TechTarget News - Week of Apr 15, 2012

Oracle sues Google for $1bn over Android OS

Oracle sues Google for $1bn over claimed copyright infringement in the Java programming of the Android mobile operating system (OS)

Team Poison hacking highlights need for phone security

The recording of conversations on Scotland Yard’s anti-terror hotline by hacktivist group Team Poison highlights the importance of security for telecommunications, say security experts.

Betfair opens up to software developers

Online gambling firm Betfair is inviting software developers to build apps that work with its betting exchange through a cloud-based development environment known as App Cloud.

Infosec 2012: BYOD great for infosec profession, says IT head

Supporting a bring your own device (BYOD) programme is relatively simple, says the head of IT infrastructure and support services at the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organisation.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 April 2012

Kelway gets LAR status with BSS buy Kelway has added Microsoft Large Account Reseller status to its credentials after acquiring Ireland's major (LAR) BSS. BSS, with operations in both Belfast and Dublin, is one of the largest LARs in Ireland expands Kelway's reach.

The Internet Group eyes exiting MSP owner-managers

Managed service provider owner managers looking to exit their businesses will form a key part of The Internet Group's (TIG) acquisition strategy, the firm has said.

Overcoming mobile testing challenges: Functional testing in a mobile world

Mobile testing may seem overwhelming to many testers, as the mobile space is rapidly growing and new challenges arise every day. Independent consultant Karen Johnson offers some tips for approaching these challenges and gives a preview of what she will cover in her STAREAST presentation, “Testing in the Mobile Environment: A Functional View.”

C2000 consumer division adopts Triade name

Computer 2000 has announced it will adopt the TDTriade name for its consumer electronics division in the UK and Ireland, writes Linda Endersby.

Software resellers named to Pro5 public sector framework

A grand total of 12 resellers have been named to the Pro5 public sector buying consortium's new software and associated services framework, which covers over 200 local authorities and public sector organisations across the country, with two firms, Yorkshire-based Software Box and Phoenix Software.

Gartner survey reveals CEOs will increase IT investment

According to a new Gartner CEO Survey 85% percent of CEOs believe their enterprises will be impacted by an economic downturn in 2012, writes Linda Endersby. Despite this cautionary feel most CEOs will increase IT investment, but the analyst house has still warned on leadership strategy practice.

Mobile printing complexities plague BYOD

Issues with printing from mobile devices plague BYOD shops. Apple, Google and Microsoft have to offer enterprises better printing capabilities to make BYOD more efficient.

Daisy fires up M&A engine once more

After a period of relative calm and reflection, acquisitive Daisy Group has stoked its boilers once again.

SGI adopts hybrid storage for clustered NAS

Headlines: SGI NAS uses hybrid storage with DRAM, solid-state drives and hard drives, ZFS, and SGI caching and management software in scale-out clusters.

Charity cuts costs with Xsigo network virtualisation

Storage roundup: Charity cuts costs with Xsigo network virtualisation; prison group gets cloud backup; Danish city deploys Fusion-io software; Amplidata software upgrade; and more news.

Facebook to back US cyber-security snooping bill

Facebook says it will back a new US cyber-security bill that will enable the government to access web users' private data on suspicion of a cyber threat.

Microsoft readies Windows 8

Users will have a choice of Windows and Windows Pro with the new version of Windows 8 due out later this year.

Gartner: CIOs not cut out for the board

CEOs view CIOs as itinerant technology specialists rather than leadership material, research from Gartner shows.

More downtime at Royal Mail IT

Royal Mail is having problems with its website in the latest episode in a recent run of downtime in customer-facing systems

Government launches £40m cloud investment fund

The government has launched an Enterprise Capital Fund to lend over £40m to UK cloud computing and software-as-a-service companies

Notion to back cloud firms with $150m investment fund

Investment specialist Notion Capital has unveiled plans to invest up to $150m in cloud computing and Software as a service (SaaS) companies in the UK and Europe.

Industry job applications hit new high

Specialist IT recruitment agency CV Screen has reported a surge in applicants for IT jobs, with an average of 194 applications per advertised vacancy during the last 12 months, suggesting that confidence in the sector was bouncing back.

Supercomputers: Q&A guide

Hans Werner Meuer, co-founder of the Top 500 supercomputer list, discusses the latest trends in high performance computing.

The race to provide good, reliable broadband during the Olympics

There's no doubt that the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will present a unique situation to British industry, says Dan Cunliffe, head of partners and strategy at O2 Wholesale.

Can SAP databases compete with Oracle?

SAP claims it wants to be the No. 2 database vendor by 2015, and it’s pushing to do so. But is its goal realistic, and what is Oracle doing about it?

