TechTarget News - Week of Oct 23, 2016

In the digital era, customer identity is key

Identity is vital for presenting a consistent customer relationship across digital channels, but not everyone in all organisations understands this shift, according to identity veteran Ian Glazer

GDS faces review by public spending watchdog

National Audit Office wants to review Government Digital Service's relations with Whitehall departments as a result of 2015 rural payments IT problems

UAE telco launches mobile wallet

Etisalat signs deal with technology company to offer its customers a mobile wallet service, as fintech expands in the Middle East

Insurers are joining fintech party

Insurers are held back from digital transformation by legacy systems, but insurance-focused IT startups offer them hope

CIO interview: Björn Ekstedt, PostNord

For PostNord, one of the Nordic’s largest logistics companies, the rise of e-commerce means the continual digital rehaul of its business models

Twitter plans to cut hundreds of jobs

Twitter is expected to reduce costs by further trimming its staff, after the company failed in its bid to secure a buyer

OpenStack adoption by enterprise grows

New research has found that businesses of all sizes are taking on OpenStack to run their private and hybrid clouds

Mobile apps to take over HR technology

Smartphone apps are the next frontier for human resources technology, according to HR technology analyst Josh Bersin

SAP steps up data privacy in Europe

SAP guarantees technicians outside of Europe will not be able to access companies’ sensitive personnel and other records

Ultrafast York UFO broadband network to go citywide

Following successful trials in a number of York neighbourhoods, UFO broadband backers CityFibre, Sky and TalkTalk have agreed to roll out the service across the city

Why one Gartner analyst is 'not sorry' about DDoS attack program

This week, bloggers look into the DDoS attack program that leveraged IoT devices, Webscale's cloud-resource-allocation platform and alternative views of digital transformation.

BT reports solid growth despite weak pound

The collapse in the value of the pound following the EU referendum has not dented BT’s confidence, with strong growth reported across multiple business units

Google suspends US FTTP broadband roll-out

Google parent Alphabet calls a halt to its roll-out of FTTP broadband in the US as it embarks on a strategic rethink

Wi-Fi AP vendors getting creative to stand out in the market

Vendors Extreme Networks and Mist are promoting Wi-Fi APs that include services delivered today by other devices on the wireless network. The new products are unique in the market, but experts expect that to change.

Twitter cuts Vine and jobs as revenue growth slows

Twitter has announced it is to restructure with the aim of achieving profitability in 2017, but in the meantime it is axing its Vine video sharing service and around 350 jobs

Apple iCloud and Gmail hacker gets 18 months in jail

A US man is given a sentence of 18 months in jail for hacking into celebrity iCloud and Gmail accounts after investigators failed to find a link with the leak of celebrity nude photos online in 2014

Red Cross data breach shows security is still not a priority

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has responded quickly to a breach of 550,000 donor details, but security commentators say the incident shows security is still not a priority for many organisations

SDN trailblazer Big Switch Networks launches in UK

Having established a base of paying customers through a key partnership with Dell, SDN supplier Big Switch Networks is opening its first European offices and gunning for Cisco’s ACI business

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