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Mike Simons

Mike Simons


Mike Simons is the Editor of ComputerWorld UK and Techworld. He joined IDG in 2006 after almost a decade at Computer Weekly. An award winning IT and business journalist, Mike has a particularly focused on major IT projects and public sector IT. His fascination with the business and social impact of technology began at university, where he obtained an MSc at the Science Policy Research Unit of Sussex University.

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Hutchison puts up £10bn for O2, BT aggressively targets mobile consumers

Hutchison Whampoa is acquiring mobile operator O2 for a price that could reach £10 billion, giving a company that already owns Three an even bigger share of the British market. BT meanwhile has responded with aggressive price offerings for consumers, following its purchase of EE from Deutsche Telekom and Orange last month for £12.7 billion. read more »

Atos in £670m takeover of Xerox global outsourcing operations

French outsourcing giant Atos gives itself an expensive Xmas present. read more »

SAP faces communications battle with its customers

SAP faces a major communications battle with its UK users. The issue became apparent from the opening session of the SAP UK and Ireland User group conference in Birmingham today. read more »

Marks & Spencer - why the CFO should resign for a website failure

When Marks & Spencer relaunched its website in February after a £150 million revamp, none of its directors could have expected it to drive away customers, yet that is precisely what happened. When M&S warned in May that problems at its... read more »

How IBM announced System/360 to the world

This is the text of an IBM Data Processing Division press release distributed on 7 April, 1964, System 360 a family of computers build with the then revolutionary concept of a single, unified architecture. read more »

Capita beefs up security offering with Network Technology Solutions buy

Outsourcing giant Capita has acquired IT security specialist Network Technology Solutions (UK), a privately-held security reseller that provides support and managed services across the private and public sectors. read more »

Creative IT and government smokescreens

Something very strange is going on. We all know that IT lies at the heart of most of the most creative social and business changes around today, but why has the government labelled IT a creative industry? Why, suddenly do large parts the... read more »

Dreamforce 2013: KLM using social to boost sales by 700%

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OFT to scrutinise public sector IT procurement

The Office of Fair Trading has launched an inquiry into the supply of IT goods and services to the public sector. read more »

BT CEO resigns to become government minister

Ian Livingston has resigned as CEO of BT to become Minister of Trade and Industry. read more »

Gartner: Business intelligence leaders and laggards

Many organisations have yet to begin using systematic data analysis techniques in HR, marketing and social, according to analyst house Gartner. read more »

Dell: Enterpise IT leaders will face serious choices

Michael Dell's move to take private the company he founded has received cautious thumbs up from industry analysts. read more »

Blackberry 10 - it's the enterprise stupid...

Blackberry came from the enterprise and its future will depend on the enterprise. That future may be as a stand-alone company, as part of a larger supplier -such as Lenovo, or on the IT industry scrapheap. Sure there has been a laugh at the... read more »

Another government, another NHS IT programme?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to be “paperless” by 2018. He was due to say so today in a widely trailed speech that, if Hunt is still in politics by the allotted date, is likely to come back to haunt him. The thinking... read more »

Osborne's Autumn Statement: Mixed messages for IT

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered major breaks to technology businesses in today's Autumn Statement. read more »

HP's Autonomy fraud allegations. Get real...

Let’s cut to the chase about the HP-Autonomy fraud allegations. HP massively overpaid for Autonomy last year. It did so because it was a distress purchase. HP’s core business is shrinking and it needs to transform itself into a... read more »

UK SAP customers score in Quality Awards

UK-based organisations put up a strong showing in the SAP Quality awards that were presented yesterday at the Sapphire and TechEd conference in Madrid. read more »

Greater Manchester Police fined £120,000 for serial data breaches

Greater Manchester Police have been hit with a £120,000 penalty from the Information Commissioners Office for the loss of sensitive information on more than 1,000 people. read more »

Accenture beats CSC in major NHS Trust deployment

Accenture has signed a three year deal to help West Yorkshire based health IT specialist TPP to implement a full hospital system for the Airedale NHS Trust that will connect clinicians with 1.1 million patient records. read more »

BT picks new head of Global Services as revenue slows

BT has appointed Luis Alvarez as CEO of its Global Services division. Alvarez, a 12-year veteran, was most recently president of BT Global Services Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. read more »

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