2010 Review: Top 10 business software stories

In Computer Weekly's review of the best of the IT year in 2010, here we look back on the top 10 business software stories for 2010. Home...

In Computer Weekly's review of the best of the IT year in 2010, here we look back on the top 10 business software stories for 2010.

Home Office to save up to £50m with shared services

The Home Office has completed the final £13m phase of a shared services enterprise resource planning (ERP) system which is expected to save between £40 and £50m, with the bulk of the savings coming from greater back-office efficiency and economies of scale by using centralised systems and services.

More organisations adopt secure coding practices

Organisations are adopting secure programming practices, a report from Errata Security has found, with 86% of the participants saying their organisation had sent one or more members of the software development team to security training in a recent or current cycle.

Business must re-evaluate software-as-a service, says Gartner

Software as a service (SaaS) will have a role in the future of IT, but not the dominant future that was first thought, according to research firm Gartner.

How to fine tune your ERP system and maximise value

The majority of large organisations have invested a lot into enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, such as SAP, in terms of money, time and resources. These are strategic investments with ERP forming the backbone of the organisation's back-office and increasingly front-office business activity. Although the value of these applications is unquestionable, many still fail to maximise their full functionality.

Best practice guidelines: Windows 7 migration

The launch of Windows 7 last year brought a much more favourable response from IT managers than the disappointing reception for Vista, the previous version of Microsoft's flagship operating system. As a result, many organisations are now considering their requirements for rolling out the new software.

Investment in open source software set to rise, says survey

More organisations are committing to open source software development over the next year, a survey by Accenture has revealed.

Barclays to enforce encryption in software applications

Barclays Bank plans to rewrite its software applications so they can communicate with one another using encryption to lessen the likelihood of fraudsters finding a way into its systems, and the bank has also begun vetting software supplied by suppliers, ranking suppliers by their level of risk, and influencing software providers' business decisions so it can address weaknesses in its systems security.

BA builds SOA for the long haul

From next month British Airways (BA) will begin rolling out a service-oriented architecture that will eventually enable it to migrate from its 40-year-old mainframe system built on IBM's transaction processing facility.

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UK IT directors need product roadmap information

Some 82% of IT directors in the UK would consider switching suppliers for better visibility and influence over business software product roadmaps, a survey has revealed.

Q&A: SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe on SAP strategy

Jim Hagemann Snabe, SAP co-chief executive attended the UK & Ireland SAP User Group Conference 2010 in Manchester for the first time in November, and Computer Weekly quizzed him on the progress SAP has made in implementing its new strategy and integrating recent acquisitions.

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