Domino's Pizza has reported a a 51% increase in online sales in the first six months of its 2011 financial year...
UK retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has signed a new six-year deal with supplier Logicalis to manage its network infrastructure and provide strategic advice.
Airport operator BAA has appointed Simon Fell as its new chief technology officer...
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill designed to increase education, research and development to counteract cyberthreats.
Merton Borough Council has set up a technical support programme to cut costs by enabling more staff to use self-service problem resolution...
CA Technologies has unveiled a training scheme for new computer science graduates aimed at broadening their knowledge in professional services...
Hacker group Anonymous and offshoot Lulzsec have started releasing secret information they claim to have stolen from servers of the Italian cyber crime unit...
Security researchers have revealed that websites are attacked once every two minutes on average, which shows that cyber criminals are increasingly using automated attacks.
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...
Salaries for IT professionals have risen by 7.5% to reach an average wage of over £46,000 in 2011...
Virgin Media has rolled out broadband speeds of up to 1.5Gbps as part of a trial for businesses in the "Silicon Roundabout" area of London...
SecurEnvoy has developed a security technique to protect a secure web session that it claims solves the problem of hacking session cookies.
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.
A US judge has rejected Oracle's claim for $2.6bn in damages from Google for infringing Java patents, but has given Oracle the chance to come up with a more reasonable claim...
Websites are attacked about 27 times an hour or once every two minutes on average, peaking at 25,000 attacks a minute or seven a second, according to research...
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.
Low adoption of SAP BusinessObjects and processes for the continuing improvement of SAP operations shows SAP must do more to show the value of its products and services, according to the UK & Ireland SAP User Group.
'Big data' is only as good as its value--learn how quality strategy, data governance, and predictive analytics can help you mine data 'gold'.
Privacy researchers Alessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross have converged facial recognition technology with publicly available personal information on social networks to identify individuals.
With VMware’s new licensing scheme, is it better to buy one big box or two smaller ones?
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.
In an effort to boost Nitro SIEM sales, NitroSecurity software partners get increased margins for new deals and free certification-focused training.
Guide explains how organizations can leverage COBIT to manage their cloud computing environments.
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.
Dell is set to acquire Force10, a company that makes networking equipment for data centres; and more news in brief.
The new VMware model may be odious, but there are ways to minimize the financial hit that vSphere 5 licenses will bring to some shops.
Companies are using video to transform contact centers and give customers more accessible and higher-quality service.
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.
A NetApp employee claimed the company had poached all of the VCE alliance’s local staff, but quickly deleted the evidence.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARM posted revenue of £117.8m with pre-tax profits of £33.8m for the second quarter of 2011...
Mozilla plans to create a new mobile operating system, aiming to use web technologies to deliver all applications and functions on phones and tablets...
PayPal has joined Visa and Mastercard in blocking payments to websites offering downloads of pirated music...
The UK has failed to make it into the top 10 countries with the highest average broadband speed, but neighbouring Ireland scrapes in...
The Tate museum group is scrapping the use of HTML code in favour of open source content management platform Drupal...
UK police forces are teaming up to form high-tech regional surveillance units to carry out covert and intrusive investigations...
Purchases made over the web represented 9.9% of all UK retail sales in June, up from 6.8% a year earlier, according to the ONS...
Car accessories and leisure goods retailer Halfords Group reported an increase in web sales despite tough in-store trading conditions...
The US has unveiled plans to tackle various forms of transnational organised crime, including cybercrime and the theft of intellectual property.
An online search engine has been launched to enable the public to inspect their local financial spending.
The Norwegian armed forces have signed a $70m (£42m) contract with Accenture to implement an SAP logistics solution over three-and-a-half years.
Researcher Tarjei Mandt uncovered dozens of hidden vulnerabilities deep inside Microsoft Windows.
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.
Enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) know-how comes in handy for VARs.
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.
Over the past year, tape systems have seen a good deal of innovation, including higher capacities, faster throughput, and new tape library robotics.
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.
Automated attack tools are targeting directory traversal bugs, cross-site scripting errors, SQL injection flaws and remote file inclusion vulnerabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 ComputerWeekly.com.
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 today reported record quarterly revenues of $41.1 million for the second quarter of 2011, writes Linda Endersby.
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.
Yorkshire-based InTechnology has today announced a multi-million pound investment in its 4th Generation Cloud infrastructure, writes Linda Endersby.
