TechTarget News - Week of Nov 07, 2010

Ex-United Utilities CTO moves on to consulting

Kevin Power has stepped down from his role of chief technology officer (CTO) at the utilities firm to join a consultancy outfit.

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DFAT plans Windows 7 upgrade to secure SATIN network, seeks diplomat-grade antivirus

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Tradeis looking for enterprise antivirus software to secure computers used for, among other things, secure communications between Australia’s government and embassies around the world, and wants a solution that can cover Palm OS and Apple’s iOS.

Will SAP and SharePoint integration in Duet Enterprise be a hit?

Seeking to provide better usability, Duet Enterprise will allow SAP users to expose the SAP back end through the Microsoft SharePoint front end. It is the first showcase of SAP’s Gateway technology.

Microsoft and Saxo launch trading platform MSN Trader

Microsoft and Danish financial institution Saxo Bank are to launch an online trading platform, known as MSN Trader, for individual traders in the UK this week.

US Cyber Command calls for offensive powers

The newly-opened US Cyber Command is seeking authority to carry out offensive operations around the world to protect US interests.

10 tips to build your career in IT

So you've heard that, despite doubts about the economy, CIO salaries can still reach £200,000 - or higher. You'd like a slice of that action. But first you need to build your IT career. What's the secret of the high-earners?

Telefonica picks Teradata to optimise broadband pricing

Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica is using a Teradata-powered "brute force" system to optimise revenue from its global broadband offerings.

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IT cloud decisions use flawed metrics

IT decisions makers do not understand the true cost of providing a service from a datacentre because they lack accurate metrics, according to analysts.

Ballmer raises millions in share sale

Steve Ballmer has sold off millions of his Microsoft shares raising himself a tidy sum but has indicated that this move is not a precursor to establishing some sort of retirement fund. The Microsoft boss has offloaded £800m worth of shares, the first time he has done any selling for seven yea

Government department plans to tackle deficit to be revealed

More details of where the spending cuts will fall in government departments should emerge today with the Prime Minister publishing business plans from Whitehall. The promise of more detailed business plans from government departments was made in last months Comprehensive Spending Review and the mea

Dell plans acquisitions to expand global services

Dell is to focus its mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy on buying IT services firms, according to a senior company executive.

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Large wireless deals contribute to Anite half year performance

Anite has revealed a couple of wireless deals transacted last month have helped it finish its half year with a flourish and trading has met the expectations the board laid down at the start of autumn. In a brief trading update the software player with a focus on the wireless industry stated that tr

Redstone acquires Fujin Systems

Redstone has acquired Ethernet and data centre services provider Fujin Systems for £400,000 but the price tag could rise to £2.9m depending on future earnings. A restructure of Redstone has already seen management carve up the group - closing the BSF arm, selling the PBX maintenance uni

Dell to inject new top tier in partner programme

Dell is mulling over the introduction of a top tier reseller accreditation which pays out more to partners that invest in multiple or deeper certifications. The blueprint is under design with no details or potential launch dates yet confirmed but the plan reflects the PC maker's continued enterpris

Avaya to chase down grey traders

Avaya has vowed to get more aggressive with grey marketing of its kit after a high-profile case that resulted in one UK trader being busted to the tune of $250,000.

Avaya ramps up Connect partner programme

Avaya has rolled out a series of enhancements to its one year-old Connect partner programme at its annual conference, which this year is being held in Barcelona. The networking, convergence and UC vendor, which bought Nortel's enterprise business this time last year, has added new business manag

IBM and ARM unveil true superfast network chip technology

IBM today announced new semiconductor technology that, combined with UK chip developer ARM's designs, could lead to mobile data networks that could transmit a year's text messages in less than 10 seconds, or download a full-length HD movie to a cellphone in under a minute.

RockMelt ‘social browser’ launched

A new social browser has been launched by the same people who created Netscape, the first commercial internet browser, 16 years ago.

Microsoft releases new parallel data warehouse, previews Denali

Microsoft detailed its new parallel data warehouse capabilities and a cloud-based support offering, and also provided a glimpse of what's to come in the next SQL Server release.

New Vblocks target SAP virtualization, VDI

Bolstered by new Cisco UCS blades features Intel Xeon 5600 processors, the VCE Coalition is touting new Vblock configurations for SAP and VDI.

Oracle Enterprise Manager improves, still far from Big Four

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g now includes management tools for Sun products, but one analyst says Enterprise Manager is too Oracle-centric to be a big player in systems management.

NIH spotlights mobile research at mHealth Summit

International gathering of mobile health technology researchers, vendors and foundations showcases the next generation of mHealth apps.

Cabinet Office conducts governmental digital review

The Cabinet Office is reviewing the government's digital engagement strategy as part of its business plan to meet the coalition government's policies.

