TechTarget News - Week of Apr 01, 2012

Gartner's five cloud computing trends to watch

Businesses must keep a close eye on cloud IT services to avoid wasting money and missing out on business opportunities, says Gartner

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 30 March 2012

Canon and Konica Minolta win public sector printing bid Canon and Konica Minolta have announced their selection as preferred suppliers in the Government Procurement Service Wiser Public Sector Print Services Framework.

Cisco IOS gets fixes for 12 DoS bugs

Cisco releases 9 advisories to address 13 vulnerabilities on March patch day as part of its bi-annual IOS patching exercise.

Box OneCloud aims to improve iOS document sharing and editing

Document sharing and editing on the iPad and iPhone isn’t always easy. Box OneCloud addresses the problem by integrating with third-party apps and cloud services.

BI training too important to skip, experts say

Training is the step everyone loves to skip, but doing that could imperil the whole BI implementation, proponents say.

Comet owner picks up Game

The owner of Comet has picked up high street retailer Game in a move that saves hundreds of shops from closing and thousands of jobs from being lost. The retailer went into administration last week after struggling with debts and supplier issues and closed 276 stores. But over the weekend OpCapita b

Firms lagging behind in developing BYOD strategies

Customers are not keeping up with consumerisation with a significant number yet to work out a mobility strategy. Despite a surge in the use of mobility products by staff most firms have yet to work out how thay are going to handle policies. Research from Software AG showed that of those it quizzed

LSI launches Nytro Architecture PCIe flash family

LSI combines its WarpDrive and MegaRAID PCIe flash platforms into the Nytro family of solid state accelerators cards with caching and management software.

Daisy Wholesale pushes partners into data services market

Comms aggregator Daisy Wholesale will be running a series of reseller workshops over the course of the next few weeks, with the intention of pushing voice and mobilepartners into the data services market. The workshops, to be held at Daisy's Leeds, Birmingham and Hampshire bases, will cover technolo

Dell gets Wyse as acquisition bandwagon rolls on

Dell has announced its second acquisition in the space of a month, forking out an undisclosed sum to acquire cloud clientand cloud softwarespecialist Wyse Technology. Round Rock's latest purchase, which comes barely three weeks after it bought firewall and UTM vendor SonicWALL, is intended to beef u

CA signs up Ingram to carry hybrid cloud backup product

Ingram Micro has added to its cloud services portfolio after being signed as the exclusive partner for CA's hosted data protection and disaster recovery service. Ingram will carry the CA ARCserve D2D On Demand Software as a Service (SaaS) adding it to the growing list of cloud-based offerings it ca

Business process optimization and the CIO role converge

Keen on applying IT best practices to the business, enterprise leaders rely on CIOs for business process optimization and change management programs.

In-memory processing for analytics: Can you make the business case?

In-memory analytics promises streamlined data analysis processes for business users. But, analysts caution, the numerous in-memory technology options require careful planning and evaluation.

Resellers credited with input into IBM big data product launch

In conjunction with business partners IBM has developed software specifically designed to tap into the growing demand for big data solutions. Big Blue's DB2 and InfoSphere Warehouse applications have been four years in the making and involved input from 200 resellers, 100 customers and naturally hu

Cashflow problems threaten to stall SME growth ambitions

Cashflow continues to be a problem for businesses struggling to get through the recession and could be holding back growth. The warning comes from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) which has said that there are many reasons to be optimistic and confidence is up but cashflow remains weak and th

Corero formalises security VAR programme

DDoS and IPS vendor Corero Network Security has rubber-stamped its first official partner and distributor programme, SecureWatch. Corerohas been surfing a wave of popularinterest in thegrowing prevalance of DDoS attacks on businesses and governments, and reckons it can take advantage of this to offe

Unified communications - moving beyond the desktop era

The findings from the latest Pearlfinders IT Index highlight that business has moved beyond the desktop. The PC is just one of many collaboration environments. With the rise of mobility and bring your own device (BYOD), collaboration solutions should incorporate mobile devices as extensions of the c

Resellers top the growth charts

The channel has flown the flag strongly in a list of the fastest growing mid-sized companies indicating that it's far from all gloom and doom in the reseller world. The latest list of the 100 fastest growing mid-sized companies includes 16 which operate in the IT and telco sector and among them are

Redstone touring car team kicks off 2012 BTCC season

Network and cloud integrator Redstone is offering vendor partners the chance to come in as guest sponsors after becoming title sponsors of the formerMotorbase PerformanceBritish Touring Car (BTCC) squad. Renamed Redstone Racing for the 2012 season, the firm is hoping that the initiative will bolster

SAP plans HANA-ready BusinessObjects for predictive analytics

SAP says that with its new SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis software, customers wanting to perform predictive analytics no longer have to look to third-party vendors.

