TechTarget News - Week of Mar 12, 2023

SolarWinds doubles down on APAC business

SolarWinds teams up with key systems integrators in the APAC region to develop joint offerings as it bolsters its capabilities in observability and autonomous operations

BAI Communications outlines growth ambitions as it transforms into Boldyn Networks

Looking to create a global neutral host partner of choice for customers, BAI Communications rebrands to support mobile and fixed network operators and customers in the transit, venue, government, military and enterprise sectors with an integrated portfolio and expanded capabilities

Government expects to save £1.8bn from back-office systems overhaul

Whitehall announces it expects to save £1.8bn over a 15-year period by delivering shared back-office services, three months after a National Audit Office (NAO) report concluded the financial benefits of the plan remain unclear

Apogee signals ambition to expand reach

Creation of MCA-Apogee and acquisition in France is the start of a strategy that expands beyond the UK

GitHub SBOM updates build automation foundation

A new CLI extension and other features due to ship this month lay the groundwork to help developers make better use of software supply chain data and mitigate vulnerabilities.

Continuous employee listening gets boost from Qualtrics

Continuous listening tools can provide immediate insights into changing employee sentiment and complement annual or quarterly employee surveys, if not replace them.

Cloud cost management takes center stage

IT shops appear ready to focus on cloud costs amid inflation and economic uncertainty. Service providers expect clients to invest more in FinOps and optimization tools this year.

DC Health Link confirms breach, but questions remain

While DC Health Link confirmed the breach, it is unknown how threat actors obtained the personal health data of more than 56,000 customers, including members of Congress.

CX personalization drives strategy for customer data mining

Users are more likely to engage with custom-made, exclusive digital experiences, which ease the flow of zero- and first-party data back to the vendor for improved CX strategies.

SAP agrees to sell Qualtrics stake for $7.7B

SAP's sale of Qualtrics reaches its final stage as it sells shares for $7.7 billion. The deal recoups the initial investment but may signal that SAP is moving out of XM software.

How the SVB collapse upended payroll for thousands

The Silicon Valley Bank collapse came as a shock to payroll processors, who had to quickly explain what happened to customers and create alternative payment plans.

Western Sydney airport to get nbn fibre

Australia’s upcoming Western Sydney International Airport will get 25km of fibre to service its airport terminal and business park

AI interview: Elke Schwarz, professor of political theory

Elke Schwarz speaks with Computer Weekly about the ethics of military artificial intelligence and the dangers of allowing governments and corporations to push forward without oversight or scrutiny

BT helps Channel 4 and ITV take Freeview content to the cloud

Multiplex broadcast consortium Digital 3&4 has ditched its legacy hardware for a software-defined networking setup that will revamp how it delivers Freeview content to viewers

Tibco Spotfire targets efficiency of triggering actions

The latest version of the vendor's BI suite includes action logs that enable admins to see how end users are using a tool that lets them trigger actions from their dashboards.

UK regulator gives green light to 5G mmWave development

Amid concerns by potential service providers and technology firms that the UK is in danger of falling behind other countries in enabling next-gen mobile services, Ofcom opens up over 6GHz of mmWave radio spectrum for mobile technology

NCSC warns over AI language models but rejects cyber alarmism

The UK's NCSC has issued advice for those using the technology underpinning AI tools such as ChatGPT, but says some of the security doomsday scenarios being proposed right now are not necessarily realistic

UK lags in broadband affordability

Study on broadband pricing from leading price comparison site finds Western Europe as a region expensive more generally, with no country in the region making it into the top 50 cheapest places in the world to get fast connectivity

London not calling in UK 4G to 5G mobile uplifts

Study shows mobile users in London see the smallest uplift from 5G in terms of download speeds compared with more rural regions, but also that there is little difference in the uplift in average download speeds seen by users in rural and urban areas with 5G compared with 4G

Magniber ransomware actors exploiting Microsoft zero day

Magniber ransomware actors discovered a way to bypass Microsoft's remediation for a previous SmartScreen vulnerability to attack enterprises, according to Google researchers.

