TechTarget News - Week of Nov 13, 2011

O2 to trial full customer control of personal data

Mobile operator O2 is offering customers full control over how personal information can be used by the company as part of a trial by parent Telefónica.

Professionalism in infosecurity key to UK cyber success, says GCHQ

Cyberspace presents an unprecedented opportunity to enhance the UK’s economic prosperity for the future, says Jonathan Hoyle, director general for government and industry cybersecurity at communications intelligence agency GCHQ.

Fears of double dip recession hits IT contractors

The number of jobs for contractors in September was 13% lower than the same month a year ago and IT contractors are seeing opportunities fall more than others.

UK PC market fluctuations "bottom out" in Q3, says Gartner

Although the UKPC markettook another predictable batteringduring Q3, there may bea little cause foroptimism, according to Gartner, with research director Ranjit Atwal taking a cautiouslypositive view as the analyst firm released its third quarter figures. "Importantly, quarter-on-quarter, all v

Small business lending drops

The level of credit that banks are providing to SMEs has declined despite the best efforts of the government to force them to increase the flow of cash to smaller firms. Under the terms of Project Merlin, which the banks agreed back in February, more money was meant to be handed out to business and

Looking into SAP HANA? Do your homework first

Customers thinking about SAP HANA and in-memory technology should consider a few questions before pursuing it. Read why SAP shops should also factor ROI into their decision.

Wipro widens its services delivery options

Indian IT services giant Wipro is increasing its delivery capabilities through a delivery centre in South Africa.

Kyocera Mita approved as higher education print supplier

Kyocera Mita has been approved as a supplier of printers, software and managed services by the National Educational Printer Agreement (NEPA) framework giving the vendor the chance to sell to Universities and colleges over the next four years. The vendor is going to be working with Insight, XMA and

IOM report poised to shape EHR safety regulation

EHR safety will likely get new scrutiny in the wake of an Institute of Medicine report. It remains to be seen if the FDA, ONC, TJC or some other entity will do the watchdog work.

Top Daisy partners admitted to new Orange programme

Mobile airtime distie Daisy Distribution has invited 11 top-performing partners to form part of a new Orange business partner programme called Fusion, which is to be formally launched on 6 December. The new programme, which is being run alongside RIM, has been designed to reward performance in terms

To gauge vendor's ICD-10 readiness, turn to its partners

When hospitals ask vendors if they are ready for ICD-10, they need to know if the vendors' partners are ready. After all, each software application has its own ICD-10 challenges.

Agile Manifesto interpretations: The importance of individuals and interactions

Couched in terms of Agile development, Howard and Rogers explore the importance of strong leadership, communication, collaboration and teamwork using techniques such as self-directed teams and DISC analysis to understand communication styles in their new book.

Agile is a culture, not a process

Many people think of “Agile” as a methodology such as Scrum, and compare it to a Waterfall style of software development. However, Ken Howard and Barry Rogers explain in their book that Agile is a culture, not a process. In this second part of a two-part interview with Howard and Rogers, we look more at what constitutes Agile teams and leadership.

HP partners not buying what Oracle is selling

Even after all the recent problems with the HP Personal Systems Group, HP partners aren’t being swayed by Oracle’s widely publicized attempts to bring them in.

Demand generation key to Kaspersky Lab channel plans

Demand generation activities forms the main plank of the refreshed Kapsersky Lab channel programme, which is being rolled out across Europe and the US. The security vendor has overhauled its reseller programme in recognition of the changing business and threat landscape and to cover recent addition

Six Degrees plans buy-and-build strategy

Six Degrees, the mid-market data service provider formed by former SpiriTel frontman Alastair Mills over the summer, has hired former Vodafone board director Peter Bamford as non-executive chairman with an eye to embarking on a buy-and-build M&A drive. The firm said today that Bamford's track re

DDN HPC storage calculates risk

Storage roundup: DDN HPC storage calculates risk; BBC Wales gets Object Matrix NAS; Arkivium to use IBM tape; CommVault expands global support from Reading; and more news.

Gartner's Top 10 Trends for CIOs

At this weeks Gartner Symposium CIOs will be hearing and sharing what's important to them. Here are Gartner's Top 10 Trends for the next five years.

Storage supplies constrained by Thai floods

Storage prices are on the way up with the recent floods in Thailand resulting in supply chain constraints.

New standards to address privacy concerns on the web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published two draft standards aimed at enabling internet users to express cross-site tracking preferences and get warnings if these are not upheld.

SAP to invest $2bn in China by 2015

Business software maker SAP has announced plans to invest more than $2bn and almost double its workforce in China by 2015 to grow its business in the world’s second-largest economy.

