TechTarget News - Week of Sep 20, 2020

WikiLeaks video ‘electrified’ public to civilian war deaths, court hears

New Zealand investigative journalist and author Nicky Hager said that WikiLeaks’ publication of a video showing a US helicopter firing on civilians, along with the publication of secret war logs, ‘electrified’ the world to civilian deaths

NHS tech bosses outline cost of coronavirus app development

The government is forecasting spend to exceed £35m in the controversial contact-tracing app, a Public Accounts Committee on digital transformation in the NHS has heard

WikiLeaks cables showed US interfered in German torture investigation

Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen who was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA in a case of mistaken identity, told a court that disclosures by WikiLeaks showed that the US had intervened in a German judicial investigation into his treatment

Nutanix boosts storage performance by 50% with BlockStore

Hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer Nutanix boosts access to NVMe and potentially Optane storage with BlockStore, which avoids the need to access the deepest layers of the OS

Iliad Group makes €2.2bn Play acquisition

In a move covering Poland, France and Italy, parent company of French operator Iliad announces public tender offer for leading Polish mobile provider

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Another busy few days, with – amongst other moves – Dell’s former channel chief popping up as US boss at Insight

Video to power the future of work culture

Research from leading video cloud providers show that more than two-thirds of workers want remote work options for the future

Trump implicated in plans to prosecute Assange over war leaks

US journalist and Trump supporter, Cassandra Fairbanks, said she was given advanced details of US plans to oust Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy and to arrest him for over documents leaked by former soldier Chelsea Manning

Cyber attacks on schools increasing amid remote learning shift

The pandemic forced schools to make a quick transition to remote learning with little resources and weak security postures, and threat actors have increased their attacks.

Google Meet updates close in on Microsoft Teams, Zoom

The latest Google Meet features let participants see up to 49 people on-screen at a time. Other enhancements include better control over who gets access to meetings.

NBN Co pumps in A$700m to shore up business connectivity

Australia’s national wholesale broadband provider is creating up to 240 business fibre zones across the country to provide businesses with access to its enterprise ethernet service

CIO interview: Mark Holt, CTO, Trainline

The coronavirus pandemic has reduced train travel significantly, but for the rail ticketing app it’s been an opportunity to focus on using innovative technologies to help support passengers in new ways

Gigamon partners with Nokia to accelerate 5G adoption

Purpose-built joint 5G solution launched to offer ‘breakthrough’ real-time analytics to enhance customer experience and maximise investment impact

Patch grows data capabilities with Snowflake

A Snowflake data warehouse pulls in data from various SaaS systems to provide master data for management reports for horticulture retailer Patch

ThoughtSpot Cloud is a new SaaS version of vendor's platform

ThoughtSpot introduced the first SaaS version of its platform on Tuesday, allowing customers to pay as they go and taking away the task of deploying and managing the software.

Ahana releases managed Cloud for Presto service

New Ahana cloud system brings a managed service to market that integrates data management and visualization capabilities to aid in business intelligence and data analytics.

GDS reviewing Cloud First policy post-Schrems II

Review seeks to determine the future of government engagement with cloud hosting services as they relate to cross-border data flows

Activision shoots down data breach claims

Gaming company denies there has been any data breach after up to 500,000 accounts appeared to have been compromised, but evidence mounts that credential stuffing attacks are to blame

Wielding influence: The challenges CIOs face under Covid-19

IT decision-makers are more necessary than ever, but their skills are being put to the test as the implications of the pandemic and the role of technology in the business evolves, according to the 2020 global CIO survey by Harvey Nash and KPMG

HubSpot CRM gets enterprise makeover

HubSpot might not yet frighten Salesforce with its competing platform, which now includes enterprise CRM, but the company definitely pushes upmarket with its latest offering.

Lexmark adds to reseller cloud options

Print player Lexmark adds third-party device management, free apps and touchless print into its cloud mix

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare is going GA

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare pulls together Microsoft products such as Microsoft 365, Azure and Microsoft Dynamics as well as partner products in one place.

The inside story of Taiwan’s AI whizz

Not content with his stellar achievements in artificial intelligence, Chih-Han Yu wanted to create an impact with his work and formed one of Taiwan’s most important unicorns

Salesforce delivers CDP, DXP and sales meeting tools

Salesforce drops a customer data platform, new virtual sales meeting tools and makes the case for its own Experience Cloud to give users an Adobe alternate.

Virgin hits 2.2Gbps broadband speeds in innovation trial

UK cable network reveals proof-of-concept trial to showcase multi-gigabit broadband speeds delivered without the need for additional infrastructure or civil engineering works

Video gamers barraged with cyber attacks

From credential stuffing to SQL injection and DDoS, video game producers and players are seeing massive volumes of cyber attacks

Major tech firms urged to end targeted ads to under-18s

An open letter to Google, Facebook and others is calling on the tech firms to take responsibility for protecting users of their services by ending behavioural advertising to children

Consenna sets sights on £10m revenues

Firm has seen growth ramp up over the past year and is now considering more international growth

ConnectWise launches bug bounty program to boost security

ConnectWise, which provides remote management software to MSPs, partnered with HackerOne in its first bug bounty program, which is part of a larger strategy to improve security.

