Growing business demands, intermittent changes in laws, and data duplication prompts KRCL to upgrade its ERP system.
Can channel partners make money with Cisco cloud services? At the Cisco Partner Summit this week, the vendor's executives will tell partners how they can stay relevant in the new cloud era. VARs say they will need a lot of convincing.
The UK government’s new approach to IT has been articulated and endorsed by the National Audit Office in a report that projects a starring role for business intelligence systems.
Predictive analytics will become necessary to sustain a leadership position and avoid erosion in brand value, market share and profitability
Lulled by mobile devices synced back to centralized servers, CIOs haven't given much thought to IT disaster recovery plans for mobile computing. That needs to change.
Remote backups -- or ROBO backups -- have long been a challenge because of tape. Now, cloud-based backups are making remote office backup projects more manageable.
A JP Morgan fund is reportedly in talks to acquire a 10% stake in microblogging site Twitter for $450m (£278m).
Around 150,000 Gmail account holders were hit by a system glitch at the weekend which reset their accounts, losing e-mails, attachments and Google Chat logs.
Some parts of the London Stock Exchange website have been exposed to a computer virus after an advert on its website hosted malware.
As many as 3.2 million Vodafone users may have been unable to make calls due to a UK-wide network outage.
The final Firefox 4 beta is now ready to download and test.
Emergency telecommunications charity Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is providing aid to Libyan...
Centrica, owner of British Gas, has signed a seven-year $400m (£247) cloud outsourcing deal with HP.
The theft of specialist equipment has prevented thousands of users from accessing the Vodafone network.
RMS IT Security, the former security resale arm of Redstone Managed Solutions which was sold for £1m in an MBO at the end of 2010, has today officially unveileda new brand identity and formally relaunched itself. Managing director Robert Cavan said the firm's independence would enable it to be
Analyst Gartner has identified five key approaches to succeeding with social media
A major computer error discovered in July that meant thousands of customers of Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks faced having to pay more for their mortgages has damaged customer confidence.
The budget might still be a month away but the wish list is already being put together as different sectors of the economy voice their concerns that the fragile recovery requires more government support. The Chancellor George Osborne is due to deliver his second budget next month on 23 March, but w
UK financial authorities will be carrying out a major IT security planning exercise later this year to test the sector's preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Research from specialist IT recruitment website, CWJobs.co.uk, reveals that recruiters are calling for IT professionals to take a different approach to looking for work. Some 88% of recruiters say they often see mistakes on IT jobseeker's CVs, and 46% say they don't think IT jobseekers represent themselves well on traditional paper CVs.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Bristol has dropped a criminal film piracy case against a Glasgow man amid accusations that it relied almost exclusively...
Tablets shows no sign of slowing up and should continue to grow and eat into PC sales over the next couple of years if the predictions from JP Morgan Securities are right. The financial specialist has predicted that tablets will have become a $35bn market by 2012 as the number of vendors offerings
Azlan is to provide free installation on Avaya IP Office installations for resellers adding three-year warranty cover at the time of purchase.
HP may extend its hybrid rebate model beyond April to give hard pressed enterprise hardware and services resellers a clearer view of earnings in these unpredictable times. For HP's fiscal Q2 running February to April, the Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) unit and the Technology Ser
Low-power server startup SeaMicro says its new 512-core Intel Atom box suits distributed database workloads.
InMage Systems launched its recovery-as-a-service MSP platform, combining a cloud recovery engine, automated virtual machine (VM) provisioning and portal in one suite.
Cisco has promised to invest U.S. $500 million in the British Innovation Gateway, an initiative to connect two areas in East London into a smart community and increase growth in technology incubation.
Nexsan rolls out the E series of Fibre Channel and iSCSI SANs, denser versions of its ‘Boy’ and ‘Beast’ systems with an added layer of AutoMaid disk spindown.
Hewlett-Packard's new SMB Central portal aims to give partners easy access to products for small and medium-sized businesses. VARs can also get $1,500 for MDF per quarter.
