Global shipments of tablet devices have fallen 28% to 7.2 million units in the first quarter of 2011, according to analyst IDC.
Mozilla plans to release an update to Firefox 5 to fix a bug affecting users of Apple's Macintosh operating system, OS X 10.7.
Camwood has launched Application Lifecycle Manager, a cloud-based service to help application teams monitor application usage.
A supplier of automation and software systems to the global manufacturing and critical national infrastructure industries has partnered with Microsoft to reduce the risk of cyber attacks.
SAP will create 100 jobs in Dublin and Galway as part of an expansion programme in Ireland.
Demand for IT skills has increased as businesses begin to re-invest in IT and professionals with particular IT skills are receiving multiple job offers and double-digit pay increases if they switch employers.
UK-based international law firm Stephenson Harwood used RES Software to retain and manage user desktop settings as well as upgrade desktop software during an office move.
Universities can now run cloud-based research on Janet, the joint academic network.
Police breaches of the Data Protection Act revealed last week by civil liberties watchdog Big Brother Watch highlight a problem faced by all organisations, according to identity management firm Cyber-Ark.
The failure of the government's £469m FireControl project has been widely condemned as a monumental waste of money, with the government now attempting to achieve interoperability and resilience between fire and rescue control rooms at a cost of £81m. Computer Weekly examines some of the legacy issues of its failure.
Microsoft is to release only four security updates in this month's Patch Tuesday security update, but these will cover 22 vulnerabilities in Windows and Office.
Early adopters of Google+ have been hit by an avalanche of e-mail notifications, due to a glitch in the system. News of the accidental spamming came as Google revealed it is working on a business-focused feature for the Google+ social networking service.
Over 160 Steria employees working for the Home Office's Identity and Passport Service are to strike over poor pay.
Storage roundup: Essex college deploys ATA over Ethernet; the Eden Project goes NetApp; British Airways gets its SANs tested; Council cloud uses Xsigo virtual I/O; and more news.
The BitLocker administration tool in MDOP 2011 R2 helps IT pros manage encryption policies. MDOP 2011 R2 also includes DaRT and AIS updates.
The focus for compliance officers has shifted to fostering the development of an ethical corporate culture. But there are obstacles to promoting ethical behavior in a business setting.
Virtela's cloud-based mobile device management services enable channel partners to sell mobile management and device security as a monthly subscription service.
F5 adds midrange and entry-level ARX devices as it attempts to bring NAS virtualization and file migration to organizations besides large enterprises.
The American Red Cross hopes to infuse new life into its donor marketing program with an overhaul of its CRM and call center operations.
Information governance management success begins with a program owner with the authority and enterprise support to focus an initiative and keep business stakeholders engaged with strategy and tactics.
Microsoft will pitch its smartphone and tablet strategy at the Worldwide Partner Conference, but some VARs fear the mobile-device ship has already sailed.
The storage blogosphere has thrown up a fascinating EMC video explaining how cave painting is like social media. Seriously. Also HP says EMC’s FAST is its idea.
Faced with a network ravaged by Conficker and a dwindling budget, the Blackpool Council implemented a UTM system to cut costs and bolster security.
A survey of experienced hospital coders suggests that learning ICD-10 codes will be like learning a whole new language. Here's how CIOs can help keep them in the fold.
