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Avert your eyes! Hortonworks mates Hadoop beast with SAS

Hadoop company Hortonworks is teaming up with SAS on a strategic partnership to integrate its analytics platform with SAS's suite of data technologies. The alliance was announced on Friday and will give enterprises a "SAS/ACCESS" interface into the Hortonworks Data Platform, which will let them run tools such as Visual Analytics …
Jack Clark, 19 Oct 2013
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9,000 heads to roll at Dell? Tosh. It'll all go down in Feb and it's THOUSANDS more - insiders

We’re being told that the 9,000 heads redundancy figure at Dell is wrong - it could be 17,000 or more. Dell disputes this strongly, saying our sources' numbers are "inaccurate", but refused to give us a figure. Across the whole Dell worldwide organisation, a figure of 15 to 20 per cent across-the-board cuts has come to us from …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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Heins didn't have the beans. Can comeback king Chen fish BlackBerry out of jam?

BlackBerry’s plan for rebirth using the dream team of Alicia Keys and chief executive Thorsten Heins has failed. Sybase turnaround king and CEO-of-the-moment John Chen is now its new great hope. Heins lasted less than two years in the hotseat at BlackBerry. He was named CEO in January 2012, taking over from co-CEOs Mike …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013

CenturyLink grabs AppFog for cloud expansion

In a "resounding validation" of the Cloud Foundry technology, CenturyLink has acquired platform-as-a-service minnow AppFog. The acquisition was announced on Friday and will see AppFog's platform-as-a-service (PaaS) get added to CenturyLink's suite of Savvis Cloud products, as the companies try to glue two disparate technologies …
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013
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Who cares about Big Data

“Big Data” today clearly rules the web pages as market makers promote the topic at the drop of a hat. But with so much effort, and money, being spent promoting BD, is anyone actually doing anything in everyday businesses to exploit this loosely grouped family of technologies? Most readers of The Register acknowledge there are …
Tony Lock, 13 Sep 2012
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Citi rubbishes Nasdaq compensation offer for Facebook IPOcalypse

Citigroup has let the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) know that it is not happy with the Nasdaq stock exchange's offer of $62m compensation for the Facebook IPOcalypse. Citi went to town on how badly it thinks Nasdaq mishandled the first day of Facebook trading in a 17-page letter to SEC yesterday, published [PDF] by …
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John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

The CIO of John Lewis makes no apologies for what he’s about to do. Quite the contrary. I’m meeting Paul Coby at John Lewis's offices in Victoria, a concrete tower fitted with JL’s fittings and furniture that overlooks the jumbled innards of London's £700m upgrade of the Victoria underground line. It's also a tube-strike day. It …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2014
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Facebook announces crackdown on fake 'Likes'

Facebook will crack down on profiles that issue fake "Like" clicks on its site in an effort to reassure advertisers that its system works. "A Like that doesn't come from someone truly interested in connecting with a Page benefits no one," said the company on its security blog. "When a Page and fan connect on Facebook, we want to …
Iain Thomson, 01 Sep 2012
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Avnet fears possible $73m bill as US Customs probe deeper

Avnet has warned it may be liable to cough $73m for duties, interest or fines arising from a US Customs and Border Protection probe into unpaid import tax owed by the previously acquired Bell Microproducts operation. In an SEC filing, enterprise distie Avnet said this was a worst case scenario and it has actually set aside $10m …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2012
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Integrator Tieto slashing 1,300 jobs

Finnish IT services house Tieto is axing 1,300 jobs in a bid to wipe €50m from its overheads. The cuts, equating to 7 per cent of the workforce, come weeks after the firm flogged its UK operation to Sopra Group for an undisclosed sum and amid plans to expand the consultancy and system integration (CSI) practice. Kimmo Alkio, …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2012
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On inertia, garages and the future of ERP

Success has a by-product. The more success we experience as a result of doing something, the more of it we do. Even once the success rate slows, we keep doing the same thing in the hope the change is a blip and that if we keep doing what worked before good things will happen any minute now if we persevere. This happens with …
Warren Burns, 08 May 2013

