TechTarget News - Week of Jul 08, 2012

RM turnaround picking up speed

Education specialist RM delivers results that indicate getting rid of operations and trimming headcount has stopped the losses

Atos staff could walk out during Olympics

Over 1,500 workers in Atos’s IT services and healthcare units could go on strike during the Olympics after a below-inflation pay rise was offered

Stark warning sounded for generalist resellers

Those resellers that have not developed a specialisation will face the combination of economic problems and competition will make life increasingly difficult

Riba saves £100,000 with move to IaaS

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) hopes to save £100,000 with an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform

Competitors, observers sound off on Microsoft-Yammer and SharePoint

Industry watchers and competitors see Microsoft’s purchase of Yammer as meaning everything from validating their approaches to enterprise social collaboration to helping SharePoint play catch-up.

EC invests €1.5bn in IT research

The European Commission (EC) has announced funding for research into IT totaling almost €1.5bn

Quest unveils phase two of partner system

Quest Software has taken the wraps off the second phase of its Partner Circle extending the benefits it has offered resellers to service providers and global players

Ballmer confirms Windows 8 launch for October

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed to resellers at the vendor's Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 8 will be launched in October

Accenture and KPMG top outsourcing rankings

Accenture is the best outsourcing service provider in the world for the fifth year running, according to outsourcing professional body IAOP

Microsoft confirms Windows 8 OS release in October

Microsoft's latest operating system (OS), Windows 8, will be released to manufacturing in August, with full release due three months later

NetApp founder Hitz talks clustering, convergence strategy

Headlines: NetApp founder and executive vice president Dave Hitz discusses the NetApp strategy toward technologies such as primary dedupe, clustering, converged infrastructure and virtual servers.

Word on the street: Mobile device management is dead

Companies with SAP mobile deployments should look beyond mere mobile device management to enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms that integrate a range of functions.

On Direct powers up cloud services expansion

Cloud services provider On Direct has embarked on a partner recruitment drive as it prepares to deliver a series of enhancements to its Cloud Direct offering.

Heineken uses Polycom videoconferencing to cut travel

Brewer Heineken is using Polycom RealPresence videoconferencing to improve communications between its London and Edinburgh offices

XOR hires Breen to drive growth

XOR Professional Services has hired former Azlan executive Joe Breen to drive its partner sales and help it meet ambitious growth targets

SMEs still struggling to get support from banks

The Forum of Private Business has revealed that large numbers of SMEs are still struggling to get credit from banks, undermining their efforts to grow their businesses

State HIT coordinators turn to cloud HIE models

In the face of budgetary crises and a cloudy political climate, two state HIT coordinators eschew traditional HIE infrastructure.

SMEs in the firing line as cyber attacks rise

Latest Symantec Intelligence Report covering the first half of this year reveals a doubling of the number of attacks on firms with less than 250 employees

Websense takes aim at modern hacker attack methods

Defenders need to know themselves as well as their enemy and this can be applied to defending information security, says security firm Websense

How much are users to blame for their AWS outage woes?

Many customers were left frustrated in the wake of Amazon's most recent outage, but that number may have been less had they applied best practices to their IT setup.

Oracle Support ditching Flash interface for HTML

Oracle will retire the Flash of its support portal, which had caused many Oracle pros problems, in favor of the more standard HTML version.

The culture behind Agile practices

Lean and Agile practices are all the rage at companies of all sizes, but culture is king when it comes to Agile project management success.

Wireless network problems: Five questions answered

Enterprise mobility and BYOD can create wireless network problems for customers and end users. Wireless expert Lisa Phifer answers five questions about wireless network problems.

Microsoft repairs dangerous XML Core Services zero-day flaw

The Microsoft XML Core Services vulnerability is being actively targeted by cybercriminals. In addition, Microsoft issued a critical update to Internet Explorer 9.

How to prevent cloud system outages

Amazon Web Services' outages last month underline some users' and experts' beliefs that cloud deployments can help prevent system downtime.

Microsoft patches MSXML, IE, hardens Windows Update

July's Patch Tuesday update fixes vulnerabilities in IE and MSXML. Plus, Microsoft hardened Windows Update certificates.

Deloitte: customer data analytics insight can breed new moral hazards

Deloitte data survey indicates UK organisations should tread warily when doing analytics on customer data. But opportunities abound for those who educate their customers well and are transparent.

Maverick extends Promethean cash-back offer

A deal to tempt schools to upgrade their interactive whiteboards from Promethean has been extended until the end of the year

Making recycling a cost saver

For some time, businesses have been obligated to dispose of their end-of-life IT equipment responsibly.

RIM directors voted to the board

It may not have been unanimous, but voting all candidates to the board at Research in Motion’s AGM shows some faith in ailing BlackBerry maker

Should small businesses pay for skills?

The latest predictions about the likely shortfall in qualified IT staff - 300,000 by 2010, according to the European Commission - are worrying for anyone concerned about the long-term health of the IT industry.

