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Gov to take axe to big IT contracts soon, will hand chunks to SMEs

Chief executive of the civil service, John Manzoni, has promised the government will start chopping up its big IT contracts in the next year and kick its dependency on just a handful of suppliers. Amyas Morse, auditor general at the National Audit Office, told the Public Accounts Committee yesterday that 51 per cent of …
Kat Hall, 22 Mar 2016
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DevOps, huh? Show me the money. Show me the MONAY!

As career buzzwords go, you’d struggle to find one that trumps DevOps judging by the number of conferences, software tools and books flooding the market. DevOps certainly seems to offer plenty of opportunities, straddling, as it does, disciplines across technology and management from building and managing apps to running and …
Rachel Willcox, 21 Mar 2016
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ACCC goes beyond recall, bans 'hoverboards'

Self-balancing scooters, which in late 2015 and early this year set records for the number of product recall notices issued in Australia, are now subject to a wide-ranging ban from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Ignoring the ban would put manufacturers and retailers at risk of million-dollar fines …
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Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

Linux and Android device makers can breath a little easier: their IP bête noir has left Microsoft. The lawyer running Microsoft’s intellectual property inquisition, Horacio Gutierrez, has left after 18 years. He’s jumped to streaming service Spotify. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 but ran the company’s LCA innovation and …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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UK.gov's Major Projects Authority ain't saving us any money, say MPs

MPs have said they are disappointed in the lack of evidence that the Major Projects Authority has reduced UK.gov's poor track record in delivering big programmes, according to a report released today. The MPA oversees 149 projects, which have a combined lifetime cost of £511bn – many of which include a large element of IT such …
Kat Hall, 18 Mar 2016
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Woz: World-changers to Apple Watches, why pay for an overpriced band?

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has slammed Cupertino's decision to charge hundreds of dollars for Apple Watch models that offer users little more than an overpriced band. Wozniak made the remarks during a Reddit AMA post in response to a reader's question. "I worry a little bit about - I mean I love my Apple Watch - but it's …
Darren Pauli, 17 Mar 2016
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Oracle whistles happy tune as shadow of AWS bus parks on database lawn

Oracle is brushing off challenges from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to its core database business as a natural consequence of leadership. Rivals are pouncing to take advantage of the shift from on-prem licensing of software to the cloud, the firm reckoned. “People are coming after us, because we are by far the market …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2016
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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

Analysis Immigration is one of the main concerns for advocates of Brexit. Some IT firms from Britain and abroad who we spoke to share this concern – but in the other direction. One UK tech firm has told The Register it could be forced to leave the country if Britain votes to leave the European Union on June 23 – a Techxit, if you will …
SA Mathieson, 11 Mar 2016
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HPE targets Nutanix, squeezes into hyperconvergence suit

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has Nutanix in its sights, with a hyper-converged server due this month. HPE’s chief executive Meg Whitman has revealed a ProLiant-based virtualisation server is coming, which she claimed would be easier and cheaper to use than Nutanix. HPE is taking on some familiar old names including Cisco, Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016
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Docker may be the dumbest thing you do today

It’s clear that Docker is on a tear as it ushers in a brave new world of DevOps. What’s less clear is whether this is a good idea. At least, today. After all, for most enterprises, most of the time, Docker and its container peers are simply not ready for primetime, assuming “primetime” means “standard enterprise apps.” While …
Matt Asay, 04 Mar 2016
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GDS gets it in the neck from MPs over Rural Payments Agency farce

The Government Digital Service's reset of the Rural Payments Agency's IT system, which ended in disaster last year, was “inappropriate for farmers”, according to a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report. Last March a failure to integrate the digital front-end with the back-end system of the Common Agricultural Policy IT system …
Kat Hall, 02 Mar 2016

Snapchat loses payroll information to phoul phisherpholk

Snapchat has blabbed its staff payroll information to a criminal after someone in human resources fell prey to a phishing email. The firm told employees past and present in a statement that it is "impossibly sorry" for the error. It says users who have never worked for the company have not been affected. The company blog says …
Darren Pauli, 01 Mar 2016
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JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

