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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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You’re young, you’re hip, you’re Apple. You’ve got a 15% of the smart phone market, more than a third of tablets, and you’re expected to unleash an iWatch. So why get into bed with IBM, a century-old computer and services company, to sell and support more devices? Because, with triple figure growth from Android and […]

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Blighty’s Amazon Cloud Lord: It’s a battle of men vs boys, and I ain’t no boy

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Amazon’s UK AWS chief Iain Gavin reckons he gets emails from enterprise IT customers relieved to find others are also using the e-tailer’s cloud growing service. “The feedback we get from customers is: ‘I thought I was the only one doing it’,” says Gavin. Read my interview here how a company¬†synonymous with consumer shopping is […]

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Oracle’s IP lawsuit foe: We’ll fight SAP tooth and nail in Europe

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Rimini Street, the fast-growing software support company in a legal fight with enterprise giant Oracle in the US, is expanding in Europe with new London offices. I talked to Rimini Street’s CEO Seth Ravin about now using SAP’s back yard to double his company’s revenue. “We are going to fight them tooth and nail on […]

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The NSA and you: Edward Snowden anniversary

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In the year since The Guardian published the first secret American and British documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) sysadmin Edward J Snowden, the world of data security and personal information safety has been turned on its head. Secret mass government surveillance, tech companies and service providers bought as willing collaborators and compromised, […]

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Increased Surface sales is increasing Microsoft’s costs, wiping out the money it makes. It’s all there in Microsoft’s third-fiscal quarter results filing, just nobody bothered to look. Except me.

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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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