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Forrester to Facebook: you're SHALLOW and a BAD FRIEND

Analyst house Forrester has unloaded on Facebook, accusing it of doing a terrible job for ad-slingers. Forrester veep and principal analyst Nate Elliot has penned a blog post, styled as an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg that opens with the blunt assertion “Facebook is failing marketers.” The letter goes on to back up that …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2013

Forrester: IT spending facing challenges in 2013

The prognosticators have been reading their tea leaves, analyzing entrails, and gazing into their balls to try to figure out what the IT spending picture will look like, and the news from Forrester Research is much the same as El Reg is seeing elsewhere: growth will be a bit slow in the current year, and improving out beyond …
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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

George Colony, the CEO of analyst firm Forrester says Apple's best days are behind it and suggests the company is headed for the kind of slump that befell Sony and Disney when their visionary leaders departed. In a blog post Colony uses a taxonomy from Max Weber's 1947 book The Theory of Social and Economic Organization which …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2012
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Forrester calls time on IT downturn

Forrester Research today upped its forecasts for spending on IT wares this year, thanks in large part to a slightly faster recovery in the United States than the market prognosticators expected when they did their initial projections back in January. At the time, Forrester called an "unofficial" end to the technology downturn of …
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CommVault whuppin' EMC in backup and recovery - report

IT research outfit Forrester has published an Enterprise Backup and Recovery report that shows little CommVault kicking the big backup guys' asses. The Forrester Wave Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013 report looked at six enterprise backup vendors: ASG; CommVault; EMC; HP; IBM; and Symantec. The author, Rachel …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013
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Analysts brawl over 'death' of markup language

XACML doesn't exactly roll off the tongue or set hearts racing – El Reg has seen fit to mention it one whole time in our web history. But the standard, which reached version 3.0 in January 2013 and is billed as an authentication-enabler “that describes both a policy language and an access control decision request/response …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2013
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Tech downturn is history, says Forrester

The economists and box counters at IT market-watcher Forrester Research have called an unofficial end to the IT recession, saying that tech spending will hit $568bn in the United States in 2010, up 6.6 per cent compared to last year, and will rise above $1.6 trillion globally, up a smart 8.1 per cent. While this is good news, …
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200 million office workers gagging for a... Microsoft Surface?

Microsoft Surface tablets are top of office workers' wish lists, research from Forrester has found, in a surprising discovery from its yearly survey of global information workers. That means 200 million people want their employers to get them a Surface this year, states Forrester in the report 2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption …
Anna Leach, 07 Feb 2013
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US propels global technology market to $2 TREEELION in 2013

The US will be the primary driver of global growth in the technology market in 2013 and 2014, with Asia Pacific spend contracting thanks to a slowdown in India and China and a strong US dollar, according to analyst house Forrester. The firm’s latest report A Mixed Outlook for the Global Tech Market In 2013 and 2014, claims that …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jul 2013
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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

Windows 8 won't become an enterprise IT standard as customers dump Microsoft's legacy PC operating system XP. Instead, corporate IT departments will stick to what they know and install Windows 7. That’s according to technology analyst Forrester, which reckoned Windows 7 is fast becoming the de-facto PC operating system for big …
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2013
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Forrester: IT spending growth holding up

The prognosticators at IT watcher Forrester Research are not letting a little debt crisis in Greece and the fears by some that it will "metastasize across the European Union" put a damper on global IT spending growth for 2010. In a report released this week from Andrew Bartels, the vice president and principal analyst who is …
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Forrester re-slashes 2009 IT spending forecast

The broomstick used for the IT limbo dance was lowered a bit more today by the analysts at Forrester Research, who once again revised their IT spending projections for 2009 Based on current economic conditions and the word that Forrester is getting from the IT departments, Forrester is now saying that global IT spending for …
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India's outsourcers look east with eyes on Asian tigers

Indian IT services group Nasscom is turning its attention eastwards with a focus on China, Japan and other previously untapped markets in an attempt to maintain the industry’s double-digit growth. The country’s outsourcers have historically focused their efforts on customers in the UK and US, but president R Chandrasekhar said …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Mar 2014
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Intel's Shenzhen cash-splash signals mobile push

