TechTarget News - Week of Jan 31, 2021

Indian firms see growing value of data

Half of Indian IT leaders see a permanent increase in value of data as their organisations come under threat from mounting cyber attacks amid the pandemic

SBRC picks Check Point to support cyber helpline

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre has enlisted Check Point as the first security supplier to join its incident response partnership programme

CISOs invisible to their organisations, says BT report

Ignorance of cyber issues is leading to misplaced confidence in security in many organisations, as CISOs struggle to make themselves seen and heard

West Midlands refreshes digital strategy

Combined authority’s 2021-2026 digital roadmap aims to address the digital divide and make the West Midlands the most digitally connected region in the country

Serco confirms Babuk ransomware attack

Outsourcing firm was hit by the ransomware last week but insists most of its operations are running as normal

Imperva and Acronis boost channel support

Data protection players roll out enhancements for partners to reach more customers and give MSPs increased support

O2 and NEC claim Open RAN trial success

Leading UK mobile operator teams reveal positive results from open radio access network test with IT and network technologies provider, including virtualised RAN software and hardware from GigaTera Communications, Supermicro among others

ConnectWise buys Service Leadership, benchmarking data

MSP software house ConnectWise has acquired Service Leadership Inc., a consultancy that offers financial and operational benchmarking tools and data.

Databricks fueling data lakehouse goals with $1B funding round

Databricks gets a major vote of confidence from big name investors, including Franklin Templeton, as it raises new funding to help it advance its cloud data management technology efforts.

Rewind CEO plans to expand SaaS app backup coverage

Rewind's CEO says SaaS applications that aren't 'the big three' also need backup. Rewind currently protects e-commerce apps, but will expand to cover GitHub, ZenDesk and Trello.

Microsoft and Singtel team up on 5G via Azure Stack

Microsoft Azure customers in Singapore will soon be able to use Singtel’s 5G infrastructure to power 5G applications through the telco’s edge computing platform

Chelsea and Westminster NHS launches diabetes app

Together with supplier Sensyne Health, clinicians at the trust have designed a diabetes app that allows patients to manage their condition at home

Latency higher priority than speed as IT leaders look to gain edge

Business leaders believe success depends on low latency, namely 10ms or less to ensure the success of their applications, with three-quarters requiring 5ms or less for edge initiatives

New Viya, Azure integration enables SAS analytics users

A new integration between SAS Viya and Microsoft Azure makes Azure the preferred cloud for SAS customers and will enable a more seamless connection between the platforms.

Pandemic cloud migration push to have lasting impact

Enterprises boosted their investments in cloud computing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if vaccines resolve the crisis, COVID-19's influence will linger in the cloud market.

Poly pivots product line to remote working

Latest Poly P Series offers pro-grade webcams, video bars, speakerphones and an all-in-one video conferencing monitor, with remote management and software services to address new normal

MongoDB Realm Sync simplifies cloud data synchronization

MongoDB put into general availability its mobile Realm database to data synchronization service, easing the challenge for developers to connect data from the edge to the cloud.

SonicWall confirms zero-day vulnerability on SMA 100 series

After testing NCC Group's findings, SonicWall 'confirmed their submission as a critical zero-day in the SMA 100 series 10.x code, and are tracking it as SNWLID-2021-0001.'

Atlassian cloud sweetens licensing deal for enterprises

An Atlassian Cloud Enterprise licensing update furthers its appeal to customers contemplating a move to SaaS to offload and streamline IT ops.

Amazon CEO Bezos to step down; AWS' Jassy will take reins

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will step down from his role later this year. He will be succeeded by AWS CEO Andy Jassy, in a move some observers have expected.

Tata Communications grows IoT footprint

India’s Tata Communications has been shoring up its IoT capabilities through a handful of acquisitions and partnerships with telcos

SolarWinds patches two critical CVEs in Orion platform

New vulnerabilities disclosed as SolarWinds reels from December 2020 Solorigate/Sunburst attack – but do not appear to have been exploited yet

Channel driving growth for public cloud giants

The sales have been impressive but Canalys has highlighted the strength of the channel in boosting sales for the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure

Foxtons rejects claims of slow reaction to data leak

Investigators have unearthed 16,000 data records that seem to have been stolen in an attack on property firm Foxtons last year, but the organisation says it acted by the book in dealing with the incident

Healthcare and life sciences dominate 2021 DataIQ 100 list

NHS England’s managing director of data and analytics, Ming Tang, joins data leaders from pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and GSK in the top 10 of this year’s DataIQ 100 list

Broadband speed boost sees UK home values jump by £3,500

UK government survey quantifies added value of access to superfast broadband, which is now said to have pushed broadband speeds up a gear for 5.5 million homes across the country, creating £2.7bn of economic benefits including 17,600 jobs

UK slow in AI maturity race

A new survey for Rackspace has found that IT decision makers in the UK struggle with finding the right skills to support artificial intelligence

Collibra acquires predictive data quality vendor OwlDQ

With OwlDQ, Collibra is bringing data quality capabilities to its data intelligence platform to help users better understand and evaluate the impact of different sources of data.

