Source: IDCAccording to IDC, the worldwide PC market remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2004 with growth of 13.7%.
While the news this week from Redwood City is, for the most part, good for PeopleSoft/J.D.
Meta Group reports that it has seen a jump in the number of inquires related to database security and compliance throughout 2004. It looks like most large organizations are confused over how to react to the tidal wave of regulation that has given them a sense of urgency to drop everything and tackle data privacy.
Can't seem to let go of the 2004 retrospectives, so, we'll allow ourselves one last look. Just what kind of news articles did IT decision makers and influencers read lastyear?
This year, we can expect business process outsourcing (BPO) to continue as one of the top IT services hot spots. A trend among the largest suppliers of services such as Capgemini and Accenture has been to leverage their consulting servicesand combine them with traditional outsourcing, resulting in whatone analyst calls a "turbo-charged" affect, called transformational outsourcing.
According to Yankee Group(client reg. req.), 911 capability ranks high on a consumer's list of must haves in telephone service, but early adopters are willing to put up with inconvenience and risk of lower quality 911 for the lower price and added features of VoIP.
The latest ZDNet IT Priorities data show business applications breaking from the pack of current projects. Let's dig a little deeper in to the data to see which software projects organizations are spending their IT dollars on today.
" We believe the Mac Mini will increase the percentage of iPod-toting Windows users who purchase a Mac by almost threefold" News.com: Analysts like Needham's Charles Wolf think that Apple's new lower cost Mac is going to be a hit.
The latest from ZDNet's monthly research into the budget priorities of IT managers shows software infrastructure spending snapping a three-month focus on IT management with 28% of the total IT budget. Current interest is focused on ERP, followed by directory services and open source projects.
One of the most interesting findings from ZDNet's annual study of enterprise security is the degree to which organizations have matured with respect to implementing formal plans for defense. Take a look at the data on the percentage of respondent organizations that have a comprehensive security plan in place.