TechTarget News - Week of Nov 11, 2012

Apple and HTC bury the hatchet

Rival smartphone makers Apple and HTC have settled all outstanding disputes over patents

Gartner: BYOD will encourage self-support

Self-support communities will offset the cost and manpower of providing a helpdesk for staff who use their own devices, according to Gartner

Chinese highlight positives in anti-piracy fight

The man responsible for heading up efforts in China to cut down the volume of pirated software has called for more credit to be given by the West to its effiorts

Oki adds managed print to reseller programme

Oki has added support for managed print services sales to its reseller programme as it looks to encourage more partners to sell those services

Maxima man named as new Redstone MD

Redstone has named Maxima boss Fraser Fisher as its new managing director following the closure of its £13.8m acquisition of the troubled managed services provider

IDC predicts spending on mobile ERP will rise

IDC expects that spending on mobile platforms and business applications will continue to rise as more firms put aside budget to pay for investments in those areas

Predictive analytics software: SAP or 'best-of-breed'?

SAP makes a strong case for its new BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics software, but it's not a universal fit for all SAP shops, according to experts.

SAP Financials OnDemand debuts

SAP announced it is finally wading into the Software as a Service, or SaaS financials market with its new SAP Financials OnDemand.

Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division, has left – with immediate effect – only three weeks after the launch of Windows 8

MPs quiz Google over UK tax avoidance

The Public Accounts Select Committee asks Google northern Europe vice-president Matt Brittin to explain why Google pays so little UK tax

NHS set to challenge ICO fine

An NHS trust is to challenge a monetary penalty notice issued by the Information Commissioner's Office in a case that could set an important precedent

Langkjaer new Brocade EMEA channel chief

Brocade has named its DACH OEM boss Thomas Langkjaer as its new EMEA channel sales director

SAP gives app backing to Windows 8

SAP has launched six mobile apps to take advantage of the mobility functions in Windows 8 offering both business intelligence and security functionality

Avnet adds Riverbed support to WAN services line-up

Avnet Technology Solutions has picked up Riverbed Authorised Support Partner (RASP) status, meaning it can now offer round-the-clock support to Riverbed WAN optimisation resellers in the UK

Windows head exits Microsoft

Just weeks after the launch of Windows 8 the man largely responsible for masterminding the OS has departed from Microsoft with immediate effect

UK citizens back pre-emptive cyber strikes, poll shows

Nearly two-thirds of UK citizens back pre-emptive cyber strikes on states that pose a credible threat to national security, a survey has revealed

Big Switch Networks enters SDN race

Silicon Valley start-up Big Switch Networks debuts its first software defined networking (SDN) products

Windows 8 PC sales on track

Sales of Windows 8 on PCs sold through distribution have shown a positive impact following the launch of Microsoft's latest operating system according to figures from Context

Remote desktop mobile apps offer debatable VDI alternatives

If you really need Windows on a mobile device -- and that's a big 'if' -- remote desktop mobile apps can be cheaper and simpler than deploying VDI.

Cisco profits jump 18% thanks to datacentre strategy

Cisco reports an 18% rise in profits, hitting $2.1bn for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013, on the back of its integrated datacentre systems

Cisco CEO: Europe not yet at rock bottom

Cisco CEO John Chambers has told analysts that the European market has a way to go before it begins to turn around, after regional revenues in the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal 2013 declined by 10%

Viewsonic appoints Carr to bolster sales

Viewsonic has appointed former Sony staffer Richard Carr to head up its northern European sales with an expectation he will grow the business through resellers

Ipanema hires Cisco bod to boost app channel sales

Application performance management specialist Ipanema has hired former Cisco managed services specialist and Linksys UK channel builder Philip Smith to beef up its UK and Ireland channel

SMEs unwilling to invest in staff recruitment

An annual survey of the global SME market from Spiceworks has revealed that although budgets are expected to go up the hiring of new staff has stalled in the sector

Dell hands Xmas storage discount to partners

Dell has used the opening day of its EMEA Storage Forum in Paris to show off several new support initiatives including a special discount fund of $10m (£6.3m) on enterprise solutions

Market remains in flux for Northamber

Northamber has painted a picture of a tough economy with not too many signs of improvement in an interim management statement covering its first fiscal quarter

IT professionals too trusting of Generation Y

While most IT managers think employees stick to policy, most 18- to 30-year-olds play by their own rules, using personal devices at work

LSI Syncro pools shared server storage

The LSI Syncro platform includes a boot appliance that adds reliability and availability to server farms in storage clouds and large data centers.

