third quarter ended 30 September after booking one-off gain related to its pension scheme.

Channel conflict set to intensify in the cloud, warns Forrester

Resellers that are building hosted and managed services are heading for conflict with technology vendors amid predictions that fierce competition in the market could force up to 15% of channel firms out of business.

Government releases blueprint for technology

The government has released a blueprint for technology as part of its plan to put the industry at the heart of the UK's economic recovery.

Small form factor SSDs coming to change the data centre

Apple’s recent release of a new MacBook Air with solid state memory outside a disk casing and a new alliance to promote smaller flash disks are changing conversations about the role of solid state disk.

USENIX LISA 2010: Special coverage

USENIX LISA 2010 is a conference covering large installation systems administration. Keep up-to-date on all coverage from San Jose here, and don't miss a single update from USENIX LISA 2010.

Software management saves Northumbrian Water £250,000

Northumbrian Water, which provides water to 4.4 million people, has saved £250,000 in software licensing costs by introducing a formal software asset management programme.

Cyber security tops UK public's concerns

Cyber security is the UK public's chief concern, with 85% of the population worried about bank card fraud and identity theft, a biannual global study has revealed.

NetSuite cuts losses but fails to hit expectations in Q3

Long time SAP-baiting rival NetSuite has been able to cut its losses in the third quarter but saw its billings for its One World service drop raising fears that the Software as a Service specialist is losing ground.

US Cyber Command opens its doors a month late

The military command charged with defending US Department of Defense networks against cyber attacks has gone into full operation, but a month later than scheduled.

Amey saves £150,000 after licence audit

Services company, Amey, has cut its software licensing and hardware bill by £150,000 a year by investing in technology to audit and monitor its IT estate.

Best Buy UK reveals £29m losses

Best Buy UK might have gained plenty of headlines with its arrival in British retail parks earlier this year but it's a £29m loss which is currently gaining it publicity.

Nimans puts eggs in leasing basket

Nimans is to launch a series of training sessions for resellers designed to promote the concept of leasing arrangements to its dealer community.

Yahoo CIO resigns

Michael Kirwan, CIO of Yahoo, has stepped down from his role of chief information officer after less than two years at the company.

M&A activity in UK technology plummets

The third quarter of 2010 saw technology mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity descend back to recession levels

FAST calls for government IP laws review to have teeth

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has welcomed the announcement from the Prime Minister that IP protection will be reviewed but urged the process to have real teeth.