TechTarget News - Week of Jul 24, 2011

BAA appoints Simon Fell as CTO

Airport operator BAA has appointed Simon Fell as its new chief technology officer...

Blackberry-maker RIM axes 2,000 jobs to cut costs

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced plans to reduce its global workforce by 2,000 people as part of a cost-cutting exercise - putting over 10% of its staff at risk...

IT industry salaries rise 7.5% in 2011

Salaries for IT professionals have risen by 7.5% to reach an average wage of over £46,000 in 2011...

SecurEnvoy tackles trojan-based cookie hack

SecurEnvoy has developed a security technique to protect a secure web session that it claims solves the problem of hacking session cookies.

Businesses should prepare for Web 3.0, says Booz&Co

The next generation of web technology will transform the way businesses work within five to ten years, research by management consulting firm Booz&Co predicts.

UK confirms international cyber rules conference

UK foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the government is to host an international conference on cyberspace in London on 1 and 2 November 2011.

Maintaining document imaging software deployments for ongoing success

For best ROI, companies should continue benchmarking and fine-tuning document imaging software implementations and scanning projects to ensure high performance and justify an enterprise’s investment.

How to improve storage resources utilisation

Storage hardware vendors’ upgrade offers are leading many mainframe users to buy storage they don’t need, which sends operational expenses through the roof because storage resources’ utilisation rates are low, says an expert.

Judge tells Oracle to rethink Google Java damages claim

A United States District Court Judge has dismissed Oracle's initial damages estimate for its Java patent case against Google after accusing the company of over-reaching in multiple ways with the "goal of seeing how much it could get away with".

K3 finishes off Sage dealer FD Systems in £2.2m deal

Acquisitive K3 Business Technology Group has forked out £2.23m for the remainder of Sage and e-commerce provider FD Systems Ltd (FDS) as part of its ongoing roll-up of ERP resellers.

Ingres board names Shine as new CEO

Steve Shine has been named CEO and president of data management specialist Ingres, effective immediately, writes Linda Endersby. Shine, latterly co-president, joined Ingres in August 2007 from Sysbase EMEA and previously held the positions of EVP of Worldwide Sales and EVP Worldwide Operations.

Daisy halves wholesale Ethernet costs

Ethernet wholesaler Daisy Wholesale has slashed the cost of its Ethernet packages by 50 per cent in an attempt to get VARs selling Ethernet and EFM into Britain's SME community.

RIM to make 2,000 redundant

Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry handset, is to reduce its global workforce "across all functions" by 2,000 as it seeks to optimise its costs to eliminate redundancies and focus on higher-growth opportunities.

IBM specialist Life IT picks up software dealer PSSL

Cheshire-based IBM System i specialist Life IT has bought fellow IBM partner and software specialist Professional Software Solutions Ltd (PSSL) in a bid to expand the range of services it can provide to its customers.

Sophos launches UK partner recruitment drive

IT security vendor Sophos is seeking to recruit more VARs in the UK to provide additional services around its products and for resellers that use its solutions as part of a managed IT service to small businesses.

Ubuntu commercial arm launches VAR programme

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the open source operating system has launched itself into the channel with its Ubuntu Advantage (UA) partner programme, designed to help resellers bring a new set of support services for Ubuntu installations direct to businesses, writes Linda Endersby.

Red tape costs UK small businesses £16.8bn, survey claims

UK small businesses have claimed red tape is costing them up to £16.8bn a year and they are missing out on nearly £30bn of business opportunities because of the time and resources they spend dealing with regulation.

Halfords grows web sales as in-store struggles

Car accessories and leisure goods retailer Halfords Group reported an increase in web sales despite tough in-store trading conditions...

Getting started with Oracle Fusion Applications

Oracle Fusion Applications are out -- or are very close to being there -- and so it’s time for most Oracle shops to start thinking about how Fusion might fit in their application infrastructures.

8 contact center best practices

These eight tips, culled from experts such as Donna Fluss and Michael Krigsman, offer insights into how companies can ensure their contact centers are in the best shape possible.

