TechTarget News - Week of Nov 06, 2011

Cyber attack forces Adidas offline

The main Adidas website remains offline after the company was targeted by what it describes as a sophisticated criminal cyber attack.

Everything Everywhere to reinvest windfall

Mobile phone operator Everything Everywhere is to reinvest profits made from the upcoming sale of its 1,800MHz spectrum in the UK's mobile network, following criticism that the sale of a public asset would be diverted to German and French shareholders.

Everything Everywhere to reinvest £450m windfall

Mobile phone operator Everything Everywhere is to reinvest profits made from the upcoming sale of its 1,800MHz spectrum in the UK's mobile network, following criticism that the sale of a public asset would be diverted to German and French shareholders.

HSBC suffers core services downtime

Customers of HSBC across the world have had their cards rejected as the bank suffers a major technical problem.

Anonymous downs official sites in El Salvador

Hacktivist group Anonymous has attacked the websites of El Salvador's presidency and government ministries, forcing several to be shut down.

Best Buy to kill off UK 'Big Box' stores

Over 1,000 jobs in the electronics and IT retail sector are under threat after Car phone Warehouse and its US partner Best Buy pulled the plug on their UK retail joint venture, with the shutters coming down for good at its 'big box' retail stores after Christmas.

(ISC)2 promotes secure SDLC with 1000th CSSLP

(ISC)2 wants its CSSLP certification, focusing on secure software development, to help augment enterprises' secure SDLC programs.

Light Microsoft Patch Tuesday for November

System administrators can look forward to a light Patch Tuesday with Microsoft planning to release only four bulletins in its monthly security update on 8 November.

Stonesoft lifts lid on managed services programme

Stonesoft has launched a managed security service provider (MSSP) programme for resellers targeting the SME market and those customers that are looking to outsource their data protection responsibilities.

Uncover data secrets with retail analytics

Retail analytics expert Emmett Cox explores the challenges of “big data” and provides tips for businesses to make use of the information they’ve collected.

Shell HR gains from structured information quality programme

Oil giant Shell’s human resources function has been on an information quality journey since 2002, integrating historically decentralized businesses into one assured talent pool.

Analysis: Intelligence key to security business case

Information security is becoming an increasingly important part of any business as the value of information assets continually grow, as do the threats from cyber crime and espionage.

FAST opens up SAM, compliance training programme

Software Asset Management (SAM) and compliance specialist FAST Ltd has opened up a number of its courses to non-customers in an attempt to boost awareness of SAM standards and best practice frameworks across the public and private sectors.

Symantec enhances SME reseller specialisation

Symantec has made changes to its SME specialisation in order to reward those resellers that are outperforming rivals with an additional tier and a deal registration programme to promote channel deals.

VIP picks up CMS Computers to bolster PC assembly position

PC and components distributor VIP Computers has acquired Liverpool-based computer assembler CMS Computers to grow its share of the UK market as well as extending the support resources it can offer customers.

HP considers fate of its WebOS business

HP is in the process of deciding whether to ditch its WebOS business, which the company has previously earmarked for closure.

Huawei and Microsoft in talks over Android royalties

Microsoft has tapped Samsung and HTC for royalties, claiming Google's Android operating system infringes its intellectual property rights, and the company is now in talks with China's Huawei.

Search Twitter on Mozilla Firefox 8

The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox 8 is now available for download, ahead of the browser's official launch later today

Google+ opens for business with public pages feature

Google+ has opened a public "pages" feature on its social network for businesses, and has already attracted brands such as Burberry, Save the Children, Mumsnet, the Muppets and O2.

Case study: Smiths turns to cloud to boost workforce talent

Smiths Group, the £5bn engineering conglomerate, is aiming to raise the skill levels of its workforce and cut millions of pounds a year from its human resources (HR) costs by rolling out a cloud-based HR service.

NetApp adds FAS2240 entry-level unified storage array

NetApp upgrades its entry-level storage platform with the FAS2240 to compete with unified EMC VNX and VNXe platforms and iSCSI SANs from HP and Dell.

Stoke insurance firm latest to settle up with BSA

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has snared a Stoke-based insurance firm in its legal net as part of its ongoing drive to crack down on those outfits using unlicensed software.

