TechTarget News - Week of Dec 30, 2012

Top 10 women in IT stories 2012

Read the top 10 women in IT stories for the year and see what the hottest debates surrounding gender were for 2012

Top 10 retail IT stories of 2012

Retailers have had another rocky year with more high street closures piling up, while online spend continued to enjoy double digit growth. As consumer spending remained stagnant, companies looked to their digital channels to bolster sales.

IT gets honours in New Year list

Olympic CIO Gerry Pennell and Lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox are included in this year’s New Year honours list

2012 sets new digital sales record of over £1bn

2012 reached an annual record-breaking digital sales total for films, music and games of more than £1bn, according to a UK trade organisation.

Tablets prove a hit at Christmas

The numbers of tablets activated on Christmas Day smashed previous records as large numbers of users switched on their gifts from Santa

Hitachi Consulting acquires Celerant to fuel growth

Hitachi Consulting has acquired Celerant Consulting as part if its growth strategy which involves pushing deeper into vertical markets with a business transformation life cycle pitch

Education not fines the best way to reduce software piracy

Software piracy could be tackled through more user education rather than concentrating on the threat of fines according to SAM specialist License Dashboard

Home Retail Group cuts call costs with SMS automation

Home Retail Group, whose brands include Argos, Homebase and Habitat has cut telephony costs by rolling out an automated text messaging service across its three call centres.

IT problems cause Lloyds ATM outage, again

Lloyds customers were unable to withdraw money from cash machines and complete debit card transactions on New Year’s eve, as the banking group was once again beset with IT problems.

What does 2013 hold for financial services IT?

While regulation will force banks to invest in IT, customer demand is imposing other pressures, such as mobile banking platforms

SaaS uptake pushes TSG to new high in 2012

Tyneside-based software services specialist TSG has kicked off 2013 by reporting strong figures for the last financial year

Managed services set for mid-market growth

Managed services growth should be coming from the mid-market with Esteem predicting a rise in sales from that market segment

Multi-vendor ERP strategy fixes $2 billion problem

Land O' Lakes solved a $2 billion problem by adopting a two-tier ERP strategy that optimizes support for both its big and small business units.

Gartner: global ICT spend up 4.2% in 2013

Gartner has predicted that global ICT spending will grow by 4.2% to reach $3.7tn (£2.3tn) during 2013, up from its previous forecast of 3.8%

Hackney design firm caught out by BSA

A Hackney design firm has become the latest to have fallen foul of the BSA and its ongoing attempts to stamp out the use of unlicensed software

Ofcom proposes early exit to combat price rises

Regulator Ofcom says users should be able to leave mobile, broadband and landline contracts without charge if their provider ups the price

Immigrants wrongly told to leave UK due to inaccurate data

Some immigrants have been accidentally contacted by Capita and told to leave the UK as a result of inaccurate data used in a government push to remove thousands of illegal immigrants

AMD unveils CFO to get growth going

AMD has announced a permanent replacement to fill a CFO position that has been run on an interim basis since the last holder of that title left in September

CIO strategy for 2013

As the economy shifts, the role of the CIO is constantly adapting. This year, expect to see a strong focus on digital enablement

Distribution identifies mobility opportunity

The year ahead should see plenty of opportunities around mobility on the security, management and networking fronts according to distributors planning for the next twelve months

Brent McCarty takes over Ingram Micro UK

Ingram Micro has handed the role of UK and Ireland executive managing director to Arizona-based Brent McCarty, currently executive director and GM of the distie’s US Consumer Electronics Division, IMCE

Wi-Fi Alliance to merge with WiGig

The wireless technology will retain its WiGig name but the standard will be looked after by the Wi-Fi Alliance

Lenovo, EMC fomalise NAS joint venture

Lenovo and EMC have completed the formation of a new joint venture, LenovoEMC, incorporating EMC’s Iomega assets to offer co-branded network attached storage (NAS) to business customers

Google reaches agreement with US regulators

Google has avoided legal action in the US by reaching a settlement agreement with regulators to change some business practices

Service sector decline raises recession fears

The UK services sector, which includes IT and communications services, has ended the year in a weakened state as confidence dips and budgets tighten

Nearly New AV aims to grow brand with Norris appointment

Nearly New AV has hired a business manager with a remit to grow the business it generates through partners as it looks to become a leading source of second-hand and ex-demo AV equipment

BI firm Birst takes first steps into UK channel

Cloud BI specialist Birst has formed the nucleus of a UK-specific channel offering with the signing of information management solutions reseller Acuma

Cloud computing skills gap is widening, warns IDC

About 1.7 million cloud computing-related job roles globally could not be filled in 2012 because applicants lacked cloud-related skills

Extreme to cut out $7m in restructuring plan

Delayed customer orders are to blame for Extreme Networks' decision to embark on an emergency cost-cutting drive, claims the vendor

Huawei revenues to smash $35bn for 2012

The CEO reveals a 10% rise on both profits and revenues as the controversial Chinese firm pledges to “become more open and transparent” in 2013

How VMware handles changing virtual data center dynamics

VMware CTO Steve Herrod offers his two cents on changing data center dynamics as vendors aim to extend virtualization principles beyond servers.