TechTarget News - Week of Oct 23, 2011

IT firms see fewer failures in September, says Experian

IT firms saw a slight fall in the rate of insolvencies during September, bucking current trends, according to financial services firm Experian. Experian counted 53 IT companies through the pearly gates last month, representing 0.05% of the British IT sector, and down 20.9% on September 2010.

Mantra virtualises for business agility

Facing significant, rapid business expansion, corporate and leisure accommodation provider Mantra Group, revitialised its IT systems and delivered flexibility to the business.

Quest Software acquires Changebase

Quest Software has acquired Changebase, the privately held software provider of Aok, a software compatibility tool.

EMC has huge appetite for Big Data technology

EMC's president says the company will continue to rapidly acquire companies, but it’s looking more for Big Data technology than data storage.

Microsoft goes on the offensive over VMware costs

Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet to VMware over licensing costs and software charges, using last week's VMworld event in Copenhagen to publish data that purports to show its Hyper-V product is significantly cheaper than an equivalent VMware installation.

Why do big IT projects fail? Part one: The professionals

Academics, CIOs, lawyers, a professor of outsourcing, a consultant and an investigative journalist answer the question on the minds of many a business and IT professional: Why do big IT projects fail?

Apple loses tablet market share as iPad yields 27% to Google Android devices

Apple's share of the tablet market has shrunk 29% to 67%, as Google's mobile operating system Android took a chunk out of the company's global sales during the last quarter this year with a rise of 27% from 2.3% for the same period a year earlier.

Apple grants the world a glimpse of farewell service for co-founder Steve Jobs

Apple lifted the shutters on a private memorial service for co-founder Steve Jobs at its headquarters in Cupertino last week. At the weekend, Apple posted a link on its website to a video of the service that was closed to the public and the media.

Windows 8 Server preview

Microsoft has previewed the next version of Windows Server, which the company says is optimised for the cloud. The preview is not feature-complete, but the key features are in place and most changes are likely to be in user interface detail and of course fixing bugs.

Buyer's Guide: Top tips for CIOs migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 OS

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP in 2014. Businesses need to plan to migrate to Windows 7 in 2012, to leave time to test and roll-out desktops. Cliff Saran discusses the steps the IT department can take to simplify the Windows 7 upgrade from Windows XP.

Paddy Power CIO moves on to NYSE Technologies

Paddy Power CIO Kevin O'Connor has left the gambling firm to join NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext.

Mycroft launches cloud-based security service for iPhones and iPads

Cloud-based security firm Mycroft has uveiled a security service connecting tablets and smartphones running Apple's iOS to networks rated as "restricted". MobileIA builds on the remote access and cloud hosting environments used by the UK government.

IBM puts Cognos analytics on the iPad

IBM has released Cognos Mobile on the iPad. Available in Apple's iTunes Store, Cognos Mobile provides iPad users with a business intelligence tool supporting reporting, dashboard and scorecards.

Wikileaks turns to fundraising as US finance companies cut off donations

Wikileaks has stopped publishing whistle-blowing information to concentrate on raising funds in the face of bankruptcy. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says a blockade by US finance companies has cut off 95% of the organisation's revenue from donors.

The network and x86: Virtualization’s new frontier

In this Q&A, Vyatta CEO Kelly Herrell predicts that the next use for x86 servers will be running the network as well as compute in virtualized data centers.

Forrester analyst weighs SAP SRM's strengths, weaknesses

While SAP SRM is a solid portfolio of procurement tools for manufacturers, it’s not as strong as some competitors in areas like services and the workflow flexibility, according to one analyst.

Osirium turns to apps to ease channel sales effort

Infrastructure management and security automation vendor Osirium has launched a desktop app designed to bolster its VARs' sales and marketing efforts.

Citrix Elite tier win bigger deals and more of them

Citrix's Elite partner programme is bringing increased market share to the 300 EMEA resellers in the scheme with bigger deals and higher win rates than the vendor's other partners.

Oracle swallows up cloud CRM firm

Oracle has bulked up its cloud-based CRM offering after swallowing up cloud customer service specialist Right Now Technologies for $43.00 per share, or $1.5bn net of cash and debt. Right Now specialises in linking up customer service activities through call centres, the web and social networks.

Fortinet Q3 earnings smash analyst forecasts

UTM vendor Fortinet has hailed a major enterprise contract win after banking record Q3 sales of $116.4m (£72.7m), up 37% on the same period last year.

Cost still an issue for desktop virtualisation customers

The cost of additional infrastructure, licensing issues and complexity of virtualisation technologies are top of the list when it comes to customer concerns about desktop virtualisation.

IT shop goes for costly Verizon cloud over AWS, Azure

For its CaaS cloud, Verizon makes customers sign a one-year deal and pay a premium price. Still, one company elected for the services over AWS, Azure.

Cloud Distribution partners get app iViz-ibility

Cloud Distribution has added application penetration testing specialist iViZ Security to its stable as it seeks to build out a portfolio of disruptive, cost-effective cloud technologies.

