News in brief

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

Barclays appoints COO for information office

Barclays has appointed Heather Campbell to the new role of chief operating officer for the group's chief information office. Campbell, who will report to Barclays CIO Don Trotta, joins the bank from Rogers Communications, one of Canada's largest telecoms firms.

Wal-Mart to roll-out customer tracking tool

Wal-Mart is looking to deploy an IT system based on infrared technology that tracks shoppers' progress around its stores and compares their movements to its sales. The retailer aims to use the system to calculate "audience ratings" for the products on its shelves.

SAP opens grid research centre in Belfast

ERP supplier SAP has opened a £1.5m grid research centre at Queen's University in Belfast. The centre is collaborating with the University of Ulster and Queen's University to carry out research into grid computing.

OGC warns of potential outsourcing supply issues

The Office of Government Commerce has warned that the public sector could face problems with outsourcing suppliers as demand outstrips supply. In a report for the Chief Information Officers Council, the OGC outlined the findings of its ICT Capacity Pilot Project, which was commissioned to identify potential capacity issues in the IT market.

Microsoft to patch Powerpoint vulnerability

Microsoft is considering issuing a security patch ahead of its monthly patching date on 10 October to fix a vulnerability in its Powerpoint presentation software. The flaw could allow remote attackers to run arbitrary code on a user's machine.

Munich begins move from Windows to Linux

The city of Munich has begun its migration from Windows to Linux, after a series of glitches that have delayed the project by a year. The council plans to migrate 300 desktops by the end of the year and migrate 80% of its 14,000 desktops by the end of 2008.

Olympic committee shortlists IT partners

The London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games has shortlisted four companies in its tendering process to appoint an information systems partner to run its back-office technology systems. The shortlisted companies are Accenture, BT Global Services, IBM and Logica CMG.

Phishing attacks up 80% in past six months

Phishing attacks have increased by more than 80% in six months, according to Symantec. The security supplier detected 157,477 unique phishing messages in the first six months of 2006, up 81% on the previous six months. Symantec said that widespread internet worms had given way to smaller, more targeted attacks focusing on fraud, data theft and criminal activity.

Law firm signs business continuity deal with BT

Law firm Norton Rose has signed a £5m deal with BT for the provision of a business continuity and disaster recovery system over the next 10 years. BT will supply data storage and remote datacentre facilities, plus a secure high-speed network to centres around the world.

Citigroup opens offshore IT centre in China

Global finance firm Citigroup has opened an offshore software development and technology centre in the Dalian region of China. The centre will have 300 staff and provide software development and maintenance, plus business process outsourcing services to Asian Citigroup operations - in particular those needing Japanese or Korean language capabilities.

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