Amazon adds new S3 features for data lakes, hybrid cloud

Amazon dropped new features for its object storage service that include an open source file client, new data purchasing capabilities and private data replication for Outposts.

OpenAI releases latest version of its star LLM: GPT-4

The AI vendor introduced its latest large language model. With multimodal capabilities, it's expected to perform better while still suffering from some of the same problems.

Microsoft stops two zero-days for March Patch Tuesday

The company corrects actively exploited vulnerabilities that affected Microsoft Outlook and the Windows OS in this month's batch of security updates.

Tableau update targets analytics collaboration, storytelling

The vendor's first 2023 update makes Data Stories available in Server after it was initially launched only in Cloud. In addition, the update includes an enhanced Slack integration.

Daisy backs Girlguiding recycling efforts

Channel player sponsors recycling badge as it looks to encourage greater understanding of the issues around end-of-life technology

UK government commits £2.5bn to boost quantum

Decade of funding aims to fast-track quantum computing engineers to the UK and drive business adoption of this emerging technology

Budget 2023: Chancellor affirms tax relief for IT investment

Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget makes IT investment tax expendable for three years and announces support for artificial intelligence companies, including annual £1m ‘Manchester Prize’

Virgin Media O2 extends Ericsson partnership to boost UK 5G connectivity

Commercial agreement will see tech provider’s 4G and 5G radio access network technology deployed across the UK, with hardware, software and service enhancements to improve connectivity while reducing energy consumption and accelerating upgrades

Rubrik discloses data breach, blames Fortra zero-day

The cybersecurity vendor said it is investigating a data breach after attackers exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Fortra's GoAnywhere managed file transfer software.

Secureworks IR team saw BEC attacks double in 2022

Vendor and incident response firm Secureworks referred to business email compromise, or BEC attacks, as 'the largest monetary threat to organizations.'

Mandiant: Dangerous MS Outlook zero-day widely used against Ukraine

A zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook that was fixed in the March Patch Tuesday update has likely been actively exploited by Russian actors for a year or more, and its use will now spread rapidly

UK government announces open networks ecosystem competition

Open Networks Ecosystem Competition to form next phase of UK government’s £250m 5G telecoms supply chain diversification strategy and develop products for enhanced development and adoption of open and interoperable technology

TikTok banned on UK government devices

The UK government has followed in the footsteps of its US and European counterparts and banned the use of Chinese social media app TikTok on official devices

BEC attacks doubled in 2022, outstripping ransomware

Massive growth in the volume of Business Email Compromise or BEC attacks was linked to a surge in successful phishing campaigns, according to data from Secureworks

mu Space to distribute OneWeb capacity in mainland Southeast Asia

Multimillion, multiyear deal to provide satellite services in Asia, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia, with LEO technology to connect those in the remotest parts of the region

Bechtle extends UK reach with Tangible Benefit buy

Deal comes just a few months after its last M&A activity, and indicates the seriousness of ambitions to become a sizeable channel player in the UK

DataRobot intros AI Platform 9.0, generative AI to come

With the new platform, the vendor aims to help enterprises focus not only on model performance but also on business performance. The vendor also unveiled key new partnerships.

Virgin Media O2 brings 5G services to the London Underground

As 4G and 5G mobile coverage continue to be rolled out across the Tube network in London, leading UK operator enables customers travelling in tunnels between those stations to enjoy 5G coverage in sections of network in the West End and north London

UK government to create code of practice for generative AI firms

The code will look to strike a balance between copyright holders and generative AI firms so that both parties can benefit from the use of copyrighted material in training data

How ChatGPT and generative AI will affect IT operations

As generative AI programs improve, they raise questions for many engineering disciplines about the future of work -- and IT operations is no exception.

CIOs reaching out to the channel for support

Dealing with pressures to innovate with tight budgets and sort out the overhanging issues after the pandemic means many customers require help

Microsoft unveils AI-backed Copilot for Teams, Word and more

Microsoft 365 Copilot integrates AI-supported tools into Microsoft's productivity apps to help users write and organize emails, garner insights, and corral disparate data.

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