TechTarget News - Week of Feb 06, 2011

CIOs on making the case for enterprise cloud computing

When it comes to enterprise cloud computing, CIOs are finding that even the easy sells are hard. Learn how organizations are incorporating the cloud into their business strategies.

Has the phrase Oracle Support become an oxymoron?

Recent surveys have found that dissatisfaction with Oracle Support is high compared with competitors. Why? And what can you do to get the Oracle support you need?

Powerline networking and Wi-Fi enable heritage networks

Historic and ancient buildings present unique challenges for network managers. Fortunately technologies like powerline networking and advanced Wi-Fi can help those designing and expanding heritage networks.

Business iPad easy to manage at Alpine Council

Victoria’s Alpine Council has adopted a fleet of 18 iPads, and IT Manager Craig Collings says the devices are proving wonderfully easy to manage.

Technology companies pessimistic about 2011

Technology businesses are more pessimistic about market growth than telecoms and media companies, according to research

IT services contracts spiked in final quarter of 2010

The total value of worldwide IT services contracts signed in the final three months of 2010 was 66% higher than the previous three months, according to research from Ovum.

Packard Bell stops shipping Sandy Bridge machines

Packard Bell, part of the Acer Group, has stopped shipping products with a flawed Intel chipset and has advised customers to return affected machines.


G-Cloud plans rewritten as risks of failure emerge

The scale and risk inherent in the government's ambitious plan to transfer its entire £16bn IT ecosystem into the cloud can be revealed today with the publication of reports that detail the full extent of the challenges.

Corero backs into US security outfit Top Layer

Datatec boss Jens Montanana's buy-and-build network security and BPM software business Corer plans to carry out a reverse takeover of Massachusetts-based security solutions developer Top Layer Networks for $15.3m (£9.4m).

Download the G-Cloud reports

Computer Weekly has obtained the documents that set out plans for the ambitious plan to put government IT into the cloud - download all the reports here.

Atos Origin calls time on email

Those resellers struggling to cope under the weight of emails might be intrigued by the ambition of Atos Origin's CEO to eradicate the technology inside his firm over the next three years.

C2000 hand Reed dual role as GM for PCs and software

Computer 2000 has doubled the responsibilities of software general manager James Reed to also include the PC business unit, ending the four month search for a permanent successor to Mark Glasspool.

UK wants to host international summit on cyber security

Foreign secretary William Hague has proposed that Britain host an international summit on cyber security.

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Accenture predicts easier to use BI and automated security

Business intelligence has become slicker and cheaper but is going to have to become easier to use if it's going to deliver on user demands in the next stage of its development.

Government misses deadline for first round of IT reform plans

The government has missed the deadline on nearly all its commitments to IT reform due to be implemented last month, writes Kathleen Hall. In November 2010 all Whitehall departments published business plans to make their progress on implementing government policy transparent.

OpenText agrees to acquire Metastorm for $182 million

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) provider OpenText has signed an agreement to acquire BPM vendor Metastorm Inc. for $182 million, subject to a number of closing conditions.

ARM servers form distant threat to Intel status quo

Low-power server processor designs are practically shoe-ins for the biggest Internet companies, but a lot will have to happen for them to find a home in mainstream data centers.

Business ByDesign 2.6 a turning point, says SAP

SAP has released the latest version of Business ByDesign, which the software manufacturer now says comes closer to realizing the application’s potential as a mature on-demand suite.

IT executives share their views on private clouds

IT executives and system integrators add their two cents to the private cloud definition, and discuss whether they have anything to gain from the "new paradigm."

Cognizant doubles Indian IT workforce

IT services firm Cognizant is spending $500m on infrastructure in India to accommodate a possible extra 55,000 workers to expand its low-cost delivery model.

Mobile malware up 46% in 2010, says McAfee

Malware targeting mobile devices rose 46% in 2010, according to the latest quarterly threat report from McAfee.

