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Computer Weekly Buyer's Guide features list 2016

Here is a 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 2016 is as follows:

Enterprise open source

12 January – 1 February 2016

We look at how companies are using open source software to build highly scalable, resilient infrastructure.

Containers and microservices

2 February – 22 February 2016

Lightweight containers offers enterprise architects a convenient way to encapsulate application logic in a way that promotes re-use. We assess the options available and look at how containers are being used to build next-generation applications.

Service integration and asset management

23 February – 14 March 2016

Organisations have moved more services from outsourcers to in-house IT. But taking back control of IT from a lead outsourcer means the IT department now needs to manage multiple suppliers. We look at how Siam and ITIL 3 are used for supplier relationship management.

Access control

15 March – 15 April 2016

As the perimeter of the organisation moves outside the corporate firewall, we look at how companies give business partners and internal staff access to enterprise systems and cloud-based resources.

Converged infrastructure

16 April – 2 May 2016

Putting storage, networking and compute in one box simplifies IT management and can make it easier for IT departments to grow infrastructure in-line with business demand. We assess the converged infrastructure market and look at how organisations are deploying this technology.

Graph databases

3 May – 23 May 2016

Some of the most successful websites in the world use graph databases to analyse relationships. We assess the emerging market for graph databases and look at how organisations are using them to solve real-world business problems.

3D printing

24 May – 13 June 2016

The idea of “printing” parts on-demand could revolutionise the long-term support of products. It also promises to create an entire new industry that has the potential to disrupt traditional manufacturing. In this series we assess where 3D printing is heading.


14 June – 4 July 2016

We look the evolving NoSQL market, how the major suppliers are reacting and how businesses are adopting NoSQL databases instead of upgrading relational database management sysems.

Expense Management

5 July  – 25 July 2016

In this series we examine the growth in popularity of expense management system to help organisations manage staff expenses and combat fraud and unauthorised expense claims. We look at the evolution of products and the shift to cloud-based offerings.

Operational IT

26 July -  15 Aug 2016

In the age of digitisation CIOs are increasingly working with heads of business to create technology-driven business opportunities.We look at the technology platforms and explore the challellenges in .putting IT at the front of the business.

Data science tools

16 Aug  – 12 Sep 2016

According to industry watchers, big data represents a major disruption in the business intelligence and data management landscape. We explore the tools and techniques businesses are using to enable them to derive value from big data.

Cloud bursting

13 Sep - 3 Oct 2016

The public cloud makes sense to run most datacentre workloads. But on-premise IT is still the only way to run certain tasks. We look at how organisations can augment their public cloud strategies with strategic on-premise IT, by running migrating  workloads in a private cloud and bursting to the public cloud, when it makes sense.

Network function virtualisation

4 Oct  – 24 Oct 2016

The network is key to success of digital transformation. As businesses become more agile, the inflexibility of their fixed network architecture can often slow down progress. Virtualising the network is the next step for organisations that are virtualising their datacentres, giving them increased elasticity and flexibility. In this series of articles we explore how companies are using network function virtualisation to modernise their network infrastructure to support new ways of working. 

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