TechTarget News - Week of Jan 22, 2012

Avaya channel boss Jeremy Butt to step down

Avaya worldwide channel vice president Jeremy Butt is to step down from his role in March, MicroScope has learned. Previously enterprise mobility channel boss at Motorola, Butt moved across to Avaya in 2008 in the midst of a transitional phase for the comms vendor, and in a little over three years

Buyer's Guide: The future of virtualisation

As businesses virtualise datacentre infrastructure, they experience the limitation of their existing hardware, IT administration tools, procurement and licensing models.

Deloitte spots analytics trends, ethics and open data

Deloitte identifies four analytics trends: an increased focus on ethics, the rise of open data, new business models and a refusal to do analytics for its own sake.

Advocacy group La Quadrature du Net rallies opposition to ACTA

As controversial anti-piracy legislation stalls in the US, a European group of free internet supporters, La Quadrature du Net, calls for a halt to similar legislation in the European Union.

IT spending for 2012 remains static

Less Western European businesses are increasing their IT spending this year as confidence falls, according to analyst firm IDC.

US e-Book price fixing lawsuit against Apple updated

Lawyers representing US citizens have filed an updated class-action lawsuit against Apple and several book publishers, accusing them of fixing the prices of e-books to boost profits

Andy Nelson named government CIO

Andy Nelson has been named the government CIO, following the departure of incumbent Joe Harley at the end of March 2012.

NHS service opts for Dot Hill SAN for VMware project

Storage roundup: NHS service opts for Dot Hill SAN for VMware; Acronis adds Red Hat integration; Atlantis releases ILIO monitoring module; ExaGrid gains Symantec synthetics certification; and more.

Government IT role gets inflation busting rise

The Cabinet Office is advertising for the £120,000 a year position of deputy CIO which includes a 33% salary increase on the previous incumbent Bill McCluggage.

Resellers get fresh route to users with comparetheware.com

Resellers and vendors will have a chance to put their services and products in a virtual shop window with a website that is designed to provide users with a serach engine for IT that feels like well known online insurance services. The comparetheware.com site is launching in the first half of this

Enterprise social software edging out internal email

As enterprise social software matures, some businesses are turning away from email as their primary collaboration tool.

RIM on brink as CEOs step aside

Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, joint CEOs of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) have stepped down, to be replaced by product and sales COO Thorsten Heins. Heins, who joined RIM from Siemens Communications Group in 2007, will be charged with turning the ailing company around. In a stateme

Legal side of cloud gets Forum's attention

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has set up a separate sub group to concentrate on the growing number of legal issues surrounding the delivery of hosted applications and services. The growth of the popularity of buying cloud technology has increased but caused its own problems well beyond just those

Customers looking for alternative SAP pricing models

Some customers are pushing SAP to consider alternative pricing models as a way to cut costs, such as basing licenses on consumption. SAP says it’s given some thought to the idea.

Panda cans direct sales operation

In a welcome move for resellers, Panda Security has taken the decision to ditch its direct consumer sales operation and ramp up its relationship with consultancy-led distie partner Blue Solutions.

Project Merlin fails to deliver credit to SMEs

SMEs continue to struggle to get their hands on credit through the scheme that was set up lasy year with the aim of improving the flow of funds to small businesses. The latest figures charting the progress of Project Merlin indicate that in the three months to November last year the level of demand

Wireless internet on the Tube by 2012 Olympics

Platforms at London Underground stations will have wireless internet access by the time the London Olympics starts in the summer this year.

Anti-ACTA hacktivists attack Polish government sites

Hactivists have attacked Polish government websites in protest against its plans to sign the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA)

Megaupload founder awaiting extradition

Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom is awaiting extradition to the US after the country requested New Zealand authorities to detain him, pending a formal extradition request.

Energy Star for Servers finally means something

No longer limited to one- and two-socket boxes, the Energy Star for Servers label now applies to real enterprise-class hardware.

Dunn takes HP role at Azlan

Azlan continues to shuffle its management pack promoting Nigel Dunn to run its HP business unit covering the vendors servers, networking and storage product lines. Dunn is a long serving staffer at Tech Data with a spell as general manager of Azlan's HP value storage business and recently in a cons

Embotics picks Magirus for EMEA cloud credentials

Virtualisation and private cloudvendor Embotics has taken its first steps into the world of European distribution and teamed up with Magirus after deciding that the distributor's virtualised datacentre expertise was a good fit for its own technology. Embotics, which touched down in EMEA last autumn

Consumerisation and social driving software growth

The European software industry can expect modest growth this year as consumerisation and social media force firms to open up budgets to enable secure remote working. The latest forecasts from IDC reveal expectations of a 3.1% increase in growth across Europe this year with consumerisation as one tr

