Database standardization projects require special attention to internal skill sets, cultural issues and technical factors such as database semantics, according to analysts.
Cerner, a health care solutions provider, deploys on-demand offering based on a Nirvanix cloud storage solution; Citrix acquires FileShare; and more cloud storage news.
Building a text and content analytics business case requires not only traditional legwork for management buy-in, but greater education because the technology is unfamiliar ground for many people.
A former President, frontman of one of the largest rock bands and Apple executives stood shoulder to shoulder last night to bid farewell to Steve Jobs in a memorial service. Apple staff will get their chance on Wednesday to mark their own tribute to their former CEO who died last week but last nigh
New research by Hurwitz & Associates focuses on predictive analytics trends and challenges and sheds light on the vendors who are meeting the demand for new functionality.
It's results might not be out but SAP has felt confident enough to offer investors a preview of its performance in the third quarter which has featured increases in both software and services revenue. The vendor isn't issuing its full results until next week on the 26 but wanted to share the positi
Forrester expects that by Q3 2012, companies such as Teradata, Oracle, SAP/Sybase, Microsoft and HP/Vertica will acquire Hadoop start-ups such as Cloudera, MapR Technologies, DataStax, HStreaming and Outerthought.
The UK government's technical security advisor CESG has approved the Eclypt 600 Enhanced Nano encrypted USB memory stick to be used for data classified as "secret" and "top secret."
The diverse software sector in Europe has continued to grow despite the economic stagnation on recent years, with the top 100 companies increasing sales by 14% and profits by 56%.
Research in Motion (RIM) is offering Blackberry enterprise customers one month's free technical support by means of compensation for the three-day services outage last week.
Conference Europe 2011 has provided a useful working definition of the term advanced persistent threats, or APTs, as military-grade cyber attacks on commercial entities.
Atos has challenged IT students at 26 universities in Europe and India to develop smart mobile applications through a competition that will see the wining team gain experience during the London Olympics next year.
The Royal Bank of Scotland's investment banking business is making cuts to its technology budgets and forcing contractors to take holidays as it identifies areas where savings can be made.
UK-based security firm G4S is moving its mission-critical cash management division's E-Viper application onto Microsoft's Azure platform for greater independence and agility.
Indian IT services company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has increased its workforce to more than 200,000 while sales and profits both exceeded 20% growth in its latest financial quarter.
Consumer spending on mobile devices is expected to increase by 55% by 2016, according to research.
Katie Davis, interim head of health informatics, told Computer Weekly that she does not expect her current position within the department to become permanent. Her role is to manage transition, she said.
Larry English, in an interview, calls for an information quality revolution that will put the customer first. New rules are necessary for the “information age 3.0”.
One of the nation’s largest fast food companies has learned that when it comes to implementing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, it’s easiest to take a two-step approach.
Venture capitalist and channel investor Jon Moulton, who rescued failing networking integrator Calyx in 2010, has distanced himself from thegrowing scandal surrounding ousted defence secretary Liam Fox and his associate Adam Werrity after it emerged that he funded Pargav, the firm at the heart of a
Public sector cuts have prompted a change of direction at AV education specialist Lanway over the last year and a half with the reseller moving into the managed services arena and now making a major appointment to beef up that side of its business. Neil Farnworth has been appointed as director of m
Mobile ALM provider Keynote DeviceAnywhere and TomTom announced a partnership that enables real-time performance monitoring for TomTom mobile devices. This solution uses a cloud-based platform and provides developers with constant monitoring as well as feedback about recurring issues.
SugarCRM teams up with IBM and is counting on an extended IBM partnership to bring in more mainstream business.
A Microsoft analysis found malware targeting zero-day flaws making up only 0.12% of all exploit activity in the first half of 2011, but firms that lack zero-day defenses could be the next target.
IT solution providers are critical of HP's decision to publicize that the fate of its Personal Systems Group expected will be decided by the end of October.
As part of the proposals, the European Commission (EC) will outline targets to improve broadband speeds and prioritise rural areas.
