TechTarget News - Week of Oct 18, 2020

How SATS is streamlining procurement

Singapore-based supplier of ground handling and food services is deploying what it calls ‘touchless procurement’

UK Space Agency funds three Covid-19 tech projects

Projects include drones to carry coronavirus tests and samples, a mobile app using satellite technology to provide access to community transport, and e-learning courses in Earth observation data analysis

D&I push should come from the top, says panel

Panel of experts at Black Tech Fest spoke about how a push for diversity and inclusion should come with support from firms’ leaders

BCS swaps out VMware for Nutanix AHV

Certified training and migration tools simplify IT industry body’s migration to the Nutanix hyper-converged environment

EU contact-tracing app interoperability gateway goes live

European Union goes live with project developed to ensure that member states’ apps will work seamlessly across borders, so users will only need to install one app for use across EU

VA prepares for its first Cerner EHR launch

After months of delays, a sizable cost inflation and in the midst of a pandemic, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is ready to start its Cerner EHR roll out.

Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks across the industry as more hires are made to support growth ambitions

Tensions over politics at work have HR on guard

Politics at work may hurt productivity and office harmony. One strategy for defusing a charged atmosphere may be to get employees focused on shared goals.

Study finds AI can teach humans new tricks

Artificial intelligence tends to rely on supervised learning, but making the most of AI requires people to take on board what these systems learn autonomously

Almost two-thirds of cell sites set to deploy open RAN by 2026

With diversity in communications technology supply set to accelerate, open RAN will come to the fore and research suggests that enterprise small cells will be a key factor in its deployment

Rackspace expands Singapore office, eyes ASEAN market

Managed cloud services supplier expands regional office to develop deeper relationships with local customers as demand for its services grows

Six Russians charged over NotPetya and other attacks

Six members of the APT group known as Sandworm have been charged in the US over a series of attacks including the destructive NotPetya incident

MoD launches science and technology strategy

Strategy sets out how the department will find and fund technological breakthroughs, focus on data and deliver next-generation military hardware

NetApp OnTap 9.8 revamps replication, storage arrays

NetApp OnTap SnapMirror Business Continuity provides failover with granular copy management. NetApp FAS and AFF arrays hit the market as file vendor gears up for digital user event.

Police given access to self-isolation data

NHS Test and Trace self-isolation data will be made available to police after new guidance changes data-sharing rules

Softcat delivers growth through the pandemic

Softcat’s FY20 numbers show that the channel player continued to succeed in growing its bottom line despite the coronavirus

Verizon goes global with private 5G network

US comms giant spreads wings to offer private 5G capabilities to enterprises in Europe and Asia-Pacific deal

Microsoft takes Azure above the clouds

It recently tested a datacentre at the bottom of the sea – now Microsoft is heading into space to offer satellite connectivity

Acquia Drupal, Marketing Cloud get feature boosts

Acquia users get Drupal migration tools and marketing automation features built with technology from recent acquisitions as the company expands its digital experience platform.

Resilient Trickbot down but not yet knocked out

Global, Microsoft-led effort to disrupt the Trickbot botnet has seen some success, but new command and control servers continue to pop up

Pace of digital transformation accelerates

As businesses strive to return to profitability, business leaders are relying on tech innovation to drive economic recovery

Clumio CEO says COVID-19 has driven more people to SaaS

Driven by factors ranging from COVID-19 to Kubernetes, Clumio CEO Poojan Kumar said his enterprise customers want to simplify backup and are readily adopting cloud and SaaS.

NSS Labs ceases operations amid financial turmoil

Product testing firm NSS Labs shut down last week, citing negative effects of COVID-19, but former employees say the company's troubles started well before the pandemic.

Logi Analytics keeps focus on embedded app development

Kevin Greene is the new CEO of Logi Analytics after previously serving as the vendor's COO. In an interview, Greene discusses his vision for the vendor's future.

Atlassian cloud shift quickens with Data Center price hikes

Atlassian's on-premises customer base has expressed alarm at the company's plans to discontinue Server licenses and make major Data Center price increases.

MongoDB Atlas now enables multi-cloud database clusters

Multi-cloud data portability comes to MongoDB Atlas with a new capability that will enable users to run a database application across multiple clouds simultaneously.

Salesforce gets customer, employee experience tools

Salesforce continues to build out as a place for broadcasting pandemic-specific employee and customer communications, as well as to enable remote work.

Gartner IT services forecast pegs 2021 growth at 4.1%

Gartner predicts a 4.1% uptick in IT services spending in 2021. The market research firm pointed to digital business projects as a driver behind the spending.

Enterprise architecture tools add pandemic-related updates

The COVID-19 pandemic spurs vendors of enterprise architecture products to add new online and mobile capabilities and promote business functionality to address changing customer needs.

Juniper's 128 acquisition needed to improve SD-WAN

Juniper Networks plans to 'enhance' its Contrail SD-WAN through the acquisition of 128 Technology. 128 has a more advanced SD-WAN that competes with Cisco and VMware products.

