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  • Does business have its head in the cloud?

    When I first saw the headline on the MicroScope story, I was pretty impressed. "Cloud to become a business conversation in 2012," it stated. According to a global study by auditors KPMG, cloud computing would no longer just be a technology ... 

  • Red Hat: on track to become a billion dollar open source software company

    Amid all the reports about Red Hat's very strong performance in the second quarter ending 31 August, only one site seems to have picked up on an intriguing comment made by the vendor's CEO Jim Whitehurst in the statement accompanying the results anno... 

  • Can Microsoft explanation for Office 365 and Windows Live outage reassure cloud customers?

    The explanation as to why Microsoft suffered an outage of three and a half hours to its Office 365 and Windows Live services on 8 September might not be too reassuring for those people out there tempted to move to the cloud. According to a blog post ... 

  • Who else thinks resellers can thrive in the cloud era?

    I'm a bit confused by the Channel Transformation Alliance, the body which has been set up to promote and further the spread of cloud computing and managed services in the channel. It's not that I don't think it's a good idea. After all, who could... 

  • PCs in retreat as market prepares for tablet invasion

    Poor old PC. Things are not looking good. After all the furore surrounding HP's decision to retreat from the PC arena, we now read that Gartner has downgraded its PC market forecast for 2011, suggesting the PC is "not a particularly compelling p... 

  • Global services sector takes a big hit in Q2

    Ouch. Things aren't looking great in the services sector right now. Ovum has revealed that the value of global IT services sales in the second quarter of 2011 was 40% (yes, that's right, 40%) down on the same quarter in 2010. There were no deals ... 

  • Thoughts on HP's MPS Confessions campaign: what kind of people have 'beloved' print devices?

    In case you missed it, HP has just launched its "MPS Confessions" campaign - no, not MPs Confessions (now that might be diverting) but MPS. For those of you who have been living in a desert outpost somewhere miles away from an internet... 

  • Currency fluctuations can be good for your business, ask IBM

    Here's an interesting snippet of information: IBM's second quarter revenues were positively affected by currency fluctuations to the tune of 7% or around $1.6bn. In other words, without positive foreign exchange rates, IBM's revenues would have been ... 

  • Does privatisation plan for police IT cross the thin blue line?

    This has got to be one of the most bizarre ideas I've seen when it comes to a public service. We have become accustomed to the notion of private businesses being contracted to provide IT systems for public bodies but the suggestion that those compani... 

  • Finance officers take keener interest in IT spend

    So the finance people are starting to take much closer control of IT spending. According to a study, chief financial officers (CFOs) have authorisation for 26% of all IT investment compared to 5% for chief information officers (CIOs). In addition...