Royal Philips Electronics has announced it is to cut 4,500 jobs as part of a plan to save £698m and boost earnings after quarterly profit fell to the lowest in almost two years.
The appetite for unified threat management (UTM) appliances appears to have remained undiminished with WatchGuard talking up its third quarter sales with the UK delivering a strong performance. The privately held company doesn't break down its numbers but has revealed that year-on-year its billings
Samsung's suit to block iPhone 4S sales in Australia came after it stated recently it would more aggressively target Apple for "free riding" on its patents.
Completed in 2003, following years of research and development, the $3.8bn human genome project was the largest ever collaboration in biology ever undertaken. Technology advances today mean that it is now possible for one researcher to sequence a human gene in a month. Cliff Saran finds out how IT is at the core of Cancer Research's efforts to find a cure for cancer.
Private equity group ISIS Equity Partners has acquired midmarket services provider Onyx Group for £27m, and injected a further £15m into the firm to fund itsacquisition strategy. North-east England-based Onyx has boughta numberof firms in the past few years but has put the brakes on its
A consultant explains why ERP training, employee communications, and organizational impact assessments are must-haves for a successful ERP implementation.
Apple's recent cloud services problems say a lot about the challenges of real-time services in the cloud. Namely, think twice about who you trust to store data and applications.
Users are glad to see VMware knitting together products from various acquisitions with new virtualization management tools, though the tools remain works in progress.
IBM has already more than doubled the cloud revenue it generated last year in the first three quarters of 2011 underlining that the hosted side of the business is growing faster than almost any other. Big Blue has been talking up the cloud to resellers over the course of this year and it appears to
Startup Tintri adds dual-controller, larger-capacity versions of its virtual machine storage appliance with a VM auto-alignment feature.
Cloud security continues to be a concern for many CIOs, but the Canadian government's trust in a cloud collaboration tool to handle sensitive economic data paid off at last year's Toronto G20 Summit.
ShoreTel has recruited a former Vodafone executive and telco veteran to run its EMEA operations with a brief of driving growth and the wider adoption of integrated IP comms. Adrian Hipkiss, a former sales director of unified communications at Vodafone as well as a previous staffer at Avaya and Cabl
HP has expanded its private cloud infrastructure and services for enterprises virtual applications such as HP's technology consulting services for datacentre strategy and operations planning
The next generation of talent management systems is helping enterprises develop and manage employees.
At a time of financial cut backs, the cost of abandoning a project is difficult to ignore. It means a complete write-off of the project budget. And often there is reputational damage, both within the organisation and with customers and suppliers.
Cloud analytics might seem an ideal marriage but it is still at a getting to know you stage. Nevertheless, analysts predict a happy future, while Pandora Radio uses data analytics to target customers.
IBM shares fell almost 4% after its third quarter results were announced as investors worried about cancelled IT projects and slower spending on technology.
Businesses have been urged to look out for three tell-tale signs that could spell an IT disaster in the making, following a major research project by an international team of academics.
As the NHS restructure NHS pushes ahead, only one thing appears certain: change. Katie Davis, interim managing director of informatics at the DoH, tells Computer Weekly why her role reflects this process of transformation.
A fundamental lack of IT security awareness in enterprises is potentially paving the way for a further wave of data breaches in 2011, a survey of 300 international IT professionals has shown.
Tui Infotec, the IT services arm of travel agent group Tui, is using VMware vCenter to help it identify issues in its IT infrastructure.
Kaiser Permanente, a supplier of electronic patient records to US clinicians, has re-engineered its IT service delivery to split high availability and performance. This will allow it to streamline support and maintain a life-critical medical system.
Check Point has pointed to a raft of product launches as the main contributing factor to explain a decent set of Q3 numbers ending September 30 2011 exceeded its own projections, writes Mar Dixon.
HP and De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicestershire have signed an agreement to develop joint degree programmes and research projects.
The Department for Culture Media and Sport has published just five tenders on the government's Contracts Finder site since it was first launched in January
The study examined 686 IT applications from 145 companies. The study looked at about 320 million lines of code in development environments including Cobolt, Java, J2EE and .Net from sectors including energy and utility, financial services, insurance, IT consulting, technology, telecom, manufacturing and public sector.
