TechTarget News - Week of Jan 30, 2011

Brokerage dumps Oracle E-Business Suite reporting for Excel

Business users at GFI Group were having a difficult time with the complexity of the Oracle E-Business Suite financial reporting tools, so the company went to an Excel-based tool called GL Wand.

Rocky road ahead for mobile market

Device technology is advancing so fast that legislation and network infrastructure are falling behind. The mobile landscape resembles the seabed moments before the tsunami hits: as the uptake wave sucks back the water, it reveals the rocks and reefs that are normally hidden, and are dangerous only on contact.

Specsavers selects SQS for offshore software testing

High street optician Specsavers has selected SQS Software Quality Systems to provide on and off-shore testing in a three-year managed testing services contract worth over £5 million.

Assange reveals Wikileaks back-up plan

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed a back-up plan to continue releasing secrets if the whistleblowing website is shut down.

Finalists decided for Cyber Security Challenge

Simon Walker, a software consultant from Tring, Hertfordshire, has won the penultimate individual event in the 2010 Cyber Security Challenge UK.

Salesforce.com makes Chatter social tool free for all

Enterprise cloud computing firm Salesforce.com has introduced a free version of its social collaboration tool, Chatter, for non-Salesforce.com users to accelerate...

D-Link adds new maintenance, support structure

Partners reselling networking lines from SMB-centric vendor D-Link will be able to add extra support, maintenance and warranty options following the launch of a new programme dubbed D-Link Assist. The programme will give dealers access to a regionally-based network of engineers on behalf of thei

DWP CIO Joe Harley appointed as government CIO

Joe Harley, the CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions is also to take on the top job in public sector IT as the new government chief information officer.

Identity card plan ignored fatal flaws

Ministers and civil servants swept fundamental problems with the ID card database blueprint under the carpet and approved a development plan that would prove so unfeasible it had to be torn up after government IT experts had worked on it for three years, Computer Weekly has learned.

Android vaults Symbian to grab smartphone market leadership

As predicted, Google's Android smartphone operating system has become the market leading OS, pushing rival Nokia into second place, according to the latestquarterly smartphone figures from Canalys. Canalys' data show that shipments of Android-based smartphones hit 33.3 million during the last th

Check Point breaks the $1bn revenue mark

Security specialist Check Point has broken through the $1bn revenue mark for the first time fueled by a strong demand for network protection products. Numbers filed for the year ended 31 December showed a 19% year-on-year increase in revenue to $1bn and a 21% hike in Non-GAAP net income to $528m.

Chipset design flaw to cost Intel $700m

Intel expects to spend $700m (£437m) repairing and replacing a design flaw discovered in its Intel 6 series chipset, code-named Cougar Point

Red Hat introduces deal registration to spur channel growth

Red Hat has introduced deal registration for its top tiers of European partners to underpin its ambitions to grow the business through the channel. By rolling out financial incentives for the first time to its advanced and premier partners the vendor is hoping that rebates will provoke greater effo

SAM on the rise but calls issued for coherent strategy

UK firms are starting to adopt software asset management (SAM) tools in order to monitor and control spending on applications as well as ensuring compliance with licensing demands. With the risks of failing to look after a software estate so high profile, the BSA settled with a medical training sup

Microsoft partner bosses urged to tackle Office 365 concerns

Microsoft has rejigged its channel management structure to smooth resellersmove to its cloud services model, one that partners have expressed serious concerns over. As a result of the reshuffle, Clare Barclay, director of partner programmes and strategy is moving to become UK director of SMB and di

Apple moves to tighten control of App Store

Apple is tightening its control of the App Store even further by refusing to allow application developers to sell content within their apps.

Indian government threatening BlackBerry ban again

India may yet ban BlackBerry services after maker Research In Motion (RIM) said it was technically impossible to give government access to corporate e-mails.

Tech sector stands out as M&A target

The prospects of the tech sector being a ripe one for M&A activity look good with the valuations and returns being offered for investors much higher than in other areas of the economy. According to the latest KPMG Global M&A Predictor the smart money will be heading towards tech firms, more

BBC criticised over £133m digital project

The early stages of £133m BBC technology project with Siemens have been criticised for not offering value for money.

Privacy think tank calls for data stewardship and accountability

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL) at Hunton & Williams LLP has called for a privacy framework that holds organisations accountable for consumer data collection and management.