Intel reaffirmed its commitment to China at IDF on Wednesday by announcing a new Shenzhen-based innovation centre and a $100 million fund both designed to promote and accelerate the development of Intel-based devices in the country. Chipzilla chose symbolically to host this year’s developer forum in the global manufacturing hub …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Apr 2014
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Chinese search giant Baidu blows $1.9 BEELION on app store

Chinese search giant Baidu has splashed a cool $1.9 billion (£1.26bn) on popular mobile app store firm 91 Wireless Websoft, in another sign of the growing value of the mobile internet. In a brief statement, Baidu said it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to acquire 100 per cent of 91 Wireless, a subsidiary of Hong Kong- …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jul 2013
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Got a data security policy? Chances are your IT bods don't know it

Advisory firm Forrester Research questioned 2,383 IT workers from five countries for a report called Understand The State Of Data Security And Privacy: 2012 To 2013, but only 56 per cent of those surveyed in North America and Europe said that they were aware of their employers' current data security policies, according to a …
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UK tech channel in RUDE health as bankruptcies dip in Q1

It's time to crack open the bubbly: corporate fatalities in the UK channel have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, official stats from credit rating firm Graydon UK reveal. Some 61 companies bit the dust in the first three months of the year versus 64 for the same period of 2013, indicating that the UK IT industry has …
Paul Kunert, 04 Apr 2014
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Official: Apple hooks up with WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE OPERATOR

Apple will soon launch a bid to convert more than 700 million new fanbois and gurlz after belatedly inking a deal with the world's largest mobile phone provider. The announcement comes after almost two years of behind the scenes wrangling between the fruity firm and China Mobile, after Apple's exclusivity contract with China …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013

Mobile World Congress: It's not about the SHINY SHINY anymore

The industry hog roast and hoedown that is Mobile World Congress used to be all about who had the shiniest new smartphone, tablet or random mobile-related gadget. But things have changed. Although there is still the normal (or perhaps abnormal) proportion of Lycra-clad mobile-touting booth babes to soak up the furtive gaze of …
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Survey: Win8 only HALF as popular as Win7 among IT bosses

Microsoft has staked a lot on Windows 8 being the key to its future, but preliminary numbers from analyst house Forrester suggest that business isn't too keen on the new OS. The firm's 2009 survey data for Windows 7 shows that at this point in its sales cycle, 49 per cent of firms expected to upgrade to that then-new operating …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2012
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SGI flutters onto corpse of Starboard Storage, pecks away at assets

The Register is hearing that HPC bods SGI have bought the assets of the failed unified file/block access and hybrid array startup Starboard Storage, which crashed and burned in October. Some Starboard employees are now back at work and the product line technology is set to continue. What's SGI about here? Their CEO is Jorge …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
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Win a top of the range Ultrabook with HP and The Register

HP is running a major online event for the US and European tech communities. Sign up to attend HP's free Power to Change event on September 10 or October 1 and you could win a top of the range HP Spectre Ultrabook. (The Register is a media partner - and this is our second promo.) Here's the drill: Changes in technology are …
David Gordon, 23 Aug 2013
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Forrester crystal ball conjures 2009 IT spending shrinkage

The prognosticators at IT consultancy Forrester Research have polished up their crystal balls and cranked up their spreadsheets, announcing some some bad - but not unexpected - news for the tech sector. As far as Forrester can tell, global IT revenues across hardware, software, and services will fall by 3 per cent, to $1.66 …

HP goes virtual with online tech conference for all

HP is running a virtual conference for the US and European tech communities and it is a biggie. Sign up to attend HP's free Power to Change event on September 10 or October 1 and you could win a Samsung 40in LED TV. (The Register is a media partner - and this is our promo.) Here's the drill: Changes in technology are …
David Gordon, 13 Aug 2013

Why IT chiefs are irrelevant to Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy

Further evidence has emerged of the irrelevance of Windows 8 to enterprise IT – and of the irrelevance of this irrelevance. A Forrester survey of IT hardware decision makers has found Windows 8 is less popular than its predecessor Windows 7 at the same stage in their launch cycles. Just a quarter of firms expect to roll out …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2012

