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Cliff Saran's Enterprise blog

Unravelling the hype behind IT for creating useful CIO strategies.

February 2008

  • Oracle/Peoplesoft licensing and maintenance #1

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 28 Feb 2008
  • Oracle ramped up maintenance,, which meant users would not benefit financially at all from a reduction in the number of Oracle licences.

  • Could Air lack security substance?

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 26 Feb 2008
  • RIAs can write to the hard disc and networks of a client device. This means they could be used to corrupt a PC if someone wrote a rogue RIA. I'm not convinced Air is the answer.;

  • Microsoft open up the crown jewels

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 21 Feb 2008
  • I'm pleased that the MS chief software architect appreciates the importance of supporting older file formats. Hopefully by opening up its hidden APIs Microsoft will encourage third-party software ...

  • Microsoft: what's happening now

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 21 Feb 2008
  • Could Microsoft's news later today have anything to do with the Department of Justice and anti-turst.What we know so far, is that it's not about Yahoo!

  • Software needs a money-back guarantee

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 20 Feb 2008
  • The industry's get out of jail free card means consumers are not protected against poor workmanship and badly engineered products - which for software means software firms are allowed to charge us ...

  • More Office 2007 pain

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 18 Feb 2008
  • If JPEG changed, One would hope the IT industry would recognise the disruption would be unacceptable, and so any amendments need to be backwards compatible.

  • IBM Domino support #3 - Responsibility and legacy

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 14 Feb 2008
  • It is not unusual for companies to try to run unsupported software on new platforms. It's not up to me to judge the wisdom of their IT configuration choices or the financial situation that has ...

  • True Colours #2: Domino customer service takes a tumble

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 11 Feb 2008
  • After a month of waiting, still no official comment from IBM. An eBay seller would have got have instantly and Microsoft in 24 hours.

  • Poor service from IBM: Big Blue shows its true colours

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 08 Feb 2008
  • Perhaps IBM is ignoring me because they'd prefer people upgraded to the latest version. Perhaps Big Blue, the company that has been integral to the development of IT in business simply cannot be ...

  • Eco madness

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 07 Feb 2008
  • It makes sense for a power-hungry multi-function device to run in eco-mode when it has not been used for a while. But waiting over five minutes for the thing to warm up again is madness.

  • Can Microsoft swallow Yahoo?

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 04 Feb 2008
  • The bid for Yahoo will see Microsoft betting the future of the company on the Internet. Microsoft's software is getting better and that means it is harder for users to justify upgrading to the ...

  • Microsoft's Yahoo! bid: the end of Windows

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 01 Feb 2008
  • With Yahoo! I think Microsoft will shift its attention from being mainly seen as a provider of software infrastructure based on Microsoft Windows, to one that will sell online advertising, provide ...