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Dell gambles solid server sales for NetSuite’s riches

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Dell selling cloud-based ERP NetSuite. The significance? Buying NetSuite means the customer doesn’t need servers – and Dell is the world’s number-two server maker. Dell is gambling selling and supporting subscription-based software will offset the hit to its core server business. You can read  my piece here.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker booted out

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FAST, a Microsoft-backed software club, is kicking out and blocking companies selling second-hand software licenses at low prices in a change of policy by the group’s new chief.  He’s acting inspite of FAST having one lobbied hard the discount traders to join and a European court ruling that gave its blessing to them trading. You [...]

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HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop ‘competitive misuse’

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Hewlett-Packard claims it’s auditing customers to stamp out competitors’ misuse of its IP on ProLiant server firmware, according to confidential HP documents seen by me. You can read my exclusive here. It’s the latest chapter in HP’s clamp down on whose allowed to fix its servers – a strategy to drive “budget” providers out of [...]

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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The government is negotiating a deal with Microsoft to protect thousands of NHS computers that will miss a deadline to dump Windows XP, putting patient and employee data at risk from hackers. But protection won’t be cheap, and Microsoft stands to make millions off of the British tax payer. You can read my exclusive here.

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Microsoft’s new CEO: The technology isn’t his problem

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If Satya Nadella is the answer, what was the question? Microsoft’s new CEO is a symbolic break with the past of Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates as much as anything, but having a chief who “gets” cloud isn’t the end of Microsoft’s difficulties but it might be the end of the beginning, as I write [...]

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Don’t go away, IBM and SAP – Larry’s not finished with you yet

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Larry Ellison recons his competitors these days are Amazon and Salesforce rather than IBM and SAP. You and everybody else in enterprise IT, Larry. Here I explain what the race to catch the cloud disruptors really means to Oracle’s old rivalry with IBM and SAP.

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IBM and SAP: Looks like we’re STUCK forever on the cloud highway

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Earnings from SAP and IBM proved these giants in enterprise IT are struggling to adapt to the cloud, but their tales are quite different. SAP is growing, just not as fast as it wants while its also obfuscating its growth goals. IBM is making from selling cloud IT to others than hosting on its own [...]

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Thousands of NHS and taxman Win XP PCs face April hacker storm

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A Reg investigation by me here reveals how thousands of PCs handing sensitive health and financial information at UK’s biggest public sector bodies will be at risk from hackers after April 8. That’s because they will have missed the deadline to stop using Windows XP before Microsoft finally stops issuing security fixes for this desktop [...]

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Indirect proposition: Inside IBM UK software supremo’s profit plan

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Half of IBM’s profits are to come from software by 2015 – up from 45 per cent today – but software makes just a quarter of IBM’s net sales. I talk to IBM’s head of software in the UK and Ireland, Steve Smith, about the pressure and the plan to hit the corporate goal by [...]

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg’s review of 2013

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The best (and the worst) of 2013 in 26 letters: Steve Ballmer blubbering to Dirty Dancing’s (I’ve had) The Time of My Life, the Twitter IPO, the dangers of wearing Google Glasses while driving a car in California, smartwatch fever, the rise of The Dark Web, the crash of Silk Road…

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