TechTarget News - Week of Nov 01, 2020

Government seeks Council of Science and Technology co-chair

Co-chair will be part of the council that advises the prime minister on science and technology policy issues, including sustainable development, innovation and the UK’s research and science capability

Maze ransomware shuts down with bizarre announcement

The operators of Maze announce they are shutting down, and claim their crime spree was merely intended to demonstrate lax security at their targets

Twilio's Segment acquisition recasts UCaaS vendor as CX

Twilio, a contact-center-friendly UCaaS vendor, has completed the purchase of the Segment CDP for $3.2 billion in stock. Together, experts said, they could challenge Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle.

Bytes signals flotation ambitions

Channel player Bytes looks to split from South African owners and go it alone as a public company

Sky launches new fibre-to-the-home across UK

Provider aims to install fibre to more than seven million UK households by the end of the first quarter of 2021

Maze gang shuts down its ransomware operation

Maze ransomware has shut down, according to an announcement it posted Sunday, although some evidence suggests that Maze operators have resumed attacks under a different name.

Honeywell's quantum computer makes a quantum volume leap

Honeywell rolled out a quantum computer with a quantum volume of 128, accompanied by the company's first subscription program that assures users get the latest upgrades quickly.

Coupa acquires Llamasoft for supply chain agility

Coupa Software's acquisition of Llamasoft for $1.5 billion will bring AI-based supply chain planning and modeling capabilities to its business spend management platform.

HPE to build new Pawsey supercomputers

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has snagged a A$48m deal to deliver a supercomputer for Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Industrial IoT connections to reach 37 billion by 2025

Smart factory concept realised as research reveals smart manufacturing will represent three-fifths of global industrial internet of things connections over next five years

Cambridge Consultants takes off with airborne 5G

5G connectivity takes to the skies as Capgemini division announces what it says is a breakthrough for service which will beam signals through the stratosphere from fleet of aircraft

Mixed blessings for robots in retail

Ocado has acquired two US firms to boost its robotics expertise, while Walmart has reverted to using staff for shelf inventory checks

Trump's executive order on DEI training prompts a fight

An executive order by the Trump administration may all but ban diversity, equity and inclusion training. But it's getting a fight in court and opposition from business groups.

CDW Q3 numbers show coronavirus impact

Channel player saw corporate and SME sales dip as the recovery from the worst of the pandemic continued

Horiba Mira accelerates autonomous vehicles with Vodafone 4G and 5G

Expert in engineering driverless technologies partners with leading UK operator to bring 5G to its Nuneaton headquarters with a private mobile network designed to allow vehicles to communicate with each other and surrounding infrastructure, such as traffic signals

Informatica update improves cloud data management

Informatica is out with its fall 2020 update, integrating capabilities from its July acquisition of Compact Solutions that advance its enterprise data catalog.

EU to introduce data-sharing measures with US in weeks

The European Commission is to issue updated standard contractual clauses (SCCs) that will allow organisations in the EU to exchange data with the US, but they may arrive too late to incorporate into UK law

University of Warwick graduates to BT 5G to accelerate innovation

BT installs UK’s first dedicated public 5G network for the University of Warwick, aiming to bring new opportunities for research and further enhance students’ learning experience through its EE mobile network

Lenovo benefiting from strong PC market

This has been a promising year for vendors selling hardware, and Lenovo’s latest quarterly results bear that out

Pandemic prompts interest in career shifts into tech

Many people considering a career change have chosen to shift their focus to the technology industry since the beginning of the pandemic, according to CWJobs

Singapore government rolls out digital signature service

Individuals and businesses will soon be able to sign documents digitally using a new service on the Singapore government’s SingPass digital identity platform

Royal Navy tests new tech in Cyprus

Navy has been trialling drones, autonomous systems and new communication systems under plans to evolve the Royal Marines into a ‘hi-tech raiding and strike force’

Virgin brings gigabit broadband to London and Northern Ireland

Nearly three million homes in UK capital and Ulster gain access to gigabit connections with the next-generation infrastructure now in 45% of Virgin’s network across the UK

SAP customer data platform strategy comes into focus

SAP acquires Emarsys, which has a CDP included in its customer experience data handling toolbox. SAP execs shed light on how it will fit in with the company's own CDP.

SAP CX application stack grows with addition of Emarsys

SAP scoops up a marketing automation platform with CDP capabilities, as well as personalization and the ability to reach customers across digital channels.

Mergers and acquisitions among BI vendors not yet done

With the remaining longstanding independent vendors as the most likely acquisition targets, expect more consolidation in the BI industry over the next few years.

Clevest acquisition bolsters IFS' field service management

IFS strengthened its field service portfolio with the acquisition of Clevest, a firm that provides field service management capabilities specific to the utilities industry.

Dell readies server with Sonic SmartNIC for branch offices

Companies could install and manage the business application server remotely. The product would be small enough to mount on a wall and use open source Sonic for networking.

Microsoft Productivity Score limited by lack of data

Microsoft's new Productivity Score tool for 365 needs third-party data and security information to be entirely useful to enterprises, analysts said.

Kostenloses E-Handbook: VDI erfolgreich planen und umsetzen

VDI ist eine wichtige Komponente vieler Home-Office-Systeme. In diesem E-Handbook erhalten Sie praktische Tipps zum Hosten und Verwalten virtueller Desktop-Infrastrukturen.

Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected HMRC’s operations, says NAO

NAO’s insight into HMRC’s annual report and accounts finds that the pandemic has created challenges for the department’s transformation programmes, including Universal Credit and the end of the Brexit transition period

Samsung, KT complete Korea’s first 5G common core deployment

Leading Korean operator collaborates with Samsung to prepare for the launch of 5G standalone networks so that enterprises can scale business-specific services such as network slicing

Adobe forges data partnerships for Experience Platform

Adobe adds bidirectional feeds to Experience Platform to manage post-sale customer data from third-party sources such as customer service and loyalty program platforms.

Mobile device trade-ins return to rise in value in Q3

HYLA Mobile study reports strong trade-in values amid the Covid-19 pandemic – with the value of devices at trade-in maintaining an upward trend in the third quarter

MSP acquisitions rise with platforms in demand

Recent merger and acquisition activity highlights a trend of private equity firms increasingly targeting MSP platform companies; more IT channel news.

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