Imprivata teams up with Microsoft for single signing health clouds

Healthcare IT security outfit Imprivata has released what it has called the first end-to-end Identity and Access Management (IAM) Cloud Platform for healthcare in partnership with Microsoft.

The Platform, anchored by Imprivata’s leading solution portfolio and commitment to building trusted digital identities, and the world-class scale and security of Microsoft’s cloud identity platform, Azure Active Directory, will address the challenges that healthcare customers face down the digital transformation road.

After a year of GDPR, firms still don’t get it

GDPR’s one-year milestone is less than a month away, but organisations are still failing to protect personal data,  according to ESET researchers.

Unencrypted USB devices are still widely used by businesses despite the fact that unsecured data could lead to GDPR fines. New research conducted by global security company ESET, and Kingston Technology, a world leader in technology products, shows that 55 percent of business don’t encrypt their removable devices, leaving themselves exposed to data leaks.

Apple blames Intel for hole in figures

Fruity cargo cult Apple said that the chip shortage was responsible for its Macs not selling as well as it hoped.

For the three months ending 30 March 2019 Jobs Mob saw a sales drop of five percent, to $58 billion. Apple was down iPhone and Mac sales.

Jobs’ Mob however chose to spin more positive news in areas like services, iPad and wearables.

Dell mocks HPE again

Tin box shifter Michael Dell returned to his early strategy of mocking his rivals and said that HPE was not doing that well in the cloud.

Dell claimed that the vendor’s multi-cloud strategy “isn’t going so well” soon after announcing integrations between Dell EMC, VMware and Microsoft in addition to launching Dell Technologies’ Cloud Platform.

Rubrik taps former Cisco executive as Chief Commercial Officer

Rubrik, the cloud data management company, has appointed Wendy Bahr as Chief Commercial Officer. Bahr is responsible for Rubrik’s MSP, Global System Integrator and Channel Partners, Hardware and Software Alliances, Inside Sales and Professional Services teams.

Bahr joins Rubrik from an 18-year tenure at Cisco , where she most recently served as the Senior Vice President of the Global Partner Organization. In this role, she was responsible for managing and supporting 60,000+ global partners who represent the company’s primary route to market.

Computacenter reports EU getting tougher

While it is still doing well, Computacenter is reporting that it is getting harder to make cash in the EU.

The UK-based outfit saw revenue growth in the first quarter despite a large software deal in the same quarter last year creating a tough comparison.

But in an update to the London Stock Exchange, the channel giant said that both sales and profitability were ahead of first quarter 2018, even before taking the acquisitions of FusionStorm and Misco’s Netherlands business into account.

Sir Stelios flies into VAR space

You would think that EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou would have been miffed when he discovered a VAR with the name “Easy” in the title in Portsmouth.

Easy Networks was founded in 1995 by Richard Gwilliam who admitted that when he was invited for a chat with Sir Stelios he thought he was going to be grilled about intellectual property and use of the brand name.

KPN partners with Iland

Dutch landline and mobile telecommunications company KPN has teamed up with iland, a global cloud service provider of secure and compliant Infrastructure (IaaS), disaster recovery (DRaaS) and Backup-as-a-service (BaaS).

The partnership is part of a cunning plan to put iland’s DRaaS solutions on the shelves for KPN business customers. KPN stated that the partnership was motivated by the security and scalability of iland’s solutions and its rapid implementation capabilities, while iland cited the alliance with KPN as being evidence of its concerted and strategic approach to a more channel-focused direction across EMEA.

Amazon Web Services makes half the company’s dosh

Amazon Web Services (AWS) made up half of the vendor’s overall operating income in its first quarter of the year.

Cloudy services grew its operating income by 59 percent to $2.2 billion which was an increase from $1.4bn in the same period in 2018.

Amazon’s net sales grew 17 percent to $59.7 billion in the first quarter its slowest since 2015.

2019 will be the year of AI and IoT as top supply chain trends

Bean counters at Gartner have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and worked out that AI, IoT and automation are the areas businesses must adopt if they are to boost the efficiency of their supply chains.

Gartner research vice president Christian Titze seems somewhat inevitable that AI will play a vital role in enabling business leaders to automate processes such as demand forecasting, planning production volume needs and equipment maintenance predictions to ensure the production line can cope with demand.

Don’t use Brexit as an excuse for a business slowdown

Big snail in Old TaipeiFirms should not be allowed to use Brexit as a reason to slow down according to PCM boss Frank Khulusi.

Speaking to the assembled throngs on an earnings call, Khulusi said UK management has been talking more about Brexit but claimed that the political saga should not be considered as a justification for any slowdown.

PCM made £13.4 million for the quarter ending 31 March, up 50 per cent on the previous year in the UK.

Nadella claims Microsoft leads in cloud security

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Software king of the world Microsoft claims that it is beating everyone with its Cloud Security packages and Volish results on the Cloud are looking pretty good.

For the three months ending 31 March 2019, Microsoft saw revenue increase 14 percent year on year to $30.6 billion and growth in Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing.

KCOM going private

Telco specialist KCOM  said it is taking an offer from a significant pension fund outfit to take the business into private hands

It could be the end of a difficult period for the telco specialist. KCOM issued a profit warning last year and asked BT executive Sutherland CEO Graham Sutherland come up with a cunning plan to get the outfit out of trouble. Instead, it seems the firm is taking a £504 million offer from Humber Bidco Limited a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited.

Ideagen supplies Canadian aviation services company

Ideagen, the UK-based software firm, is to supply a Canada-based global aviation services company with software for safety, environment and quality management.

The Inland Group of Companies – comprised of Inland Technologies, Integrated De-Icing Services (IDS) and Quantem Aviation Services (QAS) – will implement Ideagen’s Coruson software across its growing operations in Canada, USA and Europe.

Coruson will be used as part of the Group’s strategy to standardise, streamline and continuously enhance several areas of its safety, environmental and quality management systems, including;

David Deveau, VP Environment Health & Safety at Inland said: “We are delighted to be working with Ideagen and believe that Coruson will not only meet but exceed our expectations for supporting our safety, environmental and quality management systems. When it comes to excellence in operations, environment and health & safety, The Inland Group strives to be the industry leader. Therefore, where Ideagen and its Coruson software are also regarded as leaders in aviation safety and quality, we feel they are an ideal partner. We are pleased to join some of the largest organisations in aviation in using Coruson.”

The Inland Group of Companies is a provider of a variety of aviation services to many of the world’s largest airline, airport and other customers. These services including aircraft de-icing, glycol collection and recycling, wastewater management, ground and cargo handling, and much more. Inland Technologies is a full-service airport environmental compliance and ground support specialist. IDS carry out safe and efficient delivery of de-icing and anti-icing services while QAS specialises in aviation support around ground handling, cargo and mail operations and passenger handling.

Steven Cespedes, Head of Aviation at Ideagen, said: “I am excited that the Inland Group of Companies will be joining our Coruson customer base. This an exciting time for the product and I am looking forward to the Inland Group providing valuable insights into the use and future development of our Coruson software across the aviation domain.”