TechTarget News - Week of Dec 09, 2012

Rivals square up over internet governance at WCIT

The future of internet governance is to be decided this week as rival groups hammer out a new international telecoms treaty.

Hacktivists target MP's website

An inquiry is underway after the website of Conservative MP David Morris was hacked at the weekend.

UK CIOs see EU regulation as key

A third of UK CIOs are more concerned with EU regulation, such as the data protection directive, than their own local laws, a study has revealed.

C2000 looks for services growth

Computer 2000 is looking to grow the bespoke services it can offer vendors and resellers to take advantage of the logistics and support capabilities it has developed

Microsoft in the firing line over tax

Microsoft has become the latest name to join Starbucks and Google on the list of firms that are being accused of not paying the UK tax man quite what they should be

ACS swallows Serco education unit

Advanced Computer Software (ACS) has picked up outsourcer Serco’s education unit, Serco Learning, for £7.25m in a deal that will add around £13.5m to the rapidly expanding firm’s top line

Cisco cloud and managed services programs unite

Cisco's cloud and managed services program streamlines business with Cisco and provides partners with financial, branding and go-to market benefits.

Emerging IT stars take to film to attract talent

In a bid to attract more youngsters into taking IT apprenticeships some of those that have started to work in the industry have taken to film to talk up the good things about IT

4G application day arrives

Mobile operators wanting to apply to take part in Ofcom’s spectrum auction have to submit their bids before the regulator kicks off the process

MPs slam draft Communications Data Bill

MPs have slammed plans to give the Home Secretary carte blanche to retain any type of data in the draft Communications Data Bill dubbed ‘the Snoopers’ Charter’.

Tech M&A values hit yearly high

Technology mergers and acquisitions have hit a yearly high in the value of deals and seen the level of activity rise to around 250 transactions a month

Redstone celebrates first ever pre-tax profit

Despite a slip in revenues, managed network services provider Redstone booked its first ever profit before taxation of £200,000 in the six months to the end of September, reversing a loss of £1.5m in the year-ago period

Public sector looking for more nimble supply options

Public sector customers are going to look more often at suppliers that can help them keep costs and under control and deliver IT projects on time according to IDC

Deduplication and archiving helping to cut storage costs

Deduplication and archiving technologies are helping storage resellers shave costs off their customer's bills even more than cloud and virtualisation

European Parliament approves single EU patent system

The European Parliament votes in a patent statute to cover the European Union (EU), but Italy and Spain stay out due to language concerns

EMC to keep up channel momentum into 2013

EMC will look to build on what has been a transformative 2012 for its channel during the next 12 months, with the addition of new, deeper sales training options, among other things

Adobe issues critical Flash Player update

Critical flaws can be exploited by attackers to take complete control of a victim's machine, the software giant said in an advisory.

Q&A: Microsoft explains Windows 8 value in the enterprise

Microsoft isn't saying where it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but the company still claims that the new system is perfect for enterprise users.

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer begins product overhaul

Yahoo has announced new versions of its Yahoo Mail in the first major product overhaul since Marissa Mayer became chief executive.

SaaS set for year of growth

The SaaS market and the business process as a service space should see a break through year in 2013 according to TechMarketView

HP launches managed network channel programme

HP has added a new partner programme to its line-up, targeting a select few comms services providers looking to offer pay-as-you-go managed networks for their end-user customers

Phoenix hires four to beef up services

Managed services and network specialist Phoenix IT Group has appointed for new heads to beef up its services capability

Service market deals hit lowest value for nine years

The value of IT service contracts has fallen to its lowest level for nine years as both public and private sector activity dries up in the face of ongoing tough economic conditions

Retailers are being let down by poor ERP

UK retailers could lose an estimated £147 million of revenue this Christmas due to missed sales opportunities through out-of-stock products according to Vanson Bourne

Sage opens up APIs to widen developer base

Sage has taken steps to make its Sage One APIs freely available to encourage third party application support and to widen its developer base

Data to grow more quickly says IDC’s Digital Universe study

IDC’s annual Digital Universe study finds data set to expand to 40 Zettabytes by 2020. Emerging markets and machine-generated data will account for increasing proportions of it.

Few low-cost VDI options remain

Organizations looking for affordable virtual desktop tools have few choices today, but NComputing offers a viable VDI option.

IT pros welcome Dell’s foray into consumerization

Despite a late start, new Dell support services and client devices could help Dell make a splash in the consumerization era.

Facebook to boost privacy controls

Facebook is to make the biggest changes to the social networking site’s privacy controls in more than a year

EE names 17 more 4G towns and cities

The mobile operator will be bringing high-speed connectivity to users in 17 more locations in March 2013

Cloud specialist steps into CEO role at CA

CA Technologies has concluded a six month search for a replacement for its outgoing CEO turning to a man with experience in the cloud

Micro-P raids Azlan for network, comms talent

Micro-P has appointed Azlan’s HP Networking business manager Gavin O’Shea as its new general manager of networking and communications

HP in talks with BT to offer network as a service

The Network Advantage Programme will enable communications service providers to offer ‘pay per port’ services to businesses of all sizes

Gartner ADC Magic Quadrant: Room for cloud optimization, SDN

The 2012 Gartner ADC Magic Quadrant indicates a mature market with room for innovation around deployment options, software-defined networking and cloud optimization.

PCeU arrests three suspected ransomware blackmailers

The UK Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested three people in connection using ransomware, which security experts say poses a threat to businesses as well as consumers.

UK users download most mobile data

The latest International Communications Report from Ofcom shows unlimited data tariffs and large allowances are encouraging UK users to download more data on their mobiles than many other countries

Avnet unveils new UK executive team

Avnet has revealed details of its revamped sales and marketing organisation structure in the UK following the integration of Magirus

Why Nicira abandoned OpenFlow hardware control

Nicira's founding engineers invented OpenFlow, but they say it won't work for data center-class, hardware forwarding. Martin Casado explains.

FAST bemoans cuts to Trading Standards

Cuts to Trading Standards budgets are having an impact on the fight against software piracy the Federation Against Software Theft has warned

Webroot adds MSP options to channel programme

Webroot has expanded its worldwide channel programme to offer more cost-effective options for the growing number of managed services providers (MSPs) knocking at the door

There is more to IT than BYOD

CIOs should stop worrying about BYOD according to analyst Gartner. Instead they should focus on technology transformation.

Adobe cloud business growing ahead of targets

Adobe has revealed its fiscal year figures showing a rise in the number of users adopting its cloud based Creative offerings

ITU internet regulation blocked by UK and US

The International Telecoms Union (ITU) has failed to gain consensus on new rules that would give more power to states to regulate the internet

Mazars outsources access management

Global accountancy firm Mazars has outsourced the management of access to Oracle and Sharepoint applications for 6000 global staff

CA puts SaaS at core of channel strategy for 2013

CA Technologies is going to be putting a major focus on building its MSP channel and getting its SaaS message out to resellers and customers next year

Verizon joins Criterion to bolster online credentials

Verizon and Criterion Systems will conduct a series of tests of a new validation process being designed for sensitive online transactions.

McKinnon will not face UK trial

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon will not face trial in the UK after US authorities refuse to share witnesses or transfer intelligence to the CPS

Hasty deployments threaten SharePoint platform success

A new AIIM report finds that many organizations are deploying the SharePoint collaboration platform without taking enough time to think it through.

Top 10 consumerization of IT news stories of 2012

The consumerization of IT really took off this year. Take a look back at the mobile devices, cloud services and trends that made headlines in 2012.