The "enterprise ready" version of open source office productivity suite LibreOffice is available to download.
Outsourcing provider CSC has closed the acquisition of beleaguered healthcare application provider iSoft for $189m (£115m).
Recognising the need to nurture, develop and reskill individuals to support the digital economy, Computer Weekly is embarking on a programme of content called "IT Works" to provide a resource for anyone wishing to understand and build a career within IT.
Former government CIO John Suffolk has joined China-based IT company Huawei as global head of cybersecurity.
IT staff at HSBC are to be made redundant as the bank plans to axe 25,000 of its global workforce by the end of 2013.
What role should IT play in business? This is the question Michael Foster, vice-president of IT at Fedex Europe, tackles at the global courier. Cliff Saran reports.
The government has saved £450m by rolling back IT projects and reducing departmental IT spend.
The EU's cybersecurity agency ENISA has proposed security improvements for 13 upcoming web standards to enhance browser security.
The UK should introduce prison sentences for using stolen personal data, says Information Commissioner Christopher Graham.
Facebook is expanding its UK operations by moving into a larger office in London and recruiting new staff.
UK police have named the teenager they arrested last week in connection with the LulzSec and Anonymous hacktivist groups.
Gartner recommends companies focus on business priorities and true engagement to make social CRM projects a success.
Oracle irritates Java world; Akamai gets partner religion; Researchers plan off-grid data centers; IT channel news in brief.
Some IT pros can see the potential in abstracting applications from server operating systems. For now, the technology is just getting off the ground.
A new research project will build a pair of data centers that generate 100% of their power from renewable energy.
MES software helped an engine manufacturer get its sprawling network of plants on the same page while empowering plant engineers to customize the MES for their needs.
Adobe's Ben Watson says good enterprise social collaboration makes employee and customer interaction transparent and gets customer experience management right, leading to loyal customers and success.
Dell plans to bring its vStart pre-packaged infrastructure stacks to Australia later this year, while ZeroWait has scored an Australian customer for its SimplStor product.
HP has a big opportunity in the low cost colour printer market. It wants to promote the use of inkjet printers in small business, while not hurting sales of its low-end colour lasers. The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer shows what the inkjet side of the equation can do. This is a substantial machine f
Cloud accountancy software specialist Liquid Accounts has teamed up with @UK PLC, an online green marketplace and company formation agent, to launch a business start-up package designed to get potential cloud computing entrepreneurs up and running. The package, cloud-start-up.com includes a new comp
Tablets and smartphones will form the backbone of strategic IT investments among British SMBs during the next 12 months, according to a new surcey of business owners and IT managers conducted by SMB and consumer networking vendor Netgear. The research, produced by OnePoll, revealed that 35% of SMBs
Cloud security specialist Panda Security has reappointed Paul Chesterfield as its newest channel account manager to take charge of building relations with key reseller accounts in the UK. Chesterfield, who previously worked with Panda for five years, rejoins the firm from Trend Micro, where he was D
Former government CIO John Suffolk is to join Chinese networking and comms vendor in October in the role of global cyber security officer. In a post on his blog Suffolk, who stepped down from the high-profile public sector role last November, said he had first sought permission to apply for the role
Amid the current controversy surrounding last week's Public Advisory Select Committee report on UK government IT, eProcurement specialist ProcServe has announced it has been chosen to host the Government eMarketplace, designed to help SMEs get a foot in the door when it comes to doing business with
A perceived lack of channel support around installations of Microsoft Dynamics NAV has led Microsoft partner TouchstoneNAV to launch a new lifeboat service for customers who feel their partner is not providing adequate quality of service. TouchstoneNAV -part of the Touchstone Group whichsold its Dyn
Barclays is building up the technology to support its fast-growing wealth management division.
An NHS trust was forced to buy care records software through the National Programme for IT or face the threat of an £8.8m fine - even though it had a longstanding supplier in place.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) could be forced to disclose UK census information to police or intelligence services, because it has not taken legal advice about preventing data being disclosed to third parties.
