TechTarget News - Week of Aug 07, 2011

Agile for any size software delivery team: Q&A with Scott Ambler

At Agile 2011, Scott Ambler talked about the Agile Scaling Model (ASM) and how it can be used to tailor your Agile practices for any delivery team. Ambler gives insights into making the transition to Agile for the enterprise.

Scaling factors for enterprise Agile with Scott Ambler

Scott Ambler describes the Agile Scaling Model (ASM), a contextual framework that can be used to adopt and tailor Agile practices to meet challenges faced by delivery teams of any size.

Forrester: Customer experience management sets WCM tools apart

Forrester cites customer experience management (CEM) capabilities as the set of differentiators among a growing and fragmented Web content management product market.

Who needs MPLS? A dark fibre network saves York Council

The City of York Council set out to rethink its Internet and voice network services and ended up building a dark fibre network that will support city-wide free wireless.

Tech M&A activity holding up

The world economy might be on the brink but the mergers and activity in the technology space continued apace with a decent number of deals struck in the last month. For the third successive month the number of purchases went past the 250 mark with a combined value of the European deals hitting $20.

SME owners turn to personal cash to stay afloat

Close to half of UK small business owners have injected personal cash into their firm to stay afloat as the cost of doing business in Britain remains high and banks continue to keep their wallets shut. A new study by business energy comparison site Make It Cheaperand the Centre for Economic and Busi

SAP names Noble successor

SAP has filled the vacant UK managing director post just weeks after the previous incumbent Tim Noble was moved to emerging markets, turning to a US director with channel experience. Steve Winter, who was chief operating officer of SAP North America, has been with the vendor for six years including

Cisco customers mistakenly directed to malware site

Cisco has issued a security warningafter it emerged that it inadvertently shippedCD-ROMs that automatically directed users to an inactivemalware repository. The discs in question contained information on warranty and EULA terms and conditions, but also automatically sent users to a third party websi

The London riots: technology updates

Riots are nothing new to London, with a history that goes back as far as the city itself. Claims that social media is the root cause of all the recent violence therefore seem highly dubious. Nevertheless, there have been some interesting technological deployments - good and bad - during the mayhem. Read our latest updates.

Mahindra Satyam’s journey to recovery continues

Indian IT services provider Mahindra Satyam has returned to profit as it enters the next phase of its recovery following the near terminal decline that occurred following a $1bn internal fraud in 2009.

Binley’s wins landmark ruling on database infringement

Healthcare information provider Binley's has won a landmark court decision against pharmaceutical mailing services and marketing business Precision Marketing Group for infringing its database rights.

Information security skills in high demand for 2011

Information security and business continuity skills will be in high demand for 2011, according to the latest Barclay Simpson's Interim Market Report.

IBM and NCSA scrap project to build petaflop-speed supercomputer

IBM and the University of Illinois's National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have called a halt to a $308m project to build one of the world's fastest supercomputers, citing unforeseen cost and complexity.

Top tech firms hit by stock market sell-off

Despite most technology firms reporting strong second quarter financial results and in many cases revising upwards their financial outlooks for the full year, top tech firms are among those hit by a stock market sell-off.

Blackberry to co-operate with police after youths used BBM to organise riots

Research in Motion has said that it will co-operate with the police after it was revealed that London rioters used Blackberry Messenger rather than Twitter to organise looting sprees across the capital, with violence later spreading to Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol.

'Big data' sprawl forces new thinking on data warehouse strategies

The flood of "big data," particularly unstructured information, is pushing organizations to look beyond traditional data warehousing. That creates new opportunities but also new challenges.

Positive psychology on Agile teams

Everyone, including Agile team members, can benefit from the power of positive thinking. The keynote speaker at this year’s Agile 2011 conference, Barbara Fredrickson, explained how positive psychology relates to success in Agile development, including increasing creativity, performance and decision making abilities.

Contract negotiations evolve with Agile development: Q&A with Angela Druckman

Standard methods for contract negotiation are changing as organizations adopt Agile development, according to Agile 2011 presenter Angela Druckman. This inteview examines practical considerations for developing contracts in an Agile environment.

Windows 7 usage lifted by healthier IT budgets

Microsoft might well be thinking of Windows 8 but it will be encouraged to see that a major analyst house is forecasting the current OS version 7 will be on not far off half of worldwide PCs by the end of this year. Gartner is forecasting that 42% of PCs globally will be running Windows 7 with 94%

ZyXEL offers security licensing freebie

SME and consumer networking specialist ZyXEL is to offer a free IDP licence to small business customers buying a Content Filter licence for any of its Unified Security Gateway products until the end of August. The extra licensing capability will enable end-users to take advantage of deep packet

SME green interest undermined by red tape

Going green might be the answer to help combat rising utility bills and presenting resellers in a positive environmentally friendly light but . According to research from the Forum of Private Business, which has a membership that maps the average profile of a reseller and their SME customers, has d

