TechTarget News - Week of Mar 25, 2012

London Overground passengers get free Wi-Fi

London Overground has announced passengers will get an hour's free internet access with Wi-Fi hotspots at all 56 stations on the network

Cabinet Office names 12 PSN suppliers

The Cabinet Office has named 12 suppliers for the government’s Public Services Network framework (PSN), which will be worth between £500m and £3bn over two years

Microsoft leads US raid on suspected botnet servers

Microsoft employees and US marshals have raided two office buildings in Pennsylvania and Illinois to disrupt Zeus botnets of hijacked computers used to harvest financial and personal data

Find financial accounting software you can take to the bank

This multi-step selection process can help organizations overcome the challenges—and reap the rewards—of finding the right financial accounting software.

Tips for choosing the right financial management system

Consultants explain how to match an organization’s requirements to financial management system options and vendors.

Cloud HR software: Time to rip out that legacy system?

Adopting cloud HR software requires identifying where the cloud offers advantages, according to Liz Garnand, and making sure cloud HR providers have the right privacy and security controls.

Tape NAS emerges, utilizing LTFS for file access

Tape NAS brings file-level access to LTO tape for archiving, but Crossroads StrongBox is alone among hardware that takes full advantage of LTFS.

Research company gets Acronis virtual machine backup

Storage roundup: Research company gets Acronis virtual machine backup; cloud provider opts for Nexsan; Arkivum appoints Scallon; Coraid appoints Virmani; and Qsan is VMware-ready.

VMware uneasy about managing physical resources

As more workloads are virtualized, does it make sense to give VMware virtualization management tools the burden of physical systems?

iPads and gold top targets for thieves

The attraction of iPads and laptops to thieves has been used as a factor to explain the growth in insurance claims following burglaries. According to reports over the weekend the insurance industry is now having to pay out £415m to cover the claims of those who have been targeted by criminals

Canon and Konica Minolta win public sector printing bid

Two major names in the printing business have today announced their successful selection as preferred suppliers in the Government Procurement Service Wiser Public Sector Print Services Framework, writes Linda Endersby. The framework, set to replace the current print services agreement in April was

Exclusive Networks increases techical support for partners

Exclusive Networks is improving the level of technical support it offers resellers to ensure that it doesn't miss out on opportunities because of a lack of skills. The distribution group, which acquired Arc and Vadition, can provide resellers with access to 25 full-time trainers and has invested in

Zornes: Master data governance will fuse MDM to BPM

Master data governance tools are emerging to aid the orchestration of MDM and BPM, according to MDM expert Aaron Zornes. “Big data” is a distraction from the business basics of MDM, he says.

Game goes into administration

The UK's largest electronic game retailer has gone into administration after asking for its shares to be suspended last Wednesday, saying the decision had been taken after careful consideration and ceaseless interrogation of every possible alternative, writes Linda Endersby. Game Group employs arou

Power firm caught out by BSA

The Business Software Alliance has struck again in its ongoing battle to punish those that fail to pay for using software landing a £8,000 settlement with power conversion specialist Coverteam. The payment breaks down to include a settlement payment of £6,000 and a further £2,000

Flexibility of in-memory business intelligence requires some vigilance

In-memory analytics tools give business users more control over how they use business intelligence data. But IT and BI pros need to be on guard to ensure that problems don't result, analysts warn.

Logitech turns to B2B channel with conferencing tool

Logitech has signalled its intention to grow its business through the B2B channel launching an all in one video and audio conferencing tool targeted at companies wishing to increase opportunities for small groups to use conferencing facilities, writes Linda Endersby. The vendor usually uses consume

EMC gets in the cloud-building game

Headlines: EMC wants to build your cloud and has put together cloud-building services going beyond storage. The services target cloud infrastructure, applications and desktop computing.

The ROI of self-service BI

Self-service BI could very well be the answer to the perennial question, "What's the ROI of business intelligence?"