Tackling the IT skills shortage

The latest predictions about the likely shortfall in qualified IT staff - 300,000 by 2010, according to the European Commission - are worrying for anyone concerned about the long-term health of the IT industry.

Avere plans for UK growth with VC backing

NAS optimisation specialist Avere Systems plans to grow its UK operations and recruit more resellers after its latest $20m round of VC funding

McAfee consolidates reseller rewards programme

McAfee has consolidated its global profitability programmes into a single scheme to provide partners with greater rewards

Retail suffering from lack of mobile presence

With over half of retailers lacking a mobile presence, the head of mobile commerce at eBay says a mobile-ready website should be the first step

Overland Storage aims SnapSAN at high end

Overland Storage adds solid-state drive (SSD) option to its SnapSAN platform, as well as thin provisioning and automated tiering and caching.

IT cost-cutting slashes legacy budget

Almost 60% of IT executives have a plan in place to retire applications, according to a UK study by Accenture

Budget cuts increasing security risks

Budget cuts are starting to have an impact on security spending leaving firms potentially more threats

Capacity management from the trenches

Independent Bank Corp. CIO Pete Graves speaks in-depth about his capacity management plan and offers advice gleaned from years of experience.

Enterprise file sharing: Should IT drop Dropbox?

Businesses must contend with employees using consumer file-sharing apps, like Dropbox, for enterprise file-sharing tools, and decide whether the benefits outweigh security risks.

Murphx bosses head for the exit as Daisy earn-out period ends

Former Murphx managing director Carl Churchill and management team Richard Jay, Ben Murphy and Nicki Jay have decided to leave Daisy Group following expiry of a management earn-out.

O2 outage puts Huawei in the frame

O2 is entering its second day of downtime blaming a fault with one of its network systems

SME uses cloud to meet FSA regulations

When the Financial Services Authority (FSA) introduces new rules, companies under its jurisdiction often have to invest in IT to adhere to new rules.

PCI education still required

Resellers have a vital role to play in educating retailers about PCI compliance regulations with a portion of high street players lagging behind in meeting the needs of the regulations

Fujitsu doubles channel PC rebates

Fujitsu is to double the rebates partners are able to claim on its Lifebook notebook and Esprimo desktop lines under its Client Pay4Performance promotion.

Avnet picks up Mattelli assets to bolster services

Avnet Technology Solutions has picked up the assets of IT estate management specialist Mattelli Ltd to add muscle to the services it can offer resellers

Size of Euro PC mountain worries Gartner

A risk-averse approach to channel PC sales during the second quarter means inventory is stacking up, analysts say.

SAP turns to old hand Noble to fill MD role

Tim Noble has returned to take up the UK managing director role at SAP after a break of just shy of a year to fill in a six month old vacancy

With mobile BI, don't just put lipstick on a database

Mobile BI continues to revel in popularity. But to take advantage of the technology, businesses need to make sure their data houses are in order, a Gartner analyst says.

Microsoft talks tough, gains little on VMware

Microsoft's Hyper-V growth rate in units shipped outstripped VMware's vSphere as of the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC data. But do these numbers tell the whole story?

The most influential women in UK IT

Computer Weekly is pleased to announce the first ever list of the most influential women in UK IT

ElasticHosts offers resellers white label cloud service

ElasticHosts has taken the wraps off a white label cloud service that resellers can brand as their own as they look to keep customers from migrating to alternative providers

What next for government open data?

Campaigners are worried that plans for further data releases and their promised £16bn stimulus to the economy are being derailed

ThinkGrid forms partnership with Soonr

ThinkGrid has formed a partnership with Soonr to offer resellers a mobile platform to share files

Siemens lavishes funding on potential UC VARs

Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC) is offering a range of incentives to entice new partners into its unified communications channel programme.

Still single? Blame the recent Amazon EC2 outages

Recent AWS outages didn't just keep folks from streaming Netflix movies or sharing pics -- they may have denied some from their happily ever after.

DWP loses £3.2bn in error and fraud, finds NAO

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) estimates that total benefit overpayments due to fraud and error in 2011-12 were £3.2 billion.

Storage Radio: What's new in EMC NetWorker 8

On our latest Storage Radio podcast, join’s Ellen O’Brien and Dave Raffo as they delve into our top news of the week.

Government takes wraps off latest SME credit scheme

The Chancellor has unveiled the Funding Lending Scheme providing high street banks with access to cheaper lending which should then be passed onto SMEs

Westcon links up with snom

Westcon Convergence has signed a new distribution agreement with endpoint device specialist snom to supply its IP and Lync optimised SIP-based phones across EMEA.

Quantum tunes up StorNext for 'big data' files

Quantum gives StorNext a new underlying database, an Archive Vault tier and faster performance to better handle 'big data' files.

Byte Night 2012: Bedding down in Belfast

Byte Night is this year launching a Belfast sleep-out in addition to events in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London and Reading.

SAP expects strong second quarter

Software provider SAP expects a strong second quarter, with revenues up 18% on last year to €3.9bn (£3bn).