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  • Windows 8 Secrets

    Microsoft is introducing a major new release of its Windows operating system, Windows 8, and what better way for you to learn all the ins and outs than from two internationally recognized Windows experts and Microsoft insiders, authors Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera? They cut through the hype to get at useful information you'll not find anywhere else, including what role this new OS plays in a mobile and tablet world. This extract for Computer Weekly readers takes readers through the basics of installing Windows 8.

  • London’s Orchard and Fig join Docker

    San Francisco firm Docker has acquired London-based Orchard Labs and its orchestration tool Fig

  • The Single Unix Specification

    The Single UNIX Specification programming environment provides a broad-based functional set of interfaces to support the porting of existing UNIX applications and the development of new applications. The environment also supports a rich set of tools for application development.

  • Microsoft ditches Android after four-month fling

    Microsoft pulls the plug on its short-lived Nokia X Android devices as it prepares to make 18,000 employees redundant

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • Microsoft tells Labour not to mandate a single open standard for documents

    Microsoft has told the Labour Party not to mandate a single standard for open documents

  • Developers call for Microsoft to bring back Visual Basic

    As Microsoft forges ahead with mobile and cloud-first strategy, developers are venting their frustration over Visual Basic support

  • What IT challenges would an independent Scotland face?

    If Scotland votes ‘Yes’ for independence in September, what are the costs and challenges of building new government IT systems?

  • Red Hat grows enterprise subscriptions

    Red Hat grew its subscription revenue by 18% year-on-year to $372 million for the first quarter ending 31 May 2014

  • Apple adds home and health access to iOS 8

    Apple has unveiled what will be coming up in future iPhone and iPad releases at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco

  • VIEW MORE ON : Operating systems
  • Open Information Security Management Maturity Model (O-ISM3)

    Organizations in different business sectors and countries have different business requirements and risk tolerances. The O-ISM3 framework helps information Security Managers to evaluate their own operating environment and to plan their security management processes so they are consistent with and cost-effective for their organization’s business objectives.

  • World-class enterprise architecture

    The world is changing at a pace faster than ever experienced. Several trends in demographics, technology, the environment, globalization, public attitudes, and political institutions are driving Government and Industry agendas as never before. In order to respond to the demands and needs of their stakeholders, organizations need to develop new and better ways of managing continuous change at ever-increasing pace to deliver significant value in a transparent manner. Organizations need an enterprise architecture function as an integral capability in order to support the requirement for continuous change. However, over the years, many organizations have attempted to set up enterprise architecture practices only to see them fail after a few years. These failures are due to several reasons, such as an inability to merge enterprise architecture processes with the other management processes within the organization – for example, demand management – or the lack of authority for enterprise architects – for example, when making strategic decisions or quality assuring programs and projects. In spite of these previous failures, organizations are again trying to set up enterprise architecture functions as they have found that no other pragmatic alternatives exist.

  • Microsoft ditches Android after four-month fling

    Microsoft pulls the plug on its short-lived Nokia X Android devices as it prepares to make 18,000 employees redundant

  • IBM grows security and mobile businesses, but services decline

    Following its ground-breaking alliance with Apple, IBM has reported major growth in its security and mobile businesses

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • IBM partners with Apple to deliver enterprise services for iOS

    IBM has given Apple a major boost in the enterprise, through a partnership that will see it provide services and software for iOS

  • Developers call for Microsoft to bring back Visual Basic

    As Microsoft forges ahead with mobile and cloud-first strategy, developers are venting their frustration over Visual Basic support

  • A guide to smart home automation

    Unless it is a new build, the challenge in creating a smart home is that technology must work irrespective of the age of the property

  • Satya Nadella to flatten Microsoft and reverse device strategy

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has sent out a memo to all 100,000 employees, in preparation for what is likely to be a major reorganisation

  • PC sales bounce bank as XP drives hardware refresh

    Desktop and laptop upgrades, driven by the migration away from Windows XP, has bolstered PC sales in Europe

  • VIEW MORE ON : Developer
  • Business Outcomes from Big Data

    Big data has not yet led to big outcomes. Despite all the hype, less than half of all employees find that corporate information helps them get their jobs done. The problem of getting the right information to the right people at the right time is getting worse with the growing number of information sources, uses, and users. Our previous research discussed how CIOs should help foster informed skepticism to boost the ability of employees to use big data for better decisions. This study discusses the CIO’s role in making big data attainable and useful.

