Study foresees worldwide IP traffic quadrupling, but also says most networks aren't ready to handle advanced cloud apps
In the space of just the past few years, Art Johnston has gone from thinking of unified communications as optional to viewing it as "a strategy that we need to implement to be competitive."
As CIO at Argo Turboserve Co., which provides customized supply chain management and nuclear engineering services, Johnston understands the importance of ensuring that the company's employees be able to access all their communications tools at any time, from any place.
The lines are blurring, but the long-term trend seems to favor the smartphone
How much difference is there anymore between smartphones and the "feature" phone -- that breed of cellphone with basic social networking, games, and Internet connectivity?
A Microsoft exec says the two are blurring, though that may have something to do with the fact that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is a less-smart smartphone than many of its competitors.
PayPal has launched a Facebook application designed to let users of the social networking site send money to each other.
The application, named Send Money, features a greeting card component for accompanying the money transfer with an e-card containing a message, photos and videos to mark occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
The iPhone has unseated the BlackBerry among mobile workers.
It's clear by the increasing use of analytics software that companies are struggling to get their hands around the huge amounts of data it takes to run a successful business. But developing social, mobile, cloud computing and other applications are also driving the need for new technical skills.
Those were some of the key trends found in IBM's 2011 Tech Trends Report released today that surveyed 4,000 IT professionals from 93 countries and 25 industries to garner their views on future IT trends.
Sans surprise, la crise touche de plein fouet les dépenses informatiques professionnelles de la région EMEA, rapporte le cabinet Gartner. Selon ses prévisions, elles seront en baisse de 1,4% cette année par rapport à 2010.
Le cabinet Gartner vient de livrer ses prévisions de dépenses informatiques professionnelles pour la région EMEA (Europe, Moyen-Orient et Afrique). Sans grande surprise, la crise économique qui fait rage en Europe tire les chiffres vers le bas.
AT&T was the biggest Internet service provider for U.S. businesses in September, with 20 percent of the total business Internet traffic, followed by Verizon with a 12 percent share, online tracking and analytics firm comScore said Tuesday.
Even though those two companies controlled 32 percent of the market, many other ISPs compete for the business market and make it more competitive than the residential ISP market, comScore said in a statement. ComScore used browser-based Internet page views as its definition of Internet traffic.
By 2014, almost one in three midsize businesses will be using a recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) with the ability to backup and restore virtual machines (VMs), according to Gartner.
Gartner predicted that 30 percent of companies will use RaaS over the next few years, with the market being driven, for now, by midsize companies. The research firm defines those as having annual revenues between $150 million and $1 billion.
Alcatel-Lucent reported a drop in revenue during the third quarter, but the company still made a 194 million (US$268 million) profit. However, the future looks murky, the company said on Friday.
Revenue for the quarter ending Sept. 30 was 3.8 billion, down 6.8 percent year on year. The 194 million profit is an improvement over the same period last year, when it made 25 million.
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