The central IT department at Oxford University is beta testing a cloud service, which could pave the way to shared university services.
Following its eviction from Channel 4 to Channel 5, the website of reality TV show Big Brother is to be hosted remotely as part of the broadcaster's cloud strategy.
A survey has found 67% of IT industry investors believe European spending will decline in 2012, while 19.1% think budgets will stay the same and only 13.8% expect spending to rise.
At the VMworld conference VMware unveiled products and enhancements to simplify and automate IT management with VMware vCenter Operations Management 5.0, vFabric Application Management and IT Business Management suites.
The Nexus 1000V with VXLAN support is now out in beta, but Cisco officials say inter-data center VM mobility is not a day-one use case.
Former Azzurri CEO Gordon Matthew, who stepped down from the role in 2010, has popped up at UC and cloud services provider Intrinsic Technology as non-executive chairman. Matthew will take responsibility for supporting the reseller's senior management team as the company targets further growth i
Hyperion Enterprise Planning 18.104.22.168 is scheduled to be released early next year. Here are some of the features.
Symantec researchers said an early analysis of Duqu has found that it could be a precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack.
Resellers should encourage their best and brightest to shine on social media platforms rather than try to stem the adoption of tools like LinkedIn if they want to get the most out of online networking tools. The temptation to block access to social networking sites has gone up in recent months not
Enterprises are relying on the CIO for faster time to market and faster time to value through the use of Agile practices.
European economic problems and weak trading in Australia prompted a cut in earnings from Ingram Micro despite the distributor raising its sales projections. The distributor joins a growing list of tech firms that have cited the ongoing fragility in the Eurozone as one of the reasons why growth has
With enhancements to the Nexus line, Cisco is offering more scalability and choice in the data center network than ever before.
Companies need to rethink their approaches to data integration in the age of cloud computing and mobile applications, according to Forrester Research.
VMware has told partners to put virtualisation of business software applications front and centre as a means to move from a basic virtualised environment to a true cloud infrastructure at its 2011 VMworld summit in Copenhagen. Andy Hunt, vice president of EMEA partners, said partners needed to r
VMware has released a suite of new management tools with top level management now a focus.
A recent survey by Acronis reveals that companies aren't updating their DR plans as they move to cloud solutions.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has had a tough ride ever since he stepped into Steve Jobs' rather large shoes by upsetting the faithful with the lack of an iPhone 5 and now delivering worse than expected results. The Mac maker was expected to unveil an iPhone 5 at the start of this month but delivered
Infrastructure provider Colt is on the hunt for distribution partners or cloud aggregators to carry its recently launched Enterprise Cloud, a VMware vCloud datacentre service launched over the summer. Speaking at VMworld in Copenhagen, the firm's executive vice president of infrastructure services,
The sense of growing unease in global markets has begun to impact the quarterly results of some of the key vendors, with Juniper Networks the latest to report a slight sequential fall in revenues. In its preliminary third quarter results, Juniper said sales of $1.1bn were down 1% on Q2, but up 9
The battle for the mid market in the business intelligence space is expanding with resellers being given even greater choice of which vendor to partner with to deliver customers ERP tools. Intact Software, a vendor with a former history of selling direct, is on the hunt for reseller partners as it
Those looking for signs of a decline in the PC market will not have found it in Intel's latest quarterly numbers as the chip giant indicated that demand is holding up. A raft of recent figures from the major analyst houses has indicated that the PC market has tumbled across EMEA in the last quarter
Check out the winners of the Best of VMworld Europe 2011 user awards to see which vendors delivered the best virtualisation technologies this year.
As the economy continues to falter and IT consumerization rises to the fore, Gartner shines a new light on the CIO role: Think less service provider, more revenue driver.
Coraid looks to cloud orchestration and management vendor Yunteq to expand its cloud capabilities and accelerate its ability to build Ethernet SANs for cloud providers.
