Platforms and Operating Systems

IBM challenges Intel dominance with POWER8 release: what’s in it for the market?

By |2016-10-17T10:52:24+00:0030 May 2014|Analysis, Platforms and Operating Systems|

For two decades, IBM’s POWER computing division has occupied that space between System x and System z which was traditionally occupied by the mini-computer. Over the last two years, IBM has been pushing System x, POWER and System z at the cloud. Each has a different price point for entry, a different price point per [...]

How Windows 8 is the best solution to a uniquely Microsoft problem

By |2016-10-17T10:52:27+00:0011 February 2014|Analysis, Platforms and Operating Systems|

Ever since Microsoft released Windows 8 there has been fierce debate over whether it is a good OS. Many complained about the “Metro” (or Modern) interface and of course the loss of the Start button (subsequently returned). Some have said that it is the new Vista which was of course a disaster for Microsoft, or [...]

New vendor profile for Box Inc

By |2016-10-17T10:52:31+00:0017 September 2013|Platforms and Operating Systems|

A new CIC profile on Box Inc. a US software company that owns its own cloud based storage and content platform, is now available in the CIC Web Store. Box’s tagline is "A powerful platform for the Enterprise" and from its enterprise client base it looks to have succeeded in building a solution that stands up to [...]

CIC profiles fast growing big data software vendor, Datasift

By |2016-10-17T10:52:32+00:0013 September 2013|Platforms and Operating Systems|

A new CIC profile on Datasift, a US services company which provides a platform that enables companies to sift through and pre-analyze vast amounts of social media data, is now available in the CIC Online Store. Datasift’s goal is to make it easier for customers to utilize social media in their decision making, without having [...]

Do partners dare to enter the Dragon’s Den?

By |2016-10-17T10:52:32+00:009 August 2013|Platforms and Operating Systems, Software Development| is expanding its efforts to build its European partner ecosystem via a EUR 5 million competition – the Innovation Challenge. Dragon’s Den-style startup competitions are ubiquitous at the moment, but Salesforce is looking to achieve much more than just PR exposure for itself and its partners. Success will not depend solely on VC involvement, but [...]

Microsoft says Windows 8.1 is Enterprise ready but does the Enterprise get it?

By |2016-10-17T10:52:34+00:002 July 2013|Platforms and Operating Systems|

Barely six months since the release of Windows 8 and Microsoft has announced an update with Windows 8.1. Currently in preview it is scheduled to be ready for release later this year. With Windows 8 Microsoft had to address a massive market shift towards touch whilst continuing to support the enormous Windows ecosystem of applications [...]

IBM Software Analysts Insight: Will a clear vision and strategy lead to a sure-footed, agile execution?

By |2016-10-17T10:52:38+00:007 December 2012|Analysis, Delivery and Lifecycle Management, Platforms and Operating Systems|

The abiding impression from the IBM Software Analysts Insight conference in Stamford, Connecticut was of a company absolutely clear on its strategy and sure-footed in its execution. For nearly a decade (since 2004), IBM has been attempting to reduce the market’s identification with its individual software brands (Tivoli, Rational, Websphere, Information Management), and in 2010 [...]