Network could grow productivity 5% annually, says Cisco CEO

Speaking this morning at the Cisco Live event in London, Cisco CEO John Chambers has called for European businesses to use their networks to improve productivity in the economic recovery, and warned that there is "no such thing" as a truly secure data centre. The global economic recovery w

Ofcom told to look at practicalities of web site blocking

Ofcom has been handed the task of discovering if the parts of the Digital Economy Act intended to block sites providing illegal content can be blocked. One of the main anti-piracy weapons in the Act is the ability to use the courts to block websites deemed to be dedicated to copyright infringement.

Mobile app stores to grow over 1,000% by 2014

Mobile application store downloads are expected to surge 117% in 2011, growing more than 1,000% by 2014.

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Hiscox boosts QA with Dynatrace for SOA

Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, has deployed Dynatrace, an application performance management tool, to improve its QA testing.

The insurance...

Rural broadband upheaval as Wooster quits JON

Community broadband spokesman Adrian Wooster has resigned from the Joint Open Networks Exchange (JON), citing differences of opinion over the speed with which it should attack the UK market.

Extreme makes redundancies as growth slows

Second quarter profits and sales at Extreme Networks have scraped in at the low-end ofpreviously issuedguidance, but a sluggish showing in the North American theatre meant the firm did not post massive gains, and has been forced to lay-off 5% of its global workforce - approximately 35 heads - as it

GSS cuts public sector team as government sales slow

Global Secure Systems has cut sales and back-office staff in reaction to the massive budget reductions across the public sector. The Worthing-based specialist security reseller generates around half of its turnover from the government space - hit hard by the austerity measures introduced by the coa

Tablets save Q4 for flagging UK PC market

Tablets replaced netbooks at the beating heart of the UK PC market in the fourth quarter as growth returned despite the best efforts of the weather and dipping consumer confidence. Figures from channel analyst Context revealed unit shipments through UK distributors edged up nearly 6% year-on-year i

Application Modernization Special Report

Despite the riptides of technical change, mainframe computers have persisted, remaining relevant and indeed indispensable for many organizations.

Virtual WLAN puts an end to the traditional classroom

New Line Learning Academies’ Federation is using WLAN virtualisation with shared pools of virtual access points that dole out bandwidth on demand and enable hundreds of students and teachers to simultaneously share learning materials on one stable network.

IT needs to ‘call out what you see,’ Diageo CIO tells Gartner BI Summit

IT needs to be a strategic partner, Brian Franz, Diageo’s global CIO and business process director, told the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in London. IT can use its all-seeing role to its advantage, and its capability to make data make sense is critical.

Bringing radiology imaging from PACS to PHR services

Microsoft HealthVault has been picked for a federally funded platform to port radiology imaging data to personal health records. Google Health, meanwhile, isn't ready for imaging.

Know the rules: Workforce management best practices

To get the most from workforce management software, manufacturers should secure stakeholder support and maintain a strong focus on labor rules.

IPv4 addresses will run out within eight months

The Internet Address and Naming Agency (IANA) will allocate the last remaining IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) addresses this month, signalling a shift to the new IPv6 internet addressing scheme.

Autonomy boosts profits by 17%

Software developer Autonomy saw end of year profits climb by 17%, up from $323m (£199m) in 2009. Sales were also up by 18% from $740m in 2009.

Juniper adds new EMEA partner head

Juniper Networks has named its vice president of Strategic Alliances, David Helfer, to the post of EMEA partner vice president. Helfer, who joined the firm 11 years ago, transfers to Europe from the North American theatre, has been tasked with spring cleaning Juniper's partner operations in the thea

Augmented reality demand set to leap, says Juniper Research

The demand for augmented reality technology - which offers virtual reality pictures superimposed on real images seen through a camera view finder - will take off over the next four years, telecoms analyst firm Juniper Research predicts.

Websense Triton products start to deliver on investment

Investments in upgrading its web and email protection appear to have paid off for Websense with the vendor reporting a solid set of numbers for its last fiscal year. Having put some dollars into the web-based Triton range the vendor saw its performance pick up in the second half of the year with it

EC plans could open up ICT procurement for SMEs

Technology start-ups and SMEs could benefit from European Commission (EC) plans to improve SME procurement.