Gartner Magic Quadrant names SAP GRC a market leader

SAP’s GRC platform deserves credit for its high rates of adoption and improvements in its new GRC 10 release, according to the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant report.

Mobile BI solutions that don't break the bank

Mobile BI solutions don't have to break the budget. Mobility expert Bill French ponders the benefits of lightweight BI solutions for the mobile era.

MS cloud boss Muglia pops up at Juniper

Former Microsoft cloud supremo Bob Muglia, who left the firm at the start of the year, has joined networking vendor Juniper Networks in the newly created role of executive vice president of its new Software Solutions Division.

Centrix Software looks for big increase in UK partner numbers

The company develops analytics and reporting software to assess IT landscapes and monitor, meter and manage internal and external service delivery in a mixed environment that helps customers with virtualisation and transforming their desktops or to optimise their assets.

Outsourcery rebrand to consolidate cloud focus

Following the sale of its mobile services unit to Daisy in March, cloud services provider and Microsoft partner Outsourcer has moved to consolidate its focus on cloud computing with a "strategic realignment" of its brand and strapline.

CA to offer services training for IT grads

CA Technologies hopes to give recent computing graduates a leg up in the services-driven IT sector through a new programme called the Associate Services Graduate Programme (ASCP), reports

Redstone to pump cash into fibre development

Managed services provider Redstone has announced a fundraising valued at close to £2.65m through a conditional placing of 212m new shares in an attempt to improve its financial position and strengthen its growth plans through fibre-optic metropolitan area network (MAN) development.

Radware posts record Q2 sales

Radware today reported record quarterly revenues of $41.1 million for the second quarter of 2011, writes Linda Endersby.

CA partners adapt to deliver cloud-based services

Large numbers of CA partners are set to adapt their business models to provide cloud-based services for data protection and managed services for backup and data management - and nearly a third have already moved to a cloud model.

Arrow ECS adds Isilon cloud storage kit to portfolio

Arrow ECS is to add Isilon scale-out NAS products to its line card after signing a distribution deal with the EMC-owned firm. Isilon has made a strong play in the growing scale-out NAS sector.

Paying by credit card online? Use your webcam says Jumio

US Payment Company Jumio has released technology which it claims turns any webcam into a secure credit card reader making it easier for merchants to accept online payments.

UK second on SpyEye banking Trojan hit list, study shows

The UK is second only to the US on the hit list of cyber criminals targeting financial institutions with the personal and banking information-stealing Trojan

MPs to publish 'rip-off' report into government IT

MPs will tomorrow release their findings from an investigation into the government's IT strategy and its relationship with IT suppliers...

SAP’s strong second quarter boosts outlook for 2011

SAP has improved its financial outlook for the year after reporting 35% growth in software sales and 20% growth in services revenue for the second quarter...

IBM GPFS, SSD combo shows promise for file management

Headlines: IBM GPFS scan using Violin Memory solid-state arrays shows the effect solid-state drives (SSDs) and parallel processing can have on data storage performance.

VMware users suggest changes to vSphere 5 licensing model

Upping the memory limits per licensing level or shifting to pure vRAM licensing SKUs are popular suggestions for making the new vSphere 5 licensing model more palatable for users.

New Google hacking tools on tap for Black Hat 2011

Security researchers are expected to release new search engine hacking tools that organizations can use to determine if their sites are vulnerable to attack, or leaking information.

David Linthicum on SOA and cloud

The SOA-cloud relationship is well documented in the work of David Linthicum. Taken together, these pieces outline the dual and interrelated paths of cloud and SOA.

Tips and advice on making an information governance council work

A dedicated information governance council can work, but analysts warn that without proper leadership and decision-making authority, it can fail to drive true business information governance efforts.

City, county health officials struggling with health data exchange

Funding and expertise are scarce as local public health officials prepare to be inundated with immunization, syndromic surveillance and lab patient data, thanks to meaningful use.