  • The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF™ 9) and the US DoD

    This White Paper provides a comparative analysis of the two frameworks that describes where DoDAF products can be employed throughout the TOGAF ADM phases to develop a visual, integrated model of an architecture. The intended audience is the DoD architect who can benefit from a formal methodology to guide architecture efforts and result in a quality architecture description in a DoD-compliant format, and the TOGAF architect who can benefit by a formal set of defined models to capture output for each of the ADM phases. This document provides the architect with a map of the specific DoDAF 2.0 model that should be produced or consumed in a specific phase of TOGAF 9 with enough context to understand the fundamental concepts of both DoDAF and TOGAF.

  • The Single Unix Specification

    The Single UNIX Specification programming environment provides a broad-based functional set of interfaces to support the porting of existing UNIX applications and the development of new applications. The environment also supports a rich set of tools for application development.

  • NAO reveals Home Office spent £347m on failed ICW programme

    The Home Office spent £347m closing its Immigration Case Work programme, which was supposed to replace legacy databases

  • Software asset management is key to datacentre planning

    An ordered approach to managing software and hardware assets is essential to maximising your datacentre

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • SAP Q2 2014: steady growth for cloud and Hana

    SAP’s second quarter 2014 results indicate steady growth for its cloud business and Hana

  • Vocalink system drives rise in current account switching

    The seven-day current account switching regime introduced last year has driven a 16% rise in the number of people doing so in the first half of this year

  • Bank branches being used more despite online services surge

    Customers' use of bank branches is increasing in parallel with the surging take-up of online banking services, according to research

  • Musings on data centres – volume 2

    Analyst Clive Longbottom discusses the key issues in managing and designing datacentres, in this series of 12 articles.

  • VIEW MORE ON : Database
  • Belt and braces: covering all the endpoint security angles

    Given users have skipped beyond the safe confines of wholly owned and heavily guarded corporate networks, how do you keep data safe?

  • Bank of America: When software relationships turn sour

    Tibco has filed a lawsuit alleging the Merrill Lynch division of Bank of America illegally used $300m of its software for a major IT project

  • An Introduction to Quantum Lifecycle Management

    Quantum Lifecycle Management (QLM) will enable the “Internet of Things” to have an impact on business and the world at large in a way similar to the Internet itself. This White Paper introduces QLM, explains why it is necessary, its emergence, and also how its development and acceptance will be assured under the auspices of The Open Group.

  • Business Continuity Management Systems

    This downloadable extract focuses on the practical elements of business continuity management and considers them from a management system perspective: Where should the emphasis be when it comes to fitting your Business Continuity Management (BCM) arrangements into a management system? The chapter uses six phases of the BCM lifecycle as a focal point and offer top tips for you to consider when developing your Business Continuity Management System (BCMS).

  • Technology value matrix: Human Resources solutions

    Most small and medium businesses (SMBs) and all large enterprises employ human resources (HR) functionality to manage their employees. Even though many vendors offer HR solutions, these solutions may require integration with other HR software or with enterprise resource planning (ERP) to cover the functionality companies need. Some vendors differentiate themselves from their competitors by providing HR solutions built on new technologies, often times delivered in the cloud, and which can also be accessed on mobile devices.

  • The Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM) Version 2

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an architectural style that supports service orientation. A service is a business task with an externalized service description that often represents a contract between a provider and a consumer. As organizations adopt SOA and the use of services as the fundamental structuring element of their architecture, they increasingly encounter the need to assess where they are in their migration path and how best to achieve the expected benefit derived from integrating and investing in greater levels of SOA maturity.