The components market could face shortages as a consequence of the worst floods for decades sweeping across Thailand hitting some of the factories producing storage products for the global market. The monsoon has sparked some of the worst floods Thailand has known claiming 300 lives with waters cov
Upgrade credits, maintenance discounts, and free licenses are among the enticements to stay.
Microsoft’s master data management product in SQL Server, Master Data Services, drew tepid reviews from users, but the company has high hopes for a revamped release.
Any security defence may, at some point, fail. Experts at RSA Europe said security pros must be agile to dodge the latest security attacks.
Infosys has accelerated its cloud computing drive through a deal with Microsoft that will see it combine its knowledge of business requirements with Microsoft's cloud computing technology platform.
Channel partners stand to make "significant money" by helping SMB customersmake the move towards cloud computing with VMware technology. In aninterview at the VMworld conference in Copenhagen, Matt Piercey, VMware vicepresident for Northern EMEA, argued SMBs could get an even greater benef
For its fiscal year 2011, Apple's profits rose 85% to $26bn from $14bn in 2010. Sales reached $108bn, up 66% from $65bn in 2010. But iPhone sales figures fell below expectations and shares fell 6.5% in after-hours trading.
Yahoo posted a profit of $293.3m, or 23¢ a share, down from the earnings for Q3 2010 of $396.1m, or 29¢ a share, but above analysts' predictions of 17¢ per share. The figures are the first financial results since Yahoo's board fired chief executive Carol Bartz.
Law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is using Silverpeak WAN acceleration to support a migration from Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 IT infrastructure to a new cloud-based service running the latest Microsoft software.
Regulators are years away from understanding the cloud, according to Stephen Speirs, chief information officer at Charles River Labs, a contract researcher for major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Malware sharing the code of the Stuxnet worm has infected several industrial sites. The malware has been dubbed Duqu because of the frequent use of a .DQ file extension. In its present phase, Duqu seeks information about machinery and software.
Pivot3 and GreenBytes address unique requirements of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) storage with new iSCSI SANs.
Intel's Q3 results saw sales grow 28% year-on-year to reach $14.2bn, up $3.1bn. Profit grew 17% year-on-year to reach $3.5bn, up $513m. Intel's PC client group sales increase 22% compared to 2010 figures to $9.4bn.
European retail, manufacturing, telecoms and media sectors have spent more on IT outsourcing during the first nine months of this year than in the whole of last year.
Thomson Reuters is preparing to replace its existing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with a 6,000-desktop deployment based on VMware and Trend Micro Deep Security Agent.
The majority of SAP users recognise the potential of cloud computing, but are a lot less clear on how SAP can help them with that, a survey has revealed.
UK consumers are increasingly concerned about the security of their personal data. In a poll of 2,000 consumers, 80% said they had reservations over trusting organisations to keep their data safe from hackers.
EDF Energy, suppliers and the University of Bristol have created a platform that will be able to test the preparedness of IT and communication infrastructures for the huge volumes of traffic expected to result from smart energy metering in the UK.
In this interview, consultant Lanette Creamer answers questions about how testers or others involved in software development can benefit from learning the language of programmers, even if they are not programmers themselves.
At the Blackberry DevCon Americas 2011 conference, RIM said its BBX OS combines elements of its Blackberry OS platform and QNX OS.
There needs to be international consensus on responding to developments in cyberspace, UK foreign secretary William Hague has said in support of plans for the London Conference on Cyberspace.
The Capital Markets Community Platform cloud infrastructure service, developed by NYSE Technologies, is now up and running.
The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index show online sales grew 15% since September 2010 compared to 0.3% growth in UK high-street sales.
In this interview, software consultant Lanette Creamer explains what Agile testing games are and how they can be used to develop the skills of software testers.
IT pros that deliver VMware View virtual desktops can expand their VDI environment to power users once View supports NVIDIA 3D graphics.
McAfee has outlined plans to extend and improve the way it interacts with resellers to provide greater support and profitability to partners to encourage partners to cross-sell across more of its product portfolio, writes Mar Dixon. The moves were unveiled at the vendor's SecurityAlliance partner s
Headlines: Dell officially ended its 10-year partnership with EMC. It will no longer sell EMC products after making a series of storage acquisitions over the past four years.
