TechTarget News - Week of Jun 12, 2011

T-Mobile data theft case: why is it important?

The Chester Crown Court has ordered two former employees of UK mobile operator T-Mobile to pay a total of £73,700 after stealing and selling customer data from the company in 2008. We look at why it is a landmark ruling.

CIO interview: Pieter Schoehuijs, AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel CIO Pieter Schoehuijs talks to Cliff Saran about managing the company's IT strategy as it goes through a major transition.

Managed services meets e-discovery

Legal MSPs see growth even as more companies bring e-discovery in-house.

Laying the groundwork for supply chain sustainability

Supply chain sustainability is placing new compliance and reporting demands on both manufacturers and suppliers. Here’s why it’s critical to have a solid strategy in place.

Dell data storage plans pique customer interest

Dell customers want to know more about how the vendor will integrate primary data reduction, as well as NAS and common Compellent and EqualLogic management.

Wireshark’s latest, version 1.6.0, up for grabs

The latest version of Wireshark, version 1.6.0 incorporates bug fixes, packs in new features and protocol support. Mac OS X version gets tweaks.

Mobile device security demands surpass reality, survey says

It's no surprise that mobile device security was top of mind in our recent reader survey. Find out what's missing and what IT pros are asking for in mobile security products.

IPv6 Action Plan

World IPv6 day has come and gone? Did you notice? Have you done anything about IPv6? Here's the SearchCIO AU action plan for getting ready for the switch from IPv4 to iPv6.

Iomega looks to channel to help gain greater SME penetration

Storage specialist Iomega is looking to increase its business through the channel and engage with a greater number of partners as it looks to widen its presence in the SME market. The vendor, which was acquired almost three years ago by EMC, has built up a solid reputation in the consumer storage s

IMF attack highlights need for greater vigilance

The revelation that one of the leading global financial organisations has been targeted by hackers will add to the growing number of examples resellers can draw on to encourage customers to take threats more seriously. Over the weekend the International Monetary Fund (IMF) became the latest global

Oki hires head of end user business to promote managed print

OKI has recruited a former Konica Minolta Business Solutions sales manager with the task of driving the demand for managed print services. Gavin Castelyn, who was previously at Konica for seven years promoting multifunction devices in the last couple, has been given the head of end user business rol

Western Europe lags in global PBX market

Sluggish sales into the British and German PBX markets bucked an otherwise healthy upward trend during the first quarter, according to the latest market figures from analysts at MZA. While other global markets either recorded double-digit growth innew extensionsor were flat year-on-year, the more ma

Standard Life IT leader moves to consultancy firm

Senior IT executive Russell Irwin has left insurance firm Standard Life to join Logica as a consultant focused on the Scottish financial services market.

Facebook IPO rumoured to value company at $100bn

Facebook is rumoured to be gearing up for an IPO in the first quarter of 2012, which could see the social networking site reach a valuation of $100bn (£60bn).

Microsoft’s June patches fix Windows Server 2008 flaws

Windows administrators keep their jobs this month thanks to a hefty 34 security fixes to some mainstay products, including Windows Server 2008 and R2.

Solving 7 common business intelligence issues

This article presents some new signs that business intelligence environments may be in peril, in the process offering a checklist for success in 2007.

VMware to acquire Digital Fuel

VMware's latest acquisition, reportedly worth $85 million, will bolster chargeback and service-level reporting within VMware’s portfolio, the company claims.

NetApp, HDS launch bundles to put storage in the cloud

To put storage in the cloud, NetApp has new OnCommand SRM components and expands its partner base, while HDS stacks its unified compute platform (UCP), storage and Microsoft apps.

VMware Introduces vFabric 5

“Cloud computing is reshaping not just how IT resources are consumed by the business, but how those resources are purchased, licensed and delivered,” said Rod Johnson, SVP, Application Platform Strategy, VMware. “While application infrastructure technologies have advanced to meet the needs of today’s enterprise, to date, the business models have remained rigid and out of date

Microsoft backs Cloud Industry Forum

Microsoft UK has thrown in its lot with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the industry body that aims to talk up trust, security and transparency in cloud deployments.

Cloud complexity a reseller opportunity

The complexity of making a transition from traditional infrastructure to cloud computing is going to be a fertile area for managed services providers. Customers are starting to make the move towards the cloud, with predictions from the likes of Gartner that it will take 10% of the ICT market by 2014

Stone gets £30m to back public sector financing

Public sector computing specialist Stone has negotiated a new three-year financing agreement with Rabobank subsidiary De Lage Landen Worth £30m, the agreement will see Stone provide direct financing to its education and public sector customers, as opposed to going through a separate or in-hous

Livermore gets board role in latest HP shake-up

HP CEO Léo Apotheker has shaken his snowglobe once again, withcompany veteran Ann Livermore stepping down from her role as boss of HP Enterprise to join the board of directors, and new reporting lines for HP ESSN EVP Dave Donatelli and Software EVP Bill Veghte. In a statement HP said the orga

Arrow beefs up channel support on Riverbed gear

Arrow ECS is to offer technical support to Riverbed resellers after signing up to become a Riverbed Authorised Support Partner (RASP). The agreement, which will seeArrowadd new24-7 support resources, will build on an extant contract between the two firms; Arrow has distributed Riverbed's portfolio o

McAfee takes wraps off SME reseller specialisation

McAfee has taken the wraps off an SME specialisation for resellers in response to the growing need for dedicated support for that customer segment. Up until now the vendor has based its partner accreditations around technology but the SME programme has been developed because of the growing requireme

Bumper security update from Adobe

Adobe's latest quarterly security update covers Flash, Shockwave, Reader, Acrobat, ColdFusion, LifeCycle and Blaze.

