TechTarget News - Week of Jun 10, 2012

UK technology sector gets financial support

A US hi-tech investment bank with $20bn in assets has opened its first UK branch offering banking and loan services to the technology industry

Rebuilding the UK economy on IT

The current recession has caused the greatest damage to the UK economy for over 100 years, writes Stephen Kelly, CEO of Micro Focus.

Vendors claim tradeoffs minimal in SaaS ERP rewrites

Epicor, Infor promise multi-tenant SaaS versions of their flagship on-premises ERP systems by summer, staying firm in their beliefs they’ll deliver just the same.

Fagan rejoins C2000 after being handed Maverick role

Computer 2000 has recruited an old staffer to head up its audio visual TDMaverick business bringing Simon Fagan back on board. Fagan has been spending the last three-and-a-half years as European general manager for the desktop printing and supplies group at Xerox.

New appointment to oversee Six Degrees acquisitions

Six Degrees has appointed former Packet Exchange COO Mike Ing to the newly-created role of group business operations director with a brief to oversee the integration of its recent acquisitions, among other things.

TechEd 101: Scoring some ice cream

Knowing your way around the monstrous Microsoft show isn’t always easy, but three show veterans give their take on what works.

How do you fill DevOps jobs? Hire squirrels

Conventional wisdom says that it’s hard to hire for DevOps. People who have done it say most organizations simply go about it wrong.

Europarts deal to boost EET UK exposure

Danish components distie EET has acquired French competitor Europarts for an undisclosed sum as it seeks to build out a wider pan-EMEA business outside its Nordic home.

Kaspersky discovers Flame and Stuxnet are connected

As it digs deeper into the evolution of the Flame security threat Kaspersky Lab has discovered it is linked with the other high profile nation-state backed-attack Stuxnet.

All leaked LinkedIn passwords disabled, users notified

After hackers posted 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords on a Russian site last week, the company has disabled all at-risk accounts and notified their users.

Time and attendance software still an organizational staple

While trendier HR software grabs headlines, time and attendance systems remain a crucial tool for optimizing how organizations track and pay hourly employees.

Mobile app development: New strategies for developers and testers

Mobile app development demands a more complex set of principles for development, testing and deployment than the traditional software development approaches. Get a preview of Better Software West presenter Todd DeCapua’s session, “Mobile Apps: Breaking Down the Barriers.”

Government must integrate IT strategy, warns NAO head

The government must integrate the various strands of its IT strategy to realise cost savings, warns Amyas Morse, comptroller and auditor general at the National Audit Office

Privileged accounts are hacker sweet spot

Businesses are largely failing to block hackers from exploiting privileged IT accounts to access sensitive commercial data, a survey has revealed

Fujitsu hires cloud channel boss for midmarket push

Fujitsu has lit the blue touch paper under its channel cloud proposition, announcing a specific cloud accreditation for midmarket and vertically-focused partners, and appointing former Intact Software UK channel boss Paul Dobbs as its new Global Cloud Platform channel sales manager.

Data management, infosecurity disconnect reveals two tribes

Infosecurity and data management are failing to harmonise in complex corporate organisations, say data experts. Business value is the common ground that can bridge the divide.

Back up SQL Server to SQL Azure? Some have their fingers crossed

With Microsoft broadcasting the importance of its cloud computing platform, some SQL Server pros want to use the cloud database service as a backup to their on-premises SQL Server databases.

Compliance demand drives Vigil growth

Security distributor Vigil Software has revealed it has continued to increase its revenues and grown its headcount as it continues to focus on bringing fresh vendors to the UK market.

Caretower picks Rise for cloud services transition

Security VAR Care tower has signed up cloud infrastructure services provider and FastHosts sub Rise to build it a hosted services platform as it evolves into a true managed services provider.

Microsoft June 2012 Patch Tuesday addresses flaws in IE, RDP

This month’s Patch Tuesday release includes seven bulletins that address 26 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, .Net Framework and Dynamics AX.

Data quality process needs all hands on deck

Data accuracy is critical in technology-driven business processes, making it a must to involve business users in data quality efforts, analysts say.

