TechTarget News - Week of Feb 17, 2013

Barclays brings free Wi-Fi to branches

Barclays bank will offer free Wi-Fi in 1,500 branches after trialling BT’s wireless white label solution

Pitchford to head-up Universal Credit programme

David Pitchford, executive director of Major Projects Authority heads up the Universal Credit at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Red Hat expects hybrid cloud approach to stay

A senior manager for Red Hat has indicated it expects a hybrid approach to public and private cloud by customers to remain the norm for the foreseeable future

Brocade profits disappear into California coffers

Brocade has blamed changes to the tax code in its home state of California for a $21m (£13.5m) net loss, down from $54m in the previous quarter and $59m year-on-year

Google could get tougher with pirates

Google could take tougher steps against sites that are selling illegal products with reported proposals to block payments to pirates

PCI SSC introduces cloud compliance guidelines

A branch of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has released guidelines designed to clarify the murky rules of cloud compliance.

Java mobile application trends for 2013

Java mobile applications are becoming more popular as mobile devices proliferate, both for consumers and for businesses.

SEC ups ante against rivals with Nimans promo

Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC) and comms distie Nimans have launched a double sales incentive plan to promote sales of its OpenScape lines and displace rival installations

Hilton checks into FAST chief exec role

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has appointed software industry veteran Alex Hilton to its chief executive post

avsnet acquires northern presence with Besttel buy

Unified comms and collaboration reseller avsnet hopes to drive more business in the north of England and widen its tech expertise after buying Lancashire-based Besttel for an undisclosed sum

Gartner: BI software revenue growth to slow in 2013

BI software revenue growth will be slow in 2013 compared with recent years. Analyst firm Gartner is predicting 7% worldwide growth this year

Bill Gates mulls over mobile mistakes

Bill Gates has admitted that Microsoft made mistakes in its mobile strategy allowing leadership in the smartphone market to go to rivals

Westcon secures MS Lync gold badge

Westcon has been handed Microsoft’s Partner Network Gold Communications competency as a mark of proficiency around its Lync UC portfolio, becoming the first distie worldwide to achieve the designation

HP gives Autonomy partners new programme

HP has launched a new partner programme for Autonomy resellers and announced plans to bring them into the wider channel fold

McAfee warns of NFC threat to mobiles

As near field communications (NFC) becomes a more popular feature on mobile phones, more attacks based on the technology will arise

Mobile app dev meets agile best practices

The demand for mobile apps and how quickly those apps need to change is persuading some companies to embrace agile best practices.

Ofcom announces 4G spectrum winners

The main four mobile operators and BT win lots in the spectrum auction, albeit for more than £1bn less than Chancellor George Osborne hoped

Dell profits slide as firm deliver last public results

Dell has delivered a set of results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year that show decreases in revenue and net income in what could be the last set of numbers before it turns private

Apple targeted in malware attack

Apple has reported that it has isolated malware that took advantage of a weakness in Java and landed on some of its machines at its US headquarters

Daisy nabs EE 4G distie contract as spectrum auction falls short

Everything Everywhere (EE), the mobile operator formed from the recent combination of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has named Daisy Distribution as the launch distributor of its fourth generation (4G) mobile network comms package, 4GEE

Stuxnet smart, but stupid, says MP

Stuxnet 'tactically smart but strategically stupid', says David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden, former Minister of State at Foreign Office

Speed of mobile developments poses security threat

The pace of change in the mobile market is so much faster than in the traditional PC world challenging security specialists to speed up their reaction time to industry changes

CIO interview: Carol Fawcett CIO of Dell software

Fawcett deployed a 23 country BYOD strategy while at software firm, Quest, which was acquired by Dell. She is now hoping to take her experience to Dell.

Yahoo to update homepage to win back users

Yahoo is to update its homepage for the first time in four years as part of efforts to win back users from rival Google

Twitter shortens tweets for security reasons

Changes to the way Twitter deals with web links for security reasons means users will have fewer characters to use in tweets

Micro Focus reports steady business, closes acquisition

Enterprise BI specialist Micro Focus has reported steady trading for the period from 31 October, with results in-line with its expectations

Dell results highlight PC decline

As it prepares to reprivatise, Dell has reported an 11% decrease in revenue for Q4 2012, compared to the same period last year.

Big data trends: Big things in store for 2013

Big data trends in 2013 will include rises in cloud storage, organization of unstructured data and the importance of real-time analytics.

Corero tears down channel barriers with programme enhancements

With its SecureWatch partner programme rapidly approaching its first birthday, threat protection specialist Corero is targeting a new phase of channel and company expansion in the coming months

4G could entice mobile operators to SDN

A Juniper Networks executive claims the refresh needed for 4G networks could lead mobile operators to become early adopters of software defined networking

IRIS partners with Equanet

IRIS Software Group, a payroll and accountancy vendor, is seeking to bolster its customer base by partnering with Equanet in a deal that aims to provide exclusive offers on computers and accessories

Ancoris takes on Microsoft in a battle of apps

In a bid to persuade more companies to adopt Google cloud applications, cloud services provider Ancoris has partnered with SoftWatch to monitor actual usage of Microsoft Office via its assessment service

Anonymous hit in Twitter attack

Hacking collective Anonymous is the latest victim in a series of Twitter account hacks that have hit high-profile organisations such as Burger King and Jeep.

2e2’s Diagonal flogged to SAP VAR G3

Integrator G3 Global has come to the rescue of fellow SAP partner Diagonal Consulting, part of the collapsed 2e2 group, handing over an undisclosed cash sum for the business

Businesses not embracing remote working

Whilst employers claim to be keen on flexible working, employees still have their doubts around company policy

CIO interview: Mark Hall, HMRC CIO

Mark Hall took the reins from HMRC’s larger-than-life former CIO Phil Pavitt at the end of last year. He talks about plans to be fully digital

Superfast Wales project gets underway

The first state-sponsored fibre cabinet is installed in Bangor as part of the Superfast Cymru project to bring faster broadband speeds to Wales

Vodafone chief appointed Alcatel Lucent CEO

Struggling telecoms firm, Alcatel Lucent names its new chief executive officer (CEO) as Michel Combes, to take over from 1 April 2013

Webroot, FancyFon form mobile cloud partnership

Cloud security intelligence vendor Webroot is partnering with FancyFon to leverage its FAMOC mobile device management technology

Enables IT lifts lid on growth plans, plots M&A spree

Network and virtualisation specialist Enables IT has posted its first set of annual results following its reverse takeover by MSP Nexus Management and revealed details of its future strategy

How do you grab the attention of Indian CIOs?

India-based CIOs must plan for the adoption of technologies such as business intelligence, cloud computing and mobile to help the business benefit from India’s economic growth.