TechTarget News - Week of Jul 03, 2011

Chrome boost as IE and Firefox market share decline

Microsoft's share of the worldwide internet browser market continued to decline as Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox stole market share over the past 12 months.

K3 picks up Azzuri retail division to widen portfolio

ERP software specialist K3 Business Technology Group has announced the acquisition of the retail merchandising division of Azzuri Computer Solutions for a £1m cash sum. The move bulks out the ability that K3 has to offer a wider range of services to the supply chain industry and underlines it

Corel plans channel changes to promote brand

The name Corel might well be one getting some more channel attention if the newly appointed sales director for UK and Ireland gets his way. The software vendor has appointed Niels van der Valk as the sales director with a brief to dust down the vendor's channel operations and get the brand noticed

Tech community urges government to take IP measures

Some of the leading organisations in the UK technology community, including the British Computer Society and The Coalition for a Digital Economy, have put their names to an open letter urging the government to change UK copyright law. The open letter to David Cameron, Nick Clegg, George Osborne, Vi

IT services supplier Capita buys Ventura for £65m

Capita has bought contact centre business Ventura for £65m in a further sign of IT and BPO consolidation, writes Karl Flinders. The UK-based acquisition gives Capita private sector clients O2, Orange, British Gas and Google, as well as customers in the public sector such as the Department of

Caution remains as tech sector failure rates remain stable

The IT sector continues to show stability in the number of firms hitting the wall showing its resilience and well placed position compared to some other areas of the economy. According to the latest insolvency figures from Experian the number of IT firmsfalling into insolvency in May was 52, which

ComputerLinks adds to roster with TADASoft signing

Computerlinks continues to expand beyond its traditional security roots adding the key product from disaster recovery specialist TADASoft to its line-up. The addition of Restorepoint to the roster builds on the direction the Newmarket-based distributor has been heading in recently with more storage

Azlan hands reins to former Bell man McGregor

Azlan has plugged the management gap left in its enterprise division turning to former Bell man Colin McGregor who will take over after the summer. The distributor has been on the hunt for a replacement for Ian French since March after the channel veteran left to return to running his channel consu

National Audit Office casts doubt on smart meter roll-out cost

The National Audit Office says it expects the cost of implementing smart meters across the UK to exceed the current budget and questions how a critical change in consumer behaviour will be stimulated.

ESBs and application integration

Increasingly, the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is taking on any aspect of application integration middleware that might be required. Will this work?

ICO issues warning over NHS Data Protection Act breaches

Following five more NHS Data Protection Act violations, the Information Commissioner’s Office will redouble efforts to help NHS improve security.

SQL Server virtualization risks: among all the pros, some cons

Virtualization promises big savings for businesses, and few are decrying its influence. But is it always the answer? Are there SQL Server virtualization risks to learn about first?

Ways to mitigate risk with a corporate social media policy

Companies need an effective way to mitigate the risks of increasingly ubiquitous social media. But establishing a solid corporate social media policy is no easy task.

OKI appoints Northamber to widen reseller reach

OKI has added Northamber to its distribution roster in order to widen the number of resellers it reaches with iots printer products. The distributor will have full access to the OKI range and has been appointed to reach the 300 resellers it works with which currently don't sell any of the vendor's

Intrinisic gets private equity backing in £30m MBO

Unified comms and virtualisation reseller Intrinsic Technology has secured private equity backing for a £30m management buyout led by its current chief executive. The move by Mike Mason to lead an MBO, which was backed by private equity player RJD Partners, was described as "the next sta

SAP in hunt for UK boss as Noble moves into emerging role

SAP is on the hunt for a new boss to run its UK and Ireland operations after the current incumbent was handed the role of looking after emerging markets for the software giant. Tim Noble, who had been running UK and Ireland, has been given a role as head of emerging markets in EMEA starting immedia

HP reshuffles ESSN management pack

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled former Logica man Peter Ryan as the head of its enterprise servers, storage and networking (ESSN) operation across EMEA. The appointment of Ryan, who replaces Frederic Dussart as senior vice president and general manager for ESSN EMEA, comes with a brief to grow the bus

Cloud Alliance slammed by standards group

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has slammed moves by Star Internet to establish a Cloud Alliance warning that the development will not be a positive one for the channel. A group of around 17 firms have flocked to announce they have joined the Cloud Alliance since it was announced yesterday and the b

Morgan Stanley loses personal data of 34,000 customers

The personal details of 34,000 customers of investment bank Morgan Stanley could have fallen into the wrong hands after compact discs went missing during transit.

Citrix CEO hedges cloud bets on customer demand for web collaboration tools

At Citrix's annual Synergy conference in May 2011, the company introduced its "personal cloud" concept to replace traditional desktop computing and cater for IT departments supporting multiple devices, delivering on-demand applications and desktops, as well as protecting corporate data.

CFOs rule the IT budget, survey finds

CIOs are increasingly losing control of major IT spending to their chief financial officers, according to a survey.