The VDI model doesn't have to break the bank

How an insurance broker tapped a VDI model that avoided infrastructure costs instead of adding them.

Juniper shrinks QFabric to reach mid-sized customers

Hoping to capture a larger customer base, Juniper has unveiled QFabric updates that will make the technology more accessible to smaller companies.

Software transformation drives Portal to 50% sales growth

IBM reseller Portal has hailed the evolution of the software market as a key factor in annual sales growth of 50% and detailed future investments it will be making around mobility, big data and cloud.

Dell customers not so keen on Blade Arrays concept

Now that Dell has rolled out its iSCSI EqualLogic Blade Arrays at Dell Storage Forum 2012, customers wonder if they pack enough performance to merit consideration.

Accumuli Edges into SIEM market

Buy-and-build security services provider Accumuli has made good on previously announced plans to enter the security information event management (SIEM) market after springing £3.8m to acquire specialist VAR Edge 7.

Daisy launches CloudSelect offering at Cloud World Forum

Daisy Group has become the latest services player to plunge headlong into the increasingly crowded pool of cloud providers, launching its CloudSelect offering at the fourth annual Cloud Computing World Forum in London.

The CIO job: Mentor, visionary and evangelizer

SearchCIO.com scoured enterprise CIO job postings across 15 industry verticals. Here's the second part of our rundown of the 10 most desired talents.

When considering SaaS ERP vendors, factor in upgrades

Companies considering a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP as a part of a two-tier landscape should take into a number of factors, including how often the vendor updates the cloud ERP, and whether or not it’s truly a multi-tenant application.

Windows words of the week: TechEd 2012 edition

The chatter at Microsoft's annual technical event came from all angles. Here are some of the gems from onstage, in the crowd and online.

Nokia slashes 10,000 jobs

The Finnish phone manufacturer makes another round of job cuts, bringing the total in Stephen Elop’s reign to 40,000

Computacenter to hire 700 services staff

Computacenter is to embark on a major recruitment drive, on-boarding over 700 new staff on the Services side - transferring others from customers and their historical suppliers - in the wake of a surprise upturn in its business.

Trusted HIE could be a hit among HIT vendors, health care providers

We expected the HIT world to look at ONC's trusted health information exchange concept as another compliance mandate. Early returns show enthusiasm for the idea in some quarters.

Interactive Ideas adds NetFort to UK line-up

Software VAD Interactive Ideas has signed up to build out a channel for network monitoring software outfit NetFort as the Irish vendor seeks to formalise its UK business strategy.

Dell to channel: resistance is futile

Michael Dell has said that Dell's portfolio has grown so broad that there is now "not a question" of whether or not resellers are going to have a relationship with it but "a question of when and how".

Opex pitch not the magic bullet

In an unpredictable economy the idea of selling opex, which can tie a user in to a commitment for several years, might not be attractive to customers.

Revlon CIO details private cloud success story

Cosmetics company CIO details his private cloud’s disaster recovery and transaction capabilities at Gartner summit.

Vodafone in the clear for UK tax bill

The National Audit Office states Vodafone’s £1.25bn settlement with HMRC was "reasonable" and "good" for the public purse

IT pros offer up their own cloud computing definitions

IT pros’ definition of cloud computing ranges from “a multi-tenant IT solution” to “virtualisation of virtualisation”. Here are a few from the Cloud Computing World Forum 2012.

VAD concept effectively meaningless, says VAD

The concept of the value added distributor (VAD) has been branded effectively meaningless by one of the term's most vocal advocates, self-styled SuperVAD Exclusive Networks.

ANS among first to nab elite Cisco NetApp FlexPod badge

Networking and cloud integrator ANS has become one of the first Cisco and NetApp partners in the UK, alongside DiData and Logicalis, to be named to the vendors' joint FlexPod Premium Partner Framework.

Midmarket bosses open to partnerships

IBM midmarket survey shows more willingness from midmarket CEOs to form partnerships with third-parties to gain a commercial advantage

VMware vSphere offers 'big data' fault tolerance

Hadoop's success in the cloud may rest on virtualization. As IT pushes for more "big data" support, VMware claims it has the answer.