Warren Buffett invests $10.7bn in IBM

Investor Warren Buffett has bought $10.7bn (£6.7bn) of shares in IBM, giving him a 5.5% stake in the company.

Public sector cloud adoption accelerates

The government’s cloud computing strategy is encouraging public sector organisations to start using applications in the cloud.

Android doubles its smartphone market share

Google’s Android has doubled its smartphone market share since last year, according to Gartner research.

Social Media Awards 2011: Get involved!

This year's Social Media Awards, in association with IBM, promise to be bigger and better than ever. On this page you can keep up-to-date with the discussion on Twitter, like it on Facebook and see if you can attend the event!

Samsung takes the lead in Trusted Computing

Samsung has taken the lead in Trusted Computing security by enabling its semiconductor capabilities in PC, tablet and other consumer devices.

Luton council outsources IT

Luton Borough Council has outsourced its core IT through an agreement with another public sector organisation in the city.

National Rail seeks contract for content manage system

National Rail is buying a content management and storing system to runs its journey-planning website, which has an average of 18 million visits per month.

Mobile & virtual environments among top security woes

Securing productivity tools on personal mobile devices is one of the greatest concerns of IT security professionals, yet few have strategies in place to improve security.

Cloud demand and tight budgets the 'new normal'

The combination of cloud, virtualisation and economic difficulties have combined to create a situation where there is demand for the latest IT innovations but not the budget.

CallSource picks Oracle Database Appliance over Dell

CallSource was just the right kind of company for Oracle Database Appliance: small but not too small, growing but not too fast. The company claims savings in the six-figure range by going with ODA instead of Dell.

Huawei buys Symantec out of security JV

Upwardly-mobile networking vendor Huawei has bought out Symantec's 49% share in the Huawei Symantec joint venture for$530m (£334m). The JV was set up in 2008 to develop security, storage and systems management, and partly to help Symantec establish a beachhead in China, an objective the securi aims social collaboration tool at financial firms

With the upcoming release of Chatter auditing capabilities, hopes to make the social collaboration tool more appealing to financial services firms and boost its overall market lead.

Ingram partners with Rise to give resellers cloud portfolio

Ingram Micro has teamed up with cloud provider Rise to offer resellers a portfolio of hosted solutions. The partnership is part of the ongoing move by Ingram to promote the cloud to resellers as part of its involvement in the Channel Transformation Alliance. The collaboration means that the distribu

Accumuli sales up after integration hiccup

Despite encounteringa small accounting anomaly on the balance sheet of its most recent acquisition, Boxing Orange,buy-and-build managed security services firm Accumuli has been reflecting ona "period of considerable progress" after unveiling half-yearly results today. Accumuli picked up se

There's still life below the cloud, says Redstone

Network services provider Redstone has said it wants to build a business in the cloud, but not dominated by it, as it begins to rebuild its market position afterrecovering from a near write-off in 2010. The firm, which scored a major coup with vendor partner VMware in August when it became the first

Smartphone challenge a managed services opportunity

Resellers offering managed services are going to have to ensure they can cope with supporting a diverse number of mobile devices for the long-term. Speaking at the Kaseya managed services roadshow in Edinburgh this morning Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at Quocirca, said that the challenge of mobil

TfL seeks BI worth £750,000

Transport for London (TfL) is setting up a framework agreement for a business intelligence tool worth up to £750,000 million to help reduce its number of head office locations.

Health care BI finds new patient in pathology department

Health care business intelligence (BI) has found its way into Geisinger Health System’s pathology department to meet rising demand and prepare for new government regulations.

Picky consumers dent smartphone market in Q3

Smartphone sales hit a fallow patch during Q3 in advanced markets as buyers held off replacing their kit, the latest market data from Gartner reveal. According to Gartner principal research analyst Roberta Cozza, consumers have been waiting for new flagship devices featuring new versions of key oper

Connectivity, Privacy, and Liability

What can medical professionals and hospitals do to manage the liability risks for data breaches resulting from interconnectivity?

Fujitsu TS adds security to public sector tablet package

Fujitsu TS is continuing its apparentmission to defy the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend after signing a new alliance with security firm Becrypt. The PC vendor claims that embedding Becrypt's CESG-accrediteddisk encryption software on its Stylistic Q550 device will make it easier for the channel

Broadband speeds dramatically fall in evenings

Download broadband speeds in the UK are on average 35% slower between off- peak and peak usage times, according to uSwitch

Thai floods could impact revenues and prices, says Dell

Computer maker Dell says flooding in Thailand is causing a worldwide shortage of PC hard drives that will last into the first quarter of 2012 and could impact the company’s revenues.

The Weather Channel uses Talend to drive MDM

The Weather Channel is embarking on a master data management project, which will help grow the business.

