Ovum analyst Neil Ward-Dutton dismisses financial analysts who expect the IT industry to have a big recovery and return to significant spending. He says this kind of thinking is just plain wrong: There will be no big 'recovery', because IT is increasingly becoming part of the furniture of business - and as a consequence, IT spending is being controlled and prioritized just like any other spending.
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While U.S. businesses...
Recent data from Forrester shows the trend for centralized IT control beginning to teeter-totter back towards decentralization. Sixty-six percent of North American enterprises describe their IT organization as centralized, down from 74% in 2003.
Companies with data stored in remote back up facilities are taking notice of a recent spurt of activity around a storage technology called wide-area file services (WAFS). WAFS makes it possible to leverage IP to access a remote data center as though it were local, meaning that companies with lots of branch offices can centrally manage backups.
In response to my blog entry about Microsoft's first big errata report regarding Service Pack 2, ZDNet reader and self-proclaimed PC neophyte Steve...
A security researcher has turned up another problem with Internet Explorer that paves the way for malicious code to sneak by all that Microsoft's Service Pack 2 for Windows XP has to offer (from a security perspective), store itself on a hard drive, and install itself the next time a system boots up.
Though the motivation for developing and adopting it has been to fight spam (and phishing), SenderID probably shouldn't be thought of as an anti-spam standard.
According to Yankee Group survey results (client-registration required), 59% of mid-market companies (1,000 to 1,999 employees) have plans to deploy Web services in 12 months.