TechTarget News - Week of Mar 06, 2011

SIA accuses Oracle of cornering hardware maintenance space

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

SAP upgrade: 6 factors to consider

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.

Cloud enables global inventory management

SaaS providers and proprietary 3PL networks are helping manufacturers ship goods across borders while gaining real-time visibility into their inventory around the world.

Get to know your business analysts

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.

Emulex extends partner program around Ethernet storage

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.

IBM mainframe sees brisk sales: News in brief

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.

Cisco SMB initiative includes unified communications and sales support

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?

With Opalis, Microsoft bids for cross-platform credibility

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.

Should organizations consolidate on a single database standard?

Enterprises that consolidate on a single database standard can reduce IT complexity and improve data quality, but there are some potential drawbacks, experts say.

Libya internet blackout continues

Libya's internet service is still down following a weekend of blackouts, according to Google's Transparency Report.

HSBC uses token to secure smartphone banking

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.

Microsoft uses Twitter to encourage IE8 upgrade

Microsoft has launched a social media campaign using Twitter to encourage web users to upgrade Internet Explorer 6.0 to the latest release.

TalkTalk Business targets large network deals following rebrand

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

BT opens Singapore tech showroom

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.

Nortel loses $2.3bn in fourth quarter

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

Dassault Systemes wins at McLaren, Jaguar

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.

France's G20 files target of cyber attack

France's files on the G20 meetings were the target of a cyber attack, the country's finance minister has confirmed.

CBI calls for Budget support for mid-market firms

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

BBC commits to the cloud

The BBC is moving to the cloud as a key part of its new technology strategy.

Tablets set to support growth in mobile BI

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

WD coughs up $4.3bn for HGST

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 pushes partners towards 10 gig Ethernet market

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 set to restructure in face of public sector pressures

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

Choose warehouse data management technology with care, experts say

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.

Change management the key to avoiding SAP project failure

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.

Two hospitals share a hosted private cloud

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.

VMware shops intrigued by vCenter Operations

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.

UK 'dangerously reliant' on GPS sat nav

The UK could be dangerously dependent on satellite radio navigation systems such as GPS, warns the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Metro bank latest to get Trusteer security

Metro Bank has become the latest bank to offer its customers security software from Trusteer which prevents hackers accessing online banking sessions via browsers.

IT professionals can have great careers at suppliers

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.

Lancashire issues £40m broadband tender

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.

Government urged to tackle credit and late payments in Budget

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

Users lack confidence in retailers data protection skills

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 restarts search for mobile PC GM

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

Proximity adds sales director to boost Avaya team

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

March of Androids fails to knock Nokia

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

Midwich seals Dell distribution deal

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

Year 2011 IT budget of India Inc to pursue growth: Gartner

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.

SGI puts a Copan spin on data archiving system

Headlines: SGI packages Copan MAID disk spin-down technology into an ArcFiniti file data archiving system; can SGI succeed where Copan failed with MAID?

Defining IT controls key to SOX compliance success

A CIO walks though her approach to SOX compliance from automating management and controlling costs, to defining IT controls and making sure they stick.

VDI and systems management -- one tough puzzle

Some virtual desktop products integrate with enterprise management suites, but most VDI relies on its own consoles. Is that so bad?

Apple and Google top most admired list

IT companies are considered some of the most admired companies in the world with Apple and Google leading the pack.

IT fails to curb anti-social behaviour

Information technology failures are a key reason why efforts to stamp out anti-social behaviour have failed for at least a decade....

CSA spends millions processing claims by hand

The Child Support Agency is spending millions processing child maintenance claims by hand because of failures in its computer systems

Cost of Nortel integration dogs Ciena

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

Firms not ready to open network to staff-owned devices

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

Mobile ticketing users to treble by 2015

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.

GP surgeries could be fertile ground for security players

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 confirms departure of boss Ian French

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

Council IT staff likely to work for outsourcers

IT staff in the public sector could increasingly become employees of outsourcing companies rather than local councils, says a report from Socitm.

Micro P splashes the cash on consumables distie Advent Data

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

Comstor adds partner security development initiative

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

SAP sets out ambition to make enterprise software 'cool again'

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 incrementally upgrades its virtual desktop line

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.

Manufacturing social media software: Where it makes sense

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 launches VMware View software for Apple iPad

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.

Deciding if a cloud ECM system meets your needs: tips and advice

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.

Secure remote access enables virtual desktops, mobility

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.

Download Apple iOS 4.3 update for iPad and iPhone

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.

Advanced persistent threats - are businesses prepared?

Businesses usually attain adequate levels of IT defences at the point that it becomes more cost effective for cyber criminals to target someone else.

NitroSecurity sets up UK base for next gen SIEM

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.

IT systems contribute to DWP benefit payment errors

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)'s IT systems have been criticised over £3bn erroneous benefits payments made between 2009 and 2010.

Computacenter files solid 2010 financials

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 £

Environment Agency releases free flood-warning app for iPhone

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.

Super-fast broadband critical to recovery, says CIF

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

Tech M&A slows but recovery remains on track

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

FAST puts focus on job protection with Tyneside campaign

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

Blackberry withers as Apple blooms for business users

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.

Veeam launches reseller accreditations

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

LSI sells external storage biz to NetApp

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

Government IP review needs to embrace software differences

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

Trustmarque notes tide turning in corporate land

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

Samsung takes bite out of Apple tablet sales in Q4

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

IDC calls mobile analytics on cloud the next IT platform

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.

Customer insight wins out at 2011 Real IT Awards

The Corporate IT Forum’s Real IT Awards recognized data-focused projects by Pizza Express and Whitbread – Costa Coffee.

AOL to axe 900 jobs

AOL is to cut 900 jobs, about 20% of its global workforce, following the completion of its $315m (£196m) Huffington Post acquisition.

Rural broadband fund triggers technology tussle

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.

Is Oracle ending the honeymoon for Sun users?

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.

Anti-piracy campaign targets North East

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...

Windows Phone 7 update delayed

Microsoft is delaying its first major software update to its mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 until the second half of March.

Scottish police seek national information system

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.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 11 March 2011

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

Private cloud takes Harris schools higher

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.

Cloud growth will shake-up the UK software channel

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

SAP in-memory technology swallows 1.3TB database

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.

Tech companies assess Japanese tsunami damage

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.

Trade group SIA plots next move in Oracle maintenance fight

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

Maintel sales up on Redstone customer acquisition

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

Blackberry wilts as Apple blooms for enterprise users

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 to treble reseller base as education sector fragments

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

Japanese earthquake to disrupt IT component supply

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

Bureau of Statistics seeks secure email

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?