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Motorola plumps for HP Linux-on-Itanium bozes

In a somewhat surprising move, telecommunications equipment maker Motorola has chosen a variant of Hewlett-Packard's Itanium rack servers and Carrier-Grade Linux as the foundation of two of its next-generation lines of mobile telecom switching equipment. HP will be pleased with the news, as it proves that its Itanium platform …
Datamonitor, 19 Aug 2004
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Outsourcing Human Resources: cause for celebration?

The rise in importance of the Human Resources (HR) department within the company structure has gone on unchecked for decades. There was a day when it was simply called payroll, but now its influence stretches right to the top, and it busies itself evaluating employee performance, and generally bewildering all with bureaucracy …
Datamonitor, 13 Aug 2004
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European sofas brace for HDTV

Momentum for HDTV is now building. Broadcasters have announced definite deployment plans and the consumer electronics industry is a-buzz over this new market. Some observers said that HDTV would never come to the European market, but this year it has arrived and James Healey, Datamonitor's senior media and broadcasting …
Datamonitor, 13 Aug 2004
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Commerce One fights for survival

Commerce One still seems unable to get its costs under any semblance of control. It posted a Q2 net loss of $5.1m, only marginally better than its year-ago net loss of $6.1m. Things look gray, but with some new product launches, increased operating environment and platform choices, and new sales and marketing SVPs the company …
Datamonitor, 12 Aug 2004
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Tough times for BEA

Holding a management position with BEA Systems these days is a risky proposition. In the space of a single week, BEA lost SVP of advanced development Adam Bosworth and CTO Scott Dietzen, two of its leading visionaries, following the exit of VP of products and solutions Rick Jackson and senior director of marketing Erik Frieberg …
Datamonitor, 09 Aug 2004
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When the customer is always wrong

Vendors always get the brunt of the criticism when technology projects go wrong, and why not? After all, consultancies, IT service providers, and outsourcers charge millions, if not billions, so that they can to make sure their clients get the best of the best... So when it all goes wrong, with costs through the roof and …
Datamonitor, 09 Aug 2004
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Intel cool on 802.20

Intel could be closing the door on the emerging 802.20 mobile broadband wireless access standard after the company admitted to uncertainty surrounding the working group's ability to put aside self-interest. But the chip giant has finally accepted the rise of the Bluetooth short-range wireless technology, which will shortly be …
Datamonitor, 05 Aug 2004
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Intel backs in-flight Wi-Fi initiative

An initiative supported by Intel is in the final stages of outlining a method to disable the radio transmitters of handheld devices during aircraft takeoff and landing. The development should help pave the way to greater freedom to use wireless-enabled mobile devices while in the air. The work has been carried out by RTCA, a …
Datamonitor, 03 Aug 2004
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SMEs slap hard cash on the IT table

While IT spending at the top end of the market has stalled in the last four years as enterprises attempt to drive greater efficiencies out of the infrastructure they acquired in the late 1990s, SMEs have continued to invest in technology and related services at a steady rate. The small and medium-sized enterprise sector has …
Datamonitor, 03 Aug 2004
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IBM shuffles top execs

The top brass running Big Blue are still reshuffling executives in the aftermath of the departure of Mike Lawrie, formerly the senior vice president of sales and distribution. IBM likes to cross-train its key executives in different geographies, job types, and lines of business every couple of years, but there could be more to …
Datamonitor, 30 Jul 2004
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US online pharmacies take fight to Canadians

The trade in discounted prescription drugs between Canada and the US has elicited considerable controversy on both sides of the border. Yet recent figures show that sales of drugs via Canadian pharmacies have not been as great as some had predicted. However, as Datamonitor's David Deon explains, pharmaceutical companies could go …
Datamonitor, 29 Jul 2004
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US and Europe embrace the digital home

The US is the largest and most competitive digital TV market in the world today, with more than 45 million digital households at the end of 2003. However, Datamonitor analyst James Healey says that by 2006 Europe will represent a larger digital TV market than the US, with some 63 million digital households. Following …
Datamonitor, 23 Jul 2004

