TechTarget News - Week of Dec 12, 2010

EHR needs better health information exchange, federal council says

White House advisers want greater health information exchange among providers. To accomplish this, they suggest a universal language for electronic health record systems.

Case Study: Royal Mail virtualises legacy Windows

The Royal Mail Group (RMG) has used Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation infrastructure, to enable it to run legacy applications on modern hardware.

The...

Amazon outage due to ‘hardware failure’ not hackers

The outage on Amazon's European sites yesterday was due to a hardware failure, not hackers, the company has said. The UK, Italian, German and Spanish sites went down for about half an hour on Sunday night.

Cohort appointed by IronKey

IronKey has added Cohort to its distribution roster to provide channel coverage in the UK and Ireland. The secure flash drive specialist already works with Simms International but is broadening its distribution channel to gain more traction through security resellers. 'With the pressure increasing

Nortel loses pension fight in High Court

Nortel has lost itslegal battle against the Pensions Regulator in its attempt to make the bankrupt networking vendor liable for a £2.1bn deficit in its pension scheme through a Financial Support Direction (FSD). Nortel took to the stand alongsidefellow basket case Lehman Brothers to argue agai

Number of SMEs living on the breadline

A significant number of small businesses are living on the breadline with barely any spare cash to cover emergencies. According to a survey from GE Capital 16% of SME's are sailing close to the wind with only a minimum amount of cash available if required. Around 28,000 small firms admitted they w

STL sells comms division to Admiral

Suffolk-based cloud and virtualisation specialist and MicrosoftGold Partner STL Tecnologies has sold its telecoms divisionto IT, telephony and facilities management outfit Admiral Group for an undisclosed sum. STL, which specialisesmostly the criminal justice sector, said it wanted to concentrate it

Fujin Technology sold to Accumuli for £2m

Buy and build outfit Accumuli has netted its second acquisition in a month after agreeing to pay £2m in cash for security integrator Fujin Technology. The investment vehicle reversed into Tuscany Networks in November and revealed plans to raise funds through a share placement to fuel further p

ShoreTel ends hunt for CEO

ShoreTel has named former president and CEO of IP networking solutions provider UTStarcom, Peter Blackmore, as its new CEO, ending a five month hunt for John Combs' replacement. Besides UTStarcom, Cambridge graduateBlackmore has also served as executive vice president of worldwide sales, marketing a

Midwich boss Culley sells stake in firm, Fenby named MD

Long-serving Midwich managing director Nick Culley has quietly stepped down and sold the majority of his shareholding in the business to three existing directors with finance head Stephen Fenby taking over at the top. Culley becomes non-executive chairman at the Diss-based specialist AV and print d

Redstone to cut jobs as business units merge

Redstone is set to consolidate its three operating divisions into one trading entity with the loss of around 50 jobs. The networking integrator concluded its operational review on Friday by selling the security reselling and services business of Redstone Managed Solutions (RMS) to the management te

Cloud computing services coming to health care, eventually

Providers and payers will stop worrying and use cloud computing services, just as the financial industry did. But security concerns must be overcome, and that could take years.

Salesforce.com’s cloud-based database enters the proving grounds

Salesforce.com has a solid reputation when it comes to CRM, but the company will have to prove itself again if it wants its new cloud-based database to be a success, according to experts.

Yahoo to slash hundreds of jobs before Christmas

Yahoo is expected to cut up to 700 jobs before the end of the year, which represents about 5% of the company's workforce.

The cuts will mark Yahoo's...

Deutsche Bank selects TCS core banking system

Deutsche Bank is replacing multiple legacy systems with a banking platform from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as it updates its global transaction banking.

Icann delays web domain expansion plan

Top internet domain registrar Icann has decided to delay plans to create new top level domain names after objections...

Intact adds new UK sales boss

IT and networking support services house Intact Integrated Services has appointed Jason Hurlstone as its new UK sales director as it plans the implementation of new sales strategies. Hurlstone, who previously worked on the development of Intact's PCI COMMS infrastructure business, formerly workedat

Ingram Micro continues to expand mobility line

Ingram Micro is continuing to expandthe roll-out of kitto support its growing telecommunications division, which was given full access to RIM's mobility portfolio earlier this month. The broadliner announced today that it has signed up US-based mobile service management (MSM) software and services o

Minister says private sector crucial to defence against cyber-attack

The government must use the private sector to ensure it is secure against cyber-attacks, MPs have said. Nick Harvey, minister for the Armed Forces, was asked if he agreed that private sector involvement was crucial in helping the government stay ahead of the game in cyber-security, in a House of Commons debate.