Software vendors encouraged to modernise

Software vendors are going to have to get better at standing out from the crowd and with showing greater flexibility with their channel partners if they are to take advantage of changes happening in the market over the next few years. According to Gartner's latest insights into the global enterpris

EMC confirms Giddins as EMEA distie manager

Industry veteran Amanda Giddins has pitched up at EMC as EMEA distribution manager, months after leaving Brocade. She spent less than two years as EMEA channel sales director at the networking vendor and joins storage behemoth EMC at a time when it is reworking its channel model to engage with partn

Arrow points to improving economic climate

Arrow has cast off the shackles of the recession after posting double digit rises in sales and profits for the fourth quarter. Top line growth of 24% saw sales swell to $5.24bn (£3.23bn) for the period ended 31 December as income went up 150% to $157.9m (£97.4m) with restructuring and i

New UK CEO for Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed former BT managing director of group and Openreach service operations Lucy Dimes as its new UK and Ireland CEO, replacing Lakh Jemmett, who is to take up the post of EMEAvice president of transformation in April. Seperately, the networking and comms services vendor has a

Insight hires former HP exec to head up services push

Insight has named former HP Vistorm exec Steve Browell as director of services to renew its efforts in the market ahead of launching tools to migrate and manage customers in their transition to the cloud. A former business development director at HP's security business, Browell will manage a team of

Apple makes SCC first SI partner in the UK

SCC has scooped the first Apple Authorised Systems Integrator (SI) accreditation in the UK to spearhead sales of iPads and Macs to corporate customers. The Birmingham-based reseller - part of the SCH Group - secured the Apple Authorised Reseller badge in January but the SI certification is understo

The Open Group to look at EA, SOA and cloud computing

Included in sessions are cybersecurity, enterprise architecture - with an eye for business transformation. As always, skills certification programs related to TOGAF 9 will be a major draw.

Microsoft, Google sweeten online service SLAs

As Microsoft readies Office 365, the company tweaked its Online Services lifecycle policy. Google also improved its service-level agreements to cut planned downtime.

Black market in internet addresses starts up

A growing black market and fraudulent deals in IPv4 internet addresses are unlikely to last long, says the European internet address registrar, RIPE NCC.

Broadband boosts BT profits to £531m

An early return to positive cash flow at Global Services helped BT to produce earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation 7% higher on sales that fell 3%

Ferrari goes with Infor for auto resource planning

Iconic Italian sportscar maker Ferrari is to migrate its information systems based on Baan IV to the latest version of Infor ERP LN (enterprise resource planning) software.

OFT to investigate e-book pricing

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is launching an investigation into e-book pricing.

Comic Relief prepares IT for Red Nose Day 2011

The organisers of this year's Red Nose Day have released details of the IT that will support the enormous peaks of web traffic on the Comic Relief fundraising day on 18 March.

Virgin Media Business sets sights on data centres

Virgin Media Business is extending its network into data centres to widen its potential market and is looking to the channel to help it carve out a stake in the emerging cloud infrastructure space. The decision to make the move into data centres has come after the vendor identified changes in the m

BT makes progress but revenues dip again

BT has posted a slight dip in revenues for the second quarter in succession as its Global Services and Retail operations saw turnover drop. For the third quarter ended 31 December the telco giant delivered revenues of £5bn, down 3% year-on-year, but delivered strongly with EBITDA up by 7% to

Intel chipset embarrassment could ease UK inventory glut

Delays to PC launch dates caused by Intel's flawed Sandy Bridge chipset could help ease the massive build up of inventory in the UK channel, according to IDC. The CPU giant has suspended sales of its second gen Core CPU after discovering a design fault - SATA ports within the chipset may degrade ove

Philips chief heads to Vodafone

Gerard Kleisterlee will succeed John Bond as chairman at Vodafone in July 2011.

Distributors define role in the cloud economy

The traditional role of IT distributors will be just as relevant in the new cloud-computing era as it has been for the past three decades, according to established players in the market - though some admit challenges lie ahead. Battle plans are being drawn out across the distribution channel in rea

PARS Technology talking to buyers and investors

UK system builder PARS Technology is weighing its options and hopes to wrap up a sale of the business or find an external investor within a week. The Milton Keynes-based PC maker made roughly one third of its 31-strong workforce redundant in November to cut its cost base and is exploring the best w

Avnet CEO: We still have an appetite to acquire

Avnet is likely to get acquisitive later in the year, once Bell Microproducts and its other more recent conquests are fully digested, as management bandwidth and not financial limitations are shaping its buy and build strategy. In calendar 2010, Avnet shelled out around $600m for Bell back in March

EMC preparing SnapImage upgrade for Solaris

EMC has invited Solaris users to alpha test an upgrade of its block-level snapshot tool, SnapImage. PLUS: what EMCers see on their first day at work.

