The SAP R3 to ECC6 upgrade came about because the auto company wanted to use SAP for IFRS implementation
Self-service provisioning, a key feature of private cloud computing and IT as a Service, can help IT pros save time and regain control of their data centers.
Running a virtual SAP landscape requires a solid understanding of how physical environments work but also demands other skills specific to virtualization, according to experts.
Information technology might be a driving factor of change in health care, but IT needs to work with users to create improvements. Follow these ideas when implementing systems.
Land Registry for England and Wales has gone open source in support of its new business intelligence drive.
Some CRM vendors have quantified their return on online videos and are using it effectively as a sales tool. It’s something others can learn from, according to Denis Pombriant.
IT pros who have tested XenClient have their complaints, but Citrix promises to deliver a production-level version this year with an HCL that extends beyond Intel graphics.
Loomis, the cash-handling business formerly known as Securitas has saved thousands of pounds by switching from Salesforce.com to the open source SugarCRM product.
Mozilla's Firefox 4 is facing further delays, with several bugs still be resolved before the release of the Beta 12 version.
Social networking will be the attacker platform of choice in 2011, says Ed Skoudis, founder and senior security consultant with InGuardians.
An Eastern European gang of cyber criminals appears to have perfected techniques to steal millions of pounds from Europe's carbon registries, which allow...
The Indian government is putting pressure on the country's telecom service providers to give it access to e-mails sent and received on Research In Motion's...
Tim Murfet has been appointed as CIO of global electronics payment provider, Ixaris.
Demand for IT staff in the retail sector grew 45% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.
London Underground could soon receive a mobile network from Chinese manufacturer Huawei.
Desktop virtualisation specialist RES Software has appointed Arrow ECS as its second distributor in the UK with a brief to grow the number of resellers that handle its products. The vendor works with Arrow in the US and made the decision to add it to its UK roster -joining CDG -in a move designed to
The US House of Representatives last week rejected proposals that would have let internet service providers block legal content but allowed rationing for bandwidth hogs.
ComputerLinks has added a storage service to its Alvea could platform offering for resellers building on the security and backup features it already provides in the hosted environment. Ever since the distributor launched the Alvea platform last year it has promised an expansion in the service as it
Software producers remain largely unresponsive to input from security researchers, according to Aaron Portnoy, manager of the security research team HP TippingPoint.
Storage sales continued to account for the bulk of Brocade's business in its recent fiscal Q1, in spite ofits efforts to expand into the networking arena. According to CEO Michael Klayko, steadygrowth in the firm's Ethernetfabric and converged networking business piggybacked onthe success of its st
IT decision-makers plan to train existing staff to plug skills shortages rather than recruit new employees, according to a report.
A new type of internet cookie threatens users' privacy and security by tracking their online behaviour for advertising management, profiling, and other reasons,...
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has had its knuckles rapped by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for losing the passport renewal applications of 21 people.
The majority of cyber threats are from criminals out for financial gain, says White House cybersecurity co-ordinator Howard Schmidt.
BT says it will speed up the provision of fibre to the cabinet in Northern Ireland, boosting the number of lines connected from 54% to 88%.
Nokia Qt Frameworks has set out its formal position in the wake of its parent company entering into a so-called "broad strategic partnership" with Microsoft to develop a new global smartphone ecosystem.
The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company has returned to drawing board to design a reseller friendly go-to-market strategy that also involves distributors. The coalition was formed by Cisco, EMC and VMware in the summer of 2009 to punt private cloud building blocks dubbed Vblock and was late
Ahead of the annual UC Expo trade show in March, research conducted bythe event's organisershas revealed that the number of potential communication methods available to business users is making it harder for firms to speak with a truly unified voice. Out of 126 decision-makers pressed for their opin
SCH has acquired small Essex-based Technical Support Group to extend its managed print services base. The deal with the office equipment and repairs specialist will add maintenance and warranty services for brands including Ricoh, Samsung, Lexmark, Brother, Kyocera and Xerox to the SCH fold. Mike
PARS Technology has gone into administration but the boss of the beleaguered firm is seeking investors to buy it back. As revealed earlier this month, the Milton Keynes-based system builder was weighing up its future options after running into financial difficulties but insisted administration was
Retailers are likely to benefit more than twice as much as manufacturers as cloud computing boosts the European economy by more than €750bn.
