Two of SAP’s key Business ByDesign customers say their upgrade to version 2.6 hasn’t gone quite as they had hoped.
German enterprise software maker SAP plans to invest heavily in education to support strategic technology innovation and spur business growth.
Anyone who purchased an HP Touchpad prior to the price crash can now obtain a refund. Users who purchased the 16Gb version will be eligible for a refund...
Malware for smartphones and tablets rose 273% in the first half of 2011 as researchers recorded an average of one new malware strain every twelve seconds.
Hewlett-Packard has announced several new and improved security products and services to help enterprises tackle threats associated with mobile, cloud and social media trends.
This week developers get a chance to try out Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft's desktop operating system. Windows 8 offers a new graphical user interface using tiles rather than the start menu, which is optimised for touch.
Yahoo and AOL are discussing a merger following the sacking of Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz. AOL chief executive officer Tim Armstrong is returning to proposals for a merger rebuffed by Bartz last year.
Computer Weekly has reviewed two different tools - Jaspersoft's open source Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition and QlikTech's commercial business intelligence platform QlikView - to see how they compare.
VMworld 2011’s Solutions Exchange saw a bright new crop of storage companies step onto the industry’s stage. We were there to watch them debut.
One mortgage firm installed HP TippingPoint vController to extend the virtualization security capabilities of its intrusion protection system.
To deploy unified network management, enterprises must look at the current network infrastructure, how users connect to the network and possibly embracing platforms like the cloud.
Medical device manufacturer MedPlast found cloud storage with StorSimple the answer to its data protection and primary data needs.
Mergers and acquisitions watcher Regent has reported a significant number of deals last month with the HP billion dollar move for Autonomy taking the lion's share of the headlines, writes Linda Endersby. As well as HP's $10bn purchase of software company Autonomy, which has been verbally agreed wil
The Quantum StorNext appliance family is adding more products, and targeting Big Data sets with new, pre-configured gateways and data storage subsystems for primary disk.
McGregor Boyall, specialist financial services recruiter, has published its latest IT recruitment report showing that hiring requirements are still significantly down on 2010, writes Linda Endersby. However hiring for both contract and permanent roles remains steady in the second quarter of 2011 co
Hewlett-Packard has formed a security division in order to ensure it is offering the best product, advice and protection to enterprise customers that continue to struggle in the face of growing threats. Citing it's own research, which found that more than 50% of firms believe the threats targeting
VMware has its work cut out for it integrating PacketMotion's hardware-based security appliances. Some virtualization pros say user access management isn’t on their radar yet.
The Shylock Internet banking Trojan pilfers online banking credentials and data, using innovative new techniques to avoid detection.
Consolidation in the channel continues with Tech Data picking up distribution assets from Man and Machine to give it a greater penetration of the design software market. Man and Machine, which is exiting distribution to focus on being a reseller.
Users might have been encouraged to whistleblow on software piracy at work but are unlikely to speak out because they are unaware that there is specific legislation on the statute books to protect them from voicing their concerns. Research from the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has revea
More manufacturers plan to stop managing IT internally, says IDC. Many will use traditional outsourcing, but for some, private clouds top the agenda.
Computer Weekly examines some of the key issues around the government's identity assurance project for accessing public sector services.
European Union cybersecurity agency Enisa has published a report on app store security that advocates a baseline set of five lines of defence against malware.
Belgian web certificate authority (CA) GlobalSign is back online after investigating claims by the hacker who breached the Dutch DigiNotar CA that its systems had also been breached.
With the planning season for many companies' 2012 budgets under way, Gartner's Dave Aron urges CIOs to tear up the rule book, or risk being sidelined.
SpyEye Trojan variant SpitMo is attacking mobile devices running the Google Android operating system, warns security firm Trusteer.
The government must improve its understanding of technology to prevent the identity and personal information of individuals being revealed in datasets, a privacy expert has warned.
The UK financial services sector is the most trusted, ahead of the public sector and online retailers, according to Symantec’s inaugural UK Trust Index.
BT Openreach has unveiled 114 exchanges that will be upgraded to deliver fibre broadband as part of its plan to deliver fibre to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2015.
Royal Mail has donated 3,000 PCs to development charity Computer Aid for use in schools and charitable health organisations in Malawi, Namibia, Ethiopia and Chile.
