Kingdom connect

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 8th, 2014

Saudi Arabian Airlines have provisioned a $1 billion deal to implement the IT infrastructure for King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia. James Dartnell reports from the development to find out how the airline’s privatised IT arm aims to inspire the next generation of Saudis.

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.

Yahoo CEO Mayer talks mobile, advertising and Tumblr

Matt Kapko by Matt Kapko - March 20th, 2014

Like her counterparts who have arrived at other older companies, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer prides herself on having pushed her team and the products they build into the world of mobile. For Yahoo the march to mobile always appeared to come begrudgingly over years of fits and starts.

Game, set, match.

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - March 17th, 2014

SAP is utilising its HANA platform to provide tools that produce, analyse and visualise sport data. CNME sat down with Jenni
Lewis, Solutions Architect, Global Marketing, SAP, to see how technology is transforming the way sport is being played.

$19 billion well spent

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 11th, 2014

James Dartnell takes a look at what Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp means for the two companies.

It’s all about mobile

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 10th, 2014

Around 75,000 people descended on the Catalonian city for the 2014 Mobile World Congress, which showcased faster and more flexible mobile networks and shiny new smartphones, among other connected things.

SAP adds subscription pricing for Hana cloud services

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - March 6th, 2014

SAP is introducing a set of new subscription pricing options for its Hana in-memory cloud computing platform, in a move that falls in step with the pay-as-you-go model common in the cloud computing industry.

BlackBerry’s enterprise chief talks BES12

By Martyn Williams by By Martyn Williams - February 27th, 2014

The head of BlackBerry’s enterprise services business is plotting an aggressive launch of a new version of the company’s core enterprise server later this year as BlackBerry seeks to regain some of the ground it’s lost over the last few years.

SAP develops in-vehicle mobility services

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 26th, 2014

As part of a co-innovation project, SAP AG and BMW Group Research and Technology have developed technology infrastructure for in-vehicle mobility services. The research prototype is based on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform …

STC inks pact with SAP

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

SAP has announced that it has signed an agreement with STC, the largest telecommunication services provider in the Middle East and North Africa, to implement SAP solutions for network life-cycle management (NLM) to …

Nokia unveils affordable smartphones

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

At the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Nokia has released five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. Stephen Elop, executive …

With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 25th, 2014

WhatsApp’s voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service’s already firm standing in mobile messaging. WhatsApp will …

Fujitsu to support infrastructure update at Dubai’s Modern Bakery

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 25th, 2014

Fujitsu has announced that Modern Bakery in Dubai has selected the SAP HANA platform running on Fujitsu Power Appliance for a strategic project to update the bakery’s IT infrastructure.

Wall Street Beat: Tech M&A set for strong year after Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition

Marc Ferranti by Marc Ferranti - February 23rd, 2014

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp could be one milestone in a strong year for tech mergers and acquisitions.

Facebook agrees deal to buy WhatsApp for $16 billion

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 20th, 2014

Facebook, in a major push to expand its business on smaller screens, has agreed to buy the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for US$16 billion, the companies said Wednesday.

Cisco profit halved as revenue falls

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - February 13th, 2014

Cisco Systems reported another tough quarter on Wednesday, saying profits fell by more than half and revenue declined by nearly 8 percent.

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.

CIO focus: Hee Hwang, SNU Bundang Hospital, South Korea

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 5th, 2014

The healthcare market in Asia-Pacific is booming and an interesting example of the innovation of the region is reflected in Seoul National University Bundang Hospital’s embrace of SAP HANA as a data warehousing solution.

10 things you need to know about Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new CEO

Brad Chacos by Brad Chacos - February 5th, 2014

Unless you’re a committed Microsoft observer, the name Satya Nadella probably doesn’t ring a bell. So who is the man who now becomes Microsoft’s guiding light for the foreseeable future?

