Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

January, 2011

January 31, 2011  12:28 PM

Podcast: six tips on how to be a top CIO

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
CIO, Diageo

Speaking today at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2011 in London, Diageo CIO Brian Franz presents top tips on being a top IT manager. Franz recommends:

1. Get the basics write
2. Be the business
3. Execute brilliantly to build credibility

January 26, 2011  3:12 PM

Video booth: Ed Amoroso calls for software developers to raise their game

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
quality, Security

I recently asked Ed Amoroso, chief security officer at AT&T about what kept him awake at night. He says software produced by the best developers using the very best tools still produces vulnerability. Ed wants to see software developement becomes more of an engineering profession. He says:

January 26, 2011  9:57 AM

7 Clauses that IT Customers Should Consider

jdesai1 Profile: jdesai1
Legal: The Technology Counsel

I've been negotiating quite a few IT contracts this week and I thought that it would be interesting to reflect upon the kinds of clauses that IT Customers should ask for but which they often don't. I think that this is partly due to many IT Customers studying an IT Supplier's standard...

January 24, 2011  11:50 AM

LibreOffice ready for mainstream

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Java, libreoffice, OpenOffice, Oracle

LibreOffice will be available for download from 25 January. Finally people will be able to use an Office suite that's not backed by Microsoft, Google, Oracle or IBM. LibreOffice uses Java...

January 20, 2011  2:22 PM

Muglia’s departure leave a hole in Microsoft’s tech direction

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, Windows 7, Windows Mobile

After 23 years at Microsoft, leading the server division and developing its mobile business, Bob Muglia is leaving. In a letter to staff, CEO Steve Ballmer, said:

"Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In...

January 19, 2011  8:45 PM

Indemnities in IT Contracts – What is the “standard” position?

jdesai1 Profile: jdesai1
Legal: The Technology Counsel

Imagine the scene in one of the deals I was doing recently. It was a long negotiation on an IT deal which was nearing its conclusion and I was acting for the IT customer. One of the last issues to be finalised on the deal was the issue of indemnities...

The usual debates played...

January 19, 2011  9:13 AM

Ingres and JasperSoft take on the big BI and database players

imurphy Profile: imurphy
benchmark, BI, IBM, Ingres, JasperSoft, Microsoft, multi-tenant, Oracle, SaaS, Sybase, TPC-H, VectorWise

Ingres and JasperSoft, two of the heavyweights of the Open Source community, have announced today that they have certified the latest release of each others software on their platforms. As part of this announcement, they are claiming that JasperSoft's BI Suite on Ingres VectorWise analytic...

January 18, 2011  9:06 AM

IBM and London South Bank University use BI to track performance

imurphy Profile: imurphy
BI, Faculty, Finance, HR, IBM, LBSU, students

At a time when the debate over students fees is raging - literally - London South Bank University (LBSU)has announced that it has deployed a BI system from IBM to understand how the University and students are performing. According to Mike Cobham, Corporate Information Systems Manager at LBSU,...

January 17, 2011  10:11 AM

Review: Iomega delivers Linux NAS to home users

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
DNLA, Linux, NAS, UPnP, Windows 7

Once you have more than one computer at home, you end up with the challenge of sharing data and printing. At work this task is handled via a dedicated file server and a networked printer.

These days, a cheap Linux-based box can now offer file and printer sharing at home. Some even...

January 12, 2011  5:55 PM

What is Your IT and Business Strategy?

jdesai1 Profile: jdesai1
Legal: The Technology Counsel

When providing legal reviews of IT related contracts, one of the questions I ask IT customers is "What is your IT and business strategy ?".

This is because it usually starts a conversation about the background to the IT contract. This in turn provides a lot of guidance for me...

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