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.

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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.

Localism Bill extends move to open data

The government has put open data at the heart of its Localism Bill, which outlines plans to give more power to local councils.

Nortel loses pension fight in High Court

Nortel has lost its legal 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).

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.

STL sells comms division to Admiral

Suffolk-based cloud and virtualisation specialist and Microsoft Gold Partner STL Technologies has sold its telecoms division to IT, telephony and facilities management outfit Admiral Group for an undisclosed sum.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 from the US.

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.

Ingram Micro continues to expand mobility line

Ingram Micro is continuing to expand the roll-out of kitto support its growing telecommunications division, which was given full access to RIM's mobility portfolio earlier this month.

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.

Cornwall council to save £20m with ERP

Cornwall Council is investing in an Oracle ERP system, which it estimates will save £20m over the next five years.

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.

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.

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.

Atos Origin buys Siemens IT Services

German technology giant Siemens AG is selling its money-losing IT Solutions and Services division to French integrator Atos Origin for €850m (£720m).

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.

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.

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 from third party maintainers.

KCOM boss Renucci resigns

KCOM Group finance boss Paul Simpson has assumed control of the firm following the resignation of executive director Paul Renucci.

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.

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's pending restructure of the fees that large account resellers can accrue.

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.

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.

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.

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...

RIM posts record sales after 40% increase in Blackberry shipments

Research in Motion (RIM) has reported record sales of $5.49bn (£3.52bn) for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 40% compared to the same quarter last year, after strong growth in shipments of Blackberry smartphones.

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

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-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.

HP vulnerable in 2011, says Oracle CEO

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has fired shots across the bows of bitter rival HP, attacking the performance of its infrastructure kit and warning it will be "vulnerable" to market share losses next year.

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.