NetApp takes Hammer relationship to next level

NetApp has given storage VAD Hammer full access to its entire portfolio, including its FAS series kit and software solutions, allowing the firm to grow its resellers to the highest level within NetApp's partner programme.

Amazon international cloud growth dwarfed by American performance

Growth at Amazon's web services division internationally is falling further behind the company's performance in the North American market where AWS reported a massive revenue growth rate of 85% for its latest quarter.

Computacenter picks nlyte for C3 cloud initiative

Computacenter has extended the use of nlyte Software's Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite to support its new C3 cloud initiative, which offers ability to adopt the cloud using an optimal blend of on- and offsite IT delivery models, writes Linda Endersby.

CablesToGo signs distie agreement with Synaxon

Connectivity specialist CablesToGo has signed a distribution deal with Synaxon UK, giving it access to the dealer group's member community, writes Nick Booth.

Juniper shows solid recovery in switching market

Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson has talked of growing momentum in the vendor's routing business and "a return to solid performance in switching" after the firm booked solid growth in both sales and GAAP net profits.

Midwich appoints key account sales manager, adds more staff

AV and IT distributor Midwich has appointed a key account sales manager, bolstered its sales specialist team, added to the Midwich home technology division, strengthened its pro audio division and recruited three extra sales staff to its True Colours technical AV solution division.

Avisen eyes return to acquisitive growth

AIM-listed Avisen is planning a return to acquisitive growth in the coming months after restructuring around its core business, business technology and profit improvement specialist Avisen and storage resource analysis outfit Storage Fusion.

Bradford Networks embraces two-tier channel model

Network security specialist Bradford Networks has signed a deal with Hampshire-based VAD Siracom as it moves to develop a two-tier channel distribution model for the first time in the UK, writes Linda Endersby.

Solarflare burns for Avnet

Avnet Technology Solutions is joining forces with low latency, 10 GB Ethernet specialist Solar flare in a new distribution agreement, writes Linda Endersby.

Job satisfaction? Show us the money say employees

Channel businesses would be well-advised to keep an eye on their staff because workers have revealed they are more likely to change jobs for better pay rather than more job satisfaction as they try to overcome the rising cost of living.

Rolls-Royce to continue technology investment

Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce says it will continue to invest in technology and infrastructure as it reported positive results.

Hackers raid 35 million South Korean website accounts

Hackers have stolen personal data from 35 million accounts at a South Korean social networking site and a web services portal, in the latest of a series...

Microsoft LARs ponder new requirements

Large account resellers adapt to new T-36 requirements but fear losing more big accounts to Microsoft.

VMware application acquisitions puzzle IT pros

Enterprises have not embraced the VMware acquisitions of Zimbra, SlideRocket and Socialcast. But that could change if the price is right.

Text analysis software, content analytics help fight crime

The use of text analysis software and content analytics technology is helping police and national security experts fight crime and anticipate trouble, but most municipal agencies can't afford it.

Citrix patches severe XenDesktop, XenApp security flaw

The virtualization vendor says a severe XenDesktop and XenApp security flaw needs immediate patching, or else an attacker may execute arbitrary code.

Quantum puts DXi Accent on dedupe backup target

Quantum looks to take on EMC’s Data Domain Boost with its DXi Accent software that offloads part of the data dedupe backup process to media servers.

Call center video best practices FAQ

Companies need to consider several issues before deploying video strategies in their call centers. Get expert advice on what to do -- and what to avoid.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab touts hybrid cloud security

The CTO of NASA’s famous JPL told a Gartner Catalyst 2011 crowd how his group conducts sensitive scientific work using a hybrid cloud security model.

NetApp trials University alliance to tackle skills shortage

NetApp will try to introduce certifications in its products to the curricula of nine Australian universities, to address a shortage of people skilled in operating its products.

Starting from scratch - the SMB CIO

The role of CIO is usually associated with large companies with lots of technology and several IT staff. But that's not always the case.

Top strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions

Claiming that over 70% of successful intrusions could have been prevented by implementing the top 4 recommendations, the Australian Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has updated its list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions.