Adobe investigates scope of customer forum breach

Names, email addresses and encrypted passwords of thousands of customers may have been exposed in a breach of the software maker's customer forum.

Check Point takes wraps off managed services offering

Check Point has launched a managed services offering to be sold via channel partners that can deliver both a monitoring service and a specific incident response feature

Texas Instruments to cut 1,700 jobs

Texas Instruments moves away from the mobile business, blaming suppliers developing their own chipsets for its declining business

ServiceSource showcases recurring revenue renewal tools

Channel-centric recurring revenue generation specialist ServiceSource has been demonstrating its recently launched Renew OnDemand cloud software suite to channel end-users at its London conference

IBM pumps $4bn into partner credit scheme

IBM has added $4bn to the credit available to global partners in an effort to get orders flowing as evidence points to lack of funding being one of the major problems customers are still grappling with

NetApp boss thanks distributors for revenue efforts

NetApp's CEO has thanked distributors for helping it keep revenues stable in its second fiscal quarter as the storage specialist kept its numbers in line with expectations

Vast majority of GPs use electronic medical records

Some 97% of GPs in the UK claim to use electronic medical records, according to the 2012 Commonwealth International Health Policy survey

Zycko offers Riverbed demo lab

Zycko has cut the ribbon on a new Riverbed test and demo laboratory at its Gloucestershire base, which it claims is the first of its kind in EMEA

NetApp tucks in CacheIQ for NAS acceleration

NetApp picks up CacheIQ for its NAS acceleration and caching technology, looks to speed performance of its FAS unified storage arrays.

Atos launches 2013 IT Challenge

Atos has partnered with Renault for a 'Connected Car' theme in its annual IT Challenge application competition for students

Interop 2012 conference: Overheard from attendees

This installment of Overheard, from Modern Infrastructure, covers the recent Interop and Microsoft Exchange conferences.

News in review: Amazon Glacier puts the freeze on tape

As archiving needs grow, IT teams are trying to figure out whether it’s time to ditch tape and move to cloud archiving services. Amazon has waded into the market with its Glacier service.

Is cloud transformation in the cards?

As companies seek to move business functions to the cloud, IT services firms may shift some of their efforts to enable cloud transformation.

Data center technologies to be thankful for

These data center technologies to be thankful for may surprise you. Check out this installment of "Modern Infrastructure"’s Countdown for more.

Pano Logic customers still in the dark

Pano Logic's closure is still shrouded in mystery, but VDI resellers point to a dried-up sales pipeline.

New mobile devices sweep the market in late 2012

The fall of 2012 saw a new crop of mobile devices hitting the market—which means IT teams have new devices and operating systems to look out for.

India Glycols implements QlikView BI dashboard

Discover why India Glycols, a manufacturer of bulk chemicals, opted for QlikView BI dashboard. Know all the benefits it accrued through the deployment.

Nasa to encrypt data after latest breach

Nasa is to encrypt all its mobile computers after the loss of a laptop containing personal information about more than 10,000 staff

Smartphone is platform of choice for most staff

The smart phone is rivalling laptops and tablets as one of the most important pieces of hardware for most workers as the BYOD continues to gather momentum.

Dell profits collapse as PC spend dries up

Dell’s net profits have almost halved after another dismal quarter in the PC sector, slumping 47% to $475m (£300m) on sales of $13.7bn, down 11% on the year-ago quarter

London Stock Exchange technology sales up

The growth of the London Stock Exchange’s MillenniumIT software has outstripped the wider business, with a 19% increase in sales of its trading software

Government wants suppliers to reveal UK taxes

Government officials are considering the viability of ordering suppliers bidding for contracts to disclose the tax they pay relative to UK sales