TechTarget News - Week of May 08, 2011

Deloitte acquires Software as a Service provider Oco

Consulting firm Deloitte has bought Oco, a vendor of Software as a Service BI tools, in a deal that one analyst said points to the fact that BI “is not just about plug-and-play.”

The changing face of Web content management systems: new uses, issues

New capabilities in social media integration, rich multimedia content, analytics and support for mobile devices are helping to reshape the role of an enterprise Web content management system.

Assessing ROI of addressing software debt: Interview with author Chris Sterling -- Part two

Software debt can be a big problem, but is the cost of addressing it worth the expense and effort? In the second part of this two-part interview, Chris Sterling, author of "Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change," gives helpful advice on convincing Product Owners of the merits of addressing software debt and answers questions about return on investment.

Managing Software Debt: Interview with author Chris Sterling -- Part one

Software debt refers to those software development tasks we put off that put our project at risk. By not addressing software debt, we slow down software delivery. In part one of this two-part interview, SSQ site editor Yvette Francino talks to Chris Sterling, author of "Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change." Sterling describes the types of software debt and provides advice on how it can be effectively handled.

Companies looking to SAP ALM for change management

A growing number of companies are using SAP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to manage the flow of changes coming through their SAP landscape, according to one expert.

Large-scale Agile: An interview with Bob Galen

Large-scale Agile development is of growing interest across different enterprises. SSQ Site Editor Yvette Francino spoke with Agile and quality guru Bob Galen recently on the best approaches to implementing large-scale Agile in the "real world."

Two studies show efficacy of telemedicine technology

For telemedicine to compete with traditional in-person health care modalities, physicians must prove its value. Two studies presented at ATA 2011 attempted that. Results varied.

Red Hat KVM deployments face uphill battle

A year after Red Hat declared sole allegiance to KVM, many shops still face logistical hurdles to putting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor into production.

Acronis wins where skills are thin

Acronis latest upgrade is winning friends where storage administrators fear to tread, often in places where the resources industry likes to operate.

Skype Mac OS X client gets zero-day fix

Zero-day vulnerability affects Skype for Mac 5.x users; Skype to push related update this week.

Juniper's QFabric: Interop's top data center network fabric?

Juniper's QFabric data center network fabric is a Best of Interop finalist for 2011 for its simplistic approach to creating flatter networks and improving overall cloud networking.

Light Microsoft Patch Tuesday for May

Security administrators will have a light Patch Tuesday this month, with Microsoft due to release just two...

ICO publishes cookie law advice for UK website owners

The Information Commissioner's Office has published advice on how UK businesses and organisations can comply with a new EU law on the use of "cookies" to track website visitors.

MicroScope starts life in London

MicroScope has started life in Marble Arch this morning in the offices of its new owners TechTarget. The website and the digital magazine will still be the places to visit and read your essential channel news. The updated editorial details are as follows: Simon Quicke, Editor squicke@techtarget.co

UK prisons use digital healthcare records system

The healthcare records of UK offenders are now available electronically, following the completion of an electronic healthcare records system across 136 prisons.

Sir Peter Rigby continues to show the wealth in reselling

There are few things in life that remain certain but the ability of Sir Peter Rigby to top the wealth charts in the channel has been a constant over the last few years. The founder of Specialist Computer Holdings appears regularly in the Sunday Times Rich list and cropped up again in the latest edi

NetSumo to beef up Brocade service provider support

Network and storage vendor Brocade has signed an agreement to provide advice, installation and 24/7 support services to ISP, hosting and ecommerce businesses through networking support specialist NetSumo. Under the terms of the deal NetSumo's NOC team will provide on-premise Brocade solutions to UK

Attachmate plots new future for Novell

New owner of SUSE Linux and NetWare pledges continuity, support but layoffs spark uncertainty.

New ICO guidance issued on EU cookie law

The Information Commissioner's Office has released practical guidance for companies to comply with the new EU cookie law.

Microsoft patches critical server flaw, revises index

The software giant patched three vulnerabilities and revised its Exploitability Index for prioritizing patch deployments.

Warranty management best practices sorely needed, report says

By applying workflow tools and analytics and making warranty management a priority, manufacturers could save millions, but few even have the metrics to gauge performance, says IDC.

Cisco nabs Juniper QFabric architect David Yen

Juniper QFabric architect David Yen jumped ship to head up Cisco's data center business, including UCS and Nexus lines. It's a sign the Cisco reorganization is well under way.

Private cloud vendors send mixed message

Large IT vendors have shown up at Interop to discuss "the cloud," but IT administrators are over that debate and looking for real products and services to suit their cloud needs.

Legacy application modernization: Make SOA work for you

Service-oriented architectures can help enterprises modernize their legacy applications. Here are some ways to make them work.

CCAvenue hacking claim has inconsistencies

Was CCAvenue.com hacked? The company has denied any breach, and a closer look at the facts puts a question mark on the hacking claim's veracity.