Looters target IT retailers and Sony distribution centre burns in riots

The riots that swept London last night have touched the IT industry with the Sony distribution centre in Enfield set alight and tech retailers including Currys and PC World targeted by looters. Riots have been spreading across London for the last three nights and reached other cities including Bris

Apple tablet rivals could take share in Europe if price right

Tablet vendors struggling to live in the shadow of Apple's market dominance might fare better outside the US in Europe if they get pricing strategies right. That prognosis of the state of the tablet market has come from analyst house Forrester, which has issued a report covering the state of the ma

Microsoft aims to make website pinning easy

Microsoft is making its BuildMyPinnedSite.com website available to any developer wishing to use the pinning functionality in Internet Explorer 9 to improve the stickiness of their websites.

ICO failure to punish Lush for data breach 'sends wrong message'

The failure of the Information Commissioner's Office to impose a monetary penalty against cosmetics firm Lush - for failing to protect thousands of customer records from hackers - sends out all the wrong messages, according to authentication firm SecurEnvoy.

China blames US for cyber attacks

China has blamed the US for 15% of foreign cyber attacks in 2010 followed by India, which it holds responsible for around 8% of foreign attacks.

Citigroup hit by second data breach in four months

Citigroup has confirmed that hackers have stolen and sold the personal information of more than 92,000 customers of Citi Cards Japan (CCJ) in the second breach within the group in the past four months.

Apple wins battle in patent infringement war with Samsung

Apple has won an important victory in its patent war against Samsung Electronics by obtaining a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Samsung's Galaxy tablet in nearly all European Union member states.

Apple and publishers named in Amazon e-book price-fixing lawsuit

Two US citizens have filed a lawsuit against Apple and several book publishers, accusing them of fixing the prices of e-books to boost profits and force Amazon to abandon its discount pricing.

Document imaging management missteps: Problems and pitfalls

Companies embarking on document imaging and scanning programs often skip key fundamentals and end up in trouble with their document management processes. Here are the pitfalls to be aware of.

Citrix acquires RingCube for application personalization

Enterprises that use the XenDesktop virtual desktop software from Citrix Systems can expect to see more personalized user applications with the company's acquisition of RingCube.

Microsoft Xbox Kinect may be good for business

Tech Watch: With a new Microsoft SDK that will Kinect-enable Windows 7 apps, VARs explore business apps that need more than a mouse or keyboard.

Gartner: Cloud services brokerages can lead way to cloud computing

The Value Area Network (VAN) might morph into a SOA-oriented information broker and advanced cloud services brokerage. Mohawk Fine Papers used a Liaison CSB to streamline application integration of its business ecosystem.

Microsoft to roll out 'critical' patches for Windows and IE

Microsoft delivered updates to patch 22 vulnerabilities across several of its core products, including Windows Server 2008, Internet Explorer and the .Net Framework.

IT budgets of insurers in APAC to grow: Report

IT budgets of the insurance companies in APAC region will grow by 6% in 2012, forecasts Ovum. Find out what their IT budgets will be spent on and how.

European market size and potential

According to recent reports from industry leading analysts IDC, the value of the business inkjet printer market in EMEA was €326M in the year ending in late 2010, which represents a 42% growth rate when compared to the same period a year previously*. This marks a significant upturn, and showcases ho

Samsung Galaxy tab sales suspended in EU after Apple challenge

Samsung has been legally barred from selling its Galaxy tablet in the EU after Apple won the latest round in a patent battle leaving its rival clear to keep stacking up sales of iPads. A court in Germany ruled that the Galaxy product could not be sold in the EU, except for the Netherlands, as it ha

ShoreTel bangs mobility drum, but posts another loss

ShoreTel CEO Peter Blackmore has vowed an aggressive partner recruitment drive as the company targets increased sales of its mobility unified comms solutions into the Avaya and Cisco installed base. Speaking to analysts on a conference call marking the vendor's Q4 results, Blackmore said ShoreTel pl

ICO chooses not to fine Lush for data breach

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been accused again of being a toothless tiger after it opted not to fine the cosmetics firm Lush after a data breach that lasted for four months at the tail-end of last year. The ICO has already been criticised for failing to hand out enough fines and

In-depth: Storage added to list of cloud benefits

Various studies have indicated that although there remain disagreements between analysts over exact numbers the direction a large part of the software market is heading in is towards the cloud. The growth in hype around the hosted application and services option has been rising in the last few year

Managed services growth delivers the numbers for Kelway

Kelway has pointed to the demand for managed services as one of the main contributors to a significant increase in its revenues for its fiscal year. The resellers has announced revenues of £260m for its 2010/11 financial year, a 46% increase on last year, with £55m of that coming from o

Trustmarque launches Office 365 education campaign

Microsoft partner Trustmarque Solutionshas launched a campaign to address confusion among end-users around fundamental aspects of Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 software suite. Having identified that some customers are having difficulty understanding licensing procedures as well as how the techn

US woman sues Google over Gmail scanning

A woman has filed a class action suit against Google for scanning all e-mail sent to Gmail account holders to use for targeted advertising campaigns.

