TechTarget News - Week of Oct 31, 2021

India’s tech workforce braces for hybrid work

A Nasscom study reveals that India’s tech workers and their employers are planning to return to offices thrice a week, paving the way for hybrid work

5G fundamental to Europe achieving climate targets

Europe-wide analysis from leading comms tech firm reveals next-generation network-enabled solutions could reduce EU CO2 emissions by 15% by 2030

Education growth bolsters Academia fiscal year

MSP shares details of how 2020 went, with the results making it clear that the education market and the public sector have continued to invest in tech

Zendesk to acquire SurveyMonkey parent Momentive

Zendesk's burgeoning customer experience platform, which grew out of a customer service technology stronghold, lands key tech to gather customer feedback.

MPs and Lords grill Facebook over online safety efforts

Facebook answers British lawmakers’ questions about the social media giant’s efforts to ensure the safety of its users, as part of legislative security of the government's proposed online safety bill

Scotland 5G Centre opens for business

The Dumfries-based Innovation Hub has gone live, and is set to make 5G testing accessible for a wide range of firms across the region

Dell rolls out financing arm in Singapore

Dell Financial Services will offer flexible and consumption-based payment options in local and regional markets as more enterprises consume and operate IT infrastructure via an as-a-service model

Inmarsat launches IoT platform to enable flexible connectivity for businesses

Leading satellite provider unveils platform of internet of things connectivity services, solutions and ecosystems designed to help businesses with their IoT roll-outs and to support new innovations built on the connectivity backbone of ELERA network

Mavenir shows path to monetise network as a service

Network software provider looks to address use case-driven future with agile charging and monetisation platform and composable architecture designed to make the transition to future platforms easier

EDB launches BigAnimal PostgreSQL cloud database service

The database vendor is ramping up its cloud efforts with the initial release of its platform on Microsoft Azure, with plans for other public cloud providers in the coming months.

Increasing number of channel sets carbon targets

Research by DataSolutions has revealed that although there is a way to go to reduce carbon footprints, many in the channel are setting sustainability targets

Microsoft Customer Experience Platform debuts

Microsoft introduces a number of CX tools, including the Customer Experience Platform, voice and SMS integrations, and technology for stores to connect physical and digital spaces.

BT secures industry-first global partnership with OneWeb

Just weeks after increased investment from French operator Eutelsat, growing satellite firm inks distribution partner agreement with UK telco for low Earth orbit communications services

Why cloud bugs don't get CVEs, and why it's an issue

Lack of public disclosures for cloud bugs can allow vendors to sit on vulnerability reports and can prevent researchers from getting acknowledgement and payouts.

EEOC worries about 'snake oil' products in AI recruiting

The chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says users, not vendors, are responsible for AI recruiting bias. It has launched an effort to investigate AI use.

Data science skills a focus of Tableau Conference 2021

The concept of business science -- using AI and ML to enable business users with data science skills -- will be in focus during Tableau's upcoming user conference.

Quantum tape libraries gain remote eject capability

Quantum introduced Ransom Block to its Scalar tape libraries, allowing customers to remotely eject tape magazines and prevent cyber criminals from accessing the data within.

Microsoft advances Cosmos DB and previews SQL Server 2022

Microsoft is continuing to build out its cloud data services capabilities, including connecting SQL Service with data governance and analytics functions running in Azure.

Juniper Networks secures IoT management

Juniper Networks' latest Mist AI-enabled product uses private pre-shared keys to secure IOT devices and unify their management. Juniper also launched two 6 GHz access points.

Microsoft pairs Mesh with Teams for VR collaboration

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said VR would make Teams collaboration feel closer to meeting in person, making the experience more engaging and less tedious than video sessions.

Trojan Source bugs enable 'invisible' source code poisoning

A pair of flaws in nearly every popular programming language enables attackers to hide malicious code in plain sight without the ability to be detected prior to compiling.

Adelaide healthcare network digitises manual processes

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network has digitised manual processes in more than 20 speciality areas to improve patient experience and alleviate the workloads of frontline staff

Totem begins standing for Orange network sharing strategy

Leading comms operator switches on European TowerCo subsidiary, which will aim to derive value from passive mobile infrastructure and open up these assets to other operators

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure gets an AI boost

The vendor added AI services to its public cloud. The prebuilt machine learning algorithms enable users to automate language, speech, vision, anomaly detection and forecasting.

QuestDB grows time series database with $12M funding round

QuestDB co-founder and CEO details the use cases for the database platform and explains why the vendor is now raising money to grow the technology and market.

CityFibre breaks million milestone in full-fibre roll-out

Pace of transformation of third-largest fibre network provider shown as former altnet racks up milestone figure for homes ready to tap into gigabit-capable infrastructure

Facebook self-imposes facial recognition moratorium

Facebook and Meta have committed to halting their use of facial recognition technology and deleting the biometric data of more than a billion people by the end of 2021, but will retain the underlying algorithms and software for potential use in future products

Oracle adds supply chain application to analytics suite

The tech giant added a prebuilt SaaS application for supply chain management to its set of Fusion Cloud applications. Other Fusion Cloud apps collect and monitor ERP and HR data.