Sun's Solaris shines on Itanium

In the past few months, Jonathan Schwartz, the president of Sun Microsystems, has twice blurted out ideas about what Sun might do with its Solaris operating system that have a lot of heads in the IT industry cocking their heads to one side like Sun's old advertising dog, Network. In early June, it was open source Solaris, and …
Datamonitor, 23 Jul 2004
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Novell and its $600m war chest

Novell's latest debt offering was oversubscribed, and it was able to rake in a hefty $600m. But what will Novell do with all of this money? There are some intriguing options that Novell has as it takes Linux deeper into the data center and out onto desktops... Novell said in the initial offering that it planned to use $125m of …
Datamonitor, 19 Jul 2004

IBM ups rates on server financing deals

With interest rates on the rise again, the term 'low-rate financing' might soon take on a different meaning. Although the Federal Reserve's latest rate hike was relatively minor, public expectations of higher rates are proving a goldmine for captive financing companies such as IBM. Big Blue raised its rate by one point - four …
Datamonitor, 14 Jul 2004
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Building bugs in double-quick time

The first bug was a small insect caught in an early 1940s computer. Today bugs are very different in their nature, and fixing and removing defects in computer systems has become a long and labor-intensive process. Software development project teams do little to help themselves, it seems. All too often, the focus of a software …
Datamonitor, 09 Jul 2004
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Computacenter hit by PC price tumble

Computacenter, the largest reseller of PCs to European businesses, sold a record number of computers on the back of Microsoft XP upgrades during the first half of the year - but price declines meant that product revenue declined in its core UK market. It may now have to look towards service company acquisitions to improve its …
Datamonitor, 07 Jul 2004
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HP moots handheld PC comeback

Notebook-style mobile devices based on Microsoft's Windows CE operating system could make a return to the mass market courtesy of Hewlett-Packard. Speaking with ComputerWire on a recent visit to HP's Office of Strategy and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, center director Niklas Johnsson said it was possible that HP would re- …
Datamonitor, 06 Jul 2004

IT services vendors bask in sunny quarter

The IT services sector continued its steady recovery in the second quarter of 2004, with significant growth in the value of major contracts announced during the period. ComputerWire tracked a total of 416 IT services contracts announced during the quarter, worth a combined total of $44.1bn. These included all disclosed IT and …
Datamonitor, 06 Jul 2004
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CSC German military mega deal scrapped over price row

A CSC-led consortium has failed to reach an agreement with the German Ministry of Defense over a planned $7.3bn IT and communications outsourcing contract. The failure highlights both the level of caution displayed by the German government toward outsourcing, and the increasing reluctance for outsourcing vendors to take on mega- …
Datamonitor, 05 Jul 2004
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Sender authentication is coming

Sender authentication will almost certainly become a de facto standard part of the Internet's email infrastructure over the next few years, but it will not stop the spam problem by itself. Microsoft, in a refreshing break from its usual standards strategy, has merged its Caller ID For Email specification with that of a …
Datamonitor, 05 Jul 2004
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IBM opens RFID test centre

IBM has opened up the doors on a new European test and interoperability laboratory for piloting and proving radio frequency identification technologies. The adoption of RFID will not only help retailers and consumer goods manufacturers better manage their stocks, it will also offer a potential windfall for the likes of IBM …
Datamonitor, 05 Jul 2004
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Wi-Fi finds no space on the forecourt

Wi-Fi and mobile payment solutions still to prove their worth in forecourt self-service Globally, almost 30 per cent of petrol forecourts offer automated payment systems, and in certain markets 90-100 per cent of sites operate at least one outdoor payment terminal. Here, we argue that forecourt retailers should still be …
Datamonitor, 30 Jun 2004

Expat offshore firms slammed as 'unpatriotic'

As the outsourcing debate continues, expatriate services firms have become the latest targets for outsourcing critics, who are branding them 'unpatriotic'. However, in the long run, opponents of the offshore trend may find themselves unable to fend off the impact of globalisation. Companies including Seagate Technology and Tyco …
Datamonitor, 30 Jun 2004
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Oracle eyes Business Objects from afar

Following the revelations over Microsoft's merger discussions with SAP, speculation is rife about over the next wave of M&A activity in the enterprise applications software field. Business Objects was among those named on Oracle's potential takeover list, though an acquisition by the Californian firm in the near future is …
Datamonitor, 23 Jun 2004