James Taylor, CEO of an independent consulting firm, discusses the need for advanced analytics to build “decision management systems,” which he believes are critical to staying competitive.
BT will upgrade 178 telephone exchanges in a bid to ensure the government’s target of Europe’s best broadband network by 2015.
Apple has lost a patent battle to Motorola in Germany and another to Samsung in Australia, just in time for end-of-year sales.
Unearthing software faults once software goes live is storing up problems for businesses.
Indian IT services firm Infosys is now the first port of call for all IT-enabled business transformations at agribusiness Syngenta.
Salesforce.com users are adopting traditional IT practices of software development and project management to tailor this cloud CRM software to meet their business requirements.
There are growing expectations that details of proposed changes in data breach laws across the EU will emerge this side of the new year with those in the security industry welcoming a tougher stance. Currently the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has the option to hand out fines of up to half
NetApp backup strategies can consist of carving out space in the array instead of adding a separate disk target.
Systems integrator Dimension Data has labelled its growing cloud business as a key strategic priority for the next 12 months, following its acquisition of enterprise cloud firm OpSource in July. Speaking as the firmunveiled its year-end results to September, CEOBrett Dawson said there was "enor
StorSimple and TwinStrata each announce integration with the OpenStack Rackspace platform; Caringo, CTERA partner on object-based cloud storage; plus more cloud storage news.
Shadow IT should be a serious concern for all CIOs in an age of self-service technology. Here's how to get a grip on it.
The Eurozone crisis is something that CIOs must be preparing to deal with now according to one of the major analyst houses which has raised staff morale and supply chain risks as some of the problems that could emerge. Gartner has handed out some advice to the channel's customer base to make sure t
Despite Oracle’s lack of marketing support for MySQL, VARs and developers are seeing success with the database with the help of SkySQL and recent enterprise-features.
Consolidation at the vendor tier of the market has continued with data protection and backup management player Atempo being snapped up by ASG Software Solutions. Atempo has a UK office and channel and is in a further 12 locations globally selling into vertical markets where backup and archiving are
As mandatory eXtensible Business Reporting Language use becomes the norm in business communications, one expert says XBRL tagging can assist risk management and analysis.
Intel has cut its Q4 forecasts because of the ongoing shortages of hard disc drives (HDD) caused by the Thai floods warning investors it will miss the numbers it had previously been aiming for. The impact of the floods is now expected to take revenue down to about $13.7bn when the markets had been b
Jive’s chief social scientist says social enterprise collaboration software can make life easier for IT pros. But too much focus on the technology itself isn’t good, either.
Chipmaker Intel has cut sales and profits forecasts due to hard disk drive supply shortages following the floods in Thailand.
The government is opening up the number of accredited smartphone providers for public sector staff, with Apple and Android on the agenda.
UK workers are addicted to accessing work-related information 24 hours a day and risk drowning in it unless their business takes steps to support the information explosion.
Business models such as cloud computing and trends such as the consumerisation of IT, social media and mobility are exposing performance blind spots in IT management, a CIO survey has revealed.
Enterprises are failing to replicate enough of the mission critical server estate leaving themselves open to costly losses when they suffer outages. Despite the opportunity to use virtualisation to replicate the infrastructure the second annual Veeam report into enterprise data strategy discovered t
A grandstand seating company has become the latest to be caught out using unlicensed software and forced to settle and shell out for the correct licenses with the Business Software Alliance to the tune of £11,000. As a result of an anonymous whistleblower Worcestershire-based Slick Seating Sys
Dell has urged SMB resellers to beef up their storage practices as enterprise clouds and consumerisation tighten their grip on the business ICT world. Dell is currently putting the finishing touches to its own channel cloud certification, set for release early in 2012, and is also pumping more cash
Recently-created Microsoft software house m-hancehas named sector specialist Amanda Grant to its senior management team as market development director, tasked with developing new products and expanding its vertical-focused IP. Grant joins m-hance after a lengthy stint at ERP software vendor Advanced
Meaningful use stage 2 requirements for radiologists are unclear, and vendor support is tepid, but RSNA 2011 shows the specialty optimistic about the benefits of EHR and RIS use.
A developer uploaded more than a dozen cloned games, wrapping them in code that caused device owners to accrue expensive text messaging charges to premium numbers.
C2000 enterprise networking unit Azlan has picked Mark Corrigan, former business unit manager at DNS Arrow and virtualisation business manager at Arrow ECS, to run its Enterprise and Access Networking business unit. Corrigan, whoalsospent four years with Bell Micro prior to joining Arrow, will be in
Many IT pros find that legacy storage isn't right for virtual desktops. Here, three companies explain the alternatives they chose to improve performance and lower storage costs.
One small manufacturer is mulling over which much-loved customizations to ditch as it prepares to migrate to a newer version of its ERP software.