Fashion retailer Aurora is providing iPads to sales staff at London branches of Coast, Oasis, Warehouse and Karen Millen.
Cliff Saran speaks to Josh Antwi, a 31-year-old IT entrepreneur who was given support and mentoring by The Prince's Trust.
Jeremy Hunt will call on online companies to take reasonable steps against websites that openly infringe copyright in a speech to the Royal Television Society's Cambridge Convention.
The FBI is probing a hacking into the NBC News Twitter account after hackers calling themselves "The Script Kiddies" posted bogus Tweets about a hijacked civilian airliner crashing into Ground Zero in New York.
Businesses building customer loyalty through mobile apps should consider multiple tablet platforms as Apple's dominance in the UK recedes.
Fiona Timothy, chair of The Prince's Trust Technology Leadership Group and chief executive of Calyx Group Companies, speaks to Cliff Saran about why IT offers a great opportunity.
Sabre, the global distribution system for reserving hotels, airlines, cruise ships, rail tickets and car hire, has taken the concept of the app store and applied in to its own travel market.
Oracle has added the upcoming Sparc T4 chip to its processor core factor table, and what it says has some wondering whether Oracle is playing games to get people to adopt Sun hardware.
The role of the CIO is changing in response to technology innovation and business requirements.
The software and services (SITS) sector remains confident that the next 12 months are going to be a positive in both profits and staff expansion, reports Linda Endersby. According to the latest survey by UK private equity firm ECI Partners, the vast majority (84%) of SITS businesses are confident a
The fallout from HP's TouchPad and PC decisions were huge news in August 2011, as was the departure of Steve Jobs from his CEO role at Apple.
The deadline for acceptances of HP's bid for Autonomy is being extended after the first closing day passed yesterday without coming to a conclusion. There are doubts that anyone is likely to better the generous offer made by HP but by yesterday only 41.6% of shareholders had returned their support
Protecting brand and revenues are the drivers pushing retailers towards embracing the credit card data compliance requirements, writes Linda Endersby. According to the Payment Security Practices and Trends Survey commissioned by CyberSource and Trustwave, in partnership with the Merchant Risk Counc
Realizing the ubiquity of mobile devices among medical professionals, health care supplies contracting services provider Novation LLC plunged into the mobile business intelligence movement.
Cybercriminals are using the old technique to lure victims into giving up personal information and potentially infect their systems with malware.
The UK government is to call on search engines such as Google, advertisers and credit card companies to join the fight against online software piracy. These organisations should take reasonable steps against websites that openly infringe copyright the UK's secretary of state for culture, media and
With the extension of compliance regulations and the need for faster and more precise customer communication the role of document management is stepping out of the back office shadows. Traditionally resellers specialising in document management solutions have found a rich vein of business in the ba
Strong demand for video conferencing has helped bolster turnover for audio visual distributor Imago Group, writes Linda Endersby. Imago reported that its most recent financial results show growth of 34% over last year, with turnover increasing from £38 million to £52 million worldwide,
Experts are still curious to see whether VMware Inc.'s PacketMotion appeals to larger or SMB business; Partners will now be able to offer HP-branded managed print services.
Storage roundup: The British Transport Police has implemented Compellent SANs with storage tiering as part of a VMware virtualisation project; university boots Buffalo for Overland NAS; and more news.
VMware keeps making acquisitions, but some users wish the company would get back to developing the hypervisor and virtualization management tools.
Microsoft has issued five “important” security bulletins that address 15 flaws in Windows and Office and adds six more DigiNotar root certificates to the Windows Untrusted Certificate Store.
Many IT shops are just installing Windows 7, but like it or not, it's time to start talking about Windows 8. This OS lets many apps work across a wide range of end-user devices.
Microsoft's September Patch Tuesday security update is relatively light with only five security updates.
Consumers, retailers, advertisers and banks must work more closely together if mobile phones are to replace wallets in an era of mobile commerce.
The delivery of Universal Credits is coming under fire as observers are casting an increasingly critical eye on the IT systems underpinning the politically sensitive project.
Securing mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing IT security professionals as cyber criminals turn their attention to this platform, according to James Lyne, director of technology strategy at security firm Sophos.
