TechTarget News - Week of Mar 14, 2021

Government plans for fresh AI strategy

The government wants to “unleash the power of AI” and be “the most pro-tech government ever”, according to digital secretary Oliver Dowden

Parliamentary PACA Committee slams Gove over Covid-19 data failures

Parliamentary Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee publishes report critical of government accountability regarding data behind the decisions taken during the coronavirus pandemic

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha becomes Nokia FAN for green transport

In its effort to improve environmental safety and quality with the latest class of gas-fuelled vessel, leading Japanese shipping line implements 4G/LTE field area network

Consortium makes big shift in autonomous vehicle research in the UK

New SHIFT Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Report identifies the potential impact of deploying autonomous vehicle services across the UK with advanced traffic modelling helping to predict potential impact of autonomy on congestion, emissions, public transport and ride-sharing services

Boomi Flow adds support for multi-cloud, hybrid deployments

Dell's Boomi subsidiary expands the deployment options for its low-code Flow workflow automation tool to public clouds and customers' on-premises data centers.

Nokia inks RAN collaboration with leading cloud providers

Google, Microsoft Azure and AWS link up with comms tech giant to utilise cloud and open radio access network technology to develop new customer-focused 5G use cases

Power Fx informs Microsoft's low-code strategy

In a Q&A, Microsoft corporate vice president Charles Lamanna delves into the company's Power Fx, a new low-code tool that non-programmers can use to build applications.

Google will develop RPA with Automation Anywhere

Google Cloud and a top robotic process automation vendor team up to focus on automating back-office tasks and later industries such as financial services, healthcare and retail.

Salesforce users get Einstein ABM tools for Pardot

Salesforce adds Einstein AI tools for Pardot B2B account-based marketing to enable user sales teams to target entire customer account buying teams.

NEXTDC debuts carbon-neutral colocation service

Australian datacentre operator will buy carbon offsets to help organisations reduce their carbon footprint through a new colocation service

ST Engineering teams up with Google Cloud

Singapore’s ST Engineering and Google Cloud will explore offering secure cloud services for organisations in regulated industries

Canada’s Rogers and Shaw announce $26bn merger

Canadian telcos come together citing the belief that 5G is redefining the innovation landscape and that significant multibillion-dollar investments are needed to deliver the connectivity that communities, consumers and businesses require

Banks still lack tech skills at the top

Banks have made progress in adding IT knowledge in their boardrooms, but they need more as digital transformation accelerates

ServiceMax releases Engage field service management app

ServiceMax Engage app gives users' customers a snapshot of their service contract benefits, and gives users vital updates for asset managements of property in the field.

Uber and Ola ordered to hand over more data to drivers

A Dutch court has rejected Uber and Ola’s claims that drivers collectively taking action to access their data amounts to an abuse of their individual data access rights, laying the ground for drivers to form their own union-controlled data trust

Cinia cuts Ribbon deal for transport network upgrade

Real-time communications software and network solutions firm sees OTN platforms deployed in upgrade of backbone transport network in Finland and Northern Europe

5G economy to spur huge GDP, job growth across the US

BCG study estimates large contribution to employment and GDP over the next decade, through the roll-out of next-generation mobile infrastructure

Legacy tech integration issues impede telcos’ digitisation ambitions

Research finds a worryingly large number of operators indicating that when it comes to digital transformation, integration with legacy technology is their largest gating factor, followed closely by data security concerns

Nokia partners with largest cloud providers on 5G RAN

Nokia's RAN-related partnership with AWS, Microsoft and Google solidifies its strategy of delivering cloud-based 5G infrastructure to service providers and major enterprises.

Oracle aims to enable access to analytics via ease of use

Oracle continues to add augmented intelligence features to its BI suite with the aim of enabling business users to work with data without needing the skills of a data scientist.

Oracle delivers Java 16 to developers

Oracle has released Java 16, the latest version of the Java Development Kit (JDK) for developers. The company also moved the OpenJDK source code repositories from Mercurial to Git.

RiskIQ: 69,548 Microsoft Exchange servers still vulnerable

Security intelligence vendor RiskIQ found that 69,548 servers remained unpatched as of Sunday and are vulnerable to attacks, with nearly 17,000 servers located in the U.S.

Nokia to cut up to 10,000 jobs over two years

The job cuts stem from a major restructuring that formed four business groups, including two focused on emerging technologies like cloud-delivered network infrastructure.

Cloud file vendors try to woo enterprise storage buyers

Some enterprises want cloud file storage to complement or replace legacy NAS. Several product enhancements last week target issues of cost, data security and remote shared storage.

PatSnap lands $300M in Series E funding

PatSnap reports new funding for its IP and R&D management platforms, as the number of patents granted globally picked up, despite COVID-19, in 2020.