Maruti Suzuki plans to persuade its tier-2 suppliers to adopt cloud ERP. Learn more about the challenges involved and Maruti's cloud ERP adoption targets.
October’s Oracle update includes 23 critical patches for vulnerabilities across hundreds of Oracle products.
The 2011 Best of vForum Awards, sponsored by Tech Target, have been run and won. Here's this year's winners list.
Social policy students in the University of Ulster’s distance learning programme are gaining data analytics skills on a course that uses IBM’s SPSS statistics software.
A regulator warned private companies who do not adequately protect data will face ICO fines up to £500,000.
Steve Wozniak, the founder of Apple, has been sharing his experience in the industry with attendees at IP Expo uring the IT community to continue innovation. The industry veteran, who now has a position as chief scientist at Fusion-IO, used his keynote at the show to promote the great rewards that w
A combination of lower consumer demand and hesitation from the corporate market had a negative impact on the EMEA PC market in the third quarter. The latest figures from IDC covering that territory indicate that the market continues to contract with it dropping by 3.8% in Q3 in terms of shipments co
Gartner predicts the top ten technology trends for 2012. Check out which technology trends will impact enterprises in the coming years.
VMware has underscored its SMB ambitions with the deployment of 100 inside salespeople at its Cork facility to generate leads for partners in the sector alliedto plans for a big marketing push into small businesses. Emphasising the company's SMB credentials, John Churchhouse, VMware channel strategy
Deep Defender examines memory processes, enabling enterprises to block or deny actions to provide rootkit protection. Analysts say there may not be great demand for the protection.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is gaining momentum but eight years after its introduction many IT shops still depend on Windows Server 2003 to run their mission-critical applications.
The banks have long been criticised by resellers, customers and politicians alike for failing to provide enough credit and support for cash-strapped firms and the situation shows little sign of improving. Despite various projects and iniatives being launched in the last year the difference for small
Lambeth Borough Council has reduced costs its costs by £220,000 per year by implementing a self-service IT management system for its staff.
E-commerce and online payments firm eBay has increased its profits and sales year-on-year after continued growth in its Paypal business and mobile commerce channels. Profits increased 14% from $432m in 2010 to $491m at the end of the quarter.
A two-year study has revealed that some banks in the UK are paying 40% over the market rate for their IT as a result of outdated operating models and unsuitable contracts.
An 8% increase in standard mobile handset sales failed to save phone manufacturer Nokia from posting a net loss of €151m (£132m) in its latest financial results.
The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust is migrating its systems to a private cloud to help cope with an explosion in data volumes.
Electricity supplier Haven Power is using Amazon Web Services cloud to provide cost-effective access to more computing power than it will ever need as the firms grows rapidly.
For VMware, virtualisation is defining the next age of computing. Cliff Saran reports on how the company's products and strategy embrace the private cloud.
Server virtualisation offers consolidation and efficiency but not without challenges. Learn about the top 5 virtualisation problems and what to do about them.
The government has invited suppliers to bid for a £60m framework agreement to provide the G-Cloud - the public sector cloud computing infrastructure.
In a new total cost of ownership (TCO) study, Cisco says HP’s lower prices on network hardware don’t matter. Cisco’s superior quality and features pays you back, it says.
Cloud providers say a successful cloud business model hinges on differentiation from -- not imitation of -- Amazon and Google's raw compute and storage businesses.
Microsoft StreamInsight, a complex event processing product, is a stab at a whole new space for the company, and not a bad one at that, experts say.
Businesses need to lose the "batch mentality" and focus instead on real-time data processing, according to one Bank of America IT executive.
Oracle’s latest public cloud offering came with jabs at Salesforce.com and multi-tenancy, a concept crucial to cloud computing.
Kyocera Mita has launched a finance programme to give resellers more of a chance getting customers to splash out on hardware and document management solutions. The vendor is working with CF Corporate Finance to deliver the programme which is aimed at the reseller base and is being supported by a Le
IT shops are still wary of upgrading from ESX to ESXi, as VMware announces more vSphere 5.0 updates at VMworld Europe 2011 in Copenhagen.
