The first eight UK universities have been awarded 'Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research' status
Civil liberties groups criticise government plans to grab powers to monitor the calls, e-mails, texts and website visits of all UK citizens
Businesses must keep a close eye on cloud IT services to avoid wasting money and missing out on business opportunities, says Gartner
It's 12 years since Tony Blair promised online public services. Can the Government Digital Service deliver on that promise at last?
The prize for public sector savings through shared services arrangements is huge. We examine what makes such projects work.
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 releases 9 advisories to address 13 vulnerabilities on March patch day as part of its bi-annual IOS patching exercise.
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.
While GPs in England lead the world in using IT, hospital doctors lag behind, undermining the drive to create joined up healthcare
Training is the step everyone loves to skip, but doing that could imperil the whole BI implementation, proponents say.
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
CIO Paul Harder focuses on developing leadership skills among his nonprofit agency's team and in the community on a very small IT budget.
It's looking more as though small clinics and hospitals will have to set up enterprise data warehouses to participate in ACOs and other quality-based reimbursement programs.
Dell completes desktop virtualisation portfolio with thin client hardware and software from Wyse Technology
Pleased with the Red Hat, Gluster deal, IT shops looking for software-based storage praise their new products.
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 combines its WarpDrive and MegaRAID PCIe flash platforms into the Nytro family of solid state accelerators cards with caching and management software.
Companies should put aside internal differences to get handle on MDM, a Gartner researcher says at the group’s CRM conference.
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
Headlines: DataDirect Networks deploys two storage systems for people who want to start small in their approach to “big data.”
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
Outdated SIEM systems were difficult to deploy and costly to maintain, according to one expert. Today, CISOs are considering highly integrated, lightweight systems with more automation.
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
Keen on applying IT best practices to the business, enterprise leaders rely on CIOs for business process optimization and change management programs.
Following a breach that leaked approximately 1.5 million payment card numbers, Global Payments is now working to achieve PCI compliance once again.
A security expert warns organizations against buying the latest and greatest security technology and advocates for more effective pen testing at InfoSec World Conference and Expo 2012.
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.
Dell acquired Wyse to bolster its desktop virtualization and thin client offerings. Wyse's cloud software could also help Dell gain cloud momentum.
Learn what SAP supply chain customers gained -- or didn’t -- from their software deployments, whether it was for analytics, warehouse management, or planning and forecasting.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has signed a £30m deal with IBM to develop high performance computing (HPC)
HMRC has cut the cost of an IT project by nearly £50m after awarding the contract to a start-up, rather than a traditional systems integrator
Vendor briefs: Datto integrates backup, DR with ConnectWise; Promark offers Starboard storage; Gladinet launches Cloud Version 4.0.
Finding information management and ECM success requires engaging employees in enterprise social media and mobile, speakers and attendees at the AIIM conference said.
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
ICT companies comprised the largest group of the fastest growing, privately owned companies in the UK on the Investec Hot 100 list
The new HotLink channel program helps virtualization VARs stand out with a virtualization manager tool that could lead to additional business.
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
StorSimple launches higher capacity cloud storage devices with upgraded software for faster data movement and restores.
Tintri’s virtual machine storage platform gets VAAI support and improved virtual machine cloning capabilities.
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
Thanks to inconsistent enforcement, security risks worry health care CIOs more than their colleagues in other industries. The silver lining: Risk assessment plans are in place.
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
VDI storage benchmarking and planning tools can give administrators a better idea of their storage requirements and costs before beginning a virtual desktop project.
Today’s security information management systems (SIM) are excellent forensics tools, but they haven’t yet achieved status as effective real-time security tools.
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
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 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.
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,
An Enterasys executive applauded use of internal social media at Gartner’s annual CRM conference, saying it has improved his company’s sales and culture. It may have a place for everyone.
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.
State, county and local law enforcement should play a role in data security breach investigations, says Nick Selby, an IT security consultant and police officer.
The tweets, blog posts and quotes from the first day of Gartner's annual BI Summit get summed up here.
Facebook is counter suing Yahoo in an escalating patent battle between the rival social networking firms
EC competition authorities investigate Motorola Mobility after complaints from Apple and Microsoft that it tried to block sales of their products
Police forces in the South West of England are going live with a £1.1m data sharing system across the region
Liam Maxwell, director of ICT Futures at the Cabinet Office, is to become the deputy government CIO.