If you're reading this while on holiday, you're just another work-obsessed Brit who can't take a proper break when you head off on a vacation.
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.
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.
IT contractor vacancies have risen 18% in the retail sector over the past month, according to research.
Many UK businesses are ignorant of the level of access their IT staff have to systems that may contain highly sensitive data, a survey 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
Customers have been unable to complete card transactions at the Post Office after a computer glitch across all branches...
MPs will tomorrow release their findings from an investigation into the government's IT strategy and its relationship with IT suppliers...
BT is to extend access to higher-speed 20Mbps copper-based broadband to an additional 2.5 million premises by spring 2013...
The Orange and T-Mobile owner has reported a decline in customers and sales in its latest financial results...
Cable telecoms supplier Virgin Media has reported a small drop in business revenue for its second quarter, while the firm also revealed it has lost 18,000 broadband users...
Microsoft is preparing to release the "Mango" update to its Windows Phone operating system (OS) in October 2011 after releasing the latest version to mobile manufacturers...
US cyber security chief Randy Vickers has resigned after a string of cyber attacks on the websites of various US government agencies...
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...
Broadband advertising is still misleading on the actual speeds being delivered by ISPs, according to telecoms regulator Ofcom...
Ofcom has been urged to increase 4G mobile coverage in next year's radio spectrum auction. Industry watchdog the Communications Consumer Panel...
Between security preparations for the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year, and leading technology counter-terrorism operations, Ailsa Beaton found time to talk to Computer Weekly about her IT challenges...
Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced a number of significant changes to the protective security protocols on Tuesday morning at the Security in Government conference in Canberra.
Dell buys Force10 Networks to bolster data center networking; Canonical launches Ubuntu partner program; and more IT channel news in brief.
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.
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.
Analysts offer insights into the challenges of managing multiple cloud computing environments in manufacturing. Plus: choosing deployment options.
For VARs and MSPs that already do email archiving, social media archiving is a logical next step.
Unlike most storage system vendors’ auto tiering, DataCore’s SANsymphony-V lets customers move data across heterogeneous storage devices.
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.
As browser-based apps continue to grow in volume and complexity, WAN managers are re-evaluating their network engineering strategies to improve Web application performance.
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.
Rapid7 releases Metasploit Pro version 4 with improved automation features and new SIEM and cloud-based pen-testing support.
Top five vendors command no more than 44% of security software market.
Aruba's support of NSA Suite B cryptography opens up wireless LAN mobility options for classified government networks and highly secure enterprises.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Avnet Technology Solutions is joining forces with low latency, 10 GB Ethernet specialist Solar flare in a new distribution agreement, writes Linda Endersby.
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.
Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce says it will continue to invest in technology and infrastructure as it reported positive results.
The resurrected Newzbin website that aggregates links to pirated films has threatened to break BT's internet filtering system if any attempts are made to block the site.
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...
Citrix Systems has reported second quarter revenue of $531m, up 16% on a year ago, with a 72% increase in net profit to $82m...
Cloud platform provider ElasticStack has refined its software to deliver a cloud platform with resilient storage using low-cost commodity hardware...
Remote access specialist LogMeIn has announced a public beta trial of a service that helps organisations enable and manage secure access to corporate computers...
The Cabinet Office has started a pilot of a new e-procurement system designed to make it easier for small businesses to win government contracts.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has rolled out software-as-a-service provider RightNow's CX Intent Guide on its mobile website.
BT's pre-tax profit rose 38% from £375m to £517m in its fiscal first quarter as 251,000 new customers were introduced to its broadband network.
The Public Administration Select Committee has published a scathingly critical report on government's use of IT. We've chosen a selection of the highlights from the report.
UK police have arrested a 19-year-old believed to be the spokesman for hacktivist groups Anonymous and its offshoot LulzSec.
The UK government sometimes pays 10 times as much as the commercial rate for IT projects, is overly reliant on major suppliers, and urgently needs to rebuild in-house IT skills, says a scathing report.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has made Blackberry Messenger (BBM) available to developers to embed within third-party apps in its update to version 6.
Fast-food chain Yo! Sushi hopes "never have to buy a server again", according to its IT manager Billy Waters...
IT pros and analysts offer guidance on how to cope with the complexities of "big data" installations in data warehouses and alternative data stores.
