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Nortel meshes with BT and MIT

Infrastructure. The boring part of networking. Boring but expensive to do right. The hidden pieces that make a network operate have to quietly provide consistent service in the face of increasing demands and the occasional fault, Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. The traditional 'star' or hierarchical network structures …
IT-Analysis, 06 Nov 2003
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So WIPO, why did you scrap the Open Source meeting?

The World Intellectual Property (WIPO) is based in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is one of the 16 specialised agencies of the United Nations system of organisations, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research. It administers 23 international treaties dealing with different aspects of intellectual property protection. The Organisation …
IT-Analysis, 06 Nov 2003
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Usability – is it what we think it is?

Computer Associates has done some extensive research on what exactly users want when it comes to so-called usability, writes Phil Howard of Bloor Research. Some of the results, which CA wanted to find out about for implementation within its CleverPath Portal product, turned out not to be what was expected. The most surprising …
IT-Analysis, 30 Oct 2003

Tide turns for enterprise apps vendors

The quarterly business results are coming in and, for enterprise application vendors, it looks as if the worst is over, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. Although we are not likely to be seeing the high growth rates common two to three years ago for some time, the business climate appears to be steadily improving. SAP …
IT-Analysis, 27 Oct 2003
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Google: the challenges of the proposed IPO

At one level the news that Google is considering holding a massive on-line Initial Public Offering (IPO) is, hopefully, a barometer of the growing revival in technology stocks and Internet-related stock in particular, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research. Two other challenges are likely to dominate the news surrounding the …
IT-Analysis, 27 Oct 2003
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Sagem springs hotspot in a box

The Wi-Fi revolution seems to have been fought from the ground up, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. War chalking, hitching a ride on unprotected corporate wireless LANs. It all seems very subversive. The truth is somewhat different. Like other ideas before it - radio, home computers, the Internet, cybercafes - wireless …
IT-Analysis, 22 Oct 2003

Siebel OnDemand CRM: has Siebel shot itself in the foot?

Across the board, large enterprise business application vendors have seen licence sales under pressure, with deals taking longer to close and average transaction size having slipped for many vendors to half of the level seen two or three years ago, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. Many customers have been burnt by long …
IT-Analysis, 10 Oct 2003
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Mobile gameplay means big prizes?

The market for downloaded games has grown rapidly in recent years and a number of operators are already capitalising on the revenue to be made at the point of download, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. However this one off revenue could quickly become overshadowed if game users make ongoing use of the network during …
IT-Analysis, 07 Oct 2003
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Vignette buys Intraspect

After iManage merged with Interwoven and Documentum with eRoom, it almost looked as if Intraspect was going to be the wallflower at the dance. The pace of consolidation in the Smart Enterprise Suite sector was making the position of pure-play vendors ever more shaky. Obviously the logic of consolidation was undeniable and now …
IT-Analysis, 25 Sep 2003

Linux taking off – and being taken off

"More than two dozen nations are considering proposals to promote or require the use of Linux in government offices" according to Erwin Gillich, deputy head of the city of Vienna's information technology unit, which is likely to choose Linux over Windows on 15,000 desktops. So, who are these nations, asks Robin Bloor of Bloor …
IT-Analysis, 25 Sep 2003
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On mobile phones and spam

Forrester Research recently published a forecast and analysis of European Mobile messaging growth, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research. The analyst firm forecasts that Short message services will peak and basically plateau in 2004 and years beyond, and forecasts 100 per cent compound annual growth in enhanced message services …
IT-Analysis, 24 Sep 2003
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Data Protection: come fly with me (but only if…)

Oh dear, the necessity to combat terrorism is leading to renewed hostilities between the European Commission and the US Government (the office of the Homeland Security Secretary), over data on airline passengers, writes John MacGowan of Bloor Research. Since March 2003, Washington has ordered airlines flying in to the USA to …
IT-Analysis, 17 Sep 2003
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SCO vs Linux – the arrows fly

Two open letters have been circulating in the email in respect of the dispute between SCO and the Open Source community, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. They are worth printing in their entirety: The first is from Darl McBride of SCO The most controversial issue in the information technology industry today is the ongoing …
IT-Analysis, 12 Sep 2003
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Smartphone infidelity = content opportunity?