Oracle sets SAP damages at $4bn

Oracle has pegged the value of software downloaded illegally by now-defunct SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow at $4bn.

Top 10 IT security trends for 2011

Browsers and files will be among the top hacker targets for next year

LTE market to hit $100bn by 2014

LTE, the next generation mobile technology, will earn mobile network operators $100bn a year by 2014, despite a lack of clarity over usage prices, according to a major study of the market released today.

Rural broadband and WiFi to slip between TV gaps

Communications regulator Ofcom has published proposals to make available unused TV frequencies for free enhanced WiFi and rural broadband network access, among other applications.

Ellison takes stand to demand billions from SAP

The temperature in the court room battle between SAP and Oracle is being turned up with the claims by Larry Ellison that its rival downloaded software that was worth billions. The Oracle boss put a value of $4bn on the software downloaded by a subsidiary, TomorrowNow, of SAP and although the German

Sony offers 'VAT back' campaign through the channel

There are plenty of television adverts already running promoting Christmas sales and Sony's VAT back campaign is one of the most high profile. But the deal, which allows anyone who buys Sony products between now and Christmas Eve to get the VAT back, is also being offered to resellers. With VAT in

AVG tempts customers to switch with licence deals

Anti virus specialist AVG has come up with its own version of a trade-in programme hoping it will result in making the tills ring for its reseller channel. The 'Make the Switch' campaign offers customers that upgrade to its 2011 Business Edition with a chance to trade-in their existing product lice

HP to examine Care Pack services rebate scheme

HP Americas is reviewing the Penetration Rate Index (PRI) used to calculate rebates in the Services Specialisation Programme following partner criticism, in a move that could have implications for resellers closer to home. The global PRI scheme introduced last November sets out the Care Pack service

UK tech sector a hive of M&A activity, claims Ernst & Young

The UK tech industry was a hot bed of mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter with activity up five fold on last year, according to an Ernst & Young report. Forty four deals were done during the summer up 76% on the same period in 2009 to continue the momentum that began in Q2, ensuring t

Netbook platform down but not out, claims IDC

Reports of the netbook platforms' death have been greatly exaggerated according to IDC but the boom in sales that fuelled PC market growth has waned. The weight of expectation has now been placed firmly at the doorstep of Apple and other pretenders to the iPad's crown as media tablets continue to c

Case study: Enterprise architecture at Syngenta

An IT project can succeed only if the business and the rest of the IT organisation is ready. Cliff Saran reports from the Gartner Symposium in Cannes on how one organisation has approached an IT transformational change.

Court may force government rethink on online piracy

The government will have to rethink how to protect online copyright goods if the judicial review scheduled for next February rules that the controversial Digital Economy Act (DEA) fails any of four legal tests.

Facebook and Google locked in data spat

Facebook has hit back in a spat with Google over the company's decision to block the export of contact information from Gmail.

JP Rangaswami leaves BT

BT's chief scientist, JP Rangaswami, has stepped down "in order to pursue other opportunities", after nearly five years with the company.

Getting started with ERP cloud computing

A three-step approach can balance the risks and rewards of using ERP cloud computing technology to run mission-critical business processes.

Emerging database technologies hit DBMS mainstream, add to choices

Emerging database technologies such as column-based database software, NoSQL databases and Database as a Service (DaaS) platforms are starting to make a splash in the IT market.

Ten steps to corporate social media success

Want to add a social element to your organisation’s online presence? These ten tips will help you to define, operate, grow and measure your online efforts.

Google woos SMEs with new apps

Google has introduced eight new apps designed to extend its appeal to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and has promised to make Tuesdays "App Tuesday".

iPhone, Android win big in 3Q10

Apple and Android were the big winners as worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, 35% up from the same period in 2009, according to market analyst Gartner.

Court cuts Oracle damages claim on SAP to $1.6bn

Oracle's claim for damages in its software theft case against SAP has been cut by $500m after the judge ruled to exclude evidence on potential loss of profits.

Keep the net neutral, says Europe

Europeans' desire to keep the internet free of manipulation by network operators will be debated at the European legislators' net neutrality summit on 11 November.

Online growth at Sainsbury’s continues

Supermarket giant Sainsbury has reported growth in the web-based areas of its business over the first half of 2010 and announced plans for continued investment in technology.

CIO interview: Gartner CIO Darko Hrelic

Darko Hrelic, senior vice-president and chief information officer at Gartner, either has the best or worst CIO job in the world.

