TechTarget News - Week of Oct 02, 2011

Data scientists helping businesses navigate 'big data' seas

Skilled professionals known as data scientists have become highly sought-after by companies such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Google to perform advanced analytics on growing data sets.

East Surrey Hospital loses unencrypted confidential patient data memory stick

The confidential data of 800 patients of East Surrey Hospital – including details of operations, names and dates of birth – went missing in September 2010 after an unencrypted memory stick was lost. The loss was never reported, but appeared in an annual report.

KPMG adds more IT capabilities

Business consultancy KPMG has added strength to its IT advisory services through the acquisition of UK consultancy Xantus.

Intel acquires mobile location services firm, Telmap

Intel has announced plans to acquire navigation and location-based services firm, Telmap, as the company drives its business into the smartphone market.

Oracle announces Exalytics BI, big data systems

Oracle launched two new systems on Sunday, one called Oracle Exalytics with in-memory technology and another, the Oracle Big Data Appliance for Hadoop and NoSQL.

Facebook MySQL DBA gives tips on server management

Facebook MySQL database administrator (DBA) Rob Wultsch tells Oracle OpenWorld attendees to “keep it simple, stupid” and gives tips for preventing DBA burnout.

Incriptus heads for the enterprise

Adelaide “community cloud” backup company Incriptus has developed an enterprise version of its product and is seeking funding to help take it to the world.

Trend Micro threatens to dump underperforming resellers

Trend Micro has taken the wraps off a partner programme but used the channel update as a chance to warn its partners they need to embrace the cloud or face an inevitable decline with those it decides are not making the right moves facing the axe.

Ellison brushes off Sun attacks

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, has dismissed suggestions that the acquisition of Sun has not been a positive move using a keynote at the vendor's conference to talk up the hardware that has come out of the tie-up. Ellison said that rivals had claimed that being part of Oracle would kill Sun and that

MicroStrategy, Birst bring SaaS BI to the masses

Business intelligence vendors released a spate of product announcements over the past two weeks, all aimed at putting BI tools in the hands of everyday users.

Osborne sets out plan to ease business credit

The challenge of helping businesses get access to credit continues to stir political debate with the Chancellor George Osborne using his speech at the Conservative Party conference to outline more measures to help cash-strapped firms. Although the meat is yet to be put on the bones, that will come

Brother creates UK channel development job

Brother has hired Andy Forsyth, formerly sales and marketing director for HP's UK and Ireland laser printing business, in a newly created channel support and development role. He will take responsibility for Brother's existing product porftolio in a move heralded by the vendor as a signal of its int

Desmond spreads his wings in Exclusive European role

Outspoken VADition marketing and business development director Barrie Desmond is to move into a newjob at Exclusive Networks, which guzzled up VADition at the end of June. In his new role of director of marketing and global accounts, Desmond will take on responsibility for tying up Exclusive's pan-E

Fujitsu strikers to take protest to Conservative party conference

Striking Fujitsu workers will protest at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester tomorrow as they try to highlight the ongoing struggle between the Union and the services specialist. Staff at the Manchester office had already voted to walk out tomorrow but with the party conference in town i

Constant change puts the pressure on CIOs

A recent study by Forrester Consulting, carried out for consulting and services firm Dimension Data has confirmed what many CIOs know - the unholy trilogy of cost management, constant change and increased system diversity is a fact of life.

Universal Credit deadline forced DWP to use “unproven” agile development

Tight deadlines left the Department for Work and Pensions with little choice but to use "unproven" agile methods to develop its £2bn Universal Credit (UC) system, said the Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority (MPA) in a confidential report obtained by Computer Weekly.

IT supplier CSC repays £170m as NHS complains of Lorenzo record progress

IT supplier CSC has repaid £170m after the NHS said it was unhappy with the progress of CSC's Lorenzo patient care records contract. The NHS paid a £200m advanced payment to CSC for the 2011 project costs when a memorandum of understanding was signed.

Callcentre workers steal £400k from TUI Travel

Four callcentre workers stole over £400,000 from their employer TUI Travel by paying customer refunds to themselves when processing claims.

HP completes £7.1bn Autonomy acquisition

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has completed its acquisition of software company Autonomy for £7.1bn. HP said the acquisition positioned it as a leader in the large and growing enterprise information management space.

Cut support costs by reducing escalations

Contact centers should examine and audit issues that escalate beyond a level 1 to determine how to better manage the outcome and costs of more complex customer issues.

SAP’s new mobile HR apps finally picking up steam

SAP is moving in the right direction with its new mobile human resources apps, but it needs to do more to win customers, according to one consultant.

