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  • Car ownership - a dying thing?

    At a recent BMC event, CEO and Chairman Bob Beauchamp stood on stage and gave a view on how the rise of the autonomous car could result in major changes in many different areas.

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  • The problem of buggy software components

    What do Heartbleed, Shellshock and Poodle all have in common? Well apart from being software vulnerabilities discovered in 2014, they were all found in pre-built software components, used by developers to speed-up the development of their own bespoke programs. Heartbleed was in OpenSSL (an open source toolkit for implementing secure access to web sites), Shellshock was in the UNIX Bash shell (which enables the running of UNIX operating system commands from programs), whilst Poodle was another SSL vulnerability.

     

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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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