Oracle solutions specialist Inoapps has acquired fellow Oracle partner and managed services provider Teamsolve for an undisclosed sum. Inoapps, which has won a flurry of Oracle partner awards in recent years, said the growth-centric acquisition would create a company with strengths based on "co
Quest Software has used Microsoft's worldwide partner conference as the platform to launch a radical overhaul in its channel programme to simplify a disparate system that has developed over the last few years. The vendor has acquired a number of other players over the years, with ten plus in the la
In last month's feature Microscope looked at the choices in the printer market and concluded that small and medium enterprises (SME's) stood to benefit from inkjet printing where lower print volumes are experienced. Linda Endersby examines the SME market in more detail and the opportunity for inkjet
Presenting a good image is something that every business wants to do regardless of their size and balance sheet. Creating and developing a brand is an ambition that many firms have and work hard to do to establish a strong position in the marketplace. Apart from a handful of exceptions most company
Micro-P has given its backing to cloud service provider Outsourcery signing up to allow the connectivity specialist to provide its resellers with hosted services. The decision by Micro-P to become a strategic partner in the InPartnership Programme means it gets the chance to offer the latest unifie
Systemax Europe Technology Grouphas become the first Dell reseller to bag the vendor's new Networking and Security certification in EMEA. The firm, which is also moving up to the recently-created Preferred Partner level ofthe PartnerDirect programme, has successfully overcome all the challenges Dell
SMEs appear to be losing confidence with the banks with a significant number not even bothering to apply for loans despite the fact they need the funds. There are even more waiting to add to the disappointed figures with many that require loans to fulfill projects penciled in for the next quarter p
The media tablet market burned out in Q1 after experiencing the same kind of heavy seasonal downturn normally seen in more mature consumer electronics categories, according to IDC. Worldwide shipments into sales channels dropped 28% on a sequential basis to 7.2 million unitsin the three months to 31
Citrix has announced its acquisition of open source cloud computing platform Cloud.com to help customers build and manage private and public clouds.
IT services firm Computacenter experienced just 1% growth in its UK business during the first half of 2011.
Some 900 temporary and permanent jobs will be created as online retail giant Amazon is set to open a new fulfilment centre in the UK.
Infosys has split itself vertically to enable it to do more work in specific business sectors, while a change of name reflects its broader remit.
Twitter has launched a new developer community site using open source content management system (CMS) Drupal, provided by Acquia.
Driven by the adoption of private as well as public cloud services, spending on datacentre IT infrastructure is set to grow to $40bn in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 2015, according to analyst research.
Wales is set to receive £56.9m to help provide superfast broadband to 90% of homes and businesses in the country and enable broadband access for everyone.
Cyber terrorism will become an increasing problem as the tools and techniques needed for cyber attacks become more widely available, according to a report on the government's new counter-terrorism strategy.
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have launched a free service to protect customers against cyber attacks from fraudsters and cyber criminals.
IBM has introduced a new mainframe server, which it says costs 25% less than its existing z10 system and is 25% faster.
Cisco Systems may cut as many as 10,000 jobs, roughly 14% of its workforce, to combat weak profit growth, according to Bloomberg.
In vSphere 5, VMware added several new storage features and made major changes to VMware High Availability, Site Recovery Manager and vCloud Director.
Will the zEnterprise 114 appeal to IT pros in mainframe shops that run new workloads or hard-core mainframe traditionalists?
Find out what VARs are hearing (and saying) about Microsoft's news at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 in LA.
New sensitive data discovery features in the virtualization giant’s updated platform will allow enterprises to discover and classify data inside VMs.
Microsoft repaired a critical Bluetooth vulnerability and fixed more than 20 other flaws as part of its July security updates.
Stakeholders hope master VAR pilot kicking off in September will help small Microsoft Dynamics ERP VARs stay in the game.
Enterprises have barely scratched the surface when it comes to the possible applications of unstructured content analytics technologies and tools.
At Cisco Live 2011, engineers hope for the launch of the Nexus 7009, a smaller, cheaper, speedy switch that can replace the 6500.But will that be enough to soften Cisco's troubles?
The latest discovery includes a variant of the Zeus Trojan and embedded DroidDream malware in several mobile apps.
The new Oracle Exadata storage expansion racks may be able to ease storage-based performance bottlenecks, but the full rack comes with a seven-figure list price.
Business is usually slow to react when something new comes along. But Google+ might be a chance for CIOs to get in early with the latest social networking tool.
The IT organization of the future is shifting to become not only a business but also a part of an integrated business services organization.