HP completes Autonomy deal

Hewlett-Packard has completed the buyout of Autonomy despite the departure of the man who coordinated the takeover. The deal masterminded by the former HP CEO Leo Apotheker was widely criticised for costing too much at $12bn (£7.8bn) and was one of the key planks of the final strategic announ

Cloud to become a business conversation in 2012

Cloud computing is to become "more of a business and not just a technology conversation" during the next 12 months, according to a global study carried out by auditors KPMG. KPMG grilled 806 senior executives in 15 countries earlier this year, and has now reported that 81% of businesses ar

HP completes £7.1bn Autonomy acquisition

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has completed its acquisition of software company Autonomy for £7.1bn. HP said the acquisition positioned it as a leader in the large and growing enterprise information management space.

With virtual desktops, one size does not fit all

VDI isn't the dominant way to deliver Windows 7 desktops -- not by a long shot. These IT pros mix it up with traditional PCs, VDI, app virtualization and other remote desktop technologies.

Callcentre workers steal £400k from TUI Travel

Four callcentre workers stole over £400,000 from their employer TUI Travel by paying customer refunds to themselves when processing claims.

Back-up datacentre challenge - to build or to host?

The Royal College of General Practitioners has built its own back-up datacentre using a private cloud architecture, rather than use an external provider.

IT supplier CSC repays £170m as NHS complains of Lorenzo record progress

IT supplier CSC has repaid £170m after the NHS said it was unhappy with the progress of CSC's Lorenzo patient care records contract. The NHS paid a £200m advanced payment to CSC for the 2011 project costs when a memorandum of understanding was signed.

Sluggish phone and tablet sales hit Ballmer bonus

Slow growth in mobile phones and tablets cost Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer his maximum bonus for the second year in a row trimming the money he got for running the software giant. Ballmer's bonus is worked out based on the performance of key parts of the business and for the second year in a row h

App store model to transform channel by 2015

Analyst firm Canalys has used its Channels Forum in Barcelona to urge resellers to look beyond cloud computing, saying the growth of enterprise app stores represents "the true transformational force within the enterprise software market". Chief analyst Adam Daum said the technology suggest

Jerry Yang in talks with equity investors about taking Yahoo private

Yahoo co-founder and former chief executive Jerry Yang is talking to private equity firms about taking the internet company private. Talks have so far been informal, but Yahoo's advisors are expected to send financial information this week to interested parties.

Avaya buys technology partner Sipera

Avaya has acquired unified comms security firm and tech partner Sipera to add extra muscle to its Aura unified comms platform. The deal will see Sipera's enterprise-class Session Border Control technology become an integral part of Avaya's UC portfolio.

Can the DBA manage the Exadata machine?

Oracle's push to bundle its database, storage and hardware together presents a quandary for prospective buyers. Who manages it all?

Fujitsu staff call off strike as talks spark breakthrough

Unite workers at Fujitsu have suspended strike action after a breakthrough in last minute discussions with the services giant. A walkout had been planned for today with workers planning to take their grievances to the Conservative party conference in Manchester but today's strike was canned and any

Oracle's Hurd: 'Support is critical to us'

One year into his tenure as Oracle president, Mark Hurd is still focused on sales, but he maintains supporting customers is core to the company despite some criticism.

Five reasons to stick with your legacy ERP

Some experts say that without clear wins from the features in a new ERP deployment, replacing a legacy ERP system is usually not worth the cost or risks.

What happens when you're gone?

What's your succession plan for the business? It's not just about who takes your job what happens to all the projects you successfully delivered?

Retailers call for UK-wide 4G to boost m-commerce

The lack of capacity and bandwidth of public networks is limiting the opportunity to develop mobile commerce in the retail sector, according to industry experts.

Tesco bank slows migration to banking system

Tesco has delayed its migration to its core banking system as a result of problems experienced in June when the bank was moving savings and loan products in-house from the RBS systems that supported them.

BT readies 300Mbps downlink

BT Openreach is launching a 110Mbps fibre to the premises (FTTP) service, which it claims will provide downstream speeds of up to 300Mbps from 2012.

Expect HP server price hike, warns Dell

Michael Dell, eponymous founder of the computer company, has indicated HP may have to raise the prices of its server hardware if it goes ahead with plans to scrap its PC division.

Mainframe revisited: how IBM is bolstering Big Iron

It was once the preserve of large enterprises and government departments, but the mainframe seems to be going downmarket, with novel applications that previously would have been deployed on bread-and-butter Intel blade servers.

Apple unveils iPhone 4S, iOS 5 and iCloud

Apple has launched its latest smartphone device, iPhone 4S, an updated version of its operating system (OS), iOS 5 and the new iCloud service.

e-Crimes India conference 2011 to be held in November

The annual e-Crimes Inda conference is slated to be held in the second week of November this year. Hurry up and register for this event now!

