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Biting the hand that feeds IT

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Do businesses get the IT service they deserve?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:13:08 GMT

Tell us what it’s like in your organisation

We’ve received plenty of feedback from Reg readers over the years telling us that business managers and execs often don’t get IT. Sometimes it’s not listening to advice and requests for budget from the IT team, on other occasions it’s not heeding warnings on security exposures, capacity running out, and other forms of risk.…

Burger barn put cloud on IT menu, burned out its developers

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:22:11 GMT

Move to the cloud and you may need 'vendor managers' and more governance

In Australia fast-food history played out differently to the rest of the world and the nation no longer has Burger King. So when you want a Whopper down under you head to a chain called “Hungry Jack's” that is pretty much a BK clone.…

No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:01:08 GMT

Doing SaaS right needs at least half-a-dozen add-ons

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is sold to line of business people as a way to get the applications they need, without all the hassle, time and expense required to have an IT department build and run an application.…

New ISO standard kind-of explains how to ignore standards

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:54:04 GMT

Meet ISO/IEC TR 38504 - Guidance for principles-based IT governance

The International Organization for Standardization this week signed off ISO 38504, new “Guidance for principles-based standards in the governance of information technology.”…

The digital workplace: Just in reach or over the hill?

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:04:12 GMT

Join us to compare vision and reality

Reg Events What will be the biggest bugbear in your professional life over the next few months? Managing an across the board operating system or application upgrade to Microsoft’s latest offering? Or dealing with an array of end-user devices, running multiple operating systems, most of which rarely come through the doors of head office?…

BT needs to ditch its legacy to be competitive, says chief architect

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:35:05 GMT

The dinosaurs that refused to die out

Interview In a world of new “agile” network players offering over-the-top services, BT is something of a dinosaur, having been privatised as far back as 1984 after previously running as a state monopoly.…

BlackBerry's licensing strategy looks smart – and a lot like Nokia's

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:31:30 GMT

It's an IP world now

Analysis BlackBerry didn’t show a new phone in New York City at its annual Security Summit last week, and CEO John Chen sounded a bit fed up that the assembled press corps kept asking about phones. But there was enough in his comments to glean how BlackBerry’s device strategy has evolved - and it’s following a familiar path taken by once-mighty Western electronics brands.…

Who cares about IT resource planning capabilities?

Mon, 23 May 2016 11:02:12 GMT

How well do your tools, skills and processes stack up?

Study More businesses than ever depend on IT systems to keep things rolling, deliver services to customers and keep the cash flowing in. But the desire to add ever faster responsiveness to business needs is placing a strain on IT – legacy internal platforms, systems running virtual machines, never mind "cloud" based solutions and everything else that's in today’s IT kitbag.…

Go ahead, build better security: it just makes crims try harder

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:58:09 GMT

CSO of payroll outfit ADP says until suits understand tech, we're all doomed

Nullcon The chief security officer of payroll giant ADP says his executive peers will need to become technical if they want to have a future in the industry.…

Speaking in Tech: Down rounds, fleeing techies - how to spot a startup death spiral

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:03:08 GMT

Podcast With Storagezilla, EMC's Chad Sakac, NetApp's Amy Lewis

Firms must ensure shared service suppliers have 'sufficient financial resources'

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:01:03 GMT

Last one out the data centre, don't switch off the lights!

Banks, building societies and investment firms must ensure that technology companies providing critical shared services have "sufficient financial resources" to overcome financial problems, a UK regulator has said.…

CIOs, what does your nightmare before Christmas look like?

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:08:06 GMT

Graveyards are full of IT pros once thought irreplaceable

CIO Manifesto We gathered 14 of the UK’s finest IT leaders in a secure bunker (elegant room in the Soho Hotel -Ed.) for the last Register Round Table of 2015 to hear their tales of when good IT goes bad.…

After safe harbour: Navigating data sovereignty

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:30:10 GMT

Do you know where your data is?

Max Schrems has a lot to answer for. The Austrian is single-handedly responsible for bringing down a key transnational data agreement that has left cloud service providers scrabbling for legal counsel. This is either a good thing, if you’re a privacy activist concerned about intrusive US surveillance policies, or a confusing and worrying one, if you’re a provider or customer of cloud services.…

CIOs aren't loving SAP's HANA. Yep, somebody's afraid of commitment

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:37:05 GMT

Platform plays aren't taken lightly

SAP’s all-or-nothing HANA is experiencing a Hadoop moment in the enterprise, with adoption of the business giant’s in-memory database layer being held back because customers either can't afford it or can't establish a business case for it.…

SAP insists no license changes after user's multi-core arm twister

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 07:02:07 GMT

Changes 'not' ushered into existing contracts via audits

SAP has insisted there's been no change in its software licensing, following a claim audits have been used to charge extra under existing licenses.…

Are CIOs condemned to 'interesting' times in 2016?

