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Short takes from this week's technology news

Virtualisation is daunting for all but the bravest

IT directors are afraid of the risks of using virtualising technology in their live environments and systems, a survey from Vanson Bourne has found. The Morse-sponsored study found that only 29% of respondents used it in live business-critical environments.

Researchers gear up for web innovation challenge

The University of Southampton and MIT have begun a research collaboration on the next wave of web innovation. The initiative will generate a research agenda for understanding the scientific, technical and social challenges underlying the growth of the web.

Software to grab 30% of next  year’s IT budgets

A study from Forrester Research has found that IT directors plan to plan to spend an average of 30% of their total IT budget on software licences, maintenance, operations, and development in 2007. The top software priorities will be application integration (27%), security (21%) and SOA (12%).

Gates promises users ERP on demand

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has announced that Microsoft will deliver enterprise resource planning on demand. Gates said that ERP applications would be offered under the Microsoft Live on-demand initiative.


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