Manufacturers can avoid mobile computing devices running amok by focusing on these three key areas.
Enterprises can expect an influx of preconfigured data warehouse packages geared toward specific industries or business functions, according to a new Forrester Wave report.
Hewlett-Packard’s former channel chief exits as Leo Apotheker- era executive shuffle continues.
IT shops running Oracle on VMware say they often get mixed messages regarding support. Oracle Support does one thing; Oracle sales reps say another.
Despite server virtualization being a relatively new practice, there are a number of technology options for companies to consider. Either way, experts say, companies should begin with a modest project.
UK cloud computing trends show that IT shops are buying into the technology to complement in-house applications and that security is not the most pressing challenge.
SAP BW helps Essar Steel form a common platform to stage and integrate data from all systems and present users with a one-stop solution to their data needs.
Toyota Australia's Divisional Manager for Information Systems explains why he's placed an application in Fujitsu's cloud, instead of a "pure play" public cloud.
The Divisional Manager of Toyota Australia's Information Systems Division explains why the company chose Fujitsu’s cloud over a pure-play public cloud.
Internet telephony service Skype has reached record levels with 29,527,474 people logged in at the same time on 21 February 2011.
A Zeus Trojan variant that steals SMS codes for two-factor authentication is targeting Polish online banking customers.
The internet has proved to be a powerful tool for rallying social and political change, but Middle East governments have also recognised their capability to disrupt communications
Senior technology executives need to be aware of the pitfalls and best practices when dealing with recruitment agents and headhunters to find the best opportunity.
UK microchip maker CSR has bought Silicon Valley chip-maker Zoran for £430m.
Chinese workers making touchscreens for Apple have urged the company to address the chemical poisoning that occurred in one of its contract factories.
Thames Valley and Hampshire police authorities have agreed to share ICT support and infrastructure, with all IT workers now employees of Thames Valley Police.
Microsoft is investigating user issues with the first update to its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7.
Governments in the UK, US and elsewhere are prioritising cyber security as it becomes apparent that the internet can be a dangerous place. There is plenty of talk of cyber war, but little consensus as to what the term actually means.
Intel is shipping fixed chipsets after discovering a chip design flaw affecting the latest Sandy Bridge Intel Core processor.
Identity is the most important element to securing cyberspace, says Ariel Gordon, principal group program manager at the identity and security division of Microsoft.
A huge legacy investment in analogue equipment and a lack of data integration skills are holding back more widespread adoption of fully digital video surveillance systems, according to research just published.
Deutsche Telekom and Lufthansa have stolen a march on BT and British Airways by becoming the first operators to offer up to 5Mbps broadband access in flight.
Business consultancy KPMG has acquired sourcing advisory Equaterra after months of negotiations.
Northamber has returned to profit in first half of fiscal 2011 according to an interim management statement (IMS) but Chairman David Phillips voiced a cautious outlook that speaks of the parlous state of the UK economy. The distributor made an operating profit of £151,000 in the period to 31
A free 10-minute online personality test has been designed to identify natural risk-takers within IT.
Salesforce.com ecosystem recruitment agency Resource in Demand has warned that cloud computingresellers are facing a battle to fill a glut of vacancies in the sector. Job openings for cloud experts among partners and ISVs are thought to have risen byclose to 40%since February 2010. However, the supp
Intelclaims to havefixed the chipset design flawaffecting the latest Sandy Bridge Core processors and is shipping to all customers, writes Jenny Williams. The industry behemoth last month admitted it had discovered a design fault in the 6 series chipset, code-named Cougar Point, and recalled the un
The Network Management division of Ipswitch isinducting toplevel Gold partners into a new two-tier programmeand will reduce discount levels to Silver and Bronze leveldealers through sole distributor Computerlinks in a channel shake-up. Although Ipswitch and Computerlinks are still working together a
Administrators of PARS Technology reckonan unpaidVAT claim against HMRC for nearly £2.5m and a weak trading environment causedits recent collapse. As revealed by MicroScope, the UK system builder was placed in the hands of Rendle & Coat the end of last week after exhausting attempts to fi
As MetroPCS launched its LTE network last year, it revamped its legacy mobile Web portal with artificial intelligence to improve subscriber loyalty and boost mobile ARPU.