BSL and Sabio adding customer experience depth

Both BSL and Sabio make acquisitions to add more depth to the support they can give to users looking to improve customer experience

Capita restructures to simplify its business

Business services supplier creates two core units that focus on public sector and commercial enterprise customers and will sell off non-core assets

Ofcom raises £1.356bn in principal stage of new 5G spectrum auction

After announcing their plans to extend and improve basic 4G connectivity around the country, the UK’s mobile operators are celebrating their principal gains in the 5G arena with low-band and mid-band spectrum

Diamanti Spektra completes cloud trifecta with GCP support

Diamanti Spektra 3.2 added support for Google Cloud, extending the platform to all three major public clouds, as well as CRI-O support for customers that want to replace Docker.

Fuze opens platform to other video conferencing apps

Over the coming months, Fuze will roll out a one-click feature that lets customers connect to Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other video conferencing services.

Uber classifies drivers as workers after Supreme Court ruling

Ride-hailing firm will pay its UK drivers minimum wage following court ruling, but has diverged from the court’s interpretation that drivers should be paid from when they log in, not just when passengers are on board

Average ransomware cost triples, says report

The average amount paid out by ransomware victims has grown almost threefold to more than $300,000 per incident, according to a report

Nokia accelerates Telenet cloud services with 5G core tech

Comms and cloud tech giants to support public cloud deployment of Belgian operator’s mobile core, signalling the first step in its transformation towards cloud-based services

SAS hit with 100 layoffs amid digital transformation efforts

SAS said it is still hiring for hundreds of open positions worldwide, despite cutting approximately 100 jobs. The independent analytics vendor employs nearly 14,000 people.

IBM tools speed mainframe application modernization projects

IBM has released new versions of its application modernization tools designed to bring its Z series of mainframe applications in closer alignment with its development pipeline.

IDC: The future workplace is hybrid

Automation tools for tracking assets and people, as well as speeding up HR processes, such as onboarding, will be needed to manage the post-pandemic hybrid workplace.

SolarWinds hackers stole Mimecast source code

The investigation into a stolen Mimecast-issued digital certificate is now complete, and the vendor said the initial intrusion was Sunburst malware in the SolarWinds Orion platform.

Adobe courts small businesses with Acrobat Pro package

As the pandemic disrupts paper workflows, Adobe courts small business users with simple webforms, digital signatures and payments integration with their sites and PDF documents.

Liverpool health, social care and education 5G network expands

Europe’s largest 5G health and social care network infrastructure deploys range of IT and entertainment technologies in hybrid setup to increase reach of independent public sector network

Survey: Backup failures hit a high as pandemic working hits home

Veeam survey finds distributed working plus operations that span on-prem and the cloud the background to high numbers of failures in backup and restore, with 40% of SLAs not met

Sonatype buys MuseDev to boost code analysis

Sonatype has expanded its addressable market for developers with the acquisition of code analysis tool vendor MuseDev. The move builds out Sonatype's software quality platform.

Samsung unveils three midrange phones

Samsung's midrange Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and A72 come with additional security and more Android OS updates. The phones will be available internationally first.

FBI IC3 report's ransomware numbers are low, experts say

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center reported a massive increase in financial losses from 2020 ransomware attacks, but infosec experts say the problem is worse than statistics say.

AWS adds serverless capability to S3 object storage

Amazon introduced a feature to process data as it is being retrieved from S3. This allows use cases such as on-the-fly format conversion or PII redaction.

Kroger rushed to launch on-demand pay, and it's not alone

In the face of the pandemic, The Kroger Co. sped up the rollout of an on-demand pay platform to 400,000-plus employees. These platforms saw sizable growth in 2020.

Government bids final goodbye to Verify

Cabinet Office parliamentary secretary Julia Lopez confirms launch of “discrete” successor to Verify

UK online traffic soars during year in lockdown

Research from leading UK ISP reveals online usage in the UK has increased by 78% year-on-year since the first lockdown

Acer hit by apparent attack from REvil ransomware group

Acer told SearchSecurity in a statement that it has 'reported recent abnormal situations observed to the relevant law enforcement.' However, it did not confirm a ransomware attack.

Veeam urges partners to plug backup gaps

Research from vendor exposes significant number of customers that are failing to protect their data

Microsoft makes PowerPoint Presenter Coach widely available

Microsoft has added features to PowerPoint Presenter Coach. The enhancements in the self-help tool provide better tips on how to improve presentations that use PowerPoint slides.

Sentry adds performance monitoring for React Native, more

Sentry has added support for React Native, Android, Xamarin and Flutter-based apps to its application performance monitoring platform to help developers find and fix bugs.

Court says RingCentral can keep selling Zoom for now

A federal court has ruled that RingCentral can continue selling its Zoom-powered video conferencing product RingCentral Meetings. Zoom sued RingCentral for breach of contract.

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