American Yorktel snaps up Cisco VAR First Connections

Basingstoke-based Cisco reseller and video specialist First Connections has been bought by American video-conferencing services provider Yorktel for an undisclosed sum. New Jersey-based Yorktel, which was formed in 1985, has had a UK presence since 2006 but recently began an expansion drive in EMEA,

Gartner BI Summit: Time to get back to basics with analytics

The 10th annual Gartner BI Summit keynote address highlights changes in the industry and recommends businesses keep in step by remembering the three R’s: Relevance, resources and renovation.

IT pros forgo simplicity, use multiple cloud services

While it may seem counterintuitive, some cloud services providers say customers opt to use multiple clouds for DevOps, disaster recovery and more.

Amplidata updates AmpliStor, rewrites erasure codes

Object storage vendor Amplidata launches its next version of AmpliStor, with revamped BitSpread erasure codes for better scalability and performance.

Arrow ECS bolsters European operations with Altimate buy

Consolidation in the distribution world has continued with Arrow ECS strengthening its hand across Europe with the acquisition of DCC owned Altimate. Altimate specialises in security, data management and virtualisation and operates across eight countries in Europe including the UK, France, Benelux

Avnet extends helpdesk support for resellers

In a move that will support resellers selling managed services Avnet has unveiled a 24 hour helpdesk feature. Providing round the clock support is becoming a demand more customers are expecting resellers to meet and some have already taken steps on their own to cover put of office hours, but the va

Kyocera ditches the Mita to focus on solutions angle

Kyocera Mita is to drop the Mita from its stationery, and would now like to be known as Kyocera Document Solutions. The move reflectsa commonevolution among printer firms from the traditionalpure-play print hardware and ink supplier role into an end-to-end print and document flow management hardware

Oracle business analytics update includes Hyperion 11.1.2.2

The step upgrade to Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.2 is probably the biggest piece of the business analytics announcements the company made this week. It also offered new analytics ties to SAP.

Forrester: Video aids collaboration, social media strategy success

A Forrester report explains best practices for integrating live streaming and on-demand videos for internal use in an organization’s overall social media strategy for more effective business.

Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme

Channel businesses located north of the border are being encouraged to support a new initiative from e-Placement Scotland, a paid IT work placements scheme, designed to highlight the importance of providing paid work experience positions in the industry as a means to begin to beat the skills shortag

STAREAST 2012: Session-based exploratory testing with Bob Galen

Exploratory testing is an unscripted test approach commonly used in the Agile community. At the upcoming STAREAST 2012 conference, consultant and trainer Bob Galen will be speaking about Session-based exploratory testing (SBET), a method of exploratory testing introduced by Jon Bach which applies charters and sessions to exploratory testing. Galen discusses SBET and how it’s used in Agile environments in this Q&A.

Agile development: Changing the way leaders lead

“Moving towards Agile methods challenges all aspects of our traditional management and leadership approaches,” says Agile Consultant, Coach and Trainer Bob Galen. Galen will be presenting “A Test Leader’s Guide to Agile” at STAREAST 2012. In this interview, we hear more about the differences between traditional and Agile leadership and how the transition is affecting leaders and teams.

Google confirms augmented reality spectacles

Google is working on augmented reality glasses and has demonstrated a prototype to elicit feedback before putting the concept into production

London businesses under-prepared for Olympics, study shows

Only 23% of businesses in London and surrounding regions are fully prepared for the potential disruption caused by the 2012 Olympic Games, a YouGov survey has revealed

Gartner: $44bn less spending on IT in 2012

Gartner has revised down its IT spending forecast by $44.4bn due to global currency issues, but still expects spending to increase

Mobile BI gains momentum in UK corporate IT

Mobile BI is on the rise in UK corporate organisations, according to a Corporate IT Forum survey. Cloud BI, big data, social media and predictive analytics have all weakened.

