Manufacturers might want to put the brakes on mobile mania until they get a good look at the new tablets and smartphones that are expected in the months ahead.
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.
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?
SAP shops in need of quick ROI projects should take a look at their supply chain strategies.
CIOs are cautiously deciphering the value of cloud computing, and finding that their expectations don't always match the payoff. Yet the service delivery model is gaining traction.
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.
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 businesses are more pessimistic about market growth than telecoms and media companies, according to research
Around nine out of 10 local authorities will move to shared services in the next two years, according to a survey of senior local authority managers by Browne Jacobson.
The Huffington Post has agreed to accept a $315m buyout from AOL.
Hacking group Anonymous has lashed out at security firm HBGary Federal, which has been investigating its members.
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.
The government has missed the deadline on nearly all its commitments to IT reform due to be implemented last month.
Packard Bell, part of the Acer Group, has stopped shipping products with a flawed Intel chipset and has advised customers to return affected machines.
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.
Datatec boss Jens Montanana's buy-and-buildnetwork security and BPM software business Coreroplans to carry out a reverse takeover of Massachusetts-based security solutions developer Top Layer Networks for $15.3m (£9.4m). The purchase price takes the form of $6.3m through the issue of 9.03 mill
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.
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. Thierry Breton, CEO and chairman at the services firm, has made the announcement that it will use social media
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. In that time, Andy Dow, group marketing director at the Basingstoke-based distributor babysat the desk
Alcatel-Lucent has launched a modular scalable mobile network base station and antenna array system that fits into the palm of a hand
The coming year is all about growth, IT industry trade association Intellect's president elect, David Callaghan, told Computer Weekly.
Cosmetics firm Avon has launched a social media platform to optimise customer interaction with its sales representatives.
Foreign secretary William Hague has proposed that Britain host an international summit on cyber security.
Hague offered to hold the event while speaking...
Business intelligence has become slicker and cheaper but is going to have to become easier to use if its going to deliver on user demands in the next stage of its development. According to predictions of what lies ahead in the technology world by Accenture BI is going to become more analytical and
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. The Cabinet Office's bu
Dixons-owned reseller Equanet has ushered in former Dataplex technical director Jamie Marshall as head of IT solutions. Marshall came on the job market late last year when Dataplex was placed in administration, leaving a trail of supplier debts estimated to be £1.5m to £2m in its wake,
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.
The long-awaited SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 business intelligence platform hits the streets later this month and enterprise information management and in-memory will be a focus.
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.
Wound therapy provider moves IT infrastructure to cloud provider.
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.
Off-the-shelf cloud computing applications are becoming a priority with enterprise CIOs looking for safe ways to move less strategic products and functions.
Clinical decision support can prevent errors, particularly in dispensing medication. At a recent conference, three early adopters shared what works now, and looked to future uses.
Cloud Security Alliance event expands to accommodate growing interest.
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."
Cybercrime has thrived over the past decade according to recent reports from security firm McAfee, but business can expect even more dramatic change in the next ten years, researchers say.
IT professionals are looking to leave their posts for better pay and career prospects.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering subsidies to fund universal broadband internet.
Dell is confident IT departments will continue purchasing desktop and laptop computers for business users, despite growing demand for tablets and consumer devices.
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.
Malware targeting mobile devices rose 46% in 2010, according to the latest quarterly threat report from McAfee.
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.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has imposed monetary penalties on Ealing and Hounslow Councils following the loss of two unencrypted laptops.
Mobility software outfit Antenna Software has forked out an undisclosed sum to acquire mobile internet software company Volanits systems as part of an attempt to position itself as an end-to-end mobile solutions provider for the carrier market. It claims the acquisition, which adds new offices acros
More than 50 postmasters are planning legal action against the Post Office to reclaim money they paid to the Post Office after being accused of theft and false accounting.
Medical experts have hit out against an NHS computer system which gives researchers access to patient information without their consent.
The worldwide cloud systems management software market will reach $2.5bn (£1.55bn) by 2015, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
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.
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 are becoming an increasing problem as hackers target the growing number of users using their handheld devices to store sensitive information. According to the latest threat report from McAfee phone malware increased by 46% in the last quarter compared to the same period
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. The basic Cloud-Ready accreditation p
The European Parliament has said it wants tighter rules for the EU's growing output of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE).
David Cooper is leaving the telecoms company to join British Gas as chief information officer, Computer Weekly can reveal.
Universities must change their view of IT if they are to deal with huge funding changes
The IT market will continue to shrink for at least the next two years, and may only recover in 2013, according to a UK market analyst.
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. Former ICM founder Barry Roberts and sales director Colin Meakin - who left the
Open source might be gaining customers but it is being deployed in a fairly ad hoc way by a significant number of firms. According to a worldwide study looking into the adoption of open source carried out by Gartner the lower cost of ownership and flexibility of the software was seen to be an advan
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.