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:39:11 GMT

Register roundtable looks into... the future

CIO Manifesto Whether you believe in five year plans, or think forecasting for 2016 is something best done next January, we all should have some feel for how next year is going to pan out.…

Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:29:04 GMT

Guys, do we really need 45 operating systems?

Deutsche Bank is re-engineering its "excessively complex" IT – including slashing the number of its operating systems from 45 down to four – as part of a sweeping strategic overhaul.…

Apple and Cisco begin to map their corporate desires, apps and all

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:58:11 GMT

Greater love has no global technology purveyor than this

Canalys Channels Forum Apple and Cisco’s developing corporate love-in – designed to prise open enterprise customers’ wallets as the fruity firm labours to push more of its iStuff into offices – is becoming clearer, as engineers at both companies have locked arms and channel mapping is happening.…

Insurance companies must start buying security companies

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 01:29:07 GMT

Insurers have no idea how to protect the digital realm. So they need to buy those who do

The Insurance industry encompasses a very odd paradox: it wouldn’t exist without risk, yet does everything in its power to remove any risks for its policy-holders. Insurers only make money if they don’t pay out, and they won’t pay out if they can keep you from doing any of the things they’ve identified as risky.…

Junk your IT. Now. Before it drags you under

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:31:10 GMT

Legacy systems tie you to unproductive legacy thinking and lead to stagnation

So why haven't the capabilities for each successive generation of devices increased exponentially?…

Just what do real CIOs think a real strategy looks like?

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:26:07 GMT

'I know it when I see it'

Reg Roundtable Strategy is supposed to be what a top tech exec is paid for, so it’s not surprising our recent roundtable on the subject was rather over-subscribed, giving us a mix of financial services, leisure, startups, national government and a couple of sizeable charities. What we explored was how to actually go about building a strategy rather than simply a plan.…

Windows 10 to grow up, turn extra enterprise-y beginning this month

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:29:28 GMT

New features for businesses to roll out to Windows Insiders soon

Microsoft says features of Windows 10 for enterprises that weren't available when the OS launched in July will begin rolling out this month.…

Hey, CIOs: Tech prices are about to rocket, so get planning – Gartner

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:40:13 GMT

Currency fluctuations will make US products more expensive across the board

As currency changes make tech products more expensive, Gartner says CIOs need to re-examine their budgets.…

CIOs ready to leap boundaries in our omni-channel world

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:02:05 GMT

Accept software development as creative

Reg Roundtable It’s an omni-channel world, they say, and the dissolving lines between organisations and their customers, and their suppliers, are countered by the multitude of ways they might be hitting your systems. Systems that might be driven as much by the apparent whims of other departments as traditional IT planning.…

Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:35:21 GMT

It's YAMQ time – Yet Another Magic Quadrant

Gartner geeks have issued another rapturous rectangle, otiose oblong, or even a queer quartet of spell-binding squares to do with enterprise backup software and integrated appliances. Yes, it's magic quadrant time again.…

Win the business services race with run-book automation

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:03:04 GMT

Stay ahead of demand

Bringing a more service-based culture to your IT department is a great idea, but who will manage it behind the scenes? Service-based IT is the holy grail for IT departments that want to improve their standing in the business.…

CISOs' newest fear? Criminals with a big data strategy

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:01:21 GMT

Reg roundtable disses pen testers and security theatre

CIO Manifesto We again gathered an eclectic mix of IT execs including some CISOs, CTOs etc, in a secret bunker to discuss whether we’re winning the security battle. OK, the “bunker” was a meeting room under the Soho Hotel, but not only are we not winning, it is not even clear what winning actually means.…

Mainframe staffing dilemma bedevils CIO dependents

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:11:07 GMT

Prospective skills shortage is biggest issue to hit mainframes since Y2K

More than half a century after its birth, the mainframe poses conundrum for hundreds of CIOs.…

Has marketing grabbed the IT reins at your company?

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:58:09 GMT

Tell us how you're navigating the omni-channel

CIO Manifesto IT execs face many threats, but perhaps their biggest nightmare is the prospect of IT strategy being driven by the whims of the marketing department.…

IT service management as an enterprise-wide service

Fri, 29 May 2015 06:01:58 GMT

What’s good for the IT goose is good for the business gander

When it comes to providing efficient services, can the IT department teach the rest of the business a thing or two?…

If IT isn’t careful, marketing will soon be telling us what to do

Wed, 20 May 2015 13:22:07 GMT

Tell us how can CIOs hold the line in a multi-channel world

CIO Manifesto Every business today is a multichannel business with more communication channels generating more data than ever before.…

Do any REAL CIOs believe we're in a post PC world? No.