IT services provider Computacenter has said that product revenues from its more financial services-oriented customers in the UK were down 23 per cent in the first half ofits financial year, even as itrevealedits first half profitswill be "comfortably ahead" of the same period last year. Th
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has reacted with dismay at the findings of a European report revealing that intellectual property is being undermined by illegal downloads over the internet. Research from Envisional surveyed the top 10,000 torrents with 6,000 plus containing content tha
Cisco could be on the verge of announcing up to 10,000 redundancies, or 14 per cent of its workforce, according to reports from the US. Citing sources familiar with the plans, Bloomberg has today reported that 7,000 could go in August, and 3,000 more are likely to come in the form of early retiremen
Microsoft has urged resellers to keep the momentum going around Windows 7 pointing out it is the foundation for an upgrade path to future operating systems. The call for further sales of Windows 7 was made by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, who was banging the drum over its latest OS sales figures
Email management specialist Mimecast has used Microsoft's World Partner Conference to announce a free package of Exchange 2010 and Office 365 migration services with the intention of preventing email downtime and data loss during the process. The firm reckons it will give away close to $30m (£
Networking and comms distributor Zycko has been sold off to a management buyout spearheaded by the group's managing director as the founder of the company Rory Sweet moves on. The deal, which was struck for an undisclosed sum, not only involves the group managing director Nick Moglia but also involv
Security firm Trusteer has announced an online fraud intelligence and risk assessment service for financial institutions to provide real-time threat visibility.
Mobile cloud services sales are expected to reach $39bn by 2016 as businesses increase spending on cloud-based unified communications, according to Juniper Research.
Mozilla's update to Firefox 5 for Mac users, version 5.0.1, aimed at eliminating crashes when using a downloadable font in OS X 10.7 and fixing the Java plug-in in OS X 10.5, could have security links, says Sophos.
Industrial unrest at Fujitsu could spread across the country, as union members in Manchester decide whether to strike in support of a sacked union representative.
The government has awarded its first centrally managed contract for print services at HMRC with outsourcing company Williams Lea. The deal is expected to save £21m, replacing 140 contracts with one.
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which is responsible for key aspects of the UK's cybersecurity, has lost equipment worth up to £1m, the latest Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report reveals.
Microsoft has warned businesses to begin Windows 7 deployments as support for Windows XP will end in less than 1,000 days.
The latest annual report of the Intelligence and Security Committee calls for several changes to increase the accountability, transparency and capacity for oversight of the intelligence community.
Although Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday monthly security update is relatively light, with only four updates as expected, the only critical bulletin MS11-053 should be taken seriously, according to security experts.
Smartphone maker HTC's shares have fallen for two consecutive days after Apple accused the company of infringing Apple patents.
A significant proportion of civil servants lack skills in areas such as IT, a National Audit Office report has found.
As Microsoft showed off Hyper-V Replica and Windows Server 8, partners talked about how they make money and find success against VMware.
With some IT shops hesitant to renew their Microsoft enterprise licensing agreements, Microsoft is redoubling efforts to get Windows XP users over to Windows 7 and 8.
Headlines: F5 adds midrange and entry-level ARX devices as it attempts to bring NAS virtualization and file migration to organizations besides large enterprises.
Faster, more complete Windows Azure roadmaps are promised to committed Microsoft partners.
At WPC 2011, Microsoft recognizes Omada for its access management solution, which works as an add-on to secure Microsoft’s cloud platform.
SAP will argue for a new trial in its legal battle against Oracle, saying the jury’s $1.3 billion verdict in the TomorrowNow case was a “miscarriage of justice.”
At Cisco 2011, Cisco played to its core audience, announcing a Catalyst 6500 upgrade that will triple the switch's speed and capacity and beef up security and management.
Organizations increasingly are seeing opportunities to unify master data, business process and performance management efforts, according to Gartner.
EMC officially launches its Symmetrix VMAXe, pitching it as enterprise-grade storage for private storage clouds and public cloud service providers.
