TechTarget News - Week of Jan 08, 2012

Voice controlled mobile banking is the future

Most Brits will use voice commands to carry out certain banking tasks via their mobile phones following the success of Apple's Siri in prompting the take up of voice activation services.

Olympics resale site still offline after two days

The Olympics tickets resale site has been offline for more than two days, after tens of thousands of people clamoured online buy unwanted tickets on 6 January.

Stratfor hacking puts UK, US, Nato officials at risk

A breach of web servers at US-based global intelligence firm Stratfor over Christmas has put hundreds of UK, US and NATO officials at risk, a cyber-security expert has revealed.

Post-Christmas smartphone influx causes CIO headache

CIOs face the challenge of controlling the use of employee computing devices in the office as workers return to work with new smartphones and tablet PCs.

2012: The year of business tablet use

Apple’s iPad leads the expected boom of business tablet use this year. Enterprise iPad use is taking off because IT pros like the iPad’s security and management options.

HP looking for partners to get Agile in the cloud

Hewlett-Packard is expecting resellers will take advantage of its moves into the cloud by either signing up to deliver their own infrastructure services in conjunction with the vendor or by partnering with another dealer in the ecosystem.

Software development: CAST study identifies massive technical debt

A recent study conducted by CAST used their Application Intelligence Platform to evaluate the structural quality of 365 million lines of code. In this interview with CAST’s chief scientist Dr. Bill Curtis, he discusses the study and what IT decision makers can do about technical debt.

Lanci in Lenovo love-in

A worldwide reorganisation at Chinese PC vendor Lenovo will see Gianfranco Lanci, former CEO at Acer, crossing the straits of Taiwan to become head of Lenovo's newly-created EMEA operation.

Hilton gets managing director promotion at Rise

Cloud specialist Rise has promoted Alex Hilton to the role of managing director after a successful stint building business at the infrastructure player over the last year and a half.

VIP Computers unveils ambitions in retail market

Components and peripherals distributor VIP Computers has unveiled intentions to go after the retail market appointing a head of a team dedicated to gaining share in that space. The distributor has recruited former channel manager at Acer Alicia Shepherd as head of specialist retail.

Avaya's Anderson heads into channel

Avaya has parted company with yet another senior executive, losing UK and Ireland channel director Niall Anderson just over a year into the role.

ICM brand to disappear in new Phoenix merger

ICM-owner Phoenix is to merge the business continuity and infrastructure services house with its own Phoenix IT Services business in a move that will see the ICM brand disappear from the market.

Oracle Big Data Appliance now available, but at what cost?

The Oracle Big Data Appliance is now generally available, as is Oracle’s big push into the field of big data. But some think that an appliance isn’t really a good fit for big data.

Google Android overtakes Apple iOS in US and Canada

Google’s Android mobile operating system has overtaken Apple’s iOs for web browsing in the US and Canada, but iOS is still the world leader, latest figures show.

Google blames automation for illegal Olympic ticket ads

Google has blamed automatic selection and filtering in its AdWords advertising service for allowing ads for unofficial sites selling London 2012 tickets to customers in the UK.

Accenture bolsters public sector skills

Services giant Accenture has recruited two former civil servants to its ranks to boost its UK and global public sector services capabilities.

CES 2012: Windows 8 takes aim at Android

Microsoft has used what is believed to be its last appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show to showcase its Windows 8 operating system to be released later this year.

Healthcare IT is a beneficial force, say doctors

IT in the NHS has had a bad press in recent years as a result of the problems associated with the now defunct £12bn NHS National Programme for IT, but most doctors in England believe IT improves patient care.

OCAJP Java 7 Exam Expected in March 2012? OCPJP to Follow?

Highly anticipated, the new Oracle certification for Java, OCAJP, went out of beta on December 17th, 2011. So when will the new exam be released? And when will the OCPJP exam be released?

Cloud adoption of business intelligence tools lagging

The hype and the rush to provide cloud functionality might have led some resellers selling business intelligence to believe that this was the year the technology shifted to delivery via hosted platforms.

Apple shows faith in Cook with multi-million stock award

Stepping into Steve Jobs' shoes to become CEO of Apple is never going to be an easy task but Tim Cook might feel more confident with the board showing faith awarding him a one-time stock award worth millions.

