April 2002

FEATURES
Cover story:
Upwardly mobile
The race to own the mobile phone is entering its final lap, with the momentum now held by Microsoft. But Bill Gates’ Goliath is facing significant and delicate challenges. more…

Spend and deliver
Can spend management software revive the fortunes of troubled vendors Ariba and Commerce One, or is it just a marketing ploy? more…

Consultancies’ little secret
Undercutting is rife in the IT services sector as even the industry leaders struggle to survive the downturn. more…

Fujitsu’s global ambitions
The systems giant is gunning for a bigger slice of the software and services market. But can its strategy match up to its ambitions? more…

No point of reference
Young software suppliers depend on customer references, which are hard to find in tight economic times. How can these companies improve their chances of overcoming buyer scepticism? more…

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FIRST READ
EDITOR’S DESK
Andrew Lawrence welcomes the refreshing lack of hype in the technology industry. more…

FEEDBACK
A selection of letters from Infoconomist readers. more…

INFORMER
Infoconomist’s monthly review of the top technology sector stories, together with informed comment on the wider implications of the news.
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POWER POINTS
Inside stories and perspectives from the vanguard of the technology economy
Wanted: a better sales pitch
Microsoft: the gentle giant
Infoconomist appoints Editor
Language barrier
Middlemen seek to plug the gaps
ETF awards
European IT sector heading for recession
Reining in the analysts

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COMPANIES
COMPANY CRITIQUE
A critical look at some of the companies pitching themselves as the latest hot prospects.
Intuwave
Xchanging
SuSE Linux
Conformiq Software
Vordel
Portum

PICK OF THE MONTH
US start-up Cenzic has impressed the developer and VC worlds with its comprehensive vulnerability assessment platform. more…

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REVIEWS
CRIB SHEET
Infoconomist takes a look at the embryonic market of blade servers, and the key contenders. more…

NUMBERS
The latest trends data analysed and put into context.
IT spending
Mobile messaging services

BOOKS
Reviews of the latest technology business books.
Roam: Making sense of the wireless Internet

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FINANCIALS
FINANCIAL RESULTS
Recent company results from Europe and across the globe. more…

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Recent tech M&A deals in Europe. more…

FUNDING
VCs are still resisting calls – and pleas from cash-hungry start-ups – to return to the private equity market. This month, US private equity group Carlyle bucks the trend and splashes out. more…

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REGULARS
ANALYSIS
Satellite sector
Can satellite operators survive by partnering with wireless rivals? more…

OPINION
Harry Berry, head of Brightstar, accuses VCs of venturing less. more…

TECHNOLOGY TO WATCH
Can infiniband resolve the last communications bottleneck? more…

LEGAL ISSUES
The European draft directive on software patents has deepened divisions in the IT industry. more…

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Ben Rossi

Ben was Vitesse Media's editorial director, leading content creation and editorial strategy across all Vitesse products, including its market-leading B2B and consumer magazines, websites, research and...

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