D-Link channel momentum gathers speed

Networkingvendor D-Link is continuing with its mission to cuddle up to the UK channel with the launch of a new 'Value in Partnership' programme that puts the emphasis firmly on driving resellers into new markets. D-Link is keen to get more of its networking partners into its storage and IP surveilla

Companies expand IT outsourcing functions

Companies are expanding the range of services they outsource, with app development at the top of businesses function list, says KPMG

EU to set up cyber crime centre

The European Commission (EC) is proposing a European Cybercrime Centre in efforts to tackle rising levels of online crime across Europe

Retail and insurance lead two-speed IT spending

More IT-based businesses are starting with greater investment in IT after the slowdown, but with lopsided demand as businesses increase spending at different rates

RM stays on track with asset disposals and credit facility

Education specialist RM has indicated that its financial performance remains on track despite the last three months being some of the lowest for revenue and orders. The vendor released a trading statement covering the period from 1 December 2011 to 23 March highlighting that the seasonal nature of

Atlantis hunts Citrix partners for XenApp virtualisation push

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) specialist Atlantis Computing is taking its first steps into the world of server virtualisation to coincide with the imminent migration off Citrix XenApp 4.5 servers running Windows 2003, and is looking to the Citrix channel to help get the job done. There iscurr

Entanet warns over broadband advertising rules

Entanet, the communications provider, has voiced concerns over the new guidelines that will change the way providers advertise broadband speeds from 1st April 2012, writes Linda Endersby. The new principles published by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and Committee of Advertising Practice

Lord Sugar weighs into credit debate

Lord Alan Sugar has decided to share his views about SME credit describing most of those that are rejected for credit as 'skint' and not worth the backing of the banks. The views from Sugar, shared at the Business 2012 conference, come at a time when the government has been making efforts to try an

Workers want more spent on training

British workers would like to see their firms reinvest money into training with staff viewing some of the spending in other areas as wasteful.

Longer relationships on offer to managed services providers

The benefits of managed services for channel partners are fairly well established with recurring revenues and greater chances of incremental revenue on the list. But additional rewards are emerging including gaining longer relationships with customers. According to those working at the coalface in

Twitter and Google reject UK calls for censorship

Google and Twitter have rejected calls by a UK parliamentary committee to introduce measures to stop users breaking privacy injunctions, saying it would be impossible to censor content effectively

Government creates Digital Leaders network

The Cabinet Office has created a Digital Leaders group with representatives from each government department to accelerate its digital agenda.

Security fears hold back moves to next generation data centres

Fears around security are holding customers back from making the shift towards Next Generation Data Centres (NGDCs), writes Linda Endersby. The survey from Crossbeam identified the three main technology areas of the data centre as application servers, storage infrastructure and network A massive 9

Retailer personalizes its service with mobile CRM

Harry Rosen, a high-end clothing retailer, won a Gartner’s CRM award for the way it uses mobile CRM in its stores, running CRM on smartphones and tablets.

Dell signs Magirus to sell data centre product set

Magirus has been signed up by Dell to handle the vendor's data centre solutions including its servers, storage and connectivity products. The distributor has been working with Dell since the start of the year in Europe but now extends the relationship to cover the UK, starting from next month. Mag

MDM market consolidation: Coming to a vendor near you?

Mobile device management is about to undergo major market consolidation. IT pros worry about the effect on their relationships with MDM vendors.

HDS will work with channel to make more noise in the market

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is planning to make more noise in the market and deepen its channel relationships as it looks to flex its muscles in the storage market. The vendor is planning to work closely with its major reseller accounts and develop what vice president of channels and alliances Neill

Cloud transition coming more slowly than expected

A lack of skills is one of the reasons why cloud projects are being held up and the move to a hosted delivery of services and applications is taking much longer than many expected. Research from Citrix on the state of the cloud market has produced some sobering reading revealing that a full transi

Tech employers confident they can fill jobs gap

Hopes that have been pinned on the private sector as being a source for jobs to offset public sector cuts look well placed when it comes to the IT market. The UK technology industry is fairly confident that it can do its bit in creating jobs with 78% of firms expecting to take on more staff this ye

Workforce scheduling, compliance among WFM software benefits

ERP-based, SaaS, standalone -- the choices are bewildering. Workforce management software comes in many different shapes and sizes. Here’s a guide to selecting the right WFM option.