US security agencies in search of cyber skills to help shore up cyber war defences will be looking out for top talent at this week's Defcon hacker convention in Las Vegas.
Security firm Sophos has identified an average of 150,000 malware samples a day in the first half of the year, a 60% increase since 2010.
Tesco has signed a software licensing and services deal with Microsoft aimed at helping improve the retail giant's global productivity and international growth.
Hackers have stolen data from over 70 websites of various law enforcement agencies in the ongoing AntiSec campaign led by hacktivist group Anonymous.
Amazon has closed submissions for its Android app store in Germany following a lawsuit from Apple.
Twitter has announced that it has received significant funding led by Russian venture capital firm Digital Sky Technologies.
Eighteen-year-old hacker and suspected member of hacktivist group Lulz Security, Jake Davis, has been released on bail after appearing at City of Westminster Magistrate's Court.
Sauer-Danfoss originally deployed SAP Supply Network Collaboration as a way to communicate with its suppliers but has since used the portal for additional advantages.
The new Veracode technology, Dnyamic MP, is said to be able to scan thousands of websites simultaneously to spot an SQL attack or other attack types.
A new study by the Ponemon Institute found the cost of cybercrime to enterprises has increased 56% over the previous year.
Analyst firm Evaluator Group develops VDI-IOmark benchmark to calculate I/O performance and cost per user for virtual desktop infrastructure storage.
Security researchers detected large volume of the bank Trojan on Amazon’s cloud storage service.
Companies thinking about implementing SaaS ERP software have many things to consider. Using SAP Business ByDesign as an example, see how to assess cost, time and related factors.
Black Hat 2011 preview: This year researchers are expected to demo new hacking techniques for car alarm systems, Android smartphones and Google Chromebooks.
eBay says it has 100 TB of Nimbus S-class all-flash solid-state storage arrays connected to its VMware servers, and the auction site will likely expand its flash footprint.
ERP security research firm ERPScan has discovered critical vulnerabilities in SAP servers on the Internet; develops free SAP security scanner.
Here's how and why enterprise IT executives are developing external and internal cloud computing strategies and are encountering hiccups as they do.
After a long hard winter the holiday season is finally upon us. Paid time off from work may mean a dream vacation for some, for others, the opportunity to catch up with friends, family or the gardening. Some may just take time out to do nothing. Whatever their plans, many employees regard holiday to
Bytes Technology Group, the parentcompany of Bytes SoftwareServices,has hit the acquisition trailfollowing a lengthy hiatusafter picking up managed security servicesspecialist Security Partnerships Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Reading-based Security Partnerships has turnover of approximately £1
The fallout from the Japanese earthquake continues to plague the components industry with revenues and forecasts still impacted by the disaster. Semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics has issued an update along with its half year numbers warning that it is unable to predict the next quarter
The UK software and IT services market is set for a second consecutive year of decline with fears that the medium term prognosis is not as rosy as some had hoped for. Market watchers TechMarketView nailed the performance of the market last year predicting it would decline in real terms by 2.5% and
Small business and consumer networking provider ZyXEL is to run a series of summer camp sessions at its Berkshire base for comms services provider and business customers purchasing its Unified Security Gateway (USG) products. The workshops, to run in four sessions up to early September, will be offe
The cost of cybercrime is running into millions for government organisations and businesses significantly increasing over the past year as the battle to steal and protect sensitive data is played out across worldwide networks. Research released from Hewlett-Packard carried out by the Ponemon Institu
Learn what our round table of experts thinks of the value and significance of “big data.”
Android devices are now more than twice as likely to be hit with malware, thanks to new techniques exploiting numerous Android security issues.
The remaining £4.3bn earmarked to spend on the troubled NHS National Programme for IT contracts is to be reviewed by the Cabinet Office after a highly critical report by MPs..
BT will deliver a corporate network connecting 188 sites.
NATS, the UK's air traffic control organisation, is to implement a multi-million pound project to transfer all its desktop IT services to a cloud-based infrastructure to make savings of £9m.