MultiThread Consultants completes MBO

Wireless networking player MultiThread Consultants decides the time is right to build on strong revenues and go through a management buy out

Windstream Enterprise and BlueJeans up the ante in collaboration

Managed communications service provider makes additions to unified comms offerings to enable effective and scalable collaboration while Verizon-owned company announces support for Microsoft Direct Guest Join

BlackMatter claims to shut down ransomware operations

Operators behind the ransomware, known to target critical infrastructure, attributed the shutdown to pressure from authorities and the disappearance of team members.

Infor adds MES to ERP with Lighthouse Systems acquisition

ERP vendor Infor acquired Lighthouse Systems, a provider of MES software that enables manufacturers to run operations 24/7. The deal makes sense, but integration won't be easy.

Monte Carlo boosts data pipeline observability insights

The startup continues to build out its namesake platform with new capabilities to provide organizations with visibility into how and where data pipelines are being used.

CISA requires agencies to patch nearly 300 vulnerabilities

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a directive for government agencies that requires patching for hundreds of known software security vulnerabilities.

Backblaze files IPO to grow brand, data center presence

Cloud storage and backup vendor Backblaze enters the public market with an IPO filing. New capital will expand marketing campaigns, technology investments and vendor partnerships.

Microsoft Viva gets OKR app, stresses employee privacy

Microsoft Viva gets a new OKR app, but an underlying and ongoing message at the firm's recent Ignite conference was about Viva's employee privacy protections.

NASCAR revs up with Wi-Fi 6 to accelerate fan experience

NASCAR is to use cloud-driven Wi-Fi 6 net to offer high-efficiency, high-capacity networking to power experiences such as mobile ticketing, mobile concessions and mobile sports betting

Salesforce expands consumer packaged goods cloud

Salesforce to add features next year that help consumer goods manufacturers plan, track and analyze effectiveness of promotional spending with retailers.

Women-led data labeling AI startup raises $70M in Series B

The women-led training data vendor’s fundraising success is notable of the lack of women in tech. Sama also is mission driven, aiming to lift people out of poverty in Africa.

Rubrik paving steps for future

The zero-trust player appears to be getting close to pushing on in its growth story as it makes hires and alliances

DDoS botnet exploiting known GitLab vulnerability

A botnet is using a critical GitLab vulnerability, which was disclosed and patched in April, to launch powerful DDoS attacks that have surpassed 1 Tbps.

Microsoft Loop bolsters collaboration in 365

Loop lets people collaborate on Word and Excel content through Teams, Outlook and OneNote. The new software is based on the Fluid open source framework.

Aruba launches more powerful Instant On switches

Aruba is launching the 1960 series, the latest addition to its small business-optimized Instant On portfolio. The new switch offers more bandwidth and scalability.

Kyndryl CTO talks strategy for the '$19 billion startup'

Kyndryl, the IBM services spinoff, debuted this week amidst varying analyst opinions as to how it would fare. Kyndryl CTO Antoine Shagoury lays out why he thinks it can succeed.

MemVerge takes Big Memory to the cloud

MemVerge Big Memory Cloud makes stateful applications portable so that they can be moved from on premises to private clouds to public clouds.

Inside Krungsri Bank’s open API journey

Thailand’s Krungsri Bank has been harnessing open application programming interfaces to enable its partners to build new services in a strategy that has won over customers from rival banks

Fibre lights up BT half-yearly results

BT has revealed a tough first six months of the financial year, but also claimed Fibre First build programme roll-out continues to accelerate, reaching record levels in second quarter

A view inside the Bytes and NetApp partnership

It takes more than just online training and MDF funds to build a strong partnership. Byte’s vendor alliances director shares some of the attributes he looks for when partnering up with other companies

5G set for 2.6 billion subs by 2026

Increasing use of mobile networks to access video content, digital payments, online retail and video conferencing all contribute to 5G traffic growth, with ongoing roll-outs driving the adoption of higher data packages

MVSP: Will Google's security baseline work?

In response to data breaches involving third-party vendors, Google worked alongside vendors to developed what it refers to as a 'vendor-neutral security baseline.'

Digital secretary calls for permanent online safety committee

Digital secretary commits to establishing ongoing oversight of the Online Safety Bill and its implementation, and suggests the grace period on criminal liability for tech company execs should be shortened from two years to a maximum of six months once it’s enacted

Mining deaths lawsuit against major tech companies dismissed

A legal case against five major US technology companies accused of knowingly benefiting from human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been dismissed, but victims plan to appeal

Co-innovation shakes up partner-client relationships

The emerging partnering approach creates closer ties between clients and service providers, but also has implications for risks and rewards; other IT channel news.

AT&T uses Quickbase platform and RPA for efficiency

The telecommunications giant says Quickbase was able to quickly help its employees transition from physical locations to remote workspaces during the pandemic.

Kion, formerly Cloudtamer, expands cloud management features

Cloudtamer, a cloud management startup, rebrands as Kion for the platform's 3.0 release. New features include expanded support for Google Cloud Platform and cloud finance tools.

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