TechTarget News - Week of Jun 24, 2012

RBS enters fifth day of software failures

After a weekend of the RBS and Natwest outage, accounts are still not back to normal for banking customers

Welsh government signs £70m Atos deal

The Welsh government has signed a £70m five-year extension to its IT services contract with Atos

Virgin Media focuses tariff on unlimited data

Virgin's premiere tariff follows the path of other operators going back to unlimited data, but offers a discount to its broadband customers

Consumer cloud new service provider opportunity, says Gartner

Cloud providers may soon be able to consider adding a new string to their bow in the shape of consumer cloud services, as home users begin to turn to the cloud to store photos, videos and other content.

Government slashes SAP and Microsoft spend by £150m

The government expects to slash licence and maintenance spend with Microsoft and SAP up to £150m by 2015, via a framework renegotiation.

Microsoft RemoteFX improvements require Windows upgrades

The next version of RemoteFX offers the improvements that Microsoft remote desktop customers requested, but don't get too excited: It won't work with Windows 7.

Agile, cloud and DevOps targets for HP ALM suite updates

Tools like HP ALM, HP Performance Center and Git aid QA and development teams in producing quality software on a continuous basis.

Microsoft to acquire Yammer in $1.2bn deal

Microsoft has announced that it is to acquire enterprise social networking firm Yammer for $1.2bn in cash.

BT announces 98 further fibre broadband exchanges

The telecoms giant confirms it will roll out fibre broadband to almost 100 new exchanges, reaching 800,000 more businesses and homes

Security researchers uncover global cyber fraud gang

Security researchers have uncovered a highly sophisticated global financial fraud ring that has attempted fraudulent transfers of up to £1.6bn

Cisco and Citrix partners to get joint programme

Cisco and Citrix have lifted the lid on a new channel venture designed to address demand for reseller skills around enterprise mobility and desktop virtualisation services.

Avnet freshens up Microsoft partner programme

Avnet Technology Solutions has launched a Microsoft initiative designed to enhance partner expertise around critical elements of its solution set, including SharePoint, SQL and Systems Centre.

Resellers to give Daisy partner programme the once-over

Daisy Group partners have been invited to kick the tyres of the firm's indirect partner programme at its 'Evolve' relaunch event to be held this week in the Midlands.

Ofcom publishes draft DEA code

The code is required by 2010’s Digital Economy Act and will see infringers have their details passed onto copyright holders

Comstor plants flag in Cisco, NetApp FlexPod environment

Cisco-specialist Comstor has revealed it is to sell Cisco and NetApp's FlexPod datacentre architecture in EMEA after being handed distribution rights to the converged networking, server and storage solution.

M15 boss warns against cyber attacks

The M15 boss makes a speech for the first time in two years warning that cyber crime is on the rise but calm fears that the Olympics could be a target.

Bidding war breaks out for Quest Software

Quest Software faces the choice of two bidders after a mystery bidder emerged with a better offer over the first suitor.

Varonis exposes lax attitude to data

Varonis survey highlights high levels of ignorance from users about where their data resides and who is looking after cloud-based information

Three SQL Server tips Denny Cherry wants you to know

Which SQL Server technologies are hot right now? What does a SQL expert wish you knew about SQL Server? Hint: BI and data growth have a lot to do with it.

Cloud data integration focuses business-IT tensions

Cloud data integration platforms contested territory in struggle between IT and the business. As experimental cloud data integration projects become operationalized, will business and IT harmonize?

Agile practices: Misuses and misperceptions

Expert Joseph Flahiff explains why Agile practices aren't just about "being fast," and discusses other misperceptions about managing Agile projects.

Direct patient data exchange: Gold standard or stepping stone?

State and federal HIT leaders say Direct patient data exchange good for the near term for getting through meaningful use, but evolving quality initiatives will require much more.

