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  • Customise your ERP or adapt to it? What's your strategy?

    If your enterprise has customised your mission-critical ERP systems over the years, your future upgrades will likely be more troublesome and terrifying because the changes can conflict with the patches. On the other hand, if you are running out-of-the-box ERP with little customisation, maybe you're not getting all the important features your business needs.
    So what's a CIO to do? And how do you figure out what to do next if upgrades or replacement are looming in your future?

    Written by Todd R. Weiss14 July 11 22:00
  • Tech company CFOs anticipate revenue increase in 2011

    Increased revenue will foster mergers and acquisitions in the technology space, according to a survey by accounting and consulting firm BDO USA that polled chief financial officers at technology firms.

    Written by Fred O'Connor05 Feb. 11 22:00
  • How to become the most important IT company

    By almost any measure, Cisco Systems, Inc. is the biggest fish in the networking pond. Thanks to more than 130 acquisitions, a brisk pace of internal development and a much-discussed new organisational structure that the company is using to attack a slew of new markets, Cisco's reach extends from the consumer to the enterprise and deep into service provider networks. The company offers everything from personal video cameras to high-end telepresence systems, set-top video boxes to, lately, servers for the data centre, in addition to more traditional network gear like routers and switches.
    But Cisco's real ambition, as articulated by its high-energy CEO, John Chambers, is to become the most important IT company of all. In this installment of IDG Enterprise's 'CEO Interview Series,' Chambers talked with IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant, Computerworld Editor-in-Chief Scot Finnie and InfoWorld.com Editor-in-Chief Eric Knorr about the market transitions fuelling Cisco's bold strategy, what it means for enterprise customers and how the company will compete head-to-head against the industry's biggest players.

    Written by John Gallant11 March 10 22:00
  • Landmark ruling Against HP's EDS gives customers new power

    In what could be an important decision for the IT outsourcing industry and its customers, a London court recently ruled that EDS ( now part of Hewlett-Packard) must pay damages to a former outsourcing customer for failing to live up to its sales pitch.
    British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB) had signed a £48 million outsourcing contract with EDS to build a customer service system in 2000, but terminated the deal early in 2002 after what it said was "woeful" performance by the IT service provider. BSkyB alleged deceit, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract by EDS.

    Written by Stephanie Overby10 Feb. 10 22:00
  • Are Oracle and SAP too big for their own good?

    The battle and competition in the enterprise software market between SAP and Oracle has fast become one of the hottest rivalries in high-tech. And while it might not have the pop-culture pizzazz of Red Sox-Yankees or Coke-Pepsi, the passion of the thousands of the combatants involved makes it no less fervent or important a battle.
    As it stands now, these companies are big. Not only in revenues, customers and market cap, but also in the number of employees who call each vendor "my employer."

    Written by Thomas Wailgum16 Jan. 10 22:00
  • Australian Taxation Office axes long-standing IT supplier

    The Australian Taxation Office has cut a A$60 million chunk out of the long-standing mammoth technology contracts it has held with outsourcing firm EDS .
    The outsourcer, which has been recently rebranded as HP Enterprise Services, has been axed from a shortlist of five service providers to provide desktop services, under the Tax Office's End User Computing (EUC) services bundle.

    Written by Paul Smith16 Nov. 09 22:00
  • IBM, Sun unable to reach a deal

    IBM and Sun Microsystems have been unable to reach agreement on the terms of an acquisition, with the talks nearing collapse on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
    Sun's board rejected a formal acquisition offer by IBM on Saturday, considering the offer price too low, the Journal said. Sun was also concerned that the offer gave IBM too much leeway to walk away from the deal, according to the newspaper, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the situation. IDG News Service, San Francisco Bureau

    Written by James Niccolai05 April 09 22:00
  • Dean Butchers exits Lenovo

    Lenovo country manager Dean Butchers is leaving Lenovo after 14 years to become general manager of global sales at agri-tech company Tru-Test Group.
    Butchers says his responsibilities will be shared between the vendor's Australian-based director of small business and consumer, Callum Eade, and its A/NZ sales director Paul Richardson.

    Written by Reseller News NZ29 March 09 23:00
  • Ballmer says IBM-Sun deal could help Microsoft

    A union between IBM and Sun Microsystems would give Microsoft a competitive advantage during the time IBM worked to incorporate Sun's copious assets into a combined company, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer said Thursday.
    "We have a lot of competition with IBM and I don't think it will change strategically," he said during an appearance in New York. "I think it gives them a year or two where all they're doing is digesting it. I relish that year."

    Written by Elizabeth Montalbano18 March 09 23:00
  • EDS offers new option for mid-market firms

    David Caspari, vice president of EDS in Australia and New Zealand, foresees a strong 2009, citing the outsourcing company's third consecutive year of strong profit and cash flow.
    “The current environment is good for EDS. In a difficult economy, CEOs are asking CIOs to reduce costs and take a look at the balance sheet," says Caspari.

    Written by CIO New Zealand staff15 March 09 23:00
  • Richard Prowse exits Symantec

    Symantec New Zealand country manager Richard Prowse is leaving the company after two years in charge.
    Symantec would not discuss why Prowse is leaving but confirmed his resignation.

    Written by Hamish Barwick22 April 08 22:00
  • IT companies defy credit crunch

    Segments of the information technology sector are still feeling bullish about expansion despite the impact of the credit crunch on corporate spending.
    Storage hardware maker NetApp and search engine optimisation company ReachLocal have unveiled aggressive plans to expand local operations.

    Written by Agnes King03 April 08 23:00
  • Oracle to buy BEA Systems for US$8.5 billion

    Oracle has agreed to buy BEA Systems for about US$8.5 billion, or $19.375 per share, the companies announced.
    BEA's board of directors turned down an initial offer from Oracle of $17 per BEA share in October, saying it "significantly undervalues BEA." Oracle in turn dismissed the BEA board's counteroffer of $21 per share as "impossibly high."

    Written by Chris Kanaracus15 Jan. 08 22:00