TechTarget News - Week of Feb 13, 2011

HIMSS attendees consider a world without the HITECH Act

The HITECH Act has helped shape providers' motives for adopting EHR technology. Repeal would harm those efforts, the industry says. HIMSS 2011 should give providers some insight.

RSA 2011: The wrap - UPDATED

Want to know what's going down at the RSA Conference for 2011? We've linked to all the big news in one easy-to-use story. And we've updated the story to take in action from days two and three.

UK data protection regulations get stricter

As UK data protection regulations and data privacy laws and their enforcement becomes tougher, enterprises must learn the intricacies of the Data Protection Act and the E-Privacy Directive, among other laws that affect network security.

Mobile cloud security: How to address the issues

Implementing mobile cloud services? Learn how mobile cloud security can be addressed by securing mobile clients and implementing a centralised strategy.

UK heads for a mobile network operator duopoly

UK mobile network operators are dwindling due to mergers and agreements that stifle competition. Businesses must consider the effect this network consolidation will have on mobile services available to them and the prices they will have to pay.

London Stock Exchange migrates to MillenniumIT platform

The London Stock Exchange is migrating trading to its MillenniumIT trading platform today in a move that will see its ailing .Net-based Tradelect system switched off.

Indian official reiterates Blackberry ban threat

The Indian government has told Research in Motion (RIM) that it must stop its services if it fails to grant access to Blackberry corporate email, according to an official.

Former City University CIO explains reasons for leaving

Following the news that Andrew Abboud has resigned as chief information officer (CIO) at London's City University, the IT executive has commented on issues at the university that prompted him to leave.

Telco sector already proving M&A watchers right

The tie-up between Nokia and Microsoft is being heralded as an indicator that those predicting a large amount of activity in the telco sector are on the right track.

FAST calls for ACS:Law downloaders court case to continue

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has waded into the debate about the court case against file-sharers that is teetering on the brink of collapse.

Avaya distributors rue component shortages

Availability of Avaya IP hand setlines has started to free up but it could be months before shortages of voice kit on the blue side of the portfolio - Nortel - are resolved, according to distribution partners.

European roaming charges still unfair, say users

Only one in five travellers who use mobile internet services abroad think network operators charge fairly for them, according to a survey released by the European Commission (EC) on Monday.

Daisy acquires competitor O-bit Telecom

Business comms provider Daisy Group has acquired Buckinghamshire-based O-bit Telecom in its eleventh acquisition since listing on the AIM 18 months ago.

Avnet CEO Vallee steps down to drive acquisition strategy

Avnet CEO Roy Vallee has announced he is to step down from his post at the distributor at the end of the firm's financial year in order to concentrate on the firm's acquisition strategy, with current COO Rick Hamada to take up the torch from 4 July this year.

Coalition cuts put pricing pressure on Phoenix

In an interim trading statement released to the City today, infrastructure services firm Phoenix IT has admitted it is seeing some price pressure in its partner division, "some of which is attributable to the Government's cost-cutting measures".

Wireless remote access extends Trafford Council network

Wireless remote access helped Trafford Council support an agile workforce and consolidate old buildings with secure remote access to its private and public network.

News from VMware Partner Exchange 2011 in Orlando

The big storylines at VMware Partner Exchange 2011 were new charges for VMware’s once-free Solution Enablement Toolkits and what partners think of vCloud Connector.

Why ICD-10 implementation is falling behind

ICD-10 implementation is catching U.S. providers (who have many other federal health IT mandates to meet) off-guard. Fortunately, HIMSS 2011 will give them a chance to catch up.

Infoblox connects IP address management with vCenter

A new product called IPAM Insight pulls in information from vCenter to give users a unified view of the Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks in virtualized environments.

High-availability and clustering solutions for vSphere VMs

Having a clear understanding of the high-availability and clustering solutions for vSphere VMs, such as application clustering, can help increase customer interest in your offerings.

Readers react to Oracle Support story

SearchOracle readers react to a story last week on the quality of Oracle Support. Summary: They’re not pleased with support.

New Sepaton CEO says point products won’t cut it for enterprise backup

VTL vendor Sepaton’s new CEO Mike Thompson sees 10-Gigabit Ethernet joining Fibre Channel as an enterprise disk-based backup protocol, and maintains post-process data deduplication is still the best way to back up a “large mass” of data.

Can enterprises take to the tablet?

As the Mobile World Congress conference kicks off in Barcelona this week, another flurry of mobile devices are set to flood the market.

Land Registry signs open source software deal

The Land Registry, the government department responsible for maintaining England and Wales' Land Register, has signed an open source data contract with software company Talend.

Vodafone joins Intel in M2M partnership

Vodafone and Intel are teaming up to develop and market machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions that will combine Intel's computing processor platforms with Vodafone's network and connectivity services.

Web boosts annual results at Domino’s Pizza

Domino's pizza chain has reported a 27% increase in pre-tax profit to £38m as the web operation continues to perform strongly.