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.
Security vendors at RSA Conference 2011 need to be more specific about the security technologies they are aiming at the “cloud,” industry analysts say.
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.
Encryption, server security and identity and access management for cloud services among the new offerings.
At Partner Exchange 2011, VMware previews a new product, vCenter Operations, for performance monitoring and capacity management.
The Cincinnati Zoo is increasing revenue with business analytics software, and that could be good news for animal conservation efforts.
Egypt's recent Internet shutdown highlights the need for some WAN managers to develop a wide area network disaster recovery plan for branches in areas at risk of civil unrest.
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.
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 has upgraded its RecoverTrac disaster recovery tool to automate the failover process for disaster recovery testing and failback for quick recovery.
Cloud computing models are converging. Many roads are leading to PaaS, and some vendors are building an IaaS-SaaS-PaaS triple threat.
Includes Adobe Flash update in addition to Reader and Acrobat fixes.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) may have a positive impact on security, says an expert.
With the release of new service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, older versions of Windows move closer to their sunset.
Apple has produced a new version of its iPad tablet computer, according to US reports.
Google has launched a free language translation app for the iPhone, available to download from the Apple app store.
The chief executive of Tesco.com has been poached to join rival Marks & Spencer as executive director of multichannel and e-commerce.
Microsoft has released 12 security bulletins addressing 22 vulnerabilities in its monthly security update for February
With the development of Internet Explorer 9.0 near completion, ComputerWeekly.com has learned that thousands of sites and applications are incompatible with the new browser and its immediate predecessor.
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.
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.
Consumers bought more than 1.6bn mobile devices last year, up 32% on 2009, according to market analyst Gartner.
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. Most are expected to hit in operations and IT as the firm seeks to
Computer suppliers are poised to release a range of handheld tablets to compete with the iPad at the Mobile World Congress show.
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. The ICO has been starting to issue fines over the last few months to those that have allowed user data to end up in the open, which helps
The founder and CEO at UK-based BPO firm Xchanging - acquirer of networking reseller Data Integration - has quitfollowing a profit warning. Revenues for the year to 31 March 2011 are forecast to be in line withexpectations but operating profits will likely be at lower end of analysts' estimates of
The private sector should pick up the slack on the jobs front when it comes to employing IT specialists as spending starts to pick up this year. According to Executive Headhunters there are 93,000 new IT sales and marketing roles expected to be created over the next four years and it is already exp
In a frank memo circulated among staff at Finnish mobility giant Nokia, CEO Stephen Elop has issued abrutal assessment of the company's current situation to staff, saying that they are "standing on a burning platform". The email, obtained by Engadget, comes just a fortnight after troubled
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. But today the
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. According to the Midlands-based reseller, public sector interest in the cloud actually centred on buying IT in a "faster, cheaper
Westcon Security has landed the appointment of risk management specialist Skybox Security after the US vendor made its first major EMEA distribution appointment. Skybox is pushing its products, which include firewall assessment and PCI compliance checks, through the UK with Westcon Security as well
SMB networking kit specialist Netgear has jumped to record sales for boththe 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. Total sales for the three months to 31 Decem
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. In a sta
Building on3Com'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. The new programme will offer perks including better financial incentive programmes, focused account management, sales and mark
Government efforts to protect copyright online have received a setback with judgement in the case of Media CAT and its associated party ACS Law against 26 defendants.
Without adequate power-metering equipment and data, data center energy management software can be of marginal use.
A new VMware solution competency, launched at Partner Exchange, recognizes partners specializing in virtualizing tier-one applications.
NYSE selects London-based service provider Interxion for its Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure; plus more news in brief.
The maturation of VoIP deployments has opened UC pros to a new world of VoIP security issues -- telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks. Contact centers are prime targets.
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.
Alcatel-Lucent has proposed a bold new product portfolio for radio access network architecture that it claims will lower expenses, improve performance and eliminate base stations.
Converged data center platforms and micro servers each have their uses, VARs say.
Creative companies are making broader use of smartphones than just email, phone and mobile CRM software, finding uses for GPS, cameras and other mobile applications.
Companies covered in phase 1 for IFRS convergence in India have chosen to manage both iGAAP and IFRS to avoid litigation.
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.
Dean Health System essentially has been an accountable care organization for years. Several factors, including EHR interoperability, data analytics and charm school, drive savings.
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.
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.
Political change can take years, but IT offshore reputations can be seriously damaged within hours when political insurrection hits the world news.
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.
London Underground firm Tube Lines has signed a three-year, £10.5m IT outsourcing deal with Capgemini.