The Ruxcon team have announced their call for papers for the seventh annual Ruxcon conference to be held over the weekend of 19th and 20th of November at the CQ Function Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
Microsoft is pushing cloud services during its Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, leaving IT security to its OEMs and expo exhibitors.
These days users expect to be able to use their iPads inside the business and as thousands of software vendors release applications for the iOS platform which provide data mobility and usability benefits to employees, the prospect of the iPad as a business device is becoming a forced reality.
Process intelligence is gaining momentum for both vendors and customers alike. But what is it, and does your organization need it? Forrester analyst Clay Richardson offers answers in a Q&A.
Some VMware users are up in arms about the new vSphere 5 licensing and pricing, which is based on the amount of memory assigned to VMs.
On the customer front-line, contact centers are best positioned to guide corporate CRM strategy, according to a global benchmarking report.
An analyst says VMware’s vSphere Storage Appliance, launched today, will eventually cause the demise of products like EMC’s Clariion and NetApp’s low-end FAS.
If your business is big on ERP, you may want to consider these vendor evaluation criteria when adopting a business intelligence solution.
Cloud computing is just one of three technologies shaping the IT organization of the future and the role of the CIO.
Westcon has said its partners can now better serve multinational businesses after acquiring its first ever presence in Switzerland in the shape of Germany-headquartered security VAD entrada Kommunikations. Entrada distributes kit from Trend Micro, McAfee, Juniper and Riverbed, among others, and made
Security and event management (SIEM) specialist NitroSecurity is to target partners disillusioned with last year's acquisition of competitor ArcSight by HP as it unveils a series of partner programme enhancements in EMEA. NitroSecurity was originally conceived as a US government database project to
Microsoft has told partners that a hybrid cloud model, with customers taking a mixture of hosted and on-premise solutions, is going to be a reality for years to come as the market makes its transition to the brave new world. The vendor has been spelling out its views about cloud at its worldwide pa
Unite has again locked horns with services giant Fujitsu balloting its members over strike action following the redundancy of a union rep from the Crewe plant. The ballot of the 800 members at its Manchester site follows the departure of Alan Jenney who had worked for Fujitsu for 17 years and has,
SAP is hoping it can challenge the $1.3bn it was ordered to pay Oracle last year at the end of a case over wrongly downloading files. The two vendors took their dispute over SAP's TomorrowNow subsidiary downloading Oracle files to court which ended with damages being awarded by a jury to compensate
Profits at Indian outsourcing company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) grew $631m (£391m), up 28% from last year, according to the company's first quarter results, ended 30 June.
UK retailers plan to spend almost a quarter of IT budgets on implementing and improving e-commerce and mobile commerce platforms.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance on how government departments can save money by offshoring, as public sector organisations feel the squeeze of continued spending cuts.
UK SMEs have earmarked an average spend of £30,000 on IT this year, according to research from GE Capital.
Reports of data breaches and malicious attacks on companies have been rife and now outsourcers are scrambling to reassure their clients, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Facebook has made a new push for growth of the social networking site in the developing world by releasing an app that does not require a sophisticated smartphone.
Acer's PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) fell 35% between the second quarter of 2011 and the same period in 2010, according to Gartner's latest figures.
Six out of every ten users of Adobe Reader are running unpatched versions of the software, leaving them vulnerable to a variety of malware attacks, according to researchers at security firm Avast.
Business IT users are increasingly looking outside the IT department for application development and in many cases are building applications themselves,...
More than one million websites closed down in China in 2010 after the government tightened controls on the internet, according to a study by a leading state-run research institute.
HM Revenue & Customs CIO Phil Pavitt talks to Computer Weekly about the biggest and most challenging tasks in public sector IT. Pavitt discusses his overhaul of the department's IT; tackling spending cuts; public sector IT strategy and the role of cloud, open source and agile development - and how IT suppliers have failed government IT.
European broadband speed targets will be missed unless authorities introduce cost-saving measures and allow revenue-generating business models, according to a report from three communications company CEOs.
