TechTarget News - Week of Dec 02, 2012

Weakened Westcon forces Datatec downgrade

Datatec has issued a downbeat trading update after a much weaker performance in recent weeks than expected at comms, network and security distie Westcon

Harbridge steps into CEO role at Stone Group

Stone Group has concluded its search for a CEO by turning in-house and promoting its finance director Simon Harbridge to take the firm forward

Law firm adopts smart storage

Law firm Sackers and Partners is using intelligent storage that moves information from expensive discs to less expensive discs automatically

Cloud and storage software drives market growth

The latest figures from Context have shown that the software market has grown strongly in the UK over the last three quarters driven by cloud and storage services demand

BT upgrade takes down Infinity broadband

BT broadband customers are facing a day without internet after upgrades to its Infinity network have led to a nationwide outage

ComputerLinks signs up Globo

ComputerLinks has become the distribution partner for mobile application and SaaS specialist Globo as it continues to widen the product options it offers resellers

ID verification policies needed in stage 2 meaningful use

The stage 2 meaningful use rules include provisions requiring physicians to offer patients data access, upping the need for ID verification policies.

HP aims to open up mid market for storage resellers

HP has thrown down the gauntlet to rivals in the storage space claiming that it now has the product set to open up the mid-market for resellers

iPads get IT into the boardroom

Deutsche Börse, Standard Life and Resolution are three finance firms that have transformed board meetings using Apple iPads

AlgoSec looks for channel expansion in 2013

As it signs up Bytes Security Partnerships as a gold partner networking policy management specialist AlgoSec has revealed its intention to sign a distributor and double its partner base next year

Micro-P snaps up C2000 staffer to run consumer biz

Micro-P has appointed former Computer 2000 consumer business development manager Caroline Hope as its new general manager of Consumer Electronics

Phoenix covets more enterprise contracts in second half

Phoenix IT Group management has been talking about its projected strategic direction during the second half of its financial year and says it is already reporting growing success in major accounts

ScaleIO emerges with cloud storage software

ScaleIO's software aggregates independent servers into a storage network, removing the need for SANs for cloud storage and managed service providers.

Mobile phone market growth slows

The overall market for mobiles only grew by 1.4%, but smartphone shipments are still exploding, according to IDC

Spirit of HP a strength for Whitman

HP CEO Meg Whitman has talked of the DNA the company has thanks to its founders as she talked up its attempts to return to better days

NETconsent regains independence in MBO

Almost two years to the day since it was bought by security firm Cryptzone, policy management software specialist NETconsent has completed a successful management buyout to re-establish its independence

Customers losing faith as data breaches mount

Customers are finding it difficult to trust public and private bodies that get involved with data breaches and many would be prepared to take their business elsewhere according to Check Point

Chancellor names further ‘super-connected cities'

Chancellor George Osborne reveals next 12 cities to get funding for superfast broadband in the ‘super-connected cities’ programme

Scrapping of fuel tax welcomed by SME groups

The decision by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement to scrap the proposed 3p rise in fuel duty next month has been welcomed by business groups

Computer Weekly European User Awards: Categories

The Computer Weekly European User Awards honours IT professionals across Europe that have excelled in their approach to using technology, focusing on the key areas of networking and mobile; storage; security; datacentre and virtualisation; and business software.

HMRC admits RTI budget overrun

HMRC has run over budget with its Real Time Information (RTI) system, the PAYE system crucial to the roll-out of Universal Credit next year

EC competition authorities delay Google decision

Google could face a multi-billion euro fine as EC competition authorities debate if it has tackled issues about abusing its dominant market position

BYOD hype still far from reality

Despite the large amount of hype around the subject not many customers have allowed their organisations to roll out BYOD

Daisy to offer one Vodafone partner £15k grant

Daisy Distribution, is to offer a £15,000 grant to the Vodafone reseller that “demonstrates the most commitment” to promoting the provider to its end-user customers

Exclusive Networks turns fire on DDoS sales opportunities

Exclusive Networks is giving security VARs a leg-up into the murky world of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks through a new initiative in conjunction with Arbor Networks

Cook shakes up Apple supply chain with move to US

Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed plans to shake-up the vendor’s supply chain by moving production of one of its lines of Mac computers to the United States

Health IT salary data spurs optimism about 2013

Some health IT shops are reporting decreasing staff and even paid furloughs, but most aren't. Health IT salaries mostly aren't contracting, either.

HP undercuts Rackspace on OpenStack IaaS price

HP made its first public cloud service generally available this week, with prices and an SLA that may intrigue Amazon and Rackspace IaaS users.

Is PeopleSoft to Oracle Fusion HCM a no-brainer?

Despite the fanfare over cloud HCM, most PeopleSoft users are happy to stick with their legacy systems due to Fusion's functionality gaps.

Citrix buys corporate MDM tool company Zenprise

Citrix has bought mobile device management (MDM) company Zenprise for an undisclosed sum to boost its corporate mobile tools portfolio

UK student convicted for Anonymous cyber attacks

A leading player in the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks by four UK youths in the name of Anonymous in 2010 and 2011 convicted

End drawing near for Comet

As more stores prepare for a last weekend of trading the prospect of the entire retail operation disappearing from the high street is looking more likely

Calls made for more widespread use of data encryption

With data breaches still occurring as a result of unencrypted laptops and USB sticks being lost some in the security industry have urged more awareness of the need to encrypt information

Salesforce UK enterprise sales boss heads into channel

Former UK and Ireland enterprise sales SVP Alistair Wildman has popped up at Salesforce platinum partner Tquila in the role of CEO

UK government jobs website exploited by hackers

Hackers have been able to exploit security flaws in a new government jobs website to steal personal information about job applicants

Emulex buys Endace for $130m

Emulex has announced its acquisition of Endace for $130m (£81m) in cash

C2000 sets ambition for £3bn turnover

Having already beaten its target of hitting the £2bn revenue mark in the UK Computer 2000 has now raised the bar higher as it looks to continue growth

Resistance is futile; IT must support Apple products

As more and more users bring Apple products such as Macs, iPhones and iPads to work, IT departments must learn how to best support these devices.