IBM's Watson gets a job on Wall Street

IBM has signed a deal with banking group Citi to use the data-analyzing abilities of the Watson supercomputer to help deal with its customers. Citi will try out Watson – which beat off human competition to win the US quiz show Jeopardy! last year – in a variety of roles. These could include building customer profiles based on …
Iain Thomson, 06 Mar 2012
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Mm, just what the boss wanted: Live charts about your cloud

EMC is mashing up operational data reporting from its products to build dashboards integrating customer spreadsheet and database information to provide charge back and resource usage in an IT-as-a-service scenario. This bridging between EMC operational data and customer data leads to the mashup's moniker: DataBridge. The product …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2012
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GiffGaff blames O2 gaffe for mobile outage

GiffGaff is failing in its mission to be "the people's network" after denying connectivity to a significant number of people over the last couple of days – but apparently it's all O2's fault. The outage started yesterday morning, with certain GiffGaff customers losing all voice and data services for reasons which remain unclear …
Bill Ray, 23 Nov 2011
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Taxmen extend biz record check pilot

More small and medium businesses (SMB) will have their records scrutinised by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as its record-checking programme has been extended. However, penalties for inadequate records will only be issued in the most extreme cases until the process is refined. Full guidance will be issued before penalties of up to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Sep 2011
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BitYota uncloaks, fires off SaaS torpedoes at data warehouse stalwarts

Anything that you are running in your data center, someone is trying to rework as a service running out there on the cloud, and BitYota wants you to let go of your data warehousing and uses its eponymous data warehousing service instead. Considering the cost and grief that these machines bring companies, it just might succeed, …
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Sloppy emailing is bad for business

Email, often thought of as ultimate business tool, can actually slow decisions and be bad for business according to a new survey. The problem lies in a lack of email etiquette, a psychologist says. The poll, which was taken across a sample of 750 workers from across Europe, picked out seven unforgivable sins of emailing. These …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Sep 2004
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Nikon image authentication system cracked

Russian encryption specialist ElcomSoft has discovered flaws in Nikon's systems for ensuring that images have not been tampered with. The flaw in Nikon's Image Authentication System creates a means to produce forged pictures that would successfully pass validation checks. The security weakness uncovered by ElcomSoft revolves …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2011
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Xio shells data centre citadels with barrels of disks

Xio, under fresh new executive management, is renewing its assault on computer data centres, convinced that this time, with a better, more focused business structure, it can breach the big data centre citadel walls it has been assaulting time after time. It is extending its international business structure; concentrating …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2012
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Next generation business intelligence

Various research projects have shown that business intelligence (BI) continues to be one of the top investment priorities for CIOs. But what is changing is its shift in focus from complex tools for a few users to more flexible, affordable and accessible tools for a larger audience. As such, BI is moving away from being an …
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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

The Victorian offices were bulldozed long ago for a stack of flats and mirrored offices, and there's not a single indication to the significance of this site - or what happened here. This isn't the scene of a lost battle, and the bones of a missing Plantagenet king do not slumber beneath the car park serving the offices. Sixty- …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2013
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Big mainframe shops embiggen, says BMC survey

Like mainframe-makers IBM and Unisys, BMC Software gets a sizable portion of its $2.12bn in annual revenues – and presumably a disproportionately larger portion of its profits – from those venerable old card wallopers all gussied up as modern servers. This is why BMC has been conducting surveys over the past few years on the …
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Netgear CEO sorry for 'when Steve Jobs goes away' bit

Netgear chairman and CEO Patrick Lo has apologized for comments he made on Monday that, as he put it, "have been construed by some to be references to Steve Jobs' health." On Monday, in comments to journalists in Sydney, Australia, Lo rather indelicately referred to the Apple CEO's current medical leave of absence in a …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Feb 2011
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O2 launches democratically-minded MVNO

O2's new MVNO, giffgaff, claims it will be run by its customers to reduce costs and reward loyalty. Assuming it gets any customers, that is. The new company will offer SIM-only connections hosted on O2's network, but reckons it can reduce costs by getting customers to provide each other's technical support and paying them in …
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2009
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Ballmer backs away from 'Vista Capable' legal row