MWC 2011: NEC dongle backs up data on the move

Japanese systems maker NEC has launched "Cloud in Your Pocket", a dongle-based connection that encrypts and backs up data on the move via any available mobile network.

Most IT professionals unhappy in their job

Most IT professionals are unhappy in their current roles and are thinking about changing jobs, according to research.

Citrix Online buys Netviewer for web conferencing

Citrix has finalised its acquisition of German web conferencing specialist Netviewer, which numbers Bayer, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom and Swisscom among its 18,000 customers.

MWC 2011: Car drivers get online information on the move

An Israeli company has launched an online car-based information and entertainment system that offers drivers and passengers touch screen and mobile access to nine "content worlds".

Computacenter stumps up £17.6m for Top Info

Computacenter (CC) has bulked up its French operation after splashing out €21m (£17.6m) on reseller Top Info SAS.

TCS targets SME market with cloud computing

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has set its sites on the SME market, with the launch of a new product designed specifically for small businesses.

Insight prepares for $10m impact of Microsoft fee cuts

Insight Enterprises is making plans to "mitigate" the pending changes to Microsoft LAR fees that it estimates will impact gross profits by many millions of dollars in 2012.

Citrix seals Netviewer web conferencing deal

Citrix has finalised its acquisition of German web-conferencing specialist Netviewer, which numbers Bayer, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom and Swisscom among its 18,000 customers, writes Ian Grant. Netviewer will become part of Citrix's online services unit CitrixOnline in anacqui

ShoreTel outlines plan for profitability, acquisitions

ShoreTel worldwide sales senior vice president and former interim CEO Don Girskis has outlined the UC vendor's evolving strategy and thrown his weight behind newly-appointed CEO Peter Blackmore's pledge to turn the firm profitable by the middle of the calendar year.

IBM rolls out Cloud Computing Speciality programme

IBM used day one of its PartnerWorld conference to roll out a cloud computing specialty programme. The initiative covers five partner types - cloud application providers, cloud builders, cloud infrastructure providers, resellers and cloud technology providers.

IBM adds WebSphere to zBX repertoire: News in brief

IBM qualifies WebSphere for its zEnterprise caboose, AMD cranks the Opteron 6100 clock, and HP offers soup-to-nuts data center build-out services.

New Cisco network security architecture has next-generation firewall

With its new network security architecture, SecureX, Cisco tries to transcend next-generation firewall hype by focusing on more than application awareness. It's all about the context of who, what, where, when and how network connections are happening.

IBM pushes midmarket agenda to partners

New IBM cloud computing, business analytics partner initiatives target midmarket.

Cloud computing contracts: Tread carefully

RSA panel offers advice on legal considerations for organizations entering cloud service provider contracts.

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Apple adds digital subscription service to app store

Apple has extended its digital subscription billing service used for Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only newspaper to all magazines, newspapers, videos and music on its application store.

MPs trial iPads in House of Commons

Sixteen MPs are to trial iPads - Parliament's IT department has picked members of the administration committee to conduct the experiment.

City University asks: What future for IT leaders?

The next generation of IT leaders are challenging the traditional CIO role. Jenny Williams talks to the first intake of students on City University London's Master of Information Leadership (MIL) course as they move to new leadership roles

Atos Origin boosts profit despite fall in sales

IT services company Atos Origin has announced full-year profits of €337m (£283m), a 6.7% year-on-year increase. However, overall sales fell by 3.5%...

Kroll Ontrack makes tweaks to data recovery partner set-up

Data recovery technology and services vendor Kroll On track is attempting to galvanise its existing partner programme with the addition of extra services designed to enable partners to manage 'disaster' situations.

Ofcom seeks more data on BT's wholesale broadband costs

BT customers and competitors may get more financial information about the UK's largest communications provider's wholesale broadband activities following...

Micro Focus shares slide after profits warning

Micro Focus has admitted that the revenue it managed to hit in the three months to 31 January were below its own expectations and it will not be able to make up the shortfall by the end of its fiscal year. Shares lost a quarter of their value following the update yesterday which saw the company blam

Chinese comms firm to bid for Nortel patents

Chinese telecoms firm ZTE has thrown its hat into the ring in the race to acquire Nortel's networking patents, expressing particular interest in its LTE intellectual property (IP), according to Reuters. In an interview, ZTE IP director Wang Haibo said that everyone was preparing for the auction.

Dell fourth quarter profits increase by 177%

Dell saw profits leap by 177% to $927m (£577m) in the three months to January 2011, compared to the same quarter in 2010. Sales at the company grew 5% to $15.7bn during the same period.

Dell profits swell on back of biz refresh cycles

Falling components prices and the continued tech refresh cycle helped Dell nearly triple profits in the fourth quarter though sales fell below analyst expectations. The Texan PC giant pushed up revenues for the period by 5% to $15.7bn as profits grew to $927m from $334m a year earlier.

