A confluence of trends will drive SMBs (small and midsize businesses) to make some of the most important IT decisions they’ve ever made, said analyst firm Gartner in a report published today.IT departments in SMBs don't have it easy.
Natalie is a ZDNet staff writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.
This month's IT Priorities results show that projects revolving around Web Technology, which include implementations like Web services, portals, and e-commerce, have taken a back seat to five other major areas of IT investment; wired and wireless networking (no. 1), hardware upgrades (no.
Saw some great ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) quotes recently gathered from our readers in a presentation the senior management team was about to deliver to a client. The best practice framework for treating IT like a business can be approached in piecemeal and not all components need to be adopted, so progress can vary greatly.
In his latest "Alert Highlight," (it might as well be called a blog), AMR’s Bruce Richardson muses over the "Google Economy," a subject not suffering from any lack of coverage these days. His final of five points stood out and deserves some attention:No.
AMR Research’s Bruce Richardson writes about what he calls "predatory supply chains," situations where manufacturers through exclusive contracts monopolize key inputs leaving competitors high and dry, especially in new growth markets. Richardson introduces the idea with Apple's iPod.
In a clear sign that cultures the world over are growing more comfortable with online shopping, a study from ACNielsen Europe published today reveals that about 10 percent of the world's population - more than 627 million people - has shopped online at least once. The countries with the highest incidents of shopping online were Germany, Austria, and the UK with at least 95 percent of surveyed Internet users having made purchases online.
October’s IT Priorities findings show that software infrastructure has reclaimed the second place position from hardware upgrades, which is now back as the no. 3 top priority among our approximately 500 respondents who take our survey each month.
A BT Trax analysis of sister site TechRepublic shows that over the last month, among the top-10 consumed resources, the most popular vendors were Microsoft, Google and Mozilla; the most popular product was Windows XP; and the most popular topic was security (VPN, DNS, patches).
The growing popularity of software-as-a-service vendors like Salesforce.com, and recent moves, like Oracle's acquisition of Siebel, are indicators that the software industry is tilting toward an on-demand future.
In the eyes of its creators, the World Wide Web was never designed to take on the role as the be-all end-all architecture for a truly distributed global information system. But while large vendors, standards groups and technologists have grown dependent on the Web and treat it that way, some researchers are taking a revolutionary approach to the problem and addressing it at the very core of information design.