The owner of PC repairs and maintenance firm Ventura Computer Services (VCS) has been jailed for 32 months for defrauding HP out of £1.6m worth of equipment. Over a two year period, Bob Bushell, the owner and director of Reading-based VCS claimed up to 1,200 replacement parts from the US gian
The NSW State Emergency Service is pre-positioning mobile command centres - including PCs and wireless broadband-powered LANs - to help manage expected floods. The organisation is also looking at the iPad, Samsung Galaxy and other tablets to help during future incidents.
In a new report on midmarket ERP for product-centric companies, Gartner says SAP, Microsoft and Epicor rose to the top of an industry that remained remarkably stable through a tough economic year.
Now that 2011 is here, SAP analysts share their thoughts on what they see coming this year, from acquisitions to the future of Business ByDesign.
There's a limited number of WFO players in the latest Magic Quadrant, but be prepared for a wave of infrastructure vendors to enter the market, according to Gartner.
Rectifies format string issues in certain OS X versions that can be used for code execution exploits.
Microsoft doesn’t support IE6 virtualization, but some IT shops violate their EULAs to run virtual Internet Explorer because the benefits outweigh the risk.
The first Patch Tuesday monthly security update from Microsoft will be light compared with 17 patches aimed at fixing 42 vulnerabilities in December.
Amazon is offering support to enterprise users using AWS with prices starting at $15,000 per month.
Twitter has been issued with a subpoena by the US government to release the personal details of people connected to Wikileaks, including founder Julian Assange.
The idea of low-cost computing has come a step closer with leading chipmakers Intel and AMD both offering processors that combine several PC devices on a single chip.
Hackers and security commentators say they have located security flaws in Apple's new Mac download store, which launched last week.
A record number of consumers are using mobile phones to access retail websites, according to research from ForeSee Results.
Colt is enabling trading companies to connect to the London Stock Exchange datacentre in 100 microseconds, following a deal with the UK's primary trading...
Between 70% to 80% of corporate business intelligence projects fail, according to research by analyst firm Gartner.
Wakefield District Community Healthcare Services (WDCHS) has signed a partnership trial with BT for a system that enables patients with chronic heart failure to self-monitor.
Microsoft has committed to create 4,000 new jobs as part of its Britain Works programme, following a meeting with prime minister David Cameron.
Former Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) CIO, Nick Hopkinson, has joined services firm CSC as director of Cybersecurity.
Symantec is putting a tender out to distribution to attract partners that are willing to specialise and put the resources behind selling the vendor's enterprise security product portfolio. The tender for enterprise distribution partners is being rolled out across 13 countries with a shortlist being
Yorkshire-based distributor Target Components has inked an exclusivedeal with Chinese networking kit builder Tenda, which specialises in SMB and consumer-focused equipment. The move marksTenda's first foray into the UK, although it is already widely available in the Far East and the US. The firm is
The Open Source Initiative has sent an open letter to the German Federal Cartel Office, objecting to the sale of Novell's patents to a consortium headed...
American IT services firm iGate has acquired Indian outsource company Patni in a deal worth $1.22 billion.
iGate said it would pay $921m to buy a 63%...
Computacenter has bolstered its board with the addition of industry veteran Brian McBride. The services-based reseller revealed today in a filing to the City that McBride is joining as senior independent director (SID), Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a non-exec director (NED) of the bo
Microsoft is investigating data usage by Windows Phone 7 devices after internet forums have been flooded with complaints about unidentified data use charges
Microsoft hopes to create 4,000 new jobs in the UK this year through its Britain Works recruitment programme. The software giant announced its plans today as part of a co-ordinatedeffort to create thousands of private sector jobs in the UK during 2011. Among the firms signing up to the government-ba
The VAT rise and other demands being made of the accounts department are causing a headache for smaller firms struggling to keep on top of things. According to a survey from accounting software vendor Accountz the state of the SME market is one that throws up opportunities for resellers but headach
Cisco distributor Azlan has launched an on-boarding programme for partners keen to sell virtualisation as part of a UCS deployment. The programme has been designed with assistance from both Cisco and VMware, and is designed to support resellers getting to grips with developing their virtualisation b
Insolvency trade body R3 has criticised the government after stats showed that in many cases it was failing to investigate and strike off company directors for misconduct. In 2009/2010, just 1,387 cases of the 7,000 reports on directors' behaviour submitted by the Insolvency Service were concluded,
T-Mobile has changed its mobile phone internet policy to restrict file downloads by limiting customer data usage.