PayPal UK’s Twitter account hacked

In another high-profile Twitter attack, hackers have hijacked PayPal UK's Twitter account and posted tweets critical of the online payment processing company.

URL shortening services abused by clever spammers

According to Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence Blog, there has been a significant rise in the use of URL shortening service links to drive users to malware infected web pages.

Oracle storage strategy: Make our apps run better

Headlines: Oracle executives say their storage strategy is to sell storage systems that run their databases and other apps faster and more efficiently.

Under Armour uses SAP BPC for operational control

Sports apparel maker Under Armour turned to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (formerly known as BPC) to gain better control of its production networks.

For state HIE, patient opt-out a thorny technical issue

Building a state HIE is complicated. Creating an IT back-end to support individual patient consent -- mandated by law in some states -- is even more complex.

CA overhauls mainframe portfolio: News in brief

CA conducts annual mainframe software blitz; Fujitsu updates its four- and eight-socket Primergy x86 servers; and Sanbolic releases a new version if its Melio cluster file system.

Consider these tips for a solid Web content management system strategy

Successful Web content management system strategies and deployments begin with end users in mind before taking a flexible approach and making sure the strategy receives ongoing care and feeding.

5 cloud BI considerations for a successful rollout

Migrating an end-to-end business intelligence (BI) solution to the cloud can be complicated. Consider these five points for successful cloud BI migration.

ThinkGrid urges partners to develop vertical approach

Hosted virtual desktop specialist ThinkGrid is encouraging its reseller partners to target vertical markets with bundles designed to meet the needs of specific customers. The vendor has taken the wraps off its Windows 7 virtual desktop product which offers users the chance to migrate to the latest

Swivel appoints Cohort in reseller recruitment drive

The well publised problems with two-factor authentication token products has seen sales increase for those vendors offering alternatives with Swivel Secure choosing this as the moment to expand its distribution and widen its reseller base. The vendor, which specialises in tokenless two-factor authe

CFO's the power behind the IT budget

Resellers should be aware who holds the purse strings as dissatisfaction with the business benefits of IT lead to change in ownership of purchasing decisions, writes Linda Endersby. the days of the IT director or chief information officer (CIO) being the person the channel needs to get in front of

Avnet given rights to sell IBM retail products

Avnet has strengthened its relationship with IBM after securing the distribution rights to sell Big Blue's retail products across Europe, writes Linda Endersby. Avnet will distribute IBM's Retail Store Solutions (RSS) to its VAR and ISV across UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Austria with more

Symantec focuses on endpoint protection

Symantec is talking up its ability to outflank rivals with the release of iuts endpoint protection product arguing that other alternatives are unable to be as proactive or provide customers with the reassurances that they can start to open up their network to more devices. With the consumerisation

Tech City gets royal endorsement from Kate and Will

In what may seem an unlikely endorsement by some, London's "Tech City" is to receive the royal seal of approval by Kate and Will, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Microsoft Office 365: Could security be the differentiator?

Since the release of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud-based service, the pros and cons of how it stacks up against its competitors in terms of cost and usability have been hotly debated, but it is Office 365's security credentials that really sets it apart, according to the company's Trustworthy Computing Group.

Kognitio ships data analysis tool Pablo

Data analytics company Kognitio is now shipping Pablo, a product that allows users to build and query virtual OLAP (online analytical processing) cubes without data warehouse specialists.

Oracle releases iPad app for virtual desktop client

Oracle has released a virtual desktop client app for the Apple iPad to provide mobile access to server-hosted desktops and enterprise applications.

Mastering the IT demands of a sustainable supply chain

There are a multitude of IT systems for defining, tracking and managing the sustainable supply chain. A consultant explores their pitfalls and best practices.

CRM metrics video series

CRM experts from across CRM's core disciplines explain what are the right -- and wrong -- metrics to use to measure a CRM initiative and how to properly set up a metrics program.

Understanding and implementing information governance best practices

Effective and successful information governance requires an understanding of the business case, setting clear priorities and an ongoing strategy to ensure a continuous process of management.

Will Windows 8 undercut Microsoft's other OSes?

Microsoft appears on track to deliver Windows 8 next year. But will an on-time delivery be a bad thing for best-selling Windows 7?

Lync Online UCaaS debuts, but some question if it's enterprise-ready

UC pros have been edgy about UC as a Service (UCaaS), citing concerns around limited customization and features—and even Microsoft may not change their minds with Lync Online.

How to ensure CRM metrics effectively align with business goals

With the increase in CRM metrics available, it’s important to apply the metrics that provide the best feedback about the business drivers. Learn about sales and call center metrics and general best practices for all CRM metrics.

Home care business implements 'right time' Oracle BI

ResCare turned to Oracle BI to improve the way it collected more than 60 business metrics, compiling and distributing them eight weeks after each fiscal quarter.

