TechTarget News - Week of Jan 09, 2011

Director of PC repairs shop jailed for £1.6m HP 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. 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

State Emergency Service CIO pre-positions mobile command centers to manage floods

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.

Analysts predict SAP trends for 2011

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.

To hell with Microsoft's rule against IE virtualization

Microsoft doesn’t support IE6 virtualization, but some IT shops violate their EULAs to run virtual Internet Explorer because the benefits outweigh the risk.

Microsoft starts 2011 with light patch Tuesday

The first Patch Tuesday monthly security update from Microsoft will be light compared with 17 patches aimed at fixing 42 vulnerabilities in December.

CES 2011: System on a chip makes waves

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.

Microsoft to create 4,000 new UK jobs

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 GCHQ CIO to lead CSC security practice

Former Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) CIO, Nick Hopkinson, has joined services firm CSC as director of Cybersecurity.

Symantec puts out distie tender for enterprise security range

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

Target launches Tenda network lines in UK

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

Open source group slams Novell over patent sale

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...

Industry old timer McBride joins Computacenter board

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 to recruit 4,000 in government jobs drive

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

VAT and tax changes giving SMEs headaches

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

Azlan launches Cisco UCS virtualisation drive

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 urges tough action on dodgy directors

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,

London Stock Exchange tight-lipped over November crash

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.

Changing branch networking needs reshape the branch office box

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.

FULL DETAILS: EMC’s new VNX and VNXe ranges

EMC will next week launch unified storage devices under the VNX name, but also a range of low-end storage systems dubbed VNXe.

Microsoft Azure to be in Windows shops, like it or not

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.

Oracle business intelligence app targets SAP financials

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 tools: Q&A with author Michael Hüttermann – Part 2

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 ALM: Interview with author Michael Hüttermann – Part 1

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.

System interoperability key to health IT innovation, payment reform

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.

The JavaRanch Surreptitiously Infiltrates TheServerSide Java Symposium 2011

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.

Fashion retailer Aurora outsources IT operations

Ladies fashion retailer Aurora is outsourcing its IT next month with 48 workers transferring to the contract-winning supplier Retail assist.

SMEs unprepared for IT disaster

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.

Will Amazon Android Appstore contribute to market fragmentation?

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 customer details sold to criminals

Vodafone Australia may face a class action for breach of privacy after it confirmed that its customers' details may have been sold to criminals.

Computacenter talks up market recovery as 2010 sales rise

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%.

Former SonicWall man Bird takes top role at eSellerPro

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

Microsoft loses server and cloud boss Muglia

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

M&A activity remains solid through 2010

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

Tablet overload could hurt some vendors

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 boss Meyer resigns as Board looks for better results

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

Computerlinks adds network management tools to stable

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'

SMEs failing to take backup measures

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

The CIO job and age discrimination

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.

Oracle faces $100m source code theft lawsuit

Oracle is facing a $100m lawsuit after security software firm 2FA accused Oracle's subsidiary Passlogix of stealing source code for authentication and credential...

Social media IPOs: Eight investment issues of social network companies

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?

Top three internet scams to avoid in 2011

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.

Promethean update reveals tough Q4 trading

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 CIO steps down following Iberia merger

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' IT spending to rocket over five years

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 creates public sector services outfit

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

Easynet boss heads to BE Broadband

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

IT jobs most in demand

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 reveals secrets of public sector success

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

In 2011, SQL Server market trending toward cloud, virtualization

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.

Top ten data center trends of 2011

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.

EDSAC rebuild gets the go-ahead

The Computer Conservation Society (CCS) has commissioned a working replica of EDSAC, the world's first operational programmable computer.

Sony takes legal action against PS3 hackers

Sony is taking legal action against a group of hackers that has uncovered the security codes for the PlayStation 3 gaming console.

O2, 2E2 combine to attack £7bn outsource market

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...

Infosys sets the ball rolling on Indian results

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...

IT departments don't have resources to innovate

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...

Schools fail students and business with poor ICT lessons

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

ScanSource adds Avaya installation services to mix

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

Actebis takes final steps to sealing deal with Swiss Also

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

ERP spending to remain flat for most in 2011

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

Global PC sales end year on a low

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

Dixons Retail sales fall over vital festive season

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

O2 and 2e2 form IT and comms joint venture

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 to dominate Smartphone space in 2011, says Canalys

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 CEO says customer confidence returning

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

Government wants hard evidence before changing fibre tax

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

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 14 January 2011

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.

Riverbed keeps Devon cops on the beat

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.

Mitel names McBee as new CEO

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

Microsoft to halve school licence fees

Many schools will have their software licence fees cut by more than half as Microsoft changes its method for calculating payment.

SAP enjoys a strong end to the year

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

EMEA unified comms market will double in size by 2014

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

Cloud build out to drive server sales for years, says Intel

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

Motorola split to ease channel solution sales

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

Back up: learning the hard way

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 voices challenges of moving to the Cloud

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