The London Stock Exchange has completed its investigation into the cause of the downtime at its Turquoise trading platform, which crashed for two hours in November, but has been scant with the details.
Choosing a branch office box has become more complex. Branch office designs and requirements are changing, vendors offer widely different approaches, and server virtualization offers a do-it-yourself method on standard server hardware.
EMC will next week launch unified storage devices under the VNX name, but also a range of low-end storage systems dubbed VNXe.
Microsoft seeks new blood to deliver on the long-term strategy of making Azure a force in the cloud market and an extension of Windows Server.
SAP master data management technologies are getting better, but Gartner cautions there are still some things that current and potential users should keep in mind.
Oracle is looking to extend its Oracle Financials reach by integrating it with SAP Financial Accounting, and one analyst said the company should continue to extend it to other SAP ERP applications.
Agile ALM author Michael Hüttermann continues the discussion of his book's first chapter "Getting Started with Agile ALM" in this interview with SSQ site editor Yvette Francino. In this discussion we find out more about the attributes of an agile ALM tool. Hüttermann also comments on automation as well as tradeoffs between flexibility, configurability and complexity of ALM tools.
Agile is used to describe a software methodology. However, it can also be used to describe management of the lifecycle itself. In his book, Agile ALM, Michael Hüttermann takes an in-depth look at what it means to practice agile application lifecycle management (ALM). In part one of this two-part interview, we take a look at how software configuration management, lightweight tools and tool integration tie in to agile ALM.
Without system interoperability, health care groups won't achieve information exchange or meaningful use, while payment reform will remain a pipe dream, some industry leaders say.
Never having had a conference to call their own, the TSSJS deck has been clandestinely stacked with over a dozen of the most popular and prolific members of the CodeRanch’s volunteer army. They’ll be in Las Vegas between March 16th and 18th of this year, celebrating Saint Patricks Day, placing friendly bets on the NCAA tournament, and most importantly, presenting on a vast array of topics that touch on everything from architecture, design, frameworks, agile methodologies and service oriented architectures.
Groupon has become the latest social media site to rally substantial investment, raising $950m in its latest round of fundraising.
Intel has agreed to pay Nvidia $1.5bn over six years in a licensing deal to settle a patent dispute between the two chipmaking companies.
Chipmaker AMD has announced that Dirk Meyer has resigned as chief executive and director of the company.
Ladies fashion retailer Aurora is outsourcing its IT next month with 48 workers transferring to the contract-winning supplier Retail assist.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency has signed a ten-year outsourcing deal with Logica worth £157m for ICT and related services.
Research in Motion (RIM) could be late to market with its Blackberry Playbook tablet device after experiencing several development challenges
Researchers at Glasgow university have developed a 1,000-core chip, which could lead to significantly faster processing compared to today's multi-core designs....
After closing the Goonhilly visitor's centre in March 2010, BT has announced it is planning to invest in the historic telecommunications satellite site.
Around half of small businesses do not have a plan in place to deal with infrastructure failure, despite the average SME experiencing six outages a year, according to research from Symantec.
Retail IT directors may soon be able to market mobile applications cross-platform. When Amazon launches its Android Appstore, it could change the way enterprises buy software and the way retailers market mobile applications.
Vodafone Australia may face a class action for breach of privacy after it confirmed that its customers' details may have been sold to criminals.
Restaurant-booking site, Toptable.com, has chosen Zeus Technology's software-based traffic management application to manage its web traffic.
Computacenter is bullish that the economic recovery is sustainable after reporting rises in product and services sales across the group for 2010. The London-based firm today issued a trading update revealing services revenue on a constant currency grew 6% year-on-year as product sales boomed 15%.
