TechTarget News - Week of Sep 30, 2012

Kodak pulls plug on consumer inkjet efforts

As it looks to climb back out of Chapter 11 Kodak has announced plans to wind down its consumer inkjet printer activities from next year

London gets another finance technology hub

Canary Wharf Group is opening a centre for start-ups to work on financial services technology and services early next year

Wick Hill adds Imation storage kit to SME offering

Wick Hill has signed on to distribute Imation’s RDX removable hard disk storage and DataGuard NAS backup appliances in a nod to exponential growth in SME data storage requirements

Rayat steps into Toal role at Avnet

Sukh Rayat has taken over the position formerly held by John Toal at Avnet technology Solutions and is now charged with driving growth in the UK and Ireland for the distributor

Cloud player UKFast spins off security operation

Cloud specialist UKFast is on the hunt for those with security skills after deciding to set up a seperate operation to help customers overcome cyber threats

Embotics sets out channel growth ambitions

Virtualisation and cloud specialist Embotics has recruited an EMEA vice president who plans to use a two-tier channel model in the UK to drive growth plans

Colt tempts MSPs with managed contact centre offer

Networking and cloud services provider Colt has launched a new midmarket hosted contact centre offering for resellers targeting the 50 to 250 seat market in the UK and Ireland

Hackers target White House military network

Hackers using computers in China have infiltrated an “unclassified” network in the US White House, believed to be used for issuing nuclear commands.

Cloud Distribution sets the Ball rolling

Value added distie Cloud Distribution has named network veteran James Ball as its technical manager as it seeks to capitalise on its recent growth and move up “to the next level”

PC sales continue to tumble across Europe

PC sales across Western Europe fell by 10% in the first couple of months in the third quarter as economic conditions and a preference for more mobile options took their toll on volumes shipped through distribution

Toyota uses Microsoft for global communications

Toyota Motor Corporation is globally deploying Microsoft software through a mix of cloud and on-premise software for its 200,000 staff

HMRC deploys Becrypt off-the-shelf encryption

HMRC will use Becrypt Disk protect, which has recently been certified under the government’s Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) Scheme.

Insight finds divided response to BYOD

BYOD is dividing customers into those who see it as a benefit and others who are worried it will drive up costs over time and will involve buying more software licenses

Rolls-Royce signs outsourcing deal with HP

Rolls-Royce has awarded a five-year contract to HP to host its applications, as part of the company’s multi-vendor IT strategy.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn adopts BI dashboard

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust deploys Intuitive Dashboards, a business intelligence dashboard, to give staff a clearer view of each patient’s pathway through hospital

Exclusive Group reports first half growth

Pan-European distributor Exclusive Group has reported a hike in revenues for its first half driven by strong security and data centre sales

EE to launch 4G services on 30 October 2012

After weeks of speculation, the operator formed from the merger of Orange and T-Mobile will offer 4G services from the end of this month

Credit union finds cloud GRC tool fits the bill

Cloud-based service for managing risk is designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses.

Public sector fails to open up to SMEs

The government might have talked about making it easier for smaller suppliers to win public sector IT contracts but the UK IT Association has found it is not happening

M2 fancies new print business on the M1

Managed print services reseller M2 has splashed out on a new office in Wakefield to target more business in the East Midlands and Yorkshire

Indian IT giant set to win Home Office contract

Indian IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services is being awarded a contract to support the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service.

SaaS single sign-on opportunities for the channel

Software as a Service single sign-on services can save customers time in administration and productivity. Plus, it improves security.

Skype launches customer Wi-Fi service

The video calling company teams with Wicoms to offer a service for businesses wanting to provide free Wi-Fi to their customers

Phoenix IT boss Courtley resigns

Phoenix IT Group CEO David Courtley has resigned after just 15 months in charge, the company has revealed

Promethean World revenues dip as education cuts bite

The financial year at interactive whiteboard specialist Promethean World continues to struggle with revenues again dropping in Q3 after a poor first half of the year

Meg Whitman unveils HP turnaround plan

HP CEO Meg Whitman has unveiled a five-year plan for the troubled enterprise, admitting the turnaround would take longer than expected

Google’s Motorola job cuts to cost $300m

Google will take a further blow of $90m for ‘charges related to facility and market exits’ following its acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Mayflex adds infrastructure sales boss

Infrastructure, cabling and security distie Mayflex has appointed former NG Bailey sales manager Jeff Wakeling to head up its field-based infrastructure sales specialists

HP boss stresses love for channel

Meg Whitman has talked of reconnecting with the channel and devising consistent programmes that it will not change that often to make life easier for partners

October 2012 Patch Tuesday: One critical bulletin expected

Microsoft's October 2012 Patch Tuesday release, slated for Oct. 9, will address an RSA key-length certificate issue exposed by the Flame malware.

GLA rolls out cloud-based incident management tool

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has rolled out a cloud-based tool to record and track non-compliance issues, security threats and fraud

Ctrack looks to channel to drive growth

Vehicle tracking technology specialist Ctrack has decided that the time is right to build a channel proposition to get resellers to start selling its products

Payment errors could undermine Sepa advantages

European firms might lose billions of Euros through payment errors when the Single European Payments Area comes into force in 2014

Cisco appoints two new presidents

The appointment of new executives raises further questions as to when Cisco’s long-serving CEO, John Chambers, will step down

Charities recognise key role of technology

Three-quarters of charities believe technology has enabled them to help more people, but 80% have no plans to use cloud computing

Greater investment needed to reap virtualisation ROI

Resellers should be advising customers to build on their virtualisation investments if they want to achieve greater return on the expenditure they have made on the technology

Cisco acquires vCider

Cisco has acquired vCider, a provider of virtual network overlay technology to boost its cloud strategy and SDN capabilities

One year from Jobs passing and Apple remains strong

Apple has shown that it was more than a one man company in the year since the death of its former CEO Steve Jobs with its share price continuing to climb above rivals

Lloyds TSB system error causes ATM problems

Some Lloyds TSB customers have been unable to get money from ATMs or use online customer services as a result of a system problem

Developers show off data analytic tools at Datapalooza

Growing caches of data are enabling developers to create improved data analytic tools. Datapalooza gave programmers a chance to show off these apps.

Upgrade to Windows 8: Who will make the switch?

As Microsoft gets ready to roll out Windows 8, will IT pros invest the time and money necessary to learn the new interface?