Kaspersky Lab announces sponsorship of Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Kaspersky Lab is following up the sponsorship of the AFL Melbourne Demons with a additional sponsorship agreement announced today between Kaspersky Lab and the NSW based NRL Manly Sea Eagles.

The push is on for IT cost transparency

CIOs are under pressure as never before to achieve IT cost transparency. One CIO finds his way with technology business management software.

SaaS set to grow as users embrace hosted option

Software as a service (SaaS) revenue is going to reach $12.1bn by the end of this year as users look for cheaper alternatives to on-premise products and start to embrace the cloud more widely. The forecast of a 20.7% increase in SaaS revenue this year compared to 2010 has come from analyst house Ga

Results on Target for component distributor

Yorkshire based distributor Target Components has announced record results for year ending 31st March 2011, with pretax profits of £700K, writes Linda Endersby. Turnover for the year was £19.8m, up 13%, and the pre tax profits showed a substantial increase of 56% from last years results

Phoenix brings in former Fujitsu Services boss as CEO

Phoenix IT Group has filled its CEO position, which was going to become vacant at the end of the month with the departure of Nick Robinson, with a former Fujitsu Services UK boss David Courtley. Courtley will join the firm which has been focusing on the cloud and stepping up its mid-market efforts

Investment doubled for Tech City

The Tech City Launchpad competition for East London hunting for innovative and creative digital businesses is now looking for 20 firms to receive a £100,000 grant instead of the original 10, writes Linda Endersby. The Technology Strategy Board is increasing the funding available to the incent

VMware appoints cloud technology chief

Virtualisation giant VMware has appointed a chief cloud technologist based in the UK offering guidance to resellers across Europe.

Xerox reaches out to widen reseller base and take SME share

Xerox has outlined ambitions to grow its UK channel through a combination of methods including courting dealers currently selling rivals products. The printing specialist wrapped up a partner event in London yesterday where 100 plus resellers from across Europe had been invited to hear the vendor's

Is VMware vCloud Express in trouble?

VMware's quest to partner with service providers for Amazon-style clouds seems to be coming apart due to a lack of serious interest and gratification for providers.

Getting the most out of demand-driven supply chain technology

Fueled by technology such as demand signal repositories and POS, the demand-driven supply chain can respond quickly and effectively to customer demand.

XenServer 6.0 beta out: Virtualization news in brief

XenServer 6.0 adds support for cross-platform management with Microsoft and VMware; VMTurbo unveils free virtualization management tool; VMware Labs simplifies client application.

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 rollup fixes 20 issues

Though Exchange Server 2010 is mature, many IT shops still rely on Exchange Server 2007. If that includes you, check out the fixes in Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 4.

Microsoft plans light patch Tuesday; to fix 22 bugs

Issues advance patch notification for four security vulnerabilities to address 22 bugs across Windows, Office products; culminates support for Vista SP1.

RIM talks up progress with subscriber numbers tweet

Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has had a difficult few months with its share price taking a dip and critics arguing it trailing Apple in the tablet stakes but it has been gaining customers. In a rare moment of numerical candor RIM posted an update on Twitter announcing that it had added

Corel appoints Ingram to gain more reseller numbers

Just days after talking of its plans to review and expand its channel operations Corel has inked a contract with Ingram Micro. The decision to appoint another distribution partner to sit alongside Computers Unlimited and Gem is a move designed to bring on board more resellers and grow the software

Private sector shocks with lax attitude to data risk

Following the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) annual report, security firms are expressing astonishment that the private sector is shunning assessment of its data risk, writes Linda Endersby. The report showed that of 100 companies, considered to be at high risk of data breaches, approached

Systems integrators could take stake in police agency

Systems integrators that were paid billions to supply police computer systems could take a stake in the agency managing their contracts when it is privatised next year, writes Mark Ballard. Gordon Wasserman, who was responsible for police technology under the Thatcher government, was this week appo

Caan expresses fears over SME security

Symantec has been offering small business partners and customers the chance to quiz former Dragons Den star and entrepreneur James Caan to get advice from the multi-millionaire. The security vendor hosted a Twitter debate this lunchtime providing access to Caan to all comers with an emphasis on rai

Xerox prepared to continue with reseller acquisitions

Xerox will continue buying resellers that it believes will add value to its business as it looks to get a deeper stake in the SME market. The vendor has already picked up Scotland-based Canon dealer Concept Group and Middlesex-based NewField IT this year but has not ruled out adding to the tally.

Colour as a Business Enabler

The use of colour can be a very useful weapon in a business's arsenal to secure visibility, attention and - ultimately - market presence. Currently, two key trends are driving the increased use of colour within the enterprise. First, a decline in the relative costs associated with colour printing e

SMB - Benefits of Colour to a Business

Colour printing has sometimes been perceived as an expensive luxury for SMBs, but competitive pricing, innovative technology and advanced controls now mean that not only can it be a crucial factor in a business's communications but is affordable too. The impact of colour should not be overlooked -