AXA in £150m settlement for software glitch

Financial services giant AXA will be forced to pay millions of pounds to clients after it emerged that errors in trading software were hidden by three of its subsidiaries, prompting bad performance in investment portfolios.

Antenna picks up mobile internet specialist

Mobility software outfit Antenna Software has forked out an undisclosed sum to acquire mobile internet software company Volant's systems as part of an attempt to position itself as an end-to-end mobile solutions provider for the carrier market.

Cloud market to reach $2.5bn by 2015

The worldwide cloud systems management software market will reach $2.5bn (£1.55bn) by 2015, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

PC market declines 4% in fourth quarter of 2010

PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 19.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, a decline of 4.4% from the same period in 2009, according to Gartner.

TalkTalk cuts 580 jobs with IT re-organisation

Telecoms provider TalkTalk has announced a "major re-organisation" of its business operations with IT at its heart, which will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Smart phone security threats on the rise

Smart phone security threats are becoming an increasing problem as hackers target the growing number of users using their handheld devices to store sensitive information.

Blue Coat launches partners at secure clouds

WAN optimisation vendor Blue Coat has introduced a dedicated Cloud Partner Programme to get its dealer network up to speed on its internet-delivered cloud services offering. The programme includes two designations, one based on cloud and one on managed security.

EC proposes tougher laws to deal with e-waste

The European Parliament has said it wants tighter rules for the EU's growing output of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE).

TalkTalk CIO quits to join British Gas

David Cooper is leaving the telecoms company to join British Gas as chief information officer, Computer Weekly can reveal.

Phoenix IT Group staff defections to Concorde continues

Concorde Informatics Technology Group (CITG) has hired Servo's client director Matthew Wood to head up business development, adding to the growing band of defectors that have exited businesses owned by Phoenix IT Group.

IBM UK tweaks distribution management

IBM distribution boss Ian Jeffs is taking over the marketing function for mid-market resellers with former Lenovo head of enterprise sales Martin Greason-Walker returning to Big Blue to manage its network of UK wholesalers. From Monday, Greason-Walker becomes IBM distribution and volume team business.

Web-driven workforce management software branches out

Support for mobile devices and SaaS workforce management could expand the use of workforce management software and help position it as a core enterprise platform.

Emerging theme at RSA Conference 2011 may be ‘mostly cloudy’

Security vendors at RSA Conference 2011 need to be more specific about the security technologies they are aiming at the “cloud,” industry analysts say.

OAUG president riffs on Fusion Applications, Oracle Support

Mark Clark, the new president of the Oracle Applications Users Group, talks about Oracle applications users’ plans for 2011, the prospect of Fusion Applications and the state of Oracle Support.

Cisco, Extreme join OpenStack to address cloud network technology gap

Cloud networking has taken a back seat to compute and storage in the cloud computing industry, but vendors like Cisco and Extreme know that cloud network standards are essential to successful enterprise deployment of public and private clouds.

Riverbed enhances WAN optimization for EMC SRDF

Headlines: Riverbed RiOS 6.5 software for its Steelhead WAN optimization appliances aims to speed replication between EMC Symmetrix boxes using SRDF; also enhances QoS

FalconStor automates disaster recovery testing, failover

FalconStor has upgraded its RecoverTrac disaster recovery tool to automate the failover process for disaster recovery testing and failback for quick recovery.

GPS systems may boost security

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) may have a positive impact on security, says an expert.

Windows 7 SP1 brings maturity, but not much else

With the release of new service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, older versions of Windows move closer to their sunset. CEO poached by Marks & Spencer

The chief executive of has been poached to join rival Marks & Spencer as executive director of multichannel and e-commerce.

Gartner: open source software gives businesses flexibility

IT departments are increasingly deploying open source software as part of their IT strategy to improve flexibility and lower licensing costs, a report from analyst Gartner has found.

