Beta BBM coming to Windows Phone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 13th, 2014

Blackberry has announced that it will bring its BBM messaging app to Windows Phone.

Refreshing change

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 1st, 2014

When Dubai Refreshments’ ERP systems needed refreshing, the company was faced with a choice. Either they could upgrade their current systems, or they could go on a search for a suite of modules the fit their every need. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Anas Taraben, CIO, investigated what it would take to quench the business’ thirst for innovation.

Safety first

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

Three-day IT security conference GISEC 2014 gave the masses a chance to meet first class security vendors as well as listen to presentations from internationally renowned security professionals. CNME reports from day one of the show.

Oracle to buy $5.3 billion retail tech vendor Micros

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - June 24th, 2014

Oracle will buy hospitality and retail technology vendor Micros Systems for US$5.3 billion, in a deal that will be its largest since the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010.

The growth of Google

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 23rd, 2014

So the word’s out. By the end of May it emerged that Google will invest between $20-30 billion in acquisitions of non-US-based companies, following its 2013 disclosure to the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission of the plans.

Hot property

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 9th, 2014

Abdulsalam Al Bastaki knows exactly what he wants from his employees. An eight year stint in the USA has enabled the Senior Executive Director of Information Management at Dubai Properties Group to teach them how to operate independently, and has helped him to implement new IT infrastructure at a range of top companies.

Rubbish rebooted

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 20th, 2014

Waste has been managed in the same way with the same technologies for decades. Amin Al Zarouni, Head of ICT, Bee’ah, and his team have taken the traditional idea of waste management and turned it on its head.

Wi-Fi to the rescue

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 20th, 2014

Wi-Fi promises many benefits for cellular operators looking to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth needs and ease congestion on their networks.

SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - May 20th, 2014

Microsoft and SAP’s long-standing partnership is being strengthened with the pending certification of SAP’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) and software for deployment on the Azure cloud infrastructure service.

Accenture acquires Oracle integrator Enkitec

Antony Savvas by Antony Savvas - May 18th, 2014

Outsourcing and consulting firm Accenture is expanding its Oracle capabilities with the acquisition of Oracle integrator Enkitec.

BlackBerry opens management of its smartphones to rivals

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 15th, 2014

BlackBerry is allowing rivals AirWatch, Citrix, SAP and IBM to directly manage its smartphones with the Blackberry 10 operating system as part of its strategy to open up management of its devices to third parties.

Etisalat Presents Digital Connect

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 7th, 2014

The enterprise is changing as the Internet has revolutionised traditional infrastructures. The rise of trends such as cloud, big data and mobility has caused for a rethink on how a business approaches its ICT operations.

As a result, organisations are at an important tipping point and have decisions to make. Should they be in the cloud? Should they be outsourcing non-core business functions? Should they allow employees to bring their own devices to work? And where does security come into play?

IBM making push for Power server chips

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 24th, 2014

An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centres run by the likes of Google and Facebook.

HDS introduces ‘Continuous Cloud Infrastructure’

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 23rd, 2014

Hitachi Data Systems has announced ‘Continuous Cloud Infrastructure’, consisting of its Storage Virtualisation Operating System (SVOS), Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000), a new version of the Hitachi Command Suite management platform and enhancements to its Unified Compute Platform converged computing offerings.

Google revenue jumps 19 percent but still disappoints

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - April 17th, 2014

Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.

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.

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.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    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.

  • Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

    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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