Ecommerce specialist eSellerPro has unveiled Keith Bird as its CEO after managing to tempt the former SonicWall man onboard to help drive growth across Europe. Bird, who was vice president EMEA at SonicWall, left the security vendor at the end of last year and has popped up officially at eSellerPro
The head of Microsoft's $15bn (£9.6m) Servers and Tools business, Bob Muglia, will leave the company this year after 23 years service. Muglia's departure from the unit, which sits at the epicentre of Microsoft's cloud strategy and is behind its Azure platform, came by mutual agreement with CEO
Mergers and acquisition activity in the tech sector recovered last year and finished with the value of deals rising through the course of 2010. Monthly figures from M&A watcher Regent showed that there were 237 acquisitions across Europe last month with a combined value of $9.9bn. Among the he
Chinese media company Xiking Culture Media is to bring its investment in UK to £10m with a £3m contract for a state-of-the-art datacentre
The Consumer Electronics Show was awash with tablets this year. According to some reports there were as many as 80 on show at the event, in all shapes and sizes from vendors like Lenovo, Motorola, Dell, RIM, Asus and a host of lesser known companies, all jostling for slice of a market which exploded
AMD last night ended the reign of CEO Dirk Meyer - a move he agreed with apparently - and installed SVP and CFO Thomas Seifert as interim boss. The chip giant has created a CEO Search Committee headed by Chairman of the Board Bruce Claflin, as Siefert asked not to be considered for the top job on a
Newmarket-based security and networking distie Computerlinks has added network monitoring kit from incoming US vendor Gigamon to its line-up in a move it says will complement its range of networking, security and virtualisation products. "This is a very fast growing sector driven by customers'
Residents of Broughton have become among the first UK consumers to get access to 1Gbps broadband speeds
A number of small firms are not backing up any data leaving themselves exposed to potentially significant problems if they encounter any downtime. A survey of SMEs by Symantec has found 5%, around 240,000 UK firms, are not taking any steps to backup data and are leaving themselves exposed to risks
SAP’s acquisition of Secude means that users will no longer have to go to third-party vendors for secure login and enterprise sign-on capabilities.
Skype is courting enterprises, but UC pros still regard it as a consumer service and hesitate to depend entirely on Skype for business communications.
For service providers that need help in the cloud, telecom outsourcing can cover day-to-day management or design and development services with pre-packaged turnkey cloud infrastructure.
In 2011, compliance officers are focusing on virtualization compliance with PCI DSS 2.0 standards, and governance, risk and compliance products.
Is the CIO job more vulnerable to age discrimination than other C-suite positions? Yes, but in ways you might not imagine, according to leading headhunters.
Three government agencies have been criticised over a data sharing mistake that led to the wrongful disclosure of a woman's personal and financial information.
The departure of AMD's chief executive Dirk Meyer is linked to board concerns about missing out on the mobile market, according reports citing company sources. AMD's...
Oracle is facing a $100m lawsuit after security software firm 2FA accused Oracle's subsidiary Passlogix of stealing source code for authentication and credential...
Microsoft's January 2011 Patch Tuesday security update contains only two bulletins, but misses several open security issues.
The Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship, worth £30,000, has been launched by City University London
Security suppliers typically compete on performance or throughput of their appliances, but the fastest is not necessarily the most secure.
Research in Motion (RIM) has agreed to restrict access to pornographic sites via its Blackberry smartphone devices in Indonesia.
Speculation is rife that the social media sector is about to become awash with IPOs, as investors clamour to stake their claims in what appears to be a land grab for the space. But despite fears of a 'bubble 2.0', are the likes of Twitter and Facebook ready to go public yet?
Mobile phones, iPods, and Xboxes will become part of the teaching tool-kit, according to a survey of education professionals from industry body Intellect.
Most UK secondary school students are not being taught the necessary IT skills to prepare them for future employment, according to research from Microsoft.
Sophisticated scams developed by cyber-criminals to target smartphones and social networks means businesses must increase awareness of internet scams, according to security firm, Knowthenet.org.uk.
Interactive whiteboard specialist Promethean has delivered a downbeat update to trading revealing that the last quarter of 2010 was a difficult one in terms of trading. The spotlight has been on the vendor ever since it went public last year, with it being one of the first tech IPO's following the
British Airways chief information officer (CIO) and head of services Paul Coby has stepped down as the company merges with Spanish carrier Iberia, Computer Weekly has learned.
Retail banks in all regions are increasing their IT spending by an average of 24% over the next five years but European banks will increase spending the least.
Northgate has shuffled its management pack and underlined its commitment to the public sector after concluding a strategic review in response to the government led cutbacks aimed at reducing the deficit. Last year saw the announcement of plans to save billions from the public sector and the next fe
T-Mobile has confirmed corporate contracts will not be affected by changes to its data usage policy.
