Backed by major suppliers, Linux is now big business. But there are growing fears that its raison d’être is under threat from commercial forces that want more control over the open source operating system.
Pay as you go
New methods of paying for software, including renting it by the month, are helping enterprises better link IT costs to operations. But greater choice does not always mean lower IT costs in the long run.
Secrets and lies
With success stories emerging from the insurance, human resources and security industries, questions are being raised about whether other sectors should be investigating the application of ‘lie detection’ systems.
Just as an interactive version of the HTML language called dynamic HTML finally comes of age, making it easier for organisations to web-enable their legacy applications, its role seem to be usurped by newer technologies including Java and .Net.
Insurance firm Aviva’s decision to outsource some IT functions to an Indian supplier has contributed to a building political storm over so-called ‘off-shoring’. As suppliers including Dell and Oracle begin to face a backlash from their customers, some analysts are now cautioning businesses about the downside of transferring operations overseas.
When embarking on a long-term outsourcing contract, organisations must make sure that flexibility is built in from the start, says IT lawyer Kit Burden of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.
The lean machine
The business case for organisations axing conventional PCs in favour of thin clients is being firmed up.
Analysis of the latest quarterly results from some of the industry’s key players.
Recent deals in the global IT industry.
Open source is a new model for IT, and a fragile one, says Kenny MacIver.
Views on escrow agreements, knowledge management, and using information effectively.
Highlights, facts and inside stories from the frontiers of the information economy.
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