  • Gartner: Businesses set to standardise supply chain systems

    Businesses are expected to standardise on integrated supply chain systems to improve the visibility of their business processes

  • Citrix SaaS revenue rises 12% while overall revenue grows 7% YoY

    Citrix has reported a 7% revenue increase in its second quarter of fiscal year 2014 . But it reported double-digit revenue growth in SaaS

  • London’s Orchard and Fig join Docker

    San Francisco firm Docker has acquired London-based Orchard Labs and its orchestration tool Fig

  • The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF™ 9) and the US DoD

    This White Paper provides a comparative analysis of the two frameworks that describes where DoDAF products can be employed throughout the TOGAF ADM phases to develop a visual, integrated model of an architecture. The intended audience is the DoD architect who can benefit from a formal methodology to guide architecture efforts and result in a quality architecture description in a DoD-compliant format, and the TOGAF architect who can benefit by a formal set of defined models to capture output for each of the ADM phases. This document provides the architect with a map of the specific DoDAF 2.0 model that should be produced or consumed in a specific phase of TOGAF 9 with enough context to understand the fundamental concepts of both DoDAF and TOGAF.

  • VIEW MORE ON : Business applications
  • An Introduction to Quantum Lifecycle Management

    Quantum Lifecycle Management (QLM) will enable the “Internet of Things” to have an impact on business and the world at large in a way similar to the Internet itself. This White Paper introduces QLM, explains why it is necessary, its emergence, and also how its development and acceptance will be assured under the auspices of The Open Group.

  • The Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM) Version 2

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an architectural style that supports service orientation. A service is a business task with an externalized service description that often represents a contract between a provider and a consumer. As organizations adopt SOA and the use of services as the fundamental structuring element of their architecture, they increasingly encounter the need to assess where they are in their migration path and how best to achieve the expected benefit derived from integrating and investing in greater levels of SOA maturity.

  • Infosys takes the wheel in Daimler European datacentre deal

    Daimler has signed a multi-year agreement with Infosys to run its datacentre operations in Europe

  • IBM grows security and mobile businesses, but services decline

    Following its ground-breaking alliance with Apple, IBM has reported major growth in its security and mobile businesses

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • Orange opens up to app developers and startups with Apigee

    Orange picks Apigee’s digital API platform to help developers and startups create services by levering data already held by the telco

  • A guide to smart home automation

    Unless it is a new build, the challenge in creating a smart home is that technology must work irrespective of the age of the property

  • Interview with Martin Vesper, CEO, digitalSTROM on smart home technology

    Martin Vesper, CEO of digitalSTROM has kitted out his home with smart technology, allowing him to control lighting and electrical appliances

  • What IT challenges would an independent Scotland face?

    If Scotland votes ‘Yes’ for independence in September, what are the costs and challenges of building new government IT systems?

  • Betting on World Cup success

    In this week’s Computer Weekly, we talk to gambling site Betfair about the IT challenges of preparing for the football World Cup. We examine the strategy of cloud software pioneer Salesforce.com as it grows its role in the IT department. And we explain erasure coding – an emerging method for protecting storage hardware. Read the issue now.

  • VIEW MORE ON : SOA
  • Open Information Security Management Maturity Model (O-ISM3)

    Organizations in different business sectors and countries have different business requirements and risk tolerances. The O-ISM3 framework helps information Security Managers to evaluate their own operating environment and to plan their security management processes so they are consistent with and cost-effective for their organization’s business objectives.

  • World-class enterprise architecture

    The world is changing at a pace faster than ever experienced. Several trends in demographics, technology, the environment, globalization, public attitudes, and political institutions are driving Government and Industry agendas as never before. In order to respond to the demands and needs of their stakeholders, organizations need to develop new and better ways of managing continuous change at ever-increasing pace to deliver significant value in a transparent manner. Organizations need an enterprise architecture function as an integral capability in order to support the requirement for continuous change. However, over the years, many organizations have attempted to set up enterprise architecture practices only to see them fail after a few years. These failures are due to several reasons, such as an inability to merge enterprise architecture processes with the other management processes within the organization – for example, demand management – or the lack of authority for enterprise architects – for example, when making strategic decisions or quality assuring programs and projects. In spite of these previous failures, organizations are again trying to set up enterprise architecture functions as they have found that no other pragmatic alternatives exist.