WAN managers have used 3G as a backup. But bandwidth gains and new IT services associated with 4G wireless WAN links have inspired optimism over its potential as a primary circuit.
Legacy applications have surfaced as the true challenge in moving to private cloud.
Promise Technology emphasizes data protection with its new SMB multiprotocol NAS and iSCSI storage system, including a cloud backup option and bundled backup software.
Headlines: Bracing for petabytes of data expected to come from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), team from Arizona State University's SESE sets up multi-petabyte Isilon NAS cluster.
The private cloud is all the rage these days. Learn more about the differences between SAP virtualization and the SAP private cloud.
SAP has released new industry-specific analytics software as part of its SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 debut.
SAP today unveiled BusinessObjects 4.0, the highly anticipated update to its flagship BI and analytics platform.
VCloud Director has been positioned as a replacement for VMware’s test and development offering, Lab Manager. But experts say VMware has cut bait on lab management and set out for a larger catch in the cloud.
Hewlett Packard has announced revenues for its first fiscal quarter ending 31 January of $32.3bn (£19,9bn), up 4% on the same period a year ago. This...
The Libyan government could pull the plug on the country's internet, as protests sweep the country.
David Chapman, IT director of JobCentre Plus at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), is leaving the government at the end of the month to join oil...
Most IT directors will struggle to retain staff and attract new IT talent in the coming year as the job market improves, according to a survey of 66 UK IT directors by IT recruitment firm, ReThink Recruitment.
Open source software could be a key element to the government's IT strategy due in Spring, says deputy CIO
Samsung and other phone makers may drop Windows Phone 7 following Microsoft's update fiasco, which has affected all Samsung devices.
Logica reported flat sales and strong profit growth in 2010 after a late surge in contract wins boosted last year's results.
Dell has completed its acquisition of virtualised storage provider Compellent Technologies for $940m (£578m).
Léo Apotheker has said that HP has "areas we need to improve" after postinga meagre uptick in sales and missing profit and margin forecasts for the first quarter of its fiscal 2011, which closed on 31 January. The vendorwas punished by the Street last night afterreducing its full-ye
Nebulas Solutions has tweaked its technology incubator programme to go beyond just focusing on start-ups to established players that can help the reseller extend its own capabilities. Up until now the incubator programme has been there to help start-up firms and although that is not ending there wil
AppSense, a provider of user virtualisation software, has received a $70million investment from Goldman Sachs.
Businesses should prepare to plan their Windows 7 SP1 deployments, even if they are not in a position to run Windows 7 yet.
Ingram Micro has appointed Steve Hillman as its UK Telecommunications Products lead as it rolls out RIM's Blackberry mobile lines in the UK. The distributor first announcedit was to distribute Blackberry smartphones, accessories, software and tech support in Britain three months agowhen it signed a
SAP has unveiled a handful of partners and a couple of large customers to kick off the launch of its cloud based Business ByDesign ecosystem into the UK. The vendor has been developing its hosted service across Germany, France and the US over the last four months and brings the ecosystem to the UK t
SAP has appointed the former head of SME at Sophos, John Antunes, as its director of SME and channels. The appointment comes on the day the vendor puts some serious muscle behind its cloud based Business ByDesign portfolio and Antunes will have responsibility for driving that business as well as the
Examinations regulator Ofqual has highlighted three IT problems with the marking system that caused thousands of students to receive incorrect GCSE and A-level marks in 2010.