Government to create market for personal identity data

The government is preparing to create a marketplace for citizens' personal data to be used for accessing online public services, according to documents that were issued to industry in preparation for the coalition's next-generation identity scheme.

Recession leaves its mark on IT services sector

The recent global economic slowdown differed from previous recessions in that IT outsourcing did not increase as a result of businesses attempting to cut costs to survive.

SAP to release new BOBJ suite for midmarket

SAP is launching BusinessObjects Edge 4.0 and Crystal Server 2011, two new upgrades to its business intelligence suite targeted to small and midsize companies.

NetApp, HDS launch bundles to put storage in the cloud

Headlines: To put storage in the cloud, NetApp updates OnCommand SRM while Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) stacks unified compute platform (UCP), storage and Microsoft apps.

Windows 7 deployment momentum uneven

Windows 7 adoption rates vary according to customer segment, VARs say, and Windows 8 sneak peeks muddy the waters.

Gartner: SAP Duet Enterprise brings ERP ‘to the people’

In a new report, Gartner says that SAP Duet Enterprise succeeds at something its predecessor failed to do, namely, making SAP ERP easier for business users and casual users alike.

Should enterprise IT fear Apple iCloud?

Is there anything to fear from Apple's new iCloud storage service? Enterprises with mobile apps and sensitive data might want to educate themselves on exactly what Apple's offering.

The ACO model and shared savings: Can IT get you there?

The success of accountable care organizations seems possible. Association leaders aren't quite convinced. Either way, IT departments should prepare for a new reimbursement model.

Security vendors step up IPv6 certifications

IPv6 readiness for networking products and applications in your network can be difficult to assess. Vendors such as Sourcefire are turning to US based ICSA Labs for certification against US based the USBv6 profile.

BI scene news round-up

Business intelligence is a neccesary discipline and one where the IT department and CIO can add great value. We've seen a lot of announcements recently and summarise the most interesting.

Insight sets out cloud strategy

Insight UK is using its attendance at the Cloud Computing World Forum as an opportunity to outline its strategy in the hosted market. The channel player has established its own data centres and has developed a range of services offering hosted email, backup, archiving as well as a host of third part

Acer rings the changes with board shake-up

Acer has made sweeping changes to its board as it looks to get the company heading back in the right direction. The board changes, backed by shareholders, come after a turbulent couple of weeks for the vendor after it revealed that it had to clear $150m in inventory backlog in EMEA, was axing 300 st

Wick Hill and Expand Networks pair up for Oracle, SAP push

Security and convergence VAD Wick Hill is dipping its toes in the fast-frowing WAN optimisation and acceleration market following the signing of a newcontract with Expand Networks. Expand UK sales director Mathew Matthews said that the agreement would not only help Expand break out from its traditio

Top Layer rebrands to Corero Network Security

Following its acquisition in February by buy-and-build venture Corero, network IPS specialist Top Layer has today announced its formal rebranding to Corero Network Security and launched a new DDoS defence product designed to detect and block application-layerattacks. The firm has over 10 years of ex

Daisy flies Scottish flag with new Strathclyde office

Comms and internet solutions provider Daisy Group is talking up its commitment to businesses north of the border as it unveils a new facility at Belshill, near Glasgow and launched new Daisy Scotland branding in the country. The firm acquired a small office inScotland when it acquired SpiriTel last

Trustmarque sets sights on growth

Trustmarque has revealed it has plans to expand both in its number of regional offices and possibly through acquisition after delivering a solid set of fiscal year numbers. The reseller has been undergoing a transformation over recent years as it develops its services business and that is paying off

RSA's Chris Johnson to lead HP EMEA storage business

Former RSA vice president and general manager Chris Johnson is heading to HP to take up the role of vice president of HP Storage in EMEA. Johnson willoversee general business management at HP's storage unit, part of the wider ESSN business, taking charge of go-to-market and operational elements incl

Cabinet Office turns to agile SMEs to reform Whitehall IT development

The Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have called for small software development firms with skills in agile methodologies to help fix government IT and reform the systems integrators behind public sector projects.

Case study: New Look builds social media platform to extend e-commerce site

New Look has launched a social media platform to extend its e-commerce website and multi-channel offering. New Look Daily is a cloud-based customer hub that aggregates social media feeds from Twitter and Facebook and allows customers to upload photo and blog content.

