The Service Industry Association (SIA) has accused Oracle of attemptingto destroy the third-party maintainenace marketby initiating anti-competitive policies on hardware support. The computer services trade body has lodged complaints with the European Union and the Attorney General's Office in 50 U
Many Indian companies are likely to opt for SAP upgrade given the business benefits. These 6 factors will help CIOs to plan and execute their SAP upgrades effectively.
SaaS providers and proprietary 3PL networks are helping manufacturers ship goods across borders while gaining real-time visibility into their inventory around the world.
How well do you know the business analysts in your organization? Business analysts, or BAs, fill varied roles at companies of all sizes. This career field has been expanding steadily for the past few years, as indicated by this and past Forrester research surveys. Read this article to learn more about business analysis professionals' backgrounds, credentials, responsibilities and aspirations.
With its business shifting from Fibre Channel host bus adapters to converged network adapters, Emulex looks to educate partners more on 10 Gigabit Ethernet issues.
Led by the IBM mainframe, server revenues showed healthy growth in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to IDC; and the Green Grid unveiled its Data Center Maturity Model.
The new Cisco SMB initiative includes a package of SMB collaboration products as well as more extensive sales support for smaller market VARs. Will another Cisco SMB initiative work?
Information Difference benchmark survey on data governance reveals practice to be behind the hype. A little over half the organisations surveyed have a clear strategy.
Big enterprises are not pure Windows shops. Microsoft hopes its investment in Opalis Software will extend its reach in systems management and boost integration across platforms.
Enterprises that consolidate on a single database standard can reduce IT complexity and improve data quality, but there are some potential drawbacks, experts say.
The UK's first national Cyber Security Challenge has succeeded in its quest to find hidden talent, with a postman from Wakefield taking top honours in the competition.
Libya's internet service is still down following a weekend of blackouts, according to Google's Transparency Report.
HSBC is sending four million online banking customers a security token which will enable them to log in to their online bank account wherever they are, without using a card reader.
The National Archive has released a file-profiling tool, originally developed to support its archiving effort.
Microsoft has launched a social media campaign using Twitter to encourage web users to upgrade Internet Explorer 6.0 to the latest release.
Management at business connectivity specialist TalkTalk Business has moved to reassure the channel that taking on the name of its ISP parent - that is frequently under fire from consumer groups - will not harm their businesses, and could help them win larger deals. "SMEs and smaller partners do
Western Digital has tabled a bid of $4.25m (£2.6bn) to acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies ending the Japanese HDD vendor's previous preparations for an IPO.
BT has opened a new technology showroom to supplement a bid response centre in Singapore to help impress regional governments and multinationals headquartered in the city state.
One-time networking powerhouse Nortel Networks has sunk to yet another multi-billion dollar loss, after being hit with a $2.2bn (£1.34bn) accounting charge in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2010. The charges relate to a change in the accounting process for the rump of its business empire in
Two of the world's leading car brands, McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover, have picked Dassault Systèmes (DS) computer aided design systems to take forward their next generation car design and manufacturing systems.
Mobile phone service 3UK is to launch a £15 per month 'all-you-can-eat' data service for pay as you go customers.
Microsoft is expected to release only three security bulletins in their monthly Patch Tuesday security update on 8 March, according to the latest advance notification.
France's files on the G20 meetings were the target of a cyber attack, the country's finance minister has confirmed.
Those hoping that the Budget in a couple of weeks will benefit those SMEs trying to grow this year have been given some positive indications from the Chancellor. Speaking over the weekend at a Conservative Party conference in Cardiff George Osborne said that the budget would be pro-growth and pro-e
The BBC is moving to the cloud as a key part of its new technology strategy.
It has been a good year for mainframes, according to IDC's latest server shipment report.
Intel says new chip will increase the speed of business applications by 60%
The first census of the UK's communications infrastructure is about to begin.
Information from this month's UK census is at risk of confidentiality breaches from data being shared with policing or intelligence services, warns a law professor
Mobile business intelligence (BI) might be slow getting going but the technology should be helped by increased sales of tablet PCs. According to predictions from analyst house Forrester the adoption of mobile BU has been held up by a range of factors including fears over security and the mixed user
Western Digital has tabled a bid of $4.25m (£2.6bn) to acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies ending the Japanese HDD vendor's previous preparations for an IPO. The offer includes $3.5m i(£2.15bn) in cash and 25 million WD common shares valued at $750m based on the stock price of j
Emulex has become the latest storage vendor to move down the networking path with the launch of a new partner scheme designed to foster a transition to 10Gb/s Ethernet (GbE) and network convergence. Historically, the 10Gb Ethernet market is one Emulex has addressed through OEM partnerships with the
Steljes has notified staff of a company-wide restructure that may lead to redundancies, in response to the shifting dynamics of public sector procurement. The Bagshot-based Specialist AV distributor told its 170 staff of the review that is under way and expects to have a clearer view of the organisa
RFID and barcodes are still the most effective warehouse data-capture systems for gaining real-time views of inventory. But picking one over the other is sometimes tricky, according to experts.
