TechTarget News - Week of Jul 19, 2020

India’s Jio Platforms eyes global 5G opportunity

Indian mobile network operator Jio Platforms has built a 5G solution that will meet domestic and global demand for 5G services

DVLA makes technological progress

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has introduced a 24/7 chatbot, modernised its core IT network and is prototyping robotic process automation

Government launches fintech review

Sector review, first touted in the 2020 Budget, aims to find ways to boost competitiveness and growth

Full-time remote work trend has its doubters

A new Gartner survey projects that about half of all office workers will continue to work remotely full-time once the pandemic ends. Not everyone agrees with the forecast.

ICO hails transformative year as average fine trebles

Information Commissioner’s Office annual report reflects on a busy period, during which it levied two of the largest fines so far seen under the GDPR

Covid-19 outbreak ramps up data focus at LOTI

The boroughs working in local government coalition LOTI are focusing on joining up and acting on data-driven insights to help communities through the crisis and beyond

Cloudflare apologises for major net outage

Incident from network engineering team’s routine router configuration update work sees major outage on backbone leading to drops in internet services in Europe, US and Latin America

SAP, Siemens partner to advance digital manufacturing

A new deal between SAP and Siemens combines SAP ERP systems with Siemens Teamcenter PLM platform, enabling companies to develop an end-to-end digital thread for manufacturing.

Twitter breach caused by social engineering attack

Twitter was breached last Wednesday though a social engineering attack. Forty-five accounts were hijacked and up to eight accounts may have had their private messages stolen.

Salesforce beefs up e-commerce order management features

Salesforce adds B2C-friendly order-management features to support internationalization of e-commerce, as well as pre-built integrations to channels such as Google and Instagram.

HMRC extends Making Tax Digital programme

Programme to be extended gradually until April 2023 to cover business below the VAT threshold and income tax self-assessments above £10,000 a year

IBM's Q2 tapered by pandemic business recovery

Country-specific coronavirus responses directly correlate to IBM customer IT investments, with some contemplating dialling back cloud subscriptions

CDEI calls for ‘step change’ in public sector data sharing

Public sector needs to change the way data is shared, clarify governance arrangements and work on building public trust and awareness, according to a Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation report

Coronavirus: Government drags its feet on online misinformation

Online misinformation about Covid-19 continues to spread unchecked, according to a DCMS committee report which has accused the government of dragging its feet over online harms

Microsoft releases voice of the customer platform

Microsoft takes on Qualtrics with Dynamics 365 Customer Voice, a customer experience feedback tool native to its platform for retailers and B2B users.

Why now could be the right time to launch a digital bank

Launching a bank during a global crisis is fraught with risk, but an established customer base, experience, agility and diversification could help Zopa do just that

ThoughtSpot, VoiceBase partner to provide complementary tools

The complementary capabilities of ThoughtSpot's BI platform and VoiceBase's speech analytics tools can now be combined due to a new strategic partnership between the vendors.

New IBM Power systems offer pay-as-you-go pricing

IBM rolled out a low-end Power system with pay-as-you-go pricing to make it easier for users to deploy hybrid clouds for mission-critical applications.

Microsoft Inspire 2020 sets partner agenda

Microsoft addresses 'digital first responders,' while citing cloud computing, remote work and purpose-driven digital transformation at virtual Inspire 2020.

Inside Intel’s transition into an enterprise tech company

Computing giant Intel is pushing deeper into the enterprise with investments in data-centric and emerging technologies along with partnerships with local firms to develop new solutions

Channel ends Q2 2020 on a high across Western Europe

Analysis of the market from Context reveals that the end of the second quarter continued to deliver growth for many across Western Europe, in spite of the pandemic

No let-up in cyber attacks as lockdown eases

Cyber attacks are up by one-third as the coalescence of cyber activity and nation state-linked threats around the pandemic bears fruit for bad actors

Lloyds bank buys into cloud-native payments

Lloyds Banking Group continues its digital journey by investing in and investigating a cloud-based payments service

Commvault unveils Hyperscale X, Hedvig container support

Revealed during the keynote of Commvault's FutureReady virtual event, Hyperscale X marks the first time a Commvault product has integrated Hedvig technology.

DCMS loses government data policy to the Cabinet Office

Prime minister Boris Johnson has taken away responsibility for the government use of data from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and given it to the Cabinet Office

NVMe over Fabrics startup Lightbits Labs adds clustering

Lightbits Labs' LightOS now enables application servers to access NVMe flash SSDs in a cluster of servers -- not just a single box -- over standard Ethernet via NVMe over TCP.