NHS Scotland has signed £1.8m contract for a single a single sign-on and password reset system to improve access to health systems.
Most organisations are failing to apply simple data protection standards and, in many cases, are unaware of what security practices are currently in place, a study has revealed.
Almost every organisation is being targeted by sophisticated cyber attacks, a comprehensive study of a malware command and control centre has revealed.
Businesses running Apple servers may be more vulnerable to some cyber attacks than those running Windows-based servers, according to researchers at consulting firm iSEC Partners.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled five smartphone handsets running the Blackberry 7 operating system (OS).
Controversial plans to block sites that host material infringing copyright law such as illegal filesharing sites have been ditched by the government. The plans were first put forward in the Digital Economy Act last year.
Google faces a total of nine anti-trust complaints which EU regulators are now investigating, according to reports.
Security experts say UK companies must heed The Sun newspaper's warning that thousands of readers who entered online competitions may have had their personal data compromised by hackers.
The government is set to move UK copyright law into the digital age by accepting some of the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review of the current legislation.
Cable telecoms supplier Virgin Media is taking a "punt" on rolling out free Wi-Fi access across parts of London.
Online auction site eBay has deployed more than 100 terabytes of flash memory to power its VMware virtual server infrastructure. The S-class flash storage from solid state disk provider Nimbus is believed to be among the world's largest consolidated deployments of network-attached flash storage for virtualisation.
Cross-site scripting flaws enable security researchers to bypass Chromebook security and silently steal sensitive data by hijacking browser sessions.
Noted researcher Dan Kaminsky presented his latest network security research topics, including vulnerabilities in P2P networks, UPNP and home routers.
Microsoft sidesteps bug bounty with its own reward program, offering a cash prize for developing computer security protection technology.
If you're in any doubt whether last week's iOS update is worthwhile, take heed of this warning.
The Hotmail sign-in page is in the news this week, with subtle changes to browser auto-complete behaviour to provide wider browser compatibility.
McAfee says Operation Shady RAT, a research effort involving 72 compromised organizations, exposes key national cybersecurity lapses.
With its iApp framework, F5 Networks simplifies the process of getting an application up and running on its application delivery controllers.
Former CIA ops director Cofer Black urges the security community to educate decision makers and validate how cyberattacks endanger national defense.
Citrix's User Profile Manager and Microsoft's Roaming Profiles are both long in the tooth and in dire need of a refresh. An acquisition could be near.
Zions Bancorporation has taken new steps into predictive analytics and data mining with help from a startup’s in-database offering.
Headlines: 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.
VMware has increased the vRAM licensing entitlements in its vSphere 5 licensing model. But some users hope the changes do not end there.
Nearly buried in customer data, many companies are hard-pressed to get a good fix on their social analytics. Some companies find that they need to give the job to someone else.
These tips and suggestions for setting up document scanning systems, imaging programs and optical character recognition technology can help automate processes and improve operational efficiency.
GreenPages teams with CA, BMC on management-as-a-service for end user devices.
Many WAN pros learn the hard way that bigger pipes don't always ensure that overnight backups finish on time, which a high-capacity WAN emulator could help eliminate.
Quest Software offers Foglight network management software as a free download for 100 or fewer nodes on a network, hoping to snatch SolarWinds customers in the long term.
Visual effects firm Whiskytree turned to Avere FXT clustered NAS appliances to solve scaling limitations of its Apple Xsan storage system.
Metalogix upgrades its Archive Manager Exchange email archiving software with mobile device support and one-stop content searching.
IT executives and experts explain why a hybrid cloud could be the IT services model of the future, and how hybrid IT will change IT as we know it.
Telcos are yet to reap more success in the cloud computing services domain. Find out what an independent analyst has to say about cloud services by telcos.