Steve Ballmer has distanced himself from the ongoing “Vista Capable” legal spat by claiming he had no direct involvement in Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the operating system. In a document (pdf courtesy of SeattlePI) filed last Friday, the software giant’s CEO effectively exonerated himself in the Windows Vista Capable …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2008
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Explaining the Chocolate Factory's Patent Panic

Debate rages on about whether Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility is good for Android, or an expensive mistake for Google, made in a moment of irrational panic. Our columnist Matt Asay thinks it "spells iPhone doom", and he's not alone. John C Dvorak thinks it's "pure genius". This supposes that Google performed a cost- …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2011
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Data retention, FOI and the storage budget

We set you a challenge. How do you resolve the conflicting requirements of data retention rules, the Freedom of Information Act and managing a storage budget? Email, as you know, clogs up your storage boxes like nothing else. And if your policy is “hang on to it, you never know when you might need it” you could find yourself …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Nov 2011
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HP lures SMBs with tweaked servers, switches

HP has released new – well, "tweaked" might be more accurate – entry-level servers and switches, and rolled out two appliances to run data warehousing and analytics applications. Although HP likes to boast about its prowess in the largest data centers of the world, it lives and dies on the purchasing whims of small and medium …
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Microsoft trips on Visual Studio Lightswitch

Microsoft's Visual Studio LightSwitch, just released to beta, is a new edition of Visual Studio 2010 and will become the next step up from the free Express. In other words, it will be paid-for but cost less than the existing Professional version. Do not be fooled though: although this is a low-end tool it is one with high …
Tim Anderson, 26 Aug 2010
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Hold the champagne

On completion of a project it's tempting to head straight for the nearest hostelry to sample some fine beverages; and then some. Maybe a good idea, but as any student of Prince2 will tell you, the job ain't finished until some form of closure report and benefits assessment has been done. Such reports allow lessons to be learnt …
Ken Young, 03 Dec 2010
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DVD data backs Long, Poor Tail theory

Last year WiReD magazine editor Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory collided with reality and came out with a black eye. Digital music sales showed the popular hits becoming more proportionately popular, while focussing on the 'tail' promised the e-tailer starvation with 10m of 13m songs were never even downloaded once. …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Sep 2009
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IBM supers shun nukes for biz analytics

As part of its briefings to Wall Street and investors this week, IBM trotted out its recently announced System S streaming system and the "Watson" QA super. Both are variants of its BlueGene/P Power-Linux supercomputer lineup, but both are aimed at solving business problems instead of simulating weather or nuclear explosions. …
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Green issues overlooked in IT procurement, survey says

Most large companies ignore environmental issues when buying IT solutions, according to research. While 85 per cent of IT buyers say green factors are important in planning IT operations, only 25 per cent have written green criteria into their puchasing processes. The findings from Forrester Research are based on a survey of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 May 2007
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Googlephone sales off to a sluggish start?

A new report suggests that as few as 20,000 Google Nexus One smartphones were sold during its first week of availability. By comparison, 1.6 million iPhone 3GS units were snapped up in its first seven days on the planet. First the caveats. Then the dirt. The Android handset's debut was nothing like that of the iPhone 3GS. The …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jan 2010
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EMC saves earth from its own private jets

EMC demonstrated the inherent complexities of saving the planet as it began sponsoring a greenhouse gas supply chain initiative this week, just months after CEO Joe Tucci had a good look at the atmosphere from the comfort of a corporate jet. EMC is helping to pay for World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2009
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Juniper names Sun exec as CFO

Juniper Networks has tapped former Sun executive, Robyn Denholm, as chief financial officer today, filling a hole left by a management shuffle due to a stock options investigation. The CFO spot has been vacant at Juniper since Robert Dykes handed in his resignation in March as a part of the shakeup. Dykes has since become CEO …
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2007
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Illumos sporks OpenSolaris

If you were hoping that someone would fork the OpenSolaris operating system, you are going to have to settle for a spork. You know, half spoon and half fork. That, in essence, is what the Illumos, an alternative open source project to continue development on the core bits of OpenSolaris, is all about. The disgruntled OpenSolaris …
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Intel frees Flash biz