The government's top 10 most expensive IT contracts are worth a combined value of £9.44bn, Computer Weekly has found.
Offshore outsourcing firm Infosys Technologies is facing tax and visa fraud charges after an employee filed a case against the company last week, according to reports in India.
Google has blamed a bug in a storage software update for weekend interruptions to its Gmail service in which thousands of users lost e-mail contacts and folders.
The UK's Advertising Standards Authority now has the power to oversee all claims made by companies on websites and social networks, not just paid-for ads.
Intel has confirmed the completion of its $7.7bn (£5bn) acquisition of security software giant McAfee.
Logica has completed the first phase of a healthcare IT system that will support UK and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The latest failure of Google's Gmail web-based e-mail service has highlighted the risk to businesses of using such services.
Malware targeting the Android mobile computing platform is increasing, according to the Symantec official blog.
Hosting and cloud provider Rackspace has combined four disparate partner programmes into a single global model in a move it claims will streamline the overall partner experience and enable its dealer network to add additional services to their sales mix.
Steria is positive about 2011, despite reporting an 11% drop in profits and a slight increase in revenues for 2010 compared to 2009.
Security firm G Data has unveiled MobileSecurity at CeBIT 2011 taking place in Hanover, Germany 1 to 5 March.
The global chief information officer at the technology giant talks about the firm's internal IT revamp and the financial and people management challenges along the way.
The slowdown in government spending has caught up with interactive whiteboard specialist Promethean World which has seen its profits drop. The vendor revealed the extent of the impact of cutbacks to its numbers in its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2010 reporting a sharp slowdown
Around 26 million households will complete the 2011 census in March, which will cost the government £482m to conduct.
Intel has confirmed the completion of its $7.7bn (£5bn) acquisition of security software giant McAfee, writes Jenny Williams. The chip manufacturer says the acquisition will provide a combination of security software and hardware from one company, which it claims will better protect consumers
Data centre and network distributor Magirus is making plans to capitalise on the end of the public sector financial year on 5 April by offering 50% discounts on its preconfigured vBundle virtualised data centre packages. The promotional pricing will be valid for vBundle orders placed in the channel
Xerox has put its hand in its pocket to fund an acquisition of Scottish-headquartered Concept Group to widen its route to SMEs. The deal means that Xerox will be selling its range of office products and supplies through the Concept Group, which has six locations across the UK, with four in Scotland
Surveillance camera owners may face tough restrictions on their use following the launch of a government consultation a new code of practice...
Infrastructure services outfit Lumison will turn its attentions to acquisition targets in the IT and network services space after forking out £22m for data centre co-location firm Blue Square Data (BSD). Edinburgh-based Lumison already operates data centres in its hometown and in South London
HP is lowering the barrier to entry for the Services Specialisation Programme (SSP) after admitting the Penetration Rate Index (PRI) it used to measure reseller sales did not work for some larger partners and locked out many smaller ones. The tech monster kicked off a review of the PRI metric last
The word on the street is that Computer 2000 is leading negotiations with mobile phone and airtime distributor Data Select that could lead to an acquisition. The UK's largestIT distributor, C2000 has ramped investment in its specialist business units in recent years, boosting the ranks at Azlan, Ma
In a now customary packed opener to its annual Partner Summit, Cisco's bosses have told an audience of over 2,000 channel partners that the vendor will not compete with them in the cloud as it launched a new cloud partner programme. Setting out the summit's agenda in New Orleans earlier on Tuesday,
Find out what you should consider before moving your enterprise content management system to the cloud, including the potential benefits and downsides of an ECM cloud approach.
Users report that ongoing VM stall in vSphere environments mainly arises from interoperability glitches with underlying infrastructure and finger-pointing among vendors.
A beta program from IBM's Tivoli division may upend the private cloud fight. With Tivoli for VMware, IT shops get an intriguing option for enterprise cloud management.
