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  • Sell something simple

    Why is it that so many companies with great ideas, groundbreaking technologies and solid patents struggle? One reason can be summed up in the question "can we make money out of this idea", which is perhaps more scientifically expressed in the equation ‘is DSC greater or less than CMO at any moment in time?' (Where DSC = Deliverable Solution Complexity and CMO = Convertible Market Opportunity). DSC can be greater than CMO for a period of time - venture capital and investors willing - if the ensuing burn rate results in a better solution that can address an even bigger market, but too many technology led companies spend too long on this path.

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  • The tantalum supply chain

    Anyone who’s ever attempted to avoid certain foodstuffs, whether for reasons of taste, allergy, diet, belief or morals, will know that it’s the fine print in the ingredients list that is all important. The ingredients list, together with standardised disclosure labels such as the Soil Association’s “Organic” symbol, the Fairtrade mark, and the Food Association’s “traffic light” symbol help consumers make informed decisions over what they put in their mouths. It’s worth noting that many foods have ingredients lists longer than the fine print in a mobile phone contract, which is an indicator that when required to by legislation, manufacturing companies can manage to track a complex set of base ingredients in a way that supports required disclosure.

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  • Securing the physical link

    As data volumes grow, organisations are increasingly reliant on high-tech transmission networks, often along dedicated lines. But greater consideration needs to be made regarding the security of those lines.

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  • CA's mainframe management

    The mainframe continues to be redied upon as a backbone, high-end computing platform. Meanwhile the skills to manage and maintain it are decling rapidly in availability. ISV CA is attempting to address this problem with it's Mainframe 2.0 strategy.

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  • Too much data? Deal with it...

    I recently heard a worrying statistic : It is predicted that by 2012, the amount of data being stored will double every 11 hours. I have to say that I view this with a healthy dose of scepticism, but whichever way you look at it, there's still going to be a lot of data around.

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  • Is your business run by chance?

    As an employee, you trust that those responsible for the processes that help support the organisation - such as financial reporting and analysis - have them fully under control.

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  • Samsung launches new channel MPS tools

    Many organisations are recognising the financial and environmental impact of unmanaged print environments. Escalating print costs are a consequence of fragmented purchasing and ownership of printers and copiers and the associated consumables. Lack of print management tools mean organisations often have no control over who is printing what, where and when. And while many organisations may have invested in sophisticated multifunction peripherals (MFPs), very few exploit their full capabilities as document capture and management devices.

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  • Device suitability - just how much of your body does your mobile device demand?

    Despite the future simplicity of interacting with technology demonstrated in sci-fi such as Star Trek - pocket-able communicators, talking to computers, and getting medical information from a handheld scanner - the reality of mobile technology in the workplace can still be a huge let down. The IT and telecoms industries have delivered on the flip phone visual promise and computer portability of Star Trek, but the wealth of features found on a mobile phone, laptop or handheld computer means they are often complicated to use and offer more features than the average worker needs.

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  • Preventing data loss - what's needed? The search for standards

    The UK's MPs may rue the day a disk listing details of their expenses was leaked to the Daily Telegraph from the House of Commons Fees Office earlier this year, but they were going to be made public at some point anyway, courtesy of the UK's Freedom of Information Act which the MPs themselves passed in to law in 2000.

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  • Finding MeMo (Memorable Mobile applications)

    "Mobile application stores - should they be controlled by handset manufacturers?" This question was circulated among members of the Mobile Data Association (MDA) group on linkedin last month, and it was clear from the responses and other recent announcements from across the industry, that this is a key battleground for the many different players in the mobile ecosystem. As well as the handset vendors such as Palm, BlackBerry or Nokia and software platform vendors like Microsoft, these also include mobile operators who have devices tailored or tuned to their specifications and networks, and a number of independent portals who offer applications across all networks and devices.

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