The Federation Against Software Theft has given its backing to an online service designed to help users avoid ending up with counterfeit goods as it looks to help crack down on web piracy. The intellectual property champion has become affiliated with Brand-i, a website which helps users differentiat
Comms and networking distie Nimans has introduced a dedicated leasing service across its data infrastructure range in an attempt to help resellers cut investment costs and win more sales. The firm has already run financing and leasing schemes for dealers working alongside other parts of its business.
Proposals to block illegal filesharing websites have been dropped by the government because attempts to stop users downloading illegal software and music were deemed to be unworkable. But Vince Cable, the business secretary, has pledged to take some form of action to bring down piracy sites as he u
Security and virtualisation reseller Nebulas Solutions has appointed former Cybersource sales boss Richard Parker as its new sales manager, charged with thedevelopment ofnew business across the firm's portfolio. During a four year stint at secure online payment specialist Cybersource, Parker oversaw
Fujitsu has set out plans to "dominate" the business tablet PC market and is calling on the channel to get involved as it launchesits business-centric Windows-basedStylistic Q550. The business tablet markethas long been the near-exclusive stomping groundof Apple's iPad. However, this has b
Utility companies will increasingly outsource IT to cut costs, according to the latest research from Ovum.
Global IT security association ISACA has welcomed the findings of the Ponemon Institute's latest Cost of Cybercrime report.
MPs have called for a thorough testing programme for the development of real-time information (RTI), a major update to HM Revenue & Customs' PAYE system.
Investment bank JP Morgan is using Nvidia graphics processors to achieve a 40-fold increase in the performance of risk calculations.
The average cost of cyber attacks is up 56% on last year's figures, according to the second annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study by the Ponemon Institutute.
Amazon has introduced the concept of regions to its cloud platform, allowing IT departments to restrict where on the Amazon infrastructure their applications run.
The government has launched a public consultation on its open data policy.
Mobile data traffic is expected to leap 23% in 2011, driven by a migration to smartphone devices and an increase in sales of tablet PCs.
Microsoft is offering more than $250,000 in prizes for developing new computer protection technologies.
Oxfam works in 98 countries and as one of the world's leading development charities, demands for a better IT service are on the rise.
SAP plans to increase its workforce in China and India to capitalise on fast-growing Asian markets.
Google is expanding its Google Talk phone call service beyond the US to more than 150 locations around the world in 38 languages in an apparent bid to go head-to-head with Microsoft's Skype service.
With over a quarter (27%) of adults and almost half (47%) of teenagers owning a smartphone, the use of mobile data services has accelerated, Ofcom has said in a report.
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A researcher says poor Sophos software security leaves many open doors, notably cryptographic and attack-mitigation weaknesses in Sophos’ AV engine.
For most security teams, it’s still a struggle to find money for secure application development, according to a panel of Black Hat 2011 experts.
The software giant’s August 2011 Patch Tuesday release will address 22 flaws, including two critical, in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Visual Studio.
Free online registry will provide documentation of cloud provider security controls.
The ICO says two housing groups must improve data security after a contractor’s missing USB drive, containing unencrypted data, was found in a pub.
AWS customers can now use their existing identity management systems.
Now in beta, XenServer 6.0 sports improvements including a more integrated distributed virtual switch, but Citrix is handing enterprise virtualization management reins over to Microsoft.
Black Hat 2011: A free Microsoft .NET application security tool helps programmers reverse-engineer .NET applications to manipulate and control them.
Vendors are evolving the screen-sharing features of their video collaboration products from a one-way, pass-the-ball experience to a multiway model that makes all participants presenters.
After facing customer backlash, VMware has raised the virtual RAM limit in its new vSphere 5 licensing model.
Rosendin Electric, a major national electrical contractor, goes with software from a familiar vendor to improve its procure-to-pay process.
Looming FDA regulations could turn smartphones into Class II medical devices. Early reaction from stakeholders suggests this could throw a wet blanket on innovation.
The National Audit Office has questioned whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is delivering value on a major technology investment.
