TechTarget News - Week of Apr 29, 2012

Malware targets Macs and PCs

A malware attack is targeting computers running Mac OS and Windows, says security firm Sophos

ICO issues first monetary penalty to the NHS

The Information Commissioner's Office has served the first monetary penalty against the NHS for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act.

University reduces three week process to seconds

The University of Greenwich has reduced the time it takes to process student tutorial appointments from three weeks to a matter of seconds through automation software.

Government launches MyCSP mutual project

The government has launched the first of a planned series of mutuals which take public services and split the ownership between government, staff and private sector.

Pharmas show future of meaningful use, clinical data analytics

What on earth will we do with all the bits and bytes collected via meaningful use criteria? Clinical data analytics, that's what. Pharmas already are launching pilot projects.

Cisco Smart Services: Partners can customize with open APIs

At Cisco Partner Summit 2012, the company extended its Cisco Smart Services plan, promising to make management services more customizable and simpler to maneuver.

Half of UK networks vulnerable to APTs

Many UK corporate networks are vulnerable to advanced persistent threats (APTs), a survey has revealed.

Belgium Testing Days conference: The purpose of software testing

“QA versus Testing: Antagonism or Symbiosis?” was the theme for the Belgium Testing Days conference. SSQ’s Agile expert Lisa Crispin attended the conference and brings back highlights in this two-part series.

Quality assurance vs. testing the focus of Belgium Testing Days

Lisa Crispin continues with summaries of the keynote and many of the sessions at Belgium Testing Days. The theme of the conference was “QA versus Testing: Antagonism or Symbiosis?”

Public sector opportunities continue despite cuts

The public sector showed surprising signs of life in the last quarter as the need to cut budgets translated into spending on technology. Since the current government started its deficit reduction programme of cuts the public sector has been a place for the channel to be wary of with the amount of m

Cloud integration revitalizes an aged business model

A cloud integration platform helps CIO relaunch a struggling business by leveraging a community of partners and reaching thousands of new customers.

WD meeting HDD demand as Thai floods become a memory

The impact of the Thailand floods has finally become a historical issue for Western Digital as it revealed its operations had got to a point were they could now meet demand. The Thai floods decimated the hard disc drive (HDD) industry last year with shortages expected to continue to be an issue in

Advanced advances on mobile BI market

Business application and services provider Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced)is moving into the competitive hardware market with the launch of a solutionset that will couple a new mobile BI package with handsets, tablet devicesand airtime contracts. Recent Gartner figures revealed that although

Logitech courts unified comms channel partners

Logitech's new EMEA b2b director, John Howard, has spoken of the need for partners to make the most of the opportunity to add peripheral elements, such as webcams or headsets, to the unified comms (UC) sale, as the firm reflects on the recent launch of its first business-specific product and preps a

Check Point hires Phillips to drive major accounts business

Check Point has recruited a former Xchanging and Brocade staffer to handle its major accounts sales effort in the UK. Paul Phillips joins the security vendor as major accounts sales director for the UK and Ireland with a brief to manage relationships with existing customers and increase the busines

Datapoint makes key managed services hire

Unified communications (UC) reseller and contact centre specialist Datapoint has recruited former Easynet professional services head Matt Taylor to "inject much-needed momentum into the development of [its] professional and managed services portfolio". Taking up the role of group services

M-hance launches first graduate recruitment scheme

Microsoftsoftware housem-hance has teamed up with specialist recruiters Discovery Graduates to launch its first graduate recruitment scheme. Following its 29 February acquisition of Maxima's Business Solutions division, the firm has seen its customer base more than double to 2,400 and is now looking

Court rules UK ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

The High Court has ruled that five of the UK's largest internet service providers must block access to Swedish-based file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.

Microsoft challenges Amazon with $300m investment

Microsoft is challenging Amazon's dominance of the e-book market by investing $300 in Barnes & Noble's Nook reader and university textbook businesses.

G-Cloud cost £4.93m to set up, says Maude

The government’s G-Cloud programme and CloudStore cost £4.93m to set up, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in response to a parliamentary question.

Samsung tops smartphone league table

The manufacturer overtakes Apple as the best-selling make of smartphone in the world, according to Juniper Research.

Split personalities put data scientists in play

These specialists are in high demand these days, but who are they really? Scientists? Analysts? Statisticians? In fact, they are each of these and more.

Fujitsu joins CityFibre in £50m broadband push

While the UK’s largest cities have the likes of BT and Virgin Media building up their broadband connections, CityFibre has signed a new contract with Fujitsu to help “second-tier” cities get online.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 April 2012

Westcon first to get Microsoft EMEA Lync-in-a-Box contract Microsoft has handed Westcon Convergence pan-EMEA distribution rights to its Lync-in-a-Box catalogue, the first distributor in the region to be appointed.