ZTE makes its move on UK video channel

Audio-visual and web collaboration VAD Touchline has pledged to shake-up the video-conferencing market after signing an agreement to distribute telepresence, HD video-conferencing, surveillance, digital home and IPTV kit from Chinese network vendor ZTE in the UK.

DigiNotar certificate authority breach: Why it matters

There has been much speculation around the identity and motive of the hacker who was able to breach DigiNotar and issue fraudulent digital certificates for hundreds of websites, but putting such speculation aside, what is the broader significance of the incident?

IT is the least of the problems - but can it improve business change?

Rhetoric around the poor state of IT is common. The "IT is broken" line makes for provocative media stories and a good lead for supplier pitches around magic-bullet solutions. But is everything really that bad in the domain of IT?

SMB clouds worth £660m to UK channel

A report into cloud services by hosting and services provider Parallels has today suggested that the UK SMB cloud services market opportunity could now be worth up to £660m, with up to 62% of businesses planning to switch to hosted servers.

Unisys increases technology sales by 36%

IT services firm Unisys significantly increased sales of its mainframe computers in the third quarter of this year.

Chip maker ARM boosts profits by 44%

UK microchip designer ARM saw customer demand drive profits up 44% to £55.8m in its third quarter results.

Atos increases UK sales as total revenue falls

French IT services firm Atos has increased its UK sales while its Germany, France and Benelux regions reported falling revenue.

DVLA signs £6.7m deal with PSN-accredited Virgin Media

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has signed a £6.7m deal that highlights the benefits of suppliers being accredited for the government Public Services Network (PSN).

Nationwide redevelops online banking platform

Nationwide Building Society has redeveloped its internet banking platform to improve usability and provide a flexible architecture for the future.

Can Oracle be a NoSQL player?

The Oracle NoSQL database is mainly an attempt to satisfy existing Oracle Database customers interested in big data on the side, experts say.

Amazon sees profits fall 73% as company eyes iPad’s market share

Amazon's profits plunged 73% to $63m in its third quarter results, as the company invests heavily to take on the iPad with its cut-price range of e-readers and Kindle Fire tablet computer.

IBM names Virginia Rometty as CEO

Virginia Rometty will step up as president and chief executive officer of IBM on January 1, 2012.

CIO interview: Paul Coby, IT director, John Lewis

Eight months into his IT director role at John Lewis, Paul Coby is quietly leading a three-year, technology-enabled revolution intended to make the firm the leading multichannel retailer in the UK.

Big rise in costs dents Amazon Q3 results

Investment in the Kindle Fire and further expansion has dented Amazon's third quarter profits which declined 73% to $63m on an increase in the company's costs of almost 50%.

IBM to unveil NoSQL technology inside DB2

IBM intends to offer NoSQL database capabilities inside of DB2 beginning early next year, according to a keynote speaker at IBM Information On Demand 2011.

SAP benefits from software and services demand

SAP has added to the growing evidence that software spending is bouncing back to pre-recessionary levels as customers invest in applications and tools that underpin growth.

Web application risks exacerbated by social media ties, says ISACA

Asynchronous JavaScript Technology, XML, Flash and HTML 5 enable a rich Web experience, but also give attackers an alarming number of ways to penetrate corporate networks.

Loss-making LG smartphone business under pressure

The challenge facing LG to compete with Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market has been laid bare in its third quarter results which showed a continuing decline in shipments and revenue from its handset operation.

AppDNA falls to growing Citrix empire

App management and migration specialist AppDNA has signed an agreement to be acquired by Citrix for an undisclosed sum, reports our sister site

One in five IT staff expected to quit current employer within 12 months

One in five IT staff are likely to leave their current employer next year in search of more interesting projects and career opportunities, while 80% feel they need a job change to progress their career, according to exclusive research.

Amazon sees profits plummet 73% as company eyes iPad’s market share

Amazon's profits plunged 73% to $63m in Q3, as it invested to take on the iPad with its e-readers and Kindle Fire tablet computer. Sales grew 44% to $10.88bn, boosted by pre-orders for the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Value added distribution is key, says Citrix

Citrix has stressed the importance of maintaining a value added distribution channel in the face of increasing pressure from larger distributor rivals. EMEA vice president of channel strategy Carsten Thomsen said it was one of Citrix's priorities to ensure value added distribution was maintained.

Office page print volumes fall for the first time

Office-based staff have reduced the number of pages they printed for the first time ever in 2011 - but the proportion of pages wasted has remained high at 62%.

EMC has huge appetite for Big Data technology

Headlines: EMC's president says the company will continue to rapidly acquire companies, but it’s looking more for Big Data technology than data storage.

How Unilever took control of its software

Unilever has automated the processes it uses to manage its software globally through a service which has saved millions of pounds, reduced the complexity of its software portfolio and improved security.

