TechTarget News - Week of Mar 19, 2023

Inside AIA’s cloud adoption journey

The Hong Kong-based multinational insurance firm has moved 86% of its IT infrastructure to public cloud to drive growth, productivity and efficiency

BBC cracks down on TikTok after review

The BBC is asking staff not to install TikTok on corporate-owned devices without a justified business purpose, although its use will still be allowed to share media content with its audiences

Government should invest in maritime tech, say MPs

Report from the Transport Committee calls for investment in technology for the maritime sector, and wants the government to make it easier to scale-up innovation

Ofcom extends time on BT wholesale broadband tariff probe

UK comms regulator to take a further two months to assess whether a regulatory green light for new wholesale pricing from ultrafast broadband market leader threatens competitiveness of UK gigabit sector

VMware enhances partner programme

Vendor looks to encourage its channel to cover the entire customer lifecycle, with more rewards and certifications

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

The first quarter is coming to its end, but the need for expertise and experience continues across the industry

UK altnets advance pace of full-fibre deployment

One of the fastest-growing altnets in the UK raises £230m in committed debt financing, while country’s leading independent network provider becomes object of takeover as it maintains build-out momentum

Acceldata update enhances data observability platform

The vendor's latest platform update adds four new capabilities, including low-code/no-code options for developing data quality standards and self-healing capabilities.

Zoom strikes unified communications home run in MLB partnership

Conferencing and communications company claims first-of-its-kind partnership with major US sports league to enhance MLB games and the fan viewership experience based on contact centre and core platform

Docker Free Team concerns linger after mea culpa

Docker apologized for a 'terrible job' sharing its plan to deprecate a Free Team subscription, but some observers remain worried about security implications from the transition.

FBI arrests suspected BreachForums owner in New York

The BreachForums arrest occurred days after DC Health Link's data went up for sale on the dark web message board, though the affidavit did not cite the breach in the arrest.

VMware Partner Connect reboots with accent on SaaS

VMware's partner program gets a new look as the company invests in the subscription model; Endor Labs, Graphiant and TrueFort also launch or update channel efforts.

Amazon’s latest round of layoffs includes HR

Amazon has cut another 9,000 jobs in HR, Amazon Web Services and advertising, citing the need to be 'leaner' due to economic uncertainty. The company laid off 18,000 in January.

HPE to acquire OpsRamp for GreenLake IT ops tools

IT automation specialist OpsRamp will become part of HPE's GreenLake portfolio, adding hybrid cloud visibility and notification tools to the IT conglomerate's SaaS offerings.

NCSC launches cyber check-up tools for SMEs

The NCSC has launched two new security services aimed at SMEs that lack the resources to address cyber issues, and may underestimate their vulnerability to attack

Oracle OKE takes on Azure, AWS with serverless Kubernetes

Oracle added serverless Kubernetes and a financially backed SLA to its OKE managed service, playing catch-up with AWS, Google and Azure and taking a swipe at them on pricing.

Ransomware gangs harass victims to ‘bypass’ backups

Analysis reveals how cyber criminal gangs are turning to extensive, targeted harassment campaigns to force victims to pay up, even if their backups are in good order

BT gets on Wavelength to bring 5G, cloud to mobile businesses

Long-term, multi-million-pound investment gives leading UK telco’s business customers access to edge computing services, combining EE mobile network’s 5G and 4G network infrastructure with cloud services from Amazon Web Services

Ferrari rejects ransom demand after cyber attack

Italian carmaker Ferrari says it will refuse to pay a ransom after an unspecified threat actor broke into its IT systems and stole customer data

GDS signs £24m worth of contracts for One Login

As the Government Digital Service (GDS) prepares for the official end of Verify, it signs three new contracts for its successor programme, One Login

UK signs digital trade deal with Ukraine

The UK and Ukraine have agreed a trade deal that will reduce the cost of IT imports from the war-torn country

How Mimecast thinks differently about email security

Mimecast CEO Peter Bauer believes the company’s comprehensive approach towards email security has enabled it to remain relevant to customers for two decades

Adobe and RainFocus pair for more data insight at events

The CX software giant pairs with the event marketing services vendor to provide customers with tools for deeper personalized experiences at in-person and online events.

Riedel Networks, Kalaam collaborate to connect motorsports

Digital services firm teams with international customised network provider to support real-time data transfer and broadcasting for one of the most active and data-driven sports in the world

Nvidia aims at generative AI, joins with image stock firms

The AI hardware/software vendor offers services for enterprises to build generative models without starting anew each time. The vendor is also teaming with Adobe and Getty Images.

Vonage's API tools embed video and add bulk messaging

Vonage drops an embedded video conferencing tool that can live on any platform and a mass communication tool to let enterprises customize messages at scale.

Adobe Firefly brings generative AI image marketing tool

The CX giant's Firefly is an image creator trained on millions of visuals from Adobe stock content to understand written commands and make images for better marketing.