Approaching ERP

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 3rd, 2014

ERP has come a long way in recent years—like much of the rest of the IT arena, it’s become about delivering a competitive business edge, says Tom Paye, Editor, CNME

Users postpone ditch-XP decision as Windows 8 runs to stay in place

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - February 3rd, 2014

Windows XP’s disappearance and Windows 8′s march toward some form of success were both put on hold in January, Web analytics firm Net Applications said Saturday.

Hitachi and SAP expand relationship with new offerings

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 2nd, 2014

Hitachi Data Systems and SAP have announced an expansion of their worldwide alliance by signing a global original equipment manufacturer agreement that introduces plans to include SAP HANA delivered by HDS.

Coca-Cola suffers data breach after employee ‘borrows’ 55 laptops

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - January 29th, 2014

Coca-Cola has admitted falling prey to a bizarre slow-motion data breach in which an employee apparently stole dozens of laptops over several years containing the sensitive data of 74,000 people without anyone noticing.

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.

Profits stall at Samsung’s mobile division

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - January 26th, 2014

Profits were flat in the fourth quarter in Samsung Electronics’ smartphone and tablet business, despite an uptick in sales, in part because the company spent more on marketing over the holiday shopping period.

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.

SAP: Predictive analytics software no longer in the hands of data scientists

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 16th, 2014

Nearly 90 percent of organisations agree that employing predictive analytic software has given them a competitive advantage, according to a new survey commissioned by SAP.

SAP partners with Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger for swifter sales

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 15th, 2014

SAP today announced plans to collaborate with key customers to better meet the challenges faced by apparel, footwear and accessory companies.

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.

CNME Q&A: Natalya Kaspersky

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 8th, 2014

CNME talks to the InfoWatch CEO

Your mammoth guide to the best A7-ready apps for iPad Mini and iPad Air

Lou Hattersley by Lou Hattersley - January 8th, 2014

The headline feature of the new iPad mini and iPad Air is its fast A7 processor and Retina screen. And what a thing of beauty is the latter…

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.

Cutting through the confusion

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 6th, 2014

Cloud and Big Data are two topics that have been shrouded in confusion over the past 12 months. Quite apart from the never-ending hyperbole surrounding the two mega-trends, their reputations have taken something of a battering over the past year.

US judge dismisses ACLU challenge to border laptop searches

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - January 2nd, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection can search travellers’ laptops and other electronic devices without a show of reasonable suspicion, according to a federal judge’s dismissal of a 2010 lawsuit on Tuesday.

Huawei, ZTE, Nokia cleared in patent dispute with InterDigital

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - December 22nd, 2013

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled against InterDigital in a complaint that alleged Huawei, Nokia and ZTE had infringed the company’s patents.

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.

EU court rejects Cisco’s challenge to Microsoft-Skype merger

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - December 12th, 2013

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is compatible with European Union competition law, the General Court of the E.U. ruled Wednesday.

NSS Labs: cybercriminals have access to 100 zero-day flaws on any day

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - December 9th, 2013

On any given day cybercriminals and nation states are in possession of as many as 100 zero-day software exploits known only to them, NSS Labs has calculated using the commercial vulnerability market as a baseline.

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.

Europe’s biggest software clusters no match for Silicon Valley heavyweights

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - November 28th, 2013

The EU has built a core of world class software zones but remains some way from emulating Silicon Valley’s ability to fuse technological innovation with economic success, a Fraunhofer Institute study has found.

California sues SAP over ‘significant errors’ in payroll software project

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - November 24th, 2013

SAP has been slapped with a lawsuit by California’s state controller over a payroll software implementation that cost taxpayers vast sums, but has never worked correctly.

Apple victorious in Samsung patent battle

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - November 24th, 2013

A jury has ordered Samsung to pay US$290 million to Apple for infringement of several of its patents in multiple Samsung smartphones and tablets.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: a cool concept that comes up short

JR Raphael by JR Raphael - November 20th, 2013

Have you noticed that tablets are starting to feel a little mundane? You’ve got a rectangular slate with a large display while the manufacturer’s bragging about how it’s some fragment of a millimeter thinner or some fraction of an ounce lighter than the last.

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