Platform Networks assists AFP with arrest of hacker

Wholesale ISP and international IP capacity provider Platform Networks have played a critical part in the arrest of a 25-year-old Cowra man on 49 hacking charges by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

UK government should open up IT contracts to SMEs, say MPs

The UK government needs to beef up its in house IT skills, widen its supplier base and reduce its reliance on outsourcing after wasting "an obscene amount of public money" on IT projects.

Symantec celebrates record sales in toxic security environment

Symantec today reported record results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2012, ended 1 July, with revenue of $1.65bn, up 15% year-over-year and GAAP net income of $172m compared with net income of $161m this time last year, writes Linda Endersby.

BT sales narrow but profits improve 38%

BT has reported a pre-tax rise in profit of 38% from £375m to £517m in its fiscal first quarter as 251,000 new customers were introduced to its broadband network, but sales at the UK incumbent comms provider dropped 5% year-on-year to £4.8bn.

Security patches cause downtime for UK businesses

A survey conducted by systems management vendor Dell KACE has found that UK firms are clamouring for greater automation around security patch deployment processes, with 53% saying they had been affected by downtime when deploying patches, while 29% complained of cost impacts from forcing their IT teams to patch out of hours.

Alcatel-Lucent profits below expectations

Troubled comms vendor Alcatel-Lucent has booked a small net profit of €43m for the three months to the end of June, on sales of €3.90bn, up 10% year-on-year at constant currency rates.

Government axes 376 more websites

The government has axed nearly half of its websites since June last year, following recommendations that all digital public services should be under one URL.

US approves ISP data retention bill

The US House of Representatives has approved a new piece of legislation that will force internet service providers to save logs of all their customers' activities.

Challenges in protecting data in the cloud

Gartner analysts outline new attack vectors and security complications.

Oracle’s Java virtualization support policy reignites controversy

With Oracle’s new Java 7 virtualization support policy, users fear they won’t be able to run the popular programming language -- or its apps -- on VMware or Hyper-V.

Study finds manufacturing analytics falling short

Most manufacturers find their analytics stale and unreliable and are missing opportunities to improve operational decision making, Ventana Research says.

Enterprise cloud by definition demands a custom fit

When it comes to cloud computing, enterprises need individual, complex solutions. Cloud-in-a-box or everything-on AWS attitudes simply won't work.

Microsoft re-releases another Exchange update rollup

Update rollup 4 for Exchange 2010 SP1 has been re-released, drawing angst from the Exchange community. To calm future concerns, the Exchange team explained what went wrong.

Ingram Micro mulls EMEA redundancies

Ingram Micro CEO Greg Spierkel has told analysts the distributor may look to take "actions" on costs and people in EMEA during the coming months as the firm keeps a keen eye on its costs in the region.

Zycko cracks open Krakow for Polish expansion

Still fresh from spearheading an MBO earlier this month, Zycko managing director and owner Nick Moglia has announced the opening of the firm's first office in Poland as it eyes further expansion on the continent.

NetSuite Q2 revenues rise but losses deepen

Cloud-based financial and ERP software provider NetSuite has reported record Q2 revenue up 23% to $57.8m and the largest number of new customer wins in two years, but they could not prevent losses at the company from growing to $9.8m.

Government suppliers silent on talk of IT cartel

KeyIT suppliers have kept quiet in the face of accusations that they ran government IT as a collusive cartel after implications made by Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) chairman Bernard Jenkin MP, according to our sister title

Cloud transition pays off for Citrix

Citrix Systems today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended June 30, 2011, writes Linda Endersby. The firm, which announced the acquisition of earlier this month, achieved revenue of $531m, compared to $458m in the same quarter last year, up 16%.

Banks under pressure to meet SME loan commitments

Bank lending commitments to small businesses under the Project Merlin initiative are likely to come under renewed scrutiny when they report their half year results next week.

ServersPlus plans to expand iQuote scope

Servers Plus, the network hardware, software and support services arm of components distie Target, is making plans to expand the range of HP kit it covers under the vendor's configurator and procurement tool, iQuote.