Near field payment technology to dominate Mobile World Congress

Mobile phone suppliers and network operators are expected to unveil a host of technologies and deals, aimed at allowing people to pay for goods and services via their mobile phones, at the Mobile World Congress show next week.

Vodafone rolls out Nexus S smartphone

Vodafone remains tight-lipped over the availability of Samsung's Nexus S smartphone, which is already available at Carphone warehouse.

TalkTalk cuts 580 jobs as sales remain flat

TalkTalk is to cut 580 jobs in a "major reorganisation" of its business operations as the integration of Tiscali continues. The cuts will come as part of a restructure that should see the business save £25m per annum.

Latest data loss fines keep issue in the spotlight

The Information Commissioner's Office has handed out another couple of fines to councils that have failed to look after data keeping the issue in the spotlight.

Xchanging founder and CEO quits after profit warning

The founder and CEO at UK-based BPO firm Xchanging - acquirer of networking reseller Data Integration - has quit following a profit warning.

Nokia a 'burning platform' says CEO Elop

In a frank memo circulated among staff at Finnish mobility giant Nokia, CEO Stephen Elop has issued a brutal assessment of the company's current situation to staff, saying that they are "standing on a burning platform".

Government gets banks to pledge £76bn in lending to SMEs

It took longer than planned but the government has finally unveiled the terms of its agreement with the banks to get lending to small businesses flowing again. The outcome of Project Merlin had been expected last month but was stalled as the terms of the agreement couldn't be reached.

SCC urges G-Cloud rethink

SCC has urged the government to view cloud computing as a strategic initiative rather than a tool to cut procurement costs, saying the coalition was missing a trick.

Netgear posts quarterly sales record

SMB networking kit specialist Net gear has jumped to record sales for both the fourth quarter and full year after strong sales through service providers and a higher than expected contribution from a glut of 26 new product lines released during the quarter.

Buffalo Technology calls time on memory sales in Europe

Buffalo Technology has made the decision to pull out of the memory market in Europe in the face of stiff competition and tough economic conditions. The vendor is withdrawing from the European market at the end of March but will keep its memory operations running in Japan and Asia Pacific.

HP launches SMB network specialisation

Building on 3Com's historic focus on the SMB market, HP Networking has today introduced its first ever channel partner specialisation for dealers selling into the SMB sector.

VMware vShield Manager design raises availability concerns

One of the major technical kinks that has yet to be worked out in VMware’s vShield virtualization security product line is what happens when the vShield Manager appliance fails.

VMware previews vSphere 5 at Partner Exchange

VMware says vSphere 5, which is due out this summer, will add Storage DRS, host-based replication and network I/O control at the VM level.

Mobile workers practise lax security

More than half of Europeans practise unsafe networking when they work away from the office, according to research by German remote access experts NCP Engineering.

Nominet debates Soca website proposals

Police want to be able to take down websites at a moment's notice, but require changes to the terms and conditions under which UK domain names operate.

Demand rises for senior IT sales and marketing staff

More companies will hire senior sales and marketing roles in IT this year as the private sector increases employment budgets, claims recruitment specialist Executive Headhunters.

Gates sells 90 million Microsoft shares in a year

Bill Gates has sold 10 million shares in Microsoft this month, and a total of 90 million shares in the past 12 months, reducing his stock holdings by 13%

Social media policy: Seven questions to ask

Businesses must create a social media policy to guide employees using social networks and micro-blogging sites, according to Gartner.

Central authority to enforce G-Cloud standards

The Cabinet Office is considering the creation of a central G-Cloud authority to pick winners among competing technology standards and vet suppliers.

IT skills shortage falls to five-year low

IT skills shortages fell to a five-year low as thousands of jobseekers flooded the IT jobs market in the first half of 2010.

Chinese hackers target oil companies

Hackers from China have attacked the computer networks of global oil companies with the intention of stealing information.