ZenGo finds transaction simulation flaw in Coinbase, others

Referred to as a 'red pill attack,' ZenGo researchers discovered a way to exploit smart contracts and bypass security features known as transaction simulation solutions.

OVHcloud opens India datacentre

The French cloud service provider has opened its first datacentre in India that will provide Indian businesses with access to local compute and storage capabilities

CityFibre lands latest Project Gigabit contract

Latest part of UK government’s project to drive gigabit connectivity to non-urban locations sees broadband provider engaged to roll out full-fibre to 45,000 hard-to-reach homes and business across rural Cambridgeshire

Neos Networks to enable Oxfordshire gigabit smart county ambitions

Leading fibre connectivity supplier reveals role in project designed to deliver gigabit broadband upgrades for more than 175 public sector sites across Oxfordshire by the end of 2023

ServiceNow's latest Now Platform focuses on AI, automation

ServiceNow doubles down on AI in its latest version of its Now Platform. Code-named Utah, the new version has several AI features intended to optimize business processes.

Government launches seven-year NHS cyber strategy

The new Cyber Security Strategy for Health and Adult Social Care lays out a plan for promoting cyber resilience in the sector by 2030 to protect services and patients alike

SAP looks to grow S/4HANA Cloud presence in midmarket

Grow with SAP is a new program targeted at driving SAP S/4HANA Cloud sales in the midmarket, but can it address the perception that S/4HANA Cloud is too complex for those companies?

SCC picks up Vohkus

Channel player SCC makes first M&A move after indicating it had the funds to be active in the market

Openreach hits 10 million mark for full-fibre deployment

Village in England’s smallest county sees largest network provider hit milestone as 10 millionth location for full-fibre broadband to homes, businesses and public services

Rockwell Automation manufacturer poll finds tech paralysis

Rockwell Automation's annual manufacturer survey found a third unable to choose technology and almost half struggling to achieve a return on investment on purchased technology.

Why Veeam thinks ransomware warranty payouts are unlikely

Veeam Data Platform v12 offers a financial guarantee to customers that can’t restore after ransomware attacks, but the backup supplier is convinced it won’t be making many payouts

Adobe unveils new collaboration tool for marketing teams

The CX giant revealed new technology for faster workflows between marketing, product and data teams to collaborate on marketing campaigns in its new Product Analytics platform.

Podium taps ChatGPT for reputation management

The customer interaction and payment specialist with operations in Australia has integrated ChatGPT into its platform to help local businesses respond to customer reviews on social media

US bakery pilots Amazon tech for palm payments

Amazon's palm-scanning authentication technology is being used by US bakery and café chain to boost use of its loyalty programme

UK remote workers held back by poor tech, limited digital skills

Despite rapid adoption of hybrid working since Covid, research from Virgin Media O2 Business reveals organisations facing technical and personnel-related limitations in making third workspace pay off

Tech Nation says UK needs roadmap to help tech sector reach $4tn

In its final report published before shutting for good in April, Tech Nation has outlined success of the UK’s tech sector to date, and explores at a high level what needs to be done to ensure massive future growth

Don't count out Google and its AI chatbot Bard from AI race

The tech giant may have been forced to respond as Microsoft and OpenAI dominate the generative AI market. However, it might still come out on top of its competitors.

5G to account for 35% of overall fixed wireless subscriptions by 2027

Study predicts advanced wireless connectivity will provide a competitive alternative to robust wired broadband and, driven by increased throughput, 5G will account for more than a third of such broadband connections

U.S. policymakers press TikTok CEO on China's data access

U.S. lawmakers questioned TikTok CEO Shou Chew about China's access to U.S. data and how TikTok plans to mitigate concerns about the spread of harmful content on the platform.

5G drives connected car surge

Study predicts total number of car connections will soar from 279 million in 2022 to 829 million in 2030 as 5G connectivity adds more value because of additional applications it will enable, especially under the banner of C-V2X

Aryaka expands SD-WAN, SASE offer to SMEs

Having deployed its services to large enterprises and Fortune 100 companies for over a decade, software-defined networking technology focuses on small to medium-sized enterprises for secure access and wide area networks

Accenture to cut 19,000 jobs globally

Accenture is cutting ‘structural’ costs which includes a reduction of 19,000 staff and a consolidation of office space

Kaseya CEO: Reasons for MSPs to be positive

In the face of economic doom and gloom, the fundamental market dynamics are in favour of those that deliver a managed service approach

Pyramid Analytics launches integration with OpenAI

The integration melds the research lab and vendor's generative AI tech with many parts of the BI vendor's platform, including data preparation and visualization and model training.

Hidden opportunity emerges from low-loss materials for 5G

Study reveals major application areas driving the growth of low-loss materials market for 5G and 6G in CPEs, forecasting future revenue and area demand for low-loss materials for 5G

Government must take the lead on STEM diversity

No single solution can increase diversity in the STEM sectors, says Science and Technology Committee, as it calls on government to take action

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