An open-source browser capable of blocking annoying mobile ads is available for download from the Apple and Google stores. Called Brave, it’s the work of JavaScript daddy Brendan Eich and his new firm Brave Software. Brave hit Apple’s iPhones and iPads last week and is reported to have landed on Google’s Play for Android only …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2016
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Gosh, what a huge shock. Ofcom shies away from BT Openreach split, calls for reform

Communications regulator Ofcom has shied away from recommending spinning off BT's Openreach, instead saying BT must open up its network to competitors and reform Openreach. The initial conclusions of Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications said BT must open up its network of telegraph poles and underground tunnels …
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2016
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Gov must put superfast broadband along HS2 rail line, says Parliament

The government must do more to ensure high speed broadband arrives alongside the controversial £80bn High Speed Rail line, a Parliamentary select committee has warned. The HS2 project, which promises to increase rail capacity between London and the West Midlands, is also intended to deliver broadband benefits into more areas …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2016

Bug bounty hunters score big dollars and the boom's only just begun

Feature Nathaniel Wakelam made US$250,000 last year. In his second job, finding and reporting bugs to bug bounty programs. Wakelam's a 20-year-old high school and university drop-out who has become something of a poster boy for the bug bounty boom, a movement that sees the world's biggest companies pay guys like him tens of thousands …
Darren Pauli, 22 Feb 2016
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Growth comes with costs for cloud-support flinger Rackspace

Rackspace saw growth across most lines during its fourth quarter and year – alas, that also included costs, it has said. Management also warned Rackspace watchers over an impending re-organisation in sales that would allow disrupt its current, first-quarter sales. Worrying, too, is a slow-down in Rackspace’s native OpenStack …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2016

Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

Ransomware scum have crippled a Hollywood hospital, bringing critical machines to a crashing halt and demanding US$3.6 million ransom. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center declared an emergency as machines critical to CT scans, laboratory, and pharmacy work went offline over the last week, pushing staff back to pen and paper …
Darren Pauli, 15 Feb 2016

Higher US Fed interest rates will hit startups over the head

The US Federal Reserve’s decision in December to increase the target range for the interest rate it pays banks by one-quarter of one per cent, to 0.25-0.5 per cent, didn't seem like an Earth-shaking event at the time. But it was the first time the world’s most powerful central bank had changed its rate target since 2008, and …
SA Mathieson, 15 Feb 2016

ARM pumps fist as profits soar, warns of weaker hand in 2016

Chip designer ARM once again posted bumper annual results, with profits up 31 per cent to £414.8m on revenue of £968m, up 22 per cent. During the year the company shifted 14.8 billion ARM-based chips, up 16 per cent on 2014. But the company warned that increased economic uncertainty during 2016 "may influence consumer and …
Kat Hall, 10 Feb 2016
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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

Canonical is courting Google’s Android partners in the hope they'll break ranks with the Chocolate Factory and deliver devices powered by Ubuntu. The Linux shop has received commitments from Android smartphone and tablet makers to ship devices using its Linux with devices “later this year.” Chief executive Jane Silber told …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2016
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CSIRO says it's not firing scientists, it's re-balancing

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has published a correction of recent reports about redundancies at the government-funded outfit. Those reports have focussed on planned job losses in the organisation's Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions, earning an accusation the …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016
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Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

US Senator Ted Cruz has accused the head of domain name overseer ICANN of being complicit in Chinese online censorship. In a letter [PDF] sent from the Republican presidential frontrunner to Fadi Chehade, Cruz and two other senators demanded that Chehade explain his decision to co-chair a Chinese internet governance initiative …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Feb 2016
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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

Dilbert might mock the mythical man month, Fred Brooks’ argument that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later,” but most enterprises still think they can hit their deadlines by hiring more people, feeding ever larger teams, rather than by embracing DevOps-friendly practices that favor small teams and high …
Matt Asay, 03 Feb 2016
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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

The chief executive of the civil service, John Manzoni, has defended the government's decision to outsource everything 15 years ago, telling MPs it was "what everyone did at the time". Speaking at a Public Accounts Committee hearing yesterday, Manzoni said there was nothing wrong with outsourcing, but the government must now …
Kat Hall, 02 Feb 2016
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BT airs out new business structure as it digests EE

