TechTarget News - Week of May 12, 2013

Arqiva wins government rural mobile contract

Arqiva is awarded £150m to boost mobile coverage in rural areas as part of the government’s Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP)

PPM market continues to grow aided by tough times

The project and portfolio management software market continued to grow last year as tough economic times encouraged users to use the technology to drive growth

UK tech companies see fall in growth investment

Growth investment in British technology companies dropped slightly in Q1 2013, as funders looked to rebalance investments

Microgen starts strategic review

Financial services specialist Microgen has announced a strategic review which could see it break up the current structure or bolster it with acquisitions

Avaya simplifies pricing with One Source

Avaya has taken steps to speed up pricing and quotes that resellers can offer customers with its One Source initiative

Cyber criminals hack Washington court system

Hackers gain access to the personal data of 160,000 US citizens after compromising Washington State court service servers

Dell board asks Icahn to show them the money

The latest twist in the ongoing battle for control of Dell has seen the PC maker's board ask questions of financing of bidder Carl Icahn

HP MSA gets SSD support

Hewlett-Packard upgrades its entry-level SAN array, giving HP MSA some SSD support, a new controller and 4 TB hard drives.

Camden Council rolls out free Wi-Fi

Camden London Borough Council signs a deal with Arqiva to provide free wireless connectivity to businesses, residents and visitors

Mobile phone sales drop in Europe

As users swap their feature phones for smart devices, the overall European mobile market stalls, according to Gartner

Tablet sales boost SerCom numbers

The full year results from SerCom parent the DCC Group indicate that the growth in mobile devices has helped the IT operation increase profits

Azlan inks distribution deal with EMC

Azlan has been signed by EMC with a brief to grow the SME and mid-market for the storage vendor

All You Can Meet video bridge prices meet more users' needs

Blue Jeans Network, which provides hosted video bridges, is delivering All You Can Meet video conference pricing plans to enterprises.

FAST calls for more IP protection

The Federation Against Software Theft has called on the government to do more to protect right holders of intellectual property

SAFECode publishes free secure code training modules

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) has developed six free secure software development training modules

IT pros turn a blind eye to secure coding

Nearly two-thirds of IT professionals say their organisations do not build products and services with security in mind, a Microsoft survey reveals

Microsoft declares conformance with ISO 27034-1

Microsoft has declared conformance with ISO 27034-1, the first part of an international standard for secure software development

Embotics brings in Zycko after dropping Avnet

Virtualisation and cloud specialist Embotics has signed up Zycko to handle its products after taking the decision to part company with Avnet

Microsoft reveals free Windows 8.1 upgrade

Microsoft will make the upgrade to Windows 8 free to those users that have already invested in its latest operating system

Strong performance at Logicalis boosts Datatec

A decent performance by Logicalis helped Datatec increase revenues although weak conditions hit Westcon in the second half of the Group's fiscal year

HSBC axes 14,000 jobs

HSBC is to lay off up to 14,000 global staff in a cost-cutting move likely to include redundancies among the bank's back-office IT employees

Microsoft promises free Windows 8.1 update

The latest operating system from Microsoft – Windows 8 – is set to get an update this summer called Windows 8.1 at no cost to its users

Veeam aims to rekindle channel spark

Veeam is looking to strengthen its channel and encourage more to embrace cloud storage solutions

Northamber warns turnaround will take time

Northamber has issued a trading update warning that the transition from high volume and low margins to a higher margin business will take time

Government urged to devise national data strategy

Government urged to devise national data strategy following launch of review into the better use of public sector information

EE partners with Glastonbury for 4G festival

EE is official technology and communications partner for Glastonbury, providing 4G coverage, a mobile app, charging tents and free Wi-Fi

IDC cuts global IT spending expectations

IDC has cut its forecast for growth in IT spending as the ongoing problems in the global economy continue to take their toll

Self-service portals give IT control in the cloud

Cloud computing purists say true clouds require portals for self-service, but those who've actually deployed portals are in the minority.

BES 10 upgrades hinge on mobile management capabilities

During the company's user conference, IT pros hoped to hear more about how BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 features will help them manage mobility.

Brocade partners gain additional IT financing option

Brocade has rolled out its new Brocade Subscription Plus option, which enables monthly payment for a multivendor solution under a single contract.

Any hospital can unleash healthcare innovation

Small hospitals and physician practices may not feel like innovators, but healthcare innovation can happen anywhere.

Adobe uses crises to drive security change

After hackers broke into one of Adobe's code-signing servers in 2012, CSO Brad Arkin used the crisis to drive security change and improvement

Colt launches cloud storage service

Colt has taken the wraps off a cloud storage service that resellers can offer to customers looking to take advantage of putting their data into a hosted environment

Demise of competitors bolsters Dixons

The exit from the electrical retail market of Comet was one of the contributing factors that helped Dixons deliver a strong set of numbers for its fiscal year

CSC returns to profitability

Beleaguered software firm CSC has returned to profitability in its full year results, posting operating profits of $900m (£600m) compared with losses of $1.36bn for the previous year 2011-12.

IBM to support Thames Water's big data strategy

Thames Water has earmarked investments in big data analytics as part of its next five-year investment programme, with IBM contracted to support it.

NetSuite plans channel investment, consolidation

At SuiteWorld 2013 in California, NetSuite has expanded on its European growth plans but says some unproductive resellers may fall by the wayside

Indian enterprises invest in IT for growth

In 2013, Indian CIOs increasingly will spend money on IT aimed at helping their business grow, according to a joint survey from the CIO Klub and Ernst & Young India.

Indian health care needs IT boost

Health care providers in India will spend 57 billion rupees on IT products and services in 2013 compared to 53 billion rupees spent in 2012.

STec CEO: Flash enables storage transformation

STec CEO Mark Moshayedi discusses why he thinks flash will prompt enterprises to move from refrigerator-box SANs to custom-built solid-state systems.

Google Compute Engine prices on par with AWS -- for now

Conventional wisdom has Google and AWS locked in the Price War of the Titans with the launch of GCE, but a deeper look reveals a different truth.

Dell profits slide as ownership battle rages on

The future ownership of Dell might be uncertain but in the present the firm continues to struggle as the bleak PC market takes it toll on its numbers

Apple Stores get the thumbs up from shoppers

Apple has come top of the charts with high street shoppers according to the latest Which? survey of who is doing well in the retail market

Avnet, HP team up on big data practice

Avnet, HP are rolling out a big data practice aimed at helping HP partners build out their big data businesses.

Government spends £260m on e-prescribing

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt commits £260m to e-prescriptions, as part of moves to make the NHS paperless by 2018

Dell sees profits plummet amid hardware freefall

Dell saw profits plummet by 73% to $226m (£149m), as its first quarter results revealed its hardware division's profits to be in freefall

Ofcom stresses importance of decent broadband

An Ofcom report into the availability of communications has stressed the point that UK firms will miss out if broadband speeds do not improve

BYOD: Securing the risk to access the cost benefits

Bring-your-own-device schemes offer businesses the opportunity to cut the costs and improve user experiences, but benefits can be dwarfed by the risks.