Archive for May, 2011

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Open-source software making broad strides across the IT landscape
Survey finds that open source is being used across public and private sectors and in a variety of markets. Find out more, here.

CIOs must move beyond keeping the lights on
CIOs express confidence that their IT provision is aligned to the CEO’s business direction. The article highlights the drive to have business intelligence at the heart of IT provision. Find out more, here.

Users becoming enslaved by their mobile devices
Depressing/ distressing story of people joined at the waist with their mobile gizmo. If it’s any comfort (and it certainly isn’t) at least it appears to be a global phenomenon. Oh dearie, dearie me, here.

Phishing Attacks Keep Proliferating: How to Recognize Them
Useful article about various phishing scams. Much of it is common sense (unless you are well connected in Nigeria) but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. Click here to work out if I’ve become a little obsessed with online security.

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High-tech PJs for Insomniacs
Report on the development of sleep-assessing nightwear. It’s designed to reveal some of the porkies that insomniacs tell. Try to stay awake as you read, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Are there criminals hiding in the cloud?
BBC ask a rhetorical question and conclude, unsurprisingly, with a ‘yes’. However, the article does offer some good coverage of the issue and how to protect yourself. Find out more, here.

New Gartner report: Notes and Domino Next: A Glimpse Into IBM’s Collaboration Future
Gartner report that the direction of Notes and Domino development points directly at collaboration. And there’s a link to a downloadable report. See it, here.

Future of NHS National Programme for IT in critical condition following NAO report
The auditors have looked at the results thus far for the NHS improvement programme and they are not impressed. Not impressed at all. Read about how to most efficiently haemorrhage resources, here.

Twelve top programming mistakes to avoid
List of 12 suggestions for improving software development practice. If you are a techie, be offended by the impertinence, here.

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Insensitive but oh so funny…
Man posts on Facebook after death… not really. Click here to be slightly unsettled.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Worldwide software market bouncing back
Gartner finds that the market for enterprise software rose significantly in 2010, after a dip in 2009. Read about the green shoots.

Global data traffic to hit 60,000 petabytes by 2016
Video is driving the explosion in data traffic. Soon video and streaming will surpass other forms of data use. Read the predictions.

Leeds city deploys voice analytics to optimise callcentre
Call centre uses voice analytics to increase efficiency. The next step would be to integrate this information with other network data through an Enterprise Content Management solution. Read half a story, here.

Google Keeps 65% Search, Bing Tops 14%: comScore
Survey finds that Google’s US search market share dropped slightly and Bing’s rose slightly. Don’t click here if you have a dodgy ticker.

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Google lobbying to make driverless cars legal in Nevada
Google are apparently asking Nevada for permission to unleash autonomous vehicles on the state’s roads. It would make the the morning commute more restful, I suppose. Read about another brave new world.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Most enterprises prefer gut feeling to analytics, survey suggests
An Accenture study confirms what we have believed for a while: enterprises are highly resistant to using enterprise content management technology. This is particularly strange in the field of sales where customer intelligence is at a premium. Find out more, here.

Goodbye, Notes/Domino 7
Ed Brill sounds the last post for Notes/ Domino 7 as it passes out of support. I guess the clock is ticking for Notes 8… Read his blog.

Microsoft profits jump 31% on strong Office sales
Revenue has risen at Microsoft, driven by sales of their Office suite. This strong performance is despite less encouraging sales of Windows 7. Read about how a monster remains huge.

IT professionals are impulsive risk-takers, finds survey
Small survey finds that IT workers can drift towards being impetuous. In a shocking finding, it identifies 55 CW readers as being highly risk averse-averse. Dare you read the story, here?

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Court slashes maintenance payments to ex-wife because of blog posts
Further evidence that blogging is merely a 21st century version of boasting. However, and this really does have to shouted from the rooftops, if there’s something that you don’t want the entire world and their domestic partner to know about, don’t put evidence of it online. Read about someone who couldn’t follow even this simple advice.

Categories: News, News digest
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