HP UK MD Nick Wilson on the economy, government, G-cloud and life after EDS, 3Com and Palm deals

For readers of the business pages, it's been hard in recent days to avoid news of former HP CEO Mark Hurd. For obvious reasons, I didn't expect to...

Microsoft SenseCam/Vicon Revue interviews and (not so) shocking pictures

In a recent blog, I scribbled down some early impressions of the Vicon Revue, a wearable camera that snaps pictures automatically to document the...

Premier League sponsors in 2010/11 dominated by money, tech and gambling sectors

OK, fair enough, no need to shout and make that face. I know that a cursory examination of the Premier League's shirt sponsors for the new...

Microsoft SenseCam/Vicon Revue intrigues but needs finesse

For the past several days I've been playing with the Vicon Revue, an intriguing device that is based on Microsoft Research's SenseCam technology....

Q&A: MIME guru Nathaniel Borenstein on why email isn't dead (or even dying)

Almost 20 years ago Nathaniel Borenstein, then working for Bellcore, proposed to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) the notion that a new...

In business, creative differences can be positive

It is said that a house divided against itself cannot stand and yet there are many cases that disprove the famous phrase that was coined by...

If Great Episodes in IT Were Cheap Novels

It's been a while since we imagined a fanciful scenario whereby phenomena of the information technology industry were magicked by some strange...

Britain the sickie man of Europe? Give us a break, then

In a moment of weakness this morning I picked up the Metro free-sheet newspaper from Whitton railway station, enticed perhaps by the large picture...

Ocado and the complex web of online shopping history

For some years now, the supermarkets and grocers have provided a useful Greek chorus commentary on the development of e-commerce, providing...

Rise of the Info-junkie: this not-so-rare breed of men

Experts are not sure how the phenomenon occurred or precisely when it began, but if you're in a public space and you look around now there's an...

Will SSD be the next RAM in PC upgrades?

When executives of Kingston Technology recently told me that they are appealing to CIOs to upgrade their client devices to solid state drives...

Red Hat's Werner Knoblich on lock-in, Oracle/Sun, IBM, cloud, JBoss and public sector

Before rushing off to watch the tennis at beautiful SW19, I enjoyed a half-hour phone conversation with Werner Knoblich, VP and general manager...

CIO poetry contest winners named and shamed

I'd like to thank the hundreds of you who sent in your poems for CIO's First Annual Poetry Prize. I'd really like to, that is, but since only...

Six Characteristics Of Highly Successful CIOs

The Times' excellent business writer Sathnam Sanghera had a fine piece published last week suggesting the real qualities needed to be a CEO*....

Fabio Capello: saying 'sorry' might have been a start

With his inept attempt to swerve the blame and direct it to a Uruguayan referee, Fabio Capello might well have made his farewell speech from the...

Chunk up government IT to save spend

As I've noted in this space before, I'm a sceptic when it comes to economics, a form of betting with way too many variables to justify having a...

Apple iPad success shows PC firms need to pursue Stella Artois tack

Apple's success since the Second Coming of Saint Steve has effectively rewritten much of what we thought we knew about the computer industry. Back...

The PC can boom again thanks to the freebie era

A new Forrester Research report on the future of the PC suggests tablet devices will in five years represent almost a quarter of all sales. Maybe,...

ITV's missing World Cup goal is a reminder that outsourcing doesn't make problems go away

Not to get too Michael Barrymore about this but executives, like kids, say the funniest things, one of which is that ancient smug...

After Philip Clarke at Tesco, is the fabled 'CIO to CEO' switch about to become reality?

A couple of you have written to suggest that my recent blog about Philip Clarke's appointment as Tesco CEO was unnecessarily downbeat, a cynical...

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