TechTarget News - Week of Mar 01, 2020

Data breaches in Australia showing no signs of abating

Compromised login credentials and human error were the most common causes of data breaches reported under Australia’s notifiable data breach regime from July to December 2019

Feeling the impact of coronavirus

Although the number of cases in the UK is still low, there have already been some issues for the channel to deal with

Nordic lessons on digital transformation

Swedish financial services firm reports a successful IT outsourcing project with India-based IT services company

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Another busy week, with executives shuffling and getting the chance to make a difference in fresh roles

The pope, with Microsoft and IBM, calls for AI ethics

The Pontifical Academy for Life has issued new guidelines for ethical AI that call for artificial intelligence technology to be explainable, trusted and secure.

New coronavirus wreaking havoc on tech conference calendar

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the organizers of some technology conferences have decided to alter or cancel their events for the safety of attendees.

Lack of leadership stifles collaboration initiatives

IT and business leaders say they want to encourage collaborative working, but there is little support from senior management

VMware cuts the ribbon on Partner Connect

The supplier has been getting partners ready for the launch of its revised programme, and has indicated that hundreds have already gained top-tier status

Retrospect backup wants to get more ROBOs on board

Retrospect version 17 makes deploying its backup software easier. The new onboarding feature focuses on simplicity, which is demanded regardless of customer size.

Dell EMC midrange storage launch put on hold

Dell COO Jeff Clarke says he's to blame for delays in shipping the Dell EMC midrange storage array, claiming he pushed the launch so the vendor's sales force can get up to speed.

CTA targets AI in healthcare with an AI standard

A team of more than 50 companies is working together to develop AI standards for healthcare. A recent effort was accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

Riverbed refocuses on its roots

Vendor returns to the core business that made its reputation, with partners being encouraged to embrace performance and visibility strategy

Commercial PC market holding steady course

This year has started much as the last one ended, with the business customer base continuing to drive the fortunes of the PC market, according to Context

Mainframe software market shrinks with BMC-Compuware deal

The BMC acquisition of Compuware leaves BMC as the last major independent mainframe software company. But its new portfolio should help users transition to modern world of DevOps.

5G security is a concern for most companies

A study has found that decision-makers fear that 5G technology will make organisations more vulnerable to cyber attacks and will raise security-related costs

Pure Storage layoffs signal turbulence in IT market

Layoffs at Pure Storage dampen the flash array vendor's better-than-expected quarterly revenue. Pure is the latest tech vendor to eliminate jobs amid fears of a global slowdown.

QBS adds more MSP depth with 4SEC buy

Distributor makes second acquisition to add more depth to the software offerings it can provide partners

Zendesk Sunshine CRM, social media upgrades released

Zendesk upgraded Sunshine CRM and Support platforms to manage digital customer conversations, and added e-commerce tools that enable agents to work through order and payment issues.

Should ransomware payments be insurable? Experts weigh in

Ransomware payments are insurable, but should they be? Several experts weighed in on the question, and the effect of cyberinsurance, during RSA Conference 2020.

Enhanced BlackBerry Spark strives for zero-trust security

With a bolstered unified endpoint security layer, announced at last week's RSA Conference, BlackBerry Spark wants to bring zero-trust security to a broad swath of devices.

Apple subsidiary delivers Claris Connect no-code tool

Claris Connect, the latest product from Claris, the enterprise software subsidiary of Apple, targets nonprogrammers at SMBs to help them build apps by stitching services together.

Software focus spurs channel growth at IGEL

Endpoint OS specialist has seen its decision to split the hardware and software offerings deliver results, which could lead to a widening of its channel base

Veritas Enterprise Vault adds cloud-based supervision

Veritas added Advanced Supervision to its cloud archiving platform and said even customers outside of heavily regulated industries demand communications monitoring tools.

As remote work tools deploy, next task is behavioral

The coronavirus could provide a major incentive to work remotely. The shift may have long-lasting impacts, as managers and employees get comfortable with virtual work.