Cisco shares up 13% on better-than-expected financial results

Cisco Systems has reported fourth fiscal quarter sales of $11.2bn, net income of $2.2bn, and earnings per share of 40 cents, beating estimates and driving the share price up 13% in after-hours trading.

Intel Capital launches $300m war chest to develop Ultrabooks

The investment arm of microchip company Intel has announced a $300m (£185m) war chest to develop the mobile technology of its Ultrabooks, intended for ultra-thin portable PCs and designed to compete in the mobile computing space.

Cisco results show positive impact of cost cutting

Cisco managed to surprise the markets in a pleasant way delivering results that were better than expected indicating that the demand for IT is holding up but the vendor has weighed in with plenty of cost cutting to try and get itself back on track. Seen as one of the bell weather firms in the indus

Ipanema targets VAR market with new partner programme

WAN governance and app-centric VPN services specialist Ipanema Technologies is branching out from its traditional routes-to-market and launching a partner programme to address a "green field" market among system integrators and VARs. Up to now, Ipanema has chosen to address the market larg

Inventory issues set to last in smart phone market

Fears that the Japanese quake would cause component shortages created a smart phone inventory build-up in the channel in the last quarter which was not totally cleared out as demand across Western Europe showed signs of fatigue. According to Gartner's latest Q2 analysis of the smart phone market th

Lowe ends eight year stint at Check Point

Security vendor Check Point is mapping out the fresh management reporting chains after it emerged that its current regional head of Northern Europe Nick Lowe was leaving the firm after eight years. Lowe ran the UK for a while in his time at the vendor before stepping up to the Northern European rol

Chambers vows to keep pressure on to change Cisco

Cisco boss John Chambers has promised that it will not take the foot off the pedal as it reviews its business in the hunt for cuts and areas where it can simplify the operating structure. The chairman and CEO of the networking giant listed the areas where it would change its operations and swing th

Cloud providers and data sovereignty issues

Australian cloud provider Ninefold warn that understanding who has legal access to company and personal private data is not as simple as checking a box and selecting the 'in-country' option.

Medical specialist BPL virtualises IT

Medical research and blood product supplier Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) has outsourced a project to virtualise its server and storage infrastructure to help it cut costs and energy consumption while actually providing more computing resources.

Cern's volunteer cloud aims to help search for Higgs boson

PC users are being invited to take part in the search for the elusive Higgs boson, as European nuclear research centre Cern launches a cloud-based project to support its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment.

Surrey Council sets out plans for shared network service

Surrey County Council has put out a tender for a managed network service that will be shared between public sector organisations within the council as well as neighbouring Berkshire.

Data quality improvement impeded by lack of automation

Data quality improvement has boosted revenue at 12% of a sample of UK companies. Progress impeded by poor automation, says research from QAS: 42% use Excel spreadsheets to detect data quality issues.

RIM issues fix for BlackBerry vulnerabilities

A bug in the BlackBerry Mobile Data Service (MDS) Connection Service component can be used to potentially gain network access.

MicroScope's top stories week ending 12 August

Chambers vows to keep pressure on to change Cisco Cisco boss John Chambers has promised that it will not take the foot off the pedal as it reviews its business in the hunt for cuts and areas where it can simplify the operating structure. Inventory issues set to last in smart phone market Fears th

Police procurement hub promises savings and SME involvement

The national policer procurement hub has gone live with the ambition of not just helping save millions for the cut-facing boys in blue but also the idea that it will mean more business for resellers.

Cisco surprises despite lower profits: News in brief

Cisco Systems reported a 36% fall in its net income for the fourth quarter to $1.2 billion (£750 million), but its financial results surpassed analysts’ expectations.

Equanet hires cloud specialist to ramp up hosted business

Equanet has brought a cloud specialist on board to help develop the offerings the reseller can bring to market in the virtualisation and hosted arena. Charlss Barratt, former head of cloud and virtual desktop infrastructure solutions at Intrinsic Technology joins Equanet with immediate effect in th

Bring your own device drives VDI sales interest

The Bring your own Device (BYOD) trend is having a real impact on the demand for desktop virtualisation as users scramble to offer a greater degree of flexibility for staff wanting to connect on a range of their own products. The call from some vendors, notably Citrix, for customers to embrace cons

Samsung Galaxy Tab injunction stirs retailer action

The consequences of the injunction Apple won against Samsung is already being felt as large suppliers look to cancel pre-orders of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which can not be sold in any EU country except the Netherlands. Apple won an injunction in a Dusseldorf regional court earlier this week arguing t

Health IT security survey shows equal parts confidence, concern

Our recent reader survey found health IT pros confident they are meeting federal laws but concerned they aren't doing enough to protect patient data, especially on mobile devices.