HP insider to run Networking business

A little over four months since Marius Haas moved on to pastures new, HP hasnamed Bethany Mayer to the post of senior vice president and general manager of HP Networking. Mayer's appointment is little more than a formality for HP; a former ESSN marketing vice president she was handed Haas' role, whi

TalkTalk Business buys comms reseller Greystone

TalkTalk Business has picked up Cheshire-based business comms reseller and partnerGreystone Telecom for an undisclosed sum. The family-owned company, which provides comms and network servicesto both customers anda small number of agents and consultanciesoperating within itsown partner programme, has

BSA takes anti-piracy campaign to Nottingham

The Business Software Alliance is heading to Nottingham in the next stage of its ongoing campaign to educate firms and stamp out piracy and the use of unlicensed software in the UK. The software lobby group has been in other locations carrying out a two-pronged approach of supplying businesses in a

Apple unveils iPhone 4S, iOS 5 and iCloud

Apple has launched its latest smartphone device, iPhone 4S, an updated version of its operating system (OS), iOS 5 and the new iCloud service.

Leaked Cisco memo predicts bleak HP channel future

In an internal memo leaked to US channel press, Cisco has slammed its rival HP, saying that the possible removal of its PC business from the equation will hobble its rival's ability to compete effectively in the channel. The crux of Cisco's attack centres on the idea that the PSG business is the bas

Samsung moves to block Apple iPhone 4S plans in Europe

The legal spat between Apple and Samsung continues to deepen with the iPhone 4S, unveiled last night, now the target in the ongoing row between the two vendors about patents. Apple disappointed many by announcing the 4S rather than an iPhone 5 but Samsung was quick to respond moving to try and bloc

Big Blue lifeboat sets sail in Oracle channel

IBM has launched a migration programme aimed at Oracle customers it believes have been the victims of a series of price rises across its software and hardware portfolio. Big Blue claims clients can shave up to 50% from applicable IT costs over a three to five year timeframe by switching, and is also

Salesforce.com boss dropped from Oracle conference line-up

Conferences have the ability to cause public embarrassment as the Home Secretary found out yesterday at the Conservative party shindig in Manchester, and now the spotlight will fall on Oracle's OpenWorld event in San Francisco. Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff had been due to speak at Open World but

HP launches new zero client amid PC division turmoil

HP offers no assurances that it will keep its PC division or continue to provide service to customers. Despite this uncertainty, the company launched its new zero client.

Cardholder not present fraud drops as criminals turn to other scams

The tide is turning in the fight against cardholder not present fraud, which has cost the channel millions over the last few years, with the amount of money lost as a result of that kind of fraud dropping for the first half of this year. Figures released today from Financial Fraud Action UK show th

OSGi leads application development into the future

As OSGi leads modular application development into the future, project leader Peter Kriens suggests migration efforts will be eased by focusing on the connective services first and then on the modular application components.

Australia's Integrated Research leads VoIP management market

Australian vendor Integrated Research will seek to extend its lead in the eEnterprise VoIP management market by releasing versions of its software for Avaya and other providers.

Intrinsic beefs up Scottish office

Intrinsic Technology is moving its Scottish office into new premises in Glasgow after bursting the seams of its old base. The Avaya, Cisco and HP reseller has bagged a number of significant contract wins in Scotland lately,and has appointed new network-centric project engineers and pre-sales talent

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff compares Larry Ellison to 'oppressive dictator'

Marc Benioff, head of Salesforce.com, has given his swan song speech at Oracle Open World, comparing Larry Ellison to an oppressive dictator. He expressed disappointment at Ellison's decision to reschedule Benioff's talk for after the conference officially ends.

Technology industry figures pay tribute to Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs

Apple's co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died, aged 56. Jobs battled with pancreatic cancer, and had liver transplant surgery in 2009. He stepped down as Apple CEO in August 2011 after his second bout of medical leave since the start of the year.

Steve Jobs loses battle with cancer

Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56 just a couple of months after he stepped down from running Apple. The former CEO of the Mac maker had been struggling with health problems for the last few years, first revealing he had cancer back in 2004.

Lillywhite promoted to run Integralis UK

Integralis has shuffled its senior management team appointing a fresh managing director six months after the previous incumbent was promoted up to a Group board position. The IT security specialist has unveiled Neal Lillywhite, who had been director of sales and marketing, as its UK managing directo

Oracle Public Cloud to offer two Fusion apps

Oracle announced the Oracle Public Cloud on Wednesday, which will initially offer Fusion CRM and HCM. Other options, for Java, a database service and a “social network,” will come later.

