TechTarget News - Week of Sep 26, 2021

Scotland sees increase in job opportunities in tech

Driven by startups and scaleups, employment in digital firms in Edinburgh and Glasgow is growing more than in other parts of the UK, according to data

Symphonie aims high in EC call for satellite connectivity

Newly formed consortium led by Unseenlabs and Euroconsult responds to European Commission call for tenders to collect disruptive ideas for an ‘innovative’ European broadband constellation in space sector

Hyperconverged Analytics continues to guide Tibco strategy

A year after unveiling a new analytics environment that blends data science, visualization and streaming, interoperability continues to guide the vendor's development strategy.

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Personnel changes at Arrow ECS, Exertis and Emarsys, and Agilitas IT Solutions backs its sustainability commitments

NTT Data, Mavenir announce global 5G Open RAN collaboration

Cloud-native network software provider teams with digital business and IT services provider, aiming to meet the needs of operators around the world as they build or transition to open and virtualised 5G networks

Microsoft designs latest Surface models for Windows 11

The Surface hardware is better suited for Teams, which will come standard on the new OS. The hardware will also make use of Windows 11's haptic feedback capabilities.

Zoom-Five9 deal falls under national security scrutiny

Zoom's acquisition of Five9 has triggered a national security review of its ties to the Chinese government. Tech buyers may be wary after the latest Zoom controversy.

APAC IT spending to grow by 9.3% in 2021

Organisations across the region will spend more on technologies such as AI and IoT this year, as part of their long-term investment plans to improve operational efficiency and customer service

Alteryx partnership with UiPath adds automation capabilities

Alteryx expanded its partnership agreement with a robotic process automation vendor as Alteryx continues to make automation a central part of its analytics platform.

Pure Storage adds automated storage API, databases on demand

All-flash array vendor Pure Storage expands its cloud services with Fusion, enabling storage on demand for developers, and Portworx Data Services, a database-as-a-service.

Pure launches Fusion cloud control layer for storage

Pure Fusion is a storage control plane across cloud and datacentre. Portworx Data Services also launches to provide database management for container storage platform

Ericsson reshapes for ‘seismic’ shift in connectivity

Comms tech provider says global scale of mobile connectivity is triggering a new wave of next-generation innovation that will address some of the planet’s most pressing issues

Shortages cause the channel to ask questions

Component issues have been a feature of the market all year, but as the fourth quarter looms, the channel is being encouraged to get a strategy around products

SolarWinds hackers Nobelium spotted using a new backdoor

Microsoft researchers believe Nobelium, the Russian-backed group that breached SolarWinds, has been using a backdoor tool called FoggyWeb since at least April.

Digital regulators need discrete but cooperative remits

The UK’s information commissioner has told MPs that digital economy regulators need discrete remits backed up by strong information sharing powers to both provide clear focus as well as allow for greater cooperation between their disparate but interlinked regimes

HPE intros GreenLake data lakehouse fabric for analytics

HPE taps multiple open source technologies, including Kubernetes, Apache Spark and Delta Lake, for developing new data fabric services on its GreenLake cloud platform.

Ransomware: Has the U.S. reached a tipping point?

The ransomware problem has grown more severe in recent years due to a growing number of attacks against large organizations and the standardization of double-extortion tactics.

Security boost in Windows 11 limits PC reuse

Microsoft has put a lot of emphasis on improving security in Windows 11, but this comes at a cost as old hardware is no longer supported

Vista plans to acquire Blue Prism and roll it into Tibco

Vista Equity Partners, the parent company of analytics vendor Tibco, has revealed its intent to acquire a leading robotic process automation vendor and plans to roll it into Tibco once the deal closes.

ThoughtSpot reports cloud growth, but IPO still not imminent

ThoughtSpot, which made a strategic shift to prioritize the cloud in 2020 in anticipation of eventually going public, reported substantial year-over-year SaaS revenue growth.

CloudBees refocuses with IT compliance automation buy

CloudBees previews the fruits of a quietly acquired stealth IT compliance automation startup and modifies its platform plans under new executive leadership.

Workday users pitch employee retention strategies at event

At a Workday event, business, HR and technology leaders highlighted flexible work, purpose-driven corporate missions and virtual reality as useful hiring and retention strategies.

Kong tightens links between API gateway, service mesh

Kong adds support for Istio and Envoy integration with its API gateway to consolidate network management between traditional and cloud-native apps.

Telegram bots allowing hackers to steal OTP codes

A simplified new attack tool based on Telegram scripts is allowing criminals to steal one-time password credentials and take over user accounts and drain bank funds.

New Tibco Spotfire capabilities add interoperability

The new capabilities added to Tibco's Predict portfolio of BI tools focus on ease of use and their interoperability with other parts of the Tibco platform.