BT is to create a Frankenstein business unit on April Fools' Day worth £5bn out of old parts of BT Global Services focused on the UK, BT Business and EE's newly acquired business unit, it announced during "record" third quarter financial results. The major restructure plans come days after the outfit completed its £12.5bn …
Kat Hall, 01 Feb 2016
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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

Analysis “The customer is king” is up there with some of the most overused corporate mantras. But it has now been translated into a new buzzword – Customer Experience, or CX – and a whole industry is evolving on the back of it. The purveyors of enterprise software, cloud services and digital devices would have you believe you can …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jan 2016
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Outage outrage: Banks need clear targets for improving IT systems

Banks should be set "clear objectives and targets" on improving the performance of their IT systems in light of a number of recent major outages, the chairman of a prominent UK parliamentary committee has said. In letters to Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), and Tracey McDermott, …
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Dixons Carphone to shut down 134 shops

Dixons Carphone Warehouse is shutting 134 shops, a move it insists will have "no impact on colleague numbers". The retail borg is consolidating its stores following the merger between Dixons Retail, owner of Currys and PC World, and Carphone Warehouse in May 2014. The new stores will house its remaining outlets under one roof …
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2016

Apple CEO visits EU regulator to discuss tax bill

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels last week, apparently to discuss the European Commission's investigation into the company's tax affairs. The Commission confirmed that a meeting had taken place but said it could give no further details. The Commission is …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jan 2016

Does anyone know what their broadband costs? The ASA hopes to change that

Blighty's advertising regulator has vowed to clamp down on "misleading" broadband advertising prices, following its findings that three in four people are unable to work out true cost of broadband deals. The Advertising Standards Authority said the move is a response to joint research with Ofcom, which found the current …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2016
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MariaDB hires new CEO with code daddy Monty in as CTO

MariaDB has welcomed Michael Howard as its new CEO. MySQL giant Michael "Monty" Widenius has also been appointed as CTO. The appointments have been announced today, alongside a $9m equity financing bundle from Intel Capital and California Technology Ventures, among others. Howard is a Berkeley graduate who has worked at …
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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

The government needs to bring in "thousands" of digital tech folk to lower the high number of failing IT transformation projects, the chief executive of the civil service has said. Addressing the Public Accounts Committee about findings that one-third of big government projects will fail in this Parliament, John Mazoni said …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2016

FireEye buys iSight Partners for $200M

Security giant FireEye has bought threat company iSight Partners for US$200 million, marking a notable consolidation in the sector. It brings the threat intel company, notable for its research into sophisticated and nation-state attacks, into the fold of the network security mammoth. FireEye will pay another $75 million in …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jan 2016
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Citrix names former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov prez and CEO

Citrix has appointed former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov President and chief executive officer. Tatarinov spent over eight years as President, Executive Vice President, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions Division, overseeing Microsoft's Dynamics CRM and ERP businesses. His LinkedIn profile also records …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2016

Ad-clicking bots predicted to rip US$7.2 billion from Mad Men

Botnets will inflict a massive US$7.2 billion in damages against online advertisers this year according to research by ad security company White Ops. Last year the industry was said to have lost US$5 billion, close to the $6.3 billion White Ops predicted in December 2014, thanks to the scourge of botnets that hugely inflate …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2016

IBM still on a (downward) roll with 15th consecutive quarterly revenue drop

IBM continues to take a beating as it struggles to transition its business to a focus on cloud and analytics products. The fourth quarter of 2015 brought the following returns: Revenue was $22.1 billion, down 9 per cent from the previous year's quarter. Net income was $4.5bn on the quarter, down 19 per cent. Earnings per …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2016
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SAP UK and Ireland shuffles management cards

The ever-exciting SAP, Europe’s largest software maker, has kicked off 2016 with a management reshuffle. The firm’s UK and Ireland group has hired or moved nine executives around the corporate org chart in the cloud, data, analytics, database and sales business areas. The changes were announced by SAP UKI managing director …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2016
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BT appoints new CIO Howard Watson

