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Microsoft enterprise cloud and software pricing to increase in January - 04 Nov 2016

From Microsoft is to increase its enterprise software and cloud service prices for UK customers significantly, in reaction to the falling value of the pound. From 1 January 2017, prices for on-premises enterprise software will increase by 13%, whilst enterprise cloud prices will increase by 22% 'to realign close ... read more..

More firms are planning, adopting and successfully implementing DevOps - 15 Jun 2016

From There has been an increase in the number of companies who are either planning to move towards a DevOps way of working, are in the process of merging both functions, or have already merged both functions successfully, according to Computing's in-depth research. DevOps is the integration of developers ... read more..

One-third of tech companies are not prepared for Brexit - 18 May 2016

From Information Age With less than six weeks to go until Britain decides on its place in the EU, only a third of telcos and IT companies have developed a clear plan for dealing with the impact of a 'leave vote', a snapshot survey commissioned by international law firm Pinsent ... read more..

The CCS Media Expo 2014 - 11 Jan 2016

Date: 1 August 2014 Time: 12pm-4.30pm Location: Business Design Centre, Islington, London Cost: FREE to pre-registered visitors. Enrol: Click here Overview: EXPO 2014 will provide the perfect environment to showcase the world-class services and technology offerings that will be enabling companies' drive for organisational efficiency and business success. CCS ... read more..

'Stove-piped, not joined-up' blue-chip vendors 'frustrating' to work with, says CIO - 02 Dec 2015

From Traditional blue-chip technology vendors cause problems in the way that they deliver products and are too rigid about their pricing strategies, especially if you don't represent a large customer. That's what Chris Ashworth, IT director at Genting Casinos UK told Computing during a recent interview. 'When you work ... read more..

Automation expected to cut workforce needs by 25% at IT services firms - 21 Oct 2015

From CIO That automation will take jobs is a workforce constant. For instance, in 1949 there were 182,500 people employed as telephone operators. It was the peak year. But by last year the number of operators employed by wired carriers had declined to 2,170, according to federal labour data. Something ... read more..

Dell's $67 billion mega-deal for EMC will create an IT giant to rival HP, IBM and Cisco - 15 Oct 2015

From They don't come much bigger than this. Dell's deal for EMC weighs in at a whopping $67 billion, making it the largest IT transaction of all time. The purchase, if it goes through, will turn Dell into an IT giant with fingers in almost all enterprise technology pies, ... read more..

‘We terminated IBM contract because they lacked relevance, commercial flexibility, agility and a service portfolio,’ says Coats plc CIO - 26 Aug 2015

From Coats plc, the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of sewing thread and supplies, terminated its data centre services contract with IBM because it felt that the tech giant lacked relevance, according to the CIO, Richard Cammish. Cammish told Computing that in 2012 the British company's biggest data centre ... read more..

'ICT will save Greece': how small tech firms are holding on despite the crisis - 21 Jul 2015

From ZDNet Small and mid-sized technology businesses in Greece are among the hardest hit by the economic turmoil still gripping the country: some have been unable to pay their staff and have experienced a brain drain as workers move abroad to find work, while others have lost their trust from international ... read more..

IT service providers are pushing too hard to sell extra services - 19 May 2015

From IT services firms are not prioritising the services they are contracted to provide because they are too busy trying to sell additional services on top, according to UK IT departments. A global study of 1,300 IT departments and almost 700 IT service providers, carried out by LogicNow, revealed that in ... read more..

IT service management could be the secret hero of enterprise technology - 28 Apr 2015

From IT service management (ITSM) is never going to be the most exciting aspect of the technology world, despite the banners, beers and bikinis at industry events. ITSM is effectively the logistics and processes that govern the delivery of IT services, and lacks the glamour of topics such as machine learning, ... read more..

The Service Desk & IT Support Show - 08 Jul 2014

Date: 29-30 April 2014 Time: 9.30am-5.00pm Location: Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London Cost: FREE to pre-registered visitors. Visitors who have not pre-registered online by 6pm on Monday 28 April 2014 will be charged an entry fee of 20, online or on the door. Enrol: Click here Overview: This annual event is in its 20th year ... read more..

Every company is a services company now; but is your tech up to the job? - 27 Jan 2014

From In the IT industry the term 'service provider' is generally taken to mean a company that sits in the information technology and communications (ITC) sector providing ITC-related services; internet service providers (ISPs), telecommunications service providers, software/Infrastructure as a Service providers and so on. However, the way that most organisations interact ... read more..

CIOs want suppliers to understand business demands - 30 Sep 2013

From CIO Over half of CIOs want to see their ICT suppliers demonstrate 'more business awareness'. Research from analyst Ovum, conducted among 200 CIOs and their procurement counterparts in 200 large public and private sector organisations, aimed to 'discover the true state of the enterprise's relationship with the channel'. The study unearthed CIOs' ... read more..

