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A CIO's guide to the future of work

Today's digital workplace is constantly inundated with new applications and devices, as tech investment also decentralizes. Top technology leaders are seeking an orderly path to improvement, yet the the way forward remains more turbulent than ever. Fortunately, there are perspectives that can help.

October 29, 2014 by

SAP invests in Brazil cloud facility

German firm announces multimillion-dollar investment to offer some applications on its own cloud to local customers - but ERP is not on the cards.

September 3, 2014

Using Windows XP is a waste of money, says IDC

IDC has published a white paper that explains "Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea". It claims that upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 pays for itself in a year, in increased productivity and reduced support costs, and provides a return on investment (ROI) of 137 percent over three years.

May 28, 2012 by

A BigCommerce fish in a small pond

Fresh from a $15 million investment windfall, Aussie-owned Texas-based company BigCommerce plans to double its Sydney engineering team to support its lofty ambitions to become the global leader in software as a service (SaaS) e-commerce applications.

August 12, 2011 by

Reconciling Sun's Java investments with Oracle's: a simple suggestion

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.

March 5, 2010 by

Forrester: SaaS adoption up, but hurdles remain

Twenty one percent of companies are piloting software as service applications, up from 18 percent a year ago, according to a recent Forrester research report. However, even as SaaS adoption increases during the current recession worries about total cost of ownership remains among software buyers.

February 23, 2009 by

Wanted: ROI for internal app development

Only 42 percent of companies calculate return on investment for applications they develop, according to a survey. The survey, conducted by PreEmptive Solutions in early December, finds that companies just don't measure return for their internal applications.

January 26, 2009 by

Services capability. Check. Financing arm. Check.

National Wind, the wind development company focused on encouraging local investment and ownership for its wind projects, has completed its purchase of investment banker Delphi Financial.Given how quickly National Wind is signing new projects, the company figured it made sense to acquire its own renewable energy financing specialist and Delphi Financial fit that description.

September 5, 2008 by

Making the security ROI model work

Chief Security Officers face a challenging quandary at budget-time because the traditional return on investment (ROI) model falls apart when it is applied to security products — but as that is the only language budget-approvers speak, what is a CSO to do?

April 9, 2008 by

The 10 top challenges facing enterprise mashups

The promise of remixing existing online services and data into entirely new online applications in a rapid, inexpensive manner, often referred to as mashups, has captured the software industry's imagination since the release of first major example,, in early 2005. Since then, mashups have offered the potential to finally make widespread software reuse a reality, enable SOA initiatives to achieve positive ROI, and radically drive down the cost of application development while satisfying large applications backlogs that plague organizations almost everywhere.

October 16, 2007 by

Workday unveils Financials and Work Tags

Since Workday publicly appeared on the scene in January 2006, it has been self-described as a "revolutionary application platform and the next generation of business applications to drive your enterprise's performance," with applications that will be "dramatically easy to use, be responsive to your organization's changing needs and will significantly lower your total cost of ownership.

August 19, 2007 by

Get real: ROI is a necessary passage for SOA

SOA can show ROI from the get-go on a project basis. Progress says they do it all the time. From that, more projects beget more SOA use and methodology adoption. Project by project, more work is therefore done to free up more data as a services layer. Same with more applications, components, and logic. Before you know it, SOA blossoms from tactical to strategic, perhaps paying for itself along the way and not as a "if we build it, they will come" bet.

March 16, 2007 by

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