Virtually Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

A few years ago, Nicholas Carr (a former editor of Harvard Business Review) set the cat amongst the pigeons with his thought-provoking book – Does IT Matter. With this book, Nicholas Carr forced us to re-examine some of our most basic assumptions about IT and business value and now he’s at it again with the…

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The PABX is dead

Now that I have your attention with that rather sensationalist headline, let me explain: Tayside Fire & Rescue is one of eight fire authorities in Scotland, providing emergency services to over 400,000 people in an area covering 7000 square kilometres, whose PBX telephony system was proving costly to maintain and adapt to their changing communication…

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IT Forum: SQL Server 2008

Yes, I know you might still think of SQL 2005 as a new product, but SQL 2008 is nearly with us and there are many reasons why people are looking to upgrade.  There was a useful session at IT Forum which looked at the release of SQL 2008, and explored the new facilities that it…

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IT Forum: Microsoft Search Server 2008

There’s a phrase – "Enterprise Search" – which summarises the next step in effective use of technologies for collaboration, data sharing and making your institutional memory more accessible. By this I mean, when anybody in your organisation publishes a piece of information that they want to share, you need to make that information available to…

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IT Forum: Virtualisation – it’s no longer about virtualisation

"The value in virtualisation technology moving forward will be in the management and the operating system rather than in the virtualisation stack." I attended an interesting session at IT Forum today from Guillaume Field, from Dell.  He started the session off by saying something along the lines of "you are all buying way too many…

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IT Forum: Windows Vista and Security

In a recent survey, 70% of (male) drivers said that their driving skills were "above average". Which tells you that most people think that they are better drivers than the others on the road. Well, PC security is probably like this – most users think that they know more about making the right decisions than…

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IT Forum: Threat Research and Response

Vinny Guloto, General Manager for the Malware Protection Centre, presented today on the work that the centre is putting into the world of threat research, and both reactive and proactive response. One of the interesting slides that Vinny used was about the history of development of industry standards in anti-virus development, and how the anti-virus…

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IT FORUM: Windows Server 2008

I’m at the IT Forum event this week – it’s a week long tech-fest about current and future technologies from Microsoft. This year’s event has 5,200 delegates and we’re all sitting in a conference centre on the shores of Mediterranean in Barcelona (not quite as wonderful as it sounds – it was 10-degrees when we…

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