Analyst house Gartner has predicted that 'citizen developers' are set to play an increasingly important role in creating business apps. Gartner defines citizen developers as users, working outside the scope of enterprise IT and its governance, who create new business apps for others to use either from scratch or by mashing up and building on various existing services.
The UK's software industry is flourishing according to research firm TechMarketView. Last year, the top 50 UK software companies reported revenue growth of around 20 percent, together with operating profit growth of around 25 percent — showing that the UK's software industry is "a thriving and highly profitable business", says TechMarketView.
According to silicon.com's latest CIO jury, businesses have not turned to open source as a means of making their IT budgets go further.
Apple has refreshed its iMac line of all-in-one desktops and MacBooks. The new and improved LED-backlit iMacs come with a choice of graphics and hard-drive options, as well as a long-awaited built-in SD card slot.
CNET UK has reported that a number of people have already received their copies of Windows 7, despite its official release date of 22 October.The report stated that some UK customers had received a copy of the new operating system as early as Monday.
Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder and CEO of anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, has criticised Microsoft's brand image after the launch of its Security Essentials. In an interview with ZDNet Asia on Friday, he said that "security is not part of Microsoft's identity", and that consumers will not believe in them as a security brand.
Microsoft said on Thursday that it believes it has recovered most of the Sidekick data that it initially feared might be lost. In a letter to customers, corporate vice president Roz Ho said Microsoft planned to begin restoring users' data as soon as possible, starting with personal contacts.
After Microsoft announced plans to enter the retail market earlier this year, it has been keeping quiet on what to expect from its stores. But sources tell ZDNet UK's sister site, CNET News, to expect flashy monitors, fancy PCs and a giant display.
Research firm Forrester has recommended that companies create their own "technology watch lists" so they know when cutting-edge technology is available for widespread adoption. According to Forrester, CIOs should not only use this list to educate their business peers and influence their strategy, but also to stay ahead of executives tempted to bring in news articles or case studies noting good results for early adopters of the technologies.
The BBC has appointed Tiffany Hall as a new chief information officer in a shakeup of its broadcast and technology area within the Future Media and Technology division. Hall, who joined the BBC as an IT project manager in 1995, will be responsible for strategic planning of the BBC’s infrastructure and information security systems from 12 October.
Airport operator BAA is set to roll out Windows 7 across the company as part of a £60m investment into IT systems. The operator has been testing the system, and now hopes the rollout will simplify its IT structure and contribute to a cost-cutting initiative across the company.
Microsoft could do more to simplify its software licensing, according to the company's chief executive Steve Ballmer. Speaking at a Windows 7 event in London on Monday, he said that Microsoft's licence terms could be made clearer, but that any simplifications could result in extra costs for its customers.
So far, the Mac hasn't had the same success in the corporate world that it has had with consumers. Few companies have chosen Apple over classic Windows-Intel machines, even though there are signs that their employees would like to go Mac.
For Steve Ballmer fans, Microsoft plans to release a special edition of Windows 7 Ultimate that comes in a package with the chief executive's signature on the front.The software maker did the same thing with Vista, Ina Fried of CNET News.
From Tuesday, British Airways will let business class passengers on its London-to-New York route use their mobile phones for emailing, texting and using the web.The in-flight connectivity service, provided by OnAir, is being introduced on two Airbus A318 flights between City Airport and JFK.