Cloud computing sales are gaining traction within thetechnology sector but still lagging in other verticals, according to a new study of channel partnersby IT management solutions vendorCA Technologies. CA questioned 965 resellers across Europe and found that ina case of taking coals to Newcastle,IT
Open standards should be sought in all government IT procurement specifications, says the Cabinet Office
Operators caching content close to users and handling more mobile broadband traffic are finding that the mission of metro networks is changing enough to benefit from increased IP connections in addition to traditional Ethernet connections in expanded metro areas.
VMware has released a virtualisation technology to make it easier for businesses to incorporate their employees’ smartphones; plus more news in brief.
Intel discussed key details about its upcoming Itanium processor, code-name Poulson, and other data center news.
Few companies that upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 will use VDI -- including a division of Citrix Systems. They may use one of these tools instead.
Channel Marker readers were fascinated with Bob Muglia and Randy Runk’s departures from Microsoft and HP, respectively, and Microsoft EAs were also a hot-button topic.
Patient data security isn't just an EHR feature; an expert at HIMSS 2011 says analytics and monitoring systems will protect against data breaches without impacting care workflow.
Juniper Networks lifted the veil off its new data center network architecture. Project Stratus is now QFabric, a giant, abstracted data center switch that connects all storage and compute elements in a data center.
Health IT adoption is on the rise, but there is work to do, the heads of HHS and the ONC said in a HIMSS 2011 keynote. Critically, tech cannot widen the gap between rich and poor.
WAN bandwidth limitations are serious barriers to data centre consolidation, so one law firm decided the answer was in WAN optimisation.
Gartner says data warehousing technologies are turning the corner.
The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has ditched Tivoli Storage Manager in favour of CommVault Simpana after the former struggled to effectively backup SharePoint. The Department has also acquired some new HP LeftHand storage arrays.
Microsoft has patched a flaw in its malware protection engine that could be exploited to gain control of victim's computer.
Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP were among the oil companies targeted by hackers working through internet servers in China, say US reports.
The Internet Systems Consortium has published an advisory and an update for the Bind domain name system software versions 9.7.1 to 9.7.2-P3.
Proposals for Apple to reveal its plans to find a successor for Steve Jobs have been rejected at the company's annual shareholder meeting.
Capita is the latest outsourcing service provider to emerge from the recent slowdown in good shape with an increase in sales and profit in 2010.
Transport for London (TfL) is upgrading its smartcard system and card readers to accept contactless debit and credit card payments in time for the 2012 Olympic games.
Analyst Gartner is proclaiming 2011 as the most important year for data warehouse applications. Gartner has identified a new 'age of data...
Datacentre operators and cloud computing suppliers could slash their power and space requirements while running up to 10 times faster
Freelance IT workers in the digital services sector are being forced to recruit other freelancers to help them keep up with large volumes of work. IT...
The London branch of Deutsche Postbank has deployed IBM Smart Analytics For Insights on Credit Risk in its commercial real estates (CRE) business, replacing manual data collection.
CIOs should use the downturn to plan for long-term investment opportunities rather than focus on short-term survival tactics.
Apple has managed to block attempts by some shareholders to force it to disclose a CEO succession plan after worries were raised that Steve Jobs might not return from his latest sick leave. The Apple boss has been signed off sick for the third time since January and reports in some of the more sensa
Cloud-based services are essential for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), says Darron Walton, co-founder professional services company De Villiers Walton.
Resellers offering professional business services appear to be in a better place than firms that concentrate on the consumer market. The CBI's latest survey of the services sector reveals a full year of decline in the consumer space but growth and optimism in the business to business market. The gro
More than nine out of 10 communications managers want a unified communications infrastructure, but most worry about being able to identify and manage the...
Some companies are applying business analytics to social network traffic to identify the influencers and decision makers in complex organisations.
Microsoft is offering developers a free trial of its Azure cloud computing platform until June 2011.