Recently-launched wholesale ISP BE Broadband - which is backed by O2 - has appointed the former head of SME provider Easynet Connect, Chris Stening, as its new managing director. Stening will take charge of maintaining the firm's vision and public face, as well as strategy planning for its keyconsum
The demand for IT staff hit a six month high in December leading from the front in an energised job market that rounded off the year with nearly all sectors demanding workers. According to the latest monthly figures from KPMG over the entire economy the rate of growth in permanent positions remaine
Logicalis has taken the unprecedented step of releasing a framework document that reveals its secrets of being a successful supplier to the public sector. The Public Sector Network (PSN) Delivery Framework has been published and shared with other channel players in the spirit of encouraging a diffe
A successful IT governance strategy requires executive support, so how can you make management buy-in a business reality? Here are five techniques that can help.
Higher SQL Server cloud adoption with more competition and SQL Server virtualization will get top billing in the SQL Server market in 2011, experts predict. Plus, self-service BI is on the up and up, along with solid-state devices.
Cisco's new line of Catalyst C-Series switches promise to simplify campus network design. The 8-port switches offer advanced management and security features beyond the wiring closet.
What are the top 10 data center trends in servers, storage, operating systems and data center facilities for 2011? Find out in our annual data center predictions article.
The Computer Conservation Society (CCS) has commissioned a working replica of EDSAC, the world's first operational programmable computer.
The full report on the BP oil-well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico has been released, revealing that its real-time data monitoring systems need to be improved.
Sony is taking legal action against a group of hackers that has uncovered the security codes for the PlayStation 3 gaming console.
The government's pupil premium, which will give schools an extra £430 a year for students from the lowest-income families, could be used to address the digital...
Forty-one market towns with around 300,000 businesses and consumers will get broadband access of up to 40Mbps from spring next year as part of the next phase...
Businesses of all sizes could cut up to 30% off their combined IT and communications costs following the establishment of a joint venture between mobile...
Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, is to upgrade its business intelligence capability with a technology refresh of its Teradata data warehouse and a...
India's second biggest IT service provider has announced its financial results in what will be the first of a flurry of announcements from the IT giants...
NHS organisations lack the IT systems and funding required to support the government's plan to give greater patients access to personal records.
Shorter data retention periods are likely to be introduced in an updated version of the EU...
IT departments are spending too much time keeping the lights on, according to a new survey.
Traditionally, over two-thirds of an annual IT budget is...
Global PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 fell below analyst predictions as businesses delayed purchases and considered alternative devices
There is no reason to believe the passport details of UK 2006 FIFA World Cup ticketholders are at risk, according to the Information Commissioner's Office...
Most UK secondary school students are not being taught the necessary IT skills to prepare them for future employment, writes Kathleen Hall. According to research from Microsoft, around 71% of 16 to 18-year-olds surveyed said they learn more about technology outside the classroom, while 58% said the
Avaya distie ScanSource has launched a professional services offering in the UK, allowing its dealer channel to sell installation services on Avaya kit without having to invest in the resources needed to do it all themselves. The new offering will sit alongside existing technical support and pre-sal
Software testers now have their very own community, the Defectives, set up by software testing consultancy ROQ IT
Merger discussions between Actebis and Swiss distributor Also have completed and the tie-up between the two distributors should be given shareholder backing next month. The two European distribution players announced plans to discuss a merger back in August and have got the green light from the EU
Despite the innovation taking place in the ERP software market a bulk of customers will keep away from investing this year as tight budgets restrict their upgrade options. According to analyst house Forrester ERP software might have evolved to deliver better user experiences and predictable long-te
The UK needs a credible policy framework for trusted, collaborative identity governance, says the Information Society Alliance
The IT jobs market continued to surge at the end of last year as demand for permanent staff reached a six-month high.
Industry bodies have hit out against an outdated IT curriculum and unenthusiastic teaching staff
Information security is a top concern about cloud computing among IT professionals, a study has revealed. Over half of 7,500 IT security professionals...
Global PC sales moved up just 2.7% in the fourth quarter as consumers opted to stay at home or chose alternative electronic devices. Market watcher IDC said unit shipments were below its projections of a 5.5% rise but the 92.1 million units sold still represented the largest quarter on record. &qu
Mobile and smartphone security likely will be one of the top threats to be discussed at Infosecurity Europe 2011...
The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) has won a €300k contract to develop a training programme for CIOs and IT managers.
