Licensing

SAP users wasting £19bn through lack of consolidation, says report

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HCL research says savings of 25 per cent possible with wiser instance deployment
10 May 2013

Microsoft aims to silence critics with Windows 8 redesign

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Much-criticised Windows 8 to be revamped, Microsoft reveals, as OS passes 100 million licence sales
07 May 2013

NHS Hertfordshire takes up ownership of licensing compliance with Trustmarque

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Trustmarque chosen two years after NHS's Microsoft Enterprise Agreement ended
30 Apr 2013

Interview: Sarah Leslie, Iglo Foods CIO

Sarah Leslie, CIO of Iglo Foods Group - which operates the Birds Eye brand in the UK - explains why she feels confident in outsourcing her data centres to the cloud in the post-2e2 era
29 Apr 2013

How to navigate the software licensing minefield

Software licensing has always had a reputation as a confusing and arcane “science”. But virtualisation and increased competition from cloud computing is making it a more complex issue than ever
18 Apr 2013

Microsoft and Foxconn sign patent agreement for Chrome devices

Microsoft to receive automatic royalties on patents in future
17 Apr 2013

Research: businesses adapt ERP to tackle diverse demands

Organisations are plugging in secondary systems to increase agility and local control
17 Apr 2013

Government unveils Open Standards Board to oversee IT strategy

Ten board members to help examine low-cost and open source IT solutions for the public sector
16 Apr 2013

Analysis: Microsoft feels heat from Office rivals

For the first time in almost two decades, Microsoft is facing a serious challenge in one of its core software cash cows: Microsoft Office
19 Mar 2013

Microsoft missing out 'on billions' without iPad version of Office

Company could stand to gain $2.5bn profit a year on iOS, says Morgan Stanley analyst
19 Feb 2013

Google built up position with 'illegal network of agreements', claims Microsoft-backed industry group

Google uses anti-competitive practices to extend dominance from desktop to mobile operating systems, claims Microsoft-backed group
12 Feb 2013

Special report: Seeking clarity in a cloudier future

In the first of a two-part report, John Leonard tiptoes through the minefield of cloud service terms and SLAs and asks whether customers – especially SMEs – can expect a better deal in the future
07 Feb 2013

Levelling the playing field: open source in the public sector

The government says it wants open source solutions to compete on equal terms with proprietary alternatives, but are Whitehall and local authority IT departments still slanting the pitch in favour of the big software vendors?
05 Feb 2013

Analysis: Windows 8 greeted with apathy from many, enthusiasm from some

Danny Palmer looks at the reasons behind Windows 8’s sluggish uptake in the enterprise market, and hears why one major UK organisation is keen to buck the trend
04 Feb 2013

Hundreds of jobs on the line as 2e2 enters administration

Integrator has already closed 10 subsidiaries and axed 319 staff
29 Jan 2013

Research: Virtualisation and the rise of audit anxiety in the datacentre

Audits have increased with the rise of virtualisation technology, spreading fear and loathing in the datacentre. John Leonard highlights the areas where IT leaders are most likely to come a cropper
23 Jan 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 pre-release available for download

Professional Plus 2013 and Mac 2011 versions made available prior to expected launch in February
18 Jan 2013

Instagram to sell people's Christmas snaps under new privacy policy?

Facebook-owned image service to bring in new content policy on 16 January 2013
18 Dec 2012

Government CIO proposes 'App Store' structure for G-Cloud

Andy Nelson also wants to see better community feedback and service rating functionality
13 Dec 2012

Google to companies: Now you must pay for Google Apps

$50 per user annual fee will make things more 'straightforward' says company
07 Dec 2012

Microsoft to increase licence costs from December 1

Customers may be unaware of price hike
29 Nov 2012

Throwing brickbats: an interview with LEGO's Henrik Amsinck

LEGO CIO Henrik Amsinck vents his frustrations with SAP’s pricing and licensing policies, and explains why he’s taking a cautious approach to cloud computing
28 Nov 2012

Analysis: SAP stares down its licensing critics

Facing growing user unrest over maintenance payments for shelfware, among other issues, SAP UK’s Tim Noble last week advised customers to get around the negotiating table with their local SAP representatives
27 Nov 2012

SAP users frustrated over complex licensing and 'licence parking'

User group suggests ‘favouritism’ may exist, despite a firm company line from UK MD Tim Noble
19 Nov 2012