TalkTalk broadband offers centralised web filtering

TalkTalk claims to be the first major UK internet service provider to allow broadband customers to block malicious or offensive material at server level.

Dell adds Premier tier to PartnerDirect VAR scheme

Dell is to add a new tier to its PartnerDirect programme to support its aim of becoming an end-to-end ICT solution player. As previously revealed by MicroScope, Dell has been mulling the addition of a top tier to its programme for some time. The firmcurrently plans to buy eight to 10 companies a yea

Update: Microsoft buys Skype Technologies

Microsoft is in talks to acquire internet telephony services company Skype, and a deal of between $7bn and $8bn could be announced today, according to US reports.

Burden of security education wrongly falling on staff

The opportunity for security resellers to educate users around the risks of failing to protect their data appears to be as high as ever. Corporate security polices are increasingly coming under strain as staff embrace social networks and flexible working, which have both been identified by major ve

BT to become a public sector network service provider

BT Wholesale is set to become a key supplier to Government Conveyance Network services which will interconnect the Cabinet Office's Public Sector Network services.

Microsoft adds Skype to comms portfolio in $8.5bn deal

Microsoft and Skype have confirmed days of industry speculation after announcing that Redmond is to buy private-equity backed VoIP specialist Skype for $8.5bn (£5.2bn). The agreement, which has already been approved by both boards of directors, will see Skype become a new business division wit

HP hands TSD security product exclusive

Hewlett-Packard is looking to Technical Services Distribution (TSD) to expand its security reseller numbers after handing the channel player exclusive rights to its ProtectTools portfolio. The distie already has a few resellers on board but wants to expand the number as it targets the HP products i

Trustmarque bolsters cloud credentials with Nimbus buy

Value-added reseller Trustmarque has widened its ability to provide hosted services to customers after acquiring cloud infrastructure specialist Nimbus Technology Systems.

Stone to resell Lenovo PCs to UK education market

Staffs-based public sector PC supplier Stone has signed a deal with Lenovo to supply the Chinese manufacturer's kit to the British education market combined with Stone's bespoke configuration and services offering. Stone CEO James Bird said the new arrangement was a move to offer existing and new ed

Tripwire acquired by investment firm

Thoma Bravo adds to its investment portfolio, which includes Entrust and LANDesk Software and SonicWall.

EMC's Project Lightning embraces server-side flash SSDs

Headlines: The opening day of EMC World Las Vegas 2011 featured a surprising launch of flash solid state on a PCIe card for servers from the world’s largest storage vendor.

ASHRAE okays hotter data centers

Under ASHRAE TC 9.9’s new recommendations, operators can increase data center operating temperatures -- and decrease their reliance on computer room air conditioners.

IT pros seek details on Microsoft cloud computing strategy

Windows managers want Microsoft to pull together its cloud story into a cohesive whole. The company is expected to flesh out its plans at this year’s TechEd conference.

In-depth: The chance for the channel to exploit bank holidays

When people look back at 2011 and think of April they will no doubt remember the Royal Wedding and the unusual summer like conditions enjoyed by most of the country. But for businesses in the channel it will be the sheer volume of bank holidays that littered last month and have continued into this,

Lenovo extends credit to help cash constrained users

Lenovo Financial Services is extending credit facilities to resellers across the UK and France as it looks to exploit the upswing in attitudes towards leasing. The vendor, in partnership with CIT group, is making a three year 0% finance deal available for deals between £1,000 and £100,0

CDG signs UK distribution contract with Egenera

Infrastructure software management vendor Egenera has appointed application availability specialist distributor CDG to sell its PAN Manager data centre managementsoftware package in the UK and Ireland. The PAN Manager suite is designed to simplify IT operations and infrastructure and drive down cost

Meru picks Zycko to target further WLAN growth

Virtualised 802.11n wirelessvendor Meru Networks is to team up with Gloucestershire-based VAD Zycko in an attempt to better address midmarket and enterprise wireless markets. Zycko, which already works extensively with storage virtualisation, WAN optimisation and video technology, will take on Meru'

Demand for IT jobs hits five year high

The demand for IT skilled staff is growing quicker than any other sector of the economy as customers look to recruit both permanent and temporary workers. The latest Report on Jobs from the KPMG and Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has not only confirmed the recovery in the IT jobs ma

Datatec questions strength of UK economic recovery

Datatec, the South African ICT powerhouse behind network sector stalwarts Logicalis and Westcon, has lamented the state of the economic recovery in the UK as it announced audited results for its fiscal 2011, which closed on 28 February. In an otherwise upbeat statement, Datatec said that overall tra

Signify mourns loss of co-founder John Stewart

Security specialist Signify is mourning the death of its co-founder John Stewart who has sadly lost his three-year battle against prostate cancer.

ACCU: A tester ventures into a programmers' conference

Agile test expert and SSQ contributor Lisa Crispin was a presenter at the Association of C and C++ Users (ACCU) conference held in Oxford, England, in April. Read more about her experience in this story.