NetApp leans on partners for renewed SME push

NetApp is gearing up for a renewed partner-led push into the small and medium enterprise market with the launch of new, scalable storage hardware and management tools.

Hybrid cloud is the current channel proposition

Resellers should start selling hybrid cloud solutions, combining on-premise with hosted applications, now as the market and the technology is ready to support that sales pitch.

Netgear arms itself for security distibution push

Net gear has signed up security VAD Tekdata to make good on its plans to attract more specialist resellers to its table, as detailed last week on

Centrix Software expands distribution with SDG appointment

To take advantage of a ground swell towards virtualisation and desktop transformation as users move towards Windows 7 Centrix Software has expanded its distribution line-up.

Oracle content management helps processing of human rights petitions

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights rolled out Oracle content management to manage 1,500 new requests for interventions in human rights violations each year and tripled its capacity.

Welding equipment maker plans long-needed ERP upgrade

Ten years after its last system literally went up in flames, Uniweld knew it was time for an ERP upgrade, but that has also meant a challenging database migration from Oracle 8i to 11g.

Legacy application migration best practices

Learn about the best practices that simplify the process of maintaining legacy applications and make legacy migration less costly.

SOA mainframe migration issues in the City of Inglewood, CA

Taking legacy applications off the mainframe and updating them with Java or .NET is a tempting idea, but the process may not be as easy as it seems.

Desktop Virtualisation Success

Creating a business-lead IT transformation rather than an IT-lead business transformation was behind the NSW Ombudman's office success with desktop virtualisation

Department of Health opens up data

The Department of Health (DH) has outlined a series of initiatives to support trusts in procuring more IT at a local level, which include making more information available to practitioners and developers.

Wi-Manx deploys multimillion-pound datacentre

Isle of Man-based telecommunications firm Wi-Manx has deployed a multimillion-pound datacentre to better serve its business customers.

TalkTalk Business boss Lawton heads for the exit

TalkTalk Business managing director Paul Lawton has relinquished the hot seat to IBM UK Commercial head Charles Bligh, who will take up the role in mid-November, reporting directly to TalkTalk Group CEO Dido Harding.

News in brief: Dell offers new entry-level SMB bundle

Dell is offering a new bundle to SMBs who need a server infrastructure; Cisco and Neutral Tandem will now offer a hosted collaboration service through partners; more news in brief.

Kesa ends Comet saga selling retail chain for £2

Comet might be known for its bargains come the Christmas sales but it came up with an offer venture capital found difficult to refuse with its parent selling it for £2.

Calyx software acquisition strategy to live on at m-hance

Mark Thompson, CEO at m-hance, a new software firm formed last week from the integration of seven businesses, has said the firm will look to continue its predecessor Calyx Software's acquisition strategy, as revealed in June.

FAST uncovers user ignorance over Government IP strategy

The government is failing to get its message about its attempts to protect intellectual property out to the market with most IT decision makers unaware of its strategy.

Adobe axes staff in digital media restructure

Adobe is axing 750 staff across the US and Europe as it restructures its business to focus on the digital media and marketing but reassured investors that it is still on track to deliver a strong performance in its fourth fiscal quarter.

Colomer Group improves sales efficiency with Accenture and SAP

The Colomer Group, a Barcelona-based hair and beauty products firm, has increased the speed of processing sales and optimised staff work schedules with a salesforce automation tool based on technology jointly developed by Accenture and SAP.

Exinda looks for ten to take it to the next level

WAN optimisation specialist Exinda has rejigged its channel model introducing a platinum level with increased support for around ten UK resellers.

‘Puss in Boots’ expands DreamWorks’ NAS cluster

Headlines: Making animated movies is storage-intensive work – DreamWorks has 6 PB of capacity, including 1 PB on scale-out NAS cluster for rendering.

SAP showcases in-memory innovation at Sapphire Now

SAP innovation has the potential to massively simplify the IT landscapes of its customers, according to Vishal Sikka, chief technology officer at SAP.

TCS bags rare megadeal and 1,900 more UK workers

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) business process outsourcing (BPO) subsidiary, Diligenta, has won a deal with life insurer Friends Life worth £1.37bn.

Microsoft Dynamics specialists unhappy with their pay packets

A Microsoft Dynamics skills shortage is leading businesses to recruit less experienced individuals to plug gaps, while more experienced workers are looking to jump ship for more money.

