TechTarget News - Week of Sep 16, 2018

Cutting through the blockchain hype

Blockchain adoption is still in its infancy, with security challenges standing in the way of more widespread deployment, according to a blockchain expert

Invest to be customer obsessed

We share insights from Forrester’s ‘Digital Store Playbook’ on how to transform retail operations to enhance the digital customer experience

Context: Channel enjoys growth in H1

The analyst house has shared the headline findings from its extensive channel survey and found that distribution in particular is in rude health

Microsoft seeks broader developer appeal with Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps, which replaces Visual Studio Team Services, offers a suite of five services to help developers plan, build and deploy software, even across platforms.

Tibco analytics capabilities get upgrade in Spotfire X

New Tibco AI and natural language processing functions in the soon-to-be-released Spotfire X look to create a simpler and faster experience for self-service BI users.

Are SD-WAN security concerns warranted?

Networking analysts and engineers examine SD-WAN security concerns, the importance of cabling in wireless environments and a new security attack that's difficult to detect.

New Mirai variant attacks Apache Struts vulnerability

New variants of the Gafgyt and Mirai botnets are targeting unpatched enterprise devices, which indicates a greater shift away from consumer devices, according to researchers.

Singapore government to start bug bounty programme

Singapore’s bug bounty programme will help the authorities identify cyber blind spots and benchmark its defences against skilled hackers

Oracle first-quarter 2018-19 results show weak growth

Oracle’s first-quarter results for 2018-19 reveal $9.2bn revenue and 1% growth, with co-CEO Mark Hurd calling out “spectacular growth” for the NetSuite cloud ERP for SMEs business

Leeds NHS trust vows to dump its fax machines by 2019

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has launched a campaign to get rid of its fax machines by January 2019 in a bid to remove paper and champion innovation

Dreamforce brings Salesforce products upgrades

More than 150,000 attendees are expected at Dreamforce in San Francisco, where Salesforce will show how recent acquisitions fit into its product platform.

DevOps security takes on the dark side of digital transformation

Without better organizational discipline, digital businesses are at risk for massively disruptive data breaches and attacks. Can DevSecOps transform IT in time to avert disaster?

WannaMine cryptojacker targets unpatched EternalBlue flaw

Unpatched systems are still being targeted by the WannaMine cryptojacker, despite warnings and global cyberattacks using the EternalBlue exploit leaked from the NSA.

MTI cranking up services revenues

The channel player has shared its first set of numbers since it was taken over by Endless last year

SonicWall flags firewall upgrade opportunity

The security vendor has used its partner event as a forum to encourage resellers to talk to customers using ageing technology

Alibaba Cloud making deeper push into smart cities

At its annual conference in Hangzhou, Chinese cloud supplier Alibaba demonstrated the transformative impact of its technologies on society and called for more manufacturers to adopt smart manufacturing processes

TechUK calls for councils to establish digital boards

Local authorities should ensure they have a digital board made up of academia, local bodies and industry, to drive transformation, improve capacity and capability

CloudBees Core sets its sights beyond enterprise Jenkins

CloudBees and its competitors vie to offer the visibility and data-driven performance measurement into CI/CD processes that enterprises need to strive for better DevOps governance.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI going hard after Salesforce

Microsoft hammers Salesforce by launching low-code, AI-based virtual agents for customer service. Also: New tools for sales and marketing add automated insights to Dynamics 365.

Waitrose to launch same-day delivery trial

High-end supermarket Waitrose is partnering with retail delivery startup On the Dot to trial same-day delivery for its food and wine goods

Life sciences cloud: Accenture, Merck, AWS team on platform

Accenture, Merck and Amazon Web Services are collaborating on a life sciences informatics platform that addresses key process bottlenecks in pharmaceutical research and development.

Juniper bundles Contrail Networking, OpenStack for the edge

Juniper Networks has introduced the Contrail Edge Cloud. The platform for running service providers' network edge applications includes Contrail Networking and Red Hat OpenStack.

Quantum Xcellis unwraps NVMe-powered StorNext NAS

Quantum upgrades its StorNext file system to bolster file sharing and replication on Xcellis NVMe flash appliances. It's the first product release under new CEO Jamie Lerner.

BackupAssist software offers cloud-to-local backup

BackupAssist 365 can be set to automatically download files and email mailboxes from the cloud to an on-premises device, creating local backups as a cloud-to-cloud alternative.

NSS Labs lawsuit takes aim at CrowdStrike, Symantec and ESET

In an antitrust lawsuit, NSS Labs accused some of the top antimalware vendors in the industry, including CrowdStrike and Symantec, of conspiring to undermine its testing efforts.

Sumo Logic breaks security data silos with cloud SIEM

Sumo Logic has added cloud security monitoring features that put security in context with business intelligence analytics.

Equifax fined by ICO for security failings

The Information Commissioners Office has fined Equifax UK in relation to a data breach at its UK parent last year

Digital economy competition panel meets to discuss regulations

Experts on a new panel put together to review competition in the digital economy have met for the first time to discuss how to ensure the country has the right regulations in place

Alibaba debuts its first service robot

Chinese tech firm is eyeing a slice of the global robotics market, starting with a service robot that delivers items to hotel guests

Scality Zenko goes GA for multi-cloud data management

Scality launches Zenko 1.0 multi-cloud data controller software, offering a commercially supported enterprise edition and a freely available open source version.

Credit card giants step up AI fraud detection

While Capital One and Mastercard delve into AI and machine learning to detect credit card fraud, IBM joins the ranks of AI vendors with AI bias detection tools.

Linksys enters cloud-managed Wi-Fi market

Belkin International's Linksys unit has launched a cloud-managed Wi-Fi system. Linksys is tapping MSPs for help in selling Cloud Manager to small businesses.

Jenkins on Kubernetes is promising, but integration needs work

Jenkins and Kubernetes are a natural fit for automated application development and delivery, and the open source community has plans to improve how Jenkins runs on containers.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

What do Lenovo, NTT Security, Redstor and Red Box, to name a few, have in common? They have all recruited some fresh faces this week

Pharmacy2U signs up to digital communications platform

Online pharmacy aims to make it easier for people to contact them, using an omnichannel system from RingCentral allowing arrange of services, including voice, chat, text and email

State Department data breach exposes employee info

A State Department data breach involving the agency's unclassified email system may have been due to a lack of multi-factor authentication, according to one expert.

Linksys: Cloud platform lets channel make more Wi-Fi money

Small business Wi-Fi market: A new, no-cost Linksys cloud management offering has hit the market, targeting channel partners and their clients; other news from the week.

Create and apply a successful enterprise chatbot strategy

For enterprises looking to introduce chatbots, tips range from testing the bot in many different channels, planning for conversational limitations, and studying successful bots.

SaaS HCM tilts power to business side of HR-IT partnership

HR leaders joined Deloitte consultants in describing a shift in responsibilities, ownership and technical challenges of SAP SuccessFactors and Ultimate Software deployments.

Mirai botnet creators avoid jail time after helping the FBI

News roundup: The Mirai botnet creators will not serve time in prison after they worked with the FBI. Plus, the Department of Defense updated its cyber strategy, and more.

White House National Cyber Strategy praised by experts

The new National Cyber Strategy released by the White House details plans for improving cybersecurity and garners positive early reviews from experts for its comprehensiveness.

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