Daisy snaps up acquisitive SpiriTel

Just as it promised its shareholders last month, acquisitive business communications provider Daisy Group has bought uprival SpiriTel for £27.5m, the largest acquisition it has made since embarking on a buy-and-build frenzy in 2009. Hosted VoIP specialist and Mitelreseller SpiriTel has also es

Podcast: Dell chief executive officer Michael Dell

In this podcast, recorded at the Gartner Symposium in Cannes, Gartner analysts quiz Dell CEO Michael Dell about the issues facing the PC industry, the challenge from Apple and why he thinks Android is the future.

Systemax profits fall by a third as pricing pressures mount

Systemax profits have tumbled by nearly a third off the back of pricing pressures in the ultra competitive US consumer space. The stateside owners of multiple channel brands including Misco and WStore grew its top line by 14% to $862.7m in Q3 but profits dropped almost 32% to $8.6m. The B2B technol

Digital Economy Act goes to judicial review

The Digital Economy Act, which passed into law in controversial circumstances, will undergo judicial review to establish its legal status.

Accumuli acquires Tuscany Networks for £4m

Buy and build vehicle Accumuli has bid £4m for AIM listed Tuscany Networks in a reverse takeover and plans to raise cash through a share placement to fund two further acquisitions early next year. The deal, which is subject to shareholder approval, represents the first step in Accumuli's strat

Cyber criminals increasing complexity of data attacks

Security threats in 2011 will be targeted, sophisticated and have the feel of something more like cyber-terrorism as the criminals get slicker in their attacks. The warning comes from Websense, which has published its threat report for next year, pointing out that already the trend for blended web

White box builders, smartphones behind mobile boom

The worldwide market for mobile phone sales has enjoyed another record quarter on the back of continuing adoption of smartphones sales of which soared 96%, and the growth of a new white box mobile sector in the developing world. The latest mobility market figures from Gartner have revealed that 417

EU legal threat stirs Home Office on interception opt-ins

People who use the internet may have greater protection from electronic eavesdroppers following a consultation on changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

Avaya acknowledges Nortel dealer discontent

Avaya has acknowledged the complaints of some of the Nortel enterprise partners absorbed into its channel during the course of 2010, and pledged to begin to monetise the Nortel lines in the coming months. In a tubthumping speech to partners of both vendors, whoassembled atAvaya's annual conference i

Citrix setting out to increase reseller cloud knowledge

Citrix is stepping up its educational resources it makes available to resellers looking to develop sales in the virtual desktop and cloud arena. Plans for next year include a greater level of support for those that risk missing out on a emerging market opportunity as well as helping partners get th

Lenovo on the lookout for acquisitions

Lenovo is planning to dip into its $2.5bn (£1.55bn) cash reserves to fuel an acquisition strategy in the PC market. The CFO Wong Mai confirmed the move in an hour long conference call with analysts as it outlined fiscal second quarter numbers, with sales up 41% to $5.8bn (£3.6bn) and pro

Microsoft LAR Civica Services seeking new boss

Microsoft LAR Civica Services is on the hunt for a successor to managing director Steve Reynolds who is set to leave the industry after more than two decades. Reynolds was part of the management team - backed by Alchemy Partners - that led a buyout in 1999 of several public sector focused software b

IT leaders call for G20 industry group

IT leaders are calling for an industry group to be established to represent the role of IT and communications during G20 discussions.

Saint-Gobain signs deal with Cognizant

Building materials firm Saint-Gobain Building Distribution (SGBD) has signed a deal with outsourcer Cognizant to overhaul its business processes.

Zerowait third party NetApp support comes to Australia

US company Zerowait will open an Australian office to formalise its cut-price NetApp support offering, to meet demands from current local customers and to explore other opportunities.

Gartner Magic Quadrant ranks MDM software vendors

IBM and Oracle offer high-quality MDM software platforms, but they still have plenty of MDM-related improvements to make, according to new Magic Quadrant reports from Gartner Inc.

Microsoft gives tour of new release of SQL Server

Microsoft gave PASS Summit 2010 attendees a walk-through of its Denali SQL Server release, demoing its AlwaysOn, FileTable and expanded SQL Server Integration Services features.

Oracle will now support Oracle RAC on VMware

Oracle RAC on VMware will now be supported by Oracle, a change in support policy that could lead to more customers exploring the RAC-on-VMware platform.

Have data center careers hit the skids?

Has virtualized infrastructure derailed data center careers? IT managers say they now spend too much time troubleshooting environments and not enough time on strategic projects.

Sweated assets pay off for BT

Sweating its assets has enabled BT, the UK's biggest network operator, to declare a 48% increase in profits to £406m on sales that dipped slightly to £4.98bn for FY2Q11.

HP pays $16.25m in fraud settlement

Hewlett-Packard is to pay $16.25m (£10m) for alleged fraud, following an extensive investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice (DoJ).

Cisco announces gloomy sales outlook

Computer networking company Cisco Systems has surprised the market by forecasting sales that fell short of analysts' estimates.

