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  • Foiled! How to beat software vendors' sneaky price increases

    Between complex licenses and the cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP have lots of ways to hike up prices. Here's how to fight back

  • The year in tech quotes

    With 2013 coming to an end, we took our annual look back at quotes from news stories over the last 12 months. Here are a handful that stuck with us through the year:

  • Microsoft Pushes Its Way Into Crowded Unified Communications Market

    Microsoft's Lync has evolved into a serious unified communications competitor for enterprises looking to upgrade or adopt a UC platform. In a crowded field where players still struggle with interoperability issues, Lync's integration with Skype is a potentially transformational improvement.

  • 11 predictions for enterprise software in 2013

    The end of each year sparks an occasion for rumination on the past, as well as a longing gaze into the future. We shined up our crystal ball, rubbed our chin for a while, and sought opinions from industry analysts on what the future holds for the enterprise software market.

  • Your mobile strategy will fail without effective application rationalisation

    Mobility in the enterprise, whether it be through, bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, mobile business intelligence (BI), internal application development, or pushing out applications to customers, has been this year?s hot topic for CIOs and senior IT managers.

  • HANA is nothing short of dazzling, says SAP, which early customers confirm

    Anyone even loosely following SAP lately should know that the company's goal is to reorient its entire product family around the HANA in-memory database, which first became generally available last year. According to SAP, HANA provides a level of performance improvement that can be nothing short of dazzling.

  • iPhone 5 shows optimum enterprise smartphone not yet been developed

    The mobile device market has always been a vibrant place, but up to now has been the playground of a number of very successful specialists. Successively, the market has been dominated by the likes of Nokia, Motorola, RIM and Palm. These hardware specialists had their day and sank back, some disappearing altogether from the market.

  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013 - How good is new office collaboration suite?

    When Microsoft presented the customer preview of Office 2013 as well as SharePoint 2013 and Project 2013 in July, CEO Steve Ballmer made a point of personally presenting the strategy underlying the new versions, calling the 2013 releases the most ambitious projects Microsoft has undertaken in the last decades.

  • Starting a Big Data initiative

    Through many surveys, executives have identified that Big Data initiatives rank high on the projects lists for 2012 and 2013. It's not surprising, since the promise that Big Data can improve and streamline presentations, gain insights to consumer purchasing habits and, in the healthcare industry, even help save lives is simply too important to ignore.

  • Let?s see the real decommissioning costs and benefits of the cloud

    There are many vertical markets that are seasonal, selling or serving the bulk of their annual turn-over in a single quarter. It is often cited by the analyst community that these markets are the ones that should be major cloud computing adopters. There is no doubting the technology argument for moving to cloud computing takes off. CIOs in seasonal, some call it peaky, markets can rent the extra technology provision they need as and when required.

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