Dell cloud shoots high with Project Apex initiative

Dell's cloud focus culminates in launch of Project Apex, which allows data centers to flexibly consume IT and storage infrastructure as a cloud-delivered service on premises.

How Malaysia’s Selangor state is tapping cloud

Malaysian state has built a cloud-based payment services platform for citizens and is looking to tap cloud-based analytics to upgrade its surveillance cameras, among other cloud computing initiatives

UK sees surge in IT outsourcing contracts

Transformation projects drive IaaS growth, but SaaS declines. Some sectors are renegotiating and restructuring contracts to reduce costs

Tech is at the forefront of customer needs

The channel has had a good year so far and there are reasons to be optimistic about that continuing into 2021

Trump and Biden campaign apps easy targets for cyber criminals

You don’t need a stellar IQ to exploit the dangerous StrandHogg Android vulnerability, and users of both Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s mobile apps are at risk of falling victim to it

5G drives Ericsson in third quarter

Increased demand for next-generation architectures in key territories boost third quarter for Swedish comms tech giant, as it inks national infrastructure network deal to deliver 5G speed and network capacity in domestic arena and Estonia

Partnerships add more supply chain visibility to SAP LBN

New SAP Logistics Business Network partnerships provide users with key logistics data on shipment location and estimated arrival times for road, freight and ocean shipments.

Microsoft: 94% of Trickbot's infrastructure disabled

In a new blog post, Microsoft said its legal takedown last week, which sought to decrease Trickbot activity, disabled the vast majority of the botnet's servers.

CIOs who stick around could end up as COOs

The career path for chief information officers looks promising as large businesses digitise more of their organisation and IT becomes integral to operations

Backing IoT is a solid strategy for 2021

There are more user cases for the internet of things emerging and it is seen by those in the industry as an area for the channel to concentrate on more

Third quarter was a stonker for laptops

Evidence of a resurgence in the hardware market continues with the latest quarterly analysis from Context

O2 makes further expansion to UK 5G network

Almost exactly a year after it switched on 5G in the UK, O2 takes next-gen network locations into treble figures and eyes up business use cases

McAfee launches IPO, raises $620 million

McAfee has returned to Wall Street, which comes months after the endpoint security vendor's previous CEO, Christopher Young, was replaced by Peter Leav in January.

Maturing O-RAN set to have 75% market share by 2030

Analyst confident of prospects for comms technology enabling multi-supplier interoperability for innovations and reducing time to market for deploying new network functionality

SonicWall patches 11 firewall vulnerabilities

SonicWall users are advised to download updates that fix 11 CVEs in the SonicOS operating system, uncovered by Positive Technologies

Dell: VMware spinoff would have 'no change for customers'

Dell CEO Michael Dell says customers aren't concerned about his company's plan to possibly spin off VMware shares; VMware's CEO says the companies will continue to 'R&D together.'

Orange Belgium reveals first 5G innovations in Port of Antwerp

Augmented field operators and connected tugboats are potential use cases as applications based on next-generation network aim to go full steam ahead at Belgian port

CEOs discuss Twilio's Segment customer data platform buy

Twilio plans to acquire Segment's customer data platform for $3.2 billion. The CEOs for both companies discuss the deal and 'the great digital acceleration' caused by COVID-19.

Bye-bye ISR, hello Catalyst 8000 for Cisco SD-WAN

The new Catalyst 8300 Series of routers replace ISRs that customers said were ill-equipped to run the Cisco SD-WAN. Cisco also introduced Catalyst 8500 aggregation routers.

Tibco expands analytics offerings with IBI acquisition

In a move designed to add complementary capabilities to its platform, Tibco said it will acquire IBI, another veteran business intelligence vendor. Financial details were not disclosed.

Splunk Observability integrates acquisitions, boosts AIOps

Splunk opened the product update floodgates this week with a new Observability Suite that integrates recent acquisitions, enhanced AIOps and the purchase of two more companies.

RingCentral offers bulk SMS for reaching customers

A high-volume SMS API will let RingCentral users send thousands of messages at a time, a move that should help customers with sales and marketing promotions.

Nesta launches report on collective intelligence

Report sets out how to combine machine and human intelligence to drive innovation that could solve social challenges

Digital public services fail UK citizens on multiple fronts

Commission for Smart Government publishes paper on obstacles facing the UK’s digital government, setting out principles for digital government initiatives to follow

HashiCorp Consul Terraform Sync creates coveted connection

HashiCorp Consul and Terraform can now sync for network infrastructure automation, a sought-after connection some users had previously tried to cobble together themselves.

Accenture, ServiceNow launch business group

The new Accenture ServiceNow Business Group aims to initially deliver industry offerings in financial services, government citizen services and telecommunications; other news.

Hyland acquires Alfresco ECM, content services

Hyland scoops up Alfresco in a CMS market consolidation. An expert says it's a good fit because Hyland's platform needs the accelerated cloud modernization that Alfresco can provide.

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