TechTarget News - Week of Apr 11, 2021

Executive interview: Unleashing blockchain’s potential

Labrys founder and CEO Lachlan Feeney offers his observations about blockchain adoption in Australia, and what his firm is doing to help organisations unleash the full potential of the technology

Tencent Cloud opens Indonesia datacentre

Tencent’s Indonesian datacentre is expected to reduce network latency for local enterprises while providing backbone access for Indonesian and global internet service providers

Channel can ease hybrid working concerns

Avaya has linked the ability to enjoy hybrid working to employee happiness levels, but there is work to do in getting the IT fully in place

Emploi et Salaires IT : La France, parent pauvre des informaticiens européens

Comme chaque année LeMagIT (associé au niveau européen aux sites Computerweekly et a mené une vaste enquête sur le niveau de rémunération des informaticiens et les grandes tendances emploi et RH, propres aux organisations directement liées au SI. L’occasion de comparer la situation en France et dans les pays qui nous sont les plus proches.

Microsoft to acquire Nuance in $19.7 billion deal

The all-cash acquisition will give Microsoft access to Nuance’s healthcare-focused dictation technology, as Microsoft continues to expand its role in the healthcare market.

PC market enjoys best Q1 for almost 20 years

Market analysis from Canalys and IDC reveals that the start of the year has been solid for those in the channel selling PC hardware

Almost half of UK office workers fear return to offices

Research shows 83% of UK office workers agree that flexible working is here to stay, but fears persist of catching Covid-19 from colleagues if they return to the office

Nvidia targets datacentre memory bottleneck

The graphics processing unit (GPU) chipmaker has introduced its first datacentre chip, named after computer pioneer, Grace Hopper

Nvidia releases new AI software, hardware

Among the AI news from its virtual conference, Nvidia introduced a new DGX SuperPod, an Arm-based CPU, and the general availability of Jarvis, a conversational AI framework.

Microsoft enters the Dragon’s den with Nuance acquisition

The $19bn acquisition of Nuance firmly plants Microsoft at the forefront of voice recognition. The stage is set to combine voice with artificial intelligence

Qualtrics XM/OS ties together experience data for users

Qualtrics releases an 'operating system' to manage and analyze customer and employee feedback data, and AI tools expanded to cover sentiment data and industry-specific scenarios.

Civil Service Data Challenge aims to improve use of data

Business and government have partnered to launch a Dragon’s Den-style competition to encourage civil servants to come up with ideas on how to improve the use of data

End of the road for Post Office IT system that destroyed lives

The Post Office has revealed the end to its controversial Horizon IT system which, through its errors and the Post Office's denial of them, caused huge suffering for hundreds of subpostmasters

Covid-19 left people feeling vulnerable to cyber crime

Around 15 million people in the UK experienced cybercrime in the past 12 months, with a cumulative 64 million hours wasted dealing with the fallout

MP told to ditch official email over hacking fears

MP Tom Tugendhat claims the intelligence services advised him to switch to the Gmail service due to concerns his parliamentary email could be hacked

McAfee: PowerShell threats grew 208% in Q4 2020

McAfee's latest threat report showed a sharp increase in PowerShell threats between Q3 and Q4 2020, in part due to malware known as Donoff and a rise in ransomware detections.

Datto study links vendor with channel growth

MSPs opting to work with Datto selling into the SME market are growing by $100,000 a year on average, reveals commissioned study

UK workforce finds happiness in ability to work from anywhere

Study finds 44% of UK workers consider the ability to work remotely as a driver of happiness and 61% would support government policies aimed at the widespread adoption of ‘hybrid’ working practices

Eclipse Foundation aims open VS Code registry at Microsoft

The Open VSX Registry is now at the Eclipse Foundation, which gives developers an open source destination to get VS Code extensions apart from the Microsoft VS Code Marketplace.

NSA finds new Exchange Server vulnerabilities

Microsoft said it has not seen the new Exchange Server vulnerabilities being used in attacks against customers, but customers are still advised to patch immediately.

OpenText releases Cloud Editions content services updates

OpenText CE 21.2 includes federated document compliance that extends to Microsoft Office 365, along with a revamped content services platform and other feature releases.

AET gets Ctera to smooth hybrid cloud access to big files

Remote locations with unreliable WAN connections needed to share large files, which was a real headache until US engineering firm got Ctera edge filers with Azure cloud as a tier

NSA unearths more MS Exchange vulnerabilities

Microsoft patches more critical vulnerabilities in Exchange Server a month after the ProxyLogon incident, after being warned by the US National Security Agency

Exchange Server bugs continue to bite on April Patch Tuesday

Microsoft resolves 110 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day and four public disclosures, but the company says admins should prioritize four critical bugs on Exchange Server.

