Computer Weekly Buyer's Guide feature list 2024

Here is our 2024 schedule of up-and-coming in-depth articles that will cover carefully selected topics to help IT leaders select the right technology for their organisation

Computer Weekly Buyer’s Guides map the IT buying cycle of our readership onto relevant editorial that will inform and educate readers and help them in making the right buying decision.

On a three-week cycle, the publication runs a series of articles focused on a particular category of software/hardware/IT service. Articles appear in the features section of the Computer Weekly ezine, which can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed as an SEO-optimised Buyer’s Guide page on the Computer Weekly website.

The Buyer’s Guide PDF downloads point readers to the online Buyer’s Guide, where they will be able to access all the articles in one place, along with additional content, such as blog posts and related articles.

The editorial team updates the Buyer’s Guide schedule on a quarterly basis to ensure the chosen technologies are topical and to respond to short-term commercial opportunities.

Buyer’s Guides comprise three separate features, which combine to become a standalone piece of evergreen content that readers can refer back to.

Each part includes a written article, plus relevant background material, as well as exclusive online-only multimedia content and infographics.

Format of Computer Weekly Buyer’s Guides

Market overview
This is an introduction to the topic covered in the Buyer’s Guide. The article will examine the nature of a given software/hardware/IT services product category, look at where it fits in the business, why users need it and which companies sell products in this category.

Analyst perspective
Here, Computer Weekly invites leading IT analysts to submit relevant research that can help readers narrow down product choices with a shortlist of products they may wish to investigate further.

Case study
At this stage in the buying cycle, the reader has a shortlist and may have given his/her technical people a brief to research the products in more detail, such as by following up customer references from the supplier. Computer Weekly supports this research with an in-depth case study, selected for its uniqueness, which illustrates best practices, technical and business drivers, lessons learnt and future plans of a successful IT project using one of the products shortlisted.

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The proposed schedule for H1 2024 is as follows:

AI & Data science

Jan 16 - Feb 5

In this series of articles we look at the software and hardware infrastructure IT departments need to support AI.

Security trends

Feb 6 - Feb 26

How is IT security changing? What should CISOs be looking to put in place this year to help to minimise the risk of data loss and cybercrime?

Hybrid cloud management

Feb 27 - Mar 18

While many organisations have a strategy to become cloud-native, there are many good reasons to run certain workloads on-premise or in a private cloud. We look at how IT departments can manage multi-cloud environments.

Sustainable IT strategy

Mar 19 - Apr 22

Sustainability in business needs to be embedded in all departments. We explore how  IT departments are working on becoming more sustainable and the software now available to businesses to manage sustainability initiatives. 

Storage trends

Apr 23 - May 20

There are a number of approaches IT leaders are taking to evolve their storage strategies beyond traditional file storage. We look at what is available in the public clouds; what else is possible in private clouds and the technology and applications driving changes to storage infrastructure.

Desktop IT management

May 21 - Jun 17

There is now more choice than ever in providing a productive end user computing environment.  With Windows 10 reaching end of support next year, we look at the options available to IT departments.

Cloud security

Jun 18 - Jul 8

Theoretically, public cloud IT infrastructure should make it easier for IT departments to build out a robust cybersecurity strategy. But the complexity and pervasiveness  of cloud deployments can sometimes lead to IT security mishaps.

Cloud databases

Jul 9 - Aug 5

In this series of articles we look at the latest developments in cloud databases, data warehouses and data management technologies.

Managing SaaS and on-premise applications

Aug 6 - Sep 2

We look at software asset management and how it has adapted to help IT teams support and manage highly heterogenous environments that combine on-premise applications, applications that run in the cloud and SaaS.


Sep 3 - Sep 23

In this series of articles we explore the technology drivers pushing the development of SD WANs including AI management, Network as a Service, SASE and supporting cloud connectivity.

Datacente Power/Cooling

Sep 24 - Oct 14

The rise of new workloads like AI means that datacentre operators need to consider how to get more power in, to support large GPU clusters, and the cooling requirements of these chips. We look at how they are tackling new power and cooling requirements.

Unified Communications & Collaboration

Oct 15 - Nov 11

Unified communications and collaboration is rapidly evolving to become a platform for reimagining teamwork, facilitating connections and improving productivity intelligence and ultimately enhancing employee and customer experience. The key to this evolution is artificial intelligence. We look at how the technology is being used to support team business communications, where it doesn’t works and best practices within unified comms and collaboration tools.


Nov 12 - Dec 2

We explore best practices in identity and access management and look at the approaches IT departments are taking when deploying IAM to combat cyber attacks.

Cloud & Object Storage

Dec 3 - Dec 31

Although file, object and block are long-running fundamentals of storage, the ways they are being deployed in the cloud era are changing. We explore how object and cloud storage are being deployed to support hybrid and cloud-native workloads.

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