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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, 6 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, 6 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, 7 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, 3 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, 2 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, 1 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

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