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%
HP has launched its TouchPad tablet, which will run on the company's own WebOS operating system.
London-based INQ has launched two Android-powered phones aimed primarily at Facebook users, the INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q.
Mobile gaming company MocoSpace has said it wants to acquire beleaguered social network company MySpace.
Businesses must create a social media policy to guide employees using social networks and micro-blogging sites, according to Gartner.
The future of the government's G-Cloud plan will depend on whether Cabinet Office has the determination to force through big changes
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 shortages fell to a five-year low as thousands of jobseekers flooded the IT jobs market in the first half of 2010.
Hotel chain Yotel has signed a five-year outsourcing deal
Hackers from China have attacked the computer networks of global oil companies with the intention of stealing information.
Security concerns are holding companies back from allowing staff to use their own technology at work.
Web security specialist Sourcefire has indicated it is aiming to ramp up the services and support revenues for its reseller base. The vendor is looking to roll out a staggered programme where resellers will provide support on its behalf to customers across Europe recruiting a first handful of resel
The proposed mergers of the London Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange could create massive integration projects with huge IT savings.
Network bellwether Cisco has again frightened off analysts afterCEO John Chamberssaidit had postedweaker margins and talked of slower public sector and consumerspending during the vendor's second quarter, which closed on 29 January. While sales were up 6% year-on-year to $10.4bn (£6.4bn), GAAP
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. According to a customer survey from compliance specialist FAST Ltd users are experiencing a significant rise in the number of audits from both vendors and e
Networksecurity 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. "Pat is a respected
More low-cost smartphones could be used within enterprises as an entry-level market emerges in the UK, according to research.
After almost two years, Microsoft is finally ready to move to the next version of its web browser...
Wales is to get £10m to roll out early phases of high-speed broadband in Pwllheli and surrounding areas in north Wales.
Thousands of businesses face potentially huge costs to rewrite their external and internal websites to take advantage of new standards-based browsers
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.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has kept its legal department busy with another large settlement with a firm caught out using unlicensed Microsoft software. Flintshire-based firm System Labelling Limited was forced to fork out £24,800 in a combination of settlement feeds and the cost of
Troubled networking vendor Alcatel-Lucentposted 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 somesubstantial pre-tax gains. The figure wasup from €25m in Q3, and the year-agoprofit of €46m was a
A spike in insolvencies during Q4 and higher incidence of bad debts hitting distribution last month indicate that the channel could face a rough ride in 2011. Many resellers and distributors cut costs early on in the recession to counter the slowdown and low interest rates helped highly-geared firms
The government has launched a new system designed to simplify public sector procurement for SMEs.
Data discovery software vendors are stealing market share from the leading business intelligence (BI) players, according to Gartner.
Foote Partners quarterly report shows strong pay increases for some vendor-specific ERP skills, including SAP Production Planning and Oracle Enterprise Applications.
Self-service provisioning is beginning to take hold in academic environments, and Citrix thinks enterprises will soon follow suit with the self-service portal in XenServer 5.6.
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.
Health information exchange is at a crossroads -- public versus private, federated versus centralized. The HIMSS 2011 conference will help light the road ahead.
Businesses cannot afford to ignore mobile hacking attacks as they are proving extremely lucrative over shorter periods, a study of mobile threats has found.
Taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group is cutting more than 200 roles across its insurance business, in areas including technology and back-office. The...
BMW has selected Dassault Systèmes' V6 product lifecycle management (PLM) software for its cars' future electrical, electronics, and embedded software (E/E)...
Nokia and Microsoft have confirmed a widespread rumour of a strategic partnership that will see Nokia adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy...
The future of one of the main NHS National Programme for IT deals is increasingly uncertain
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.The partner community was given a top-line view of the changes last ye
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. In an open letter publi
Andrew Abboud has left his job as chief information officer at City University to take up a post at Laureate Education Group
The vast majority of small businesses are still failing to make the most of social media
Gas pipeline operator Interconnector has signed a $46m (£28m) outsourcing deal with HP.
Italian shoe and other luxury goods maker Salvatore Ferragamo is standardising on SAP ...
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
Buy-and-build comms reseller Chess Telecom will now offer voice services to its customers through BT Wholesale after inking amulti-million pound deal with the telco. The dealmeansthe voice requirements of Chess' customer base will in future be underpinned by BT's wholesale call service Through the a
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...
The mobile industry has been, for many years, overly focused on the consumer, sometimes to the detriment of the business customer, but this has changed.
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. The d
Ingram Micro is "actively" assembling a cloud portfolio in EMEA to stake its claim early in the development of the market. The distributor, which last night reported a 12% rise in Q4 sales to $9.88bn and a 7.4% rise in profits $115m, sent Jason Beal across the Atlantic last year to head u