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EMC reportedly held merger talks with Hewlett-Packard

EMC spent almost a year discussing a merger with Hewlett-Packard and is weighing its options in light of the expected retirement of CEO Joe Tucci and shareholder discontent, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

By Chris Kanaracus | 22 September, 2014 23:32

Tags: business issues, services, Dell, hardware systems, software, emc, Hewlett-Packard, Mergers and acquisitions

West Sydney school gets connected to improve student literacy

Delany College in Granville, western Sydney will use Telstra's 'connected classroom' that features video conferencing to improve Year 7 and 8 student’s literacy levels.

By Hamish Barwick | 03 September, 2014 13:41

Tags: telepresence, education, West Sydney, Delany College, Telstra

Telstra finalises joint venture with Telkom Indonesia

Telstra has signed a joint venture agreement with Telkom Indonesia. The joint venture will offer cloud, unified communications, managed network and security services in Indonesia.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 August, 2014 15:40

Tags: cloud computing, Telstra

Nine, Fairfax show hand on subscription video with StreamCo

Amid continuing rumours of Netflix coming to Australia, here comes another video streaming subscription service.

By Adam Bender | 27 August, 2014 10:37

Tags: Streamco, torrent, SVOD, Fairfax Media, video streaming, piracy, netflix, subscription tv, TV shows, Nine, movies, pirates, Australia

NBN cuts costs for M2's Commander

M2 Group can lower prices of its Commander small business plans without reducing margins when customers transition to the National Broadband Network (NBN), according to M2 Group CEO Geoff Horth.

By Adam Bender | 25 August, 2014 11:44

Tags: M2 group, Commander, small business, engin, iprimus, national broadband network, financial results, business, dodo, NBN, broadband

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,, IBM, CIO role, it strategy, software, Forrester Research, IT management, consumerization of IT, services

Oregon's move from Oracle-developed site to 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 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 launches Sales Reach for real-time selling and marketing 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,, Pardot, marketing technology, software

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