IT contractors see pay rise over past year

Despite the economic turmoil, IT contractor rates in London have increased 3.4% over the past year with .Net and C++ skills in demand

TalkTalk and 3 top Ofcom complaints league

Regulator Ofcom says ISP TalkTalk and mobile operator 3 received more complaints than any of their rivals in the first quarter of 2012

Apple blocks US sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple wins a court order blocking the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the US until the patent dispute between the firms is resolved

UK fails to impress in technology innovation league

The UK ranks only 11th in KPMG’s global survey asking where the top technological innovations will come from in the next four years

FAST urges whistleblowers to come forward

FAST has reacted with dismay to a survey indicating less people are prepared or aware of the legal protection for those that whistle blow illegal software users

Data analytics could deliver victory in the Euros

Goalkeepers have relied purely on gut instinct to save spot kicks, but they’re increasingly relying on penalty data analytics to give them an edge in the pressure cooker environment of a shoot out.

Private cloud spending set for impressive growth

IDC has released figures showing that private cloud technology will grow at an annual compound growth rate of 23% across Western Europe in the next four years

Unite backs Fujitsu pay moves

Unite has approved of minimum wage changes made by Fujitsu increasing the minimum salary to £14,000

Jam session at Microsoft TechEd proves geeks can have fun too

Our associate editor, Lena J. Weiner, went to a jam session at Microsoft TechEd on a specific quest: to prove that geeks are the biggest party animals. Read this article to see what she discovered.

Welcome to the new look MicroScope

Welcome to the new look MicroScope. All the news, analysis and opinions updating you on the latest channel developments are here on a freshly redesigned web site.

Oracle victorious in grey trading legal battle

The Supreme Court has ruled that Oracle has the right to be first to market Sun server hardware in the European Economic Area before third-party remarketers, overturning a previous judgment in favour of UK-based importer M-Tech.

Revenue performance management touted as key to e-commerce

Integrating sales and marketing and pursuing customer leads to the end make for successful new revenue cycle, the CEO of Marketo said at the Enterprise 2.0 conference.

Mobile business solutions liberate bank execs

Deploying cool mobile tech is easy. Deploying mobile business solutions that improve the business isn't. Meet a midmarket CIO who figured it out.

MoD signs £17m IT services deal with HP

The Ministry of Defence is the first department in government to sign up for a new flexible service level agreement from HP for desktop IT

Maude will tell IT suppliers savings have to be permanent

Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude will tell the top 20 ICT suppliers to the government that costs must continue to be controlled and contracts need to be more flexible.

Alabama plant enlists DR cloud as tornado insurance

The devastation of the 2011 Alabama tornado prompted a manufacturing plant to turn to a DR cloud with an on-site appliance replicating critical data.

New enterprise mobile printing app solves some problems, not all

Mobile device printing challenges are something enterprises need to address as part of overall mobile strategy. No mobile printing app is perfect, but PrintMe Mobile comes close.

Using semantic technology to turn big data into smart data

State Street's chief scientist explains how semantic technology translates into smart data, and talks about the benefits of using it beyond the bank.

Security firm LogRhythm lands $15m investment

Cyber security and compliance firm LogRhythm has secured $15m investment funding for product innovation and international expansion

Channel struggling with skills shortage

MicroScope research reveals that resellers are finding it a major challenge to recruit skilled staff.

Trustmarque uncovers Scottish NHS bonanza

Trustmarque has scored a lucrative £20m contract to provide software and services to the Scottish health service under a new NHS National Services Scotland (NHS NSS) framework.

The cloud pitch should be slow and steady

Resellers selling cloud services should not rush customers and should consider starting with a service like backup as a springboard to further applications

Delta brings Wi-Fi to international flights

The US airline will enable Wi-Fi connectivity on its flights serving the UK, along with its other international destinations

TSG claims Sage CRM Developer first

TSG has become the first Sage partner to achieve the software vendor's CRM Developer Accreditation.

RIM battered as BlackBerry strategy crumbles

Research In Motion's smartphone strategy lies in tatters today after the firm conceded its BlackBerry 10 operating system will be delayed to at least the first quarter of calendar 2013.

Chiltern IT appointed by Kyocera

Spare parts distributor Chiltern IT has been appointed by Kyocera Document Solutions as part of the vendor's efforts to improve the speed printer and MFP parts get to resellers

Companies fail to secure virtual environments

A third of companies admit they have not invested in security for their virtual computing environments, a survey has revealed

What iPhone skeptics said five years ago

On the fifth anniversary of the iPhone’s release, we look back at what some skeptics had to say about the seminal device. Believe it or not, the iPhone’s success wasn’t a given.