  • Supporting requirements management in TOGAF

    Requirements management is an important activity in the process of designing and managing enterprise architectures. Requirements from various stakeholders form the basis for any change to an organization and its architecture. The quality of these requirements, the extent to which they are realized, and the ease with which they can be changed, determine the quality of any enterprise architecture. Nonetheless, many enterprise architecture modeling techniques focus on what the enterprise should do by representing “as-is” and “to-be” architectures in terms of informational, behavioral, and structural models at the different architectural layers (e.g., business, application, and technical infrastructure). Little or no attention is paid to represent (explicitly) the reasons; i.e., the why, behind the to-be architectures in terms of motivations, rationale, goals, and requirements.

  • Open Group technical document: IT Specialist Certification Accreditation Policy

    Clearly “book learning” is a critical first step to becoming effective at anything. But the effectiveness, potential, and the degree and value of contribution rise to a new level as relevant skills and experience are gained in a topical area. It is clearly important to “know” a subject, but it is more valuable to have applied that knowledge. It is for this reason that The Open Group IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program is based on an assessment of people skills, technical skills, and experience, not just tests of knowledge.

  • How will Microsoft respond to Apple/IBM partnership?

    IBM’s partnership with Apple changes the game for enterprise mobility. The proverbial elephant is back in the room and now Microsoft needs to react

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • IBM partners with Apple to deliver enterprise services for iOS

    IBM has given Apple a major boost in the enterprise, through a partnership that will see it provide services and software for iOS

  • Interview with Martin Vesper, CEO, digitalSTROM on smart home technology

    Martin Vesper, CEO of digitalSTROM has kitted out his home with smart technology, allowing him to control lighting and electrical appliances

  • What IT challenges would an independent Scotland face?

    If Scotland votes ‘Yes’ for independence in September, what are the costs and challenges of building new government IT systems?

  • Net-a-Porter integrates testing and development

    Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter has integrated software testing and development to support agile methodologies

  • VIEW MORE ON : Middleware
  • Bank of America: When software relationships turn sour

    Tibco has filed a lawsuit alleging the Merrill Lynch division of Bank of America illegally used $300m of its software for a major IT project

  • An Introduction to Quantum Lifecycle Management

    Quantum Lifecycle Management (QLM) will enable the “Internet of Things” to have an impact on business and the world at large in a way similar to the Internet itself. This White Paper introduces QLM, explains why it is necessary, its emergence, and also how its development and acceptance will be assured under the auspices of The Open Group.

  • Business Continuity Management Systems

    This downloadable extract focuses on the practical elements of business continuity management and considers them from a management system perspective: Where should the emphasis be when it comes to fitting your Business Continuity Management (BCM) arrangements into a management system? The chapter uses six phases of the BCM lifecycle as a focal point and offer top tips for you to consider when developing your Business Continuity Management System (BCMS).

  • Gartner: Businesses set to standardise supply chain systems

    Businesses are expected to standardise on integrated supply chain systems to improve the visibility of their business processes

  • World-class enterprise architecture

    The world is changing at a pace faster than ever experienced. Several trends in demographics, technology, the environment, globalization, public attitudes, and political institutions are driving Government and Industry agendas as never before. In order to respond to the demands and needs of their stakeholders, organizations need to develop new and better ways of managing continuous change at ever-increasing pace to deliver significant value in a transparent manner. Organizations need an enterprise architecture function as an integral capability in order to support the requirement for continuous change. However, over the years, many organizations have attempted to set up enterprise architecture practices only to see them fail after a few years. These failures are due to several reasons, such as an inability to merge enterprise architecture processes with the other management processes within the organization – for example, demand management – or the lack of authority for enterprise architects – for example, when making strategic decisions or quality assuring programs and projects. In spite of these previous failures, organizations are again trying to set up enterprise architecture functions as they have found that no other pragmatic alternatives exist.

  • John Lewis IT operations team uses Splunk to target web bugs

    The IT operations team at retailer John Lewis has used Splunk’s business intelligence tools to improve website performance and identify problem areas

  • IFS reports 13% increase in first half software licence revenue

    IFS, the Sweden-based ERP company has reported half-year licence revenue growth of 13%

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • SAP Q2 2014: steady growth for cloud and Hana

    SAP’s second quarter 2014 results indicate steady growth for its cloud business and Hana

  • Imperial College and KPMG join forces with £20m business analytics centre

    KPMG and Imperial College London have combined to create a £20m ‘KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics’

  • VIEW MORE ON : BI
  • Belt and braces: covering all the endpoint security angles

    Given users have skipped beyond the safe confines of wholly owned and heavily guarded corporate networks, how do you keep data safe?