Outsourcing testing services to "offshore" sites such as India or China is a popular model for many US or European organizations. However, there's been an increased demand for "near-shore" testing, according to Rob McConnell, SQS Regional Director for Northern Ireland, which has led to the expansion of the Software Quality Systems (SQS) Belfast facility. Get the details in this Q&A between SSQ site editor Yvette Francino and McConnell.
Interviews and sessions at HIMSS 2011 reveal that the term health information exchange means different things to different people. No matter the model, the goals are the same.
Headlines: Coraid's VSX SAN virtualization appliance adds features such as storage pooling, snapshots, cloning, mirroring and remote replication to its EtherDrive SRX storage arrays.
SUSE Enterprise Linux 11-based offering supports 100% of SAP workloads, boasts faster install, and one-stop support.
Cisco laid out its cloud strategy here at the Cisco Partner Summit this week, with one very clear message: The company will not be the next Microsoft selling its own hosted applications through armies of resellers.
Sometimes the biggest network disasters are caused by non-engineers doing things they shouldn't. Network management tools, including network monitoring, configuration management and network discovery software can help you clean up someone else's mess, as one network engineer can testify.
SAP is releasing a new CRM application and says this one will focus on sales users, not management and can succeed where its predecessor failed in replacing Salesforce.com in its install base.
Cloud storage is drawing interest, but enterprises are steering clear of cloud disaster recovery as cloud reliability concerns linger.
Virtualization is not a cure-all for disaster recovery, but it does simplify disaster recovery planning and procedures, and can save money to boot.
The government has raised the threshold for ICT projects requiring central approval to £5m, from the £1m level imposed in May. The new controls will be in place until 2015.
The proportion of online videos compatible with HTML5 has increased from 10% to 63% in the past year, according to video-tracking site MeFeedia.
About 90% of IT decision-makers are investing in ways to better manage the security of endpoint computing devices, a survey has revealed.
The average broadband access download speed UK users experienced rose 5% to 6.2Mbps, but this is less than half the average headline speed they pay for,...
Energy company EDF has recruited Capgemini to manage multiple IT services for three years to get more out of its IT investments.
The Welsh Assembly is using ambitious European targets in a tender for next-generation broadband access in the principality.
The latest version of Microsoft's operating system (OS) for embedded devices, Windows Embedded Compact 7 is now available on a 180-day free trial.
The City of London Corporation has contracted Accenture to help it cut procurement costs by £30m over five years through a procurement shared service for multiple departments.
Datacentres will need to incorporate high-density power distribution within the next five years.
The government needs to implement a radical new approach to IT projects, according to the recommendations of a report by independent thinktank the Institute for Government.
The public sector could be making unnecessary redundancies due to a reluctance to innovate in IT and shift to the cloud, says former CIO John Suffolk
The first contract to be published under the government's new transparency drive has been posted on BusinessLink's Contract Finder website.
As the world waits for the release of the Apple iPad2, eBay users are being offered "pre-released" version of the product.
Unified communications vendor Mitel hasposted aGAAPnet loss of $4m, compared to net income of $33.2m this time last year, after being hit by restructuring costs of $7.4m. Non-GAAP income was $8.6m. Third quarter revenues at the vendor, which listed last spring, were down 0.1% to $162m (£99.4m)
IBM has identified a trend among customers to earmark some spending for endpoint security as workforces become increasingly mobile. Big Blue released the findings of its security research at its Pulse conference in Las Vegas revealing that the consumerisation of IT is already having an impact on bus
Distribution behemoth Tech Data beat analysts' expectations in Q4 to post double digit sales gains in spite of a currency headwind. The world's second largest wholesaler warned, however that the seasonal sequential decline will be more marked due to the strength of consumer shipments over the Chris
A report into the mistakes made by the government when it buys IT has recommended more flexibility in the procurement process and a move away from 'locked down' contracts. The 'System Error: fixing the flaws in government IT' reporthas been published by the Institute for Government looking into just
Newly-formed telecomsdistributor Daisy Distribution has set out its ambitions in thesector and moved toput clear water betweenits own business and that of its parent's other units, Daisy Communications, Wholesale and Servassure. The firm was formed in January from the union of various Daisy Groupacq
The owner at Surrey-based reseller Shift F7 Garry King has stepped back into the managing director's seat following the "mutual" split with previous incumbent Simon Ognall. Former managing director at Teksys, Ognall joined Shift F7 in May 2009 to take the reigns at the Microsoft Gold part
It was no surprise that Apple launched iPad 2 tonight but the presence of Steve Jobs to present the product did raise more than a few eyebrows. The Apple CEO is signed off on his third leave of sickness and had not been expected to make the launch in San Francisco of the latest version of the vendor
Open source software is effectively banned from government IT because products cannot get official clearance from GCHQ security experts
EMC admits 3Par led the storage industry three years ago in a document that primes its sales team to counter HP, NetApp and IBM and dismisses Oracle, HDS, Fujitsu and Dell as competitors for its new unified storage range.
