TechTarget News - Week of Nov 28, 2010

Companies turn to IT cost analysis via SaaS model

IT departments are turning to new SaaS-based tools to map costs to providing IT services to the business, helping companies identify how to cut expenses.

IT Excellence Awards to HDFC Bank, Tata Power Co, M&M

The Computer Society of India (CSI) honored the best technology deployment projects in India under the Information Technology (IT) Excellence Awards for 2010.

Apple strengthens legal team for patent battles

Apple is recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of the world's largest technology companies ahead of patent battles with Nokia, Motorola and HTC.

E.ON confirms outsourcing deals

German utility giant E.ON has announced it will be outsourcing its datacentres, desktops and network.

E-mail hacker fined £20,000

A hacker who posed as a university graduate to gain access to the e-mails of hundreds of unsuspecting students has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay more than £20,000 in costs and compensation.

CIO interview: Kevin Berry, systems director, Waitrose

The top man in IT at Waitrose talks about a comprehensive organisational change in the department and the technology agenda for the upcoming months.

Q&A: SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe on SAP strategy

Jim Hagemann Snabe was appointed co-chief executive at enterprise software maker SAP in February. Computer Weekly quizzed him at the recent UK SAP user group conference

Astaro looks to expand channel with key appointment

Unified Threat Management (UTM) specialist Astaro has recruited a sales director from its rival to drive UK channel growth. Vinod Chamdal, takes up the post of UK sales director at Astaro with a brief to expand its channel numbers and increase revenues. The vendor has recently refreshed its UTM pr

Wikileaks reveals theory behind Chinese Google hack attack

The hacking attacks that led Google to quit China and for the security industry to raise serious concerns about nation-state backed activity could have been down to one Chinese politician disliking the material he read about himself on the web.

Government urged to push broadband investment

Broadband speeds across the EU are much faster than they were 12 months ago, say new statistics released by the European Commission, but member governments must do more to ensure their digital economies remain competitive, according to Brussels.

Gartner cuts PC sales projections for 2010

Weakening consumer demand and the continued distractive buzz surrounding the iPad has caused Gartner to cut traditional PC sales forecasts for 2010.

FAST takes anti-piracy campaign to North West

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has extended the focus of its anti-piracy campaign to the North West building on successful regional crack downs it has previously held in Wales and the South of England.

Computerlinks plans satellite net services

Computerlinks has announced plans to provide parts of its Alvea channel managed services portfolio through newly-launched broadband satellite, HYLAS 1.

Phoenix IT Group to merge Servo and ICM businesses

Phoenix IT Group is to merge its Servo and ICM Continuous Business division from the beginning of April in a nod to the converging technologies they sell.

SWIFTReady Financial EAI drives financial integration systems

The Year 2010 saw the advent of a new version of the SWIFTReady Financial Enterprise Application Integration label. Also available is SWIFT's Standards Developer Kit R1.

New ransomware encrypts files, demands $120

A newly detected drive-by attack encrypts media files and Microsoft Office documents and then demands payment to have the files decrypted.

Comcast sparks US net neutrality row

US internet network operator Level 3 has accused cable firm Comcast of introducing charges for carrying internet movies and other traffic.

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Capgemini public-sector drive gathers pace

Capgemini continues to add public sector expertise to its management team with a former deputy Chief Constable appointed CIO of its Criminal Justice Sector...

Communications costs comprise 12% of UK household spending

UK consumers spent more on communications than on alcohol and tobacco as a result of more homes having computers and internet connections, the Office for National Statistics revealed on Tuesday.

Employees bring their own IT to work

Employees are bypassing IT departments and implementing their own software solutions, a study from data company Informatica Corporation has found.


McKinnon: Blunkett repents over UK-US extradition treaty

With the hindsight of the past seven years, former home secretary David Blunkett admitted to a parliamentary select committee he would examine "very carefully" the implications of the 2003 extradition treaty he signed with the US.

Cryptzone acquires British-based NETconsent

Cryptzone has acquired NETconsent in a move that reflects the wider trend for convergence between the data loss prevention market and the security arena.

Magirus drops SolarWinds into vBundle line-up

Data centre distributor Magirus is to add network management capabilities from SolarWinds to its vBundle package. Magirus picked up the SolarWinds EMEA distribution contract in September to complement its growing Cisco business.

One year on the Novell IWM message is getting across

Novell's intelligent workflow management (IWM) message appears to getting through to customers as the vendor marks a year of promoting its approach to the market.

Oracle loses ground as server market rebounds

Oracle has conceded its long standing position as one of the top five biggest server vendors on the planet to NEC following a lacklustre turnout in the third quarter.

RM banks BSF contract but value shrinks

RM has confirmed that a Building Schools for the Future project with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has gone through at just one tenth of the value it initially expected back in the summer.

Radware relaunches channel programme

Application delivery networking provider Radware has lifted the lid on a new reseller-facing programme dubbed Smart Choice. The firm bought the Alteon switching business from Nortel in 2009 and pledged to revitalise the flagging unit.