Technology might well have helped us become better connected and able to work more flexibly but it has also led to an increase in workplace rudeness with the humble business meeting the main victim of wandering minds. Next time someone disrupts a meeting by tapping away on their phone or feels the u
The decision by the government to abandon plans to block web sites sharing illegal software, games, video and music has been met with dismay from those trying to fight piracy. Yesterday the government unveiled its response to the Hargreaves Review on intellectual property and also updated its progre
Gartner has issued a warning to mobile service providers, saying that end users are shifting their perception of mobile data plans from a luxury service to an essential need. Providers willhave to start offering more flexible and personalised plans, as well as upgrading their networks to offer bette
VMware has made a series oftweaks to its licensing model after changes to its policymade alongsidethelaunch of itsnew vSphere 5 hypervisor product and associated cloud infrastructure toolssaw it widely pilloried. VMwareattachedthe cost of a license for the new product suite to memory capacity,leavin
The growing importance of IT services to the channel's balance sheet has been once again laid bare by Insight, which saw 43% growth in its EMEA services business, compared to 14% in software and 7% in hardware during the second quarter of the firm's fiscal 2011. Insight's EMEA op reported net sales
Gavin Michael, global chief technology officer at Accenture believes CIOs need to rethink their data analytics and BI strategy.
The Cabinet Office completed all its July deadlines for the implementation of the department's structural reforms agenda.
Betting company William Hill reported strong growth in its online and mobile channels as the company announced in its interim results.
The UK's largest food producer Premier Foods said its SAP system will be a key part of a cost-saving programme which will include redundancies.
Scottish and Southern Energy has outsourced some of its smart metering processes to Logica to help support the UK national roll-out.
The government's e-petition site crashed on its first day, having raised 2,400 petitions.
The Salvation Army in the UK supports flexible working from home using laptops owned by the charity, but says finding a good way of protecting data was a challenge.
Service provider Logica has reported an 11% drop in profit for the first half of 2011 but increased sales by 15% in the same period.
The US has appointed former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel as its new government chief information officer.
Lloyds Banking Group's wholesale banking division suffered several hours of downtime in its trading system as a server cooling system failed and traders reverted to pen and paper.
Google claims a pact between Microsoft and Apple to acquire patents threatens to increase the cost of Android devices.
LinkedIn has reported second quarter revenue of $121m and profit of $4.5m, up 120% and 4% respectively on the same period a year ago, beating market expectations.
The loss of a memory stick containing the personal details of over 26,000 tenants of two London housing associations shows many UK organisations still have poor operating policies, say experts.
Mark Taylor, appointed by the Cabinet Office to lead its New Suppliers to Government working group, talks to Computer Weekly about the challenges of government procurement policy for SMEs.
SAP is rolling out Business ByDesign Feature Pack 3.0, which includes new core functionality, an improved SDK and an additional integration scenario for two-tier ERP systems.
Mobile devices are giving manufacturers more data for predicting consumer demand and making their supply chains more responsive.
New application delivery platforms aggregate SaaS apps and give IT a way to control how end users access cloud-based apps. Here are three to consider.
STEC adds PCIe solid-state ASIC plus SSD caching software while OCZ upgrades its PCIe device; HDS claims its Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) has 1,400 customers; more storage news.
Windows, IE, Visio, .Net, Visual Studio and Report Viewer to get security updates; updated version of Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on charts.
Virtual Computer's chief discusses client hypervisors, industry trends, server-based VDI and why Microsoft, Intel and Lenovo support client virtualization.
Ingram Micro mulls EMEA redundancies
ComputerLinks is expanding its cloud and managed services platform in both terms of geographical coverage and the number of features it offers resellers. The distributor has now made its Alvea platform available in 14 countries building on the experiences of its launch earlier this year in the UK an
In a novel attempt to lure hackers away from the dark side and excite security engineers Microsoft is stumping up $200,000 to the person who comes up with the most effective way of protecting Windows from cyber attacks. The vendor is also putting $50,000 into the pot for a second place prize as par
Sticking to its road-map SAP has issued the second annual update of its cloud Business ByDesign service and reiterated that the door is open for further resellers to get involved with selling the product and developing additional services.