Microsoft SIR finds account credentials are king

Attackers target social networks using phishing attacks and social engineering tactics to steal user names and passwords.

Microsoft/Skype: Once skeptical UC pros reassessing enterprise Skype

The Microsoft/Skype deal is prompting UC pros who were once enterprise Skype skeptics to give the VoIP provider a second look now that an established UC vendor is at the helm.

AusCERT2011 - Overexposed

The theme is “Overexposed” and a warning from a recent conference email stated that the social events “are not suitable for children”

searchSecurity.com.au chats with TeamViewer

In late April searchSecurity.com.au mentioned a number of remote control applications which allow the remote control of Windows environments over the Internet.

Cisco boss retrenches, slashes growth forecast

John Chambers has ditchedCisco'sannual growthforecast of 12 to 17 per centand pledged to take out $1bn in costs during fiscal 2012 after a torrid third quarter that saw the networking kingpin take a sledgehammer to its troubled consumer business. Speaking with his customary candour, Chambers insiste

Government urged to get tough as piracy rates fail to fall

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called on the government to do more to penalise those that flout intellectual property rights after its annual research showed the UK software piracy rate has not dropped. The latest figures from IDC show that there are still a quarter of people using unlice

Private equity firm picks up Tripwire

IT security and automated compliance specialist Tripwire is talking up its growth ambitions after being acquired by private equity outfit Thoma Bravo. The undisclosed deal will see Tripwire get access to some financial muscle which it plans to use to grow the firm with the new owners nodding to its

Azlan adds AdvaTel Avaya booster package

Azlan has signed a distribution agreement with Avaya DevConnect partner AdvaTel to supply its InTouch UC add-on for Avaya IP Office. The complementary software is pitched at the SME market, and enables internal and external communication across multiple platforms, including Outlook and Skype, alongs

Intrinsic hires following Dataplex buy, plans further acquisitions

Unified comms and cloud reseller Intrinsic Technology has revealed plans to hire up to 30 new heads by the end of the year to support its growth targets and back the recent acquisition of VMware partner Dataplex. Intrinsic bought into thedesktop virtualisation market at the start of the year when it

BT ups dividends as profits spike 97%

BT has increased its full-year dividend by 7% and reported market-beating fourth-quarter results, saying it expects to continue to grow profit and free cash flow, writes Warwick Ashford Profit for the quarter was up 97% to £495m compared with the same period the year before, but revenue fell 6

Government gets the smart metering ball rolling

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has put out a notice out to IT suppliers informing them to be ready to bid for work in its plan to introduce smart meters to UK homes, businesses and public sector organisations.

Independent Oracle survey says: Loyalty might be waning

A recent independent Oracle survey of IT professionals, 94% of them Oracle customers, found not only some disenchantment with Oracle, but also a strong possibility of disengagement.

CA, Microsoft combine for hybrid cloud backup service

CA will let ARCserve customers move data off to Microsoft Azure, adding subscription-based backup to ARCserve’s onsite backup in a move that follows rivals Symantec and CommVault.

White House proposes cyber network security legislation

The White House has proposed cyber security legislation to protect the US government and private computer systems from millions of daily cyber attacks.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 May 2011

Sir Peter Rigby continues to show the wealth in reselling There are few things in life that remain certain but the ability of Sir Peter Rigby to top the wealth charts in the channel has been a constant over the last few years.

Banks create roadmap for IT outsourcing

Stability is returning after the recent economic meltdown and banks are leading the way with a new approach to IT outsourcing which could become a roadmap for other sectors to follow.

Tandberg Data buys ProStor's removable disk business

Storage vendor Tandberg Data has acquired the removable disk storage (RDX) business of ProStor Systems for an undisclosed sum. ProStor was first to develop and market RDX technology, and Tandberg Data has been acting as an OEM under the brand name RDX QuikStor since 2006. The sale of the business me

Strong iPad sales add to Dixons confidence

The recovery remains fragile and consumer confidence shaky when it comes to selling technology via retail with Dixons revealing that although things are getting better it is taking time. The retailer has issued some guidance around its yearly numbers, which will be announced next month, showing tha

Phelps handed channel reigns by Lenovo

Lenovo has made changes to its UK channel management team as it establishes a fresh position to increase its consumer sales across Europe. Neil Berville, who has been working with the channel at the vendor is being handed the chance to make an impact in a different area of the vendor's business tak

AVG looks to reward resellers with shared online revenue

The idea of keeping resellers in the loop when sales are handled via the web is one that has foxed many a software vendor but AVG appears to have come up with a solution for its partners. The security vendor rolled out an online revenue share model a couple of weeks ago that would ensure that any a

M&A tech activity stabilises following strong Q1

The health in the tech mergers and acquisitions market across Europe continues to perform well up but has started to show signs of stabilisation after a very strong first quarter of recovery. The latest figures from Regent Partners showed that the market kept chugging along with 223 acquisitions la