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Short takes on this week's news

VMware licenses dual-cores as single chips

Infrastructure software firm VMware has announced a new licensing policy for its server products that will see dual-core processors licensed as a single processor. It defines a processor as a single physical chip containing no more than two processor cores. The move brings VMware into line with other software firms. Microsoft and Red Hat charge once for each system processor, irrespective of the number of cores.

BPM software adoption hampered by end-users

Lack of end-user acceptance is proving a barrier to the adoption of workflow and business process management (BPM) software, according to independent analyst PMP Research. In a survey of more than 100 users, 60% of respondents said difficulties in persuading employees to use such systems are the key reason why projects fail. But the survey also suggests that if user opposition can be overcome, companies are likely to see a successful outcome.

Unisys introduces pay-per-use pricing

Unisys is offering a Java environment and pay-per-use pricing model to encourage users to run mainstream applications on its Clearpath mainframe. It has developed a secure Java platform and pay-for-use business models. Later this year the company plans to introduce a second generation pay-for-use business model, called "pay-for-service" where users will pay for the computing power they use based on a pre-defined metric relevant to their business.

IT systems' complexity leads to rising costs

UK firms are trapped in a vicious circle of spiralling costs and inefficiency due to increasing levels of complexity in their IT systems, according to research by The Bathwick Group. The survey of more than 450 senior managers in UK businesses with 50 to 10,000 employees, commissioned by BT, found that despite the costs of maintaining legacy systems, firms are failing to implement a standard, cheaper infrastructure for the future.

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