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Since IBM launched the Smarter Planet initiative in November 2008, we have seen a consistent linkage of data analytics and analysis driving better and smarted business and societal behaviours. A new IBM global study of midmarket Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) indicates that nearly twice as many midmarket CEOs see creating a more collaborative work environment […]

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Software licensing just hasn’t caught up with the realities of the modern IT Operation. Software vendors rightly need to monetize the customers valid use of their intellectual property, however it is in neither parties long term interests to increase operational costs by doing this. Many software licensing terms focus on an actual link between the […]

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Over the last few months I have been thinking about data centers, how we power and cool them and what we put in them. I’ve been looking at what the very largest consumers of IT infrastructure do with their data centers compared to industry norms. The first take away is that almost none of them conform […]

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We have all been doing this – buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, and save the planet – simple. It was until I picked up an interesting article in today’s New York Times: A lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say […]

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Look for bulbs with the Energy Star label, which indicates they meet at least minimal performance requirements. Be aware that compact fluorescents can take one to three minutes to reach full brightness. This is not a defect. The place where people are most likely to use compact fluorescents, closets, may be a poor choice. Experts at […]

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The New York Times reports that a number of retailers and manufacturers have a gift for Christmas shoppers: product packaging that will not result hospitalization due to lacerations and stab wounds. The companies, including Amazon, SONY Corporation, and Microsoft Corp, have begun to create alternatives to the infuriating plastic “clamshell” packages and cruelly complex twist ties that make products like […]

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Consumers are increasingly using electronic payments at the expense of cash and checks, according to a new nationwide consumer payment preferences study conducted by BAI and Hitachi Consulting. The research was sponsored by First Data Corporation and its STAR® Network, Harland Clarke, MasterCard Worldwide, Metavante, and PULSE. The 2008 Study of Consumer Payment Preferences found […]

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  I got a mail-shot from Friends of the Earth picking up a pitch from a small electricity supplier called Good Energy. They are a small outfit of 50 people who contract with large and small green energy providers to trade in renewable electricity. I just thought it was a cool grass roots way of changing the […]

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I have been catching up on press releases that have come in since I have been on holiday and picked up one from Secerno. Perimeter application firewall requirement leaves customer data vulnerable to growing insider threat, claims database security expert Secerno’s products are designed to protect the database by implementing a set of perimeter controls […]

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Want to see the future of electronic payment systems, then have a look at the First Data GO-Tag. During this year’s Democratic National Convention (DNC), Denver’s Pepsi Center will serve not only as a focal point of American politics, but also as an arena for the future of how people will pay for goods and […]

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