Microsoft has said its Windows Phone 7 mobile phone operating system is not appropriate for tablets.
A comprehensive product evaluation led insurance provider HealthNow New York Inc. to choose Informatica data virtualization software over competing products from IBM and Composite.
Microsoft is set to deliver a social collaboration tool for Dynamics CRM customers by year’s end intended to help users set up and manage teams organized around products or projects.
Free tool gives organizations a standard way to obtain security and compliance information from a cloud provider.
More data center VARs are building data center infrastructure management practices to eliminate guesswork linked to administrative tasks.
Pentaho and SAP recently launched new versions of business intelligence tools aimed at small and midsize enterprises, but research suggests SMEs may be slow to invest.
Enterprises have hesitated to adopt UC call center technology, but social media and the consumerization of IT are putting pressure on traditional voice-centric approaches.
Deploying a sustainable supply chain can pose even more challenges than were involved in defining the program. Learn field-proven techniques for getting the job done.
Cisco's UCS upgrade includes higher speed and capacity in switching and server access, but it also enables deeper management and automation throughout the converged network.
Consumers have short attention spans for online content, and AT&T hopes this will sell businesses on its AT&T CDN services, as part of a broader content monetization strategy.
Expert analysts and consultants weigh in on the best practices for choosing text analysis software and offer vital steps for picking from an array of content, sentiment and text analytics products.
A proposed delay in the onset of meaningful use stage 2 would only affect health care providers who have already implemented stage 1. Even then, the effect will be minimal.
Vendor reports that the ‘sendfile’ vulnerability may be used to perform a security bypass or a DoS when using a security manager.
Resellers might well have used the Yellow Pages in the past to advertise their wares to the local business community but under plans unveiled by Yell dealers could be offered more interactive services. Yell has revealed a four year strategic plan to get more business out of the SME sector and one o
Nimans is expanding its data infrastructure division and moving to sell AV components for the first time as it looks for fresh areas of growth. The distributor is starting to sell its own infrastructure products, including cat cables, cabinets and power distribution units, under its own Titan brand
Acer has dropped down the PC shipment league table in the second quarter with its low price, high volume business model branded "no longer effective" by industry watchers Gartner. So far this year, the troubled vendor has canned its CEO and written off over $100m worth of inventory. It shi
Microsoft is improving the incentives it offers partners to encourage more to sell cloud and virtualistion. Using its worldwide partner conference as the platform to announce the changes the vendor unveiled enhanced incentives for those selling Azure and virtualistion. The extension of rewards to co
Manchester-based Cisco partner ANS Group has become the first European partner to receive Cisco's cloud infrastructure certification. The competency forms part of Cisco's Cloud Builder and Provider programme, formally announced earlier this year at the vendor's partner conference in the Statesand is
Public sector user group Socitm is launching a programme to test agile methodologies in IT projects for local government...
Running on HP's webOS operating system, the tablet device starts at £399 and aims to take on the growing number of tablets available for consumers and business...
Online fashion retailer Asos has posted a 69% sales increase to £107.3m in the last quarter to June 30, an increase of £65.8m on the same period a year earlier....
Troubled retailer Blacks has reported an increase in sales through its website, despite posting a generally gloomy set of results...
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has signed a £10,000 three-year contract with Zeus Technology to manage its virtualised medical applications...
Key international information assurance organisations plan to create a global repository of assessments for the assurance of the IT supply chain, including cloud services.
Tesco, has deployed the Kenshoo digital marketing platform to support its digital marketing strategy across retail promotions and e-commerce initiatives.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 has achieved top scores in blocking socially engineered malware, according to comparative tests conducted by security research analyst NSS Labs.
Oracle remains tight-lipped over a planned price hike in support fees.
The Cabinet Office has pulled in a system integrator, Liberata, for questioning over its acquisition of a police data hub that may give it an influential position over IT projects supporting Big Society initiatives.
Microsoft is to beef up security around its Hotmail service by introducing two features aimed at tackling account hijacking.
