Kenya to spend $93 million on citizen database

Rebecca Wanjiku by Rebecca Wanjiku - April 17th, 2014

After months of struggling to deal with undocumented immigrants, corruption and inefficiency, the Kenyan government is investing $93 million in a database that will contain all citizen information, shared across ministries.

Oracle identifies products affected by Heartbleed

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - April 17th, 2014

Oracle has issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be affected by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products.

Why the IBM System/360 launch was the dawn of enterprise IT

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2014

Fifty years ago on April 7, IBM announced the computer that the task force had designed, the System/360.

Head-Over-Heels for HANA

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2014

The MOOC will explain the ins and outs of running SAP’s Business Suite on HANA, as well as the impacts that will have on different lines of business and industries, SAP said Thursday. …

IBM System/360: The dawn of enterprise IT

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - April 7th, 2014

Fifty years ago, IBM announced the mainframe computer that its task force had designed – the System/360.

Researchers publicly disclose vulnerabilities in Oracle Java Cloud Service

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 6th, 2014

Researchers from Polish security firm Security Explorations, who found many Java vulnerabilities in the past, decided to publicly disclose the Java Cloud Service security weaknesses because they weren’t satisfied with how Oracle handled …

Infor goes all-in with Amazon Web Services for cloud ERP

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - March 27th, 2014

Infor is showing increasing interest in Amazon Web Services for its cloud ERP software strategy, with plans to begin offering a series of product suites on the company’s IaaS (infrastructure as a service).

Oracle reverses hardware revenue decline in Q3

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - March 19th, 2014

Oracle’s third-quarter revenue rose 4 percent to US$9.3 billion while net income increased 2 percent to $2.6 billion, buoyed by growth in new software licenses and cloud subscriptions as well as a long-anticipated rise in hardware product revenue.

Quest for growth

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - March 12th, 2014

Jumbo Electronics is tapping new technologies as it forges the path to business innovation

Intel’s new Xeon server chip pushes Itanium closer to end

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - February 20th, 2014

The writing is on the wall for Intel’s high-end Itanium chip, with the launch this week of the high-performance usurper, the chip maker’s 15-core Xeon E7 v2 chip.

The ugly truth about virtualisation

Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group by Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group - February 18th, 2014

According to Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, mobility has brought back I/O problems after two decades.

Changing Dynamics

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 9th, 2014

When it implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX 12, Fair Point Furniture in Sharjah completely changed the way it was able to do business, providing itself with a strong platform on which to grow.

Satya Nadella to succeed Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - February 5th, 2014

Microsoft has finally concluded its protracted search and chosen its new CEO: Satya Nadella, who as executive vice president of the company’s Cloud and Enterprise group has successfully steered the shift of the company’s back-end server software and tools to the cloud.

Oracle broadens legal fight against third-party Solaris support providers

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 29th, 2014

Oracle is continuing its legal battle against third-party software support providers it alleges are performing such services in a manner that violates its intellectual property.

SDL looks to battle Oracle, in ‘customer experience’

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 28th, 2014

Customer experience has emerged as one of the enterprise software industry’s hotter segments of late, as companies try to run marketing, sales and support across both traditional and digital channels.

Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $2.3 billion

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - January 26th, 2014

Lenovo Group has agreed to buy IBM’s x86 server hardware business and related maintenance services for US$2.3 billion, it announced Thursday.

SAP expects revenue of $30 billion by 2017, driven by cloud

By John Ribeiro and Chris Kanaracus by By John Ribeiro and Chris Kanaracus - January 22nd, 2014

SAP plans to increase its total revenue to at least €22 billion (US$30 billion), with revenue from its cloud business expected to grow up to €3.5 billion by 2017.

Stepping on the gas

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 21st, 2014

Emirates Gas is a subsidiary of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). It specialises in compressing cooking gas or industrial gas into cylinders and then selling the gas on. If you’ve ever seen those trucks rolling around Dubai with dozens of red gas cylinders on the back, the chances are that the gas came from Emirates Gas.

Prevention is better than cure

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 21st, 2014

With security so high on the agenda, businesses are doing everything they can to safeguard their networks from cyber-criminals keen to capitalise on software exploits. But do businesses pay enough attention to software updates when there are hundreds of other issues to address?

Oracle reports rapid cloud uptake in Dubai

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 20th, 2014

Oracle’s Alfonso Di Ianni, Senior Vice President, East Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa, has said that cloud adoption in Dubai has seen a marked upswing in the past 12 months.

Oracle builds a bridge to with new adapter

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 19th, 2014

Kicking off an initiative to better bridge cloud services with its own software, Oracle has released an adapter that allows organisations to copy data between their accounts and Oracle software.

Digital dreams

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 13th, 2014

The healthcare industry is notorious for the amount of paper it consumes. From lengthy patient records to scribbled prescription notes, hospitals and healthcare organisations are always grappling with the problem of what to do with its masses of paper.

Gulf Air completes Oracle E-Business suite upgrade to R12

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 13th, 2014

Gulf Air has completed the transition of Oracle E-Business suite upgrade to R12 using the its in-house IT capabilities.