Mobile device management is a year-round concern, but IT shops are preparing for a rush on mobile devices after the holidays with off-the-shelf and cloud services.
Cisco’s first TechWatch 2012 report finds network reliability as opposed to innovation or performance is the most important factor for network architects in the new year ahead.
Microsoft’s 13 security bulletins included critical Windows and Windows Media Player updates.
The Post Office suffered disruption this week after thousands of branches were hit by a computer crash.
Microsoft has released Lync 2010, its unified communications platform for Apple iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and Nokia Symbian.
CA Technologies has introduced what it claims is the industry’s first and only unified application, infrastructure and network performance tool.
Up to 1,300 people will lose their jobs as Logica tackles the consequences of slow European growth due to the downturn.
Salford University is finalising a transformational IT project which includes a network link with the BBC’s Media City.
Imation Mobile Security has outlined ambitious growth plans to boost the revenue that the data protection products deliver alongside the storage lines the main group is so well known for. Speaking to MicroScope just days after it launched a partner programme to reward and attract resellers selling
SAP’s Influencer Event in Boston focused on some familiar themes, but the company is demonstrating momentum.
The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is one that customers are seeing as almost unstoppable with end users driving the agenda. As a result of the growth of BYOD many CIOs are having to embrace it and are viewing it as a way of saving money although considerations of the security risks are rising,
Nimans is to introduce new features to its reseller financing programme for the new year in a bid to help partners keep the ball rolling whenit comes to netting new sales. The comms and networking distie says its programme has gone from strength to strength this year, with demand for flexible financ
Private companies will be prohibited only initially from taking ownership of a planned police IT agency.
Generalist channel players shouldconsider developing specific vertical expertise in order to address evolving ICT strategies among end users a new report from resarch and consultancy practiceFrost & Sullivan suggests. Analysts say that adopting vertical strategies may help resellers contend more
The lack of skills have again been highlighted as a problem holding back growth in the economy. Recent calls from some household names, including Google and Microsoft, to try and address the problems with technology teaching put the skills shortage back on the agenda recently and it shows no sign o
Microsoft closed out Patch Tuesday for 2011 by issuing 13 security bulletins to fix 19 vulnerabilities, three of which were deemed “critical” for Windows and Windows Server 2003.
IT pros are making their wish lists and checking them twice as the holiday shopping season heats up.
As Carrier IQ defends its data collection processes, some experts say the fact that the information being collected exists at all is a potential privacy and compliance violation.
Headlines: NetApp backup strategies can consist of carving out space in the array instead of adding a separate disk target.
Sourcefire has announced its new firewall with content filtering, which it says will let administrators control users’ activities at a business level.
Software as a Service business intelligence tools can help fast-track BI projects, but they don’t eliminate BI’s complexity. Get advice on managing SaaS BI deployments from BI pros and analysts.
Analysts point out four challenges for CIOs that the Euro crisis throws up. CIOs need to address these challenges as it concerns survival
Transport for London (TfL) is inviting suppliers to bid for computer-related services for its ticketing systems.
The programme to allow employees to buy their own devices to use at work introduced by Citrix UK has cut costs by 20% and will now be rolled out in other countries.
The Ministry of Defence has praised HP over its Advanced Mission Planning Aid system, most recently used to support air crew in Libya.
The top five technology strategies retailers are using to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive market.
Enterprise management software provider ASG Software expands its portfolio with its acquisition with data protection provider Atempo.
Virtualisation and cloud computing are the technologies that have had the biggest impact on business in the last year according to research.
ERP specialist K3 Business Technology Group has acquired some of the assets of the Integrated Business Systems (IBS) division from Maxima Holdings. The cash deal is worth £1.4m and K3 will use the additional technology to complement its manufacturing software division because IBS has a custom
Huawei has embarked on a reseller charm offensive to win over networking VARs and integrators as it launches a new enterprise channel programme. The up-and-coming China-based comms and networking firm has attracted plenty of column inches in 2011, appointing Micro-P and SDG as its UK distributors an
Irish Life chose Tableau for data visualisation to put an end to its “MIS Monday madness” of Excel spreadsheets. Power users build their own dashboards while IT mentors and develops data sources.
A lack of control and oversight of privileged users by network support engineers is resulting in an increased threat and inherent risk to data, a new study by HP claims.
IT professionals appeared to be most interested in Amazon’s competitive addition of the Kindle Fire, while the Thai flood’s impact on the hard drive market continued to attract blog readers in November.
The Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Extended Support fee will be waived another two years. While a good thing financially for 11i users, it might just delay the inevitable – an expensive upgrade to R12.
Following a breach to a GlobalSign Web server, an extensive investigation found no evidence of an infiltration of its digital certificate infrastructure and no leakage of its certificate keys.
Wanting to know what questions were keeping you up at night, we crunched the numbers to see which cloud computing definitions readers searched for the most this year.