Facebook porn spam security breach raises concerns

Facebook is investigating a huge wave of spam attacks that have caused violent and pornographic images to be posted on some users’ profile pages.

RBS takes SAP off-the-shelf

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is replacing an in-house legacy core banking system with an off-the-shelf system from SAP.

ISACA guide offers tips for secure mobile payments

Mobile payments will benefit enterprises by reaching more consumers, according a whitepaper by global IT security association ISACA.

Fujitsu trials BT’s duct and pole sharing

Fujitsu is trialling BT’s Openreach’s duct and pole sharing products with users, which it hopes will  extend superfast broadband speeds to consumers and businesses in areas less commercially attractive to network providers.

Tech will transform the workplace in 2012, says Verizon

In 2012, enterprise technology will help business leaders re-engineer the workplace, power more effective customer service models, and create opportunities for broad societal benefit, says Verizon.

Hot skills in IT

Demand for permanent and freelance IT staff is still increasing despite a sizeable drop in IT positions advertised by public sector organisations.

ARC Advisory Group: Manufacturers lining up for new QRC systems

Wide-ranging supply chains, regulations and demanding customers are fueling a need for quality, risk and compliance (QRC) systems among manufacturers, according to a new report.

Apple appoints Levinson as chairman

Apple has named its long-standing board member Arthur Levinson as the company’s non-executive chairman of the board.

Computer Weekly wins digital publishing award

Computer Weekly has won a prestigious publishing industry award for the product development of the year.

Effective social media strategy: A must for success in a social world

Successful organizations develop a formal enterprise social media strategy. According to Altimeter Group, they do this by moving through five stages representing a social business hierarchy of needs.

HDD shortages hit Dell outlook

The impact of the Thailand floods on the supplies of hard disc drives is going to cause problems for Dell, which warned that it is going to continue feeling the consequences of shortages. The hardware giant revealed that its full-year revenue could be hit by the consequences of the floods after it a

Oracle reveals customer plans for CRM spending

Resellers specialising in CRM will find some good news in the latest research into the market from Oracle as more users look to spend in that area but will also find the phrase "budgetary pressure" accompanying the forecasts of the future. The study, conducted by PwC into the priorities o

New malware signed with government digital certificate

New malware that is signed with a valid digital certificate once belonging to the Malaysian government has been discovered by researchers at F-Secure.

TalkTalk Business integrates new channel services into NGN

TalkTalk Business has revealed it is to launch a portfolio of channel-centric hosted UC solutions, integrated into its NGN, from early next year. Theupdated portfoliowill include a new hosted enterprise PBX, that it developed with help from Mitel, alongside call recording apps, contact and data mana

Apple signals digital media ambitions with Disney boss board appointment

Those wondering where post Steve Jobs Apple might be heading might get some idea from some board appointments the vendor has made which indicate digital media is where things are going. Not only did the vendor fill the position of chairman of the board, which has been vacant since Jobs died in Octo

Green IT key to achieving network efficiencies

Resellers seeking to optimise their end-user networks for cost efficiencieswould do well to talk up green solutions as an element of the pitch, according to a new study into enterprise IT networks from ingfrastructure specialist CommScope. CommScope quizzed 100 network managers and systems integrato

Video analytics: Are BOBJ 4.0 customers watching you?

Some SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 retail customers are experimenting with video analytics, an area that SAP says is ripe with potential for those interested in consumer behavior.

Intel showcases teraflop chip

Intel has showcased its one teraflop chip, capable of running at one trillion calculations per second.

Students win government open data competition

Downing Street has awarded prizes to university students who have designed apps based on newly released government datasets.

Biffa ups virtualisation in infrastructure refresh

Biffa Waste Services is reducing the number of physical servers it uses from over 150 to about 25 as it accelerates its existing virtualisation strategy.

Staff must use technology not transport during Olympics

The government is urging businesses in London to enable flexible working during the Olympics to prevent the capital’s transport system grinding to a standstill.

Forensics key to effective info security, says E&Y

Intelligence-led security strategies are the most effective in eliminating vulnerabilities and preventing IP theft through enabling informed change, says consultancy firm Ernst & Young.

Semiconductor ASPs drop as suppliers adjust to weak economy

As predicted earlier in the year, semiconductor vendors have begun to take action to bring production back into line with weak economic sentiment, at the cost of their own sales. Back in September, analysts at Gartner said that worldwide chip inventories were worryingly high as a result ofa downward

SMEs struggling to understand mobile security threat

The spread of mobile working and the idea of bringing your own device to work has reached the SME sector creating opportunities for those pitching security to smaller firms. Research from anti virus specialist AVG has shown that not only are more SMEs using smart phones and tablets but staff are mo

SaaS solutions with a vertical slant

A growing segment of SaaS solutions targets industry-specific needs and mission-critical business functions.