Channel executives see need to bolster hospital IT security

Regulations leave hospitals scrambling to strengthen security. Channel executives are helping hospitals implement IAM, DLP and encryption technology -- albeit on a budget.

UK economy pulls back from brink of double dip

Fears of a double dip recession have receeded slightly after the latest UK Services Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS) showed the economy grew at its strongest rate in the first quarter since the 2010 General Election. A strengtheni

Column: Twitter bashing doesn't hide Skype's own limitations

If the success of an ad campaign is judged by the amount of coverage it gets, then the latest from Skype is turning out to be a bit of a winner, says Billy MacInnes. For those of you who haven't seen it, the $12m campaign in the US and UK, which kicked off on 3 April, takes aim at the likes of Twitt

Gartner revises quarterly IT forecast down on dollar fears

Worldwide IT spending now looks set to hit $3.7tn (£2.3tn) for 2012, up 2.5% on 2011 but down by 0.2% on previous estimates, according to Gartner's latest market outlook. However the lowered growth rate has more to do with the growing strength of the US dollar versus other currencies, rather t

EntaTech to distribute Digium OS comms solutions

EntaTech distributor and Digium, the communications provider, have announced a deal which sees Entatech distributing two of the vendor'ssolutions, writes Linda Endersby. Gayle Magee, director of worldwide distribution sales for Digium, announced "We are excited to expand our presence in the UK

Object storage: A middle-ground option for cloud storage services

Object storage is an option for providers seeking to offer cloud storage services. Three organizations are now leveraging Caringo's object storage platform for cloud storage.

FAST, Trading Standards piracy campaign heads for South East

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)and Trading Standards areto bringtheir anti-software piracycampaignto London and the South East, writes Linda Endersby The 'Software - Stay Legal' programme for the region mirrors initiatives in northern England and in Wales, highlighting the issue of pira

Azlan revamps SMARTnet quote tool for Cisco VARs

C2000 enterprise networking wing Azlan has unveiled a series of tweaks to its Felix platform, which provides quoting, ordering and contract management for resellers usingCisco's SMARTnet support services plan. The addition of new auto-quoting functionality will ease the process of quoting customers

An innovative cloud strategy helps CIO with major ROI

One SearchCIO-Midmarket.com 2012 IT Leadership Award finalist works a creative cloud strategy to save his company both time and capital.

Yahoo! cuts workforce by 14% in major business restructure

Yahoo! yesterday confirmed that it is to shed 2,000 jobs as part of reshaping the company for the future, writes Linda Endersby. The company, which will announce its quarterly results on 17 April,currentlyexpects to realise approximately $375m (£237m)of annualised savings upon completion of al

Accumuli eyes SIEM market buys after solid 2012

A year after its last acquisition, buy-and-build security services outfit Accumuli has turned in strong full-year results, posting total revenues of £7m for the 12 months to 31 March, up 27% year-on-year, and said it will look to make further acquisitions in the coming months. Accumuli chairma

IT consumerization: Hindering adoption of enterprise-grade UC tools

At Enterprise Connect 2012 experts said IT consumerization can slow adoption of enterprise-grade UC and collaboration tools if enterprises fail to adjust their strategy.

IHT2 summit attendees identify 20 health IT challenges

The C-level health care executives at this conference list paper records, infrastructure, poor strategic vision and absent standards among their toughest obstacles to IT success.

Deciphering supply chain management software

SCM has evolved from related but disconnected applications into a tightly woven tool set focused on planning, execution and analytics.

Data center upgrade saves ICF International millions

Professional services firm ICF’s data center upgrade saved nearly $2 million with the help of a public cloud and server virtualization.

Remote systems management apps let IT work on the go

IT pros who use remote systems management apps say they offer more flexibility, letting them perform basic tasks anywhere from the lunchroom to the beach.

Citrix splits from OpenStack standard with CloudStack

Citrix has gone its own way on cloud OSes with CloudStack but claims it doesn't want to kill OpenStack. However, it officially ended Project Olympus.