TechTarget News - Week of Feb 24, 2013

Universal Credit has the hallmarks of another IT failure

Charities, housing associations and consultancies have warned that the Department for Work and Pensions’ £2.2bn Universal Credit programme has all the hallmarks of another public sector IT disaster.

Swift sets challenge for technology start-ups

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) is giving start-ups the chance to promote ideas for banking services

Services sector continues to dip

Figures from the CBI indicate that the services sector is continuing to struggle with profitability falling sharply last quarter

HP re-enters consumer tablet market

With memories of the Touchpad now fading HP has announced it will launch a 7 inch tablet for the consumer market

HP back in with consumer tablet

HP launches Slate 7 tablet, its latest attempt to break into the market, which runs Android Jelly Bean and offers Google services

Weaver to lead Micro-P comms sales team

Micro-P has appointed channel sales veteran Mark Weaver as its new communications sales manager

Scotland could get internet independence

London Internet Exchange (LINX) considering an internet hub in Scotland to reduce the reliance on London and Manchester hubs

CommVault’s Simpana 10 backup software makes Big Data play

CommVault’s Simpana 10 enterprise backup software makes a play for Big Data use cases with extended capabilities around its Common Store data repository and compliance functions

RSA 2013: Obama cyber order will have significant effect, says DoHS

President Barack Obama’s executive order on cybersecurity is a “very big deal” says Mark Weatherford, deputy under-secretary for cybersecurity at the US Department of Homeland Security (DoHS).

LG picks up webOS from HP for smart TVs

LG Electronics has acquired webOS from HP with the intention of using the software to enhance the user experience of its smart TVs

Channel Telecom claims billing standard first

Channel Telecom says implementing a new charging data record standard will make it easier for comms VARs to keep on top of their customer billing

European IT spending remains economically challenged

The mature economies including Europe and the US will continue to see IT spending levels much lower than in China and other developing countries as economic problems continue

More training needed to fight cyber threat

More training and education are urgently needed if the UK is going to get enough cyber security professionals able to fend off the latest threats a senior executive at Cyber-Ark has warned

Sluggish schools market hits Promethean revenues

Education specialist Promethean has issued preliminary numbers of last year that show the impact of a challenging education market

VMware flexes channel muscles at PEX

VMware has added new incentives, enablement and collaboration programmes on the opening day of its global partner knees-up, PEX

Brocade pledges tighter channel integration

Brocade’s new EMEA channel chief Thomas Langkjaer has said he will seek to integrate more closely with partners

Six Degrees warns against cloud confusion

Channel cloud providers are causing confusion by using too much jargon and not providing enough education according to the results of research from the Six Degrees Group

Consumers demand easier way of switching banks

As banks strive to meet a regulation to make it easier for consumers to switch accounts, research shows there is an appetite for it in Europe

High Court ruling unlikely to hit pirates hard

The ruling by the High Court to get internet service providers to block three sites allowing downloads of illegal content might not be that effective in the fight against piracy

Paranoia growing over state backed cyber attacks

Those people responsible for running security at enterprises are showing more concern about the prospect of their firms being the victim of a state backed cyber attack

Companies mine social media to drive innovation

Businesses are trawling Facebook and Twitter to spot subtle changes in consumer behaviour that can open up lucrative business opportunities

O-bit staff reunite at VoIP firm Coms

O-bit sales director Tim Loveday is to reunite with his former boss Dave Breith at Polycom partner Coms, taking up the role of indirect channel sales director

Mike Lynch: We’ve still not heard anything from HP

Mike Lynch, the former CEO and founder of Autonomy, says HP has still not attempted to get in touch following its allegations of fraud back in November

Cloud: Transforming the Indian IT industry

In the recent troubled economic times, business priorities have changed, driving cloud adoption in Indian enterprises.

Mike Lynch: We’ve still not heard anything from HP

Nearly four months after being slammed over alleged accounting fraud, former Autonomy frontman Mike Lynch says he has not heard a peep out of HP

HIE and mobile health: The buzz for HIMSS 2013?

High-profile politicians dominate this year's keynote sessions, but mobile health is the hot topic at HIMSS 2013.