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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

CommVault Simpana 9 Named Deduplication Product of the Year in Storage Magazine’s Eighth Annual ‘Storries’ Awards
Our partner, CommVault’s, Simpana 9 software has been named the winner of the Deduplication Product of the Year in Storage Magazine’s 2011 Storage Awards. This niche publication managed to generate an impressive 32,000 votes from 6,500 readers. See more, here.

IBM beats Microsoft in tech giants ranking
IBM’s market value jumps above Microsoft’s for the first time since 1996. However, I suspect that rumours of an imminent demise are somewhat exaggerated (and fabricated by me). Read the story, here.

Gartner: Cutting IT costs by 25 per cent can be done in 10 steps
Analyst recommends 10 steps to take to reduce the cost of enterprise IT. Rather than being 10 isolated steps, they form a web; by more effective use of technology, operating costs are reduced. Read them, here.

Ten developments that will transform IT outsourcing
Another list but this time Gartner have identified 10 things that will change the way IT is delivered. It features all the usual suspect but has some interesting additions. Read more, here.

And finally…
Virtual monkeys, typewriters and Shakespeare
A programmer has sought to test out the famous maxim. I, too, have participated in the project to test literary competence beyond the human by having a team of whelks write this blog for months; can you tell? Find out more, here.

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Researchers claim to have broken SSL/TLS encryption
As I type this, the world awaits demonstration of how security protocols can be cracked and, therefore, security naughtiness could ensue. However, if this proceeds to not work out, my decision to place this story top can be seriously called into question. I’m tense with anticipation but feel free to click onto the story, here.

Government should investigate the security of public data in the cloud, Lib Dems say
Interesting piece about concerns of data integrity if public details are maintained in the cloud. However, it’s not as though the current system is perfect unless you believe leaving a USB key with sensitive data on a train is acceptable. Read the Liberal assessment and critique, here.

MPs: Police IT is ‘not fit for purpose’
This story is a bit of ‘swings and roundabouts’ but, in essence, shows that the public are not getting good value for money for police IT provision. Perhaps it would save journalistic time to draft a list of government bodies that are capable of not haemorrhaging money and delivering something usable within a decade of agreed timescales. Read more, here.

Oracle looking for $1.16bn, not $2.2bn, in Java patent case
Light-hearted coverage of a spat between two giants of the IT landscape. The negotiations may have stalled but at least it looks as though Google won’t have to cough up as much as they thought. Read more, here.

And finally…
Do you hate your colleagues?
Ahhh, the perennial question of what gets on your wick about your colleagues. Personally, I exist in a zen-like state of calm; just keep the braying on the ‘phone down to a dull roar, ta. I cordially invite you to read the story, here, if you would like to; if it’s no trouble and you really want to….

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Notes/Domino 8.5.3 launch dates set
The release of the new version of Notes/ Domino is imminent. There are hints on Ed Brill’s blog that there are to be some important announcements on 4th October. Read (and potentially contribute), here.

Gartner: Gmail is viable alternative to Microsoft Exchange for business
Gartner stick a techie oar into the ‘to cloud or not to cloud’ debate. Their assessment is that, while cloud uptake in enterprises is currently low, Gmail is a viable candidate. Read the report, here.

Microsoft unveils its new Windows 8 operating system
Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8 in 2012. This is designed to function on both traditional desk- and lap-tops and also tablets which, by a pure coincidence, Microsoft will start selling. Find out more, here.

£12m Royal Courts eWorking system has ‘virtually collapsed’
Another horror story of public body having unworkable IT systems. A spokesperson is quoted as saying that they believe the take up of a new system will rise; frankly, it can’t reduce that much. Read more, here.

And finally…
Dramatic Dr Who revelation: the TARDIS runs on Windows XP
In an appallingly slack lapse in security, government officials have published details of the inner workings of a vital element in the Earth’s defence. We can only hope that the wobbly-limbed nemeses of the Doctor don’t subscribe to tender digests. Be shocked, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Microsoft online services hit by major failure
Microsoft downtime reported in BBC article. It’s interesting (for me at least) to consider whether this is actually a problem for the cloud or whether any glitch will be reported from here to Timbuktu. Answers on a postcard, here.

Collaborative Cultures are 30 Years New.
Gartner blog pointing out that there’s nowt new in the world. Today’s buzzword (currently ‘collaboration’) will usually have a history and not just be plucked out the air in the 21st century. In short: the blindingly obvious, but an interesting article nonetheless. Read it, here.

IBM Pushes Social Business Adoption With Free Connections for Mobile
IBM are allowing free downloads of Lotus Connections mobile software to facilitate social business efforts. This is just one more element to tempt businesses to buy into the social business model. Read what’s on offer, here.

University challenge: using IT to improve services and reduce costs
Interesting opinion piece about the convergence of eye-watering new fees with tech-savvy students will need to result in a better performance from university IT. Add to that the other expectations such as devices and mobile working and the general headache – not least about security – becomes pneumatic. Read it, here.

And finally…
It’s true, on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog
Sorry story of the possible consequences of the anonymity of t’interweb. Of course, these sorts of story where vulnerable or lonely people are fleeced by the unscrupulous are but the tip of a fraudulent iceberg. Read the story, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Linux repository attacked by cyber criminals
Repositories for Linux source code has been attacked by hackers. The guardians of the code assure us that this will not affect the code and its use in the future due to the way it is stored. Find out more, here.

Symantec records drop in cyber attacks on firms
There has been a drop in the number of successful cyber attacks on business and the nature of these attacks is changing. The changing way we do business is making the protection of the business more difficult as it blurs the line between internal and external. Read more, here.

Twitter to serve unsolicited ads in Facebook style
Twitter is to extend its advertising in a bid to maximise revenue. As the article points out, there is a chasm between their current income and the valuation. Read about it, here.

Social Media vs. Word of Mouth
Gartner blog about the resistance of some smaller businesses to social media. Presumably the quest to survive is all-encompassing which blinds some to the reality that growth is needed to stay in business. Read the blog, here.

And finally…
Shopping trolleys with built in iPad docks coming to a supermarket near you?
Supermarket encouraging the explosion of ‘mobile devices’ by allowing telly to be watched whilst instore. This, of course, is only possible if you possess an iPad. Click, here, and wonder.

Categories: News, News digest
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