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.
Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail technology, digital signage hardware and mobile payment trends. Natalie attended George Washington University, where she studied communication sciences, and also the University of South Florida, where she received a B.A. in News-Editorial Journalism.
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.
Updated 9/26/05 9:40 AM: While all eyes were on Oracle this week, we were busy pulling together our proprietary data that shows how the burgeoning software maker has fared over the year in our directory of IT resources and where it stood among competing vendors in our IT Priorities survey.
Synergy Research Group recently reported good but not surprising news for the red hot IP telephony market. In Q2 2005, the U.
Giving you plenty of time to think it over, December 2005 will see the release of the latest book in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), a framework for best practices in IT Service Management that I have written about recently.
With September IT Priorities data collected and analyzed, we finally added third quarter results to our vendor deliberations study and discovered that across all IT categories in our taxonomy, Cisco received the greatest proportion of “prefer” (84%) votes to “avoid” (16%) among all named vendors (open text responses) over the last four quarters.
Which direction Apple takes as it builds on it success of its iPod and iTunes business and moves to Intel chips is among the biggest question marks in the tech industry. SiliconValley.
So you've had your fill of spin on the latest round of tech mergers, but throwing into the mix some independent analyst perspectives on the Oracle/Siebel and eBay/Skype deals couldn't hurt. Oracle/SiebelNucleus Research gives Oracle high marks for its acquisition of Siebel, saying that the combination of each vendor's technologies will bode well for customers that recognize the value of integrating data from multiple sources to streamline customer support and service.
Most IT pros like you access the wealth of resources from our IT Directory via search. Using our BT Trax intelligence tool, we recently turned our attention to analyzing search terms to see which ones led to the most downloads across major categories.
An analysis of hardware trends in our IT Priorities data reveals that when planned server projects pick up, planned storage projects drop, or vice versa. A chart shows a nearly inverse relationship between the two central hardware investments over the last 12 months.
With Labor Day weekend quickly vanishing into a memory, the team has just finished compiling this month's IT priorities data. The big news is that what happened last month with security is now pretty much undone.
"The web is increasingly less about places and other nouns, but verbs." Ross Mayfield points out how the Internet is becoming less of a place (cyberspace) and more of a way to socialize and tap into groups: "The Web's greater innovation over the past couple of years has not been about technology or personal productivity, but enhancing our capabilities to act with groups," he said in his blog.
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- 5 Expert advice on advice: use Gartner and Nucleus Research, drop TCO