Financial services IT departments are on high alert after the Independent Banking Commission recommended that banks separate their retail and investment operations.
Hewlett-Packard has announced several new and improved security products and the establishment of an enterprise security products business unit that unifies a string of security-related acquisitions in the past two years, but is the move too little too late?
Cloud software provider Salesforce.com has announced plans to revamp its products to make social networking a key focus for the company.
IT security in an increasingly complex threat environment needs to be more about management than technology performance, according to Eric Domage, program manager for IDC in Europe.
A major benchmarking report into the carbon reduction and energy strategies of internet and social networking giants has revealed a major lack of transparency which will have to be addressed as carbon reporting becomes mandatory.
IT spend in UK private and public sector organisations has fallen since last year, with average expenditure dropping 0.6% per user to £3,275, 2.48% of total spend, research has shown.
Business leaders have been urged to prepare for a digital industrial revolution as new technologies overturn traditional business models and markets.
Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers has selected 40 graduate interns for its IT department. The trainees will work with PwC's information security and testing teams.
Following Cisco Systems' warning it is to halve its sales forecast as it struggles with reduced demand and increased competition, CEO John Chambers said he intends to battle with Chinese network provider Huawei.
Big businesses are planning to grow their mainframe computer capacity despite the downturn, according to a survey of 1,347 large users worldwide.
Windows 8 will completely change the enterprise's attitude to mobile computing, allowing a single platform to support internal application developers, IT support teams and end users to enjoy a common platform that is functional and manageable.
For many CIOs, disaster recovery or business continuity planning starts and stops with backups, hot recovery sites and well documented plans. At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel is showcasing the roles played by diverse types of computing in the field of disaster management.
Data analytics pros at Oxford have turned to data visualization from Tableau for an enterprise view of student administration, finance and procurement. The tool has also played into communications.
PLM's star is rising, as IT executives turn to the software to solve problems, error-proof the global design process and speed time-to-market.
Harvard has a homespun private cloud, but it wants to get out of the data center business altogether and move into a community cloud.
Experts encourage health care providers to engage in social media, provided that they establish policies to help physicians avoid ethical traps and HIPAA compliance issues.
Intel has given the clearest signal yet that it believes a large part of the future lies in mobile technology after outlining plans to work with Google and develop products for the next wave of netbooks and smart phones. Using the keynote speech at the vendor's developer forum in San Francisco Inte
Intel showcases the potential of McAfee's new hardware security technology, but shares few details about its product strategy.
GFI software has announced a partnership deal with Sigma Software Distribution as part of its strategy to increase the number of multi solution reseller partners considerably in the next year, writes Linda Endersby. GFI Software provides its web and mail security, archiving, backup and fax, network
Because of the stories that surround SharePoint 2010 implementations that have gone awry, experts say it is critical to carefully develop a solid case for SharePoint 2010 adoption.
Kaminario adds MLC flash to go with previous DRAM SAN, as well as a hybrid option; Anobit bumps up capacity, speed of its MLC solid-state drives (SSDs).
A mobile and social weight loss business banked on the PaaS cloud computing platform to support millions of users and thousands of transactions per minute.
At its annual technical conference, SAP once again emphasizes HANA and in-memory technology.
Can Windows Server 8 bring Microsoft into the cloud era? With development of the new OS, the company aims to change the way IT shops deliver apps.
Raritan’s new asset management tags help data center managers keep tabs on their infrastructure; and other data center facilities news.
Headlines: Automatic storage tiering has been around for a while now, but now the technology seems to be hitting its stride.
The Federation Against Software Theft has set its sights on cracking software piracy in Wales through an education campaign that is being targeted at Trading Standards. The 'Software - Stay Legal' campaign kicks off at a launch in Cardiff early next month with FAST spelling out just how much harm p
Microsoft Office 365 customers experienced a second outage in less than a month last week, though several experts regard it as a bump in the road.
Though some employees are still denied access to social media sites in their workplace due to security and productivity concerns, but despite that clampdown CEOS do appreciate the importance of social networking to their business, reports Linda Endersby. Salesforce has published results of a survey
IT security in an increasingly complex threat environment needs to be more about management than technology performance, according to IDC. IT professionals need to stop buying security performance and move to buying and selling business performance, Eric Domage, program manager for IDC in Europe to
Oscar Trimboli is not technical, but he is a strong communicator. And as Adam Turner discovers in this profile, that might just be the most important skill of all to get unified communications up and running in Australia.