Anglia Business Solutions mourns death of Hurley

One of the founding members of one of the most long standing resellers, Anglia Business Solutions, has died after a short illness. David Hurley, who will be known by many in the channel, helped set up Anglia in 1981 and had been running the company for the last 15 years. Hurley was instrumental in

Carphone puts Best Buy store venture behind it

Carphone Warehouse has taken a positive outlook for the final three months of its fiscal 2012 after posting 15% growth in sales in Q3and closing the book on its doomed big box store venture with Best Buy. In an interim management statement, Carphone revealed that all 11 of the UK stores and the onli

Getronics sold off in KPN shake-up

Systemsintegrator Getronics International has been sold by its Dutch owners, KPN, as the telco retrenches in its domestic market. The 2,900-strong European and APAC operation has already been picked up for an undisclosed sum by Germany-based industrial holding and investment company Aurelius, althou

Acer claims channel inventory down to a month

Acer claims to have put the inventory issues that plagued it during 2011 well and truly in the past, with the firm's new UK managing director Neil Marshall saying that it now held just a month's stock. The vendor's reputational stock took a beating last yearwhen Acer was caught out with aseverely ov

Insolvencies remain stable despite challenging economy

The IT population remained fairly intact during the tough times of last year with the number of insolvencies holding firm compared to the levels of 2010. The final numbers of insolvencies collected by Experian indicate that 688 IT firms fell into insolvency last year, a 2.8% drop on the number in t

Developing mobile apps today

Today's mobile application development landscape is marked by explosive growth in the variety of devices available to end users and in those users' expectations.

Learn how to choose the best mobile ERP, BI devices

Define business needs before falling under the spell of the latest and greatest mobile ERP and BI hardware.

Data virtualization tools: Are they right for you?

Data virtualization software has moved beyond emerging-technology growing pains, say IT pros and analysts. Now the issue is finding uses that it fits.

Mitchells & Butlers completes private cloud and network

Hospitality company Mitchells & Butlers has set up a network managed by Fujitsu in its move to transfer 1,600 outlets to private cloud infrastructure

Megaupload boss denied bail

Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom, who faces extradition to the US, has been has been denied bail by a New Zealand court.

Apple sees record growth in profits

Apple posted record financial results for its first quarter, with sales soaring 78% to $46.33bn and profits more than doubling to $13bn.

O2 investigates security risk allegation

UK mobile operator O2 is investigating claims it is leaking customer data by sending their phone numbers to websites they visit

DWP IT systems increase risk of fraud and error

The speed at which Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) deployed its IT systems for its ‘welfare to work’ scheme, has increased the risk of fraud and error going undetected.

EC publishes proposed data protection reforms

European Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, has unveiled the new European data privacy framework that includes new regulation.

Acer to beef up commercial business strategy

Computing hardware specialist Acer is to roll out a new partner programme in the next few months with the express intent of beefing up its commercial business and targeting more enterprise customers. Speaking to MicroScope, Acer commercial business unit manager Nathan Knight said the firm recognise

B2Net reborn under Proact umbrella

Nine and a half months after it was acquired by Sweden-based storage and cloud integrator Proact, NetApp partner B2Net has rebranded under its parent's name. Since its acquisition by Stockholm-listed Proact, B2Net claims to have grown its revenues from £48m to £52m, and has boosted its

Kelihos botnet operator named in Microsoft botnet lawsuit

Microsoft has named a Russian programmer as the one who wrote the malicious Kelihos code used to create a small botnet that peddled spam and child pornography.

HP looks for increased networking activity from partners

Hewlett-Packard is looking for more resellers to sell its networking range in response to moves it has made to simplify its partner programme and extend training and support in that market. The vendor made changes to its networking specialisations last month as it looked to harmonise programmes glo

EMC hands hundreds of direct accounts over to channel

EMC has announced dramatic plans to ramp up the revenue that is driven through its channel cutting the number of direct accounts significantly and offering greater services support for partners. The vendor has revealed it will cut the number of named accounts it reserves the right to sell direct to

VMware shops using View 5 for BYOD realize VDI challenges

Desktop virtualization and BYOD go hand-in-hand. But both are cultural changes and VMware View has its share of challenges, starting with the profile management feature.

Strong iPad and iPhone sales lift Apple to record numbers

Strong sales of iPads and iPhones helped deliver the numbers for Apple as the vendor unveiled its highest quarterly revenue in its history. The vendor shifted 37m iPhones and 15.43m iPads in the three months to 31 December and continues to see demand for its mac PC range, with 5.2m going out of the

Can the new RIM CEO resuscitate BlackBerry?

Even with a newly appointed RIM CEO, the company has to innovate to survive the Apple/Google onslaught in BYOD enterprises.

