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  • Google Glass - seeing is believing

    I must admit to being sceptical about the whole 'wearables' thing. However, I was intrigued at recent Google event to be given an opportunity to try out a pair of Google Glass glasses. Glasses have been part of my life for as long as I can remember and here-in lay a problem. Google Glass assumes reasonable distance vision, so if you already wear glasses to correct for this, then the only way to try out Google's device proved to be wearing them on top of your normal specs. Still, it was only a demo, so style could be set aside!

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  • Cloud & mobile security - take aim, save the data

    In all the hubbub around mobile users increasingly making their own choices of operating systems and hardware, something has been lost sight of - it doesn't really matter if you bring your own device (BYOD), a more pressing matter for businesses should be 'where is our data accessed?' (WODA).


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  • BMC - turnaround or more of the same?

    A little over a year ago, BMC was not looking good.  It had a portfolio of good, but tired technology and was failing to move with the times.  Internal problems at various levels in the company were leading to high levels of employee churn.  Things did not look good.

    Led by CEO Bob Beauchamp, BMC was taken off the stock market and into private ownership. Investors were chosen based on their long term vision: what Beauchamp did not want was an approach of drive revenues and then cash in rapidly.

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  • Quocirca - security vendor to watch - Pwnie Express

    Branches are where the rubber still hits the road for many organisations; where retailers still do most of their selling, where much banking is still carried out and where health care is often dispensed. However, for IT managers, branches are outliers, where rogue activity is hard to curb; this means branches can become security and compliance black spots.

     

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  • Do I Concur with the SAP deal?

    SAP's recent $8.3b deal to acquire on-line travel and expense management vendor Concur can be read a few ways.  The first, and most positive one, is that it shows that SAP is continuing to try and broaden its appeal, diversifying from being

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  • Ricoh's plans for transformation

    Ricoh recently held its first industry analyst summit in Tokyo. The event focused on communicating Ricoh's focus on its services-led business transformation through its 18th Mid-Term Plan.

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  • IBM - A new behemoth, or a wounded beast?

    IBM recently held its first major event for industry analysts since its announcement of the divestment of its x86 server and product line to Lenovo.  At the event, Tom Rosamilia (SVP IBM Systems and Technology Group) and Steve Mills (SVP, Software and Systems) and their teams provided an up-beat view of where IBM currently is and where it is going.
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  • It's all about the platform

    Content sync and share systems are available from many players - Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive are just a few of the many for those

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  • Time and place: related, or inextricably linked?

    High rainfall over the last week has led to flooding.  Last night, there was a large number of burglaries.  An escape of toxic gases this morning has led to emergency services requesting everyone to evacuate their premises.  There are billions of barrels of crude oil that can be recovered over the next decade.

    Notice something missing with all of this?  They may all be factually correct; they all discuss time - and yet they are all pretty useless to the reader due to one small thing missing - the "where?" aspect.

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  • It's in the net: The value of big data

    Talking with a journalist friend of mine a few weeks back, we got talking about how to possibly place some actual hard pounds and pence value on data.  It got me thinking - and this is my take on it.
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