Schedule of the Computer Weekly Buyer's Guide feature series.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Small and medium-size businesses (SMBs), like their enterprise brethren, are shifting their technology focus from IT to business technology (BT).
Apple is suing Motorola for infringing three iPhone patents for touchscreen software and other display technologies.
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
SSL International is poised to make several IT posts redundant, following its takeover by consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser.
China will take low-end ICT work away from Indian companies, warned Vineet Nayar, CEO of India's fourth largest outsourcing company HCL Technologies.
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.
The concept of the Windows-based business desktop is irrelevant according to James Gardner, chief technology officer at the Department of Work and Pensions.
Fears of potential redundancy have been reported at SSL International as part of the company's takeover by consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser.
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.
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 Group has forked out £4.85m to acquire fellow London and Manchester-based data storage and network solution specialist Alpha Business Computers.
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.
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.
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 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.
Business is making a serious mistake by treating anti-malware systems as a commodity, says Kaspersky Lab.
The Russian security firm, which aims to...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Computer Weekly can today announce the first ever list of the 50 most influential people in UK IT.
Despite one IT architect's best efforts, his private cloud project was felled by unnecessary regulations and an ossified corporate IT culture.
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.
The latest target in Oracle's buying spree provides cross-channel e-commerce technology and could be a good fit with Oracle CRM.
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.
A data protection strategy should cover data at rest or in transit, as well as physical and virtual threats in the data center or in the cloud.
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 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.
Facebook has revealed it has suspended an unspecified number of developers for selling user identification numbers (UIDs) to an unnamed data broker.
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.
The UK's largest mobile operator formed with the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, Everything Everywhere, is to drop legal action over spectrum auction
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.
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.
US internet security firm Webroot has acquired Derby-based anti-malware cloud provider Prevx.
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.
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.
A lack of confidence in the cloud caused by the lack of standards is holding back a more widespread migration towards the hosted option.
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.
Insurance giant Aviva is using power management software to reduce energy spending and waste related to desktop use.
Supplier 1E is providing the...
The total number of "touch-and-go" transactions has passed the one million mark, according to Barclays and Barclaycard.
The financial service providers...
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 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.
The London Stock Exchange's multilateral trading facility, Turquoise, was disrupted for over two hours after human error in potentially suspicious circumstances...
Best Buy has pledged to start offering web sales in an effort to compete with UK rivals that already offer that service.
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.
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.
Companies have many reasons to go mobile, but some analysts say the true benefit is better ROI from your existing ERP package.
Spurred by falling prices and dead-ended support on older hardware, data centers are finally upgrading from 1 GbE to 10 GbE Ethernet networks.
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.
Arizona State University is simplifying secure remote access for end users by consolidating multiple authentication processes for SSL VPNs and access to virtual applications.
Business process transformation succeeds best in IT organizations emphasizing collaboration and real-time analysis. Learn how IT can bring transformation to the lines of business.
D-Link has signed DCC's consumer distribution unit Gem to manage its growing consumer portfolio and drive more sales through retail channels.
Google has won preliminary court approval to settle a class-action lawsuit related to alleged privacy violations caused by its Buzz social networking service.
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).
Many organisations are still wary of using virtualisation for their business-critical applications, a survey has revealed.
Some 44% of more than 500...
Dell has acquired software-as-a-service (SaaS) integration company Boomi.
The terms of acquisition were not disclosed. But Dell said the deal would...
Companies such as Google and Facebook could be subject to a new privacy code under proposals from communications minister Ed Vaizey.
The code would...
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.
Argo Group International is to have its archiving, e-mail and messaging systems managed remotely by UK service provider Bluesource in a deal that will secure...
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.
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 law by intercepting Wi-Fi data as it recorded images for its Street View service, according to the Information Commissioner's Office.
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-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
The IT sector showed further signs of slowdown in October, with growth broadly in line with the average for the services industry, according to Paul Smith,...
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 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.
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.
HP has overhauled its services partner programmes in response to partner complaints about the metrics used to calculate sales rebates.
Streaming analytics software will one day help doctors detect aneurysms and other potentially fatal maladies, according to Columbia University Medical Center researchers.
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 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.
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.
Hewlett-Packard has refused a subpoena for new chief executive Leo Apotheker to testify in Oracle's case over IP theft by an SAP subsidiary while he was CEO at SAP.
Europe's cyber security experts are testing their responses today in the first ever pan-European cyber-attack simulation exercise.
A growing number of malware attacks are using plug-in USB devices, according to researchers at security firm Avast Software.
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 has partnered with mobile security specialist Good Technology to enable businesses to manage corporate data on Android, Windows, iPhone and Nokia...
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.
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.
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.
Bristol City Council's efforts to implement an open source IT strategy have hit a further obstacle, one that raises questions about the feasibility of the...
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.
Enterprise and networking distributor Azlan has launched a lifeboat programme for resellers affected by the expulsion of Nimans from Avaya's distribution line-up.
Microsoft has issued a security advisory warning of a zero-day vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser versions 6, 7 and 8 that could allow remote code execution.
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...
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,...
IT professionals in the South East earn up to 20% more than their counterparts in the North, according to recruitment agency CV Screen.
The MySpace social networking site has dented the financial performance of its parent company News Corp.
In the company's Q1 financials, News Corp...
Insight Enterprises beat analyst expectations as profits grew double digits in its third quarter despite a currency headwind in Europe.
The US federal government has released draft plans for a programme to ensure cloud services meet federal cybersecurity guidelines.
The Federal Risk...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Windows pros want a single scripting language that works across all platforms. But despite some early open source efforts, Microsoft has refocused on PowerShell.
There are a lot of ways to skin a data center infrastructure buildout, service providers say.
Software suites that integrate e-sourcing with supplier performance and contract management work best, but only if procurement is first on-board with business goals.
In the coming months, SAP will begin attaching StreamWork to several of its Business Suite applications.
Data centers are no longer required to put the big red kill-switch on exit doors, thanks to a committee that convinced the NFPA to revisit its data center EPO regulation.
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.
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Businesses may be forced to ration their use of the internet and e-mail as energy costs rise and governments impose higher taxes on carbon use…
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.
Oracle lawyers have complained they have been unable to subpoena former SAP executive Leo Apotheker to testify in Oracle's copyright case against SAP.
The European Commission has recommended updating privacy laws to make it easier for citizens to delete private data, including photos, from the Internet.
Adobe Systems has released an update for its Flash Player to fix eight critical vulnerabilities.
Large private sector companies are lagging behind the public sector on their knowledge of data protection, according to the Information Commissioner's Office.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Viruses are the top security concern for an average of 63% of small and mid-size businesses a survey of over 1,500 employees in the US and Europe, has revealed.
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 is to launch a series of training sessions for resellers designed to promote the concept of leasing arrangements to its dealer community.
Samsung entered the tablet market this week but biting product shortages due to massive demand have dampened the launch, according to partners.
Michael Kirwan, CIO of Yahoo, has stepped down from his role of chief information officer after less than two years at the company.
The third quarter of 2010 saw technology mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity descend back to recession levels
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.
The two-hour disruption affected the Turquoise trading system
ISC has become the second reseller to bag the V-Alliance accreditation in the UK, a programme developed by Microsoft and Citrix to take on VMware.