Welcome to the new-look

Computer Weekly has launched its brand new website - the most important online development in the brand’s 45-year history.

WAN optimization improves throughput for medical images

High-resolution images can tax any network. The problem is multiplied when bandwidth is scarce. That's why a rural Mississippi medical imaging firm turned to WAN optimization.

Cisco to competitors: no more Mr Nice Guy

Cisco CEO John Chambers has told investors that the firm's turnaround plan is hitting its stride, and warned of more aggressive transformation to come, laying into his competitors and suggesting he had gone easy on them up to now. "We're just beating our competition.

Channel can help reduce managed services fears

The channel has a major role to play helping users overcome fears that are holding them back from making the move to adopt managed services.

Royal Mail delivers enterprise master data management

The Royal Mail has delivered a master data management programme stemming from a new electronic data warehouse and BI initiative. Project team leaders claim a people-plus-technology synthesis.

London Stock Exchange technology adopted in Delhi

The stock exchange in Delhi will adopt trading technology from the London Stock Exchange after MillenniumIT, the exchange’s technology unit, sold its trading technology to the exchange in India.

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Efficiency driving ECM software, market growth

Gartner’s annual Magic Quadrant for enterprise content management (ECM) shows spending on ECM software grew in 2009 and 2010, mainly because of the productivity gains the technology can provide.

Asda challenges rivals with aggressive laptop pricing

Asda has raised the stakes in the run-up to Christmas by cutting the price of some of the laptops it stocks to levels well below its rivals. The supermarket chain has taken Amazon prices as its benchmark and shaved £60 off the price of a couple of Toshiba laptops.

Managed service players looking to cloud future

Resellers that have already established a strong business in the managed services market are preparing themselves for further change to their business models as the cloud becomes more widely adopted.

IAITAM brings asset management courses to UK channel

Former FAST boss John Lovelock is returning to the channel at the helm of US IT asset management (ITAM) outfit IAITAM, which is expanding into Europe having previously managed the region out of the States.

Oracle woos Sun faithful with Solaris 11

Oracle went back to Sun’s Wall Street roots to make the case for Solaris 11 and continued investment in the legacy Unix platform.

Virtualization management tools, green-tech support head October blogs

VMware and Citrix released new tools in October to help configure, deploy and manage virtualization platforms. Ingram Micro also inked a deal with a green-tech rating tool, and the Veeam ProPartner program caught the attention of some VARs.

Coraid expands ANZ presence

Ethernet SAN solutions developer has invested $50M towards international expansion and increasing its ANZ presence.

EDF fined £1.3m for hacking into Greenpeace computers

A Paris court has fined French energy firm EDF £1.3m for hacking into Greenpeace computers to find out about the environmental group’s plans to block four planned nuclear power plants in the UK.

Telecoms providers collaborate for superfast broadband

Telecoms providers have become more collaborative, deploying a ‘joined up’ approach for the UK to achieve its super-fast broadband ambitions, an MP and vendors have claimed.

Facebook close to privacy settlement

Facebook is close to a settlement with US federal authorities over charges that it misled users about its use of their personal information.

Adobe releases security update for Flash Player

Adobe has issued a security update for Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, as well as Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Android.

European tech M&A spending stable

Things remain stable on the technology mergers and acquisitions front across Europe although there were only a couple of $1bn plus deals in the last month.

News Analysis: Cloud, mobile, in-memory computing: Has SAP lost the plot?

SAP is betting on an innovation agenda to sustain its seven consecutive quarters of growth, but with all the attention on cloud, mobile and in-memory computing, is the business software maker in danger of moving too far from its core ERP business?

Big data investments present channel opportunity

Storage channel specialists should be looking to get revenue out of big data projects in the next couple of years as customers plan to spend in this area.

Social media is more than a number of "likes"

The number of “likes” on Facebook, is not a measure of success according to Anthony Bradley, co-author of The Social Organisation.

Wi-Fi provider refines business process management

Gogo taps MDS Lavastorm Systems for increased speed and efficiency when it comes to building or modifying its business process management.

Car rental firm cruises past IE6 security issues

IE6 is plagued with security flaws, yet upgrading can stymie some applications. Avis is piloting a product it believes resolves IE6 security issues.