Tom Espiner

Senior Reporter

Tom is a technology reporter for ZDNet.com, writing about all manner of security and open-source issues.Tom had various jobs after leaving university, including working for a company that hired out computers as props for films and television, and a role turning the entire back catalogue of a publisher into e-books.Tom eventually found that journalism was for him, and after a period of freelancing, landed a job as security reporter for ZDNet UK. He covers the security beat, writing about everything from hacking and cybercrime to threats and mitigation. He also focuses on open source and emerging technologies, all the while trying to cut through greenwash.

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Microsoft criticises single-platform strategy

Microsoft criticises single-platform strategy

Microsoft said this week that companies with a single-platform IT strategy would spend more on maintenance in the long term. Commenting on a report into lack of alignment between IT and business, released on Tuesday, Matt Dunstan, application platform group manager at Microsoft, said the use of single, legacy monolithic platforms, such as Unix, reduced the flexibility of IT departments and prevented them from being able to meet the needs of the wider business.

July 4, 2007 by in SAP

SAP admits 'downloading' not hacking Oracle

SAP admits 'downloading' not hacking Oracle

Oracle earlier this year accused SAP of hacking into its customer support centre and stealing proprietary software code -- it turns out that SAP made some "inappropriate" downloads.In a filing to the US District Court in San Francisco on Monday, SAP said that TomorrowNow, which resells Oracle support as part of its business, was "authorised to download material from Oracle's Web site" on behalf of TomorrowNow customers.

July 3, 2007 by in SAP