Easing ICD-10 adoption with coding, transcription systems

Transcription helps physicians improve documentation, while computer-assisted coding helps billing get the right ICD-10 code. That chain reaction could make ICD-10 easier to bear.

Financial impact of ICD-10 transition hard to ignore

Even with the best laid plans, the ICD-10 transition may be rough for providers. To minimize the financial impact in the months after October 2013, place pressure on payers.

Growth in business offsets major account dips at NetApp

A growth in fresh business helped storage player NetApp offset an unexpected decline in some of its major accounts as it unveiled its numbers for its second fiscal quarter. Revenue for the three months ended 28 October increased to $1.5bn compared to $1.25bn in the same period a year ago but on the

Microsoft keelhauls five UK software pirates

Microsoft has revealed it has reached an out-of-court settlement with five UK channel firms caught selling illegal copies of its software as part of its ongoing efforts to stem the tide of global piracy. The five companies, all of which admitted to selling software illegally, were : Fleetwood Comput

AMD Opteron 6200 chip ships: News in brief

Intel rival AMD announced the availability of its Opteron 6200 and 4200 processors this week, and other data center news.

Perkins handed small business division role at Sage

Sage has made a raft of changes to its management team with former C2000 and Computacenter man Lee Perkins taking the hot seat managing the vendor's small business division. Along with Perkins the accountancy and CRM software specialist has also unveiled new faces at the head of its mid market and

Quest takes aim at VMware with VKernel acquisition

VKernel’s prowess in the capacity planning department will help Quest take on VMware’s vCenter Operations in the virtualization management market, experts say.

SMBs adopting cloud quicker than many enterprises

Small companies may feel they have less to lose when putting business assets in the cloud than risk-averse enterprises.

US investigates whether Huawei, ZTE pose security threat

A US House Intelligence Committee has launched an investigation into the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies in the US, and the government’s response to that threat.

Samsung skirts Apple Galaxy Tab ban

Samsung is to release a modified version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in an attempt to skirt Apple's ban under copyright infringement in Germany.

MIT scientists take a step closer to artificial intelligence

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an analogue silicon chip with 400 transistors that emulates the activity of a brain synapse in the first step to building truly intelligent systems.

VMware ships vCloud Connector 1.5: News in brief

VMware says customers can ease in to a hybrid cloud with vCloud Connector 1.5. Plus: other virtualization news from Neverfail, Reflex and more.

Torbay Care Trust deploys £3.8m patient record system

Torbay Care Trust has signed a £3.8m contract for a Single Community Care Record (SCCR) system for health and social care to provide remote access for staff.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 November 2011

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.

AMA opposes implementing ICD-10; industry leaders react

The American Medical Association opposes ICD-10 and aims to seek an 'appropriate replacement,' but those who have invested millions in the switch say they won't change their plans.

Northamber keeps eye on costs as gross margins drop

Northamber has given a clear insight into life for a distributor in the current economic climate with overstocking and falls in average selling prices making life difficult. An interim management statement revealed that although sales had improved by 9% in fiscal Q1 compared to the Q4 sales to 30 J

Olympic volunteers to use virtual communication

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog) is to deploy virtual meeting rooms to enable its 6,000 staff and volunteers to communicate during the Olympics.

News Roundup: Changes for Windows Update and Windows Embedded

Admins frustrated with the Windows Update process will welcome the latest Windows 8 news; users of Windows Embedded operating systems should prepare for changes, too.

Aruba CEO hails "boring" quarter, buys security firm Avenda

Wireless networking specialist Aruba Networks has announced its Q1 2012 results,posting narrowGAAP net losses of $500,000 (£316,000), on sales of $119.4m, up 44% year-on-year. CEO Dominic Orr said that although the proliferation of mobile devices on enterprise networks and the emergence of bri

Maverick NHS Trust outsources its entire IT function to CSC

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has outsourced its IT function after admitting its decision to leave the National Programme for IT had backfired because it couldn't handle the workload.

Lawyers and recruiters fuel Q3 IT spending

Resellers have been advised to target their firepower on the business services sector as spending in that vertical is performing well. The latest Pearlfinders IT Index, which monitors trends and opinions in the IT world, shows that there has been an increase in activity in law firms and recruitment

Intellect helps government improve IT skills

Intellect, the ICT trade body, is launching a series of initiatives aimed at improving commercial and technical skills in government.

Cryptocard picks up GrIDsure tokenless two-factor IP

Cryptocard has picked up the intellectual property from two-factor authentication specialist GrIDsure to add tokenless technology to its portfolio. GrIDsure has been talking of a potential sale for the past few weeks and started liquidation proceedings after its major investor walked away. It alread