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Oregon sues Oracle over troubled health insurance website

Oregon has filed a long-expected lawsuit against Oracle over its role developing the state's troubled health insurance exchange website, alleging the vendor fraudulently induced Oregon to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for software and services that didn't work as promised.

By Chris Kanaracus | 23 August, 2014 06:00

Tags: services, legal, Civil lawsuits, it strategy, software, IT management, Oracle

OnBeep developing walkie-talkie type wearable for mobile devices

OnBeep is readying a wearable device that will let smartphone users initiate a voice chat with a pre-defined group of people, walkie-talkie style, and to support its development the startup announced Wednesday it has closed a US$6.25 million funding round.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 21 August, 2014 01:53

Tags: consumer electronics, telecommunication, voip, OnBeep, accessories

Ballmer's exit from Microsoft's board expected, boosts Nadella's standing, analysts say

It's not surprising that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer abruptly gave up his board seat some six months after leaving the top job, and the move should help cement the regime and strategy of his successor Satya Nadella, according to several industry observers.

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 August, 2014 07:01

Tags: business issues, Microsoft, steve ballmer, hardware systems, financial results, software, internet, cloud computing, personnel, services

Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft's board

About six months after retiring as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has relinquished his seat on the company's board of directors effective immediately, citing a busy schedule and confidence in the company's current and future financial performance.

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 August, 2014 04:35

Tags: business issues, personnel, services, Microsoft, steve ballmer, hardware systems, software

Rimini Street downplays impact of adverse ruling in Oracle lawsuit

Rimini Street has put on a brave face following a federal judge's determination that it stole Oracle's intellectual property in the course of providing software support to its customers.

By Chris Kanaracus | 16 August, 2014 03:07

Tags: intellectual property, legal, Civil lawsuits, CIO role, it strategy, software, IT management, Rimini Street, Oracle, services

EFA lists movies pirates can't obtain legally

Seven out of the 10 most pirated films this week are not legally available for digital purchase in Australia, according to a new website by Electronic Frontiers Australia.

By Adam Bender | 15 August, 2014 13:48

Tags: pirates, streaming, piracy, netflix, TV shows, video, digital content, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), bittorrent, digital, movies, music

Rimini Street did steal Oracle's intellectual property, judge says

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation claim against Oracle by third-party support vendor Rimini Street, saying Oracle was telling the truth when it accused the company of "massive theft" of its software.

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 August, 2014 08:34

Tags: intellectual property, legal, Civil lawsuits, CIO role, SAP, it strategy, software, IT management, Rimini Street, Oracle, services

Presto price closer to Netflix after Foxtel halves cost

In what could be a pre-emptive strike against Netflix, Foxtel has halved the price of its subscription video streaming service to $9.99 per month, Presto.

By Adam Bender | 15 August, 2014 08:00

Tags: price, Australia, foxtel, Quickflix, video streaming, netflix, subscription, Presto, PAY-tv

Forrester downgrades 2014 global IT spending forecast, citing weak first half

Forrester has cut its worldwide IT spending forecast for this year, saying growth will be 3.3 per cent in US dollars, rather than 6.2 per cent. Total spending will be $US2.2 trillion.

By Chris Kanaracus | 14 August, 2014 06:26

Tags: services, hardware systems, CIO role, it strategy, software, Forrester Research, industry verticals, IT management

Oracle slaps Oregon with a lawsuit over troubled Obamacare website

Oracle has sued Oregon for breach of contract, seeking more than US$20 million in fees the state is withholding for its work on Cover Oregon, a troubled insurance exchange website developed as part of President Barack Obama's health care policy overhaul.

By Chris Kanaracus | 12 August, 2014 04:13

Tags: services, legal, software, IT management, Oracle

IBM's 'click to buy' consulting services look beyond just IT

IBM hopes to expand its customer base and sell to executives outside of IT, including marketers, with a new set of consulting services that can be bought online with a credit card.

By Chris Kanaracus | 07 August, 2014 03:49

Tags: IDC, Salesforce.com, IBM, CIO role, it strategy, software, Forrester Research, IT management, consumerization of IT, services

Oregon's move from Oracle-developed site to Healthcare.gov on track, official says

Oregon's effort to transition its health insurance exchange from a problem-wracked website originally developed by Oracle to the federal Healthcare.gov platform is going according to schedule and expectations, state officials said this week.

By Chris Kanaracus | 02 August, 2014 04:03

Tags: Deloitte, services, legal, Civil lawsuits, software, IT management, Oracle

Rimini Street keeps growing despite specter of Oracle lawsuit

Rimini Street is continuing to rapidly grow revenue for its third-party software support business despite its ongoing litigation with Oracle.

By Chris Kanaracus | 29 July, 2014 04:29

Tags: business issues, legal, Civil lawsuits, SAP, financial results, software, TomorrowNow, Rimini Street, Oracle, services

Telstra unveils interoperable videoconferencing service

Businesses can communicate with each other using different videoconferencing products with a B2B service announced by Telstra.

By Adam Bender | 28 July, 2014 10:26

Tags: interoperability, Blue Jeans Network, cisco, Telco, polycom, enterprise, telecom, videoconferencing, Telstra

Salesforce.com launches Sales Reach for real-time selling and marketing

Salesforce.com is combining its Pardot marketing software, sales automation application and social communities platform into a new product called Sales Reach, which it says can help salespeople nurture leads and make deals in real time.

By Chris Kanaracus | 24 July, 2014 22:01

Tags: services, applications, enterprise resource planning, Salesforce.com, Pardot, marketing technology, software

Tata revenue, profit boosted by strong outsourcing market

Tata Consultancy Services posted strong revenue and profit growth in the second quarter, taking advantage of an uptick in the outsourcing market.

By John Ribeiro | 17 July, 2014 23:51

Tags: business issues, offshoring, services, outsourcing, financial results, Tata Consultancy Services

Cloud computing services could be subject to extra data protection checks in Europe

Cloud providers seeking business from EU institutions could become subject to more scrutiny from the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

By Loek Essers | 15 July, 2014 23:31

Tags: services, European Data Protection Supervisor, network-attached storage, regulation, storage, Computing services, internet, cloud computing, government

Infosys revenue and profit rise ahead of CEO change

Indian outsourcer Infosys said its revenue and profit grew in the second quarter as the company won some large deals in the period.

By John Ribeiro | 11 July, 2014 18:30

Tags: business issues, offshoring, services, infosys, outsourcing, financial results

Chekkt launches, giving enterprise software buyers another Yelp-like marketplace

The explosive growth of public cloud services has generated a parallel problem: How can companies, especially small businesses and freelancers without the benefit of a dedicated procurement department, filter the flood of choices available for every type of business software and find the one that's best for them?

By Chris Kanaracus | 10 July, 2014 00:33

Tags: consumerization of IT, services, CIO role, it strategy, Chekkt, software, G2 Crowd, IT management

Face to face with 8x8: Company execs discuss keys to VoIP success

We sat down recently with executives from 8x8 to talk about their growth as a Unified Communications provider and about the overall industry trend toward replacing traditional PSTN voice service and infrastructure with VoIP. The discussion comes on the heels of a solid fiscal year for the company, which saw total revenues for fiscal 2014 increase by 24% over fiscal 2013; 8x8's fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

By Larry Hettick | 07 July, 2014 23:05

Tags: telecommunication, voip

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