Top 10 news stories of 2011

Cloud computing and virtualization made big waves in 2011, and some of the industry leading vendors shifted strategies in preparation for a mobile workforce and more emphasis on data storage. Find out what stories were most popular with the channel audience.

Computer skills climbing on government agenda

The government minister for culture, communications and the creative industry has revealed that learning computer skills is something that the public needs to improve on if they are to exploit changes in the digital world.

Router slump knocks Juniper prelims for six

In a preliminary fourth quarter earnings statement, Juniper Networks has said it is likely to miss its original quarterly forecast for the three months to 31 December 2011 after a slump in router demand from service providers, which was particularly acute in the US.

Emulex shrugs off impact of Thai floods

Emulex CEO Jim McCluney has shrugged off the impact of the Thai flood disaster on the firm's supply chain and moved to reassure partners and customers that everything is ticking over as it should be.

Dell shows off storage programme enhancements

Dell has kicked off 2012 by using its inaugural European Storage Forum in London to announce a number of enhancements to its Storage Smart partner programme that it says will simplify the storage marketing and sales process for its resellers.

IT experts want better security features in iPad 3

IT pros say Apple needs to add a number of security features to make the iPad 3 enterprise-friendly. Here’s what Apple might deliver and what IT experts hope to see in iPad 3.

Phoenix targets aggressive growth after merger

Phoenix has said it will look to book "aggressive growth" in the next 12 months in the wake of consolidating its Phoenix IT Services and ICM brands under the Phoenix banner, as revealed yesterday.

ComputerLinks reveals reseller drive towards the cloud

Resellers are moving to the cloud and showing that the customer base is far wider than just the SME heartlands with public sector and finance verticals both proving to be good hunting grounds for dealers.

CES 2012: Chip makers Intel and Qualcomm step up competition

Competition between mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm and PC chip maker Intel is set to increase with each announcing plans to move into the other’s market territory at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

ICT curriculum for GCSE is scrapped

The government is to scrap the teaching of GCSE ICT in schools this September, with plans to replace the subject with the “rigorous” teaching of computer science and programming subjects.

Stone offers schools Rent-a-PC scheme

Education supplier Stone has announced a PC rental scheme aimed at schools struggling with budgets but facing the need to invest in the latest technology.

UCaaS Magic Quadrant: Providers not ready for large enterprises

Gartner's latest Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) Magic Quadrant reveals an immature market that is better suited for SMBs than large enterprises.

Dell cloud badge may lack partner revenue target

Dell has revealed more details of its upcoming cloud partner certification, hinting that it may not attach reseller revenue requirements to the badge.

Big Blue encourages resellers to get social

IBM is providing more support to resellers looking to take advantage of social media platforms as interest in those communication platforms continues to grow.

Beyond the Web page: Broader Web strategy a must for business success

Page-oriented Web is a thing of the past. In a multichannel world with the explosion of smartphones, e-readers and tablet PCs, it’s time to rethink WCM strategy to be successful and remain relevant.

Coping with midmarket BI project management challenges: Tips for SMBs

Many small and midsize businesses don’t have a lot of money or staff resources to devote to business intelligence programs -- making sound project management processes essential, BI analysts say.

IT forecast for 2012: Cautious growth in U.S.

Though spending is expected to grow in U.S. IT departments, our IT forecast for 2012 shows a smaller increase than expected.

Virgin Media to double broadband speed by 2013

Virgin Media will double the speed and bandwidth allowance of its broadband service for more than four million customers by mid-2013.

ICANN opens applications for custom web domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has opened applications for new generic top-level domain names like .London or .Tesco.

Brocade acquisition rumours return: Who's buying?

The For Sale sign appears to have gone up again at Brocade. But Brocade acquisition rumours have kicked around for years now. Is this time any different?

Expand partners face uncertain future after Riverbed IP buyout

WAN optimisation specialist Riverbed has forked out an undisclosed sum for the assets and intellectual property of Expand Networks, which went into receivership in October after a loan repayment came due that it could not meet.

Health worker fined for unlawfully accessing patient data

A former health worker has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing the medical records of members of her ex-husband’s family in order to obtain their telephone numbers.  