Oracle Exadata X2-8 represents a step in the evolution of Oracle RAC. However, the direction of that step may surprise you.
While some companies may minimize or dismiss change management issues as too “touchy-feely,” it can make the difference between an SAP implementation success or failure.
A community health center switches its data management and data protection strategy, moving from an EMC SAN and reliance on tape to NetApp and NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup (NSB).
When two hospitals decided to share a hosted private cloud, they both found that productivity doubled – and they didn't have to build it themselves.
Beta testers are impressed with VMware’s new automated root-cause analysis tool, but some are still waiting to test and get pricing information on the Advanced and Enterprise editions.
The VMware partners' acceptance of being charged for Solution Enablement Toolkits and the sudden departure of Adrian Jones from HP topped the February stories.
Faced with a chaotic mix of cloud services, IT execs now must sort through a crowd of cloud brokers that claim to minimize risks and improve interoperability.
UK businesses must thinking seriously about how they will comply with new EU E-Privacy laws, despite delays in the formulation of government guidelines, says the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
The UK could be dangerously dependent on satellite radio navigation systems such as GPS, warns the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Europe's Digital Agenda boss Nellie Kroes invited CEOs from communications equipment manufacturers, network operators and content providers to suggest new ways to finance her broadband goals.
Metro Bank has become the latest bank to offer its customers security software from Trusteer which prevents hackers accessing online banking sessions via browsers.
The EU's cyber security agency, ENISA, has published a study on the botnet threat and how to address it.
Adobe has released for free download an experimental Flash-to-HTML5 converter to the development community through beta technology site, Adobe Labs.
The Samaritans has teamed up with Facebook to enable users to report friends contemplating suicide.
The founding father of the free software movement tells Computer Weekly why government just doesn't "get it"
Google is to acquire UK price comparison website BeatThatQuote.com for £37.7m.
With thousands of IT staff out of work in the UK and recent graduates finding it tough, the IT services sector could be the best destination for ambitious IT professionals to have rewarding careers.
Google is stepping in to protect the security reputation of its mobile operating system by remotely disabling malicious software downloaded by users of Android.
Lancashire County Council has issued a request for between three and five tenders to provide superfast broadband to the county within three years at a cost of £20m to £40m.
Betfair, the online gambling company, has moved its technology operations to Ireland to improve efficiency and customer service levels.
The government is to increase its commitment to further contact with operators of the UK's critical national infrastructure (CNI).
The government has been urged to tackle some of the main issues having a damaging effect on small firms including late payments and credit. With the Budget just a few weeks away the Forum of Private Business has become the latest to nset oput what it wants the Chancellor George Osborne to deliver w
Despite the need for large retailers to adhere to credit card data protection requirements the public doesn't have the confidence that high-street stores are capable of looking after their information. Even with PCI kicking in for the largest retailers last September users continue to demonstrate a
Samsung is on the lookout for a general manager to run its mobile PC unit after handing current incumbent Darren Matthews a newly created role to manage B2B resellers in the division. At the same time, the Korean giant is preparing to welcome on board Toshiba distribution boss Mark Reynolds to head
Nortel-Avaya partner has named ex-Datapulse man Stuart Legg to the role of sales and marketing director replacing Jane Emerson, who has left for Avaya and ShoreTel partner Nuage. Proximity has sold Nortel kit for well over a decade and was one of many partners absorbed into the Avaya channel fol
The explosive growth of the Android smartphone operating system in the western European market put a dent in Nokia's sales in the last quarter of 2010, but has not yet knocked the old guard from its perch at the top of the tree. Total mobile phone shipments across the region were up 3.2% year-on-yea
UPDATED: Midwich has confirmed that it is gearing up to sell Dell printers with a launch date set for later this month. As revealed by MicroScope's Reseller Radar bloglast month, the Texan tech titan was negotiating Ts&Cs with Diss-based print and AV specialist Midwich to expand its distributi
After the 2008 recession, IT budgets became conservative, focused mainly on cutting costs. In 2011, India Inc’s IT budgets will focus on growth, according to Gartner.