Networking giant Cisco has halved its sales forecast as it struggles with reduced demand and increased competition. Cisco's annual revenues will grow up to 7% over the next three years, down from a previous target of up to 17%. But profits are expected to grow up to 9%, said the company. Speaking
Storage, video, sensors and big data are areas where Intel hopes it can make its mark in cloud computing.
In this interview with Michael Brito, author of "Smart Business, Social Business – A Playbook for Social Media in Your Organization," we learn about how social media is being used, not just for marketing and PR, but internally as well to help break down organizational silos.
The mobile device revolution will create management solution opportunities for VARs.
A new extensible virtual switch and advanced live migration features have virtualization pros eyeing Hyper-V 3.0.
VMware View 5 is available this week with profile management, more client device support and better PCoIP WAN performance.
Natural language processing, mobile BI and Big Data are on the leading edge of technology innovation--but should you believe the hype?
Payment processing company Vocalink will be showing the future of cash next week at the Sibos financial conference in Toronto.
The owner of electrical goods retailer Comet said sales at the chain's internet arm were hit because of a decision to fully align web and store prices.
The European Commission has been buying Microsoft software since 1993 without an open and public competition to assess alternative products, Computer Weekly has learned.
Another case of the unauthorised activity of a trader at an investment bank has highlighted the need for real-time monitoring and control in the investment banking sector.
Chris Dines founded a company, Knowledge Peers, to develop a forum where executives would feel comfortable sharing ideas with their peers.
News agency the Press Association has signed a deal with MarkLogic to provide a central content store metadata repository for all of its unstructured information.
Only 50% of organisations have made significant post-deployment savings using cloud-based e-mail, according to a study by MWD Advisors.
US firms are hiring UK IT consultants in the digital sector with online business marketplace PeoplePerHour.com reporting a 275% increase in the number of US firms hiring UK IT consultants over the last year.
Intel is to develop smartphone processors for the Google Android operating system, as the company drives its business into the smartphone market.
Online discount site Groupon is reported to be planning a flotation, while Facebook is rumoured to be delaying its IPO until the end of 2012.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre of the Serious Organised Crime Agency has improved security around data sent from its website after the Information Commissioner's Office received a tip-off that data submitted using an online form was not encrypted.
A lack of mobile device management among SMEs is holding back the introduction of schemes where employees can use their own devices to replace company supplied computers.
Cyber attacks are escalating from large-scale theft and disruption of computer operations to more lethal attacks that destroy systems and physical equipment, according to the head of the US Cyber Command.
Business and public sector organisations lack understanding of the nature and gravity of cyber threats and the UK government lacks vision and leadership in dealing with cyber attacks, according to a report by Chatham House.
Jeremy Hunt, culture secretary, has warned that the UK could fall behind other countries in delivering superfast broadband. Hunt also criticised BT over its provision of broadband access, in a speech to the Royal Television Society.
Millions of users have signed up for Google enterprise apps. For many, the cloud platform is still a supplement, not a substitute, for legacy systems.
Cryptographic pioneer Dr. Whitfield Diffie spoke at SecurityByte 2011 in Bengaluru, where SearchSecurity caught up with him. Here’s what he had to say.
Businesses are failing to exploit their assets because of lack of decent management with the vast majority not bothering to use technology to monitor their operations, writes Linda Endersby. According to a poll from Ipswitch's network management division only 40% of businesses monitor applications
Using CRM analytics is a popular trend, but it’s important to make a solid business case for bringing it into a CRM environment. Learn what to expect from CRM analytics and how to develop a business plan for integrating the data.
Microsoft gave enterprises a glimpse of how future applications and enterprise platforms will be brought together with Windows Server 8 and Azure.
Collaboration pros have three enterprise social software vendor paths, according to Gartner's social software Magic Quadrant -- choosing one requires assessing user need.
SAP's decision to challenge the $1.3bn fine that was handed out in it's intellectual property infringement case against Oracle last year has been vindicated with $1bn slashed off what it must now pay it's arch rival.The German business intelligence specialist will now only pay $20m (£13m) to O
SAP has released Solution Manager 7.1 and is hoping this is the version that gets customers on board.