Backup vendors ready for AWS Outposts

Commvault, Veritas, Cohesity, Clumio and Rubrik are certified as AWS Outposts Ready, ensuring their data protection products are supported on the Amazon-owned on-premises platform.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager gets better Mac, iPad management

Microsoft Endpoint Manager will eventually have new tools for securing and managing Macs, iPads and virtual endpoints. A more secure Edge browser is also on tap.

Somerset schools set to benefit from free full-fibre broadband

As it continues its mission to develop its gigabit network, West Country full-fibre infrastructure provider gets local educational establishments enrolled on broadband fast lane

Spotfire 11 release marks launch of new Tibco BI ecosystem

The combination of latest Spotfire update and a new streaming data engine marks the launch of Tibco's new analytics ecosystem that combines analytics capabilities in one experience.

Ransomware recovery steps important for 'constant battle'

Are you ready to recover from ransomware? Actifio Data Driven sessions detailed guidelines for your recovery plan that could save your business time and money.

Managers share corporate pandemic strategies

At last week's ERP conference Inforum 2020, managers talked about their pandemic strategies, lessons learned and how COVID-19 may change the way their firms operate going forward.

Cybersecurity for SMB customers evolving into top priority

New research from ConnectWise affirms that MSPs have a fast-growing opportunity to provide cybersecurity for SMB customers. Find out what is fueling the demand.

FBI: Disinformation attacks on election results 'likely'

Foreign threat actors and cybercriminals are "likely" to spread disinformation around 2020 election results through social media and also alter election-related websites.

Hyperconverged Analytics a new experience for Tibco users

Tibco CTO Nelson Petracek discusses the motivation for developing the vendor's new analytics experience, as well as the challenges of collaborating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australians want more control over privacy

Nearly nine in 10 Australians want more control and choice over the collection and use of their personal information amid declining trust in how organisations handle personal data, survey finds

Data deluge grips enterprises amid digitisation

Two-thirds of respondents in a new Splunk study expect the quantity of data to grow by nearly five times by 2025 as they embrace more emerging technologies

Microsoft unveils Teams breakout rooms and more at Ignite

The long-awaited breakout rooms for Microsoft Teams were introduced at Ignite, along with support for more meeting participants and better ways to conduct presentations.

In new LTO roadmap, LTO-9 features 45 TB capacity

Long-term archiving and offline data protection are two key uses for LTO-9, the latest generation of tapes from the LTO Program. The roadmap extends to LTO-12.

Microsoft's Azure Arc reaches GA milestone

Microsoft has delivered a key component of Azure Arc -- the ability to manage Windows and Linux-based virtual and physical servers in on-premises environments and rival clouds.

Power BI platform adds data storytelling capabilities

In its ongoing attempt to extend the reach of analytics to more users, Microsoft, during its virtual user conference, unveiled a new data storytelling feature for Power BI.

Jenkins CI/CD roadmap plots a path toward GitOps

Open source Jenkins now has a public roadmap, which shows plans to address user experience issues, at a time when enterprise IT pros favor 'everything as code' to foster GitOps.

Stay-at-home call puts focus back on security

Rising cyber attacks on home workers underline the important role that security experts in the channel play in keeping customers safe

Government on the hunt for telexistence tech

Defence and Security Accelerator wants several technology innovations that can help people operate in dangerous environments without being physically present – with £500,000 funding available

Tips on breaking free from long-term IT contracts

Far-reaching, multi-year contracts are less popular these days, but IT departments often find the renewal date is still years away

Nordic CIO interview: Per Boström, Skanska

The construction industry may be a slow starter when it comes to adopting digital technology, but it is reaping the benefits quickly, with Sweden’s Skanska focused on playing catch up, according to CIO Per Boström

CHROs at Zoom, Box and Okta talk remote work trends

CHROs at Zoom, Box and Okta believe the rise in remote and flexible work arrangements is here to stay. They also believe location-based recruiting is a thing of the past.

The new normal for collaboration in the new football season

After the Covid-19 lockdown cost the 2019/20 football season three months' absence, football is now a whole new ball game. Manchester City’s investment in network technology is one of its major signings

Government remains in orbit to develop UK sat nav

Despite experts’ doubts, government confirms it will continue to look at a wider range of options for a sovereign satellite navigation and timing capability

Microsoft adding voice commands to Outlook mobile app

Voice commands built into the Outlook mobile app will speed up writing emails, scheduling meetings and calling colleagues, Microsoft said at Ignite this week.

Gartner forecasts RPA software growth, $1.58B market

RPA software adoption is on the rise, driven by companies seeking rapid transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic; other IT channel news from the week.

Zoom addresses accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing

Zoom has added accessibility features that will let users with hearing loss rearrange windows to see a sign language interpreter better while viewing presentations.

Druva dives into SaaS-based Kubernetes backup

Druva beta support for Kubernetes allows customers to recover, migrate and clone Kubernetes workloads from Druva CloudRanger using the backup vendor's stored snapshots.

Corporate LMS adoption may come down to donuts

Corporate learning management systems can be popular with employees. But adoption requires planning and maybe a little schtick, learning development managers said.

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