DEI tools arrive at critical time for HR

Employers are being held accountable for meeting diversity, equity and inclusion goals, especially executives. HR vendors are responding with new tools, including ADP.

CMA provisionally clears merger of Virgin and O2

Six months after being requested to review joint venture that could transform UK’s wired and wireless communications provision, UK competition watchdog CMA removes potential major hurdle to Virgin and O2 merger

SambaNova funding round brings in $676 million

SambaNova's large funding round shows that investors are confident in the startup's AI chips, as well as in the AI hardware market. SambaNova competes with Nvidia.

FBI removes web shells from infected Exchange servers

The DOJ announced the FBI had successfully removed hundreds of web shells from computers impacted by ProxyLogon and related Exchange Server vulnerabilities.

SAP forms financial services partnership with Dediq

SAP and financial industry investment firm Dediq are forming a new business unit to develop applications that help banks and insurance firms with changing processes.

Service mesh SaaS springs up in fragmented market

Service mesh is complex, and users can choose from among many vendor products. New SaaS versions offer a way for them to try different approaches without making a big commitment.

Engineering firm mitigates ransomware attack with Nasuni

Ransomware got in through an exploit in an older version of SQL Server, but Dennis Group used Nasuni to restore its systems back to a pre-attack state with minimal data loss.

Singtel debuts portable 5G technology kit

Singapore telco develops 5G technology kit that includes all the equipment needed for enterprises to test 5G applications in their own premises

Amdocs joins Open Networking Foundation

Comms software provider Amdocs becomes part of the creation of open, real-time network control and management solutions, leveraging strengths of its AI/ML and cloud-based automation technologies and next-generation OSS

Ireland’s DPC launches probe into Facebook leak

The Irish Data Protection Commission has launched an ‘own volition’ inquiry into the leak of data from 500 million Facebook profiles

IBM acquires MyInvenio to build its automation portfolio

IBM could use MyInvenio's process mining platform to direct its customers to its automation and AI portfolio, a practice that other technology vendors are using.

Insightsoftware acquisition of Izenda targets embedded BI

ERP vendor Insightsoftware acquired embedded analytics specialist Izenda on April 15, marking its second purchase of an embedded BI vendor this month.

KDDI teams with Cato Networks to take SASE services worldwide

Japanese telco joins forces with software-defined networking firm to demonstrate how CSPs can use secure access service edge systems to address digital enterprise requirements for pervasive secure access

Bigeye raises $17M Series A funding to boost data quality

The former Uber product manager and current CEO and co-founder of a startup outlines the challenges and opportunities of enabling a new data trust platform with data quality at its foundation.

Uber ordered to reinstate six drivers fired by automated process

A default judgment handed down by Dutch court has ordered Uber to reinstate six drivers with compensation following unevidenced accusations of fraud and automated firing via algorithm

Chip shortage driving up PC prices, wait times

Businesses pay more for PCs and find it difficult to replace aging ones as the ongoing chip shortage leaves computer makers scrambling for components.

Tasktop brings new visibility to value stream management

Value stream management is central to digital transformation at scale. VSM vendor Tasktop has a new dashboard that gives users a clearer view of their software delivery processes.

Software AG's WebMethods update adds tools for non-IT users

Software AG's WebMethods upgrade aims to ease digital initiatives for IT pros and business users with new app integration, API management and microservices orchestration features.

Argenta takes Teneo SD-WAN to improve global network

Plagued by WAN issues, global animal health research and manufacturing company improves system performance and interconnectivity across its international locations with a co-managed software-defined wide area network

Teradata eyes cloud opportunity in APAC

The data warehouse software supplier has been positioning itself to capture the region’s cloud opportunities through not only R&D, but also efforts to support enterprises in their cloud journey

Sutton Council trials in-home sensor tech

The council is deploying sensors in the homes of vulnerable people to be able to detect when they might need help

London tech manifesto calls on next mayor to support tech industry

The London tech manifesto, put together by several tech organisations, calls on the city’s next mayor to support tech companies, increase digital skills investment and tackle the lack of diversity in the sector

Channel plugging the multicloud skills gap

VMware virtual cloud event highlights the vital role that partners are playing in helping customers navigate a cloud world

Aruba product integrations advance its SASE strategy

Aruba's latest SASE-related integrations involve the Silver Peak-based SD-WAN, Threat Defense and the ClearPass Policy Manager. More product integrations are likely.

Cloud consulting services attract investor dollars

A spate of deals involving Ensono, Ahead, Upstack and Syntax reflects growing confidence in cloud consulting firms; other IT channel news.

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