Geeks confess the nerdy gifts that didn’t work out and offer a note of caution when it comes to buying for them, too. Hint: no more USB sticks.
The consumerisation of enterprise technology and the increasing adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) corporate policies are set to be two of thew main features of 2012. The predictions of what next year holds have started to be issued by vendors and analysts with many talking about the changing
SAP is positioning its new SaaS-based SAP Business ByDesign environment as a two-tier ERP option for companies looking for more flexibility and faster time-to-deployment.
The onslaught of social media and mobile devices is thrusting Web analytics into a situation somewhere between maturity and evolution, according to a new report.
Despite their insight on clinical workflow, EHR use and implementation, physician assistants are on the outside looking in for the EHR incentive programs. Some want to change that.
Unite members at IT services company Steria working on a Capita account have have voted to walk out tomorrow in a dispute over pay. The disagreement is over the refusal by the company to offer a pay rise for 2010, which should have been paid this April, and as a result staff will stage a 24 walk ou
Although many companies see the benefits of a solid cloud computing strategy, our survey found that security and compliance often fall by the wayside when businesses move to the cloud.
HP plans to help its networking partnersboost their overall competitiveness and grow their revenue opportunities following a series of tweaks to its PartnerONE and ExpertONEprogrammes in EMEA. As part of the move, HP is to foldall formerPreferred Partners into its PartnerONE programme, which it clai
Storage roundup: Social networking company opts for Amplidata object-based cloud; Front-safe chooses Fusion-io; Balesio now supports PDFs; architect selects Dot Hill iSCSI arrays; and more news.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion expects sales to drop by up to 18% for its fourth quarter results in March compared to the same period in 2011.
JP Morgan has gone live with a supercomputer for fixed income trading operations. The investment bank is using a Maxeler dataflow supercomputer for analysing and profiling intra-day trading risk.
CIOs face major challenges in trading off stretched budgets between innovative projects and keeping the business running as usual in 2012.
Councils must submit draft plans for use of the government’s superfast broadband allocation fund by the end of February, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
Unlicensed software costs grandstand seating firm £11K A grandstand seating company hasbeen forced to settle and shell out£11,000 afterbeing caught using unlicensed software by the Business Software Alliance. As a result of an anonymous whistleblower, Worcestershire-based Slick Seating S
Sainsbury’s has signed a deal with BT to deploy network connections of 24Mbps to its 1,000 stores in a move which will enable real-time data sharing.
Steria has set out its position over a pay dispute with staff revealing that it cannot add to its wages bill in the current economic climate. The IT services company has run into a dispute with Unite and some of its workers have started a 24 hour walk out after strike action was voted for over a pa
Cloud storage gateway startup Panzura adds support for object-based storage from Scality, AmpliStor and OpenStack; Atlantis Computing ILIO supports Hyper-V; more data storage news.
SearchNetworkingUK briefs provide a summary of the week’s new product, services and appointment announcements. This week is filled with signs of network expansion.
Beleaguered electronics retailer Comet has deployed a performance monitoring tool to improve its online customer shopping experience, as part of an overall IT strategy to cut costs.
Managed comms integrator Azzurri has negotiated a new financing facilityand announced the appointment of Vim Vithaldas as CEO, replacing Mark Quartermaine, who is heading for the exit afterjust overa year in the post. Vithaldassaid that Azzurri's recent run of CEOs andhigh levels of debt - now reduc
Datacentre provider Node4 has announced it is to become the title sponsor ofa UK-based pro cycling team for the 2012 season, reflecting a surge of interest in the sportboth inside and outside the techindustry. The team isrun by former pro cyclist Malcolm Elliott - whose achievements include two Comm
The OCP (Oracle Certified Professional) Java 7 certification (OCAJP and OCPJP), which replaced the SCJP certification, will now require you to pass two exams, each of which will cost $300 to take, pushing the cost of the designation to $600.
With the planned acquisition of Rypple, cloud giant Salesforce.com intends to target SAP and Oracle in the human resources software market.
With the planned acquisition of Rypple, cloud giant Salesforce.com intends to target SAP and Oracle in the human resources software market.
Microsoft released an iOS SkyDrive app and added iPad support for OneNote. Plus: news on Box, YouSendIt and a dangerous Angry Birds clone.
Software Asset Management (SAM) specialists have highlighted the latest company caught out by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) as a reason more companies should take advantage of tools that will keep them on the right side of the law. Slick Seating Systems were left £11,000 lighter after
Red Hat says the new oVirt project to develop its RHEV-M will result in sophisticated open source virtualization management tools, but so far it’s being met with a lukewarm response.
Microsoft announced several updates to Azure, its cloud computing platform, this week.
As manufacturer inventories run dry and prices start to climb further the impact of the Thailand floods on the hard disc drive market is likely to make it a difficult period from the start of next year. The floods devastated large parts of the country and hit HDD production factories particularly h