PC floggers scavenge for crumbs as Apple hoovers up profits

Apple's idiot tax helped it generate five times more profits from operations than the five biggest PC players combined in Q4, according to beancounter Asymco. Collectively HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Asus flogged 52.8 million boxes equating to 58.6 per cent worldwide unit share, casting a shadow on Apple's 4.6 million Macs - …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2013
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Forrester: Fake servers like recessions

Ah, there's nothing like a recession to kick IT industry trends into a higher gear - and get those IT analysts out there preaching change and cost cutting. Today, it was Forrester Research's turn to talk up virtualization on servers and PCs as well as cloud computing as part of its sales pitch for two new reports it has put out …

Asian messaging companies are closing in on WhatsApp

While the world picked its jaw from the floor after Facebook decided to fork out $US19 billion for WhatsApp, operators of other messaging services probably broke into huge grins. And the grinners were probably in Asia, where several local players have been quietly amassing loyal user bases that look like they could rival …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Mar 2014

Australia and NZ fall behind in cloud race

Australia and New Zealand’s limited international connectivity has cast a shadow over both market’s cloud computing competitiveness against their Asian neighbours. According to the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI), an annual study produced by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Australia has slipped three positions in the …
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2014: The year of the cloudy biz bankruptcy... or maybe it isn't?

Once again the channel has proved to be a hardy bunch as insolvencies remained pretty much stable in 2013, despite a meltdown in some areas of tech infrastructure spending. Some 293 resellers bit the dust in the previous calendar 12 months, versus 285 in the previous year: a 2.8 per cent rise. 66 hit the wall in Q4, up from 57 …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2014
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Tablets are the future of the PC, says researcher

Ask Frank Gillett, a researcher with market watcher Forrester, whether tablets are going to dominate how people interact with content and the internet - what most folk do with laptops and such - and the answer is a resounding 'yes'. He reckons that "tablets will become the preferred, primary device for millions of people around …
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2012
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Social media and the channel marketing Fear Factor

Are your favourite vendors helping you to market successfully? We just published a report for our clients where we highlight best practices in marketing enablement, based on a series of interviews with 10 channel partner marketing executives. The majority of these were companies with over $10bn in revenues - so they could afford …
Peter O'Neill, 04 Jan 2013

Fujitsu looks to blast cloud silos with RunMyProcess buy

Japanese ICT giant Fujitsu has announced plans to build out its cloud business with the acquisition of little-known French PaaS vendor RunMyProcess (RMP) and the development of a new Global Software Center in Silicon Valley. RunMyProcess, a member of the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps, essentially allows customers to build and …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Apr 2013
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South Korean gov splashes $22m on memory R&D project

Samsung and five other South Korean tech firms are set to team up on a $22 million government-backed project to research new memory chip technology. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced the initiative, which will feature Korean tech behemoth Samsung as well as memory chip maker SK Hynix, according to Korean news …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Apr 2013
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Tech disties and telcos lock horns in cloud death match

The friction and competitiveness between IT distributors and the telecommunications vendors in the new cloud-based world is becoming apparent. While working on some research about the cloud-driven evolution of tech wholesalers, Forrester Research interviewed many tech vendors and distributors in the last months, and curiously …
Peter O'Neill, 28 Aug 2012

Datatec sets off profit drop klaxon as Westcon sales slip

South Africa-based channel powerhouse Datatec issued a sales and profit warning this morning after revealing weaker than expected trade in its distribution wing Westcon. The group, which also owns UK-headquartered integrator Logicalis, said revenues are now estimated to be roughly $5.4bn for fiscal 2013, ending 28 February, …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2013

Revolting peasants force Wikipedia to cut'n'paste Visual Editor into the bin

Wikipedia has turned off its unpopular Visual Editor as the default text editing kit for English-language entries on its online encyclopaedia. This follows an unprecedented challenge to the Wikimedia Foundation's authority by its own volunteer users. Development of the customised, expensive WYSIWYG editor, funded by donations, …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Sep 2013

Indonesia: e-commerce firms must have local domain

Indonesia will effectively ban cross-border e-commerce and make it harder for foreign firms looking to invest in the country, by mandating that anyone wanting to sell goods online must register a local .ID domain. The Communication and Information Ministry made the announcement as part of new rules for “electronic system …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2013
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Consumer interest in Windows 8 tablets slumps