SaaS growth on the cards as security concerns evaporate

The market for software as a service (SaaS) will grow fairly strongly this year as concerns around security and performance are overcome. According to Gartner the worldwide SaaS Market will hit $9.2bn this year; an increase of 15.7% on 2009 numbers. The analyst house expects that growth to continue

Dell not channel enemy, says Compellent CEO

Compellent's CEO has moved to assuage partner concerns that its $950m acquisition by Dell will create conflict for them, insisting that if anything the deal will speed their growth trajectory. The transaction at $22.75 per share, some $0.25 cents higher than the initial bid tabled by Dell last week

HP sets sights on carving out major slice of security market

Hewlett-Packard is setting its sights on establishing itself as a major security player having an impact on both resellers and customers. Having established the HP Information Security division building on the expertise offered by the reseller Vistorm, which it acquired as part of the EDS acquisiti

Stone gets Apple education nod

Staffordshire-based public sector PC builder Stone has nabbed Apple's Solutions Expert in Education certification as it prepares to exhibit at January's BETT show. The agreement will see the firm offer the full line of Apple kit to schools and colleges, as well as providing consultancy on how its te

Oracle MySQL 5.5 eyes Windows, SQL Server

Oracle MySQL 5.5 is now generally available after coming out in beta in April. The new version is focused on grabbing some of the Windows database market away from Microsoft SQL Server.

Top networking news 2010: Data center networks and multi-vendor mania

In our review of top networking news of 2010, see how we covered the rise of the multi-vendor network, major changes in data center networks and security, the emergence of ubiquitous wireless LAN and the challenges networking pros face in building their careers in a bad economy.

OData provides patterns for HTTP, JSON, data access

Is OData ready for prime time? The Open Data Protocol, or OData, is quickly gaining enthusiasts. Originating with Microsoft, OData has made a name as the primary protocol for querying and updating data for high-profile companies like IBM, Netflix, eBay and Facebook. OData provides users with a way to unlock and free data from silos in today’s applications. It defines a common set of patterns for working with data based on HTTP, AtomPub, and JSON.

OData provides patterns for HTTP, JSON, data access

Open Data Protocol, OData, is rapidly evolving. This Web protocol used for querying and updating data gives users a way to unlock data, freeing it from silos in today’s applications.

Wikileaks.Org back online, Assange back in prison

Wikileaks.org is back online in the US after American company, Dynadot, has restored its DNS service for the whistle-blower site, according to internet reports.

Atos Origin acquires Siemens division for €850m

Atos Origin has acquired Siemens IT division for €850m (£720m) to create a company with sales of around €8.7bn and 78,500 employees worldwide.

Offshoring growth will create a jobless recovery

Business functions such as IT and finance at European and US companies will continue to be offshored to low-cost locations as the practice matures.

HP to create 105 new jobs in Ireland

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is creating 105 new jobs within its global IT organisation based in Galway, Ireland.

Large vendors identified as likely consolidators in 2011

Cloud and digital security are two of the areas that will be targets for M&A activity next year with most of the large vendors sitting on war chests that could fund a spending spree.

Comms reseller Arrow buys TMG

Surrey-based mobility reseller Arrow Mobile Communications has splashed out an undisclosed sum on the assets of phone systems, maintenance and network services outfit TMG. BlackBerry, O2 and Vodafone reseller Arrow is building out a portfolio of managed services in the networking sector and claims t

Atos Origin buys Siemens IT Services

German technology giant Siemens AG is selling itsmoney-losingIT Solutions and Services division to French integrator Atos Origin for €850m (£720m). The deal, which Siemens president andCEO Peter Loscher claimed will create a European "IT Champion" sees Siemens taking a 15% stake in A

Cloud security concerns diminishing

The biggest concern holding back wider adoption of cloud services is set to be significantly overcome next year as more security firms deliver hosted products. Security has been the major brake on cloud and hosted app deployment but Gartner believes those problems have been tackled and next year wi

SME, public sector declines offset UK server growth, says IDC

The UK server market stood still in the third quarter as a rise in shipments to very large corporate customers was offset by declining sales in the SME and public sector. Market stats from IDC show that 80,000 x86 systems - more than 95% of total server shipments in the UK - were sold during the th

Munton joins Oki as sales director

Oki's newly appointed UK sales director Nick Munton is planning to shake-up its managed print services (MPS) product lines. Copier market veteran Munton joins from Konica Minolta where he was regional commercial manager and fills a role that has been vacant since previous incumbent Bill Allan left l

HP to add multi-vendor support to contractual services

HP has vowed to introduce multi-vendor support into its contractual services play for resellers next year and price it aggressively as it tries to recapture lost business fromthird party maintainers. The tech monster has tried to re-energise flatlining sales of contractual services in the channel b

KCOM boss Renucci resigns

KCOM Group finance boss Paul Simpson has assumed control of the firm following the resignation of executive director Paul Renucci. Renucci arrived at KCOM subsidiary Affiniti in 2007 but claimed control of the whole group the following year, after overseeing a lengthy restructuring and rebranding p

CMI FPE completes SAP ECC5 upgrade on VMware vSphere 4.0

While server virtualization for non-critical applications is the norm, CMI FPE used VMware vSphere 4.0 as the platform for its SAP ECC5 upgrade.

Office 2010: beware of enterprise problems

Forrester Research has warned that companies planning or in the middle of an upgrade to Office 2010 face a lengthy deployment process.

Financial crisis boosts profile of procurement role

The second edition of CSC's Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) "barometer," has reported that the financial crisis has raised awareness of the importance of procurement in business.

Procurement will be increasingly outsourced next year

Nearly half of the people responsible for buying products and services for businesses expect to outsource some of their department's work in the next two years.

