TechTarget News - Week of Mar 24, 2019

Suse renews focus on APAC as independent firm

Open source software company Suse plans to keep up with its growing business momentum in Asia by adding more headcount in emerging markets and shoring up call centre operations

PC revenues holding up

Context figures indicate that although volumes might be down slightly revenues have increased for distributors in the first couple of months of this year

Lack of security skills exposing business to attack

The cyber skills shortage is leaving businesses at increased risk of attack as organisations continue to struggle to fill security-related positions, a survey shows

SAP S/4HANA migration still just a plan for most customers

According to a new survey by ASUG, most SAP users plan to move to S/4HANA eventually, but they're currently focused on other IT priorities, lack of confidence in S/4HANA or still need to build a business case.

Security challenge is to move as fast as the business

Adapting security to the pace at which the business is moving is one of the biggest challenges facing infosec professionals in the cloud era, says Palo Alto Networks

Building a business glossary enhances data governance

Experts say data professionals should work to create a common vocabulary in organizations to help boost data governance and compliance with laws like GDPR.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another seven days have passed in the world of the channel and as usual that means several changes across the industry in terms of personnel

Apiary Capital takes majority stake in G3 Comms

Private equity firm makes investment that should fuel further organic growth and possible acquisitions at comms and networking player

Ivanti Cloud offers device info, real-time data analytics

Ivanti Cloud hopes to break down IT siloes by combining IT operations and security teams. The platform includes key features like device prescription and real-time updates.

Facebook alumni forge own paths to big data analytics tools

Startups Interana and Rockset differ in their approaches to providing new query capabilities on fast-arriving big data. Both are led by technologists who started at Facebook.

FEMA data exposure affects 2.3 million disaster victims

FEMA's data exposure is another high-profile example of accidental data disclosures -- a trend that has some security experts calling for more focus on failed security controls.

SRE software refines DevOps incident response for enterprise

SRE workflows often emerge organically within enterprise IT teams, but software tools add measurability and automation for incident response and review in one DevOps shop.

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd sees no reason to fear ERP AI

AI will create more jobs than it will destroy, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said. One area that may be improved by AI is customer service, which suffers from high turnover in call centers.

Oracle layoffs underpin its IaaS ambitions

Oracle plans further investments in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, but to do so it has cut jobs and made plans to hire fresh talent to support its cloud business.

Geopolitical issues affecting cyber security

Geopolitical issues are affecting business decisions, according to the majority of cyber security professionals, a survey shows

Oracle makes cloud pitch at OpenWorld Asia

Oracle made a strong call for cloud at its inaugural OpenWorld event in Asia on the back of robust growth in cloud revenues

Datto looking to increase MSP sales and marketing support

The managed services specialist has shared its list of attributes that make a world class MSP and indicated that it could provide more help to those looking to increase their sales and marketing activities

Violin Systems revamps partner program amid company reboot

Violin Systems' new channel program offers three tiers of participation for partners in the storage market. The company named former X-IO executive Tim Cullen to head the effort.

Asus releases fix for supply chain cyber attack

Asus has released a fix for a supply chain attack and downplayed the impact on customers while promising to contact all those affected as incident highlights code signing vulnerabilities

Women more at risk of job automation

Because of the types of jobs more likely to be held by women, the female workforce is more at risk of automation, according to stats

BT switches on quantum network link at Adastral Park

BT has opened its quantum network link between its Adastral Park research base and the UK Quantum Network node at the University of Cambridge

Time and money holding back IT pro skills development

Those delivering technological solutions for customers are only too aware that the world is changing and skills need to be developed but as SolarWinds has uncovered its not quite that simple

IT complexity raises concerns of certificate-related outages

Company executives are concerned that increased IT complexity will result in more security certificate-related outages, with nearly two-thirds of organisations affected in the past year

Police make 61 arrests in global crackdown on dark web

Law enforcement agencies from the US, Canada and Europe, including the UK, have joined forces to target suppliers and buyers of illegal goods on dark web marketplaces and warn buyers of risks

Latest Arrcus protocols for webscale data centers

Startup Arrcus has added to its network operating system protocols that could appeal to cloud providers and companies with webscale data centers.

Asus backdoor hits targets with officially signed update

Attackers infected the official Asus Live Updater to install a malicious backdoor on hundreds of thousands of systems, with the intent of targeting a small subset of those users.

CrowdStrike: Cybercrime groups joining forces to pack more punch

CrowdStrike sounds off on the enhanced partnership between the cybercrime groups behind the TrickBot and BokBot malware and explains what such collaborations signify.

Site reliability engineer shift creates IT ops dilemma

Aspiring SREs find it hard to move away from tactical tasks to focus on strategic projects. Veteran SREs say the path to less toil begins with prioritization and automation.

Salesforce opens AI research outfit in Singapore

Cloud-based software giant Salesforce will train up to 100 postgraduate students over three years in artificial intelligence technology

Norsk Hydro cyber attack cost estimates up to $41m

Initial estimates have put the financial impact of last week’s ransomware attack on the Norwegian aluminium producer of up to nearly $41m, raising questions about cyber insurance coverage

Printing world advised to look at blockchain

Analyst house admits the technology is still immature but advises vendors and resellers to consider how it could impact the world of print

Monitoring distributed systems means first, do no harm

SRE veterans who work with large, complex, latency-sensitive infrastructures say some monitoring tools can hurt the systems they're meant to help.