The Pentagon has unveiled a new US cyber security strategy four months after one of its biggest losses of sensitive data in an attack on a defence industry...
Amazon is set to take on the iPad, with suggestions that the company plans to release a tablet computer by October.
Google has reported a strong financial quarter under the leadership of chief executive Larry Page with revenues of $9.03bn, an increase of 32% compared with the second quarter of 2010.
Opinion: CSA Executive Director Jim Reavis assesses the challenges associated with certifying the security capabilities of cloud providers.
Agile guru Elisabeth Hendrickson explains her thoughts on programmers who test their own code and also explains more about her roles on Entaggle and the Agile Alliance Functional Test Tools efforts.
Find out Elisabeth Hendrickson's thoughts on exploratory testing and take a look at how it compares to regression testing, both manual and automated, in Agile environments.
As social media tools elbow their way into enterprises, IT is struggling to figure out where they’ll do the most good -- and the least harm.
IBM tweaks mainframe for Linux, Red Hat updates OpenShift Express and other Linux news in brief.
vCloud Director 1.5 is a baby step toward the private cloud utopia for VMware customers. Here's what you need to know and how users are reacting to the new product.
Learn more about the struggles large organizations face when transitioning to Agile, and how to address these issues, in SSQ contributor Matt Heusser’s interview with Agile 2011 presenter Alan Shalloway.
As Scrum grows as a software development methodology, it also has expanded to business areas including marketing, management, operations and sales. Learn more in this interview with one of Scrum's founding fathers, Jeff Sutherland.
At WPC 2011, Microsoft revealed how channel partners can cash in on cloud security problems with Redmond’s new modules and value-added services.
WAN optimization hasn't improved application response time for one IT pro, but it ensured that WAN performance was unaffected by a recent server consolidation initiative.
VMware's plan for VDI adoption is to sell View for cheap or give it away. The company now offers vSphere 5 Desktop to make its new licensing policy affordable for VDI.
EMC builds a new storage resource management (SRM) application called ProSphere to replace its ControlCenter product; Dell resells Kaminario SSD appliance; more storage news.
A Freedom of Information request reveals that 243 police officers were convicted of Data Protection Act violations in the last three years.
Releases interim software patches to fix security flaws in the BlackBerry Admin API component that affect the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) platform.
Business intelligence tools must be evaluated for their analytical abilities. Here are four types of analyzes your business intelligence tool should have.
The IPv4 to IPv6 shift seems inevitable and may not be ignored. Ovum offers insights into this shift but specifies why enterprises need to tread with caution.
5 things CIOs need to know about VMWare vSphere 5
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 t
Softcat is planning to hand outcake and beer to staff after breaking through the £200m revenue mark in its financial year, beating its own forecasts. Although the reseller hasn't broken down any other figures it has revealed that revenue has already surpassed last year's £146m, hitting &
Cisco partners have welcomed an imminent shake-up of its EMEA management team, which it isunderstoodwill include the appointment of the firm's operations director of distributed government, Richard Roberts, as its new UK and Ireland channel director. Roberts is expected to be confirmed in the role a
An EIU report shows that inadequate data management continues to undermine effective risk management in financial services firms worldwide.
Security specialist Sourcefire is looking to increase the knowledge of its reseller base encouraging more to develop consultancy level skills to ensure they can deliver services to customers. The vendor has launched a programme to educate and certify those resellers that learn about its products and
HD video solutions specialist LifeSize is to sell its gear through Avnet Technology Solutions in the UK, as part of the distie's strategy to tighten its end-to-end unified comms offering. The appointment of LifeSize, which is a technologypartner ofAvnetvendorsMicrosoft and Avaya,will help partners e
Extreme Networks has announced plans tocut $20m (£12m)in costs out of its business by the end of its next financial year, and will be reducing its headcount by approximately 16 per cent, with 110 positions understood to be at risk. In a statement today Extreme said it would consolidate most of