Microsoft volume licensing changes will cause price hikes

Microsoft has revealed the impact of the changes its volume licensing programme will have on prices with UK partners facing the prospect of double-digit rises. The vendor announced back in February that it would be looking to maintain consistency by harmonising its volume licensing programmes across

ACS guzzles Microsoft, Cisco partner Fabric Technologies

Software and services provider ACS has bought City of London-based Microsoft GoldPartnerand managed services provider Fabric Technologies Ltd for £4.6m. Fabric's Microsoft expertise is centred onDynamics CRM and NAV, Office and Sharepoint, and ACSclaims thepurchase of Fabric creates one of the

Cisco and IDA to invest €26m into R&D jobs

Cisco has announced the expansion of its research and development centre in Galway, thanks to funding from the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in Ireland.

Monitoring tools key to managed services success

Resellers looking to move into managed services have been advised to think carefully about their choice of monitoring tools. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have described the monitoring tool as key to ensuring that they can see what is happening with customers and meet the service level agreement

Cloud purchase pays off for ShoreTel, but net profit still elusive

ShoreTel's1 February acquisition of cloud communications vendor M5 Networks looks to be paying off, the firm has revealed. Following the closure of the acquisition on 23 March, CEO Peter Blackmore revealed that ShoreTel's new cloud division made sales of $1.3m (£800,614)during the last eight d

Column: Just who is the ICO penalising with fines for data breaches?

I was fascinated by a story concerning how the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) punishes organisations that self-report data breaches. According to figures supplied to ViaSat UK by the ICO in a freedom of information request, there were 730 self-reported data breaches between 22 March 2011

Re-creating a business intelligence system on the fly

How one SearchCIO-Midmarket.com IT Leadership Awards finalist helped re-create his company's business intelligence system with the aid of data visualization software.

IT managers struggle with virtual back-ups

IT managers find backing up virtual infrastructure too difficult, according to a study from data back-up and recovery company Quantum

VMware to Hyper-V converts share lessons learned

Users making the switch from VMware to Hyper-V say they’ll save on licensing costs, but migration plans can be stymied by Linux VM migrations and long-term licensing agreements.

ACEs shortlist announced

The shortlist for the MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence has been unveiled with voting now open. A large number of entries made the judging of the long-list a challenge with many submissions containing quality reference points to back up the claims about excellent products and delivery. The

ExactTrak ploughs funding round into channel development

Data protection start-up ExactTrak is to plough a £475,000private funding round into channel development as it seeks to build new routes to market for its mobile workforcedata protection solution, Security Guardian.

IBM Impact conference coverage 2012

IBM Impact 2012 in Las Vegas brings IT pros from all over the world together to talk about trends in BPM, cloud computing and of course SOA.

FUD creeping back into security sell

The prospect of security channel players resorting to using fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to sell products has become an issue again. Over the last few years FUD had been shelved in preference for a more positive pitch involving a conversation about business processes and how the right security

GlobalPayments breach update explains scope of lapse

The payment processor breach is believed to be under 1.5 million credit cards, but the company indicated on Tuesday that banks are issuing a “wide net to protect customers

Expert Exchange insight: Quotes from TEC 2012

Exchange experts at TEC 2012 had lots of interesting things to say about Exchange, Office 365 and more. Here are some of the most interesting quotes from the show.

Manufacturing sector starts to head into the cloud

The manufacturing sector across Western Europe is opening up to the cloud with initial doubts about using hosted technology appearing to dissipate. The latest review of the state of the market from IDC indicates that the sector, which has been one of the slowest in the uptake of cloud computing, is

Revitalised Getronics strategy puts emphasis on collaboration

Services and outsourcing house Getronics has been detailing aspects of its evolving business strategy as its acquisition by Germany-based investment vehicle Aurelius, first announced in January, closes. Besides detailing future innovations, such as a cloud services and application aggregator set to

Eight stories tell the tale of SAP mobility

From its growing ecosystem to Sybase Afaria, here is a collection of SearchSAP.com stories that clarify what SAP’s evolving mobile roadmap means for customers.

Opinion: SAM - The service provider's gold mine

Software Asset Management (SAM) needs an informed reseller supporting the technology to ensure that the customer gets the best out of it, according to Sean Robinson, director of License Dashboard. The benefits of software asset management (SAM) has long been argued, but when it comes to actually de

Research In Motion bets on Mobile Fusion and BlackBerry 10

Research In Motion offered the first look at its new mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10, and other enterprise products that give IT pros cautious optimism for the company.

GP record data to be released in September

GP record information will be opened up in the next six months as part of the Department of Health’s plan to release healthcare data

Ipsos global CIO Ben Booth departs

The global chief information officer at market research giant Ipsos, Ben Booth, has left the company.

Awareness growing but software license education still needed

An increasing number of customers are starting to accept that their software licensing is a mess and they need to use tools to ensure they are on top of their affairs but the channel still needs to educate the vast number about the need to be compliant. With the likes of the Business Software Assoc

Everything Everywhere rolls out 4G trial in Lake District

Cabinet minister Michael Gove has unveiled Everything Everywhere’s new 4G trial in Cumbria, despite ongoing tensions between operators and Ofcom over the company’s use of spectrum.

