Forrester expert James Kobielus offers his technology predictions for the data warehousing, business intelligence (BI) and advanced analytics software markets in 2011.
Intel has introduced a new, cheap, way to connect servers to Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) networks, and taken a dig at other FCoE rivals along the way. But the release may not save users the real cost of a new FCoE network.
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.
IBM's outsourcing snafu in Texas shows what not to do as the state rebids an $865 million contract.
Dell updates systems management appliance, and other data center news.
VMware was behind a series of news nuggets, from earnings and market share results to a new SMB offering and partnerships. Elsewhere, virtualization management ISVs say they’re making hay.
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.
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.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed a back-up plan to continue releasing secrets if the whistleblowing website is shut down.
Mobile operator, Vodafone, has restored mobile phone services in Egypt after a 24-hour shutdown.
The internet could be 100 times faster than it is today if a new £7.2m six-year research project, the Photonics Superhighway, is successful.
Simon Walker, a software consultant from Tring, Hertfordshire, has won the penultimate individual event in the 2010 Cyber Security Challenge UK.
Three community broadband networks in Lancashire have received termination notices following the take-over of their backhaul supply by a joint venture between BT and the county council.
Lancashire County Council (LCC) is to tender for a single network operator to provide a £40m county-wide superfast broadband service by mid-2013.
Enterprise cloud computing firm Salesforce.com has introduced a free version of its social collaboration tool, Chatter, for non-Salesforce.com users to accelerate...
Public sector contracts accounted for 77% of the total outsourcing spending in the UK in 2010, according to the latest report from consultancy TPI.
Network operators should seek new partners to make the most of high-speed mobile transmission technology, according to a market analyst.
Ministers involved with the ID card system were told the plan was feasible, but recently released documents reveal key issues that were never addressed
Google's Android operating system has overtaken Nokia's Symbian platform to become the world's leading smartphone platform.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Brian Franz, CIO at beverages giant Diageo, discusses the challenges of global business processes, consumer technology and digital marketing. Diageo,...
The use of location-based applications, such as Facebook Deals, could present a "major technical challenge" for businesses trying to respond to user events in real-time, a chief technology officer has warned.
Intel expects to spend $700m (£437m) repairing and replacing a design flaw discovered in its Intel 6 series chipset, code-named Cougar Point
BMW wants to turn your car key into a universal access device using near-field communications (NFC) technology.
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
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 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
Google and Twitter have joined forces to enable Egyptians to tweet using the phone to bypass a government-imposed internet blackout.
Looking to cut WAN costs associated with expensive private circuits, enterprises are considering standard broadband as a primary means of WAN connectivity for select branches.
Citrix XenClient only supports Intel vPro, but vPro isn’t necessary, and other bare-metal client hypervisors are compatible with various AMD and Intel chips.
The never-ending quest to cut IT costs is opening up new IT offshoring markets. Here are a look at Gartner's latest assessment and a new index from IT advisory firm TPI Inc.
Apple is tightening its control of the App Store even further by refusing to allow application developers to sell content within their apps.
Public sector IT heads and analysts have welcomed the appointment of Joe Harley as the government's new CIO.
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.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has reported 6.9 million people filed their self-assessment tax returns online this year.
The University of Portsmouth has installed a Dell supercomputer capable of a billion calculations per second.
An interactive crime map has been launched to allow people to monitor criminal activity in their area.
The networked economy has the potential to raise global productivity by up to five percent but security issues could inhibit that, Cisco CEO John Chambers...
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
The early stages of £133m BBC technology project with Siemens have been criticised for not offering value for money.
Microsoft has admitted a problem between its Windows Phone Mail client and Yahoo Mail has caused the excessive Windows Phone 7 (WP7) data charges.
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.
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 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.
The University of Salford is embarking on a 13 month datacentre transformation project to virtualise and enable shared services.
Mobile application store downloads are expected to surge 117% in 2011, growing more than 1,000% by 2014.
According to the latest figures by research...
Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, has deployed Dynatrace, an application performance management tool, to improve its QA testing.
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.
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
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 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
Despite the riptides of technical change, mainframe computers have persisted, remaining relevant and indeed indispensable for many organizations.
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 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.
Cultural barriers have impeded desktop video adoption among knowledge workers, requiring UC pros to focus their desktop video conferencing strategy on upper management.
Portal problems and doubts about whether Microsoft Gold certifications are worth the cost haunt Microsoft Partner Network.
Three years after it launched Duet, the two software companies have announced a retooled version that allows users to access SAP applications through Microsoft’s SharePoint.
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.
To get the most from workforce management software, manufacturers should secure stakeholder support and maintain a strong focus on labor rules.
Quest wants to make vRanger a one-stop shop for physical and virtual server backup, starting with its 5.x updates.
The top 10 public cloud computing risks -- from security to legal ambiguity -- and how IT executives and industry experts advise dealing with them.