Expo 2020 outlook

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 13th, 2014

On 26 November, 2013, Dubai was awarded the opportunity to host the World Expo 2020. And with this, the city has been given a chance to make huge developments.

Oracle set to issue 147 security patches, including 36 for Java

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 13th, 2014

Oracle is about to release one of its largest security patch batches in recent memory, with some 147 fixes coming Tuesday for vulnerabilities in Java SE, its flagship database, business applications and assorted other products.

Verizon signs-up Oracle to tackle Amazon in the cloud

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - January 13th, 2014

Verizon is building up its cloud service to take on the heavyweight of the industry – Amazon Web Services – and says it took a big step toward that direction by partnering with Oracle this week.

What’s Next for India’s Outsourcing Industry? Q&A with outgoing NASSCOM president

Stephanie Overby by Stephanie Overby - January 9th, 2014

In the 25 years since India’s most well-known IT services trade group National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) was formed, the country’s global outsourcing industry has experienced tremendous growth, but also its share of ups and downs.

Atkins sets up planning office for 2022 Qatar World Cup using Esri software

Anh Nguyen by Anh Nguyen - January 8th, 2014

Engineering consultancy Atkins has helped establish a new government office in the 2022 FIFA World Cup host nation of Qatar using systems based on Esri mapping software.

Oracle makes cloud advancement by acquiring SDN firm Corente

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 8th, 2014

Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs (wide area networks), in a strike against competitors Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close early this year, weren’t disclosed on Tuesday.

Enterprise apps in 2014: What’s in store

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 6th, 2014

If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP and CRM implementations to cloud-based services. Here’s a look at what some of the sector’s main players are likely to do as the year unfolds.

Kaspersky Lab: global internet threat up 6.9 percent in 2013

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 22nd, 2013

The overall global Internet threat level grew by 6.9 percentage points in 2013, with 41.6 percent of user computers being attacked at least once, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Oracle to buy marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - December 22nd, 2013

Oracle is set to acquire business-to-consumer marketing software vendor Responsys for US$1.5 billion in a bid to flesh out its own capabilities as well as strike back at rivals such as and Microsoft.

Oracle’s Q2: What to expect

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - December 17th, 2013

Oracle is gearing up to report its second-quarter earnings Wednesday and given the restrained expectations CFO Sandra Katz earlier set for key areas such as software revenue, Oracle’s results are sure to come under even more scrutiny than the tech bellwether already gets.

Dell customers raise concerns over privatisation

Matthew Finnegan by Matthew Finnegan - December 15th, 2013

Dell customers have given a mixed reception to its recent privatisation deal, causing some to re-evaluate their future relationship with the vendor.

Oracle may get second chance to prove Google infringed on Java copyrights

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - December 9th, 2013

Oracle’s copyright case against Google’s Android OS appeared to gain new life this week after a federal appeals court judge poked holes in Google’s defence.

HP regains server top-spot from IBM in final quarter

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - December 5th, 2013

Hewlett-Packard took back its server crown from IBM last quarter as the overall market contracted, IDC reported Wednesday.

Lenovo looking at acquisitions to expand enterprise unit

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - December 5th, 2013

Once heavily reliant on the Chinese market, Lenovo is now looking to make acquisitions as it tries to expand its growing enterprise business to other countries.

IBM: small provider price war saturating cloud market

Patrick Budmar by Patrick Budmar - December 4th, 2013

There were some unexpected new entrants into the Cloud space this year, according to IBM Global Technology Services Cloud computing executive, Dean Evans.

Lloyds Bank: service virtualisation cuts app development costs

Anh Nguyen by Anh Nguyen - November 25th, 2013

Lloyds Bank has revealed how using service virtualisation has helped it cut app development costs by reducing testing times and highlighting defects earlier so that they can be fixed more cheaply.

Transformation through experimentation

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - November 19th, 2013

If there’s a new challenge to overcome, Zubair Ahmed, Head of IT and Business Innovation, Emirates Islamic Bank, is the one who’s likely to take it up.

Demand for data experts to double by 2017, say analysts SAS

Anh Nguyen by Anh Nguyen - November 10th, 2013

The demand for big data experts in large companies is expected to more than double by 2017 to 69,000, according to a study sponsored by data analytics specialists SAS.

Kaspersky investigation shows malware is on the rise

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 5th, 2013

Kaspersky Lab has revealed research results that show an increase in malware in the Middle East.

Dell to show its first 64-bit ARM server this week

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - October 29th, 2013

Dell will give its first public demonstration of a 64-bit ARM server this week, the latest step in an industrywide effort to build servers based on low-power chips like those used in smartphones.

Business as usual for tech, but gov’t crisis casts shadows

Marc Ferranti by Marc Ferranti - October 6th, 2013

The tech sector appears to be going about business as usual in the face of the US federal government shutdown, but some industry insiders are nervous about a long-term stoppage.

Oracle OpenWorld attendees fume over Ellison keynote

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - September 25th, 2013

Oracle customers pay handsome fees to attend its OpenWorld conference each year, and many of them felt short-changed Tuesday when Larry Ellison skipped his final keynote to watch an America’s Cup sailing race.

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    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

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    Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

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