Oracle adds GraalVM Enterprise to Java SE subscription

Oracle's GraalVM Enterprise compiler technology is now available to developers as part of the Java SE subscription. GraalVM increases application performance.

Microsoft to improve voice controls in Outlook mobile

Microsoft plans to bolster mobile workers' productivity when using 365 by improving the voice controls in Outlook and adding handwriting transcription to Lens.

New CloudBees CEO eyes IPO, M&A to build DevOps tools

CloudBees co-founder Sacha Labourey will lead product strategy for the company's DevOps tools, while new CEO Stephen DeWitt readies the business for its next stage of growth.

Embedded analytics prominent in latest MicroStrategy update

New embedded BI capabilities and tools that enable collaboration are key features of MicroStrategy 2021, the latest platform update from the longtime BI vendor.

Kite launches enterprise-grade code completion tool

Kite's new enterprise version of its code completion tool, Kite Team Server, targets larger development teams to help them write code faster by automating repetitive tasks.

AWS and Telstra team up on 5G

Australia’s Telstra will explore a range of AWS’s edge computing offerings that can be integrated into its 5G network to speed up the performance of 5G applications

CDEI: Local government data use must keep up Covid momentum

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation says momentum in local authority data use during the Covid-19 pandemic is in danger of being dissipated without central government investment and support for data skills development

Ericsson: Dematerialisation is the path to profitability

Comms tech provider’s research finds so-called dematerialised enterprises expect to take advantage of cloud and mobile technology to become more productive and sustainable by 2030

UiPath hires former cloud executive to head APAC business

Former Google and AWS executive Rick Harshman will lead UiPath’s business in Asia-Pacific, where adoption of robotic process automation is growing

CCS goes live with £800m NHS IT framework

Digital Capability for Health framework covers development and IT management services for health and social care organisations

BT counts cost of Covid-19 in third quarter

Fibre and 5G roll-outs continue apace, but trading update reveals trying times for UK incumbent telco, with falling revenues and profits

Cisco folds vulnerability management into AppDynamics AIOps

A new module for AppDynamics' AIOps platform uses APM data to perform vulnerability management monitoring and automated attack blocking as DevSecOps market buzz continues.

Woodland Trust hit by cyber attack in December

Conservation charity is investigating what it describes as a ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack but has waited nearly two months to inform its members

After finance, digital marketing is a key demand

The channel has reached out to vendors for digital marketing support with Dell sharing some of the progress it has made on that front

Nurture software developer heroes

Developer teams have been put under immense pressure to drive through digital transformation change, and they are now experiencing stress and burnout

SolarWinds Office 365 environment compromised

SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna said nation-state threat actors first compromised a single email account and later gained access to the company's Orion platform environment.

Google launches Apigee X API management tool

Google's new Apigee X API management system helps users develop and manage their API strategies and enjoy more security, performance, networking and app-dev capabilities.

Cheaper 5G phones may spark global smartphone sales rebound

After a down 2020, global smartphone sales will bounce back this year. Gartner expects 11% growth in 2021, with cheaper 5G phones giving shoppers incentive to buy.

How Yarra Valley Water is tapping APIs

The largest water retailer in Melbourne has rolled out application programming interfaces to improve operations and customer service

Print partners need to do more

Canon Europe research shines light on customer frustrations with the way they are currently being served by the channel

MicroStrategy plans include SaaS version of its BI platform

MicroStrategy revealed during its user conference that a SaaS version of its platform is in the works, as are new embedded analytics and process automation capabilities.

Telcos flesh out 5G volumetric use cases

NTT DoCoMo and BT among first telcos to examine the potential of technology that will enable large, high-quality interactive 3D files to be streamed to 5G mobile devices and viewed directly through a browser, along with AR/VR.

Microsoft unveils employee experience platform Viva

Viva will offer Microsoft customers an employee experience platform that uses analytics and an intranet service to boost employee engagement and productivity.

Microsoft makes image classification model available

Microsoft's release of a pre-trained vision model comes after Google and OpenAI also released open source vision models. The models may not have much enterprise use, though.

Hazelcast Jet 4.4 brings SQL to stream processing engine

Hazelcast Jet brings new SQL query capabilities to the stream processing platform that will enable developers to continuously query streaming data without interrupting data flow.

News briefs: Dell, partners to deliver OneBox MEC

OneBox MEC is a 5G-enabled mobile edge computing platform. The hardware will contain turnkey technology for deploying a private 5G network and application services.

Open Group turns focus to TOGAF, Agile architecture guidance

The Open Group's Steve Nunn discusses upcoming work to improve its Open Agile Architecture standard and TOGAF guides as well as COVID-19's impact on enterprise architecture.

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