TechTarget News - Week of Mar 31, 2013

Cisco partner marketing organization gets new chief

Sherri Liebo takes over as Cisco partner marketing chief, stepping into a setting in which partners are clamoring for more demand generation support.

BIS buy fills Six Degrees colocation gap

Six Degrees says that after 18 months of acquisitions, its latest buy finally transforms it into a major league data services player

Tekdata becomes Micro-P Security Team

The brand of Tekdata Distribution is disappearing as its parent Micro-P re-brands to align the operation with the rest of its business

Channel at heart of Dell's future plans

In a memo Michael Dell sent to staff the plans he has for the firm after it goes private with the channel at the heart of his vision

Mobile operators must change tack to claw back revenues

Operators need to find new sources of revenue and use unique skills to tackle the threat of OTT providers, according to Juniper Research report

Security budgets rising to fend off threats

Customers have responded to the growing number of threats by increasing security budgets to try and keep hackers at bay

Government highlights need to boost skills

The government has released details of its approach to reducing the skills gap with vocational training and apprenticeships key planks of its strategy

Acronis aims for enterprise and mobility growth

Acronis has hired a sales director charged with driving growth in the enterprise market as well as selling its recently launched mobility range

St Andrews upgrades to Dell Compellent SANs with SSD tier

St Andrews university gets dual FCOE-linked Compellent SANs with an SSD tier as it consolidates storage from DAS/NAS at 50 locations to two sites for disaster recovery provision

Big data not just an enterprise sale

The evidence is mounting that big data is not just a sale that resellers should be pitching to large customers with small firms also set to get something out of the technology

Mobile payments a growing fraud concern

The growth in the number of users paying via mobile technology is set to grow and is already stirring some fears of fraud

Save money, go green with AP automation

AP automation is on the rise and can help you save time, money and many, many trees.

Sidestep the land mines of BPM projects

At the 2013 Gartner Conference, the keynote offered tips on avoiding politics in a BPM program.

Fraudsters widen card-skimming operations in Europe

Criminals using card-skimming devices are targeting not just bank ATMs but transport and parking ticket machines as well, a report has revealed

Facebook phone announcement expected soon

Facebook is to announce a joint venture with handset maker HTC to capitalise on the increased use of social networking on mobile devices

Wi-fi growth should spark upgrade opportunities

Wick Hill's chairman Ian Kilpatrick has warned that the improvements in wireless networks will drive some customers to upgrade and could leave some resellers behind

KCOM seals agreement over pension deficit

KCOM has issued a trading update revealing that it has come to an agreement with trustees over its pension scheme deficit

Enables IT chairman departs

Enables IT has confirmed the departure of its chairman thanking him for his involvement in the reverse takeover last year by Nexus Management

IEEE forms 400GB Ethernet study group

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) confirms it is looking into the capabilities and future of 400GB Ethernet

Ingram bulks UC portfolio with Sangoma

Ingram Micro has expanded its unified communications vendor portfolio signing up infrastructure specialist Sangoma

Gartner paints bleak picture for desktops

Those hoping that the decline of the desktop was a temporary blip caused by economic conditions will find Gartner's analysis of the market uncomfortable reading

Desktop as a Service lowdown: Costs, pros and cons

Companies that want VDI but lack the expertise or the Capex look to Desktop as a Service, but cloud-hosted desktop costs vary.

Two 'critical' bulletins planned for April 2013 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to issue nine bulletins for its April 2013 Patch Tuesday release, including two "critical" fixes for Internet Explorer and Windows iterations.

Mobile first? Not so fast

Strategies that say mobile comes first give mobile apps priority over desktop apps. Some experts say mobile and desktop apps should coordinate.

Anonymous claims first strikes against North Korea

Members of the Anonymous hacktivist collective claim to have launched the first strikes against North Korea as part of its Operation Free Korea

Shareholder unrest topples HP chairman

Ongoing shareholder anger over the Autonomy affair has caused Ray Lane to step down from his position as HP chairman

Hack attacks hit value of Bitcoins

Online services and exchanges dealing in the Bitcoins have been hit by hack attacks that led to a drop in the value of the digital currency

Samsung boasts of Q1 profits surge

Samsung has indicated that its first quarter profits will increase by 53% as it continues to take share away from smartphone rival Apple

Samsung profits rocket by 53%

Samsung today announced guidance for its upcoming financial results, showing significant rises thanks to its successful smartphone range

Acronis launches data security services

Acronis has taken the wraps off data security services designed to extend the portfolio it can offer for those struggling with enterprise mobility issues

British Library archives the web

The British Library is to archive 4.8 million UK websites and one billion web pages, following statutory changes to copyright legislation

Anonymous threatens cyber attack on Israel

Members of the Anonymous hacktivist have threatened cyber strikes on Israel within days of issuing a similar threat against North Korea

Clock ticking loudly over end of XP support

With just a year left of official support from Microsoft for XP users those sticking with the old OS are being advised to start migration plans