Wed, 20 May 2015 11:01:12 GMT

Reg roundtable delivers non-rose-tinted view of 2020

CIO Manifesto One reason for getting a dozen senior IT execs in for a chat is to work out which are the most flagrant lies peddled to us by PRs.…

Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

Wed, 20 May 2015 08:57:11 GMT

Bitcoin-mining toasters leap forth from stealth

Worstall on Wednesday A couple of weeks back I pointed to some rumours about what the stealth (and hugely VC backed) company 21 Inc was up to, with the idea being, seemingly, to stick a Bitcoin mining chip in your toaster. So, as well as that breakfast comestible you could lose money on your electricity bill by attempting to mine for Bitcoin, obviously.…

Public cloud? Two vendors float on high, says Gartner

Tue, 19 May 2015 15:56:29 GMT

AWS leads, but Microsoft still a clear second

Gartner’s latest report on Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) places just two vendors in the coveted top right “Leaders” segment of its “Magic Quadrant” chart.…

Adjustments will be needed to manage the Macs piling up in your business

Fri, 15 May 2015 02:00:09 GMT

Choose the necessary tools

As discussed in the first part of this series, Macs are everywhere. Despite their presence in businesses large and small, managing Macs in the enterprise still is not easy.…

CSC to sue ServiceMesh man Eric Pulier over Australian bribe scandal

Tue, 12 May 2015 19:30:13 GMT

Seeks repayment of all payments under acquisition agreement

Exclusive CSC has initiated legal action against Eric Pulier, formerly head of strategy for the company's Emerging Business group, over his actions as head of service.…

Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

Tue, 12 May 2015 17:39:56 GMT

Billionaire disputes claims made in new biography

Elon Musk has come out fighting online to defend his reputation after quotes in a new book about the space and electric car enthusiast made him look like a bit of a git.…

Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

Wed, 06 May 2015 12:00:02 GMT

Ignore the 'leccy meter, chump

Worstall on Wednesday The Official Greatest Business Plan Of All Time was back at the time of the South Sea Bubble of the Georgian Age. A promoter made a stock offering for “A company for carrying on an undertaking of great advantage but no one to know what it is.”…

In charge of security? We need to talk...

Wed, 06 May 2015 11:09:07 GMT

Reg Roundtable offers secure and anonymous talk and networking

CIO Manifesto If you head up security for your organisation, you probably feel like you’re caught between know-it all techies, ignorant directors and unbending compliance regulations.…

Value of European outsourcing deals plummets

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:38:12 GMT

Folk don't want to do mega deals these days, it seems

The number of mega outsourcing deals shrank by 25 per cent in Europe for the first quarter of 2015, with just 128 contracts, valued at €1.9 billion (£1.4 billion), according to outsourcing analysts Information Services Group (ISG).…

McLaren CIO putters sideways into Heathrow Airport

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:34:29 GMT

So far that's aircraft and cars for Birrell. Trains next?

Stuart Birrell is to hop into the CIO hot seat at Heathrow Airport, one of the most highly exposed roles in tech, and a position that could see him catching the blame for everything from lost bags to international diplomatic incidents.…

How tech bosses manage their teams for fun and profit

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:02:06 GMT

'Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my org chart...'

CIO Manifesto It's seven years on from the great crash and IT departments are moving from the bunker mentality of keeping the lights on and maintaining legacy VB6. But what does that mean for the way we manage tech teams?…

Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:34:05 GMT

A non-techie's guide

When I was a contractor building IT architectures, it was common to find that people had a rather old phone system and were looking to move to something newer. The question they asked was always: what shall we do to get something stable but future-proof?…

Sit back and let someone else manage your telephony

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:45:30 GMT

Voice as a service has arrived

If you are a small company, it takes a certain amount of time and effort to maintain a phone system. This is not a huge problem as the system sits in the corner and gets on with its job most of the time; you have to fiddle with it only to set up new extensions or change the names on items when people leave or join.…

CIOs: What tech will be running your organisation in 2020?

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:22:07 GMT

Join our roundtable on April 22 and write a future CIO Manifesto

If you’re running IT for your organisation, your skill set should include the ability to see into the future. If you doesn't, the next best thing would be to know what your peers are thinking.…

Tech leaders: Can you predict the future? Tell us all about it

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:29:02 GMT

Crystal balls on Reg roundtable

Reg Events If you’re running IT for your company, you’ve presumably got the ability to see into the future. If you don’t, you probably want to see what your peers are thinking.…

Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:03:04 GMT

Tech has made us richer and freer, you fool

Worstall on Wednesday I often find myself mystified by Evgeny Morozov and his writings. I find it terribly difficult to work out what he's actually for, or what worldview it is that he thinks he's propagating.…

Google tackles enterprise BYOD with Android for Work

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:20:34 GMT

New Work Profile separates business and personal data

Google is making a bid for the enterprise with its new Android for Work program, which aims to give businesses more control over the apps and data that employees store on their smartphones.…

Gartner to CIOs: Go on, SPEND some CASH on ROBOTS 'n' 'Things'

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:03:03 GMT

Chill out, IT guy... Lean times are over – beancounter

CIOs in the UK and Ireland are bullish on “digitalisation” of their businesses as spending returns.…

Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:35:47 GMT

Let's hope you've really got a lot of them then

Microsoft is officially charging customers at least $600 per server to safely run Windows Server 2003 after its July 14 support cut-off date.…