News in brief

Short takes from this week's news

Short takes from this week's news

Brewin Dolphin Securities to use converged network

Portfolio manager Brewin Dolphin Securities is to roll out a converged network. The project, implemented by Dimension Data, involves upgrading voice infrastructures using Avaya Media Gateways and rolling out 750 Avaya IP handsets along with IP fax system Rightfax.

DVLA and Passport office link systems for fast ID

The Identity and Passport Service has linked its systems with those of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to make it easier to apply for licences. The DVLA now accepts numbers from digital passports as proof of identity.

Majority of firms have internet connection flaws

Some 61% of companies tested have one or more high-risk vulnerabilities in their internet connections, according to NTA Monitor’s 2006 Annual Security report. A sector breakdown showed education had the highest number of vulnerabilities, followed by government. 

The Body Shop wins award for Epos roll-out

The Body Shop’s implementation of new electronic point of sale systems won project of the year at the Retail Solutions 2006 awards. The project, which involved a rollout of Epos hardware across 700 stores and back-office IT, delivered a 75% reduction in till downtime.

SMEs to ‘lead growth’ in European IT employment

There will be 1.5 million new IT jobs in Europe by 2010, with SMEs playing the biggest part in IT employment growth, according to an IDC report. The research, on behalf of Microsoft, suggested that 60% of the new jobs would be software-related.

Microsoft to release server app for clusters

Microsoft is to release in August an evaluation version of a server application that enables firms to run multiple high-performance computing (HPC) programs. Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 is Microsoft’s first application in this area. HPC, which solves complex problems, is used in engineering, medical research and exploration, but has traditionally been expensive and difficult to use.

Stitch in time saves nine for Microsoft big three

Microsoft will today update its applications with a dozen security patches as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday. Nine of them are fixes for Windows, two for Office and one for Exchange. Microsoft said that at least one of the Windows fixes would be marked “critical”.

Communication ‘blight’ on government outsourcing

Government outsourcing projects suffer from miscommunication, misunderstanding and mistargeted investment, according to a report from PA Consulting. Organisations have trouble interpreting and agreeing IT outsourcing objectives, PA found. “Most outsourcing deals are doomed before they begin, as insufficient attention is given to planning and due diligence,” the report said.

British Library boosts web content storage

The British Library is adopting a new data security system that will enable it to safely store web publishing content. The library will use the nCipher system to time-stamp and digitally sign every item stored in its National Digital Library, which is expected to amass up to 300Tbytes of content over the next five years.

Businesses spend £4.6bn on application integration

Companies spent £4.6bn on application integration and middleware worldwide last year – a 7.1% increase over 2004 – according to Gartner. Technologies are evolving rapidly, and suppliers are making fundamental changes to products, embracing standards and targeting vertical markets, said the analyst firm, which is running an application integration and web services conference in Barcelona this week.


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