Dixons Retail today reported that sales over the peak Christmas period fell 2% and gross margins dipped 0.2%, dragging profits for the year to the bottom end of expectations of £100m to £110m. It was a bleak mid-winter for the retailer, during the 8 weeks ended 8 January UK sales sank 4
The slow march of mobile operatorsinto the IT services market picked up pace today after carrier O2 and integrator 2e2 lifted the covers off a contractual joint venture. The 'O2 Unify' business, which launches 2 April, will marry the firms' portfolios under one billing mechanism, including O2's con
Android will continue to grow at more than twice the rate of its closest smart phone competitors this year, despite concerns over platform fragmentation, according to analyst firm Canalys. Chris Jones, principal analyst at the firm, said Android's growth has been phenomenal, but there has also been
Datatec reckons the IT industry is finally returning to meaningful growth, following a solid four months which tracked the high end of previous forecasts. The parent of distributor Westcon and integrator Logicalis said in an interim statement that both businesses were demonstrating some momentum, w
Hampshire County Council is conducting a trial of staff using their own smartphones to access corporate systems.
Google may face an antitrust lawsuit by the US Justice Department over its $700m acquisition of ITA Software.
SAP has reported record fourth-quarter results software revenue of €1.5bn (£1.27bn), up 34% compared with the same quarter in 2009.
Red Hat provided customers still on RHEL 5 with numerous updates and enhancements, including support for the latest microprocessor platforms.
Oracle rolls out VirtualBox 4.0; Citrix invests in GlassHouse Technologies and other news in brief.
Growing Opportunity implements biometric authentication technology to overcome financial losses resulting from duplicate loan applications.
PC chipmaker Intel has reported a record year and a record fourth quarter, despite pressure on its core market from tablet computers and smartphones.
IT managers will have to support up to eight mobile platforms within their organisations by the end of the year...
Apple has released a beta version of its iOS operating system – iOS 4.3 beta is available through the iOS Dev Centre.
The government wants concrete evidence that the business rates tax on lit fibres - the so-called fibre tax - unduly hampers network investment before it considers reviewing the system
Mobile payments, already common in developing economies, are set to become bigger business in the developed world
Research in Motion (RIM) has launched a beta version of new development tools for the Blackberry tablet operating system (OS) and Blackberry smartphones.
Vodafone Australia has sacked several people after four million customer records were exposed in a privacy leak
The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Director of PC repair shop jailed for £1.6m fraud The owner of PC repairs and maintenance firm Ventura Computer Services (VCS) has been jailed for 32 months for defrauding HP out of £1.6m worth of equipment.
A Riverbed wide area network optimisation project has allowed Devon and Cornwall police in remoter areas to spend more time out in the communities they protect.
A former Sainsbury's lead analyst programmer has been jailed for stealing more than £73,000 in Nectar reward points
BT has proposed that network operators that want to share its poles and ducts should have to let BT share their infrastructure too
Mitel has named Richard McBee, former president of comms and enterprise at Danaher, as its new CEO, replacing long-serving Don Smith, who stood down last year. McBee, who joined Washington DC-basedelectronics andinstrumentation firm Danaher in 2007 when it acquired rival Tektronix, was responsible f
Many schools will have their software licence fees cut by more than half as Microsoft changes its method for calculating payment.
The positive sounds SAP has been making about Q4 revenue are likely to be countered in its next set of results with the $1.3bn it had to pay out to Oracle to settle a recent legal dispute. The vendor was forced to cough up the damages to its rival after it's subsidiary TomorrowNow was found to have
European telecoms operators want greater clarity on how to comply with data breach notification (DBN) requirements, says the EU's cyber security agency.
TheEMEA market for unified communications (UC)kit and services will double insize by 2014, according to the latest figures from market watchers IDC. With total sales in 2010 hitting $8bn (£5bn), IDC's analysts expect it to approach $16.6bn within the next three years. Despite the upbeat tone o
Intel squeezed out a bumper set of fourth quarter financials last night and declared that the corporate refresh has plenty of legs left yet with the cloud and Windows 7 expected to drive PC and server sales. The industry bellwether pushed up sales 8% to $11.5bn as profits grew 48% to $3.4bn for the
The amicable split between Motorola'shandset division and its enterprise solutions and networking businesswill provide new levels of clarity for resellers trying to push its solutions in the marketplace, according to Motorola Solutions head of EMEA enterprise channel, Richard Hudson. A velvet divorc
If you need reminding of how difficult it is to get people to back up their data, you couldn't do much better than the strange story involving the theft of a Macbook from the car of medical researchers at Oklahoma University. The laptop, which belonged to university researcher Sook Shin, contained y
Public sector organisations' migration to cloud-based services is being held up bybudget cuts, lingering doubts over data security and complex application environments. This was according to a Trustmarque roundtable that gathered talking heads from the government space to discuss the landscape foll