Google has accused Microsoft of using Google's search results to improve the performance of Bing, Microsoft's own search engine.
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.
The government is to rethink controversial plans to block websites that infringe copyright, which were outlined in the Digital Economy Act (DEA).
Software quality would be much better if programmers adopted "literate programming", according to Stanford University's unique professor emeritus of the art of computer programming Donald Knuth.
As the social media company with the most discernible business model to date, LinkedIn's decision to float came as little surprise.
Yahoo has spoken out after being blamed for excessive data charges experienced by some Microsoft Windows Phone 7 (WP7) users.
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.
A flood of celebratory and congratulatory tweets on Twitter has greeted the news that internet services have been restored in Egypt.
The Metropolitan Police Service and the National Policing Improvement Agency have signed a framework agreement with Vodafone.
Communications regulator Ofcom is to allow mobile network operators to trade their existing rights to frequencies for others they would like to use.
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
Businesses will roll-out high definition video conferencing to allow senior staff to work at home within four or five years, according to analyst group Gartner.
IT consumerisation, internal threats and the rise of social media are among the top business concerns for 2011, according to network security firm Lancope.
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.
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
Technology start-ups and SMEs could benefit from European Commission (EC) plans to improve SME procurement.
Rupert Murdoch has launched digital newspaper The Daily in a deal with Apple which makes it exclusive to the iPad.
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
O2 will apply for an e-money licence this year, signalling its commitment to support contactless payments in the UK in the near future.
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 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
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 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
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
Colocation provider Interxion recently made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange and saw its shares soar 18%; plus more news in brief.
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.
VMware’s popular Solution Enablement Toolkits had been free, but now VMware partners must pay for these templates, documents and other sales resources.
Cloud, social media and virtualization will be just some of the places organizations spend their discretionary IT dollars in the coming year.
As Microsoft readies Office 365, the company tweaked its Online Services lifecycle policy. Google also improved its service-level agreements to cut planned downtime.
In addition to escalating DDoS attacks, hackers have turned some of the very devices designed for telecom security into attack vectors, according to a recent survey.
As IT executives decide whether cloud risks outweigh the benefits of moving to the cloud model, the debate continues.
A growing black market and fraudulent deals in IPv4 internet addresses are unlikely to last long, says the European internet address registrar, RIPE NCC.
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%
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.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is launching an investigation into e-book pricing.
The much-anticipated new version of the iPad was spotted at the launch of Rupert Murdoch's digital newspaper The Daily
Businesses running Oracle will soon be able to use Amazon Web services to host the Database 11g server.
The European Commission has extended its controversial Microsoft software contract, while under intensifying scrutiny over its deals with proprietary vendors.
People who have acquired Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba PCs with a flawed Intel chipset will be able to return the machines.
Google has extended its Android Market app store to support desktop as well as mobile devices.
News Corp has said it plans to sell its MySpace social networking subsidiary.
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 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 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
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
Gerard Kleisterlee will succeed John Bond as chairman at Vodafone in July 2011.
The government is lacking a strategy for using technology to drive growth across the UK economy, according to IT trade association Intellect.
Increasing centralised government procurement of IT will not compromise the public sector's goal of buying more from SMEs, according to Ian Watmore, chief operating officer of the Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group.
It's official: the IPv4-based internet is full, or at least it will be within a few weeks
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
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 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 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.
With or without permission, your users are bringing their personal devices to work. It’s time to learn ways to secure mobile access to your network.
When a large school system launched a Web-facing student information server, its IT organization deployed its first hardware load balancers within its data center network.
As University of Birmingham rolls out its first unified communications solution, it is addressing a whole host of issues from load balancing to cultural change among staff.
If data centre networks are becoming more important, why are networking pros losing their say in the battle for data centre management?
After student viruses lead to massive network outages, a UK university went seeking the right NAC solution.
Companies are worried about compliance and data protection in the cloud, according to a reader survey.
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."
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.
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?
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 are building a de facto national health information exchange infrastructure as they try to connect ambulatory practices and other hospitals in their regions.
KRCL is upgrading KRNet, its IT network structure. The new IT network structure will be deployed by opting for a lease model.
Multinational companies are signing global and regional sourcing deals to manage their mobile devices, but only gradually, according to research from analyst group Ovum.
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.
Cyber experts at the annual Munich Security Conference are to propose that global rules of engagement are established to cope with cyber weapons.
A UK-based hacker stole 7.4m worth of virtual poker chips after gaming firm Zynga failed to monitor key database tables.
Vodafone has described the Egyptian authorities' use of its network to send pro-government texts as unacceptable.
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 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
Barclays is cutting almost three hundred UK back-office jobs and sending the roles to India.
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.
Hotmail has introduced an alias feature which Microsoft said would enable users to manage their online identities.
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
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 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'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
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
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
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.