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

By |2016-10-17T10:52:34+01:002 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 [...]

Adobe finds cloud has a gold plated lining

By |2016-10-17T10:52:35+01:007 May 2013|Analysis, Licensing|

There has been quite a reaction to the announcement from Adobe that Creative Suite, as a boxed product, is effectively dead. There are many good reasons for Adobe to take this step although there are also some issues that it still needs to address. We take a first look at the benefits Creative Cloud delivers for [...]

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Orchestrated IT – a symphony or white noise?

By |2015-03-02T22:34:32+01:007 May 2013|Analysis, Delivery and Lifecycle Management|

Orchestration from an IT perspective is not a new topic but with the drive towards a DevOps focused world, it has become a hot topic. Wikipedia describes orchestration (computing) as "the automated arrangement, coordination, and management of complex computer systems, middleware, and services." In the last three years, we have seen an increasing amount of attention [...]

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How IBM plans to extract value from the channel

By |2016-10-17T10:52:38+01:0029 December 2012|Analysis, Consulting|

The success of the Apple App Store has spawned a whole new way of doing business for many vendors. Vendors are now looking at their solutions and trying to see how they can build a platform on which partners will build solutions that can then be sold with the platform owner taking up to 30% [...]

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Can Analytics unlock the SME for IBM

By |2016-10-17T10:52:38+01:0029 December 2012|Analysis, Consulting|

Analytics is a theme that cannot have escaped anyone in IT over the last few years. As a mainframe and enterprise vendor, it would be easy to think that IBM already had all the tools it needed in this space but apparently not. IBM's Analytic Investment At Analyst Insights 2012 in Madrid, IBM told the [...]

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Windows 8: Much more than just tiles

By |2016-10-17T10:52:40+01:0015 November 2012|Platforms and Operating Systems, Software Quality|

After fixing the problems of Vista with a successful Windows 7, Microsoft has decided that it is time to be much more bold. Part of this is a change in the types of devices in the market and part of it is the maturing of new business models. This has resulted in Microsoft taking four [...]

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A safe leap into the unknown

By |2016-10-17T10:52:41+01:0018 April 2012|Software Development|

Micro Focus should be delighted with the first day of their 2012 Developer’s Conference. The management message was, “we’re back focusing on COBOL – Visual COBOL above all, but also we’re not going to abandon our ACU and RM users”, and there was a palpable sense of relief on the part of the delegates. Attendees [...]

Nokia’s new beginnings or the beginning of the end?

By |2016-10-17T10:52:43+01:006 December 2011|Analysis|

It's easy to look at Nokia over the last 18 months and forget that they were once the primary driver for so much phone and mobile software development for over two decades. In some countries of the world, low end Nokia phones are still the dominant brand. Yet it is in the high value, high [...]

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Sony shifts it weight with Sony Ericsson, but can it regain its edge?

By |2016-10-17T10:52:43+01:007 November 2011|Analysis, Software Development|

On 27 October 2011, Sony finally bought out the 50% of its joint venture with Ericsson, giving it sole control over the phone business. This is a move that not only makes sense for Sony but one that could finally put some sparkle back into the company. For Ericsson, it was clearly an opportunity to get [...]

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Microsoft finds a rabbit in its hat with Windows 8 launch

By |2016-10-17T10:52:44+01:0016 September 2011|Analysis|

It would be fair to say that the last few years have not been good to Microsoft. Most product launches have suffered from a lukewarm to cool reception and it has suffered badly at the hands of Google and Apple. Showing off the next version of its operating system to attendees at Build 2011, therefore, [...]

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