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Round Table
  • Business Solutions: Death of the CIO?

    By Nadia Cameron | 30 April, 2010 08:18

    The transformation of IT through new delivery models like cloud computing raises questions about the role CIOs and IT managers will play in a more business-oriented, on-demand world.

  • Business Solutions: Selling business efficiency

    By Nadia Cameron | 30 April, 2010 10:05

    Selling technology for technology’s sake simply doesn’t cut it anymore. ARN recently brought together a panel of industry representatives to look at why selling business productivity, ROI and innovation are critical to the channel’s success and how these elements will be the force behind cloud computing take-up.

  • Business solutions: Usage versus ownership

    By Nadia Cameron | 30 April, 2010 10:20

    Microsoft’s Gianpaolo Carraro challenged the fact that everything should be paid for by usage.

  • Business Solutions: Business model evolution

    By Nadia Cameron | 30 April, 2010 10:15

    A critical question posed by Microsoft’s Gianpaolo Carraro was whether the channel was innovating from a business model perspective to meet new demand for more accountability, ROI and solutions success.

Features
  • Sorriest technology companies of 2014

    By Bob Brown | 30 September, 2014 01:11

    It's so far been another sorry, sorry year in the technology industry, with big name companies, hot startups and individuals making public mea culpas for their assorted dumb, embarrassing and other regrettable actions.

  • 9 things to look for in Windows 9

    By Tim Greene | 30 September, 2014 00:07

    Microsoft is holding a press briefing Tuesday to broadly discuss the future of Windows, but the expectation is that the company will also introduce specifics of Windows 9, including features such as Cortana and virtual desktops.

  • The Tao of Apple rumours

    By John Moltz | 19 September, 2014 23:42

    Apple had a big week last week, announcing two larger iPhones a well as the fabled Watch that was foretold in ancient prophecy. (A year ago is ancient history in technology.)

  • Oracle's Larry Ellison downshifts, but leadership remains the same

    By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 September, 2014 21:57

    Don't mistake Larry Ellison's decision Thursday to step down as CEO of Oracle as a big change.

  • 7 questions following #AppleLive

    By Jonny Evans | 10 September, 2014 08:53

    Apple's Tim Cook has kicked back against critics with new iPhones, the Apple Watch and future big business, Apple Pay, but there are some questions for Apple fans:

Interviews
  • SAP CEO Bill McDermott on why Concur is worth $8.3 billion

    By Chris Kanaracus | 20 September, 2014 04:19

    SAP's announcement that it will pay US$8.3 billion to buy business-travel and expense software vendor Concur might have generated less initial buzz than the companies hoped, given it was almost simultaneous with the revelation that Larry Ellison has relinquished his CEO seat to become CTO and executive chairman of Oracle.

  • OpenDaylight Executive Director spells out where this open source SDN efforts stands

    By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:57

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is the public face of the Software Defined Networking movement, spelling out requirements and defining standards. The group's board includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs on the data center side, and Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Communications on the service provider side. Additionally, there are close to 150 members, from global telcos to startups. To get a sense of where the movement stands, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked down ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt, who spent 20 years developing network architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems, Hewlett Packard and Bay Networks.

  • Open Networking foundation (ONF) Executive Director on the group's achievements, goals

    By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:44

    OpenDaylight is a Linux Foundation Collaborative project that is building an Open Source SDN controller. To find out how the effort is going Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with Neela Jacques, who joined the OpenDaylight project last November as Executive Director.

  • Q&A: David Gage on Microsoft's new Cloud partner focus

    By Allan Swann | 09 September, 2014 14:35

    ARN 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, David Gage, took some time out from Microsoft’s Annual Partner Conference to discuss the company’s channel partner programme across 2014.

  • The future of networking is a NOS on your choice of bare metal, says Cumulus Networks

    By John Dix | 24 June, 2014 06:52

    If Cumulus Networks has its way, companies will use its Cumulus Linux to decouple the network operating system from the hardware and break free of the integrated approach that has driven the industry for decades. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix talked about the vision with Co-Founder and CEO JR Rivers.

Opinions
Reviews
  • FIRST LOOK: Ray Ozzie's Talko cloud calling/messaging iPhone app

    By Bob Brown | 24 September, 2014 07:14

    I never did use Ray Ozzie's Lotus Notes or Groove (acquired by Microsoft) collaboration tools, mainly because the companies I worked for didn't use them, though I have interviewed the famed software designer and watched his colorful career unfold over the years. So when Ozzie's latest venture, Talko, released its free calling/messaging app for iPhones today, I decided I would give it a whirl and rope my colleague, Michael Cooney, into testing it with me.

  • First impression: The real surprises in iOS 8 are the little things

    By Matt Weinberger | 18 September, 2014 07:49

    Like probably millions of others today, I upgraded my iPhone 5 to the brand-spanking-new iOS 8. I'm still wrapping my head around the major new features, like the problem-struckHealthKit, and I haven't been able to really fiddle with the major camera upgrades yet. But in just a couple of hours of normal usage, it's really the little tweaks to the experience that are standing out to me.

  • 4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro

    By Brian Nadel | 16 September, 2014 20:09

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has gotten a lot of attention as a way to bridge the gap between tablets and traditional notebooks. Its snap-on keyboard and pull-out rear stand tries to offer the best of both worlds, but with a 12-in. screen and weighing 1.8 lbs. (without its keyboard cover), the Surface Pro is not as light as it could be, particularly for nomadic workers. And starting at $800 for a system equipped with an Intel i3 with 64GB plus $130 for the Type Cover, it is not an inexpensive system.

  • Kinvey boosts enterprise mobile apps

    By Martin Heller | 10 September, 2014 23:36

    An MBaaS (mobile back end as a service) such as FeedHenry, Kinvey, or Parse is a kind of PaaS (platform as a service) for server-backed mobile applications. Kinvey bills itself as a complete mobile and Web app platform. It has extensive client support, integrates with the major enterprise databases, and offers a back-end data store, a file store, push notifications, mobile analytics, iBeacon support, and the ability to run custom code on the back end.

  • Hands-on: WordPress 4.0 adds useful features to a rich platform

    By Ken Gagne | 05 September, 2014 05:57

    What do Flickr, TechCrunch, eBay and Best Buy all have in common?

 

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