Mobile projects failing to get user support

With more firms planning to invest in mobile projects to enable staff to work on the move it's becoming clearer what attributes customers are looking for in potential suppliers.

ComputerLinks extends storage portfolio with Infortrend

Computerlinks continues to expand beyond its traditional security business bolstering its other lines with the signing of networked storage specialist Info trend.

Mid-sized firms losing out on talent to competition

Mid-sized firms are struggling to secure the top talent as they miss out on some of the most attractive staff to start-ups or larger rivals prepared to give bigger salaries.

Strategies for selling benefits of HIE to patients

Emphasizing how health information exchange helps patients brought the Central Illinois HIE from nearly nothing to 50% participation in just three years. Here's how it happened.

Tesco ramps up digital investment

Tesco is ramping up its online division in the UK, as part of its plan to invest £1bn following disappointing sales in Britain.

Exchange Server 2010 SP2 RU 2 contains 43 more fixes

Another rollup update for Exchange 2010 SP2 and once again admins get a slew of new fixes. Is this cause for concern or is the Exchange team simply exterminating a lot of little bugs?

Silver Peak attacks big data WAN latency with new EMC collaboration

Decreasing WAN latency for big-data replication and file sharing is key for large enterprises with multiple locations. Silver Peak helps speed data replication for EMC Isilon customers.

Dell recruits channel development director

Dell has appointed a channel development director to mastermind growing the business the vendor gets from the top end of its reseller base.

New role for Jones as Brother reshuffles UK management

Brother sales and marketing director Phil Jones is to step into the role of UK country head and deputy managing director as the firm repositions its UK management for a renewed push for new market share.

BSA anti-piracy campaign hits Reading

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) attempts to educate customers about the need to pay for the software is pitching up in Reading.

New HR system starts with persuasive business case

To convince the CFO about a new HR technology investment, industry observers say, present a business case that includes the costs of the project plus the TCO of current and planned HR systems.

DeutscheBank cloud expert to join Intergence

Intergence, the Cambridge based IT optimisation consultancy has appointed ex Deutsche Bank cloud specialist Alistair McLaurin as a principal consultant, writes Linda Endersby.

Faster data delivery livens BI performance, user satisfaction

With business users looking to get their hands on business intelligence data more quickly, making BI systems more flexible and responsive is becoming a priority in many organizations.

Company trades SAP systems integrator Capgemini for niche firm

Florida Crystals’ decision to leave Capgemini came down to finding a niche provider that could provide specialized cloud skills and a closer, more strategic business relationship.

Cisco launches partner services and midmarket incentives

Cisco has used its annual partner conference for the platform to take the wraps off a couple of fresh partner incentives, writes Linda Endersby. The Cisco Services Partner Program, expected to be available to all partners in all geographies in the next 18 months, will provide access to the vendor's

Services continue to deliver for Computacenter

The services business continues to deliver for Computacenter with the long-term picture looking rosy for the channel player, despite some current margin erosion.

HP study finds widespread custom Web application flaws

A review of hundreds of unique custom Web applications found more than half are vulnerable to cross-site scripting and more than 86% contain injection flaws.

OwnCloud provides on-premise file-sharing software alternative

OwnCloud began as an open source community project and now offers a commercial version of its file-sharing software to compete with enterprise Dropbox, but for on-premise use.

Windows Intune goes mobile with iOS, Android management

It’s Apple and Android’s world, and Microsoft’s just managing it. Admins can use the new Windows Intune to manage iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

Royal Bank of Scotland CIO steps down

Ian Alderton, chief information officer at the corporate division of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has left the bank this month.

New Yahoo chief to axe 'non-core' products

Yahoo's chief executive Scott Thompson has confirmed plans to shut down dozens of products that are not seen as core business in a bid to turn around the firm's fortunes.

Amazon launches software marketplace on AWS

Amazon claims its new online store will make it easy for customers to find, compare, and start using cloud software.

Mobile commerce soars 254% in the UK

The number of customers using smartphones to make purchases soared by 254% from March 2011, according to IMRG.

OpenStack gains appeal with Puppet Labs integration

Puppet Labs aligns with OpenStack software, as OpenStack vies with Citrix’s CloudStack and others to be the platform of choice for cloud.

Twitter spam used to spread rogue security software

A new spam campaign is promoting fake antivirus software through hundreds of fake or compromised Twitter accounts and thousands of tweets, warn security researchers.

