Home Secretary Teresa May has announced plans to create a police-led ICT company to replace the National Police Improvement Agency.
The government has signed a framework agreement worth an estimated contract value of £5m to enable central and local authorities transition to public sector networks (PSN).
Windows Phone and Kinect are both examples of Microsoft's principle of privacy by design the software firm applies to all products and services, it said.
Capita has bought contact centre business Ventura for £65m in a further sign of IT and BPO consolidation.
Social networking will radically change the way businesses work as sites such as Twitter and Facebook take over in the workplace, analyst group Gartner predicts.
US online video service Hulu has withdrawn its Facebook Connect integration because of security problems discovered soon after launch.
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.
The cost of making and receiving mobile phone calls in Europe has been cut again, as the European Commission executes plans to make roaming rates the same as domestic rates by 2015.
The British Computer Society and The Coalition for a Digital Economy are among the signatories of an open letter to the Prime Minster, urging the government to change UK copyright law to support the digital economy.
Microsoft is sharing source code used for location-based services to allow its collection of Wi-Fi access point data to be reviewed.
A US district court judge has dismissed some elements of a class action lawsuit against Google over its Wi-Fi harvesting practices, but says the company is still liable for prosecution.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have unveiled the future of computers, based on a technique called "spintronics", which replaces the transistor at the heart of the computer.
Hacker group Anonymous claims to have stolen 25 internal user names and passwords from Apple in the latest of a series of attacks on government and corporate websites around the world.
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
Pub chain Slug and Lettuce has rolled out Barclaycard payment terminals to support contactless payments in 80 of its pubs across the UK.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey has claimed he favours a light-touch approach to regulation in the communications sector.
Gas and electricity metering supplier Onstream is transforming its IT infrastructure by moving its legacy infrastructure into a Microsoft-based private cloud.
Cybersecurity demands the efforts of the whole of society, says UK armed forces minister Nick Harvey.
Suppliers of electronic prescribing software must improve their systems if widespread adoption by hospitals and surgeries is to be reached, according to research from Ovum.
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.
Tesco Bank has confirmed its online services are now fully operational after some customers were unable to log into their savings accounts.
The government's IT strategy is hugely ambitious but lacks detail about how it will be delivered, a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report has found.
Data reduction software is an essential part of any computer forensics process. Expert Richard W. Walker looks at data reduction software tools and processes and the role they play.
Linear Tape File System (LTFS) for LTO-5 is starting to gain support in tape libraries and other archiving products that are expected to simplify data archiving.
Increasingly, the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is taking on any aspect of application integration middleware that might be required. Will this work?
Following five more NHS Data Protection Act violations, the Information Commissioner’s Office will redouble efforts to help NHS improve security.
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?
Credit union services firm turns to Caringo CAStor object storage to store proprietary images that choked its Fibre Channel SAN; finds the best backup was no back up at all.
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.
States can build national health information exchange, but interoperability must come first. State leaders discuss the current technical, legislative and economic issues they face.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
After three months as chairman of the UKOUG, Debra Lilley has stepped down in a major reorganisation to change how the group represents its members.
An interactive map of broadband speeds has revealed large sections of the UK need investment in internet connectivity.
Gloucestershire County Council's has joined up its children's services in a five-year contract with Liquidlogic.
CIOs are increasingly losing control of major IT spending to their chief financial officers, according to a survey.
Birmingham intends to roll out a 4G network to deliver superfast mobile broadband across the city.
Businesses are backing an initiative to provide private sector training, expertise and equipment to help struggling overseas law enforcement agencies fight cybercrime.
In another high-profile Twitter attack, hackers have hijacked PayPal UK's Twitter account and posted tweets critical of the online payment processing company.
The UK government is still looking for a way to stop websites from hosting pirated material or streaming live sporting events without permission.
IT services supplier Capgemini will create 24 higher apprenticeships in software development for school leavers.
Apple's iPhone and Google's Android OS gained as Research in Motion (RIM) lost Blackberry market share in last three months, according to analyst, comScore.
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.
Headlines: Oracle executives say their storage strategy is to sell storage systems that run their databases and other apps faster and more efficiently.
Users aren’t sold that the Open Virtualization Alliance can promote KVM over VMware, the "safe” virtualization choice.
PRTM says supply chain collaboration “levers” helped some manufacturers absorb shocks caused by natural disasters and the worldwide recession.
Sports apparel maker Under Armour turned to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (formerly known as BPC) to gain better control of its production networks.
As Hewlett-Packard and Cisco duke it out for new data center deals, IT shops get fire-sale prices on high-end hardware. Now, how much would you pay?
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.
Wellington College’s network security case study explains how a NAC virtualization appliance blocks malware and provides increased capacity on demand.
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.
