TechTarget News - Week of Feb 20, 2011

Hero Honda upgrades SAP R3 to ECC6

The SAP R3 to ECC6 upgrade came about because the auto company wanted to use SAP for IFRS implementation

Early adopters sing self-service provisioning praises

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.

Technology usability must improve for health care to embrace IT

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.

Column: Video -- the front-office star turn

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.

Citrix XenClient with AMD graphics support coming midyear

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 switches to SugarCRM

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.

Firefox 4 faces further delays

Mozilla's Firefox 4 is facing further delays, with several bugs still be resolved before the release of the Beta 12 version.

RSA 2011: Top attacks business will face in 2011

Social networking will be the attacker platform of choice in 2011, says Ed Skoudis, founder and senior security consultant with InGuardians.

Demand for retail IT staff leaps 45%

Demand for IT staff in the retail sector grew 45% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

RES Software appoints Arrow ECS

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.

US Congress rejects proposals to let ISPs block content

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 adds storage to its cloud services line-up

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.

Storage top Q1 performer for Brocade

Storage sales continued to account for the bulk of Brocade's business in its recent fiscal Q1, in spite of its efforts to expand into the networking arena.

IPS rapped for loss of passport renewal applications

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.

Northern Ireland to get more fibre broadband

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 confirms future of Qt platform

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.

Social media options a turn off for UC buyers

Ahead of the annual UC Expo trade show in March, research conducted by the event's organisers has 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.

SCH buys print services minnow TSG

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.

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.

Cloud computing to boost EU economy by €750bn

Retailers are likely to benefit more than twice as much as manufacturers as cloud computing boosts the European economy by more than €750bn.

Adrian Jones leaves HP

Hewlett-Packard’s former channel chief exits as Leo Apotheker- era executive shuffle continues.

UK cloud computing trends: Are IT shops buying in?

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.

Toyota takes dealer application to the cloud

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.

Toyota takes dealer application to the 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.

The CIO guide to being headhunted

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.

CSR buys Zoran for £430m

UK microchip maker CSR has bought Silicon Valley chip-maker Zoran for £430m.

Analysis: Prepare for cyber war. But what does it mean?

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 ships fixed Sandy Bridge chipset

Intel is shipping fixed chipsets after discovering a chip design flaw affecting the latest Sandy Bridge Intel Core processor.

Legacy kit and lack of skills hold back digital video surveillance

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.

Northamber accounts are back in the black

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.

Demand for cloud experts outstrips supply

Salesforce.com ecosystem recruitment agency Resource in Demand has warned that cloud computing resellers 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 by close to 40% since February 2010.

Intel shipping glitch free Sandy Bridge chipsets

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

Ipswitch takes top level VARs direct, cuts discounts for others

The Network Management division of Ipswitch is inducting top level Gold partners into a new two-tier programme and will reduce discount levels to Silver and Bronze level dealers through sole distributor Computerlinks in a channel shake-up.

Can 4G wireless WAN links serve as more than a backup?

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.

Clustered NAS picked to store petabytes of digital moon images

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.

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 hits the streets

SAP today unveiled BusinessObjects 4.0, the highly anticipated update to its flagship BI and analytics platform.

VCloud Director no shoo-in for VMware Lab Manager shops

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.

JobCentre Plus IT director quits for BP role

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...

IT directors prioritise staff retention in 2011

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.

Logica full-year revenues and profits up

Logica reported flat sales and strong profit growth in 2010 after a late surge in contract wins boosted last year's results.

HP misses quarterly targets as PC, services sales disappoint

Apotheker has said that HP has "areas we need to improve" after posting a meagre uptick in sales and missing profit and margin forecasts for the first quarter of its fiscal 2011, which closed on 31 January.

Nebulas Solutions expands scope of incubator programme

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.

SAP signs partners to drive Business ByDesign

SAP plans to accelerate and expand the scope of its on-demand SAP Business ByDesign SME offering in the UK through local partners.

Ingram Micro beefs up UK Blackberry team

Ingram Micro has appointed Steve Hillman as its UK Telecommunications Products lead as it rolls out RIM's Blackberry mobile lines in the UK.

SAP kicks off Business ByDesign UK partner ecosystem

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.

Cloud forecast still hazy outside technology sector, says CA

Cloud computing sales are gaining traction within the technology sector but still lagging in other verticals, according to a new study of channel partners by IT management solutions vendor CA Technologies.

Government pushes for open standards

Open standards should be sought in all government IT procurement specifications, says the Cabinet Office

New mission for metro networks adds IP to Ethernet connections

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 unveils virtualisation technology for smartphones

VMware has released a virtualisation technology to make it easier for businesses to incorporate their employees’ smartphones; plus more news in brief.

Top Channel Marker blogs for January 2011

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.

Monitoring, analytics next wave of patient data security

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's Project Stratus reinvents data center network architecture

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.

SharePoint backup glitch sees TSM out, CommVault in at FaHCSIA

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.

Exxon, Shell, BP hacked in Night Dragon attacks

Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP were among the oil companies targeted by hackers working through internet servers in China, say US reports.

ISC releases security fix for Bind DoS vulnerability

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.

Capita follows Logica with solid results

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.

Gartner declares 'new age of the data warehouse'

Analyst Gartner is proclaiming 2011 as the most important year for data warehouse applications. Gartner has identified a new 'age of data...

Apple shareholders vote to keep succession plans secret

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.

Business services sector set for growth

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.

Cost opacity puts off unified comms uptake

More than nine out of 10 communications managers want a unified communications infrastructure, but most worry about being able to identify and manage the...

Free Azure...but just 750 hours

Microsoft is offering developers a free trial of its Azure cloud computing platform until June 2011.

Google introduces Apps reseller certifications

Google has introduced the first reseller certification around its apps products to encourage its partner community to take online training and exams.

SMEs could boost efficiency with IT investment

Small businesses could boost their efficiency by over 50%, by investing in IT, independent research claims.

Redstone cuts 83 jobs as restructuring winds down

IT and network integrator Redstone is to cut a further 83 members of staff as it re-aligns its cost base to reflect the restructuring of its three business units, Redstone Converged Solutions, Redstone Managed Solutions and Fujin Systems, into one entity.

HP names new EMEA ESSN head

HP has appointed Fredric 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.

Alan Turing's papers stay in UK with £200,000 donation

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...

Lloyds Banking Group IT underpins recovery

Lloyds Banking Group returned to profit in 2010 with its IT strategy central to the bank's cost cutting and service delivery HBOS.

Global server market grows 13% in 2010

The global market for server sales saw double-digit growth last year as companies recovered from the economic downturn, according to Gartner.

In-depth: Distributors find a role in the cloud

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.

SMEs could boost efficiency with IT investment

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

Opaque costs put off unified comms investment

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

Government crowdsources open standards review

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.

Government seeks chief procurement officer

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.

Salesforce.com Q4 numbers hit by charges

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.

Voice sales tap runs dry for Colt

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 asks US to investigate it for threats to national interest

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.

Oracle server sales hammered again in Q4

Oracle took a severe pounding in the server stakes in the last quarter of 2010, with EMEA shipments down 49% and revenues down 42%. However, having lost position in Q3 to NEC, the vendor did manage to claw its way back into Gartner's list of top five server vendors.