Here’s how RAID technology works to provide data resilency.
It’s not practical to have keyboard, video display and a mouse for every server. KVM-over-IP makes it possible to manage multiple servers through a single set of devices.
Loughborough University will deploy Logicalis’ Cooperative Cloud, in addition to implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) strategy; plus more news in brief.
The UK unified communications market is experiencing change because of factors like cloud computing, increased video traffic, and a shift to UC managed services.
1U servers are well suited to many everyday business tasks. This overview considers the key features -- from processor and memory support to network ports-- of various 1U server offerings.
IT pros attending Enterprise Connect this week are enthusiastic about business tablets but not for mobile UC.
Database standardization projects require special attention to internal skill sets, cultural issues and technical factors such as database semantics, according to analysts.
In a presentation at HIMSS 2011, a New Hampshire hospital explained how its 10-step plan for EHR implementation is preparing it to meet federal meaningful use criteria.
XenServer, Hyper-V and KVM users still await feature parity with VMware’s vSphere while others work through integration issues.
Virtua’s plan for migrating data between data centers without downtime included a storage array upgrade and accelerated virtual machine implementation.
User groups in data management offer a chance for IT developers, administrators and end users to share experiences, solve problems and network with others. Find the right user group in this directory.
After a burglary caused a Vodafone UK network outage, Jenny Williams assesses the business impact of mobile infrastructure
About 80% of UK critical national infrastructure (CNI) is owned and run by the private sector, so how is government ensuring that it is protected from cyber attacks?
Apple shares spiked in response to news that chief executive Steve Jobs was making a personal appearance to launch the faster, thinner, dual camera iPad2...
Employers could face costs of up to £60,000 to replace IT staff who leave for new jobs elsewhere, according to a recruitment expert.
Government must ensure that requirements for security clearance do not deter academics from providing scientific advice to government on cyber attacks, says...
Capgemini Consulting wants to recruit 1,000 consultants to support its focus on the digitisation of businesses.
Fraudsters are using bogus support calls to hijack victims' computers, warns security firm Trusteer
The government has increased the salaries oversees workers must be paid if they are to come to the UK.
Google has launched a new profile page for all account holders, which the company says highlights the most important information.
Loughborough University has signed a deal with supplier Logicalis to deploy a hybrid cloud. Logicalis ...
The Large Hadron Collider at Cern generates vasts amounts of data. Over 15 petabytes of information is processed every year across 100,000 processors
The Law Society of England and Wales has signed a contract with Indian firm TCS
Cyber attackers are moving from using email spam to more aggressively targeting the Internet, according to Barracuda Networks.
Having already launched a new cloud-centric partner programme and a series of changes to its partner accreditationsat its 2011 Partner Summit in New Orleans, Cisco has announced the addition of WebEx technology to its SMB channel price list, nearly four full years since its $3.2bn acquisition. Speak
Ian Watmore, chief operating officer of the Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group, has welcomed the call for a radical new IT strategy.