NUS and Thales to develop quantum technologies

The National University of Singapore and Thales have joined hands to test quantum technologies for commercial applications in security and sensing

Qualcomm expands IoT-as-a-service vertical reach

End-to-end service offering grows to more than 30 verticals in less than a year as comms tech provider reveals latest internet of things-as-a-service applications

Vodafone claims world-first multi-supplier test of new broadband standard

Benu Networks, Casa Systems, Cisco and Nokia join Vodafone in test to pave the way for faster open broadband networks, validating Broadband Forum global standard for interoperability between different suppliers

Global internet traffic, bandwidth ‘return to normal’

Global Internet Geography Research Service analyses internet capacity, traffic and IP transit pricing and finds average traffic growth and peak traffic growth drop as world accommodates post-Covid environment

IDE Group looks to a brighter future

Managed service player has got through three tough years and has made decisions that will enhance its growth prospects

Computer Weekly’s 2021 women in tech Rising Stars

Despite a lack of women in the technology sector, new champions of diversity, inclusion and technology are always surfacing – so who is likely to appear in Computer Weekly’s top 50 list in the future?

Amazon Connect adds voice ID, agent assist features

AWS adds tools to search knowledge bases for answers based on terms picked up via in-call voice recognition, as well as voice ID to confirm identities of callers.

Differing data privacy polices challenge EU, US tech council

The EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council plans to develop standards, address supply chain issues and define approaches to data governance, but the road ahead could be a bumpy one.

Clumio extends backup as a service to Amazon S3

Clumio Protect for Amazon S3 provides point-in-time recovery and anti-ransomware features to a storage environment that is increasingly becoming mission-critical.

Ascend extends flex-code data connectors

The data platform vendor looks to enable organizations to more easily read and write data from different data sources with a new low-code connector framework.

Video collaboration tools aren't good enough for hybrid work

Cisco, Microsoft and Zoom agree that their video collaboration products need to do more for at-home and in-office workers. Future uses of AI could help.

Researchers hack Apple Pay, Visa 'Express Transit' mode

Academic researchers discover an attack technique that enables them to make fraudulent transactions on locked iPhones when Apple Pay and Visa cards are set up for transit mode.

The future of Epicor ERP is cloud

In this Q&A, Epicor's Himanshu Palsule discusses how the vendor has embraced the cloud, its strategy to expand its product portfolio and its push to broaden its global presence.

FireEye and McAfee Enterprise announce product mashup

Merger-happy investment firm STG has let slip that it will integrate the product lines of McAfee Enterprise and FireEye. Analysts say it will be a challenging road ahead.

Ansible overhaul promotes IT automation expansion

Ansible Automation Platform 2 makes it easier to centrally manage IT automation at scale, but enterprises must also contend with technical debt as they grow.

Amnesty International exploited in malware campaign

According to new intelligence from Cisco Talos, Amnesty International’s branding and profile is being used as part of a new malware campaign that exploits people’s fears of the notorious Pegasus spyware app

KDDI taps Samsung to enable mid-band 5G net spectrum

Latest part of technology partnership between Japanese operator and Korean comms tech firm sees advances in RAN technology to support accelerated 5G network roll-out in key spectrum range

Norway and IoT: A match made in heaven

Norway is becoming a centre of internet of things innovation as tech developers look for answers to some of the country's unique challenges

Interest in Wi-Fi 6 laptops surges

The hardware has been in demand over the past two years but as users look to the future, the need for the latest wireless support is rising

BlueJeans to launch a virtual workspace in 2022

BlueJeans' Spaces is a 2D/3D virtual workspace that provides an office experience to remote workers. The company plans to release the product in the first half of next year.

Met Police purchase new retrospective facial-recognition system

Retrospective facial-recognition software purchased for £3m by the Met Police will be deployed in coming months amid continuing controversy around the use of biometric technologies by law enforcement bodies

Apple improves MDM on iOS, iPad OS

Changes to Apple's mobile device management protocol could lead to better MDM products for iPhones and iPads. The protocol update is in iOS 15 and iPad OS 15.

IT services M&A, spinoffs feature Trace3, IBM

Transactions continue to abound heading into the fourth quarter of 2021, as private equity investors and strategic buyers scour the market for deals; other IT channel news.

Hybrid office design will drive tech purchasing

Tech experts predict which hybrid workplace technology from Cisco, Microsoft and Zoom companies are likely to reject or embrace. Many could favor laptops over specialized devices.

Qlik acquisition of Big Squid adds autoML capabilities

Qlik has acquired Big Squid to add automated machine learning capabilities to its platform. In addition, the analytics vendor recently unveiled a new automated workflow tool.

Experts cautious about Apple's mood-detecting AI research

The tech giant is working with UCLA to develop technology that uses facial recognition, sleep, typing patterns and other data points to detect emotion. But some are cautious.

Five9 shareholders kill Zoom deal

Five9 shareholders voted down Zoom's $14.7 billion acquisition bid. National security concerns and worries about Zoom's future growth weighed heavily on the decision.

Contact center agents' post-pandemic future

The pandemic changed how contact centers operate and the technologies used to provide customer service. In this Q&A, ICMI's Brad Cleveland predicts what's next.

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