TechTarget News - Week of Aug 12, 2012

Google axes 4,000 Motorola staff

Google is laying off 20% of its Motorola Mobility workforce with 4,000 redundancies worldwide

Google takes anti-piracy steps

Google has made changes to its search process to give lower rankings to those sites that infringe on copyright

ThinkGrid sates Colt SME cloud appetite

Colt Technology Services has picked up channel cloud platform provider ThinkGrid for an undisclosed sum, filling a significant gap in its portfolio around the SME market.

The Olympics in technology stats

Computer Weekly takes a look at how we experienced “the most connected Games ever” with our round-up of key technology stats

SMEs in ICO firing line

Small firms could be caught out by a more aggressive Information Commissioners Office if they fail to look after their data and customer information securely

Lack of training holds back software industry

79% of IT professionals claim the only way to progress in their career is to move jobs, according to a survey from employment agency JAM

Shared services see five councils save £31m

Five local authorities have saved £31m by moving to shared services arrangements, according to a report.

Microsoft reveals RT PC partners

Microsoft has revealed the four OEM manufacturers that will be producing tablets alongside its own Surface once the next version of its operating system comes out in October

HP VSA rebranded, expanded

HP renames its virtual storage appliance StoreVirtual VSA, expands its server support, pumps up capacity and adds snapshot capability.

Capita IT staff strike over Indian offshoring plans

In a ballot for industrial action, Capita Unite union members have voted to strike following the disclosure of proposals to offshore work to India

Second quarter of decline for mobile market

The global mobile phone market saw its second consecutive quarter of decline as feature phone sales continued to ebb away and smartphone demand faltered slightly.

Microsoft winning the cloud battle

Microsoft's cloud offerings are winning the attentions of customers more than those of Google and Amazon according to the latest Pearlfinders IT Index

Apple dominating tablet market

Apple is dominating the tablet world with a global share that none of its rivals are anywhere close to matching or threatening over the rest of this year

Channel portfolio performs for Better Capital

Investment company Better Capital PCC has said that in spite of economic weakness its IT businesses are making “solid and significant improvements” in profitability and cash generation.

Geeks seeks channel to sell software tools

Programming developers Geeks Ltd is looking to the channel for the first time as it starts to roll out its enterprise software tools through resellers

Shift F7 shifts into acquisition mode

Shift F7 has kicked off a strategic plan to acquire ‘non-competing’ businesses with the purchase of local player Datashare Solutions (DSL).

Sage seeks developers to swell ISV numbers

Sage has outlined plans to recruit more independent software developers as part of plans to expand its developer community significantly into 2013

Loss clouds ShoreTel figures

Unified comms and cloud vendor ShoreTel has ended its financial year on a high with sales up but posted yet another quarterly net loss.

EMC offers disties assembly role

EMC is offering distribution partners the chance to become authorised assembly centres for some of its storage, backup and data deduplication products

Protect and attack delivers for Lenovo

Lenovo's strategy of growing market share has delivered to the bottom line in its third fiscal quarter as pre-tax profits and revenue increased.

Emulex kicks off channel summer promotions

Emulex has kicked off summer promotions for its resellers in UK and across Europe as it looks to drive sales of its 10GB ethernet and 8GB fibre products

NetApp numbers dip as weak economy takes its toll

NetApp has been a victim of ongoing economic uncertianty with its numbers hitting guidance but being short of the sort of income it was delivering last year

Social listening: Enterprises heed the call of Twitter

Social listening has become as crucial as social collaboration. Collaboration tool MindLink integrates UC with social monitoring capabilities.

Melbourne gives iomart Manchester base

Cloud hosting specialist iomart Group has acquired Manchester-based hosting firm Melbourne Server Hosting, giving it a physical presence in north-west England for the first time.

IBM acquires Texas Memory Systems

IBM buys flash storage specialist Texas Memory Systems for an undisclosed sum and promises to invest in further product development

Gartner calls time on peak of cloud hype

The cloud has passed its peak in terms of hype and is now set for a period of more realistic expectations before becoming mainstream

A-level ICT student numbers drop 10%

The number of students studying ICT at A-level has dipped again this year, despite an increase in the number choosing Stem-based A-levels

ONC ponders idea of meaningful use Stage 4

Most health care workers know about meaningful use stages 1, 2 and 3, but policymakers might be thinking about meaningful use Stage 4.

Acer sees sales stall

Acer saw sales stall in its second quarter, down 2.2% compared to the first three months of the year.

BYOD driving wedge between staff and IT department

The speed of the rise of BYOD has caught some firms by surprise but the lack of engagement by IT departments threatens their relevance, according to Hornbill research

Avaya CFO out as it records falling revenues

As the company prepares for IPO, its results are laid bare and show a story of dropping revenues and net losses

Greater cloud transparency needed to boost sales

The Cloud Industry Forum has called more transparency from those selling the technology in an effort to get sales moving in the right direction

Consumer sentiment hurting Acer

Acer booked a slight decline in Q2 sequential revenues as the worldwide PC market continued to slide in the face of weak consumer demand.

Brocade CEO steps down on results day

Mike Klayko announced he will leave the networking firm after seven years in charge on the day it reports a 10% rise in revenues

Brocade boss bails on a high

Longstanding Brocade CEO Michael Klayko has decided to call it a day after the networking and storage firm posted across the board rises in sales and operating and net profit.

Avaya financial boss out as losses mount

Avaya has replaced its CFO Anthony Massetti, with JDS Uniphase financial bod and one-time Cisco man Dave Vellequette in the latest of a series of leadership changes at the communications firm.

Costs a barrier for small firms training

Small firms are finding that costs are a barrier to undertaking more training and the courses around compliance and technical skills that are on offer lack flexibility