Oracle plans to extend CRM offerings with knowledge management system from InQuira, which it intends to acquire.
Large account resellers adapt to new T-36 requirements but fear losing more big accounts to Microsoft.
Enterprises have not embraced the VMware acquisitions of Zimbra, SlideRocket and Socialcast. But that could change if the price is right.
Storage roundup: Finance co. cuts backup window from five days to 12 hours; NetApp goes to the zoo; Balesio launches new version; tape storage still key, says survey; and more.
One manufacturer wanted supply chain software that could meet its growing supply chain needs. Instead, it got a heated standoff between business and IT.
Vendors say a global economy drives the need for HD VoIP in multinational companies, as poor call quality exacerbates the ability to understand a colleague's foreign accent.
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.
The virtualization vendor says a severe XenDesktop and XenApp security flaw needs immediate patching, or else an attacker may execute arbitrary code.
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.
Indian SMBs are aggressively adopting managed services. Explore how this market segment will shape up in the near future.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
The "myth" that cloud computing is inherently slower than conventional hosting environments has been dispelled, a new study claims.
Virgin Media Business has reported a small drop in business revenue for its second quarter.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Arrow Electronics posted record Q2 sales up 20% to $5.54bn and net income up 34% to $156.2m but admitted a "modest oversupply" in inventory in Europe at the end of the second quarter would temper growth in the third quarter.
BSkyB has reported a surge in its broadband business in yearly results, taking its subscriber base to 711,000.
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.
Some Barclays customers have experienced slow response times and login problems, but the bank has promised a solution.
Security researchers are warning about a new e-mail-based malware distribution campaign targeting customers of RSA's SecurID tokens.
Google Apps for Government exceeds US federal information security requirements, according to IT services firm Unisys.
Oracle has released its first major update to the Java platform since acquiring Sun Microsystems.
The Cabinet Office has released guidelines on how central government departments could accelerate the move to shared services as a means of cost cutting.
The Probation Service has inadequate IT systems, which have contributed to staff spending three-quarters of their time on administrative tasks, says a report by MPs.
Nokia's woes continue as Apple and Samsung overtake the Finnish giant to become the largest global smartphone manufacturers, according to analyst figures.
The creative industries have welcomed the UK High Court ruling that BT must block access to pirated content aggregator site Newzbin2, but why is the ruling seen as such a game changer?
The Public Administration Select Committee's "rip-off"-Britain report on IT produced a piece of theatre that will give the government's IT strategy a helpful shove.
Sony has declined to quantify the full financial impact of the cyber attacks on its Playstation Network, but has acknowledged that it will incur costs.
Google has rolled out its two-step verification sign-in system to more than 150 countries.
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.
Gartner analysts outline new attack vectors and security complications.
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.
The East Sussex County Council ICT became a managed network monitoring provider for its schools, avoiding WAN-dependent monitoring and allowing schools to buy services as needed.
Sophisticated malware-automation techniques are cited as the probable cause for a dramatic increase in Web application attacks.
Most manufacturers find their analytics stale and unreliable and are missing opportunities to improve operational decision making, Ventana Research says.
When it comes to cloud computing, enterprises need individual, complex solutions. Cloud-in-a-box or everything-on AWS attitudes simply won't work.
A Citrix study finds that a high percentage of IT organisations will formalise bring-your-own-device policies and begin to use desktop virtualisation in the coming years.
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.
Enterprise social networking seems like a good strategy to streamline business functions, but will Cisco Quad technology fit in the enterprise?
LSI said it has first 12 Gbps SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC) controllers, Dot Hill gets snapshot and encryption patents; Utah Transit Authority selects Nexsan Assureon for archiving.
Gartner advises companies to take responsibility for cloud service resiliency.
VMware reduced the bandwidth required for PCoIP in View 5, but IT pros still want the company to address some remote protocol performance issues.
Cisco shuffles channel execs, holds off naming UK head Cisco made a series of changes at the top of its worldwide partner organisation last week.
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.
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.
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.
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 ComputerWeekly.com.
From a standing start last year, tablets captured 19% of all volume sales of computing devices through consumer channels in the UK in the second quarter of 2011 with 237,400 sold.
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 Cloud.com earlier this month, achieved revenue of $531m, compared to $458m in the same quarter last year, up 16%.
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.
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.