National Computing Centre launches new consultancy service - 04 Jun 2013

Media release The recession has changed the expectations organisations have about their IT investments, with decision makers seeking greater value from IT and looking to exploit new technology without incurring undue risk. To help its membership achieve these aims, the National Computing Centre (NCC) has launched a new 'Consultant Associate' programme which ... read more..

Price of success - 25 Feb 2013

From IT Adviser The information security profession is defying recessionary economic conditions as those working in the field enjoy upward mobility, salary increases and full employment. That's according to the latest (ISC)2 Career Impact Survey, which we have conducted since 2008 to track the effect of the economic downturn on the ... read more..

National Computing Centre launches consultant assurance scheme - 30 Jan 2013

Media release The National Computing Centre has launched a new service that helps its member organisations identify the right independent IT consultant to help with their projects. The Consultant Assure service is free-of-charge to members who pay only the standard consultancy fee charged by these firms. The National Computing Centre has a ... read more..

Leeds City College - 23 Jan 2013

NCC ITDA Case StudyOff the blocks and into the record booksThe first further education college to achieve the National Computing Centres IT Department Accreditation standard has done so in style Leeds City College recorded one of the highest ever scores for customer satisfaction when it secured its ITDA status ... read more..

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service - 26 Nov 2012

NCC ITDA Case StudyGreater Manchester fired up by ITDAAn IT team known as the computer prevention department just 10 years ago has sealed its reputation as a leading force with an industry award. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services ICT department has won the National Computer Centre (NCC) IT Department ... read more..

ITDA helps Together Housing win £430m contract - 11 Oct 2012

Media release Attaining the NCC's IT Department Accreditation (ITDA) standard has paid dividends for the Together Housing Group, helping it to win a Government house-building contract worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The contract covers the Pendleton area of Salford, which is to be transformed through the 430 million 'Create a New ... read more..

Results of NCC Members Question: Creating a service management plan for ISO20000 - 28 Sep 2012

Results of NCC Member's Question: Issued 28 August 2012 NCC Members can ask relevant questions of the wider NCC membership, moderated by NCC. We collate the responses, where appropriate anonymise them, then publish the results on the website for the benefit of the wider Membership. Can you help with this question ... read more..

Together Housing Group - 27 Sep 2012

NCC ITDA Case StudyITDA helps Together Housing win 430m contractAttaining the NCCs IT Department Accreditation (ITDA) standard has already begun to pay dividends for the Together Housing Group it has helped the Group win a Government house-building contract worth hundreds of millions of pounds.As Mo Ali, Together Housings Group ... read more..

Vp plc - 15 Aug 2012

NCC ITDA Case StudyVp Group shines under ITDA spotlightHow do you know whether your IT processes are best practice? The NCCs ITDA scheme is the acid test and fortunately Vp plc passed.When you have worked for many years in the same IT department, it can be difficult to judge ... read more..

Real-Time Decisioning Solutions Will Be a Differentiator for Customer Service (OpinionWire 27 April 2012) - 27 Apr 2012

InfoSec Needs Greater Business RelevanceInfoSec must change. Vendors currently spend three days selling themselves at the show, but the needs of business organisations and their users must become the top priority. Rather than delivering a sprawl of disconnected technologies, the show needs to have more of a business and industry ... read more..

Gallions Housing Association - 16 Feb 2012

NCC ITDA Case StudyGallions optimises its IT with flagship NCC schemeMichael Dean talks to Ali Jaffri, IT manager at Gallions Housing Association, about why it chose to join the National Computing Centres business improvement programme, the IT Department Accreditation (ITDA) scheme. Ali discusses the accreditation experience and the value Gallions ... read more..

Aster Group - 05 Feb 2012

NCC ITDA Case StudyIts not about pass or fail, its about quality of service, professionalism and continuous performance improvement.Aster Group is now accredited to the National Computing Centres Standard for IT Departments. IT director Roy Thompson talks to Michael Dean about why Asters IT team applied, the benefits the company ... read more..

Insecure software development undermines business value - 16 Dec 2011

No software developer sets out to produce bad code and create insecure applications, but there appears to be a lack of understanding towards securing software in the corporate infrastructure. Security weaknesses in software systems of enterprises are routinely exposed by hacking incidents; the Sony and breaches are the most ... read more..

Walsall Housing Group - 31 Oct 2011

NCC ITDA Case StudyA blueprint for an outstanding futurePhil Pettifer, information services manager at Walsall Housing Group, speaks to Michael Dean about ITs role in helping the organisation become truly outstanding. Phil tells us why whg chose to seek accreditation to The National Computing Centres Standard for IT Departments and ... read more..

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust - 31 Oct 2011

NCC ITDA Case Study is much better when a respected third party says were good too! Michael Dean talks to Rick Smith, IT manager at the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, about its successful application to become accredited to The National Computing Centres Standard for IT Departments and the ... read more..

Industry news - Autumn 2011 - 21 Sep 2011

Chatter challenges the new world of social has unveiled its new Chatter Servicethis allows enterprises to integrate and use publicly available information about their customers via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook with their CRM.Chatter Service is intended to improve the customers experience because enterprises have ... read more..



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