Punters appear to be turning away from the Windows 8 tablets Microsoft hopes will get it back into the fondleslab game. Back in January, Forrester Research, a market watcher, asked consumers which tablets they favoured. Some 46 per cent said they'd prefer a Windows device. Asking the same question afresh later in the year, …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2011
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Slab-fondling e-shoppers spend more

The Wall Street Journal has found proof that e-shoppers on tablets are more likely to buy the things they see on their shiny touch screens than people looking at the same sites on traditional computers. On desktops or laptops 3 to 4 per cent of browsers viewing a shop website go on to make a purchase, but for tablets the …
Anna Leach, 29 Sep 2011
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Forrester can't stand up for falling down over iTunes

Besieged by hedge fund managers and anxious Apple stockholders, research outfit Forrester today sought to distance itself from reporting of its research into digital download sales at Apple's iTunes Store. It's standing by its figures - it just wishes the spin was different. And it's added some new spin of its own. On Monday, …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Dec 2006

Cisco opens in Myanmar as US tech firms eye fresh territory

Networking giant Cisco looks set to be one of the first major Western tech firms to establish a presence in once-isolated Myanmar, after announcing two networking academies designed to train up locals for work in the country’s burgeoning IT sector. The collaborative project with the US Agency for International Development (USAID …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Mar 2013
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Tide turns for channel: Now vendors are fighting for YOUR loyalty

Over a year ago, Forrester predicted that the number of channel companies was set to decline dramatically by up to 15 per cent for various reasons. The prediction, at first belittled by our reader clients who still assume that they are selling into an adoption market which continues to grow, has since been reinforced in many …
Peter O'Neill, 12 Jun 2012

Hey, cloudy tech vendors on Amazon: AWS can fluff you up

Mobile consumed much of the media's attention in 2012, with Apple duking it out in court and in the market with Android. But it was Amazon, perhaps more than any other company, that spent 2012 redefining how we think about technology. In late 2011 I called out Amazon as "the Microsoft of the cloud", pointing to its emerging role …
Matt Asay, 29 Dec 2012
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NEC could ditch telecoms services unit

Ailing Japanese IT giant NEC could be set to jettison yet more of its business and move further from the mobile space after reports suggested its ready to sell subsidiary NEC Mobiling for up to $850 million. NEC Mobiling designs and builds telecoms infrastructure equipment, operates a repair and maintenance service for mobile …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013
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AWS says private clouds are vaporware

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Adam Selipsky has told an event in Sydney, Australia, that private clouds aren't really clouds. There's an element of “of course he would say that, wouldn't he” about Selipsky's remarks, which were made at an AWS Summit at which he preached to the choir by reciting AWS' well-worn mantra about low …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2013

Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

Citing "slower than planned progress" at Microsoft's online services division and a 3 per cent decline in Windows revenue, Microsoft's board cut chief executive Steve Ballmer's pay to 91 per cent of his plan, or $1.3m. But that's the least of his concerns. Microsoft is about to embark on the biggest shift in its Windows …
Matt Asay, 11 Oct 2012
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Hey, cloudy channel bods: Vendors have problems too...

The tech industry channel has faced a variety of challenges over the past year or so when it comes to cloud computing. Distributors in the channel have faced a battle over customers with telecommunications vendors, and some channel partners have found themselves unsure about outlining a cloud strategy. This time we're taking a …
Peter O'Neill, 21 Feb 2013

Cameron to ink cyber deal with India, protect Brit outsourced data

Prime Minister David Cameron will step up UK co-operation with India on cyber security on Tuesday in a bid to better protect data stored on Indian servers as well as share intelligence on breaking threats. Cameron is in India as part of a three-day trade trip designed to build stronger business ties with the vast emerging nation …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Feb 2013

Linux vendors attack Forrester report

Analyst Forrester has come under fire from leading Linux distributors for suggesting that Windows and Linux are equally secure. In a research note published last month entitled Is Linux More Secure Than Windows?, Forrester argues that the perception that Windows is far less secure than Linux is unfair. In assessing the …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2004