Magic Quadrant: Next-generation firewalls are mainstream

Next-generation firewalls have enjoyed a lot of hype in recent years, but now they are also dominating the market, according to Gartner’s latest firewall Magic Quadrant.

Low consumer demand hits PC shipments

Global PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter with mature markets continuing to show weakness and an inability to shake off the effects of the ongoing mixed economic conditions in both Europe and the US.

Lifecycle virtualization expedites Agile testing and ALM

In this story, SSQ’s Yvette Francino explores how lifecycle virtualization ties in with continuous integration and modern ALM. CIOs and other decision makers will learn what analysts are saying about the next level of virtualization in their organizations.

AutoVirt's demise another blow to file virtualization

AutoVirt is the latest file virtualization vendor to close its doors, raising more questions about the technology’s viability as a standalone product.

Schools braced for cuts and pupils face frustration

The extent of the cutbacks in schools has been laid bare by research from Stone indicating that 83% expect shavings off the IT budget and a significant number believe this will impact the learning capabilities of children.

ZyXEL's Marsden gets European president spot

ZyXEL UK managing director and vice president of European channels Lee Marsden is to take on the role of European president following a reshuffle that has seen predecessor Gordon Yang take on a worldwide function. Marsden will continue to serve as UK boss while a replacement is sought.

Android app malware exploits Carrier IQ controversy

Phony Android application checks for running Carrier IQ software, but then sends SMS messages to a premium rate number.

Microsoft warns lower PC sales will hit Windows division

Microsoft has warned that lower PC shipments, which it blames on the hard disc drive shortage sparked by the Thailand floods, is going to be felt in its Q2 results.

Addressing the Gender Inequity Gap in IT and Application Programming

Regardless of reasons, the gender discrepancy is a problem, and it's obvious to anyone that has attended a Java conference or worked on an open source project that there are very few women in the high paying field of development and computer programming. And there really doesn't seem to be anything the industry is doing about it.

Public sector sees cybercrime as rising threat

Public sector organisations say cybercrime is a growing threat to their data and reputation, according to the latest global economic crime survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Apple halts iPhone 4S sales in China

Apple stopped sales of its iPhone 4S in the Chinese capital Beijing after delays sparked violence among hundreds who had queued for hours for the official release of the most recent iPhone.

NHS Trust to appeal £375k data loss penalty

An NHS Trust is to appeal against a proposed monetary penalty of £375,000 after after patient records were stolen from a hospital and sold on eBay.

North Staffordshire NHS signs deal for real-time information system

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust (UHNS) has signed a deal for a real-time information system to accurately retrieve patient information and provide a foundation for work on the trust’s work on electronic healthcare records.

Facebook set to reach a billion members

Facebook looks set to reach a billion members by August with accelerating growth in developing countries, according to digital-marketing firm iCrossing.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 January 2012

BT Engage IT adds Palo Alto to portfolio BT Engage IT sealed a partnership with firewall specialist Palo Alto to provide security options alongside its network and data packages.

Enterprise software market set for low growth

The prospects for the enterprise software market remained delicately poised this year with growth expected but only by a whisker.

Trustmarque slips into something more comfortable

Yorkshire-based Trust marque is moving into new headquarters after its old digs became too overcrowded. It said the move to new premises would allow it to continue its expansion while offering more space for training up staff.

New tool emerges for multi-hypervisor management

Security software giant McAfee is one of a growing number of enterprises running VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and XenServer together. Here’s how it manages multiple hypervisors.

The top five data management mishaps of 2011

Some of last year's biggest information management mess-ups could have been avoided through closer adherence to best practices, according to experts.

Insight gets Brother education gig

Print specialist Brother has selected Insight as a commodity print partner to sell and support its products in the further and higher education market under the National Educational Printer Agreement (NEPA).

ShoreTel urges comms channel to think bigger

ShoreTel EMEA boss Adrian Hip kiss has set the unified comms vendor's sights on further expansion into the large enterprise sector and a ramping up of its virtualisation capabilities in 2012.

Kinect for PCs brings gesture-based computing to the enterprise

Microsoft Kinect for Windows brings voice and gesture-based control to business PCs. It’s like science fiction, but will go live February 1. Here are the potential enterprise uses.