The latest Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange 2007 SP3 update rollup hits on OWA error messages and DAG headaches, among other things.
Is a cloud-based enterprise content management system right for you? Get up to speed on cloud ECM basics and how to lay the groundwork for a content management cloud deployment.
Analytical MDM projects can be a good jumping-off point for achieving larger-scale enterprise master data management objectives. But careful planning is crucial, experts say.
Headlines: SGI packages Copan MAID disk spin-down technology into an ArcFiniti file data archiving system; can SGI succeed where Copan failed with MAID?
A CIO walks though her approach to SOX compliance from automating management and controlling costs, to defining IT controls and making sure they stick.
The latest research backs up anecdotal evidence that Sun server shops are fleeing Oracle.
After three years of IT budget cuts and layoffs, are CIOs facing an IT hiring crisis? For CIOs at a recent conference, the answer is yes.
Western Digital is now the undisputed disk drive champion of the world, after acquiring Hitachi GST and reaching nearly 50% market share.
VMware introduced a View Client for the Apple iPad, a device more consumer- than enterprise-driven. IT pros wonder when VMware will tackle more important enterprise needs.
Some virtual desktop products integrate with enterprise management suites, but most VDI relies on its own consoles. Is that so bad?
EC e-privacy laws could damage the UK's digital economy, the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) has warned.
Government IT in the UK is far worse than comparable countries, experts told the Public Administration Select Committee
The National Skills Academy for IT is calling on employers to address the cyber security skills gap by sharing views on the most useful courses and qualifications.
IT companies are considered some of the most admired companies in the world with Apple and Google leading the pack.
CIOs should be aware of four main risks when contracting for cloud services, says analyst firm Gartner.
Information technology failures are a key reason why efforts to stamp out anti-social behaviour have failed for at least a decade....
Adam Gerrard is to leave the post of chief information officer of Avis after three and a half years
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation into LG...
DHL Supply Chain has launched a live order tracking system (Lots) to deliver real-time information to its customers.
The Child Support Agency is spending millions processing child maintenance claims by hand because of failures in its computer systems
Organisations are shifting identity and access management (IAM) efforts from administration to a strategic focus on intelligence, says research firm Gartner.
Optical networking vendor Cienasaw its sequential loss narrow slightly duringthe first quarter of its fiscal 2011, but the ongoing costs associated with the acquisition and subsequent integration of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Network (MEN) business continued to impact the firm. Posting its tenth straig
The consumerisation of IT is an issue users are aware of but many remain in denial over the extent to which employees are connecting to the corporate network with mobile devices. The growth of the bring your own computer movement has emerged as one of the trends for this year with the likes of Citr
The number of people redeeming travel and entertainment tickets via their mobile phones is set to treble by 2015, according to a report by Juniper Research.
The prospect of GPs being given more responsibility for patient data as the government looks to devolve responsibility for IT spending down to local surgeries away from NHS primary care trusts is causing some channel security players concern. The fears are that without access to the IT resources en
Azlan has confirmed that boss Ian French is stepping down to concentrate on his consultancy business Siceo and the Gapaid charity he chairs but will continue to provide advisory services to the Basingstoke-based distributor. His departure, revealed by MicroScope blog Reseller Radar last week, was e
IT staff in the public sector could increasingly become employees of outsourcing companies rather than local councils, says a report from Socitm.
SMS text messages are set to take off as a channel for business to communicate with their customers, research by analyst group Ovum Research reveals.
Micro P parent DCC has acquired West Yorkshire-based office supplies distributor Advent Data for £10.2m but the figure could go up depending on trading results. The electronic supplies wholesaler punts inkjet and laser print cartridges from Brother, Canon, Epson, Dell, Konica, Lexmark and Sams
Cisco distribution house Comstor has launched a new programme built aroundnetwork security developmentcalled FirstLook. The move comes in response to a growing body of evidence suggesting that the proliferation of web-based business apps, mobile data usage and virtualisation are causing a rapid evol
Enterprise software has become dull and predictable with the torch of innovation passing to the consumer space but one of the biggest players at the high-end of the market has set out its ambition to make business products "cool again". Speaking at its business tour in Boston, SAP executiv
Microsoft's virtual desktop line got a mini refresh. There is management integration for MED-V and Package Accelerators for App-V 4.6. Thin PC also got a status update.
While social networking has become a part of daily life for many people, manufacturing organizations have been slow to add social media to their businesses.
VMware View software is now available for Apple’s iPad to give users access to their Windows desktops, applications and data; plus more news in brief.