VMware posts billion dollar quarter

VMware has posted yet another stellar quarter as demand for cloud computing technology continues to ramp up, with Q4 and full year sales up 27% and 32% to $1.06bn (£680m) and $3.77bn respectively. Fourth quarter net income was $200m, up from $120m this time last year, while full year profits

Security players back tougher EU data protection laws

Security players have welcomed the moves by the EU to outline plans to strengthen data protection laws with much greater penalties than those that currently exist for those that are careless with user information. Under plans announced by the European Commission there would be a mandatory data brea

UK government opens up IT procurement

The UK government is to release a consulting paper to determine software standards to open up the government IT market to SMEs

Facebook IPO speculation mounts

Speculation that Facebook is planning an initial public offering (IPO) is rife after the social networking site suspended trading shares on the private secondary market

Survey reveals lax SharePoint security

A recently released SharePoint security survey reveals that collaboration security in general is a major challenge for IT departments.

HP extends pay for rewards as tough times continue

Hewlett-Packard has vowed to continue offering financial support for resellers in the face of an ongoing touch economy extending its pay for rewards scheme into the second quarter. The scheme ensures that resellers get rewards for every pound they sell and is an alternative to the common approach o

Logitech warns weak demand and Euro woes will hit numbers

Eurozone problems and weak demand are hitting Logitech in the pocket with the peripherals specialist warning that its full year numbers will have to be revised downwards again. The manufacturer has already delivered a couple of profit warnings and the latest has seen it shave off money it expects t

ThinkGrid seals cloud relationship with Ingram Micro

Cloud specialist ThinkGrid has sealed a deal with Ingram Micro enabling the distributor to offer its platform and hosted services to resellers as both look to widen and strengthen their reach and support in the channel. The relationship is part of ongoing efforts by Ingram to bolster its role as an

One third of English councils set for broadband

Plans for superfast broadband with speeds of 24Mbps are progressing well in most local authorities, says Communications Minister Ed Vaizey

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 January 2012

Getronics sold off in KPN shake-up Systems integrator Getronics International has been sold by its Dutch owners, KPN, as the telco retrenches in its domestic market.

Demand for IT jobs set to grow

The demand for IT jobs is not expected to slow down this year as the demand for skilled staff continues to be a priority for recruiters looking to fill gaps in headcount. Last year saw the jobs market for IT specialists holding up and in some areas increasing as employers looked to bring on board t

Changes to WEEE would save industry millions

The channel and vendors could save millions of pounds if the electrical recycling laws were changed to improve the collection and charging procedures. An HP report has revealed that the WEEE legislation, which was masterminded by the EU back in 2007, is charging excessive prices to those trying to

EMEA flat for Symantec

The EMEA market produced a flat performance for Symantec as the security specialist showed it is not immune to the economic conditions that are undermining confidence across the continent. The vendor also reported a decline in its services business for its third fiscal quarter, decreasing 13% year

Selfridges IT chief moves on to British Car Auctions

Duncan Gray, formerly the group IT director at luxury retailer Selfridges, has been appointed as the new chief information officer at British Car Auctions (BCA).

M&A and public sector on agenda as Trustmarque aims higher

Infrastructure and software VAR Trustmarque has revealed it may look to make larger acquisitions, potentially of similar sized businesses to itself, as it aims to build on the most successful 12 months in its 24 year history. Trustmarque boughtNimbus Technology Systems last May in a strategic move t

Fake Firefox update delivers malware, exploit kits

Malicious webpages masquerading as browser updates are being used by attackers as launch pads for Trojan viruses and exploit kits.

Redstone cuts ribbon on new demo datacentre

Resurgent network integrator Redstone has lifted the veil on a new datacentre at Vtesse Cirrus' Hertfordshire facility to support its drive into the cloud and improve the quality of service it offers to end users. The centre will also serve as a venue for the firm to show off its capabilities to pot

Consumerization, cloud computing and HTML 5: The future of the smartphone

"Smartphone" author Majeed Ahmad discusses present and future smartphone trends, including growing consumerization, democratization in the IT world, cloud computing and HTML 5. CIOs and other information technology buyers in the enterprise can examine how smartphones are affecting business.

Avnet Q2 brings greater profit returns for distributor

Despite booking a very slight year-on-year dip in sales to $6.69bn (£4.27bn), Avnet CEO Rick Hamada was in bullish mood as he looked back on his first six months in charge, a period that saw improving profitability at its VAD division Avnet TS, as well as higher HDD prices, factors that came t

Government called to think again about protecting creditors

The government's decision to abandon plans to make pre-pack administrations harder to enter into have been criticised for failing to protect creditors and vulnerable suppliers. The dreaded phoenix arrangement, where a firm goes bust but has already lined up a pre-pack administration, has been a fea

Nokia lurches to billion Euro loss amid smartphone disaster

Thesicknessplaguing one time mobility giant Nokia shows no sign of abating after the firm plunged to a full-year operating loss of over a billion Euros, while full-year sales fell 9% to €38.6bn (£32.3bn). Despite a positive reception for its Lumia smartphone range, full-year smartphone sales d