Nats' CTO steps down -- and other news briefs

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

Nats' chief technology officer steps down

Rob Witty, chief technology and programmes officer at National Air Traffic Services, last week stepped down from his role and left the company. Until his successor is appointed, the role will be split between Nigel Horne, an independent technology expert who has advised Nats on major engineering projects, and Ian Mills, director of business improvement.

SAP offers real-time continuous compliance

SAP is to offer Virsa Systems' Compliance Calibrator tool as part of its MySAP enterprise resource planning package. The tool will provide real-time monitoring of compliance and can deal with conflicting authorisations and controls to reduce the risk of fraud, SAP said.

Government acts to improve UK's IT skills

The government will tomorrow unveil a range of measures to improve the supply of skilled IT professionals. A skills white paper is expected to announce funding for a new IT diploma for 14 to 19-year-olds based on workplace training. Funding is also expected for a new IT foundation degree, which will place equal emphasis on business, communication skills and IT. The government is also likely to back the national roll out of computer clubs in schools to encourage more girls to take an interest in IT.

Google offers services for web applications

Google has launched a developer website that offers software tools for adding the search engine's services to web applications. The site offers links to all of Google's application programming interfaces, which are used in developing applications that tie into Google services, such as web search, Blogger, desktop search, Gmail and Adwords. It also includes developer discussion groups and users can get regular updates on new projects and tools through the site.

EMC Documentum upgrades content suite

EMC Documentum will release the latest version of its core content management suite this week. Documentum 5.3 will feature a unified platform that can hold web content, records, XML and rich media files; enhanced collaboration tools; and built-in protection for data assets. There will also be enhancements to core functions.

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