TechTarget News - Week of Sep 11, 2011

SAP focuses on education to spur business growth

German enterprise software maker SAP plans to invest heavily in education to support strategic technology innovation and spur business growth.

HP refunds Touchpad owners

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...

Mobile malware up 273% in first half of 2011

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.

Windows 8: Microsoft hibernates the operating system for faster boot-up

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.

Low-cost business intelligence for the masses

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.

HP's Autonomy deal keeps M&A activity going

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

Quantum StorNext appliance line grows

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.

IT recruitment remains steady

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

HP takes wraps off enterprise security division

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

PacketMotion purchase no slam dunk for VMware

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.

Tech Data expands software design muscle with Man and Machine buy

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.

FAST reveals depressing user attitude to software piracy

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

Openreach expands fibre to 114 more exchanges

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.

Sabre develops apps marketplace for travel industry

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 Sparc T4 policy has licensees scratching their heads

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.

Software and services sector remains confident

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

HP extends Autonomy bid timetable

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

Brand Protection top priority when protecting payment data

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

Health care supply company prescribes itself mobile BI software

Realizing the ubiquity of mobile devices among medical professionals, health care supplies contracting services provider Novation LLC plunged into the mobile business intelligence movement.

Government to ask Google to do more to fight piracy

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

Document management moves beyond the back office

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

Imago turnover bolstered by strong VC demand

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,

IT pros unsure of PacketMotion's role

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.

Transport police get Dell Compellent SAN storage tiering

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.

Users to VMware: Stick to your knitting

VMware keeps making acquisitions, but some users wish the company would get back to developing the hypervisor and virtualization management tools.

Microsoft patches 15 flaws, blacklists additional DigiNotar certificates

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.

Microsoft pre-release of Windows 8 now open to scrutiny

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.

Mobile security demands comprehensive approach, IDC conference told

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.

HP gets serious about IT security, but is it too little too late?

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?

Mainframe spending to rise, survey finds

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 is a game changer

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.

Disaster Recovery focus at Intel Developer Forum

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.

Oxford University uses data visualization to gain enterprise view

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.

Harvard University preps for cloud move

Harvard has a homespun private cloud, but it wants to get out of the data center business altogether and move into a community cloud.

Intel boss looks to mobile future

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

GFI launches reseller expansion plans with Sigma deal

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

Three steps to building a SharePoint 2010 business case

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, Anobit add multi-level cell flash options

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).

Raritan tracks data center assets: News in brief

Raritan’s new asset management tags help data center managers keep tabs on their infrastructure; and other data center facilities news.

Automatic storage tiering making its mark

Headlines: Automatic storage tiering has been around for a while now, but now the technology seems to be hitting its stride.

FAST kicks off piracy education campaign across Wales

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

CEO's embrace social media but lack strategy

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 should be about good management, says IDC

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

Meet Oscar Trimboli - Microsoft's unified networker

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.

Cisco halves sales forecast as CEO eyes Huawei market share

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

Social media in business: Breaking down organizational silos

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.

IT VARs focus on managing new devices

The mobile device revolution will create management solution opportunities for VARs.

Hyper-V 3.0 sneak peek intrigues users

A new extensible virtual switch and advanced live migration features have virtualization pros eyeing Hyper-V 3.0.

Comet web operations hit by restructuring

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.

Press Association selects MarkLogic to manage big data

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.

Truths about cloud e-mail

Only 50% of organisations have made significant post-deployment savings using cloud-based e-mail, according to a study by MWD Advisors.

US companies hire more UK IT consultants

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.

Report reveals concerns over consumerisation of IT

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 becoming lethal, warns US cyber commander

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.

Mis-management of applications wastes millions

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

Microsoft sharpens Windows Server 8, Azure cloud story

Microsoft gave enterprises a glimpse of how future applications and enterprise platforms will be brought together with Windows Server 8 and Azure.

SAP appeal wipes $1bn off Oracle fine

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

Consumerisation sparks managed services opportunity

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

UK IT consultants in demand from US firms

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 shakes up distribution strategy

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

Can't Inmon and Kimball just get along?

A longtime data management professional illustrates the synergies that exist between the Inmon and Kimball data warehousing methodologies.

Kaspersky Lab vows to remain independent

Kaspersky Lab said it will remain independent in the face of continued acquisitions by IT services companies and other consolidation within the security industry.

Government sends GCSE IT back to school

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.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 September 2011

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

RIM tablets fail to fly and low demand hits numbers

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

BYOD and XP end of life drive desktop virtualisation

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

Fujitsu staff to stage 24 hour walk out

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

Gartner lists 8 supply chain outsourcing best practices

Increased reliance on 3PLs, BPOs and other outsourced partners requires a “control tower” approach and improved supply chain visibility, according to Gartner.

Government told "go cloud or die" by Salesforce.com boss

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