Find out what you should look at in assessing whether a cloud-based enterprise content management system is right for your organization and whether cloud ECM fits your IT strategy.
Industry analysts and experienced IT pros provide tips on some of the keys to ensuring the success of an analytical master data management project.
Oracle has seen big drops in server revenue and shipments in the past year, and end users list several reasons why they’re migrating to competitors.
Desktop video conferencing deployments are expected to rise, intensifying concerns around video conferencing interoperability and integration for UC pros at Enterprise Connect.
St. Richard’s Catholic College in East Sussex implemented secure remote access to allow mobile access to network resources while rolling out virtual desktop learning tools.
VMware Partner Exchange news and speculation re: Adrian Jones' post-HP destination kept Channel Marker readers clicking in February.
SAP outlined plans to release five more in-memory applications that will run on HANA, its new in-memory appliance.
Federated identity management groups and vendors toss up standards and solutions, as enterprises attempt to wrest control of user access to cloud-based applications.
SAP has issued 4.0 releases of its business intelligence (BI) and enterprise information management (EIM) solutions under SAP BusinessObjects portfolio.
Apple has released the latest version of its mobile operating system (OS), iOS 4.3, available to download for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Businesses usually attain adequate levels of IT defences at the point that it becomes more cost effective for cyber criminals to target someone else.
US-based NitroSecurity has set up a UK office as a growing number of local and European companies opt for single systems to meet compliance and security needs.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)'s IT systems have been criticised over £3bn erroneous benefits payments made between 2009 and 2010.
This graphic below shows where e-waste ends up and what the consequences are.
Errors in the UK Border Agency's code of practice for businesses bringing workers from overseas have forced the government department to withdraw recent...
The government should satisfy the needs of businesses in communications policy and investment to achieve its economic growth goals
Most organisations are approaching identity and access management (IAM) in the wrong way, by planning deployments around technologies, says Gartner.
IBM plans to train 10,000 Oracle database professionals in IBM software analytics and information management throughout 2011 via free bootcamp training sessions.
Scotland may soon get a £75m digital network to help boost video-on-demand distribution of Scottish television material.
Computacenter (CC) released a solid set of 2010 financials this morning that were underpinned by corporate customers replacing ageing infrastructure kit and a steady growth in services. The services-based reseller group made an operating profit of £66.1m, helped in no small part by the £
Boris Johnson demonstrated a smartphone app to help Londoners report litter and vandalism today, by cleaning graffiti off a wall in the capital.
The Environment Agency is providing iPhone users with a free app that allows them to find out about potential flood risks, but Blackberry and Android users will have to wait a few months before they can access the same service.
Most single-layer authentication methods are broken and more are being broken all the time, says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan.
Business analysts and PHP programmers are the IT staff most in demand, says KPMG.
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF)has added its voice to calls for the government to take a more proactive line over super-fast broadband roll-out in the UK, saying that the economic recovery will be impeded if things do not move quicker. Earlier this week the government releaseda £50mtranche of a
Martin Read, the government's efficiency advisor at the Cabinet Office, has said more money should be spent on public sector IT staff.
The move by Lumison to spend £22m for BlueSquare Data Services at the end of last month was the highlight in terms of M&A activity as the number of deals overall slowed from the start of the year. According to the latest monthly report from Regent the level of deals in February, 210 acros
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)is tolaunch a new software piracy campaign at a special event inGateshead in a bid to raise awareness of the economic impact of knock-off software, with the emphasis on protecting local jobs. The 'Software - Stay Legal'programmewill providing training and
The popularity of Research in Motion's Blackberry smartphones declined in the fourth quarter of 2010 as enterprise employees chose Apple products as their preferred devices, according to a survey by iPass.
A UK hedge fund that will make buying decisions based on the 140 character conversations of Twitter is set to be launched next month
Britain's hill farmers may be among the first to get high-speed broadband following the government decision to provide £20m for a new rural community broadband...
Betfair chief technology officer (CTO) Tony McAlister explains why the gambling company moved all its IT operations to Ireland
Virtualisation backup and management vendor Veeam is extending the training it offers resellers and introducing its first specialist accreditations for partners. The vendor has taken the wraps off Veeam University, which provides a range of online training options for resellers, and clearly set out
Semiconductor, storage and networkingvendor LSI Corporationis walking away from the external storage systems game with $480m (£298m)in its back pocket after selling its Engenio business to NetApp. "NetApp is well positioned to enhance the value of the Engenio business. [Its] channel-frien
The Federation Against Software Theft has warned that the government's review of the intellectual property system might not benefit the software market because of the focus on protecting the copyright of music and films. FAST has made a submission to the Hargreaves Review, which is looking at how I
A rebound in spending among corporate customers is not a short term blip, according to Trustmarque CEOScott Haddow. The software and services reseller today posted results for the year to 31 August 2010 with revenues down 12% to £107.7m and net profits dipping from £3.9m to £3.4m
Competition is heating up in the tablet market but Apple's iPad remains the dominant force, accounting for nearly three of every four devices sold worldwide last quarter. According to data from IDC, 10.1 million slates were shipped globally during the fourth quarter, compared to the 4.5 million unit
VMware buys Web app dev startup, integrates with Amazon; Veeam chases billion-dollar aspirations with Business View 2.0; NetEx offers free WAN optimization to VMware users.