Facebook halts private stock trading in move toward IPO

Facebook will halt trading in its stock on private secondary markets at the end of this week as it prepares for an initial public offering (IPO)

Twitter bug bumps followers without permission

Twitter has admitted users are being affected by a bug that randomly bumps fellow tweeters from their follow lists without permission

Cloud computing seen as key to business success

Financial decision makers believe that cloud computing will be important to the success of their businesses over the next couple of years

Sage highlighted as takeover prospect

City watchers have raised expectations that Sage could be the target of a takeover stoking interest in the software firm. The vendor has been linked with M&A deals in the past, often with an expectation Sage will be involved, but the latest speculation comes on the back of consolidation in the

Channel braced for Microsoft volume licensing price changes

Microsoft's plans to unify its volume licensing pricing policy across the European Union will leave resellers passing on potential price increases to customers. The vendor has made the decision to unify pricing from 1 July and there are expectations that there will be changes to sterling prices, bu

SIPCOM cut costs with storage and server upgrade

Hosting provider SIPCOM cut its licensing costs, and improved SaaS delivery for customers thanks to these infrastructure upgrades.

Financial services wary of growing cyber attacks

The financial services (FS) sector is a key target for cyber criminals with more attacks being made against that vertical market than any other. Although the sector has long been a target for hackers because of the money that could be accessed and has taken necessary steps to protect data there are

Red Hat breaks through $1bn revenue barrier

Open source specialist Red Hat has broken through the $1bn revenue mark with the channel a key factor in the firm's success. The results for the full fiscal year ended 29 February saw the firm reach $1.13bn, a 25% year-on-year increase, and net income rose to $146.6m from $107.3m twelve months earl

No cloud slowdown seen by Microsoft

Just a day after Citrix shared channel research indicating that a transition to the cloud was years away a contradictory picture of the market has been revealed by Microsoft. One of the constant headaches for both resellers and users alike has been trying to get a sense of the timetable for the mov

Organised criminal gangs dominate cyber crime

Cyber crime has become big business and is now masterminded by gangs that are looking to gain financial advantage through their attacks. As well as revealing that 80% of cyber crime is carried out by hardened criminals the review of the state of the market from the John Grieve Centre for Policing a

More companies eyeing SIEM in the cloud

A cloud service can help companies get around some hurdles with SIEM systems.

Dell takes wraps off Cloud specialisation

Dell has taken the wraps off a cloud specialisation for channel partners bringing it into line with its main rivals, which have already taken similar steps. The vendor's cloud services and solutions certification for its PartnerDirect channel will give resellers the chance to provide cloud services

Cable & Wireless Worldwide bidders given more time

The two bidders for Cable & Wireless Worldwide have been given an extension to get their proposals in order after the initial deadline didn't deliver any concrete results. Vodafone and Tata have emerged as the contenders for the CWW business, with both being given a deadline of yesterday to get

Capita scores full marks for government education IT bid

Capita, the business process outsourcing company, announced today its successful selection as an approved supplier for both lots of the Government Procurement Services Information Management and Learning Services Framework, writes Linda Endersby. The framework is for use by schools, academies, cons

Gatwick Airport uses data centre decontamination service: news roundup

Gatwick airport’s initiative to improve performance and life of its IT; public sector’s progress in virtualisation and IT pros’ server management woes are this week’s highlights.

Micro-P adds BenQ products to AV portfolio

Micro-P the Hampshire based retail and B2B distributor has announced it has bolstered its audio visual portfolio after signing a partnership with BenQ, writes Linda Endersby. The distributor will offer BenQ projectors, LCD monitors, large format displays and digital cameras, extending the range of

SIEM deployment case study shows patience is required

Williams Lea’s SIEM is already helping reduce manual log reviews. But there’s still a lot of work to be done before the SIEM can be fully deployed.

RIM hints at consumer exit as losses hit $125m

The state of the size of the challenge trying to compete in the smartphone market at Blackberry maker RIM was laid bare as the firm reported a $125m loss in its latest quarter. RIM has been struggling for a while, with its move into the tablet market not going as well as it had hoped, but in its ke

ISF warns against traditional approaches to IT security risks

The Internet Security Forum haswarned organizations to take a wider approach to IT security risk advising it becomes more of a strategic focus for firms, writes Linda Endersby. The recommendations have been made in Threat Horizon 2014: Managing Risks When Threats Collide, with the report challengin