CIO Interview: Guy Miller, Mace Group

With a portfolio including the tallest skyscraper in Europe, London's 'Shard of Glass', as well as building work around the 2012 Olympic Games in London, global consultancy and construction giant Mace is seeking to position technology as a key element of its unique selling proposition.

Cisco questions strength of recovery as Q1 profits fall short

The stock markets have punished Cisco after the networking market leader missed forecast earningstargets by a country mile in the first quarter of its fiscal 2011. Although sales of $10.75bn (£6.67bn)were up 19% year-on-year, Wall Street had called for earnings of $0.40 per share and only got

Communicate IT security policies more clearly, employers urged

Employers have been urged to communicate their IT security policies more effectively after a survey revealed that ignorance and lack of understanding were major factors behind security breaches suffered by organisations, writes Daniel Thomas for personneltoday.com.

In the cyber war a networked laptop has the power of a missile

A cyber attack on the infrastructure of the UK is a serious prospect in the next few years with the government calling for increased security measures and greater awareness of the threats. In a speech delivered at Chatham House the armed forces minister Nick Harvey spelt out the risks posed by cyber

Global Services star performer for BT in Q2

BT has posted a slight decline in sales for its second quarter to the end of September, although both EBITDA and pre-tax profit showed improvement, up 3% and 13% respectively after a strong performance from problem child, BT Global Services. The communications giant posted total adjusted revenues of

Cisco margins hit by component shortfall

Cisco is still feeling the effects of bottlenecksin the networkingcomponent supply chain, despite CFO Frank Calderoni noting a "substantial improvement in our supply" in Q1. On a year-on-year basis for the quarter just ended, Cisco saw its non-GAAP gross product marging drop by 2.3%, which

Northamber books operating profit, notes caution in economy

Northamber has once again sounded a note of caution about the impact of government austerity measures but says efforts to cut overheads and move into new areas helped it push up sales while returning to operating profit. In a Q1 interim statement that was markedly more upbeat than any quarterly upd

Fujitsu names Worsfold as channel and enterprise chief

Fujitsu Technology Solutions has replaced outgoing UK channel boss Darren Neath with Simon Worsfold, who takes on a newly created role that encompasses partner and enterprise sales development. Worsfold - who joined Fujitsu Siemens in 2005 as UK sales director for enterprise accounts - becomes chan

How will Sage adapt to seismic shift to SaaS?

UK software firm Sage recognises the need to change if it is to continue enjoying the success that made it part of the furniture among UK businesses.

ICO takes action over compromise of MPs’ personal details

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has agreed to take action after MPs' personal details were placed at risk, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced.

Blackberry will cling to smartphone top spot for next five years

Blackberry smartphones will maintain top position for business customers despite rival operating system (OS) platforms clawing back market share from Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) over the next five years, according to a report.

Over a million mobile phones hit by virus in China

Over a million mobile phones in China have been hit by a virus that steals contact information to commit click fraud and propagate the virus.

BIS cash aims to raise awareness of need to move to IPv6

"Panic now and avoid the rush when the internet runs out of IP addresses in June next year', was the (slightly hyped) message from 6UK, the non-profit organisation launched on Thursday to raise awareness about the need to adopt the IPv6 internet addressing scheme.

Facebook-hosted MBA gets thousands of fans

An MBA being hosted on Facebook has already had 30,000 people show an interest, with those in Egypt showing the highest initial interest.

Tech M&A activity misses expectations but optimism remains

The amount of mergers and acquisitions in the tech market has unexpectedly dropped last month but optimism that things remain on an upward curve remains among market watchers. There has been a steady recovery in M&A activity this year but a bumper July rather skewed the pitch with the months fo

FAST lays into Digital Economy judicial review

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has attacked the High Court's decision this week to grant a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act after successful petitions from ISPs BT and TalkTalk. BT's director of group industry policy, Simon Milnersaid that the law, introduced in June after be

IBM identifies mid market as key sector for channel

IBM has told partners that the mid market is one of the most important sectors and it will support resellers as they meet the demand from the majority of customers in that space who want to buy indirect. Lubomir Cheytanov, director of midmarket sales UK and Ireland at IBM, outlined the current land

Optimistic Intel raises dividend payout

Intel has provided a clear signal that it believes the recovery is not faltering after increasing its dividend payments to shareholders. The firm's board approved a 15% increase in its quarterly dividend with the CEO Paul Otellini upbeat about the prospects for the company going forward. In a stat

Fujitsu TS boss pledges to make up lost ground

Fujitsu Technology Solutions' (TS)new channel and enterprise sales director Simon Worsfold has pledged to rebuild the firm's standing in the market and focus on driving more business toits channel partners, saying: "I believe the ground we have lost can be made up without question." Fujits