Optus email rejects shortened URLs

Optus has adjusted its email security regime to repel incoming emails that use URLs shortened by services like or TinyURL.

Cloud computing compliance: Visibility key

Transparency is essential for security and compliance when working with cloud services providers, RSA panelists say.

Top stories for January 2011

Managed service providers moving their business toward cloud computing and the state of the VCE Company were among the top stories in January 2011.

Telepresence interoperability: Multistream standard needed

Telepresence interoperability among competing vendors remains elusive, thanks to a lack of standards governing multiscreen systems. But progress is chugging along.

National Audit Office to probe government IT strategy

The National Audit Office (NAO) has launched a report examining the government's new approach to ICT, ahead of the new IT strategy to be published in the spring.

Lenovo third-quarter profit grows 25%

Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo has reported a 25% increase in profits for its third fiscal quarter.

Government makes changes to immigration scheme

The government has announced the details of changes it will make to the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) scheme, which has been criticised for being open to...

Broadband speed is key to Virgin Media results and future

Heavy consumer demand for high-speed broadband helped push Virgin Media's (VM) sales up 5.8% to a record £3.8bn for 2010, as average revenue per cable user (ARPU) rose almost 5% to £47.51.

Businesses the main victim as cyber crime costs UK £27bn

Businesses are the main targets of cyber crime, which is costing the economy around £27bn a year, according to a report from the Office of Cyber Security and consultancy Detica.

Industry welcomes technology hubs

The Science and Technology Committee has welcomed the government's commitment to invest £200m in new technology hubs,

Dell staffers arrested following botched PR stunt

An in-house marketing stunt to promote the launch of the latest Streak tablet PC backfired on Dell after two execs were arrested at its corporate HQ for minor offences at the start of this week.

Micro-P confirms Brown as commerical director

Channel veteran Phil Brown has returned to distribution as Micro-P's commercial director following a relatively short spell running sales at netbook pioneer ASUS.

Cyber crime costing UK firms £21bn a year

The cost of cybercrime to UK businesses is £21bn with British firms being the target of IP theft, industrial espionage and theft of customer data.

Virgin Media Business sees strong end to 2010

Virgin Media Business, the b2b arm of ISP Virgin Media, has posted a 4.7% year-on-year uptick in fourth quarter sales after strong growth in data and wholesale revenues. The unit made total sales of £152m in the last three months of 2010.

Intact rolls out lifecycle management services

Network support services house Intact Integrated Services is to roll out a new Service Delivery Management set-up that it claims will help resellers avoid SLA penalties.

Lenovo ups ante on rivals as Q3 profits bounce

The renaissance at Lenovo continued in Q3 as PC growth outpaced all its major rivals for the fifth consecutive quarter, a far cry from the dark days of recent years. The Chinese giant banked profits of $100m, up 25% on the same period a year ago with sales rising 22% to $5.8bn.

ERP integration crossroad looms for tech manufacturer

Though Cellular Specialties' CRM and ERP are both from Sage, the systems can’t talk to one another, and that leads to tedious workarounds and data issues for the make-to-order company.

Health Protection Agency puts faith in information agility

The UK’s Health Protection Agency is confident it is well placed to react quickly to central government demands for data, thanks to its three-year-old Oracle BI implementation.

Broadband tops list of UK's favourite innovations

Home broadband is by far the best innovation of the past decade, while social networking and reality television are the two worst, according to a survey of more than 2,000 UK consumers.

Egypt crisis fuels 419-style fraud scams

Advanced-fee fraud scammers are taking advantage of the unrest in Egypt following the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak, a security firm has warned.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 February 2011

Channel facing rough ride as reseller insolvencies spike. 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.

Business intelligence market set to grow 10% in 2011

IT managers are still investing in business intelligence (BI), with the worldwide market for BI software forecast to grow 9.7% to reach $10.8bn in 2011, according to analyst Gartner.

Analysis: Have pure IT security firms disappeared?

In 2007, Art Coviello, executive chairman of RSA, the security division of EMC, predicted that by 2010 there would be no need for standalone security companies. Was he right?

UK technology M&A activity grows nearly 70% in 2010

Smart mobility, social networking and cloud computing boosted technology merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the UK by 66% to a total of 152 last year, making Britain the second most technology-acquisitive country in the world after Japan, according to research from Ernst & Young.

Azlan hears AudioCodes call

VoIP and voice networking vendor AudioCodes has signed up with Azlan in a new deal covering the UK and Ireland.

RES Software changes licence packages and lowers prices

Desktop virtualisation specialist RES Software has changed its pricing structure, reducing the costs of its entry-level products, in a move designed to widen its customer base.

Business Intelligence set to grow through to 2014

The Business Intelligence (BI) market is set for steady growth over the next three years making it one of the strongest areas of the software sector.

NetApp array shortages predicted to continue

Components shortages will continue to disrupt supply of NetApp's revamped lines of storage arrays for at least the rest of this quarter, according to CEO Thomas Georgens.