TechTarget News - Week of Feb 09, 2020

Australian government to roll out SAP S/4 Hana

Australia’s finance department earmarks S/4 Hana as its ERP system to provide common financial and HR services across government

US hotel group ditches datacentre for Nasuni cloud NAS

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts got rid of its datacentre and put everything in the cloud, with Nasuni cloud NAS providing storage from which any user can restore files

AI in public service must be accountable

Committee on Standards in Public Life recommends that government departments make ethics a top priority when tendering artificial intelligence systems

Disaster recovery automation tools gaining traction

As new disaster recovery automation tools emerge, vendors and industry analysts recognize a growing demand for simplifying what can be a tedious process.

HP Inc for a few dollars more

Xerox has increased its offer price for HP Inc from $22 to $24 per share, to acquire its rival for $36bn

Chinese military personnel charged in Equifax breach

Four members of China's military have been charged for hacking Equifax following a 2017 breach that compromised nearly 150 million Americans' personal information.

Incorta improves direct data mapping for data lakes

Bringing disparate sets of data into data lakes for data analytics hasn't always been easy. Incorta tries to do it with its new 4.6 platform update.

GoodData says it is CCPA compliant

GoodData says it is complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act. Meanwhile, founder and CEO Roman Stanek talks about why complexity is a key challenge for data analytics.

Verizon opens 5G lab and studio in London

Leading US communications provider Verizon opens first 5G-enabled facility outside home market to offer organisations a hub to develop, test and co-create 5G applications, hardware and experiences

ScanSource adapting for digital future

Distributor makes senior appointment to coordinate its digital distribution efforts, with plans to offload physical operations gathering pace

Mobile checkout expanded to 50 M&S stores

After a successful trial, retailer Marks & Spencer has expanded its mobile checkout-free offering to 50 stores around the UK

Mac-based security threats outpacing Windows

Security threats targeting Apple endpoints are growing more quickly than those targeting Windows machines, according to Malwarebytes

Akeneo rolls out newest version of PIM software

Akeneo PIM version 4.0 features digital asset manager, API-integrated connection modules and AI attribute mapping to better organize enterprise data.

Solid growth helps IFS ERP take aim at top-tier vendors

Solid growth for 2019 may help IFS take on SAP and other top-tier ERP vendors, but it faces the same problems in moving customers to innovative cloud-based systems.

SCVX: Cybersecurity industry needs consolidation

SCVX's Mike Doniger and Hank Thomas discuss why they want to drive vendor consolidation in the cybersecurity industry and how they're planning to accomplish it.

IBM unifies storage arrays under FlashSystem brand

IBM to bring together all non-mainframe storage arrays as FlashSystem product, with options from entry-level to petabyte-scale with NVMe flash and storage class memory

Nokia and SoftBank claim 5G first for connected cars

Finnish comms giant and Japanese operator reveal trials that they say successfully demonstrate that 5G technology can be safely and efficiently utilised for connected cars

Developing 5G proposition carries on with or without MWC

The chances of Mobile World Congress happening later this month hang on a decision being made at the end of the week, but for World Wide Technology the lack of a show will not slow efforts to discuss the future of 5G

February Patch Tuesday resolves IE zero-day

Microsoft released security updates for 99 unique vulnerabilities, including an Internet Explorer flaw the company had notified customers about last month.

Logicalis rings the changes

Channel player updates its executive line-up days after undergoing a corporate rebranding

Internet Explorer zero day among 99 Patch Tuesday problems

After an eventful January Patch Tuesday that marked the end of support for Windows 7, the February 2020 update is another whopper, fixing close to 100 vulnerabilities

Federal workforce too reliant on degrees, says White House

In its budget proposal, the Trump administration complains that hiring rules hurt its ability to hire those just out of college and can include unnecessary stipulations. It wants that to change.

Emotet evolving to exploit coronavirus fear

With coronavirus cases now reported across the world, Emotet campaigns are exploiting legitimate fears to compromise their targets

Zerto CEO: DR has become something real

DR is no longer just about compliance, as enterprises find maintaining infrastructure uptime is critical to their business. This means DR for containers and SaaS, as well.

Data security, IAM led cybersecurity investments in 2019

Vendors specializing in data security, risk and compliance, and IAM raised the most funding in 2019, according to Momentum Cyber, a strategic advisor and investment bank for the cybersecurity industry.