  • Bank of America: When software relationships turn sour

    Tibco has filed a lawsuit alleging the Merrill Lynch division of Bank of America illegally used $300m of its software for a major IT project

  • World-class enterprise architecture

    The world is changing at a pace faster than ever experienced. Several trends in demographics, technology, the environment, globalization, public attitudes, and political institutions are driving Government and Industry agendas as never before. In order to respond to the demands and needs of their stakeholders, organizations need to develop new and better ways of managing continuous change at ever-increasing pace to deliver significant value in a transparent manner. Organizations need an enterprise architecture function as an integral capability in order to support the requirement for continuous change. However, over the years, many organizations have attempted to set up enterprise architecture practices only to see them fail after a few years. These failures are due to several reasons, such as an inability to merge enterprise architecture processes with the other management processes within the organization – for example, demand management – or the lack of authority for enterprise architects – for example, when making strategic decisions or quality assuring programs and projects. In spite of these previous failures, organizations are again trying to set up enterprise architecture functions as they have found that no other pragmatic alternatives exist.

  • Microsoft attacks UK government decision to adopt ODF for document formats

    Microsoft has questioned the merits of the UK government’s decision to adopt ODF - but meeting minutes show OOXML was given due consideration

  • UK government confirms ODF as standard document format, rejecting Microsoft proposals

    The government has confirmed plans to standardise document formats and has resisted Microsoft lobbying by rejecting its preferred standard

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • Why businesses need brilliant social media

    Social media is tturning out to be arguably the biggest disruptive challenge business has to face

  • Microsoft tells Labour not to mandate a single open standard for documents

    Microsoft has told the Labour Party not to mandate a single standard for open documents

  • Case Study: Frontline builds contact centre business on Callmedia

    Customer service and call handling specialist Frontline relies on Azzurri’s Callmedia contact centre platform to provide first-line support to customers

  • Google I/O: Extending Google's enterprise reach

    At its annual developer conference last month, Google extended its enterprise portfolio boosting its security, storage and MDM products

  • VIEW MORE ON : Collaboration
  • Another CIO leaves Royal Bank of Scotland

    Scott Marcar, CIO of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Markets division, quit this week, according to sources

  • The Banking Industry Architecture Network and TOGAF

    Financial institutions are facing significant changes of the environment in which they operate. For example, the financial crisis, changing customer behavior, increased risk awareness, focus on cost reduction, and the entrance of new financial players in the market-place have structurally changed the financial industry. Not only the operations, but also the supporting IT required a challenging transformational change. Given the close inter-dependency of operations and IT in financial institutions, a carefully planned and guided integrated approach to change is required. Enterprise architecture is key to enabling such change initiatives.

  • The Cloud Risk Framework

    Companies that are considering moving to a cloud computing model need effective metrics and analytics to help guide their decisions. This cloud framework is designed to help assess the financial risks of moving to the cloud. This paper is aimed at private or public entities with more than 500 employees, and considers risk from their perspective

  • The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF™ 9) and the US DoD

    This White Paper provides a comparative analysis of the two frameworks that describes where DoDAF products can be employed throughout the TOGAF ADM phases to develop a visual, integrated model of an architecture. The intended audience is the DoD architect who can benefit from a formal methodology to guide architecture efforts and result in a quality architecture description in a DoD-compliant format, and the TOGAF architect who can benefit by a formal set of defined models to capture output for each of the ADM phases. This document provides the architect with a map of the specific DoDAF 2.0 model that should be produced or consumed in a specific phase of TOGAF 9 with enough context to understand the fundamental concepts of both DoDAF and TOGAF.

  • Building return on investment from cloud computing

    Cloud Computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction [1]. This enables users to avoid over-provisioning and under-provisioning, to improve cost, revenue, and margin, and to provide new business services based on new ways of operating.

