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Merrill outlines Euro 2003 IT spending outlook

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence A quarterly poll of 100 European CIOs by investment bank Merrill Lynch sounds a muted outlook for the year ahead with average IT budget growth of just 0.8% against 2002 levels, although IT spending plans look more certain than in surveys carried out in previous quarters. A majority …
ComputerWire, 16 Jan 2003
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Ariba restates more accounts

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The financial confusion at e-business software developer Ariba Inc has deepened following the announcement that it will now have to restate its fiscal 2000 figures and 10 quarters of results. This follows an earlier announcement that it would have to restate its fiscal 2001 figures. …
ComputerWire, 16 Jan 2003
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Register.com presented with buyout bid

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Register.com Inc has received an unsolicited offer of almost $200m to buy the company outright, but has yet to make a public decision on whether shareholders should accept the offer, it emerged yesterday. RCM Acquisition Co LLC, a consortium of several Register shareholders set up …
ComputerWire, 16 Jan 2003

Separate dance cards for Web Services Choreography?

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The World Wide Web (W3C) consortium has begun work drafting a specification for a Web Services Choreography language, minus input from Microsoft Corp and IBM, writes Gavin Clarke. The Internet standards body has formally created a Web Services Choreography Working Group, whose …
ComputerWire, 16 Jan 2003

J2EE 1.4 moves down the Enterprise ladder

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The dark art of Java programming could be demystified in the next enterprise edition, as Sun Microsystems Inc and community members introduce features to help the platform gain wider acceptance, writes Gavin Clarke. Sun and the Java Community Process (JCP) members preparing the …
ComputerWire, 16 Jan 2003
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Intel rewrites Itanium roadmap

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Intel Corp has dramatically rerouted its Itanium 2 roadmap, delaying the transition of the 64 bit architecture to 90 nanometer technology but pulling forward its plans for a dual core version of the product, writes Joe Fay. The vendor had originally planned to follow this summer's …
ComputerWire, 16 Jan 2003
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US e-gov spending to soar

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence President George Bush signed the US E-Government Act of 2002 into law on Tuesday, potentially helping unlock Federal spending that could amount to $5bn a year by 2007. In a statement, Bush said the act is designed to set "strong leadership" of the government's information technology …
ComputerWire, 15 Jan 2003
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US IT sales to hit $500bn in 2003

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Hardware sales will increase by just over 2% annually between 2002 and 2006, the latest Aberdeen Group market forecast has proposed, with the expectation that in the same time frame IT services take up will show a 5% growth clip eclipsed only by software sales, which will see an 8.3 …
ComputerWire, 15 Jan 2003

Disk storage sales carry on slumping

With "just say no" the dictum for storage buying, IDC has estimated that total worldwide spending on external disk storage systems slumped to $13.3bn last year, down 24% on 2001. That marks the second year in which disk sales have fallen heavily. In 2001, IDC now estimates that they fell by 21% - up on an earlier estimate of an …
ComputerWire, 15 Jan 2003
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Goldman Sachs issues gloomy IT spending outlook

ComputerWire logo Pre-Christmas gloom amongst IT managers means technology spending is likely to decline this year, instead of growing, according to research released by investment bank Goldman Sachs yesterday. The bank said that average outlook was for a 1% decline in IT spending this year, compared to the 2% to 3% growth …
ComputerWire, 15 Jan 2003
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Counterpane receives $20m funding

ComputerWire logo Counterpane Internet Security Inc, which provides security-monitoring services, said yesterday it has secured $20m in series D funding from new and existing investors. The company will put the money towards growing its sales and marketing activities. The Cupertino, California-based firm said it saw over 30% …
ComputerWire, 15 Jan 2003
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Capellas talks ‘outrageous urgency’ (after outrageous fortune)

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Rallying the troops in a broadcast to 60,000 employees and a global audience of interested parties, WorldCom Inc's new chairman and CEO Michael Capellas yesterday outlined how he plans to get the beleaguered firm back on track, Kevin Murphy writes. Repeating the mantra of "outrageous …
ComputerWire, 15 Jan 2003
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CA switches on to SAN management

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Computer Associates Inc yesterday became the last of the big three systems management vendors to enter the burgeoning SAN management software arena, shipping a product which it promoted as offering application-centric views of storage networks, as well as integration with its …
ComputerWire, 15 Jan 2003
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Palm draws up plans for Graffiti 2