Cyber attacks targeting industrial control systems on the rise

Malicious cyber activity increased to almost half of the industrial infrastructure protected by Kaspersky Lab in 2018, but the UK is among the most secure countries, the security firm reports

Insurance company Tokio Marine HCC overhauls legacy systems

Tokio Marine HCC has partnered with Incessant Technologies to implement business process automation software, which is helping the company to mitigate the risks associated with its disparate legacy systems

Oslo car-free plan builds on micro-mobility trend

Norway’s capital steers away from reliance on cars as political agenda is aided by technological innovation to realise social goals

HR SaaS adoption is slower than expected

HR departments continue to rely on hosted or on-premises platforms for management systems. It may not be by choice. Many want to move to HR SaaS, but doing so isn't easy.

Storware vProtect backup supports OpenShift and CloudForms

Storware updates its vProtect data protection software for open platforms, adding backup support for Red Hat OpenShift containers and the latest version of CloudForms.

DocuSign Agreement Cloud digitizes contract management

DocuSign's Agreement Cloud includes its classic e-signature tools, as well as new products and integrations to help customers digitize the agreement management process.

Cisco's collaboration unit mum on Webex Teams adoption

Cisco's collaboration unit has declined to provide statistics on the use of Webex Teams, even as rivals Slack and Microsoft Teams have attempted to demonstrate momentum for their apps.

Azure Anomaly Detector service spots business data deviations

Microsoft's Anomaly Detector service for Azure applies AI to customers' time-series data sets to find deviations or patterns that suggest problems. But humans still have the final say.

UK IoT research centre to tackle cyber risk

A government-backed national IoT research centre has been launched as part of UK efforts to become a world leader in tackling cyber threats

 

Singapore’s UOB signs up for VMware Cloud on AWS

United Overseas Bank has become the first in Southeast Asia to use VMware Cloud on AWS in its move to the hybrid cloud

Huawei making no progress on addressing security concerns

Huawei has made no material progress on addressing the issues identified last year by the NCSC, according to the latest highly critical report from its HSCEC Oversight Board

Encryption adoption driven by new tech and compliance

The adoption of encryption is at its highest level yet, driven by the need to protect data generated by new digital initiatives, but still less than half of organisations are applying it consistently across the enterprise

TP-Link targeting SME market with the channel

The networking player is selling routers and wireless products via partners and is stepping up the support it can provide to continue the growth it has enjoyed so far

Aryaka channel boss taking a structured approach

The recently appointed senior president of worldwide channels at SD-WAN player Aryaka is looking to develop a formal partner programme

Infosec pros slam government-mandated backdoors

Government-mandated encryption backdoors increase vulnerability to nation-state attacks, according to the majority of cyber security professionals

IBM-Red Hat merger timing, fairness in question

Six months after IBM revealed plans to acquire Red Hat, some IT industry experts have reason to believe approvals will take longer than the companies have suggested.

F5 Cloud Services aims ADC features at DevOps

Initially, F5 Cloud Services will provide only load balancing for DNS servers. Later in the year, F5 plans to add security features for DevOps teams building cloud applications.

JavaScript popularity drives TypeScript adoption among devs

More developers choose to work with JavaScript to build web, server-side and mobile applications, while TypeScript has quickly gained traction, according to recent analysis.

Swan lands in Scottish Highlands

Capita’s Scottish public sector network, also known as Swan, is to be extended to 150 sites in the Highland towns of Fort William, Inverness, Thurso and Wick

Private cloud infrastructure spending on the rise

The focus has been on public cloud for quite a while but the balance is shifting and IDC expects more action on the private side over the next few years

ICO kicks off sandbox beta to support innovation

The UK’s privacy watchdog has launched the first phase of an initiative aimed at enhancing data protection while supporting business innovation

Security world moving more to subcription model

Vendors are being advised to make sure that the channel can support that shift away from traditional ways of purchasing security hardware and software

Magento e-commerce sites urged to apply security update

Security experts are urging companies using the Magento e-commerce site to apply security updates without delay to avoid a disastrous hacking campaign

Survey: Data protection challenges, costs keep growing

Despite a great deal of focus on security these days, data protection tools have not kept up with emerging technologies, according to a new Dell EMC data protection survey.

NetApp partner strategy hinges on channel enablement

NetApp will continue to invest in channel sales enablement resources to help partners embrace its full portfolio; other news from the week.

Sabre outage puts its 99.995% uptime goal in question

An airline reservation system outage created long lines for travelers and raised questions about whether Sabre's uptime goals are achievable. They may not be.

Fortinet: 5G to present new edge computing security concerns

Although the rollout of 5G connectivity will enable new edge computing opportunities, John Maddison, executive VP at Fortinet, said it will also require new security considerations.

Adobe-Microsoft-SAP Open Data Initiative gains momentum

It wasn't a marketing scam announced last year: An alliance takes clearer shape, as Adobe, Microsoft and SAP cooperate on a common data model for ERP, CRM and marketing automation.

PDP Gaming alleges Poly copied its logo

The gaming accessories company PDP Gaming has sued Poly in federal court, alleging the Plantronics-Polycom merger copied PDP's logo.

How to achieve digital transformation -- with CIO as linchpin

Companies achieve digital transformation along two dimensions -- through operational efficiency and offering a great customer experience. Getting there can be an uphill battle.

Continuous Delivery Foundation seeks smoother CI/CD paths

The Linux Foundation's latest project aims to connect CI/CD toolmakers, users and open source projects to establish technical specs for continuous delivery.

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