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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

  • Spiceworks CEO sets sights on the enterprise

    Spiceworks, the social business platform for IT professionals, has announced its intention to become the online marketplace for business cloud services, as the platform continues to gain traction in the enterprise sector.

  • The next frontier in virtualisation

    Desktop virtualisation is becoming increasingly attractive to enterprises, particularly mid-sized businesses that have achieved significant data centre efficiency improvements through server virtualisation.

  • Hardware commoditisation turns intelligent device manufacturing into a software business

    As the device market becomes increasingly commoditised, intelligent device manufacturers face challenges from multiple fronts including increased competition, growing demand for differentiated functionality, the need to respond faster to changing market conditions, and the business imperative to reduce manufacturing costs by decreasing the number of unique physical devices produced.

  • What next for Novell?

    In an era of technology consolidation, the questions raised by Novell's sale to Attachmate for $2.2 billion ought to be a familiar: Users can only wonder what may happen to Novell's deep and extensive enterprise product lines.

  • Optical drives: will they disappear like the floppy disk?

    Technology is ever changing. What was ubiquitous one day can be archaic the next. Cassette drives no longer run software. We don't transfer files on a floppy disk, either 5.25" or 3.5". And today, a compelling case can be made that the days of the optical disk drive may be numbered.

  • Virtualised software: Confusion over licences

    When Dataprise, an IT services company, helped a customer with a desktop virtualisation project last year, it found itself dealing with desktop virtualisation's dirty little secret: No one - including vendors - seems to know how to licence the software.

  • Linux Foundation launches open source licence compliance programme

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organisation dedicated to supporting Linux, announced on 10 August at LinuxCon the launch of the Open Compliance Program. What is that you ask? It's a comprehensive initiative to help companies and developers comply with open source licences.

  • The seven deadly myths about virtualisation

    Anyone looking at the technical press or listening to analysts might think that an organisation need only go down a virtualisation path to reach a form of network of IT nirvana but the truth is that not everything the vendors will tell you will be true - it's time to separate the myth from reality.

  • Software-as-a-service now on menu of large companies

    Although some would trace back the roots of software as a service to mainframe timesharing, what we would now call SaaS, or on-demand computing, is really experiencing its second coming.

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