HIMSS 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

On Monday, President Trump was slated to speak at HIMSS 2020. On Thursday, the health IT event was canceled for the first time in 58 years due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Risky ransomware payments on the rise, attacks increasing

Making payments to threat actors to retrieve data was once viewed in black-and-white terms. But RSA Conference attendees say attitudes about paying up have changed drastically.

Coronavirus outbreak could impact NAND flash prices

Memory manufacturers report no major impact to NAND flash supply, but weakening demand could exert an impact on prices, according to industry analysts.

HCI market grows as storage, servers shrink

Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise say their storage and server revenues declined sharply last quarter, while hyper-converged infrastructure sales keep growing.

Google Kubernetes Engine price change sparks discontent

Google is bringing back cluster management fees for its Google Kubernetes Engine service, a move that will bring it into parity with AWS' competing product but also prompted some protests from users.

Nvidia scoops up object storage startup SwiftStack

Months after saying it would change its focus to AI, SwiftStack has changed hands. Nvidia will acquire the object storage vendor to bolster its internal AI stack.

Alteryx 2020.1 highlighted by new data profiling tool

Holistic Data Profiling, a new tool to give users an overall view of their data during modeling, highlighted the latest platform update from the data management and analytics vendor.

Manufacturing outlook hopeful despite recession fears

A new survey of midmarket manufacturing CFOs shows that most anticipate increases in revenue and profitability in 2020, in the face of an expected economic slowdown.

IT Priorities 2020: AI, cloud to dominate IT spending in India

Indian organisations are expected to spend more on artificial intelligence and cloud this year in a bid gain an edge over rivals through key technology investments

Commvault channel chief looking to increase relevance

This is going to be a big year for Commvault’s channel chief, Mercer Rowe, as he looks to ensure that partners get the message about the benefits of working with the vendor

MPs set sights on Huawei in 5G security probe

Weeks after UK government allowed access to radio access part of mobile networks, MPs announce inquiry into the use and security of equipment supplied by foreign companies for 5G networks

Istio service mesh revamp may ease use, or sow confusion

Istio 1.5 reworks a microservices-based control plane into a monolith as the service mesh project seeks to simplify management and improve performance.

Remote work shift may boost SaaS management platforms

The rapid rise of remote work, thanks to the coronavirus, may spur interest in tools that can measure employee productivity, such as SaaS management platforms.

Developers vie for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure certs

Oracle hopes to attract new developers to its cloud platform with its new developer certification for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, as it trails AWS, Microsoft and Google in market share.

COVID-19 depresses 5G smartphone shipments

Omdia is the latest analyst firm to lower its projections for 5G smartphone shipments because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The firm expects 20% fewer phones in 2020.

Honeywell quantum computing system passes IBM out of the gate

Honeywell joined the quantum computing race this week with a system featuring a new quantum architecture with a Quantum Volume rating of 64 -- double that of existing systems.

Coronavirus impact: Businesses forced to rely on video conferencing

Companies are missing opportunities to connect on a more personal level with customers and partners as the coronavirus outbreak forces them to rely more heavily on video conferencing.

VMware Partner Connect offers flexibility, new tiers

VMware unveiled its long-awaited rebooted partner program, which introduces flexibility in earning competencies and rewards; more IT channel news from the week.

DataStax takes aim at open source Cassandra challenges

DataStax has acquired open source Cassandra services firm The Last Pickle, adding in key tools that could help overcome enterprise database adoption challenges.

Amazon chatbots to employ neural networks for CX

Amazon tests neural network bots to help site customers and human agents more quickly identify answers to refund and order-cancellation questions.

Mendix expands support with private, dedicated cloud options

Low-code platform provider Mendix has released Mendix for Private Cloud and Mendix Dedicated Cloud, new offerings aimed at enterprises with special security and compliance needs.

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