Nvidia, University of Florida building AI supercomputer

Nvidia and the University of Florida have teamed up to build what they claim will be the fastest AI supercomputer in academia, capable of hitting 700 petaflops of performance.

VMware load balancing aimed at NSX-T

Users reacted positively to the latest VMware load-balancing product. The NSX Advanced Load Balancer promises to improve application performance in a VMware NSX-T virtual network.

Microsoft identifies digital transformation opportunities

For Microsoft, digital transformation provides a large, growing market for its partner ecosystem. Specific opportunities include cloud migration, AI and virtual desktops.

APAC firms in early stages of digital transformation

More than three-quarters of APAC firms struggle to revise their financial plans amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with many still lacking agile systems and processes, a new study finds

UK government aims for tech-enabled border

A consultation has been launched to gather views on how digital approaches can improve trader and traveller demands by 2025

Covid-19 to prompt surge in public cloud spend on DaaS, says Gartner

Shift to remote working has prompted CIOs to up their spending on cloud-based desktop offerings, with desktop as a service on course to become the fastest-growing part of the wider public cloud market this year

Twitter announces crackdown on QAnon accounts

In a bid to stem the spread of disinformation and prevent real-world harm, Twitter is taking action against QAnon conspiracists

Nexsan Unity taps into cloud and Assureon archive

The third generation of Nexsan Unity appliances introduced interoperability with Assureon for extra ransomware defense and the ability to connect and migrate to 18 public clouds.

Starburst advances Presto to handle Hadoop data better

Enterprise Presto SQL vendor Starburst updated its data query platform with expanded support for legacy Hadoop workloads as well as modern cloud data lake deployments.

NetApp partner program gets a refresh

NetApp continues to evolve its channel strategy with a raft of partner program updates. NetApp partners will have access to new incentives, simplified sales processes and more.

AI, UX and embedded features all pillars of Power BI platform

As Microsoft adds new features to Power BI, augmented intelligence and embedded analytics will continue to be a focus, Microsoft revealed during its Inspire user conference.

Immuta adds automated data governance for Databricks

Immuta has extended its data governance with new features that help enterprises with data privacy compliance for Databricks Unified Data Analytics Platform workloads.

New Microsoft Lists tracks info in 365 productivity suite

Microsoft Lists, launching in July, is intended to help organizations store and track selected information from 365. Lists will come with the productivity suite.

'Meow' attacks wipe more than 1,000 exposed databases

A new threat has hit more than 1,000 unsecured databases on ElasticSearch, MongoDB and other platforms, destroying data and replacing files with a single word: meow.

Fujitsu changes approach to training

Vendor looks to end box-ticking exercise and deliver more customised support for partners

Government launches space innovation programme

The government’s innovation programme will initially pump £15m into projects using space technology to tackle global issues, as well as international space projects and partnerships

Telekom Slovenije introduces 5G

Slovenia’s leading telco unveils the first in a number of phases in its evolution towards next-gen communications

Investment in neurodiverse talent a win-win for security

Current careers guidance and recruitment processes for security jobs are not working for people with ADHD, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia, but the problem is fixable with a little attention to detail

Garmin outage prompts ransomware attack speculation

Details are thin on the ground following a major service outage at Garmin, prompting industry speculation that the firm has fallen victim to a ransomware attack

Venture firm Public launches fourth GovTech accelerator

The GovStart 2020 accelerator programme is looking for innovators working on transport, health and workforce-related technology to help get more startups working on the delivery of public services

Microsoft vertical strategy linked to SIs, ISVs

As Microsoft continues to push into vertical markets, the company wants to incorporate ISVs and systems integrators into its strategy; other news from the week.

Amdocs boosts 5G portfolio with Openet acquisition

Deal will bring Openet’s open and network-centric technologies to Amdocs’ portfolio of more than 350 service provider customers worldwide

Microsoft powers up return-to-work apps

COVID-19-related return-to-work apps are getting the attention of Microsoft, which has released the app built on its Power Platform to help manage people and facilities.

IT's move to Azure drives Microsoft revenues skyward

The shift to remote work and accelerated cloud migrations during the pandemic have resulted in strong revenue growth for Microsoft. The company reported its Q4 earnings this week.

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