British computing pioneer Wilkes dies

The death has been announced of computing pioneer Sir Maurice Wilkes, widely regarded as the father of British computing, at the age of 97.

SAP HANA in-memory analytics appliance launches

After months of crowing about its benefits, SAP announces it has begun to ship HANA, its in-memory appliance it says can process huge amounts of analytical data at lightning speed.

NetFlow v9 is powerful, so why isn’t anyone using it?

NetFlow v9 has been around for a few years and is far more powerful than previous versions of the protocol, but few people are using it. NetFlow collector and analyzer vendors and networking pros are still learning how to work with the technology, which has the power to help enterprises consolidate and enhance their network management capabilities.

In 2011, will Microsoft muscle in on virtual desktops too?

In early 2010, Microsoft’s position on virtual desktop technology was one of benign neglect. In 2011, it has a much different story to tell.

Getting PACS administrators, IT and radiologists to work together

If there's a disconnect between PACS administrators and radiologists, mend the relationship -- and don't even think about outsourcing, speakers at the RSNA annual meeting said.

Phishing attack on Facebook leverages iframes

Popular social networking site, Facebook being used for phishing attacks and open redirects, claims Websense Security Labs.

Phishing attack on Facebook leverages iframes

Popular social networking site, Facebook being used for phishing attacks and open redirects, claims Websense Security Labs.

HMRC sets its sights on small enterprises and eBay traders

Part-time eBay traders and other small and medium enterprises may need to register with HM Revenue & Customs for self-assessment tax returns, or face new penalties that could double the tax due, the department warns.

BSI launches standard to make websites accessible

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has developed a standard to address web accessibility to help businesses and organisations comply with equal access...

UK spends £2.6bn on ICT R&D

Spending on R&D for IT and telecommunications hit £2.6bn in 2009, almost 17% of total UK research spending, the Office for National Statistics said.


Top UK CIOs admit their IT is behind the times

Top UK CIOs say their IT systems are too inflexible - and they are lagging behind their peers in the rest of the world in solving the problem, according...

IBM makes light-speed processor breakthrough

IBM has unveiled nanophotonics chip technology which integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, to enable computer chips to communicate using pulses of light instead of electrical signals.

Groupon directors consider £3.9bn Google acquisition

Google is to meet Groupon's board of directors by conference call today to decide how to proceed with a potential acquisition, according to a report by the...

Motorola to split in January

After a process that has taken over two years, Motorola has finally set 4 January 2011 as the date on which it will split into two firms, Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility.

Caution remains as Sage shuffles management team

A return to spending by small businesses helped buoy Sage's full year numbers but the software vendor warned that the outlook in its customer base remained uncertain.

Top UK CIOs admit their IT is behind the times

Top UK CIOs say their IT systems are too inflexible - and they are lagging behind their peers in the rest of the world in solving the problem, according to a report by Accenture, writes Cliff Saran.

Wikileaks DDOS attack highlights need for web security

The thousands of confidential diplomatic cables that have been posted on Wikileaks and filtering out this week have made it clear that government departments in both the US and the UK have more to do in order to protect information.

Channel plunged into deep freeze

Distributors are battling through the wintry conditions with disruptions to deliveries in the north of England and Scotland amid forecasts that the weather will not improve until the weekend.

CRM software consolidation can mean big ROI

Companies left with multiple CRM systems thanks to mergers, acquisitions and more can find big savings through CRM software consolidation.

Radiology on cutting edge of clinical decision support

Sessions at the RSNA conference are showcasing cutting-edge applications of clinical decision support -- a key meaningful use requirement -- for medical imaging studies.

Brocade names ex-HP man as EMEA channel head

Brocade has named former HP Networking man Alain Valluy as its new EMEA channel director, replacing Amanda Giddins, who left the company in October.

Blackberry-maker sues startup for copyright infringement

Blackberry-maker, Research in Motion (RIM) has taken legal action against software company, Kik, founded by a former employee, claiming the software startup instant messaging service rivals RIM's Blackberry Messenger.

Wikileaks cable breach highlights insider security threat

The release of thousands US diplomatic cables by whistleblowing site Wikileaks has prompted swift action to seal off official IT systems, according to the Scientific American.

SAP claims in-memory HANA is a game changer

SAP's newly-launched high-performance analytic appliance, HANA, provides "game changing" innovation in speed, scalability and compression, the company claims.

Larger companies drive private cloud deployments

Large enterprises are prioritising private clouds, according to a survey by analyst Forrester Research. The survey of 2,321 IT executives reported that 60%...

Businesess shift to new IT management approach

The recession and advances in technology have forced companies to rethink the role of IT in organisations, leading to a new management style, analyst firm...

Resellers urged to develop cloud strategy as market grows

The channel needs to be talking about the cloud now rather than waiting on the sidelines before putting together a coherent pitch for customers. Along with its forecasts of a £6bn UK cloud market by 2014 the analyst house Tech Market View has sounded a warning to cloud suppliers.

