TechTarget News - Week of Oct 13, 2019

Deputy chief executive at NHS Digital departs

NHS Digital’s deputy chief executive, Rob Shaw, will leave the organisation in December to work with foreign governments on national health and care infrastructure

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

The revolving doors in the industry have been spinning over the last week as some senior figures have chosen to step aside and some fresh blood has been sought elsewhere to help fuel growth

Commvault adds SaaS backup subsidiary Metallic

Metallic is a Commvault brand focused on delivering cloud-based SaaS backup, with separate products protecting servers and VMs, Office 365 and endpoints.

Researchers reveal the cyber campaign that built China's new airliner

CrowdStrike has published details of a coordinated campaign of cyber espionage and hacking, forced technology transfer and physical theft as China seeks to gain an advantage in the commercial aviation industry

Private equity swoops on Sophos

British cyber security star picked up by technology sector investors for $3.9bn

PostgreSQL 12 boosts open source database performance

Widely used open source PostgreSQL database platform gets a major update providing users with new SQL query capabilities for JSON and improved performance.

AI Singapore to set up on-premise HPC infrastructure

Singapore’s national AI programme is getting its own high-performance computing infrastructure to support more compute intensive workloads

Braintree boasts broadband benchmark

Braintree in Essex claims to have access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the world

ThoughtSpot 6 advances AI power of BI platform

New augmented intelligence and machine learning tools, along with a new mobile app, highlight the release of the new update to the ThoughtSpot business intelligence platform.

Steel company mines value with Scale Computing HC3 cluster

Harrison Steel Castings outgrew its converged system and swapped it out for Scale Computing HC3 hyper-converged infrastructure, which uses open source KVM virtualization.

Amazon wraps Oracle to AWS migration, looks to poach workloads

Amazon has moved its consumer division's IT operations off of Oracle's database and onto AWS services, a towering effort that gives it a calling card to attract highly critical enterprise workloads.

ThoughtSpot BI platform an early adopter of AI

Due to AI, ThoughtSpot's analytics tools have been accessible to citizen data scientists from the start, Andrew Yeung, the vendor's senior director of product marketing, said in a Q&A.

Intel makes Pivot towards 5G with Smart Edge acquisition

Chip giant Intel has signed a definitive agreement to buy the Smart Edge intelligent-edge platform business from infrastructure and service provider Pivot Technology Solutions

HMRC fails to get new customs system ready for Brexit

A National Audit Office report reveals that HMRC has opted for a multimillion-pound enhancement of a legacy platform rather than working on its planned replacement

CIO interview: Michael Cole, CTO, PGA European Tour

Younger generations are turning away from golf – so golf is turning to technology to revolutionise the sport and improve engagement with fans and players

Southeast Asian organisations warm to Anthos

Google Cloud sees pockets of interest in Anthos and could review its pricing strategy as adoption of the multi-cloud management platform grows

Sweden’s first GDPR fine sets regulatory tone

Secondary school fined for breaching General Data Protection Regulation, signalling the attitude of Sweden’s Data Protection Authority

SonicWall investing in direct touch and channel skills

Security player has seen resellers flocking to its University to get skilled up and is looking to drive more business their way with its direct touch efforts

AWS' open source entreaties now include cloud credits

AWS will offer promotional cloud credits to open source project maintainers that meet certain criteria. The move comes after repeated tensions with some companies.

Poly Studio X Series natively runs Zoom video app

The Poly Studio X Series will natively run the Zoom video app at launch, with additional partnerships with online meetings vendors planned in the coming months.

Commvault adds Metallic SaaS backup and Hedvig features

Backup software maker adds software-as-a-service Metallic, which can protect on-premise, cloud and hybrid platforms. Meanwhile, Hedvig gets datacentre features and erasure coding

Government shelves age verification plans for online porn

Plans to introduce age verification to access online pornography will not go ahead, with provisions around protecting children from inappropriate content on the internet to become part of wider regulations

Exposed Docker hosts open the door for cryptojacking

Security researchers discovered a new Docker worm that has been targeting exposed hosts in order to spread cryptojacking malware to other containers.

Singapore kicks off first steps in 5G roll-out

Singapore’s telco regulator will award 5G spectrum to mobile operators by the middle of next year, culminating in the deployment of two nationwide 5G networks by the end of 2022

Three hit by network outage

Telco blames “technical difficulties” for outage that has taken down voice, text and data services

Abu Dhabi AI university open for applications

New university in UAE aims to enable students, businesses and governments to increase the use of artificial intelligence technology

London calling for Ding

Dublin-based top-up mobile services provider Ding expands operations with new office in the UK

NHSX could transform NHS security capabilities

The health sector is increasingly confident that NHSX can deliver a streamlined, effective cyber security policy for the health service

SAS analytics platform aided by $1 billion AI investment

The SAS suite of business intelligence products is quickly seeing results from the vendor's $1 billion commitment to AI seven months after the investment was made public.

Zoom Phone takes center stage at Zoomtopia 2019

Zoom is increasingly positioning Zoom Phone as a core part of its portfolio and a service that every kind of business should consider.

Zoom helps launch video conferencing hardware startup Neat

Neat will design video conferencing hardware exclusively for Zoom, which has invested in the startup and was involved in early discussions regarding its formation.

A backlash emerges over automated interviewing

Illinois may have adopted the nation's first automated hiring law, which will take effect Jan 1. The law is likely to become a template for other states interested in regulating the use of automated interviewing.

WebPurify launches profanity filter for memes and images

WebPurify has launched a beta of its Optical Character Recognition Profanity Filter Service to identify and block profane images on sites and apps with user-generated content.

DataRobot machine learning boosts MicroStrategy AI

Under a new partnership, MicroStrategy customers can use automated machine learning models from DataRobot for predictive, AI-based analytics.

BEIS launches multimillion-pound security investment package

Government is making available more than £50m to support a range of new cyber security initiatives and collaborations, including the latest phase of its Digital Security by Design programme

MAMR tech fuels mammoth 20 TB hard drives

Age-old hard disk drives get a new twist as energy-assisted technologies fuel Western Digital's upcoming new 20 TB HDDs and rivals Seagate and Toshiba work on product plans.

Acumatica cloud ERP, IFS systems fit together well

Acumatica and IFS share a similar manufacturing ERP industry focus but target different markets. In this Q&A, Acumatica CEO Jon Roskill explains how the vendors are working to integrate systems and services.

Talent shortage impedes UK business data analytics efforts

Research from data blending and preparation supplier Alteryx finds UK businesses struggling to make the most of their data due to a shortage of data analytics expertise

Home Office Brexit app finally available for iPhone

A mobile app to help EU citizens apply for Settled and Pre-Settled Status after Brexit is finally available for Apple iPhone devices, but only on newer generations

Mark Hurd, co-CEO of Oracle, has died

The software giant announced a leave of absence for Hurd only last month, while he underwent treatment for undisclosed health problems

Databricks contributes Delta Lake to the Linux Foundation

Databricks has found a new home at the Linux Foundation for its open source Delta Lake data lake project, in a bid to help grow a broader community and accelerate adoption.

Dell Technologies partner strategy reaps steady growth

At the midpoint of FY20, Dell Technologies partner executives pointed to evidence that the company's channel strategy has matured while highlighting areas for ongoing improvement.

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dead at 62, succession plan looms

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd's abrupt death at 62 has put the software giant in the position of naming his replacement, and the decision could go one of a few ways, analysts say.

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