Cisco numbers spook the market once again

Network bellwether Cisco has again frightened off analysts after CEO John Chambers said it had posted weaker margins and talked of slower public sector and consumer spending during the vendor's second quarter, which closed on 29 January.

Software audits on the rise

The risks of using unlicensed software continues to rise with audits on the rise as vendors look to turn the screws on potential lost revenue.

Pat Hume pops up at GFI

Network security software outfit GFI has taken on the services of former SAP and Avaya channel sales supremo Pat Humeto run its worldwide sales operation. Hume will report directly to CEO Walter Scott and has been charged with expanding the vendor's global channel programme.

Wales gets £10m to boost broadband

Wales is to get £10m to roll out early phases of high-speed broadband in Pwllheli and surrounding areas in north Wales.

IE9 could spark huge redevelopment costs for websites

Thousands of businesses face potentially huge costs to rewrite their external and internal websites to take advantage of new standards-based browsers

ID card database is destroyed

The National Identity Register (NIR), which was built to hold the fingerprints and personal details of millions of ID card holders, has been publicly destroyed.

Labelling firm latest to be named and shamed by BSA

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has kept its legal department busy with another large settlement with a firm caught out using unlicensed Microsoft software.

Alcatel-Lucent profits on the way up at last

Troubled networking vendor Alcatel-Lucent posted its first ever sequential rise in net profits during its fourth quarter, banking €340m (£288m) in the last three months of the year, after booking some substantial pre-tax gains.

VMware updates vSphere 4.1: Virtualization news in brief

VMware releases ESXi 4.1 Update 1; Red Hat and IBM hold the virtualization performance world record; HyTrust names VMware veteran new CEO and more news in brief.

What's on tap for health information exchange at HIMSS 2011

Health information exchange is at a crossroads -- public versus private, federated versus centralized. The HIMSS 2011 conference will help light the road ahead.

Mobile hacker attacks will damage business in 2011

Businesses cannot afford to ignore mobile hacking attacks as they are proving extremely lucrative over shorter periods, a study of mobile threats has found.

Lloyds Banking Group sheds more IT roles

Taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group is cutting more than 200 roles across its insurance business, in areas including technology and back-office. The...

BMW's Aida project on song with DS's V6 PLM system

BMW has selected Dassault Systèmes' V6 product lifecycle management (PLM) software for its cars' future electrical, electronics, and embedded software (E/E)...

Nokia, Microsoft unite to fight Apple, Google

Nokia and Microsoft have confirmed a widespread rumour of a strategic partnership that will see Nokia adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy...

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 11 February 2011

Microsoft to cut LAR fees 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.

Nokia, Microsoft deal 'will disrupt' mobile market

As predicted this week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop this morning made up with his old boss Steve Ballmer and announced a technology partnership between Microsoft and the struggling Finnish mobility vendor, with the two saying they would "disrupt" other mobile ecosystems.

Vendors urged to be more transparent over software audits

In the face of increasing software audits vendors have been advised to establish formal programmes to avoid damaging relationships with customers. The amount of activity by vendors keen to catch any lost revenue as a result of unlicensed or pirate products has risen sharply in the last two years of

Chess Telecom backs off voice provision to BT

Buy-and-build comms reseller Chess Telecom will now offer voice services to its customers through BT Wholesale after inking a multi-million pound deal with the telco.

Vtesse loses final appeal over fibre rates

Vtesse Networks has lost its appeal in the European Court of Justice against a European Commission decision that ruled the UK's business rating system as...

Government suffers major setback in BSF cuts programme

The government has lost its court case defending its decision to axe building schools for the future (BSF) projects in six local authorities. The BSF programme was cut in July 2010 by Michael Gove, the education secretary, scrapping 700 of the proposed projects as part of a cost cutting drive.

Ingram Micro reveals progress in the cloud

Ingram Micro is "actively" assembling a cloud portfolio in EMEA to stake its claim early in the development of the market.