Data centre management: The battle for control

If data centre networks are becoming more important, why are networking pros losing their say in the battle for data centre management?

Automation, continuous integration and continuous improvement in Agile ALM -- Part 2

Advice on automation in application lifecycle management is given by Agile ALM author, Michael Hüttermann in this second part of an interview with site editor, Yvette Francino. In this Q&A, Hüttermann answers questions about programming skills required to automate, continuous integration and answers what your organization can do to achieve a "high process automation grade."

Is cloud computing bad for your networking career?

Many network managers may have an emotional resistance to cloud computing, but experts explain the economic benefits and positive career impact outsourcing data centre resources can have.

Automation in Agile ALM: Interview with author Michael Hüttermann -- Part 1

Agile ALM author Michael Hüttermann talks about how automation is being used in application lifecycle management. Various types of automation are explored, including the controversial use of capture and playback tools for user interface (UI) testing. Hüttermann also answers the question, are manual testers becoming obsolete?

WAN disaster recovery: Testing your solution

Having a WAN disaster recovery plan is crucial for businesses performing data duplication between multiple locations. Learn how a UK property management firm ensured their solution could grow with them and how they test it regularly.

Hospitals building health information exchange, brick by brick

Hospitals are building a de facto national health information exchange infrastructure as they try to connect ambulatory practices and other hospitals in their regions.

Konkan Railway revamps IT network structure

KRCL is upgrading KRNet, its IT network structure. The new IT network structure will be deployed by opting for a lease model.

Wikileaks cables reveal Acta negotiators avoided official scrutiny

US negotiators wanted to make the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) a "freestanding agreement" to avoid scrutiny from international groupings such as the G-8 or OECD, according to diplomatic cables revealed by Wikileaks.

Google’s Chrome 9 points to cloud environment

Google's latest stable version of the Chrome browser introduces features such as Chrome Instant, WebGL and a Chrome Web Store.

Access to the Chrome...

Apple comes under pressure to reveal post-Jobs scenario

Apple is coming under growing pressure to reveal what plans it has if the current CEO Steve Jobs is unable to return from a break on health grounds and take the helm. Jobs has been battling illness for the last few years and is on his second spell of sick leave but with his health an ongoing concer

Lancaster City Council scraps broadband funding bid

Lancaster City Council has scrapped support for a "digital village pump" pilot project that would have provided at least seven remote Lancashire villages with fibre to the home (FTTH) for £92 a year.

NetSuite grows revenues but losses remain

Cloud player NetSuite was unable to cut its losses in the last quarter but saw revenues rise as more users started to turn towards hosted applications. Net loss for the fourth quarter, ended 31 December, was $6.4m not much improved on the $6.5m it lost in the same period last year. However revenue

Vendors start recall of Sandy Bridge machines

People who have acquired Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba PCs with a flawed Intel chipset will be able to return the machines, writes Cliff Saran. Earlier this week Intel said it had discovered a design issue in a recently-released support chip, the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point. The c

Apple partners rue demise of Xserve

Apple partners are rueing the demise of the Xserve range that was killed off late last year but only stopped shipping earlier this week. In November, Apple released the Xserve Transition Guide that confirmed it would not be developing a future version of the rackmount line of Mac servers range. &qu

Acer UK PC sales hit hard as market tumbles in Q4

Acer UK's PC business is under increasing pressure after IDC data showed sales collapsed 30% in Q4 - following its drop in the previous three months - as the slowdown in consumer demand compounded existing inventory woes. The UK market was soft during the festive period, with preliminary numbers sho

Distribution changes afoot for HP and Dell

Magirus has penned a distribution deal with Dell to carry its EqualLogic storage brand in France but the partnership is expected to extend to the UK. Changes are also afoot elsewhere in distribution amid suggestions that HP will run logistics partners from the US rather than locally, and that its s

Microsoft to cut EA fees for LARs by more than two thirds

The feast of fees that Microsoft's larger LAR partners gorged on will turn to a relative famine from 11 September when sweeping changes to Enterprise Agreements (EA) are initiated. The partner community was given a top-line view of the changes last year, affording them enough time to digest the imp

Real-time analytics bring voice calls back in vogue

By combining the personal touch of voice calls with the real-time analytics of Web applications, a telecoms startup hopes to make chatting on the phone more common, and more profitable.