Microsoft cloud computing predictions

Many companies may have e-mail, virus scanning or CRM running as a service over the internet, but most organisations are only just starting out when it comes to cloud computing, according to Microsoft.

Social software set for double digit growth

The software that underpins corporate blogs, wikis and discussion forums is producing an impressive source of revenue, which is set to grow by double figures in the next couple of years. According to Gartner the revenue generated by social software, the tools that provide interactive networks, will

Video: Oracle releases Open Cloud Office 3.3

Oracle has introduced Oracle Cloud Office and Open Office 3.3, office productivity suites for the desktop, web and mobile devices.

Large companies are finally taking up the cloud

More than 92% of the largest enterprises have at least one cloud service; while 53% have more than six cloud services, according to a survey from IT management consultancy CA Technologies.

Bytes to reduce reliance on Microsoft

Bytes Technology Group is seeking to reduce its reliance on Microsoft sales in light of the vendor'spending restructure of the fees that large account resellers can accrue. The Surrey-based reseller is looking at getting back on the acquisition trail in 2011 more than two years after its last buy,a

BT channel ducks wholesale price bullet

Ofcom has formally ruled that BT will not be allowed to increase its wholesale charges in order to plug a £3.8bn deficit in its pension fund, confirming the results of its initial consultation. In making its decision, Ofcom said that it was important to create "an environment in which reg

Government IT cuts already producing savings

The government claims that its attempts to turn the screws on ICT spending and use technology more efficiently have already contributed heavily to savings of £1bn racked up since May. The Cabinet Office revealed that the savings, which are part of a planned £3bn being saved in a single

RM BSF Ealing deal cut to fraction of inital size

Education supplier RM has banked a £5m BSF contract with the London Borough of Ealing, which is nearly one tenth of the valuation back in April before the Department for Education effectively collapsed the schools regeneration scheme. Under the scaled back deal that was worth £39m last s

Embedded software for medical devices: Differences to consider in the SDLC

How does the software development lifecycle differ when developing embedded software for a medical device? In this interview with Mace Volzing, software development manager at IntraPace, SearchSoftwareQuality.com asks about the differences in the software development lifecycle, how testing is done and what regulatory restrictions there are.

Requirements management with embedded software: Interview with IntraPace

What are the important considerations of a requirements management tool when developing embedded software for a medical device? In this Q&A with IntraPace software development manager Mace Volzing, SSQ asks about managing requirements for the abiliti product -- a device that is implanted in the stomach to control hunger in obese patients.

Centrica names HP and Fujitsu in outsourcing reshuffle

Utility company Centrica has chosen HP and Fujitsu to deliver desktop and datacentre services while the previous supplier of these services, T-Systems, focuses on SAP services in the cloud and smart grid technology.

Facebook accidental prototype release shuts site

Facebook shut its site last night after prototypes of its redesigned features were accidently leaked to users. The release of internal prototypes...

Case study: European Medicines Agency and CAST

The European Medicines Agency, which is responsible for evaluating medical products across Europe, expects to cut millions of Euros from its software development costs after rolling out software to automatically identify programming errors in computer code.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 17 December 2010

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Most IT pros want to jump ship in 2011 Most IT professionals are looking to jump ship next year, according to a survey from The IT Jobs Board, with 80% planning to look for a new job

Royal Mail loses second CIO in 2010

Yvonne Ferguson has left her post as chief information officer (CIO) at Royal Mail, Computer Weekly has learned, making her the second CIO to leave the company this year.

Security is still an issue for cloud adopters

There is no doubt that the cloud is here and increasing its foothold in the channel but there continues to be some debate around whether or not the barriers to adoption have been overcome. In the last week there have been some claims that one of the largest worries to customers, around security, h

In-depth: 2010 how was it for you?

As 2010 draws to a close there is a chance to look back and assess how things were. It was a year of recession, election, recovery and protests. It was also a twelve months where the tablet emerged as a serious form factor and Windows 7 sales figures banished the disappointment of Vista, writres Amr

HP vulnerable in 2011, says Oracle CEO

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has fired shots across the bows of bitter rival HP, attacking the performanceof its infrastructure kit and warningit will be"vulnerable" to market share losses next year. Speaking on a conference call to mark Oracle's second quarter financial results, Ellisonsaid H

Redstone cuts losses in H1 fiscal 2011

The divestment programme of peripheral operations kicked off by Redstone's management helped stem losses in the first half of fiscal 2011, the firm said today. After a board restructure in September, the integrator novated BSF contracts and closed its education unit, selling certain assets of Marcom

Azzurri prepares for public sector outsourcing love in

Azzurri is forging a major accounts team for the public sector in anticipation of growing demand for outsourcing. The finance sector started outsourcing IT about 15 years ago and with many banks now on their third or fourth contract, they have already cut contract costs to the bone, but public sect

HP EMEA enterprise distribution boss resigns

The boss of HP's enterprise distribution business across EMEA has resigned to take charge of telecoms provider Swisscom. HP veteran Andrej Golob - who joined the vendor's Swiss channel marketing operation in 1998 - became director of Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) just 11 months a