  • Ten startups selected for London FinTech accelerator

    Startupbootcamp, a provider of three-month accelerator programs, announces its top 10 startups for its London based financial sector technology (fintech) accelerator

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • SAP Q2 2014: steady growth for cloud and Hana

    SAP’s second quarter 2014 results indicate steady growth for its cloud business and Hana

  • Vocalink system drives rise in current account switching

    The seven-day current account switching regime introduced last year has driven a 16% rise in the number of people doing so in the first half of this year

  • CW500 IN THE CITY - Jason Scott-Taggart

    Jason Scott-Taggart, head of IT service management at Worldpay looks at how Barclays met the challenge of implementing technologies to support mobility and flexible working.

  • VIEW MORE ON : Financial applications
  • Integrating and monitoring business-to-business (B2B) value chains

    Increasing globalisation and diversity of both the suppliers and customers a given organisation has to deal with mean that supply chains are becoming ever more complex. Maintaining capabilities across broad functions requires systems that are well integrated, audited, secure and capable of being reported on at a granular level. Cloud-based approaches introduce new opportunities to gain access to advanced functionality, but also introduce issues around B2B integration for organisations.

  • Calculating Cloud ROI : From the Customer Perspective

    Marketing hype claims that cloud computing can help any enterprise meet most IT service needs at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and higher return on investment (ROI). However, the promise of the cloud requiring minimal capital investment and the subjectivity of some cloud benefits have created some confusion among IT professionals trying to determine the benefits of adopting cloud services. Calculating ROI for cloud services requires some up-front work to understand business requirements, organizational, maturity, control considerations and regulatory requirements and to quantify benefits and costs associated with the cloud model that the enterprise has selected. Strategic benefits could be more subjective and may require additional analysis to measure their financial impact over the investment. To determine whether the cloud is a viable option, it is necessary to separate the hype from reality. Calculating ROI does not need to be complex because it is only an estimate to support investment decisions; however, it must be accurate and based on realistic expectations

  • AWS feels the pressure of cloud competition

    AWS became the gold standard of public cloud. But are price wars, hybrid cloud and increased competition denting its growth?

  • Bank of America: When software relationships turn sour

    Tibco has filed a lawsuit alleging the Merrill Lynch division of Bank of America illegally used $300m of its software for a major IT project

  • G-Cloud supplier blames lack of stability for poor government spend

    G-Cloud supplier Databarracks calls for more stability and continuity, warning that lack of guidance and clarity is putting off local government

  • CW Buyers Guide: Green IT

    With IT such a large energy drain for many organisations, firms that cut IT power consumption will reap big benefits. Going green means that computer room air conditioners and chillers are no longer required in the datacentre, potentially slashing energy costs by up to 50% and dramatically lowering the facility’s carbon footprint.

  • Technology value matrix: Human Resources solutions

    Most small and medium businesses (SMBs) and all large enterprises employ human resources (HR) functionality to manage their employees. Even though many vendors offer HR solutions, these solutions may require integration with other HR software or with enterprise resource planning (ERP) to cover the functionality companies need. Some vendors differentiate themselves from their competitors by providing HR solutions built on new technologies, often times delivered in the cloud, and which can also be accessed on mobile devices.

  • The Cloud Risk Framework

    Companies that are considering moving to a cloud computing model need effective metrics and analytics to help guide their decisions. This cloud framework is designed to help assess the financial risks of moving to the cloud. This paper is aimed at private or public entities with more than 500 employees, and considers risk from their perspective

  • Citrix SaaS revenue rises 12% while overall revenue grows 7% YoY

    Citrix has reported a 7% revenue increase in its second quarter of fiscal year 2014 . But it reported double-digit revenue growth in SaaS

  • The Open Group: Cloud buyers’ decision tree

    This White Paper describes a Decision Tree that could be used to help you discover where Cloud opportunities and solutions might fit in your organization. It is put forward for discussion, with the intention that this discussion, and validation in the field, will result in a practical tool for use by enterprises. Your business situation is either a problem or an opportunity for which you are seeking a solution that includes IT enablement. This Tree presupposes that the current and/or future state of the IT resources for your business situation does and/or will not meet requirements. If you are a Cloud seller, then use this Decision Tree in reverse to determine for which business situations your proposed offering would be a good fit.

