Big Blue to open new London datacentre as part of its $1.2bn investment in its SoftLayer cloud services worldwide.
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US-based cloud security firm CipherCloud is planning to expand into EMEA after receiving a $30m investment from a venture capital firm.
The British Business Embassy, set up by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to capitalise on global interest in the London Olympics, will hold a Global Business Summit on ICT on 3 August and open an online showcase that will run for six months.
Mike Lynch, who made more than half a billion pounds by selling his company to HP, is apparently planning to turn serious investor. Early signs suggest he is focusing his attention on Cambridge's Silicon Fen
The UK's fast broadband rollout needs an extra billion pounds in private investment if government targets are to be met, academics from the London School of Economics have calculated.The government wants 90 percent of the country to have access to super-fast broadband by 2015, with everyone getting at least some broadband access by that date.
Boris Johnson wants to take control of the development fund responsible for promoting tech investment in 'Tech City', East London, according to a report.The mayor announced his desire to take control of the Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) on Friday at the InnoTech summit taking place in the capital.
London, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and more to get investment for high-speed networks...
HTC has acquired new gaming and video-on-demand content delivery expertise by buying into two companies, OnLive and Saffron Digital.On Monday, the smartphone manufacturer said in a statement that it was making a "strategic investment" in London-based Saffron Digital, which specialises in multimedia content delivery technology.
The US networking giant is focusing on SMEs with its investment of millions in technology, money and manpower, part of which will develop the East London Tech City rival to Silicon Valley
A lot of people think that merging Oracle's Java investment with Sun's is going to be a big deal for the two groups - but they're wrong. There will be lots of noise and running about but, in the end, it will all signify nothing because the real bottom line on the use of Java in enterprise applications is that this was always a case of making silk purses out of sow ears - and just doesn't have a future.
At JavaOne in San Francisco, Calif., Oracle CEO Larry Ellison talks to Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy about the future of Java development. Ellison says he will continue to expand investment in Java and sees the programming language being used in a variety of devices including Google's Android phones and Netbooks.
A London School of Economics report suggests that a 15 billion pound (US$22.1 billion) investment in broadband, smart grid and intelligent transport technology could create 700,000 jobs.
A London School of Economics report suggests that a £15bn investment in broadband, smart grid and intelligent transport technology could create 700,000 jobs
Sun Microsystems announced today the release of the JavaFX Mobile platform. Built on top of the existing Java ME platform, JavaFX Mobile allows developers to create immersive mobile content while leveraging their existing investment in Java.
There's an old investment adage: When Wall Street sneezes, London catches a cold and some of my UK colleagues are already complaining about 'man flu.' Economic indicators coming out of the UK suggest the technology sector could be in for a rough ride during 2008.
A couple of weeks ago, I presented REST to the IT staff in the London division of a major US investment bank. Out of something like 100 people, only a small number of people had ever heard of REST.
Groovy is a dynamic language that integrates seamlessly with the Java platform. It offers a syntax that mixes ideas from Java, Smalltalk, Python and Ruby, and lets your reuse all your Java libraries and protect the investment you made in Java skills, tools or application servers. Version 1.0 was released this week.
We need to see Java capabilities start to accelerate beyond those of rival technologies. We need to see more investment in development. We need to see hiring. The test is here.
lekkimworld: Is the lack of Java skills in the Notes/Domino developer community the Achilles´ heel of IBM?
Mikkel Heisterberg totally gets it in termsof where Notes is going and some of the opportunities, and challenges,of Notes in the "Hannover" release (emphasis mine):Thoughsupported it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to build the kindsof composite, networked applications that will be possible with Hannoverusing LotusScript. You'll need Java for these kinds of applications. Thisbrings us back to IBM since this fact will be a real Achilles' heal [sic]when it comes to the adoption and getting the real benefit from the newHannover client. The success of the Hannover client and the applicationspossible will rest on getting the customers to use and new features andbegin to develop composite applications. I don'tknow if Mikkel has my phone tapped, but this is exactly the message I'vebeen delivering to colleagues over the last couple of weeks. It iscritical that Notes"Hannover" demonstratebest-in-class usability and all the other great things coming, but themain driver for upgrades will be the new value in "Hannover"-- the fact that for the first time, Notes is more than just a client forDomino. This is a complex thought. The attention paid to "Hannover"since its announcement last May has been primarily around the major refreshof the user interface. This gets everybody's attention , eye candyalways does. But "improved user interface", no matter howamazing the new UI is (and from everything I've seen so far, it totallyrocks), won't necessarily be enough for the CFO to approve an IT projectto upgrade Notes. Other new things, like activitesand compositeapplications -- now it getsinteresting. If you remember back a few years to when Lotus first announced "collaborationfor J2EE", one of the driving factors for