Banks and SAP collaborate on cloud platform

Citibank and the Royal Bank of Scotland are working with SAP to develop a cloud platform businesses can link their systems to directly

D-Link welcomes C2000 back into distribution fold

D-Link and Computer 2000 are getting reacquainted after a two-year break in their relationship, signing a new distribution agreement that will see the full range of D-Link's products, including its IP surveillance and storage lines, sold through C2000's specialist PC Components division.

Shares plunge as Promethean performance disappoints

Shareholders who backed interactive whiteboard (IWB) manufacturer Promethean when it listed on the stock exchange two years ago saw their shares drop to just a third of the original price following poor results from the vendor.

Resellers warned BYOD will disrupt support services

The bring your own device trend is set to reach a £2bn opportunity in the UK software and IT services market by 2016 but could spell problems for those resellers who fail to move with the times.

Avaya UK boss exits after eight months

Avaya has parted company with its UK and Ireland managing director, Andrew Shepperd, after just eight months in charge. Sheppard replaced Lee Shorten at the helm in August last year, and vowed to take a "back to basics" approach to the firm's dealings with the networking channel.

IDC, Wikibon size up the 'big data' market

Analysts calculate how, well, big the market has become, indicating considerable growth three and even five years out, though the projections differ dramatically.

Colt expands channel with managed services franchise options

Networking services provider Colt is to add a new string to its bow, creating a franchise partner channel in a bid to increase its exposure to end-user customers across Europe and help comms VARs make the transition into a managed services role.

Building a quality organization with talent management

At STAREAST 2012, keynote speaker Keith Klain spoke about his success in leading cultural change by emphasizing leadership skills, talent management and empowerment.

Apple sales through distribution expand significantly in Q1

The amount of Apple products being handled by distribution across Western Europe continues to rise as demand for the vendor's tablets, notebooks and smartphones carries on spiralling upwards.

Nokia to make do without sales boss as scale of slump grows

Fallen mobility behemoth Nokia will attempt to muddle along without a sales boss after executive vice president Colin Giles decided to cash in his chips and make a hurried exit from the table after 20 years of service, ostensibly to spend more time with his family.

From the Editors: Sure start for MDM, big data projects

Several organisations, including the BBC, are embarking on journeys with product MDM, big data and data visualisation software to save money and increase efficiency.

GCHQ releases Alan Turing code-breaking papers

Government communications intelligence agency GCHQ has released two papers by Alan Turing on the theory of code breaking

Outsourcing in the UK slows down in early 2012

Outsourcing in the UK has slowed considerably in the first three months of 2012 with the value of contracts signed falling well below last year.

£12.5m RCJ eWorking system gets canned

The Royal Courts (RCJ) of Justice’s £12.5m eWorking system has been axed, after months of poor implementation and low user uptake.

BBC wants to build a cultural API

With over 80 years of cultural information in its archive, the BBC is looking at making programme metadata available

New technologies have flash, but brawn still in SCM hardware

Foundational technologies like barcodes, RFID, and mobile computers are fueling next-generation SCM systems, helping manufacturers mitigate risk and achieve end-to-end visibility.

Customer experience marketing is in the cloud of confusion

Customers. Let's be honest, they're an expensive pain in the assets. You can never do enough for them so who'd blame you if you took a leaf out of one famous telco's book and didn't bother?

Xbox dip takes shine off Microsoft performance

The core parts of Microsoft's operations delivered the numbers for the vendor which saw the performance of its entertainment division, powered by the Xbox, tumble in its third fiscal quarter.

C2000 outlines cloud programme to resellers

Computer 2000 has set out to get more resellers involved with the cloud after establishing a programme to help arm partners with the skills and knowledge needed to sell hosted solutions.

Acer meets London 2012 Olympic challenge head-on

With under a month to go until the 2012 London Olympics, we went behind the scenes at LOCOG to find out how Official Worldwide Olympic Partner Acer is meeting the challenge of supplying IT hardware to the greatest show on Earth.

In-depth: HMRC goes real time

Soon to be compulsory, employers need to know about Real Time Information (RTI), a project launched by the government some 18 months ago to overhaul the way PAYE is run in the UK, writes Jason Piper.

Moving to DevOps speeds deployment and boosts ROI

The DevOps model is gaining popularity and offers many benefits, according to STAREAST 2012 presenter Manoj Narayanan.

OpenStack not yet a mature competitor, says VMware CEO

VMware CEO Paul Maritz has dismissed Rackspace's OpenStack cloud computing project as "relatively immature" and not yet a competitive threat to the vSphere environment, saying that VMware's greater, nearer-term challenge will come from Microsoft.

Sage midmarket boss Greg Ford heads to Version One

Software vendor Version One has poached ex-Sage midmarket boss to be its new managing director after Julian Buck announced he was stepping down from the role.