Google has introduced the first reseller certification around its apps products to encourage its partner community to take online training and exams. The online giant is starting the certification process with a Deployment Specialist accreditation for those that have gained to knowledge to help cus
Small businesses could boost their efficiency by over 50%, by investing in IT, independent research claims.
IT andnetwork integrator Redstone is to cut a further 83 members of staff as it re-aligns its cost base to reflectthe restructuring of its three business units, Redstone Converged Solutions, Redstone Managed Solutions and Fujin Systems, into one entity. The firm has bid farewell to over 170 people i
HP has appointed Frédéric Dussart -former senior vice president of southern Europe, Middle East and Africa at EMC- to the role of EMEA senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) Dussart replaces Wolfgang Wittmer,who is currently headi
Avoid the cost drains and change-management pitfalls that can dilute the ROI of mobile computing devices.
Systems integrators took on a disapproving audience of open source advocates this week after the government told its biggest suppliers to explain why its open source policy has been thwarted for so long.
The demand for finance sector IT staff has fallen 6% in the fourth quarter of 2010, despite industry recruitment levels increasing 21% compared to a year ago.
The government has started making serious noises about using open source products.
Intel has rolled out a high-speed PC connection technology named Thunderbolt, in collaboration with Apple.
The London Stock Exchange is experiencing technical problems and has halted trading on all UK equity markets.
The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has stepped in to provide last-minute funding of £213,437 to keep papers written by computer science pioneer Alan...
The London Stock Exchange has fixed the technical glitch it has been experiencing with market data
Lloyds Banking Group returned to profit in 2010 with its IT strategy central to the bank's cost cutting and service delivery HBOS.
Salesforce.com's subscription-based CRM has grown to over 92,000 users during 2010, an increase of over 27% compared to the previous year.
The global market for server sales saw double-digit growth last year as companies recovered from the economic downturn, according to Gartner.
PARS Technology falls into administration PARS Technology has gone into administration but the boss of the beleaguered firm is seeking investors to buy it back.
When the cloud hype kicked off in earnest a couple of years ago it sounded as if there were going to be few angles for distributors to get involved. With vendors talking of hosted services that at best could be white label offerings from resellers some eyes fell on the response from distribution, wr
Small businesses could boost their efficiency by over 50% through IT investment, according to independent research, writes Bill Goodwin. Studies by E-skills UK, the public private sector partnership for IT skills and training, show that many small businesses do not understand how IT can simplify the
More than nine out of 10 communications managers want a unified communications infrastructure, but most worry about being able to identify and manage the cost of the individual services provided, according to comms service provider consultancy MDS, writes Ian Grant. A survey of 200 UK comms managers
The government has launched a crowdsourcing review of elements of public sector IT with an online survey to determine which open standards should be supported in its IT systems.
The government is recruiting a chief procurement officer. The position will combine the role of CEO of the procurement agency, Buying Solutions, and the head of procurement in the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group.
Cloud CRM specialist Salesforce.com saw its net income halved year-on-year in its fiscal fourth quarter as it swallowed costs related to stock-based compensation. Despite that knockback, having to watch net income drop to $10.9m for the fourth quarter, ended 31 January , compared to $20.4m a year e
Business comms provider Colt Group has recorded a 2.4% drop in full-year sales as voice revenues dried up and data sales remained flat. Colt blamed the slowdown, which is also being seen by its rivals, on competitive pressures and reductions in mobile termination rates.
Huawei, the Chinese telecoms equipment maker, has called for the US government to make a formal investigation of the company to lay to rest allegations that it represents a threat to US national interests.
A regional development agency has withdrawn at least £150,000 in funding for a community broadband project and is refusing to disclose the reasons for the delay, citing commercial confidentiality.
Oracletook a severepoundingin the server stakesin the last quarter of 2010, with EMEAshipments down 49% and revenues down 42%. However, having lostposition in Q3 to NEC, the vendordid manage to clawits way back into Gartner's list of top five server vendors. In a market that saw overall sales growth
Longtime SAP customer Canadian National Railway says one feature in the new BusinessObjects 4.0 release could help them save millions in fuel costs.