An Indian company is offering outsourcing services for organizations looking to fill late-night mainframe slots.
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.
One of India’s largest private sector insurers, Tata AIG Life plan to deploy a business intelligence tool. Learn what it wants from the new BI tool.
IBM provided predictive analytics, player tracking and data visualisation at Wimbledon.
Migrating an end-to-end business intelligence (BI) solution to the cloud can be complicated. Consider these five points for successful cloud BI migration.
Convinced that Big Data will give them a competitive edge, enterprises are looking to their CIOs to manage large data sets. That's a tough challenge.
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
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
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 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 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
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.
Business analysts are the IT staff most in demand for permanent and contract roles, according to KPMG.
A hacker group has stolen and published around 17,000 e-mail addresses and passwords from the US government and military sources.
Private enterprises make up a third of data security breach claims, but despite this, many continue to resist the offer of an audit by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), according to the privacy watchdog's latest annual report.
The government is opening up public data from the National Health Service, schools, criminal courts and transport as part of its transparency drive.
More than half of London workers believe the threat of future strikes will encourage employers to enable staff to work from home.
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) sales are expected to reach $12.1bn in 2011, an increase of 21% compared to $10bn in 2010, according to research firm, Gartner.
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.
Hacker group Anonymous has hacked and defaced Turkish government websites in protest against internet filtering rules to be introduced in Turkey in August.
SAP has released Sales OnDemand, its software-as-a-service product for salespeople, with prices starting at $40 per user per month.
Facebook has partnered with Skype to add a video-calling facility to the social networking site and open another channel of communication for businesses.
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 has released a virtual desktop client app for the Apple iPad to provide mobile access to server-hosted desktops and enterprise applications.
The failure of the canned £469m FireControl project was due to an inadequate IT contract, MPs were told at a Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Microsoft Partner Network deadline for measuring revenue for Gold competency is pushed out another year.
The 2011 ICO annual report shows that of the private companies offered an ICO audit last year, only 19% accepted.
The software giant plans to issue four bulletins, one rated “critical” as part of its Patch Tuesday scheduled security updates.
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 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.
A breach of the newspaper’s job site exposed 1.27 million usernames and email addresses.
Next month, one of the newest SAP in-memory applications will hit the market, allowing utility companies to better manage energy supply and demand.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Half of Cisco users will consider buying equipment from less expensive Cisco competitors even though these users believe in Cisco's products, according to a readership poll.
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.
CIOs are under pressure as never before to achieve IT cost transparency. One CIO finds his way with technology business management software.
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
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 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
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
Virtualisation giant VMware has appointed a chief cloud technologist based in the UK offering guidance to resellers across Europe.
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
The financial services industry could prove an ideal home to social media applications as government legislation scheduled for 2012 looks set to transform a sector which has changed little in hundreds of years.
Cambridge-based technology development company TTP says harnessing unused broadcast frequencies could accelerate the roll-out of low-cost wireless broadband in the UK.
Businesses are using social media without taking adequate measures to monitor staff activity, which could open them up to security attacks and create compliance risks.
Apple has promised to fix a security flaw in its iOS operating system used by iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices that criminals could exploit, but refuses to say when it will release the necessary patches.
Secure mobile internet and regulation will force traditional payment platforms to change as competition grows in the European payments.
Police breaches of the Data Protection Act is an endemic problem across the country, with 904 officers and staff having been subject to internal disciplinary procedures, according to research from civil liberties watchdog Big Brother Watch.
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, police IT chief Gordon Wasserman has told Computer Weekly.
Transport for London has appointed Steve Townsend, director of information management at London Underground, as CIO.
Google is aiming to compete against social networking rivals by adopting a tougher line on privacy, which has long been one of the most controversial aspects of the service provided by Facebook.
The top five US internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed with film and music producers to issue warnings to customers suspected of online piracy and to take action against repeat offenders.
Ofcom has proposed using radio spectrum freed up from the switchover from analogue to digital to deliver mobile broadband to rural areas
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.
Fueled by technology such as demand signal repositories and POS, the demand-driven supply chain can respond quickly and effectively to customer demand.
Despite the hype, 4G is as much of a best-effort consumer service as 3G is for branches. But Sprint is trying to make 4G business-ready with its new wireless WAN services.
XenServer 6.0 adds support for cross-platform management with Microsoft and VMware; VMTurbo unveils free virtualization management tool; VMware Labs simplifies client application.
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.
The worldwide IT spending on BPM is likely to grow in 2011. Get insights into Gartner’s research on year 2011 trends in IT spending on BPM.
Issues advance patch notification for four security vulnerabilities to address 22 bugs across Windows, Office products; culminates support for Vista SP1.
Cloud Alliance slammed by standards group
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
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
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 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
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 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.
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
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 -