Symbian, Microsoft, PalmSource, Linux - there are plenty of choices of operating systems for building smartphones if that what handset manufacturers are looking for The thing is, with so many choices, why just stick with one, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. Recent moves by Motorola suggest a Microsoft-based phone, a …
IT-Analysis, 03 Sep 2003

Checking out Virtual Machines

Many organisations have undertaken significant work over the last eighteen months as part of server consolidation projects, writes Tony Lock of Bloor Research. All scales of systems have been the subject of such projects with Intel-based machines accounting for no small percentage of consolidation efforts. The raw horsepower of …
IT-Analysis, 02 Sep 2003
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US software sales start picking up

Encouraging signs for software sales Monday 1st September 2003 Times have been bad for many businesses recently, but the enterprise software sector has been especially hard hit, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. A large part of the reason why the sector has fared worse than might have been expected is that so many …
IT-Analysis, 01 Sep 2003
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Making your presence felt in a video

As more and more people become familiar with video conferencing as a way of avoiding travelling to meetings, we are also becoming increasingly aware of its shortcomings, writes Martin Langham of Bloor Research. Unless the connection is of a very high quality, we get a pixelated and jittery picture of the other participants who …
IT-Analysis, 29 Aug 2003
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Openwave’s big hello to mobile data services

Mobile data services. How much bandwidth do they need? It depends, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. If the network can use the data intelligently, the data transmitted can be small and intelligence on the mobile device can be used to render it. That's the essence of the desktop computer web server and browser model, so it' …
IT-Analysis, 29 Aug 2003
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Online ticket to ride

Since the buzzphrase electronic commerce was invented in the mid-1990s, there have been some spectacular failures of the promise of the Internet to transform business, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. The dotcom boom has come and gone and the majority of online marketplaces - hyped as the future of business - have closed …
IT-Analysis, 28 Aug 2003
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Blades cut wireless and mobile enterprise costs

Flexible office, hot-desking, hotelling. At the end of the day they all mean the same thing, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. You've lost your prestigious office, your decorated cubicle or your desktop covered with personal memorabilia. Your company has gained from space saving, and can move staff between teams more easily …
IT-Analysis, 27 Aug 2003
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Symantec takes the Hilgraeve hit

When Symantec announced last week that it had done the decent thing, albeit six years late, and purchased a key virus scanning technology patent from Hilgraeve, it put an end to speculation that the company was open to a massive charge, writes John McIntosh of Bloor Research. As it was, the settlement of $62.5 million is just a …
IT-Analysis, 27 Aug 2003
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XML machine the successor to von Neumann?

The most basic principle of a von Neumann machine is that programs and data can share memory as they are both just strings of bits. This is still the basis of the architecture of all commercial computers, writes Peter Abraham of Bloor Research. These two concepts came together at the dawn of computer history but have tended to …
IT-Analysis, 21 Aug 2003
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Microsoft preps PlaceWare conferencing strategy

PlaceWare became a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft on 30 April, and last week Bruno Giverns of PlaceWare discussed with me the role that PlaceWare will have in the newly formed Information Worker Division of Microsoft, writes Martin Langham of Bloor Research. Microsoft had already been active in the web conferencing space …
IT-Analysis, 18 Aug 2003
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Wi-Fi gets on the right track

Analysis What sort of investment in public transport would make you swap from plane to long haul trains or from car to bus or commuter train? asks Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. How about fast mobile data access using Wi-Fi? Mobile users at mobile hotspots. It might be a challenge delivering high bandwidth networking to a moving target …
IT-Analysis, 18 Aug 2003
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M-Systems, Palm tie-in redefines PDA

Analysis What's mobile? People, device or the data? Taking data mobile can be achieved with fast networks. But the more rich the data content, the faster the network must be. So we go from infrared to GSM mobile phones to 3G and wireless LAN. But in the final analysis someone must pay for each megabyte transmitted, writes Rob Bamforth of …
IT-Analysis, 14 Aug 2003

SSL VPN market heats up

In the past, IT organisations choosing secure remote access solutions either trade off ease-of-use or higher levels of security, writes John McIntosh of Bloor Research. For example, many SSL VPN products limit users to accessing only Web and simple client/server applications. As a result, users are unable to get access to the …
IT-Analysis, 14 Aug 2003