Neverfail offers extension to VMware SRM; CA and Trend Micro partner with HyTrust; Quest releases vRanger 5.3; Veeam updates VMware management pack.
Thai floods spell shortages and price hikes for HDD market The components market could face shortages after the worst floods to hit Thailand for decades knocked out facilities producing storage products. Market watcher iSuppli has downgraded its Q4 production forecast in light of the disaster but th
Expand Networks has moved swiftly to assure channel partners and customers that recent reports of receivers being appointed do not spell the end for the WAN optimisation specialist. According to reports an Israeli court appointed a receiver after Plenus venture Lending Fund petitioned the court afte
EMC Vplex federated storage platform gets VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster support; Infortrend adds SSDs; Quantum adds VM backup appliance; and more data storage news.
Review this week's essential server news, including details on Microsoft's latest cloud-based release, an update on its forthcoming cloud-optimized OS, and a report on FY 2012 Q1 financials.
Find out who won at this year’s Best of VMworld Europe User Awards in Copenhagen. Find project details, judges’ comments and winners’ photos.
Network services provider Colt has reported flat sales and earnings for the third quarter, with revenues up just 0.6% to €396m. EBITDA was also up 0.6% to €83.4m, buoyed by stabilising voice sales and growth in datacentre services. However, despite the lack of substantial growth, CEO Rakesh Bhasin s
The cloud portfolio of Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online contributed to delivering a decent fiscal first quarter for Microsoft which is looking forward to its consumer products hitting the mark this Christmas. The vendor unveiled a 7% increase in revenues year-on-year for the three months en
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A member of the audience wins an iPod Shuffle for attending the Best of VMworld User Awards
Softcat managing director Martin Hellawell has secured use of a Transit van and volunteered to "buy everything we need in the Ikea sale" as the firm lines up an office move in the near future. Thefast-expanding reseller has burst the seams of its Marlow base and has now announced the purch
ARM claims its latest Cortex A7 family of processors is its most energy-efficient application class processor. ARM said it will provide a richer user experience in entry-level smartphones.
Microsoft has reported year-on-year sales of 7% and profit gains for its first quarter of 6% as slowed growth in the PC market hit sales of its Windows operating system. Growth in PC sales has slipped as consumers choose smartphones and tablets.
The UK's soon-to-be-published cyber security strategy will focus on promoting growth to bring about transformational change, says Owen Pengelly, deputy director of policy at the Office for Cyber Security and Information Assurance.
The government aims to cut IT costs by £1.4bn over the next four years through cloud computing, the public services network and datacentre consolidation, according to its ICT Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP).
The government's move to cloud computing will stop the "outrageously expensive" way the public sector implements IT, says Chris Chant, government programme director for the cloud.
Public confidence in organisations to keep personal data safe continues to decline, despite increased awareness by business of data protection obligations.
Hewlett-Packard has announced its chief strategy and technology officer, Shane Robinson, will retire at the end of October - and won't be replaced.
Security remains one of the biggest concerns about moving mission-critical applications to the cloud, but US government agencies are being encouraged to overcome their cyber fears.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is keen to support and promote Trusted Computing, according to deputy commissioner David Smith.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has imposed only six monetary penalties against organisations for data breaches since gaining the power in April 2010, says deputy commissioner David Smith.
Awareness of the dangers of losing confidential data and the subsequent fines that could be imposed does seem to be getting through to businesses but at the same time users are losing confidence in how their personal information is being handled. The latest survey of the state of how sensitive data
Despite code glitches that ground its human resources system to a halt, one firm is using SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe to simplify its global HR self-service operations.
The transition from “elite” to “specialist” designations in Hewlett-Packard’s PartnerOne program is grabbing headlines, but partners are pumped about support in the form of MDFs and service opportunities.
There isn't a CIO out there that doesn't aspire to run their department and deliver projects in a way that makes other CIOs sit up and take notice. That's exactly what the winners of this year's vForum Awards did. We take a look at each one.