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We're Still Playing at Work - and IT Admins are Still Unhappy

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Knock me over with a feather: A new survey shows a lot of people waste time at the office doing all sorts of things they shouldn't … including playing games, browsing social networks and looking for new jobs. 

Last month, TeamViewer, a provider of remote control and online meeting software, asked 300 IT administrators to list some common behaviors of office workers and explain how those behaviors have affected both IT administration and the company’s bottom line.

The only thing surprising about the resulting IT Admin Behavioral Study is that the company described the results as surprising — and the fact that only 92 percent of IT admins report troublesome habits among office workers using company computers. Are the other 8 percent of IT admins ignorant or just naïve?

Gartner's 10 Technologies That Make Government Smarter

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You may think it's an oxymoron, but Gartner says it is possible to have a smart government. The temptation to be facetious is pretty strong here, but after initial skepticism, we found that what Gartner was talking about is 10 different technologies that can make government more efficient.

Smart governments, Gartner says, are governments that integrate information, communication and operational technologies across multiple domains, process areas and jurisdictions to generate “sustainable public value.”

By using these emerging technologies, which were identified at the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, the taxpayers should get some bigger bangs for their bucks.

IBM, AT&T Extend Partnerships For Enterprise, IoT Security [Infographic]

In the wake of last week’s announcement that IBM and AT&T are getting together to support the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), many have expressed concerns about IoT and security. It seems, though, that both companies anticipated this and have announced plans to develop simplified, single-source network security products.

Will Alliance with AT&T Bring IBM Closer to the Internet of Things?

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The $19 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) may be closer than you think. Two of the world's biggest companies -- IBM and AT&T -- just entered into a global alliance to develop solutions to support the IoT. 

According to a joint statement from the two US giants, the companies are combining their analytic platforms, cloud and security technologies "with privacy in mind" to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries.

The alliance will focus on creating new solutions initially targeted for city governments and midsize utilities — organizations that intend to integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters and video cameras, Mobeen Khan, executive director of Mobility Marketing at AT&T Business wrote in a blog post.

Will Microsoft Beat the Legacy Enterprise Resource Planning Meltdown?

Gartner recently warned enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors to move to the cloud or face extinction. Microsoft beat the rush last June, when it pushed its Dynamics GP ERP solution to the cloud. This week it announced that Dynamics GP's next major release will be unveiled in November.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mid-market business accounting and ERP Software package that uses either Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2012 to store data. The current version of Dynamics GP 2013 (Version 12) was released by Microsoft in December 2012, evolving from a pure client-server application to a web-enabled application.

Will Disruptive Cloud Computing Kill Enterprise Resource Planning?

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It’s a just about a cliché at this stage to note that cloud computing has been one of the big technology disruptors in recent years. However, according to Gartner, the best — or worst, depending on your perspective — has yet to come. It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are doomed to legacy status or even the trash bin.

What the Internet of Things Can Learn from IBM's Smarter Cities Initiative

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If you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, it's clear that many of the concepts driving the Internet of Things (IoT) have been around for some time now. It took a while for the penny to drop, but substitute "Smarter Planet" or "Smarter Cities" for IoT in much that has been written and a lot of the reporting could have originated two years ago.

However, that's not to say the IoT and, for example, IBM's Smarter Cities and wider Smarter Planet initiatives are identical. To discover the differences — and similarities — are we turned to Katharine Frase, the Chief Technology Officer with IBM’s Public Sector business. Today we share her understanding of IoT and the ways it relates to Smarter Cities.

Internet of Things Growing Faster than Smartphones, Tablets, PCs Combined

While the exact form of the Internet of Things (IoT) is still nebulous, its size is not. According to new research from Gartner, it will include 26 billion units — excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones — by 2020. It will also have a global economic value of $1.9 trillion. 

Workday Challenges Oracle As Yahoo Co-Founder Joins Board

Enterprise cloud application builder Workday announced third-quarter financial predictions late last night that wildly surpassed Wall Street estimates. Both Oracle and SAP must be watching this company's growth with alarm, particularly because the company just announced Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang has joined its board.

Kofax TotalAgility v7.0: Managing Business Interactions With Agile, Mobile, Smart Processes

Kofax has finally unveiled TotalAgility 7.0, a unified platform for the development and deployment of smart process applications. The platform is the culmination of four years’ work, US$ 125 million in investment, and a rethink of how we manage agile, dynamic and mobile business in the face of changing enterprise work cultures.

SaaS Growth is Triple Enterprise IT Average, Driven by CRM, Mobile Deployments

Information Management, Siemer Mobile Data GrowthNo matter which research paper you look at, one thing all of them agree on is that the global SaaS market is booming and will see continued growth for at least another three years. The drivers behind that growth vary depending on your perspective. New research from Siemer says that SaaS is being pushed by “smart computing” and the need for enterprises to push collaboration outside the firewall.

Oracle Finishes Cloud Push With NetSuite Partnerhip

Oracle NetSuite PartnershipOracle’s “startling” week continues with a third announcement in a series of partnerships that were flagged by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison last week. This time, it’s with NetSuite, which in partnership with Oracle will bring Human Capital Management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to the small-and-medium business (SMB) space.

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure, cloud compting If Microsoft has been pumping up the Azure offering by slashing prices, it has also been adding to its appeal by adding new products. This week it has announced the addition of two of its ERP solutions to the cloud, including Dynamics GP 2013 and Nav 2013. 

SAP: 'Internet of Things' is Future of Information Management, Smart Cities [Infographic]

If you've ever wondered where information management and related IT fields are going, or where all the different strands will come together, new research by SAP may have the answer -- Machine to Machine (M2M) technologies across a vastly expanded internet are the next step in information and data management. 

Considering an ERP Solution? A Note of Caution

When I set out to write something about ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), I was wading into an area about which there had already been millions of words written -- a Bing search for the phrase Enterprise Resource Planning yielded 2 million results. But intrigued by what I found, I persevered.

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