TechTarget News - Week of Jan 01, 2012

British Waterways Scotland signs £2.3m ICT deal

British Waterways Scotland has signed a £2.3m deal with business technology company Amor Group to develop its ICT systems.

2011 networking channel trends: Can partners keep up?

The top five 2011 networking channel trends display expansion and growth in networking service, product and solution offerings, keeping partners on their toes going forward.

Network technology trends 2012: Data center networks

When it comes to data center networking technology trends 2012, expect the rise of data center fabrics, but not necessarily uptake of storage convergence or the public cloud.

UK blue-chips fund online pirates, claims Fact

Blue-chip companies are subsidising the UK’s network of websites that allow digital content to be downloaded illegally, according to the Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Warwickshire County Council's move to the cloud

Warwickshire County Council CIO Tonino Ciuffini talks about why moving to an on-demand services model is the best way for councils to slash costs.

Apple's designer Ive awarded knighthood

The New Year's Honour list had a touch of technology about it with Apple's senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive being awarded a knighthood. The British designer is credited with influencing the appearance of some of Apple's most iconic products including the iMac and iPod and pic

Hurd back in spotlight after Fisher letter emerges

The reasons Mark Hurd was ousted from his position as CEO of Hewlett-Packard back in the summer of 2012 became a bit clearer over the New Year break with a letter that contained some serious allegations of misconduct becoming public. Hurd, who is now at Oracle, left HP in August 2010 under a cloud

Customers fear Eurozone crisis sparked recession

The New Year has started with the less than cheery forecasts from financial directors with half expecting a recession to kick in as the Euro crisis hits the UK economy. Research from Deloitte indicates that more than half of finance directors now expect a recession, double the number last year, as

Professionalism and discipline in software development: Q&A with Bob Martin

What is the role of QA when developers are automating more and more of the test efforts? What’s the best way to give code estimates? Software guru “Uncle Bob” Martin answers these questions in this first part of a two-part interview about his new book.

SME support over credit and red tape still on 2012 agenda

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called for more support for entrepeneurs and a cutting of red tape in its New Year's message. The small business lobby group spent a great deal of last year making the call for a reduction in legislation restricting SMEs and for more support for those looking

Aastra adds comms app lines to Westcoast UC offer

Unified comms (UC)specialist Aastra is to expand the number of its product lines available through Westcoast as part of a drive to widen and deepen its channel route to market. Havingdistributed its Lync deskphone portfolio through Westcoast for just over a year, the vendor now plans to give Westcoa

Diebold turns ATMs into VDI clients

ATMs hold data and software that can be compromised by sophisticated criminals. Diebold will blunt threats by transforming ATMs into VDI-based zero clients.

Hackers expose 15,000 Israeli credit card details

Hackers have exposed the details of 15,000 credit cards after breaking into the companies responsible for maintaining the information.

Microsoft sting adds to Comet’s woes

Microsoft has filed proceedings against retailer Comet after it was discovered to have created and sold over 94,000 copies of Windows Vista and XP recovery CDs.

Government bets on tech research for growth

The government is to create a new type of university focused on science and technology, in a bid to boost long-term economic growth.

Wick Hill presses further into mobile world

Storage and security specialist Imation has signed a new agreement with VAD Wick Hill to sell its mobile security portfolio, including MXI, IronKey and Defender solutions into the channel. The Surrey-based distie has made much of gaping security holes in mobile technology and believes that this

Online sales keep retailers afloat over Christmas

Strong online sales boosted revenue growth for Next and John Lewis over the tough Christmas trading period, said the retailers in their separate trading reports.

Virtualization management in 2012: All about multi-hypervisor

Virtualization management tools will increasingly support heterogeneous hypervisors, and there will be a number of acquisitions in this space next year, IT pros and experts predict.

Shell moves SAP maintenance to Accenture

Oil giant Shell has transferred the management of its HR and payroll applications to Accenture as part of a multi-year SAP managed service.

Avnet hands Hockin role driving solutions strategy

Avnet Technology Solutions has promoted Bruce Hockin to run its solutions strategy in the UK helping resellers tap into specialised growing markets promoting technology in the security, networking and unified communications arenas. Hockin, who joined Avnet in 2008 after the distributor acquired Hor

Daisy partners to trial BT superfast broadband

A number of Daisy Wholesale resellers are to embark on a technical trial of BT Wholesale's new faster fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) products as part of plans to double the download speed of its fibre-optic broadband service. Daisy currently provides FTTC download speeds of up to 40Mb but is hoping

Microsoft starts legal proceedings against counterfeiting Comet

Microsoft has started legal proceedings against retail giant Comet accusing the chain store of creating and selling more than 94,000 counterfeit copies of Windows Vista and XP. The vendor discovered that Comet was producing the counterfeits in a factory in Hampshire and then selling them to custome

Tilded platform responsible for Stuxnet, Duqu evasiveness

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab tie the Stuxnet worm and its sister Duqu Trojan to the Tilded platform, which helped the malware evade detection by traditional security software.

IBM acquires cloud software test service

IBM announced a deal this morning to acquire Green Hat, a cloud software quality and testing service.