At its annual conference, research firm IDC compared social media-driven mobile data to the 1980s rise of the PC and advised companies to make the leap now.
The Corporate IT Forum’s Real IT Awards recognized data-focused projects by Pizza Express and Whitbread – Costa Coffee.
SonicWall CDP appliances now have centralized policy-driven data management and the ability to dedupe data on clients before moving it to its continuous data protection appliance.
Check out this week's data backup news in brief.
AOL is to cut 900 jobs, about 20% of its global workforce, following the completion of its $315m (£196m) Huffington Post acquisition.
News that the government may be giving serious thought to a "last mile first" approach when it comes to spending public money on broadband projects emerged this week to a cautious response from industry.
Government efficiency adviser Martin Read talks exclusively to Computer Weekly about why technology is crucial to achieving cost savings in the public sector
The Service Industry Association has filed a complaint against Oracle in Europe and the US concerning the limitations Oracle puts on its hardware support. Cliff Saran investigates the changes to Oracle support.
Apple's iPhone 3G is vulnerable to attacks after the latest software update, iOS 4.3, fails to defend the device, according to a security firm.
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has launched a campaugn to highlight the costs of software piracy to the North East's economy. The Software...
Microsoft is delaying its first major software update to its mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 until the second half of March.
The Scottish Government has launched a national information management programme for its police service. The programme will develop a national model of common policing processes and provide a scalable solution for recording, management and analysis through integration with other police ICT systems.
Midwich seals Dell distribution deal Midwich confirmed this week that it is gearing up to sell Dell printers with a launch date set for later this month.As revealed byMicroScope last month, the Texan tech titan was negotiating Ts&Cs with print and AV specialist Midwich to expand its distribution
Academy school body the Harris Federation has deployed cloud technology to link its member schools together and provide an IT platform that can scale up as membership grows.
Resellers dragging their heels on moving to the cloud have been given another warning that the market is fundamentally changing and they face being left behind if they stick with traditional product delivery models. Research from TechMarketView predicts that by the end of the decade the cloud marke
The SAP In-Memory Appliance (SAP HANA) running on IBM 3850 servers can perform 10,000 queries an hour against 1.3 terabytes of data, returning results within seconds, according to a benchmark from WinterCorp.
The earthquake which hit northern Japan and measured 8.9 on the Richter scale has brought down mobile networks and damaged major semiconductor and chip manufacturers in the region.
The Service Industry Association is meeting next month to determine its next plan of action in tackling issues with Oracle's hardware maintenance policies, which could include enlisting the support of customers impacted by them. As revealed by MicroScope last week, the main bone of contention voiced
Comms services outfit Maintel has reported a 13% increase inits 2010group sales to £22m followingthe acquisition of £2m worth ofbusiness from Redstone Converged Solutionsand the signing of athree-year contract to service Westcon's Avayamaintenance base. Maintenance services accounted for
The popularity of Research in Motion's Blackberry smartphones declined in the fourth quarter of 2010 as enterprise employees chose Apple products as their preferred devices, according to a survey by iPass, writes Jenny Williams. The enterprise mobility company's survey of 3,500 mobile employees worl
Microsoft plans to almost triple the base of Authorised Education Resellers (AERs) to deal with the fragmenting market as the government hands all 30,000 schools in the UK control of their IT budgets. As revealed by MicroScope, the software titan canned perpetual licenses under the Schools Agreemen
The Japanese earthquake that struck the north-east coast of the country may well cause major disruptions to the IT component supply chain. The 8.9-magnitude quake, which hit roughly 250 miles from the capital Tokyo at 5.46am GMT, followed by aftershocks, unleashed a tsunami as high as 10 metres acro
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) wants to harden its Lotus Domino environment so it can provide “secure transmission of electronic messages and attachments (email) which contain sensitive data and/ or information, between the ABS and external recipients.” Might this year’s census be the reason for the purchase?