The boom years of mobile PC adoption are all but over for now according to Gartner as consumers prolong usage of exiting systems or look at alternative devices to surf the Internet. Market dynamics forced analysts to downgrade their 2011 worldwide PC unit forecasts from 15.9% to 10.5%, and from 14.
UK software developers need to be protected with stronger intellectual property rights which are enforced globally and backed by the government. The CBI has urged the government to do more to protect the creative industries as part of its submission on IP that is being made to the Hargreaves Review
Gartner has downgraded its forecast for global PC sales this year, following the popularity of tablets such as the iPad
HP has confirmed Michael Bernhardt as the head of distribution for its Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking business across EMEA, replacing Andrej Golob who quit before the end of last year. Prior to the promotion, Bernhardt was the boss of ESSN distribution in Germany and will maintain a dua
Nominations for the MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence have opened. The emphasis of the MicroScope channel awards is to recognise those suppliers that have really delivered excellence rather than fall into the trap of giving a pat on the back to the largest spenders in the market. This event w
Motion and control tech manufacturer Parker Hannifin needed to improve its S&OP and rein in its global operations. The company’s deployment of Logility Voyager Solutions 8.0 has helped.
Check out this week’s latest SMB data storage news.
IDFC’s green data center is among the first Indian data centers to get TUV Rheinland’s energy efficiency certification. A look at the data center’s specs.
Home VARs can profit setting up networks, supporting wireless and integrating devices, whether or not they resell any product.
Anna’s Linens, a national home furnishings chain, created a central department to oversee the company’s business analytics program.
In the past two months, three of the biggest IT networking suppliers have brought intriguing options to market for processing and transporting information
Hackers have attacked around 40 South Korean government and private websites.
A court in Turkey has pulled the plug on Google's Blogspot following illegal broadcasts of football matches on some of its sites.
About one third of European smartphone users store credentials to access personal and corporate e-mail on their mobiles, a survey has revealed.
BT is rolling out a cloud-based social networking, blogging and data sharing service across 40,000 current and former employees.
How CIO Ben Booth has met the global IT challenge at market research group Ipsos
Microsoft Azure is helping Southampton University to reach above the clouds in a first-of-its-kind experiment to probe the stratosphere using an unmanned vehicle.
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%.
Twitter is firmly in the sights of hackers with the social networking platform seeing a hike in malicious activity as criminals start using it to spread malware. The social networking site continues to grow in popularity with more of its users becoming active and according to the latest annual secur
Business continuity and disaster recovery outfit Onyx Group has warned of the dependence of the UK's internet traffic on a small number of routes through London as it opens a new Teesside data centre. According to Onyx up to 90% of traffic originating in the North of England is routed through the ca
The government has made recommendations to close 32 public sector IT projects and reshape a further 68, in the first tranche of its ICT Project Review
The number of IT firms hitting the wall dropped slightly in January as the number of insolvencies across UK PLC dropped. The latest figures from Experian indicated that 37 IT firms failed at the start of this year but that was down slightly on the same period last year. Over the entire spread of t
South Wales Police is developing a covert national database that will record and store reports of anti-social behaviour, Computer Weekly has learned
Following his departure from British Airways, Paul Coby has joined John Lewis as IT director
Oracle risks becoming a bit part player in the in the UK server space after Q4 revenues tumbled 40% in an expanding market, IDC data has revealed. The latest embarrassment for Oracle's systems business follows hot on the heels of Gartner's EMEA numbers that showed shipments and revenues last quarte
Chancellor George Osborne has opened the bidding for an initial £50m for high-speed broadband projects as part of a four-year, £530m plan to extend broadband to rural areas of the UK
South Wales Police has confirmed it is developing a national database that will record and store reports of anti-social behaviour
About 80% of the government's spend on IT contracts comes from just four departments, according to research by Computer Weekly
HP is planning to introduce a contractual threshold for ESSN distributors to bolster its foothold in the unattended space - resellers not managed by the vendor - in a move that some logistics partners fear may lead to dramatic price cutting. The measure will be introduced on 1 May for six months, a