ComputerWire logo Palm Inc has sought to side-step further legal run-ins with Xerox Corp over its PDA handwriting technology by licensing another company's handwriting recognition software. Palm's software subsidiary PalmSource will use Communication Intelligence Corporation's Jot software as the engine for Graffiti 2, the …
ComputerWire, 14 Jan 2003
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Microsoft settles $1.1bn California class actions

ComputerWire logo Microsoft Corp and lawyers representing Californian businesses and consumers have announced that they have reached a settlement valued at $1.1bn in a series of class action lawsuits alleging that Microsoft violated California's antitrust and competition laws, writes Matthew Aslett. The estimated $1.1bn …
ComputerWire, 14 Jan 2003

EMC pencils Feb for Symmetrix upgrade

ComputerWire logo EMC Corp will shore up sliding sales of its high-end Symmetrix storage array next month when it will unveil a much-needed revamp to the device, which is being delivered anything up to a year later than originally planned. The company yesterday issued invitations to a conference to be hosted by its CEO Joe …
ComputerWire, 14 Jan 2003
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Vodafone seeks 100% control of three European units

ComputerWire logo Vodafone Group Plc is taking advantage of the current low stock market value of wireless carriers with the announcement of negotiations for a €2bn offer to buy out minority shareholders in three of its European units. With its own stock currently in the doldrums, Vodafone is breaking with tradition by …
ComputerWire, 14 Jan 2003

IBM Lotus to rename products in 2003

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence In a bid to simplify its Lotus product portfolio, IBM Lotus Software is poised to re-brand many of its software applications over 2003. The software division owned by IT giant IBM Corp, says that it will be making a transition to new names for many of its products over the course of …
ComputerWire, 14 Jan 2003

Sun to put Pirus switches inside arrays

ComputerWire logo Sun Microsystems is planning to integrate the hardware it gained with the purchase of smart storage switching start-up Pirus Networks Inc with what it described as "large scale" disk arrays - which is likely to mean the high-end Hitachi Lightning arrays it resells under its own brand. "We'll take the data …
ComputerWire, 13 Jan 2003
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Bull takes fast track to Linux deployment

ComputerWire logo Groupe Bull SA has announced the launch of a new Linux server and software stack called LinuxExpress, which includes hardware, services and open source software for web, groupware, application servers, and high availability. The Paris, France-based company's Linux hardware and software stack is based on the …
ComputerWire, 13 Jan 2003
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Borland ponders strategy for 2003 and 2004

ComputerWire logo Borland Software Corp executives will spend the next three months evaluating the impact of recent acquisitions and plot strategic goals for the company, to be executed in the next two years, writes Gavin Clarke. Fred Ball, Borland vice president of corporate development and mergers and acquisitions, told …
ComputerWire, 13 Jan 2003
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C&W appoints new chairman

ComputerWire logo Cable & Wireless Plc has bowed to the demand of irate investors and has appointed experienced outsider Richard Lapthorne as chairman - a move that is expected to be the precursor to the departure of chief executive Graham Wallace. The main virtue of Lapthorne, who chairs the boards of five other companies, …
ComputerWire, 13 Jan 2003
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Sun takes Liberty with Identity Server 6.0

ComputerWire logo Sun Microsystems Inc is today expected to announce what is believed to be the industry's first identity sever based on Liberty Alliance Project specifications for federated network identity. Santa Clara, California-based Sun has begun shipping version 6.0 of its Identity Server, which uses version 1.0 of the …
ComputerWire, 13 Jan 2003
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Computacenter meets 2002 profit target

ComputerWire logo Computacenter Plc has met its profitability targets for full year 2002 after experiencing a flattening out of demand in the last quarter of the year. Hatfield, UK-based Computacenter said its operating profit for the year ended December 31, 2002 would be no lower than £51.1m ($79.2m), effectively flat on the …
ComputerWire, 10 Jan 2003
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IBM general managers play musical chairs

ComputerWire logo IBM chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano is starting to move around the captains of various business units, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. Last week, Al Zollar, who has been general manager of the Lotus unit within Software Group, was tapped as general manager of the MidMarket Server Division within IBM's Server …
ComputerWire, 10 Jan 2003

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