Microsoft made the Windows Server 8 and Azure connection clearer, raising hopes for easier development in the cloud.
The influx of mobile devices into the corporate network environment is crearting a significant requirement for more reselkler delivered managed services to help users cope. Consumerisation of IT, with staff brining in their own devices, has become one of the major themes of this year, causing both
US firms are hiring UK IT consultants in the digital sector with an 275% increase in the number of American firms hiring Brits over the last year. The figures, from PeoplePerHour, showed IT and web programming as well as web design were the skills most in demand.
Nokia has taken the wraps off a distribution revamp that sees it settle on three partners and unveil a channel network. The telecoms vendor has made the strategic changes following a six month review of what it needs to do to further its business in the distribution tier of the channel. The result
A longtime data management professional illustrates the synergies that exist between the Inmon and Kimball data warehousing methodologies.
Unite members working for Fujitsu in Crewe and Manchester are to strike, while members of the Public and Commercial Services union called off strike action against the Japanese outsourcing giant.
Kaspersky Lab said it will remain independent in the face of continued acquisitions by IT services companies and other consolidation within the security industry.
Employees are increasingly responsible for data breaches at financial institutions, according to the US Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Gartner is urging CIOs to give Gmail serious consideration as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange in the enterprise.
Only 11 documents were electronically submitted to the Royal Courts of Justice eWorking system in the second quarter of 2011 - fewer than 0.5% of all files entered on the system.
The GCSE IT curriculum is to be given a dramatic overhaul to make the subject more focused on the needs of business, science minister David Willets has announced.
Intel-owned McAfee has unveiled a new hardware-based security technology called DeepSafe at the 2011 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.
EBay's PayPal service has given retailers a preview of several new features about how they sell goods and accept payments including mobile payments, barcode scanning using handheld devices, store inventory lookup, virtual wallet and location-based offers.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has missed second-quarter earnings targets because of lower demand for older models.
UK enterprise IT is tinkering with advanced analytics and BI, reveals a Corporate IT Forum workshop and survey.
Legacy WAN connectivity options, such as ATM and frame relay, are falling out of favor as businesses spend more on MPLS and Ethernet WAN services, according to In-Stat.
ForeScout’s NAC product may now be integrated into ArcSight’s SIEM platform. This could open doors for ForeScout partners into ArcSight accounts.
Oracle upgrades Pillar Axiom software with multi-tenancy, replication and migration features; Caringo and Coraid combine object and block storage; and more data storage news.
More than half of respondents indicated they trusted financial institutions with their personal data, with students being the most trusting overall.
It's been a week where the boss of Intel looked to a mobile future, SAP won its day in court and Tech Data headed back out on the acquisition trail. It ended with RIM becoming the latest to show how difficult it is to compete with Apple in the tablet market. Intel boss looks to mobile future Keyno
A new validation program will certify point-to-point encryption systems that use devices for encryption and decryption as well as hardware security modules.
The problems at Blackberry maker Research in Motion continue with the firm following up an announcement of 2,000 job cuts back in July with second quarter numbers that exposed its issues with low demand. Both revenue and net profit fell in the three months ended 27 August and low demand for its old
As Microsoft winds down the support for XP, and increasing number of employees own and rely on smart phones, tablets and netbooks organisations have new challenges in their desktop virtualisation strategies, writes Linda Endersby. According to a survey vt Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dimension
Legacy application modernization can make COBOL reusable. Discover what modernizing legacy applications can do for you.
Fujistu staff in Crewe and Manchester are staging a 24 walk out on Monday in a strike over victimisation of Union representatives. Unite members at the IT services firm voted to take strike action after one of the union reps was made redundant and sparked off a debate about deliberate targeting of
Increased reliance on 3PLs, BPOs and other outsourced partners requires a “control tower” approach and improved supply chain visibility, according to Gartner.
The UK government has been urged to embrace the cloud by one of the leading proponents of hosted services, writes Nick Booth. The call was made by Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff at the company's annual rally, Cloudforce 2011, which was held in London this week. At a private press lunch Benioff to
Veeam Software and TwinStrata CloudArray have teamed up to offer 1 TB of free cloud storage for new users; plus other cloud news.