Is the honeymoon over for India’s IT services companies?

Demand for outcome-based IT services contracts will reduce India's traditional advantage as businesses begin to pay service providers based on improving business, rather than for time and materials. Could this spell the end of the decade-long honeymoon for India's IT outsourcing sector?

HP sues Oracle over Itanium support

HP has carried out its threat to take legal action against Oracle for failing to meet its commitments to HP and 140,000 shared customers by ending software development for HP's Itanium servers.

Hacker group Lulz Security attacks CIA

Hacker group Lulz Security claims it has attacked the CIA's website. The attack has not been verified but on its Twitter feed the group wrote: "Tango down - - for the lulz".

Kick the fear out of your social media strategy

Companies fear the worst and worry they will lose control of their brands when they go on social channels. Turns out they probably will -- but it could be the best thing that ever happens to them.

New HP data center container goes double wide

Hewlett-Packard’s EcoPOD is a double-wide data center container that gives technicians more room to work in. But managers still have issues with the data center container approach.

How business intelligence software can influence enrollment

Consultants at Maguire Associates help institutions of higher education embrace business intelligence software for everything from market research to student retention.

HP sues Oracle over development on Itanium

HP's lawsuit against Oracle claims that Oracle's decision to stop development on Itanium platforms violated an implied contract between the two.

New Adobe sandbox hardens Acrobat family, adds Protected View

Protected View builds on Adobe Reader X Protected Mode, isolating processes to make it more difficult for malicious code to access the underlying operating system.

Enterprises struggling with security defences

Lack of time, skills and budget are all holding back enterprise users from taking the right security steps to keep their data safe. Research from Hewlett-Packard, undertaken at this years InfoSec show, discovered that enterprise customers are chasing their own tails when it comes to coping with the

ScanSource VARs get 'meet the vendor' webinar programme

ScanSource is giving its VAR community the chance to catch up on new product developments, market trends and ask questions of their vendor partners through a series of weekly online webinars. The sessions, which will run on Tuesday mornings, will feature a subject matter expert and a brief follow-up

Jaspersoft anticipates open source growth

Open source specialist Jaspersoft has outlined ambitions to grow its business in the UK hoping to surf the wave of interest from more firms looking for an alternative to existing software packages. The software vendor specialises in open source business intelligence tools and has seen its market we

Microsoft sounds alarm over fake security scam

Microsoft has warned end users and partners of a growing internet-based scam whereby criminals pose as IT security engineers and cold call potential targets claiming to represent legitimate firms. The scammers tell their victims they are providing free security checks and mislead them into thinking

HP and Oracle chip spat goes legal

Relationships between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle continue to deteriorate with the two vendors heading for the courts over an Itanium chip dispute. The two vendors have been trading verbal blows ever since Mark Hurd, the former CEO at HP, moved over to Oracle and found his new boss Larry Ellison was

Nortel sets stage for patent bidding war

Citing a"significant level of interest" Nortel has today delayed the auction of 6,000 patents, its last significant remaining asset, to the end of the month, setting the stage for a potential bidding war. The auctionof patents covering technologies such as wireless, 4G, data networks, opti

CIO interview: Chris Chant, UK government director of G-Cloud

Chris Chant, the government's interim director of digital and director of the G-Cloud programme, speaks exclusively to Computer Weekly's Kathleen Hall about the future of the cloud in the public sector.

Building the global quality control ecosystem

New technologies like cloud computing and social networking promise to deliver much-needed, real-time visibility and closed-loop integration to manufacturers with global supplier networks.

Nortel-Avaya channel stands by vendor

New IP Office 7.0 touts integration of Nortel intellectual property into Avaya portfolio.

VMware shops: No Digital Fuel in the tank for now

If VMware buys it, will users come? The Digital Fuel acquisition will take time to sink in, especially for smaller shops that have already invested in chargeback tools.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 17 June 2011

Business intelligence and cloud on midmarket agenda Getting greater business intelligence is the key requirement for mid-market customers as they look to get greater insights into their operations to identify where trends are emerging that will support future growth. IBM has undertaken its largest f

XTG expands European rental business with Livingston buy

Xchange Technology Group (XTG) has continued to expand in the rental market acquiring the assets of Livingston Electronic Services just six months after it picked up Hamilton Rentals. Livingstone offers short-term rentals of IT and audio visual kit and sitting alongside the Hamilton operation gives

RIM to cull staff in face of Android, Apple assault

RIM is to embark on a drastic cost-cutting drive that will see undisclosed numbers of redundancies across the firm, and the "reallocation of resources to areas that offer highest growth opportunities" after turning in a poor performance in the first quarter of its fiscal 2012. The firm pos

Virgin criticised for virus response

Virgin Media has been criticised for informing users that their PCs had become infected by a virus via letters rather than more immediate email. The broadband provider has been proactive in telling 1,500 customers that they have been infected by the SpyEye trojan which steals bank log-in details bu