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Is Better IT Insight Finally In Sight?

too many corporate IT organizations struggle, or don’t think they need, to understand what it costs to deliver the products and services they provide

by Management Briefing

Continuing my post-Interop thinking and blogging, I’ve subconsciously joined the dots between four discrete Interop events.

October 13, 2014 10:18:00 AM Read Full Post

No CIO ever got promoted for….

Control and an obsession with process optimisation don't cut it

by Stephen Mann

Interop New York was a whirlwind of presentation sessions and technology vendor booths last week and, in the spirit of spreading the Interop love socially, this is the first of a series of blogs based on its conference session content.

October 07, 2014 1:11:00 AM Read Full Post

Interop: Is “cloud” a bad word if you want to sell IT products and services?

The buzzwords they are a changin'...

by Stephen Mann

It’s my first Interop and to be honest, as an IT service management (ITSM) kind of guy, I didn’t really know what to expect.

October 01, 2014 3:26:00 PM Read Full Post

Five ways government frameworks benefit SMEs

It's not just about the money


Reports about how government frameworks are failing SMEs have been quick to highlight that despite the healthy number of SMEs registered with such initiatives, only ten per cent of direct government spending has found its way to them. Taken at face value, this figure may seem surprising – particularly since government has made significant efforts in the last few years to increase opportunities for SMEs to do business with the public sector.

September 26, 2014 11:11:00 AM Read Full Post

Building your first corporate app store: Getting started

We are all used to apps stores so why is IT so reluctant to bring them into the workplace?


When it comes to mobile and desktop apps, modern consumers have been spoilt for choice. Thanks to mobile app stores such as Google Play and the Apple App Store, the concept of installing an application has switched from a mysterious IT procedure to a day-to-day routine.

September 22, 2014 11:12:00 AM Read Full Post

Manage code to win in the new digital economy

This is not just a Big Data story


Consider your home technology - laptops, tablets, mobile devices, gaming consoles, health sensors, and so on. Now think about all the things you do with your gadgetry from connecting with friends to managing your money and monitoring your fitness.

September 17, 2014 11:59:00 AM Read Full Post

Clausewitz, war and the E-borders fiasco

Why cheap is not cheerful for public sector IT

by Mike Bradbury

When I heard that the UK Government had lost its court battle over cancellation of the e-borders project and was ordered to pay the contractor, Raytheon £224 million, I was reminded of the observations of Carl von Clausewitz.

September 16, 2014 1:37:00 AM Read Full Post

Beyond process optimisation, the new business models of big data

Initially used to boost the analytical strategies of companies, big data is gradually morphing into a means to radically shift business models.

by Management Briefing

Since it started to make a dramatic splash on the public scene, big data has gradually shown a glimpse of the benefits it can offer businesses. Initially focused on storing and providing access to massive volumes of data, big data quickly became...

September 04, 2014 5:32:25 AM Read Full Post

IBM licensing: The acronyms start with the name and get progressively more complex

The challenge lies in applying IBM€™s licensing theory in the real world

by Management Briefing

Software licensing jargon used by the different software vendors makes up some of the most complex and potentially confusing terminology to have emerged from the technology industry. As one of the biggest vendors of all, IBM creates more than its...

September 03, 2014 5:42:26 AM Read Full Post

Enterprises unprepared for software license compliance risk from virtualisation

Be proactive or risk hefty bills come audit time

by Management Briefing

Tensions between application producers and enterprises around virtualisation are likely to heat up. Many enterprises are not implementing prudent best processes and technology to track and manage licenses for their virtualised applications. This...

August 14, 2014 11:55:49 AM Read Full Post

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