Weak sales produce flat revenues at Symantec

Symantec suffered from a weaker than expected fourth fiscal quarter as the first three months of the year saw its license sales decline. The security expert delivered its Q4 numbers showing flat revenue year-on-year for the three months ended 31 March at $1.68bn but it still got the chance to talk

MasterCard certifies raft of NFC mobiles

MasterCard has certified HTC, Intel, LG, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony mobiles to use its near field communications (NFC) payment system

Virtualisation spending rising on back of VDI demand

The demand for virtualisation has started to head back to the levels enjoyed in 2010 as customers start to roll out desktop projects. For the first time in the best part of two years the market in Q2 showed a 5.4% increase in those IT decision-makers who planned to spend on virtualisation. Accordi

SOCA takes its website offline in DDoS response

Just days after SOCA shut down carder sites, the agency was the victim of a DDoS attack, leading SOCA to takes its website offline.

Acer eyes corporate resellers with new channel programme

Acer has revealed details of a new partner programme, launching in June,that it hopes will enable it to take a larger slice of the corporate market, while keeping focus on the SMB sector. The relaunched Acer Synergy Partner Programme will classify its 2,000 UK partners according to performance, expe

CA partners reveal cloud has reached the masses

Spending on cloud computing has risen for the fourth year in a row according to CA Technologies resellers as more customers start to embrace hosted technology. According to the vendor's latest Channel Index survey of partners its reseller base now puts the level of customers that are using cloud at

Mozy sticks Union Jack on VAR programme

EMC-owned online backup specialist Mozy has unveiled a UK-specific version of its partner programme, with a Sterling price list and country specific lead generation and allocation at its core. Although it has been happily inductingBritish partners into its existing programme since 2008, the firm sai

Facebook IPO could value firm up to $95bn

Facebook has set the share price for its initial public offering (IPO) this month at $28 to $35 a share, which will value the company at up to $95bn.

Digital skills shortage is hitting employers

IT contractors with digital skills can earn £500 per day as the expected shortage of IT professionals begins to unfold and demand increases.

FTTH Council: UK broadband ‘not ambitious enough’

The president of the European organisation claims the UK needs to ‘widen its eyes’ to the opportunity better broadband could bring to businesses

UK to expand cyber info-sharing hub after initial success

A public/private cyber security initiative exposed a campaign of malicious emails targeting UK defence companies, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has revealed.

London to test urban operating system

London is to test an operating system developed to support the smart cities of the future to keep buildings, traffic and services running smoothly.

Finding the broadband pipes for rural telemedicine

Communities can tap into 4G, local T1 lines as the data pipes for future rural telemedicine access, says one CIO managing a large network.

Android tablets disappoint but Apple powers on

The tablet market failed to meet analyst expectations last quarter as a result of a sharp drop in worldwide shipments of Android based products. Apple continued to sell large numbers of iPads but a poor performance by its main rival platform saw shipments drop from the end of last year to Q1 by 38.

Enterasys channel emerges from the shadows for BYOD battle

Following a restructuring of its channel that saw it part company with the bulk of its reseller base, network infrastructure specialist Enterasys is presenting a leaner silhouette to UK partners, and betting that a newly-launched IAM appliance will helpits channelget in front of clients anxious to f

Oracle looks for $777m from SAP in retrial

The spat between SAP and Oracle over the damages that should be paid after the code-stealing of German software giant's TomorrowNow division continues to rumble on. The case goes back to 2007 when Oracle sued its rival for allowing its TomorrowNow division to download code which it then went onto a

In-depth: What does the server market hold in store for 2012?

2011 was a brisk year for server revenues, but the floods in Thailand and other issues brought final quarter figures down - so what lies in store for the market this year, asks Billy MacInnes The global server market looks like a pretty good place to be right now. Sure, it may have slowed in the las

Leasing becoming an option for cash-strapped firms

More customers are turning to leasing as a way to get access to funds in a bid to catch up on a few years of sluggish IT investment. Research carried out by Equanet has highlighted a three-year gap in technology investment, which is hampering efficiency and competitiveness. The problem is caused b

VMware shops eye rocky road to private cloud

VMware users say their organizations are beginning to push past server virtualization toward private clouds, but the jury’s still out on exactly which tools and processes will take them there.

Column: Losing count of the Oracle court cases

I wonder if, like me, you have lost count of the high profile court cases Oracle is embroiled in. The case with Google concerning Java and Android that is currently hogging the headlines is easy to remember and there's also the one with HP over Itanium which also surfaced recently. And then there's

Column: Wanted: honest relationship. Ts&Cs need not apply

Recently, one of the big supermarkets complained that shoppers are cheating them. It turns out that people who scan their own shopping are becoming increasingly dishonest. My initial gut reaction to this is: good! But, when I've had some more time to think about the issue, I take