  • VIEW MORE ON : Cloud applications
  • Integrating and monitoring business-to-business (B2B) value chains

    Increasing globalisation and diversity of both the suppliers and customers a given organisation has to deal with mean that supply chains are becoming ever more complex. Maintaining capabilities across broad functions requires systems that are well integrated, audited, secure and capable of being reported on at a granular level. Cloud-based approaches introduce new opportunities to gain access to advanced functionality, but also introduce issues around B2B integration for organisations.

  • World-class enterprise architecture

    The world is changing at a pace faster than ever experienced. Several trends in demographics, technology, the environment, globalization, public attitudes, and political institutions are driving Government and Industry agendas as never before. In order to respond to the demands and needs of their stakeholders, organizations need to develop new and better ways of managing continuous change at ever-increasing pace to deliver significant value in a transparent manner. Organizations need an enterprise architecture function as an integral capability in order to support the requirement for continuous change. However, over the years, many organizations have attempted to set up enterprise architecture practices only to see them fail after a few years. These failures are due to several reasons, such as an inability to merge enterprise architecture processes with the other management processes within the organization – for example, demand management – or the lack of authority for enterprise architects – for example, when making strategic decisions or quality assuring programs and projects. In spite of these previous failures, organizations are again trying to set up enterprise architecture functions as they have found that no other pragmatic alternatives exist.

  • Microsoft makes severe job cuts - 18,000 to go

    Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs next year with Nokia bearing the brunt of the company’s strategy

  • SAP Q2 2014: steady growth for cloud and Hana

    SAP’s second quarter 2014 results indicate steady growth for its cloud business and Hana

  • Why businesses need brilliant social media

    Social media is tturning out to be arguably the biggest disruptive challenge business has to face

  • Orange opens up to app developers and startups with Apigee

    Orange picks Apigee’s digital API platform to help developers and startups create services by levering data already held by the telco

  • Case Study: Frontline builds contact centre business on Callmedia

    Customer service and call handling specialist Frontline relies on Azzurri’s Callmedia contact centre platform to provide first-line support to customers

  • M&S suffers sales decline due to website glitch

    Marks & Spencer’s e-commerce revenues drop 8.1% because of a glitch in the company's newly launched web platform

  • Case Study: Marston's Telecoms taps Blue Coat Wi-Fi manager

    Marston’s Telecoms, the in-house ISP of pub and brewery chain Marston’s, rolls out Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances to take control of its onsite Wi-Fi networks and cut bandwidth costs

  • CW500: Mike Harvard, director, Ember Services

    In this CW500 video, Mike Harvard, director, Ember Services, discusses digital customer engagement and how organisations should embrace the digital era to improve customer experience.

  • VIEW MORE ON : CRM
  • The Banking Industry Architecture Network and TOGAF

    Financial institutions are facing significant changes of the environment in which they operate. For example, the financial crisis, changing customer behavior, increased risk awareness, focus on cost reduction, and the entrance of new financial players in the market-place have structurally changed the financial industry. Not only the operations, but also the supporting IT required a challenging transformational change. Given the close inter-dependency of operations and IT in financial institutions, a carefully planned and guided integrated approach to change is required. Enterprise architecture is key to enabling such change initiatives.

  • Open Information Security Management Maturity Model (O-ISM3)

    Organizations in different business sectors and countries have different business requirements and risk tolerances. The O-ISM3 framework helps information Security Managers to evaluate their own operating environment and to plan their security management processes so they are consistent with and cost-effective for their organization’s business objectives.

  • The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF™ 9) and the US DoD

    This White Paper provides a comparative analysis of the two frameworks that describes where DoDAF products can be employed throughout the TOGAF ADM phases to develop a visual, integrated model of an architecture. The intended audience is the DoD architect who can benefit from a formal methodology to guide architecture efforts and result in a quality architecture description in a DoD-compliant format, and the TOGAF architect who can benefit by a formal set of defined models to capture output for each of the ADM phases. This document provides the architect with a map of the specific DoDAF 2.0 model that should be produced or consumed in a specific phase of TOGAF 9 with enough context to understand the fundamental concepts of both DoDAF and TOGAF.

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