starting to build what isnow known as Workplace Collaboration Services/Workplace Designer/WorkplaceManaged Client was the coming market shift to Java/J2EE as a mainstreamapplication development language. I disagree with Mikkel that IBMhasn't been promoting Java to Lotus developers -- look at Lotusphere agendasfor three years running now, and it's clear from jumpstarts to the breakoutsand BoFs that IBM has. But maybe still not enough. Becausemany many organizations report now that they are building all new applicationsin J2EE (or in .NET or both), and are less-inclined to build new apps inanything else -- no matter how easy it is to get a Notes application upand running. "Hannover" represents an opportunity to unify two applicationdevelopment worlds -- Notes developers building Notes apps and Java developersbuilding Java apps.The community at large needs to skill-upand get to grips with Java. Now is a good a time as any to get started- rather sooner than later. The reward will be apparent once Hannover isreleased. Composite applications represent a transformation-- Notes does more than just Domino applications. Understanding thisnow will prepare for "Hannover", and how to better leverage yourNotes investment in the future. Link:lekkimworld: Is the lack of Java skills in the Notes/Domino developer communitythe Achilles' heel of IBM? >
I've been hiding in meeting rooms muchof yesterday and today, talking with the press about this week's announcementsand the state of the market. Yesterday afternoon, I met with threeJapanese journalists for what was one of the best interviews I've donein a long time.These guys were prepared! Theyhad excellent questions which reflected the Japanese cultural tendencyto think long-term and in multiple directions. I don't speak Japanese,but I know a few of the key phrases and intonations of the language. Combinethat with the "Engrish" (romanji character) pronunciation ofmany of the technical words, and I was able to understand most of the questionseven before they had been translated. The eye contact was intense,the laughter reflected in the creases in the corner of the eye, and itall worked despite my constant reminder to myself to say "hai"at appropriate points and never to use the word "no".So what was the question worth blogging? It was, essentially -- four years ago, you announced a J2EE-basedcollaboration strategy. It was a two-lane highway. Today wehear a lot of news about ongoing investment and enhancement in the coreNotes/Domino technologies, and no two-lane highway. What has changedand why?I love this question (and I told theJapanese that I do). The question is asked at user groups, by journalists,by CIOs. It requires a philosophical answer, but is one that I getasked enough that I've honed the philosophy.When Al Zollar stood on that stage fouryears ago and announced collaboration for J2EE, a number of things drovethe decision. The primary two still make perfect sense today. 1) Software is becoming componentized. You can see it in the way IBM and others build solutions today.The new Sametime uses an Eclipse framework, a Codec from someone else,etc. Making components to provide collaborative capabilities is agood idea. 2) J2EE, or alternatively .NET, havebecome the primary languages for application developers. The forecastin 2002 was that by 2005, 80% of all new apps would be written in one orthe other. I don't think it happened that way -- for a variety ofreasons, I think the number is lower. But it is still a fact thata new computer science graduate from unversity is more likely to be focusedon Java or .NET than anything else. And convincing them learn todevelop in Domino Designer is a challenge, because it's "proprietary"to one (albeit incredibly popular) platform.So we had to start getting behind oneof these development platforms, and as IBM, it makes sense that we choseJava. The Workplace Collaboration Services, and many of the Workplace-brandedproducts, reflect this. But a funny thing happened on the way toJ2EE-based collaboration -- market adoption of Notes/Domino continued,and more importantly, existing customers grew their Domino investmentsthrough larger user populations and increasing numbers of applications.The problem with the "two-lanehighway" was that there was an implication you would eventually haveto move to the other lane, and it would take some superhuman feat to doso. There's no ROI in migration, and IBM -- unlike our primary competitor-- just don't believe in it. So instead of following separate andparallel development paths, we started finding ways to integrate the new,Java-based, componentized technologies with the existing Notes/Domino products.This results in several things you saw/heardyesterday -- at the client side, Notes integrates with the Workplace ManagedClient as a plug-in. The next version of Domino will integrate portaltechnologies into the server. They are still Notes and Domino-- running every Notes application that you do today, with no architecturalchanges required. But now we integrate the Activities model intoNotes; we integrate the components into Notes (Sametime 7.5 will providethe IM plug-in for Notes "Hannover"). It becomes the bestof all worlds -- continuing investment and innovation for the productsin use by 61,000 customers today, while adopting for the "nextgen"of Java-based programming. Tools like IBM Workplace Designer helpbridge the two, by providing a Java-based development tool that works likeDomino Designer. In a future version, it will even build rich clientapplications.I have been at Lotus through this entiretransition and journey. And when I see what the development teamhas done to leverage our strengths and heritage, combined with toolingfor the future, it makes me incredibly proud to be a part of all of this. We're doing what's right for customers, not just what's convenientfor us (whehter that be a 64-bit migration or an obsolesence of existingproduct APIs). It takes more work, but the best and the brightestare making it happen. And the best part is, it has made Notes evenmore powerful, and more useful, for the next sixteen years of its lifecycle.
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