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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • IT and breast implants

    What could IT possibly have to do with the emerging scandal about the safety of breast implants made by the bankrupt French company PIP? Quite a lot, actually. There are a number of issues involved: The manufacturer’s criminal use of...

  • Oracle calls Autonomy's Mike Lynch a liar or an amnesiac

    You’ve got to hand it to Oracle. They don’t mind who they slap. Whether Oracle's customers like their aggressive attitude to rival suppliers though remains to be seen. Next week’s Oracle Openworld will be one place to find out....

  • Steve Jobs, Mike Lynch and the future of UK IT

    Mike Lynch might not be Steve Jobs, but he has done all right for himself and for the UK IT industry.The barrage of articles on Steve Jobs' genius at Apple and the speculation on the future of his company has drowned out concern about HP’s...

  • Google bags headaches along with Motorola patents

    What does Google get from its £7.7 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility? It gets the company that first developed the mobile phone, some 24,000 patents and a hardware partner. But it is a hardware partner that has slipped back tremendously in...

  • The Budget, the cuts and IT

    "Osborne’s kill or cure budget". That was the Financial Times headline this morning. If that sounds apocalyptic, even the cure could well be the death knell of public sector IT as we have known it. Socitm, the public sector IT...

  • IT strikes, a sign of the times?

    The end of the strike over pay, redundancies and pensions at Fujitsu services raises a host of questions. The deal, announced last Friday, ends a four-month dispute, which saw 10 days of strike action, a lobby of parliament and the...

  • Waledac gets whacked, Linux gets valued

    Microsoft is not getting the credit it deserves for winning a court order to take down the Waledac botnet. It went to court, provided compelling evidence to the judge, took action on the ruling it received and told promptly told the world...

  • Getting it right

    Computerworld UK and Techworld have pulled a number of articles by Randall C. Kennedy, a contributor to our US-based sister title Infoworld. Kennedy last week admitted that while writing for Infoworld he was also working under a pseudonym...

  • Dell buys Perot: Following the money

    How valuable is your IT department? How much should you do yourself and how much should you outsource or contract out? Dell’s shock acquisition of Perot Systems, raises a host of questions, not least those around the cost...

  • Let's stop knee jerk cuts in IT spending

    There are increasingly loud voices being raised demanding cuts in public sector IT spending. Today it is the turn of the Institute of Directors, which is calling for the scrapping of the National Programme for IT in the NHS, the ID card...

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