TechTarget News - Week of Oct 16, 2011

Content analytics business case requires user education, clear goals

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.

Celebs turn out to bid farewell to Jobs

A former President, front man 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.

SAP shares upbeat results with the market early

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.

Europe’s diverse software sector grows despite downturn

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%.

Atos sets IT students Olympic challenge

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.

Technology is top of the chops in RBS savings memo

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.

TCS grows workforce, revenues, profits and customers

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.

Larry English calls for an information quality revolution

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”.

Lanway bolsters managed services business

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.

Real-time performance monitoring for mobile apps

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.

Enterprise demand for UTM benefits WatchGuard

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.

Case study: How Cancer Research is using a computing cluster to analyse the human genome

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.

Onyx gets £15m injection for acquisition spree

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 its acquisition strategy.

Why trust Apple in the cloud?

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.

VMware management strategy comes into focus with new tools

Users are glad to see VMware knitting together products from various acquisitions with new virtualization management tools, though the tools remain works in progress.

Cloud business booms for IBM

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.

Tintri upgrades VM storage appliance, features

Startup Tintri adds dual-controller, larger-capacity versions of its virtual machine storage appliance with a VM auto-alignment feature.

Cloud collaboration, security on display at G20 Summit

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 recruits telco veteran to run EMEA

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.

HP expands private cloud infrastructure

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

How to identify an IT project at risk of failure

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: the future, but not today

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.

IT project failure: Read the early warning signs and act fast

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.

Password chaos linked to network breaches, survey finds

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.

VMworld 2011: Kaiser Permanente splits systems support to reduce helpdesk toll

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 product launches boost revenues

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.

Application benchmarking study finds in-house and outsourced coding quality the same

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.

European IT budgets expected to drop in 2012

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.

VMworld 2011: VMware tackles IT operations and CIO management issues

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.

Cisco takes a different tack with VXLAN

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 boss takes mentoring role at Intrinsic

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.

Resellers encouraged to extend brand through LinkedIn

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.

Weak European economy hits Ingram Micro

European economic problems and weak trading in Australia prompted a cut in earnings from Ingram Micro despite the distributor raising its sales projections.

VMware challenges VARs to think about app virtualisation

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.

iPhone 5 no show rocks Apple results

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.

Colt courts cloud disties for white-label service

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.

Juniper profits squeezed in uncertain economy

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.

Intact Software gunning for ERP mid-market

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.

Notebooks, cloud and datacentres fuel Intel growth

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.

Infosys kicks off its cloud drive with Microsoft partnership

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.

Apple reports 166% jump in iPad sales for 2011 as profits climb 85%

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’s share price rises on third quarter results despite 26% fall in earnings

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.

Symantec identifies Duqu malware evolved from Stuxnet in spy mode

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.

User group to clarify SAP cloud offerings

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.

EDF launches platform for testing smart metering infrastructure

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.

Software development: Benefits of pairing programmers with non-programmers

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.

Agile testing games at STPCon with Lanette Creamer

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.

McAfee extends partner support

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.

Dell pulls the plug on EMC relationship

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.

Winners of 2011 Best of vForum Awards

The 2011 Best of vForum Awards, sponsored by Tech Target, have been run and won. Here's this year's winners list.

Wozniak urges industry to innovate

Steve Wozniak, the founder of Apple, has been sharing his experience in the industry with attendees at IP Expo urging the IT community to continue innovation.

PC market in Europe continues to struggle

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.

Top 10 technology trends to watch out for in 2012

Gartner predicts the top ten technology trends for 2012. Check out which technology trends will impact enterprises in the coming years.

Lead gen project underscores VMware SMB ambitions

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 allied to plans for a big marketing push into small businesses.

McAfee DeepSAFE technology not yet a game changer, say analysts

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.

Banks still not doing enough for SMEs

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.

eBay reports 32% sales increase as Paypal and mobile fuel growth

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.

Expensive bespoke IT services are breaking the bank

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.

Nokia suffers loss of €151m despite phone sales increase

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.

Top 5 server virtualisation problems

Server virtualisation offers consolidation and efficiency but not without challenges. Learn about the top 5 virtualisation problems and what to do about them.

Government invites bids for £60m G-Cloud contracts

The government has invited suppliers to bid for a £60m framework agreement to provide the G-Cloud - the public sector cloud computing infrastructure.

Oracle, Salesforce spar over cloud, multi-tenancy

Oracle’s latest public cloud offering came with jabs at and multi-tenancy, a concept crucial to cloud computing.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 21 October 2011

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.

Expand Networks reassures partners it's business as usual

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.

News roundup: Windows Intune 2.0 and Server 8 standards-based storage

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.

Colt sales flat in third quarter

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.

Microsoft cloud offerings delivering revenue growth

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.

Winner of Best of Show

Find out who won Best of Show at VMworld Europe 2011

Winner's photo: iPod Shuffle

A member of the audience wins an iPod Shuffle for attending the Best of VMworld User Awards

Softcat boss Hellawell on look-out for cheap furniture

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.

UK cyber security strategy aimed at growth, says government official

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.

HP will not replace retiring CTO Shane Robison

Hewlett-Packard has announced its chief strategy and technology officer, Shane Robinson, will retire at the end of October - and won't be replaced.

ICO reveals patchy progress from firms over data protection

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.

New HP PartnerOne MDF and service opportunities appeal to VARs

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.

vForum Awards 2011 - The Winners

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.