The University of the West of England is using network technology to give students increased access to academic resources
Atos has completed the first live rehearsal of IT, communications, media, sports and security systems for the London 2012 Olympics
Thermal processing plant operator Bodycote has reduced the complexity of its Microsoft environment through an enterprise agreement, saving over £400,000
The UK government has launched a £1bn Youth Contract Scheme offering incentives to businesses employing 18-25 year olds
While it may seem counterintuitive, some cloud services providers say customers opt to use multiple clouds for DevOps, disaster recovery and more.
Lancashire County Council has agreed a £62.5m deal to roll-out superfast broadband across the county.
In a bid to lower the burden on the helpdesk, Leeds has built a portal and online apps market for smartphone users
Blunt experts at InfoSec World said enterprise IT security strategy often misses the mark, but some attendees suggested the experts are out of touch.
Object storage vendor Amplidata launches its next version of AmpliStor, with revamped BitSpread erasure codes for better scalability and performance.
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
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 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
The step upgrade to Oracle Hyperion 126.96.36.199 is probably the biggest piece of the business analytics announcements the company made this week. It also offered new analytics ties to SAP.
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.
Microsoft has finally delivered a new version of its roaming user profiles tool called UE-V, providing profile management for virtual desktops.
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
Microsoft App-V 5.0 offers a native app experience. It also gives IT pros a way to reduce storage requirements and more flexible management options.
The Hard Disc Drive (HDD) market, hit hard by the floods in Thailand last year, should have got back to normal by the second half of this year.
IBM, Oracle and SAP topped Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for CPM software, which shows a move toward SaaS and financial governance.
European agency provides framework for monitoring cloud provider security after a contract is signed.
Do the CIO and CFO see eye to eye on IT's value to the business? A new SearchCIO.com report reveals some serious gaps and ways to improve alignment.
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.
“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.
The Department of Health and CSC failed to meet the deadline to agree new terms for the troubled electronic records systems Lorenzo
Google is working on augmented reality glasses and has demonstrated a prototype to elicit feedback before putting the concept into production
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 has revised down its IT spending forecast by $44.4bn due to global currency issues, but still expects spending to increase
Lack of ubiquitous mobile connectivity in Britain is impeding economic growth, according to the UK CIO of accountancy firm Deloitte
Data governance lies at the heart of Premier Farnell's globalisation strategy. And the electronics distributor's head of global planning and governance says senior management education comes first.
HMRC has told businesses it is shutting down IT systems just weeks before the end of the financial year, due to a complex systems upgrade
VMware Octopus could have a leg up on competitors in the enterprise file-sharing market if, as IT pros hope, it has strong ties to VMware’s other data center infrastructure.
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.
With its new CCIE Data Center certification, Cisco offers training that allows network engineers to work across IT silos.
Regulations leave hospitals scrambling to strengthen security. Channel executives are helping hospitals implement IAM, DLP and encryption technology -- albeit on a budget.
Airline Flybe is providing flight crew with iPads to allow them access safety manuals
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
Recruitment firm max20 claims the number of NHS IT placements doubled in the first quarter, compared with last year
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
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 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 is an option for providers seeking to offer cloud storage services. Three organizations are now leveraging Caringo's object storage platform for cloud storage.
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
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
Browsium – the start-up which helped HMRC slash IE6 upgrade costs by £50m – is in talks with all major government departments.
Even if you run a strictly IPv4network, IPv6 security may still be an issue. IPv6 monitoring is needed today, according to Blue Coat, which supports it in PacketShaper 9.
One SearchCIO-Midmarket.com 2012 IT Leadership Award finalist works a creative cloud strategy to save his company both time and capital.
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
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
Some enterprise IT leaders are only dipping their toes into cloud solutions. Others, however, have taken the -- carefully considered -- plunge.
Microsoft’s six bulletins include critical server repairs, Internet Explorer updates and a critical update of its .NET Framework.
OpenStack delivered Essex, the fifth version of its cloud OS, with a raft of features for enterprises. Are they enough to lure large IT shops?
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.
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.
Rainmaker Entertainment gave its aging scale-out NAS clusters a lift by adding Alacritech ANX 1500 solid-state caching device.
SCM has evolved from related but disconnected applications into a tightly woven tool set focused on planning, execution and analytics.
Professional services firm ICF’s data center upgrade saved nearly $2 million with the help of a public cloud and server virtualization.
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 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.
Microsoft makes it on the list of top Linux code contributors. Also, new Ubuntu version makes waves and two enterprise Linux giants celebrate milestones.
Attendees at the Gartner BI Summit said aligning the IT department with the line of business is one of the biggest challenges facing them today.
Despite issues with Microsoft's licensing policy, the Desktop as a Service market is poised for growth. Citrix eases providers' foray into DaaS with its Cloud Provider Pack.