BT has appointed Howard Watson as its group chief information officer - in a game of internal musical chairs that will see incumbent CIO Clive Selley head up Openreach. Watson is currently BT's chief architect, having joined the giant telco in 2011 from consultancy Cartesian where he was managing director. Prior to that he was …
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2016
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Smallish telco Gigaclear gets €25m loan for rural broadband roll-out

British telco minnow Gigaclear has topped up its coffers with a €25m (£19m) loan from the European Investment Bank, a move it reckons will help treble its rural broadband network in the UK this year. During 2016 the biz plans to "rapidly" extend its pure fibre, ultrafast broadband infrastructure. However, that amounts to just …
Kat Hall, 14 Jan 2016
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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

A huge chunk of Microsoft users will today be cut off from the computing giant’s security lifeline, for January 12 is the day when Redmond will stop releasing security fixes for a swathe of legacy versions of Internet Explorer. Extended support has finished for IE8, 9 and 10 on Windows 7 SP1. Only the following are still …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2016
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Clinton Group to Violin: What do we want? Sale. When do we want it? Allegro

+Comment Back in July last year activist investor the Clinton Group expressed its feelings about Violin Memory, saying: "If the Company's sales execution does not materially improve and our voice continues to remain unheard, we will have to seriously consider seeking the election of replacements to the Company's Board of Directors at the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016
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Google's head in the clouds: Cut, cut as fast as you can. You can't match us, AWS plan

Not to be outbid by AWS's latest price cut, Google has announced that it too is slashing the costs of its cloudy services. "In case you’ve been reading recent announcements and were wondering, rest assured: Google continues to be the price/performance leader in public cloud," it said in a blog post seemingly responding to AWS …
Kat Hall, 11 Jan 2016
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BT puts new head on 10-year-old network arm Openreach

Clive Selley is to become the new chief executive of BT Openreach, replacing incumbent Joe Garner, who is set to become chief exec of the Nationwide Building Society. Selley is currently CEO of BT Technology, Service and Operations and will assume his role at Openreach in the first quarter of this year. Garner has only been …
Kat Hall, 11 Jan 2016
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BT and Openreach: Splitsville or not? We'll not find out till Feb – at the earliest

UK comms regulator Ofcom's much-awaited digital communications review, which will determine whether to break BT's broadband monopoly by forcing a spin-off of Openreach, will not be released until late February at the earliest. The Strategic Review of Digital Communications will set the regulatory framework for the industry for …
Kat Hall, 08 Jan 2016
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Microservices are not the same thing as components

Mention cloud, mention DevOps and it won’t be long before microservices enters the discussion. But what is, or are, microservices? The name implies something small – but what? Is it a part of a bigger thing or a piece of discrete functionality? And how are microservices different to application components? And why should we …
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IBM's $16bn software supremo Mills reportedly exits

One of IBM’s most powerful executives is reportedly stepping down. Steve Mills, executive vice president software and systems, is said to have retired on New Year’s Eve, tidily in time for the end of IBM's fiscal year. He joined IBM in 1973. IBM did not respond for comment at the time of writing. Mills added the “systems” …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2016
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Alu Alu! Nokia gobbles French rival Alcatel-Lucent in €15.6bn deal

Nokia has today confirmed the completion of its €15.6bn (£11.5bn) gobble of French rival Alcatel-Lucent. Under the finalised deal, Nokia now holds nearly 80 per cent of outstanding ALU shares. The acquisition was announced in April, got European Union approval in July. Rajeev Suri, president and chief executive of Nokia, said …
Kat Hall, 04 Jan 2016
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The Infamous Eight: 2015's memes, themes and big pieces

Year in review So, was US Central Command (CENTCOM) hacked, were a LOT of Polish Airlines aircraft cyber breached, and did China block imports of products from Apple and others? The answer in all three cases was a simple “no”. So what of the multiple cloud outages, and Uber’s ongoing global legislative and driver woes? In a 140-character- …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Dec 2015
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Intel completes epic $16.7bn Altera swallow, fills self with vitamin IoT

Intel has closed its mega $16.7bn (£11.2bn) deal to acquire programmable chip maker Altera, likely in a bid to move away from the declining PC market. The unit will sit in Intel's newly formed Programmable Solutions Group, headed by former Altera vice president Dan McNamara. Intel hopes to shove Altera’s field-programmable …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2015