Amazon cloud kicks off WikiLeaks following US pressure

Amazon threw Wikileaks off its servers at the request of US senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee,...

Cloud adoption to double by 2014

The cloud market for IT services in the UK will more than double in the next four years to be worth £6bn, according to research firm TechMarketView. By...

Daisy buys into healthcare services with NEG

Acquisitive Daisy Group continues to cut a swathe through the business comms space after dipping into its war chest to acquire NEG MBO Two Ltd for an initial cash consideration of £23.5m.

Remote working systems help suppliers beat the snow

Ian Gotts, chief executive of software supplier and consultancy Nimbus Partners, was less worried than most company chiefs, when the snow caused major disruption to the country's transport systems this week.

Ingram Micro beefs up HP storage enterprise team

Ingram Micro has poached storage industry veteran John Winney from Arrow ECS to beef up its HP enterprise unit with sales manager Andy Rousell set to join rival distributor Azlan.

Large government suppliers told to treat SMEs as equals

The government has warned major IT suppliers that the days of big contracts are over with a determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past and told them that should not look down on smaller rivals.

European Commission signs largest ever software deal

The European Commission (EC) signed its largest ever deal for shrink-wrapped software this week, a €189m (£158m) framework contract with a Netherlands-based supplier, PC Ware.

UK cloud computing code of practice ahead of the EC, says CIF

An increased focus on security and data protection lies at the heart of the proposed European Commission strategy on cloud computing, according to EC vice-president for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes.

Microsoft to restructure LAR compensation model again

Microsoft is planning another round of sweeping changes to the Enterprise Agreement fees that LARs make on sales to major accounts which may force some to drop the accreditation.

Oracle server shipments fell 35% in Q3

The number of server shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by Oracle fell 35.3% in the third quarter of 2010

Mitel sales hold steady in Q2

Unified comms software vendor Mitel has made total sales of $161.1m (£103m) - down 0.8% - in the second quarter of its fiscal 2011. In unaudited figures for the three months to the end of October, the firm made GAAP net income of $80.9m, reversing a year-ago loss of $20m.

iPad applications show some promise for manufacturers

Apple’s groundbreaking device spawns a new category of tablets that has some manufacturers looking to replace desktop and notebook PCs. Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab takes on the iPad.

AVG update crashes 64-bit Windows 7 systems

The latest software update from security supplier AVG Technologies has caused problems with many users running Microsoft's 64 bit Windows 7 operating system.

Google to rewrite ebook story

Google is moving into the ebooks market with the long awaited launch of its Google Editions later this month.

Google Editions was due to be launched...

Technology could help SMEs increase profits

SMEs are seeing increased sales but are failing to convert these to bigger profits because costs are increasing. With overheads such as energy costs reducing profits now could be the time for SMEs to justify investing in energy-efficient IT.

Promethean warns of weaker Q4

Education technology specialist Promethean World has warned that its fiscal fourth quarter has not been strong on the revenue front and full year numbers will be impacted.

Cloud code of conduct will help users choose right resellers

The moves by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) to introduce certification for hosted suppliers has been seen as a way of not just dispelling customer fears but of establishing a legitimate channel for web delivered applications and services.

HP seeking UK boss to spice up BCS after Curry leaves

HP has confirmed that is looking for a new head to run its Business Critical Systems unit in the UK and Ireland with current incumbent Rod Curry resigning after less than a year in charge.

Nortel auctions wind down with GDNT China sale

Nearly two full years after it first went into administration, Nortel has sold its final substantial asset, China-based Guandgong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment (GDNT), to Ericsson China for $50m in cash.

Oracle unveils Sparc 'supercluster' appliance

Oracle has unveiled the SPARC T3 Supercluster and M5000 server family, which it claims provides a complete infrastructure for running Oracle database RAC environments.

IDC predicts IT boom in 2011

IDC forecasts worldwide IT spending will be $1.6tn (£1.02tn) in 2011, an increase of 5.7% over 2010.

Sage gets new UK CEO in restructuring

UK software giant Sage has announced who will replace its current UK head when he moves to a newly created European role at the company.

Channel warned over voice security neglect

The rush towards convergence among voice and data resellers means that the security of voice and VoIP installations is being neglected with potentially damaging consequences.

Sage reshuffle results in fresh UK CEO

Sage has promoted its current head of small business Brendan Flattery to take over the UK CEO role from the start of next year.

Government to launch single address database

The government plans to create a single address list for use across the public sector in a move that could significantly reduce data duplication

EU ready for US talks on personal data agreement

European Union (EU) justice ministers have approved the start of talks between the EU and the US on a personal data protection agreement when co-operating to fight terrorism or crime.

Google steps up anti-piracy fight

Google has announced it is increasing attempts to make life difficult for internet software pirates with a raft of measures designed to protect copyright holders.