Big governance impact expected from data virtualization

Data virtualization is the wave of the future, analyst Rick van der Lans will tell a forthcoming data management conference in London. Its essential point, he said, is agility.

Analysis: What is the secret sauce in SAP's success?

The last major upgrade to SAP's core enterprise resource planning (ERP) product was released in 2005, so how is the company achieving record growth? Warwick Ashford reports

Virgin Media Business sees sales increase by 1.2 per cent

Virgin Business Media saw its sales increase by 1.2% to £154m compared to the same period last year, as the company saw an increase in public sector business.

Former Sun boss heads to social software firm Moxie

Former Sun Microsystems boss Jonathan Schwartz has been appointed to the board of directors at social specialist Moxie Software, which develops enterprise-centric social network software.

Logitech sticks with full year target despite Q2 profit fall

Increasing costs and a rise in sales and marketing expenditure dented Q2 profitability at mouse and keyboard specialist Logitech but the vendor still expects to meet its annual sales target of around $2.4bn and gross margins of 33%.

Sony takes control of smartphone destiny

Sony has taken full control of its smartphone destiny and sketched out its ambitions for the market after buying Ericsson's stake in the Sony Ericsson joint venture for just over $1bn.

Popular Linux automation tools embrace Windows

CFengine now natively supports Windows, and Opscode Chef does too. But will Windows shops accept their advances?

New Duqu Trojan analysis questions Stuxnet connection

Despite striking similarities in the Duqu kernel driver, the ultimate payloads of Duqu and Stuxnet are significantly different and unrelated, according to a report from Dell SecureWorks researchers.

Case Study: How RBS built a business case for virtual desktops to cut costs

With an annual technology spend of £1.5bn, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) wanted to move 55,000 of its users to a virtual desktop platform to change the way its employees work and cut costs. Mark Diamond, CIO at RBS, shares his lessons learnt in building a business case for virtual desktops and "tying down" suppliers

Business collaboration could drive sustainable living

Businesses could wield a powerful influence over how people in the UK modify their behaviour towards more sustainable behaviour, especially if they collaborate to develop a set of ideas.

Entanet resellers get access to BE Wholesale services

Wholesale voice and data comms provider Entanet has signed an agreement to provide BE Wholesale's ADSL2+ broadband connections alongside its BT-based portfolio.

IP network critical to video technology at FA’s St George's Park development

The Football Association (FA) is implementing the latest networking and video technology at its coaching and education centre. The St George's Park centre will be the FA's second major centre alongside Wembley, where operations are currently centred.

Analysis: What is the secret sauce in SAP's success?

SAP notched up the seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in software and software-related services, but with the last major upgrade to SAP's core enterprise resource planning (ERP) product way back in 2005, how is the company achieving record growth? Warwick Ashford reports

Citrix aims for SMBs with VDI-in-a-Box, posts Q3 results

Citrix is making a concerted effort to boost its presence in the SMB market with the launch of VDI-in-a-Box 5, an all-in-one virtual desktop aimed at smaller businesses, allied to a new channel partner SMB Specialist accreditation.

Composite Software CTO identifies big trends in data management

The changing role of the data warehouse and other trends in data management are shaping the future of data virtualization technology, according to Composite Software CTO David Besemer.

Are data center providers in trouble?

A paradigm shift promises to help cloud providers, but may be harsh on facilities providers and other IT outsourcing businesses.

Open-source project finds right PaaS

Open-source project jclouds found a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that fit its unique needs in CloudBees.

SSD technology making inroads with SMBs

A recent survey found businesses moving toward SSD technology. Why? The technology offers higher performance than spinning disk.

Recruitment firm gets cloud backup

Storage roundup: Jobs firm gets cloud backup; Eden Project grows for NetApp; Law firm’s WAN optimisation; German space centre gets Atempo, and more news.

Industry welcomes HP PSG reprieve

HP's not-unexpected decision to U-turn over the future of its PSG business unit has been generally welcomed.

Motorola split pays off for strengthening Solutions biz

Motorola Solutions, the enterprise and public-sector facing networking vendor that split from Motorola Mobility in a velvet divorce at the start of 2011, has turned in a decent performance during the third quarter, with sales rising 10% and net profit up 16%.

Ingram Micro sales helped by favourable currency rates

Favourable currency rates have helped Ingram Micro to report a 7% increase in Q3 EMEA sales, despite the adverse effect of economic conditions on consumer demand in many European countries. Softer demand in Europe contributed to a decline in EMEA operating income which fell to 0.61% of sales from 0.

DiData picks up key Microsoft cloud badge

Following the launch of a dedicated cloud business unit during the summer, along with the acquisition of sector specialist OpSource, Dimension Data has picked up Microsoft's Cloud Accelerate Partner badge, held by under 1% of Microsoft resellers worldwide.

Smartphone sales boost Samsung Q3

The success of Samsung's Galaxy smartphone fuelled a 37% increase in its telecom business in Q3 and helped to offset declining sales at its semiconductor and display panel operations.