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IT departments fail to move from full Microsoft Office productivity suites

Despite IT departments being keen on saving money with lightweight office productivity suites, including those in the cloud, the move from the full Microsoft Office suite isn't happening any time soon, according to research from analyst Forrester.

The analyst questioned online 155 IT decision makers at companies and found that while Google Docs, Open Office and LibreOffice continued to be options for users with lightweight productivity needs, less than 10 percent of firms have provisioned an alternative to Office.

SAP reports strong revenue growth from HANA and cloud

SAP reported strong revenue growth in its HANA in-memory database and cloud businesses, but also saw revenue from software decline in the third quarter.

The company said Monday that its revenue in the quarter was up 2 percent year-on-year to €4 billion, according to IFRS (international financial reporting standards). Profit soared 23 percent to €762 million.

IBM's results hampered by slowing hardware sales

Managing its way nimbly through times of economic sluggishness, IBM reported a 6 percent increase in profit for the third quarter even as its revenue declined.

IBM's third-quarter profit was $4.0 billion, compared to $3.8 billion in the third quarter of 2012, the company announced Wednesday. Revenue was $23.7 billion, compared to $24.7 billion in the year prior.

Siemens Enterprise changes its name to Unify

Siemens Enterprise Communications has changed its name to Unify and now hopes to take advantage of a growing interest in hosted unified communications.

The rebranding comes at time when the way enterprises communicate is changing. Thanks to trends such as bring-your-own-device, employees are no longer tied to a desk and a desk phone for their work.

State of the Cloud: a Gartner summary.

Gartner Managing Vice President Daryl Plummer, the master of the concise, astute observation, A delivered his annual 'state of the cloud' report Wednesday at the company's Symposium. Here are his six key points:

The CMO-CIO Disconnect: manque de communication Marketing et Informatique dans les entreprises

Une étude d’Accenture met en lumière le manque de communication encore trop important entre ces deux directions stratégiques dans les entreprises.

On associe souvent le marketing au domaine plus large de la communication. Et l’informatique est, entre autres, censée offrir des outils permettant de mieux communiquer.

Whirlpool adopte Google Apps for Business

Whirlpool, grand fabricant et distributeur d’électroménager, vient d’adopter les solutions Google apps for Business. L’objectif est d’accélérer la communication entre les différents pôles géographiques du groupe.

Whirlpool revoie sa stratégie IT en adoptant les solutions Google apps for Business.

Gartner: The Top 10 IT predictions for 2014

Gartner analysts today whipped out their always interesting and sometimes controversial look at what the consultancy thinks will impact the IT arena in the near future.

Some of the technology trends are not new The so-called Internet of Things and cloud computing for example, but there are some hot new areas  like 3D printing and software-defined networking that will be making an impact on IT sooner rather than later.

Study: Most CEOs lack vision, leadership on new computer tech

A majority of CEOs are failing to steer their companies towards effective use of new computer technologies, which precludes their organizations from making major business improvements.

That's the conclusion of a new study by the MIT Sloan Management Review and Capgemini Consulting titled "Embracing Digital Technology: A New Strategic Imperative."

Gartner warns of vendor upheaval in technology shift

At its big IT conference here this week, Gartner analysts put into a milkshake what everyone knows, gave it a good shake, and then used its conclusions to scare its audience of IT professionals and vendors.

Gartner analysts warned that a data explosion threatens to overwhelm, sensors will be everywhere, 3D printing will change everything, and smart machines will replace people.

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