Sun touts network identity systems

When Stephen Pelletier, Sun Microsystems' VP of SunONE Network Identity, Communications and Portal products said recently that "a secure identity management infrastructure is a core foundation component to building the next generation of federated commercial Web services and is essential to managing the lifecycle of an identity …
IT-Analysis, 13 Aug 2003
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Wireless hotspots begin at home

If the dream of universal public wireless LAN access is to become a reality, one thing's for certain: there will have to be more Wi-Fi access devices used more widely by the general mobile public. That means more laptops with Wi-Fi, more PDAs with Wi-Fi and more games consoles with Wi-Fi. It also means that sitting comfortably …
IT-Analysis, 12 Aug 2003

SAS gets tough with rivals

Despite the fact that SAS is by a long way the largest business intelligence vendor in the market, it has regularly faced claims from Business Objects and Cognos that these are the leading suppliers in the BI space, writes Phil Howard of Bloor Research. The reason for this is that Business Objects and Cognos have largely had …
IT-Analysis, 11 Aug 2003
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Linux Continues to Continue

IBM and SuSE Linux have got security certification for Linux from the US Government, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. Acquiring certification, under a Pentagon certification program entitled Common Criteria, is costly and time consuming, but IBM and SuSE put in the money and the time. The certification applies only to the …
IT-Analysis, 06 Aug 2003
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BEA + HP +Accenture + Linux = IBM?

BEA WebLogic 8.1 has just gone GA, writes Peter Abrahams of Bloor Research. This gave BEA the opportunity to have a customer ra-ra session on Monday this week. The main messages were: The 8.1 Beta customers have been successful Lots more (160+) ISV are joining the BEA bandwagon BEA is partnering with many Service Integrators, …
IT-Analysis, 06 Aug 2003
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Cellphone maps for pedestrians

Location, location, location. There's been a lot of talk about location based services for mobile phones, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. Much has revolved around personalised location oriented advertising, and for a sneak preview of one version of that future take a look at the Tom Cruise film, Minority Report. But …
IT-Analysis, 05 Aug 2003
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StorageNetworks goes to the wall

Last week StorageNetworks, Inc. announced that it would seek the approval of its shareholders for a plan of liquidation of the company, writes Tony Lock of Bloor Research. At the same time the company announced that it has "terminated" all remaining employees of the company with the exception of a small transition team to …
IT-Analysis, 05 Aug 2003

Whither Informatica?

Informatica has been a very annoying company. It has nice people in it, it has good products, it is the market leader in its main area of business, and it is both profitable and growing. So, why was it annoying? And, by inference, why isn't it going to be annoying (I hope) anymore, writes Phil Howard of Bloor Research. …
IT-Analysis, 05 Aug 2003
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VAT's up? – help at last

The EC Directive (2002/38/EC), concerning VAT levying arrangements, came into effect from 1st July 2003, writes John MacGowan of Bloor Research. This removes the obligation for EU suppliers of electronic services (i.e. software, music, videos) - which can be downloaded from their websites - to levy VAT when selling in markets …
IT-Analysis, 04 Aug 2003
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SCO and Linux: this one will run and run

SCO's latest act in the Linux lawsuit saga has been to implement a licensing scheme for Linux users, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. In the words of SCO CEO Darl McBride, "SCO is prepared to offer a licence for SCO's UnixWare 7.1.3 product for use in conjunction with any Linux product. This licensing format will assure …
IT-Analysis, 04 Aug 2003
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On F5 and uRoam

When F5 Networks secured the acquisition of uRoam (for what looks to be a bargain at $25 million), there must have been a big sigh of relief all round its Seattle office, John McIntosh of Bloor Research writes. F5 Networks is a leader in Application Traffic Management, possibly best known for their Big-IP product. Its aim is to …
IT-Analysis, 01 Aug 2003
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Open Groupware.org completes Office productivity software set

The Open Groupware.org (OGo) project, a sister organisation to OpenOffice.org, has announced the formation of an international development community and an initial release of Open Source groupware server software, writes Martin Langham of Bloor Research. After the arrival of Open Source content management software, (see "Open …
IT-Analysis, 01 Aug 2003
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Peregrine ready to emerge from Chapter 11

One of the most widely recognised IT brands should next month emerge from the clutches of "Chapter 11", writes Tony Lock of Bloor Research. Since September of last year Peregrine Systems Inc., one of the leading suppliers of Asset Management and Service Management software, has been working to reorganise both its financial …
IT-Analysis, 31 Jul 2003

Data Protection : Subject Access Requests – any complaints?

