Features: Desktop Computing (November 2009)

Content synopses and information about the storage features that will run through November 2009 at Computer Weekly.

Deadline: 1 October

Features published throughout the month of November 2009.

Five tips on deploying VMWare

What are the challenges on running VMWare. This article covers best practices for running VMWare virtualisation – looking at how to avoid CPU, memory, I/O and storage bottlenecks that may arise.

Free desktop software for Windows 7

This article investigates what applications and utilities are available as free or open source for Windows 7. We will cover the popular free and open source products, looking at how useful they are and whether they can be used instead of commercial products.

Office 2010 alternatives

How easy is it to use Google Docs, Lotus SmartSuite. Is it realistic for a business to deploy these products instead of Office 2010?

Desktop hardware developments

This article will cover how desktop computing is changing – with the advent of solid state disks, caching, 64-bit architectures along with advancements in PC peripherals and processor technology.

Merging the web with desktop computing

The article is about how desktop apps are becoming “webified” and the merger of browser-based and desktop software. The first thing is the emergence of rich internet apps like the stuff Adobe produces with Flash and Flex – that provide applications with greater intelligence compared to pure browser-based apps. Next, companies like Microsoft and the PC makers are pushing the idea of the rich internet client – which blurs the line between PC applications and the web. At the same time Google Apps and MS Office Live provide web-only versions of what has traditionally been a desktop app. What’s missing is an efficient way for users to work offline and synchronise their data whenever they have a connection. The article will cover the development o RIA, the pros and cons of web-only and the synchronisation problem.

User policy

IT and HR departments must keep pace with rapidly changing trends in social media in order to ensure staff do not abuse company IT systems. This article provides a guide to how to construct a fair use policy document that provides the company with protection from misuse of desktop PCs, and yet gives end users enough freedom and flexibility to work effectively.

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