Intel has followed AMD's lead by creating a separate flash memory business with a partner. Intel and STMicroelectronics have signed an agreement to create an independent flash memory company based in Geneva. The new venture could have annual revenue of up to $3.6bn and will create products for mobile devices such as MP3 players …
Ashlee Vance, 22 May 2007
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Capgemini makes HMRC job cuts

IT outsourcing outfit Capgemini is to slash its workforce at the Inland Revenue by more than 20 per cent following the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) decision to restructure its Aspire contract. An announcement made to UK-based Capgemini staff yesterday confirmed that up to 600 jobs would be cut at the firm. Public and …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2007
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IBM to buy DataMirror for $161m

IBM plans on purchasing Ontario-based data protection firm DataMirror for approximately $161m. IBM will pay cash for the company, acquiring all outstanding stock for $25.88 per share. DataMirror produces data protection and auditing software for different types of applications, databases, operating systems and hardware …
Austin Modine, 16 Jul 2007

Microsoft tries to CTRL-W WordPerfect lawsuit again

Microsoft is asking the Supreme Court to strike-out a multi-billion dollar word processing monopoly lawsuit from Novell. Centered in court documents is WordPerfect, an ill-fated word processing suite that once controlled about 50 per cent of the market in 1990. Novell only owned the software title briefly. It purchased …
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2008
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Novell's Microsoft antitrust action OK'd

Novell is being allowed to sue Microsoft for allegedly withholding technical information on the inner workings of Windows to harm Novell's erstwhile desktop productivity software. However, Novell cannot claim that Microsoft Office is a monopoly, even though the productivity suite dominates the vast majority of the world's home …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jun 2005
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Intel rejects AMD's antitrust allegations

Intel has filed its response to AMD's antitrust allegations and, unsurprisingly, has denied them. It claimed its business practices "are both fair and lawful". In essence, the chip giant says that while it has distributed money to its customers to help fund those company's own marketing programmes, it has never attached …
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2005
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Union website hits back at Verizon pension freeze

Workers at Verizon are being urged to visit a newly created website as part of a campaign to get the US telco to overturn its decision to freeze pensions for thousands of employees. The Communications Workers of America (CWA), along with the Pension Rights Center, is hoping workers affected by Verizon's decision will use the …
Tim Richardson, 13 Jan 2006
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Watchdog demands MSN Music mea culpa

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is demanding that Steve Ballmer make a public apology to all people silly enough to purchase tunes from MSN Music, Microsoft's long-defunct iTunes wannabe. This morning, the San Francisco-based tech watchdog floated an open letter (PDF) to the hulking Microsoft CEO, criticizing the company's …
Cade Metz, 30 Apr 2008
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Industry body to certify adware

An industry group formed to promote trust between consumers and websites will begin certifying adware programs starting next year, the organization announced on Wednesday. The group, TRUSTe, will put programs that meet certain criteria - such as only installing themselves after users accept an explicit agreement and allowing …
Robert Lemos, 18 Nov 2005
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IGF 2007: Rio here we come

The first UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Athens in November last year, was widely hailed as a success. It was an undeniably huge achievement to get the Chinese government in the same room as Amnesty International, and then to get them talking. The IGF is unique in the UN's history, designed to grant governments, …
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Forget market share, Opteron is a market cap maker

Even the most subjective Opteron advocates could not have predicted this. Over the past two years, AMD's flashy server chip has arguably affected the fortunes of five major technology companies in ways that extend far beyond market share and revenue swings. If so inclined, you could make a strong case that Opteron and its …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Sep 2006
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ENTEX now nimble says CEO

US reseller giant ENTEX Information Services -- is undergoing major reorganisation, in a bid to make itself more nimble. The creation of two new business divisions should be completed by the end of the year, the company said. With 1,500 employees, ENTEX's Technology Acquisition Services Division will continue to offer hardware …
Tim Richardson, 13 Nov 1998
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OpenSUSE 11 a redemptive OS with a Mactastic shine

2008 is proving to be a banner year for Linux distributions; so far we've seen Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9, both of which go a long way toward making Linux painless for newbies. You can now add OpenSUSE, the community-driven sequel to Novell's SUSE Linux distribution, to the list of significant releases. Version 11.0 of OpenSUSE is …