Nutanix Karbon upgrade focuses on non-Kubernetes experts

Nutanix aims Karbon at 'mere mortals' who want to run Kubernetes in on-premises data centers, but it faces plenty of competitors preparing for containers that need persistent storage.

Pegasystems' Pega Express empowers citizen developers

Pegasystems' new Pega Express low-code application development methodology helps business users and citizen developers to quickly create applications.

Oracle-Microsoft partnership to connect clouds expands to EU

Oracle and Microsoft have added to their cloud interconnect strategy with the addition of a high-speed, private connection between Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Azure in the EU.

Grafana Loki users reap log data savings, with tradeoffs

Grafana Loki won't replace advanced log analytics tools, but it may be a boon for shops that want to collect massive amounts of log data for troubleshooting applications.

New leadership, new features for LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Sales Navigator adds features to create CRM contacts directly from LinkedIn, and content-tracking tools to see who's reading marketing materials salespeople send to customer leads.

BlackBerry enters digital workspace market

BlackBerry's digital workspace offering is meant to strike a balance between connectivity, productivity and security, especially for IT admins who cater to a range of worker types.

GitHub eyes Indian market, forms local subsidiary

GitHub is staffing its local office with engineers and sales teams to tap the growing use of its software development platform by developers and enterprises in India

SSD becoming the norm in laptops

Hardware resellers looking for an angle to encourage some fresh laptop spending should take note of what’s happening on the storage front

Flash startup Vast Data strives to make disk storage extinct

VAST Data CEO has immense plans for storing big data on all-flash systems and predicts his startup's combination of storage class memory and consumer-grade QLC drives will make disk go the way of the dodo.

Google's Meena AI chatbot to eventually find its way into CX

Experts say Google's Meena chatbot is a leap forward in conversational AI. But using it for websites and customer service will require all-new deployments and training methods.

Voatz mobile voting app deemed insecure by MIT researchers

Security researchers at MIT claim a mobile e-voting app piloted in several state elections is insecure, but the vendor has aggressively pushed back on the findings.

Enterprise HDDs hit 20 TB, boost throughput in 2020

While waiting for HAMR to drop, we have more immediate spinning disk developments to watch out for in 2020, such as dual-actuator and shingled drives.

Ad firm gets Kubernetes management boost from Agile Stacks

With a small staff of engineers responsible for all of IT, a digital advertising firm needed help to smooth out the learning curve as it migrated from Mesosphere to Kubernetes.

CIO Interview: Siim Sikkut, Estonian government CIO

Siim Sikkut is one of a generation of tech native Estonians, who is turning his knowledge and experience to transforming government services

Simmonds takes channel leadership role at HPE

Vendor chooses to promote from within as it continues to put the right executives in place across a unified sales operation

Latest Cisco earnings show tech buyers remain skittish

The latest Cisco earnings report shows customers paused tech spending despite a stabler global economy, while the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China was a looming unknown.

Nokia to roll out 5G in France and Italy, enables IoT in Argentina

Finnish comms tech firm to introduce 5G and offer network modernisation in France and Germany, while helping Telecom Argentina to meet enterprise customers’ internet-of-things needs

Synopsys Code Sight combines SAST, SCA testing in the IDE

Synopsys' Code Sight IDE plug-in provides capabilities for simultaneous static application security testing (SAST) and software composition analysis (SCA).

New tool fixes app accessibility glitches

The new Applause Accessibility Tool helps developers write better apps for disabled users by automatically finding and fixing app accessibility issues in their code as they write it.

Smart use of data takes Dutch railways further

De Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways), ensures, among other things, that 1.2 million train passengers arrive at their destination every day. Through a subsidiary, it’s using data to improve both the customer experience and internal processes

Oracle Data Science efforts advance with new services

Oracle adds news new services to its cloud infrastructure platform in a bid to provide data scientists, as well as data analysts, with data management and query functionality.

CSPs trail business customers in 5G ambition

Survey claims to show lack of determination driving disconnect between communications service providers and business customers, threatening lucrative business-to-business 5G revenues

Cisco collaboration revenue takes hit to start 2020

Cisco collaboration and communications products generated less revenue this past quarter than they did one year ago, contributing to an 8% decline for the applications group.

Chef partners get new channel program for DevOps tools

Chef revamped its channel strategy and launched a new partner program. The new program addresses inconsistencies in the company's previous partnering approach.

Google adds single-tenant cloud options to court enterprises

Google Cloud has added more features to its single-tenant cloud deployment option, such as live migration for Windows BYOL scenarios, that cater to the needs of certain workloads.

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