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Tributes pour in to praise Steve Jobs

Tributes have been pouring in from across the technology world to mark the passing of Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple. Jobs died last night after losing a long hard fought battle with cancer and as the news spread around the world many well known tech figures have wanted to pay tribute to the ma

Technology industry figures pay tribute to Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs

Apple's co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died, aged 56. Jobs battled with pancreatic cancer, and had liver transplant surgery in 2009. He stepped down as Apple CEO in August 2011 after his second bout of medical leave since the start of the year.

Oracle Fusion Applications now generally available

Oracle Fusion Applications is now generally available, but expect adoption to be slow, happening module-by-module with some while others wait years before implementing it.

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff compares Larry Ellison to 'oppressive dictator'

Marc Benioff, head of Salesforce.com, has given his swan song speech at Oracle Open World, comparing Larry Ellison to an oppressive dictator. He expressed disappointment at Ellison's decision to reschedule Benioff's talk for after the conference officially ends.

Informatica launches channel programme to extend indirect reach

Data integration specialist Informatica has taken the wraps off a channel programme designed to increase the revenues that come from its indirect business. Up until last year the software player had sold direct but has turned to the channel and seen 10% of its UK revenues now coming through reselle

Tomb rejoins SAP to drive on-demand sales

SAP has tempted back a former executive to head up its cloud efforts and oversee its on-demand activities. Greg Tomb, who had at one point run the US operations for SAP, has returned to the firm after a recent spell as CEO and president of Vivido Mobile, and is the global head of on-demand sales an

Stone adds Huawei Symantec gear to offering

Education provider Stone has added Huawei Symantec storage and security products to its solution portfolio in an exclusive deal that it hopes to turn into a million pound business. The China-based JV between rapidly-emerging comms vendor Huawei and security industry stalwart Symantec is looking to g

Microsoft gears up for 23 flaws in October 2011 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft’s eight security bulletins address flaws in Internet Explorer, Windows, Forefront UAG and the .NET Framework. Two bulletins are rated “critical.”

Computer Weekly wins prestigious journalism award

Computer Weekly has won a prestigious award for its journalism. Freelance contributor and Computer Weekly blogger Mark Ballard won the Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year prize at this year's BT Information Security Journalism Awards. ...

High Court finds for Halliburton drill-bit software design patent claim

The High Court has overturned a decision of the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), explicitly confirming that technical design methods are patentable. The ruling has a direct bearing on the IP standing of software algorithms.

Patent-holder Intellectual Ventures files IP complaint against Motorola Mobility

Intellectual Ventures has demanded a jury trial after Motorola Mobility failed to reach an agreement on a licence to use hardware and software in its mobile phones. Google announced plans to buy the Motorola handset division, Motorola Mobility, in August 2011.

Avisen reverses into data management outfit 1Spatial

Avisen has kicked offits rebooted buy-and-build drive with the announcement that it is to perform a reverse takeover of Cambridge-basedlocation data management specialist 1Spatial, with the Avisen name to disappear post merger. The AIM-listed firm nixed a similar strategy in 2010 following a series

Cluster-based Wizard in Windows Server 8 could ease patch management

Microsoft's upcoming Cluster Aware Update Wizard aims to ease the pain of patch management. But IT shops have questions about how it might fit with their internal patching procedures.

Meru Networks boss steps down as sales rise 20%

Meru Networks president and CEO Ihab Abu-Hakima is to step down from the wireless infrastructure vendor, with new management to be phased in by April 2012. Abu-Hakima, who joined Meru in2005, said he felt he had achieved his "personal and corporate" goals and wanted to leave the firm in go

Ovum: IPv6 transition -- why the rush?

The internet and telecoms industries have been promoting the migration to IPv6 for the past few years. IPv6-compliant addresses have been available since 1999, but 2011 has witnessed a strong push for the transition to IPv6 from the legacy IPv4 addressing scheme

Channel urged to exploit data centre infrastructure opportunities

Resellers could be missing a trick not talking to customers keen to build data centres about the physical infrastructure needs such a project involves leaving the cabling, casing and build for others to take advantage of. Speaking to MiroScope as it finalises a data centre showroom in the City of L

Civica widens data management expertise with Innogistic buy

Civica has extended its expertise in data management, particularly in the public sector, with the acquisition of Bristol-based IT mapping specialist Innogistic. The market for data management that has the ability to map IT systems and usage is on the rise becoming increasingly popular with the Poli

FlashSoft pushes Flash virtualization: News in brief

FlashSoft now supports automated caching for Linux workloads in virtual machines; NetEx supports Hyper-V; Red Hat launches oVirt; Veeam signs on cloud service provider partners.

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.