A Government Consultation Paper, published in October 2002 by the Lord Chancellor's Department, asked for opinions on whether the arrangements for 'subject access requests', under the current Data Protection legislation, were satisfactory or not, writes John MacGowan of Bloor Research. A summary of the responses was published …
IT-Analysis, 31 Jul 2003
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Netscreen pilots security support for IPv6

Anyone looking to improve the security and scalability of their Internet activities has had IPv6 earmarked for a while, writes John McIntosh of Bloor Research. IPv6, as specified by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), is an upgrade to the IPv4 protocol currently used. The reasoning behind IPv6 is that the growing need …
IT-Analysis, 30 Jul 2003
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Save Money and Enjoy Life

Home working is not new but a recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Group for AT&T indicates organisations expect much more home working in the future, writes Martin Langham of Bloor Research. As the survey puts it, "Its time has come". A global survey of 237 senior executives showed that a bare majority of employees are …
IT-Analysis, 30 Jul 2003
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Hi-Fi meets Wi-Fi with Linksys

How many wireless networks do you have in your home? The last time I counted - writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research - I had six: Wi-Fi/802.11b for the wireless LAN, DECT for the fixed line phone; Bluetooth for the 'little things'; GSM/GPRS for the cell phones; an active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for a tagging …
IT-Analysis, 29 Jul 2003

Microsoft brings Secure Web Services closer

As the noise of secure communications and identify management continues unabated and vendors clamour at the door, Microsoft's recent announcement of Web Services Enhancements 2.0 might have been missed, writes John McIntosh of Bloor Research. This is a significant announcement, because of what it potentially means to the Web …
IT-Analysis, 28 Jul 2003
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Alcatel beefs up router security with Tripwire

Alcatel and Tripwire this week announced a strategic alliance to provide greater network protection. This shows just how far a layered approach needs to go, if all the attack angles are to be covered , writes John McIntosh of Bloor Research. The recently discovered Cisco flaw, that affects over 100 different Cisco products, …
IT-Analysis, 25 Jul 2003

Microsoft unwraps enterprise apps strategy

Over the past few years, solutions have appeared on the market for automating the business processes that companies use on a day-to-day basis, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. This charge has been led from two angles - from those companies, formerly known as ERP vendors, that have developed integrated suites on the one …
IT-Analysis, 24 Jul 2003
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IBM fills out Lotus Workplace with Aptrix

IBM has joined the ranks of the other major vendors of content management and collaboration software and decided to acquire a key building block of its enterprise content management strategy, rather than build it itself, writes Martin Langham of Bloor Research. Usually, acquiring additional functionality from a third-party …
IT-Analysis, 23 Jul 2003
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Have big IT companies had their day?

Perceived and historic wisdom was that the large IT Companies gobbled up smaller IT Companies, once they had reached a size or prominence, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research. Acquisition was dictated by the potential opportunity that technology had to integrate into the acquirer's business or to quietly turn off the …
IT-Analysis, 23 Jul 2003

Linux and Linus in Las Vegas

At CA World in Las Vegas, CA devoted a day to Linux, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. This included a panel session for press and analysts, chaired by Sam Greenblatt, SVP and Chief Architect of CA's Linux Technology Group. The panel was made up of a selection of the great and the good from the Linux community. It included …
IT-Analysis, 22 Jul 2003
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OptimalJ proves its case

On Monday (July 21st) Compuware announced version 3.0 of OptimalJ. This has some important new features, writes Phil Howard, of Bloor Research. However, perhaps even more interesting is the simultaneous release of independent performance analyses that the company has commissioned into the performance benefits of OptimalJ …
IT-Analysis, 22 Jul 2003