HIPAA 5010 goes online: CIO's troubleshooting list

Health care CIOs played an integral part in HIPAA 5010 implementation. Now that it's online, they're helping finance monitor transactions and keep revenue streaming in.

Gartner paints bleak picture for prospects in finance sector

Those resellers selling into the banking sector could find their customers not only spending less but potentially disappearing altogether if gloomy analyst predictions are on the money. Gartner issued its forecasts for what lies ahead in vertical markets with a bleak prognosis for the finance secto

Checklist items: Business intelligence best practices for SMBs

Midmarket companies investing in BI systems should follow the same basic steps as larger organizations, analysts say. But, they caution, there's typically less room for error in smaller businesses.

Thai floods and weak economy hit IT spending forecasts

The ongoing impact of the Thailand floods, coupled with faltering economic conditions across Europe have been highlighted as two of thew reasons Gartner has downgraded its forecasts for worldwide IT spending this year. The analyst house had originally predicted that spending would hit the 4.6% grow

Four trends that will shape IT services in 2012

As businesses respond to the integration of consumer technologies in the enterprise, IT solution providers will need to adapt to serve the new business needs.

Comms channel courts Olympic cash

With the 2012 London Olympics looming large on the tnational agenda, the comms and networking channel is setting out its stall ahead of the massive anticipated disruption to working patterns and networks. Telecoms distie Nimans is banking on increasing sales of video-conferencing kit during the year

Green Hat suits Big Blue

Yesterday's acquisition of software quality and testing solutions provider Green Hat by IBM has been received as a complementary play to Big Blue's existing application lifecycle management toolkit by analysts. IBM forked out an undisclosed sum for London and US headquartered Green Hat, which specia

LinkedIn CV leads to constructive dismissal case

A former employee of gas exploration firm BG Group has brought a case of constructive dismissal against the firm after a dispute over his use of LinkedIn.

FAST backs Microsoft action against Comet

The move by Microsoft to sue Comet for selling counterfeit copies of Windows Vista and Xp has been given the backing of intellectual property rights campaigner the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST). The shock announcement yesterday that legal proceedings had been started by Microsoft against

Cloud player Accellion sets sights on international expansion

Mobile file sharing specialist Accellion is looking to strengthen its expansion out of the US after securing a multi-million dollar investment. The vendor has listed its priorities as ploughing money into product development, pursuing strategic partnerships as well as growing its international oper

Ramnit worm steals 45,000 Facebook passwords

A computer worm has begun targeting Facebook accounts and has stolen at least 45,000 login credentials from users, say security researchers.

The Cattles Group loses 1.4m customer records

The Cattles financial services group has admitted losing unencrypted computer backup tapes containing personal details of 1.4 million customers.

Symantec confirms hackers stole Norton source code

Symantec has confirmed that hackers have stolen a segment of its source code for its Norton anti-virus software, but says it is from two older enterprise products.

BT Engage IT adds Palo Alto to portfolio

BT Engage IT has sealed a partnership with firewall specialist Palo Alto to provide security options alongside its network and data packages. The services division of BT Business has reacted to an increasing call from customers for greater protection against a rising number of security threats addi

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 6 January 2012

Microsoft starts legal proceedings against counterfeiting Comet Earlier in the week Microsoft started legal proceedings against retail giant Comet, accusing the chain store of bootlegging over 94,000 copies of Windows Vista and XP.

Don't delay transition to ICD-10, experts warn

Even if training doctors is hard, coding has been outsourced and the C-suite remains unconvinced, health care organizations should not delay their ICD-10 preparations any longer.

Tablets grow but netbooks wane over festive period

This winter was seen by many as a success for tablets and the latest numbers of sales coming through distribution show that sales of the popular products swelled PC unit sales by 6% in the run up to Christmas. Figures from Context, which collects sales figures from the major distributors across Euro

London boroughs roll out free O2 Wi-Fi for Olympics

Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea councils have signed a deal with 02 to provide a free Wi-Fi zone for the visitors and residents in time for the Olympic games.

HTC in smartphone slump as Samsung flies

An increasingly competitive mobile comms environment, matched with ongoing economic uncertainty, has pushed Taiwanese mobile kit vendor HTC to a 26% slump in unaudited fourth quarter profits, its first quarterly decline in 24 months. The firm, whichwas the darling of the smartphone world in 2010 as

Bourguet gets PSG UK channel nod

HP PSG consumer sales team lead Pascal Bourguet is set to become UK PSG channel sales director after an extensive search for Trevor Evans' replacement. Evans left HP at the end of 2011 and has crossed the Mac-PC divide to Apple, where he will shortly take charge of its reseller network, such as it i

Midmarket business intelligence problems and pitfalls to avoid

There are lots of ways that BI deployments in small and midsize organizations can go wrong, according to analysts who offer advice on how to sidestep the roadblocks to a successful deployment.

Research: Users set to expand virtualisation investments

Virtualisation has been a hot technology for the last few years and it continues to provide opportunities for resellers. Originally focusing on server virtualisation the growth in applications for the desktop has expanded the opportunity and it has grown even more with the rise of specialist vendor

Companywide view key to manufacturing S&OP process

Companies are implementing S&OP processes that link financial performance to traditional demand-supply balancing, shifting the focus beyond operations to strategic business planning.