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    1. Global privacy advisory market topping $3B

      How much do companies around the world spend each year on data privacy services to fix the problems we read about in the headlines every day? Nobody as far as I can tell has published an answer to this question. So this month I set out to pull together the best available data points on the market. What did I find out? The first discovery was that you need to define what you’re estimating. Because no one before Computerworld has sized up the privacy sector, that task falls to us.

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    2. Google-Alphabet may signal an end to the cloud price wars

      Google boldly goes where no tech giant has gone before. The company’s stunning restructuring from Google to Alphabet signals a profound transformation in how the company will operate. The Alphabet structure should enable Google to continue growing its core ad business (which gushes cash) and provide multiple paths for top talent to run their own businesses. But what does it mean for Silicon Valley’s startup scene? In the short term, probably an end to the artificially low-priced cloud services Google has been pushing.

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    3. IT budgets squashed by 20% currency price hike

      Analyst Gartner has urged CIOs to reassess their budget plans to take account of a 20% increase in the price of dollar-based IT products for 2015 and beyond. With CIOs preparing to plan their 2016 IT budgets, Gartner warned that prices of servers and software from US suppliers would rise in line with the strong US dollar. The price hike could curb IT strategies that require spending money with US IT suppliers. In fact, Gartner has recommended CIOs to cut back such spending by a quarter.

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    4. Europe's tech spending on the rise: Sweden, Ireland, and UK leading the way

      Cautious optimism for Europe as analysts expect to see European tech spending up by five percent this year. Tech spending in Europe is expected to hit five percent this year, according to Forrester Research, up 0.9 percentage points on last year. The Nordic countries, especially Sweden, along with Ireland and the UK will see the best growth on the continent at over five percent, while France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Benelux countries will see a more moderate rise in tech spending, with growth of between one and 3.5 percent. 

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    5. A new tool for pricing used IT equipment

      An electronics recycler has created an IT products database representing 9,000 manufacturers and 11 million equipment models. The products range from consumer to business equipment, such as network storage devices, routers, switches, as well as servers, PCs and office machines. The database, called the Sage BlueBook, was launched this week in beta and will remain free to use. It will give prices based on condition, including non-working.

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    6. Big Data and Risk are a Match Made in Heaven

      Traditionally the approach to managing supply chain risk has boiled down to a relatively simplistic guessing game of assessing the likelihood of a problem and its potential impact and then effectively buying insurance with inventory or capacity buffering. In business buzzword-land this all sounds fine, but in practice it still misses the big opportunity which is getting ahead of threats in the first place. This is where big data comes in.

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    7. IDC cuts forecast for mobile management software sales

      It still sees $2.9 billion in sales in 2019 Sales of mobile management software will grow at a slower pace over the next few years but will still top $2.9 billion in 2019, according to IDC’s latest forecast. The projected annual sales growth by multiple enterprise mobility management software (EMM) vendors globally will slide from last year's 27% growth rate to a projected annual increase of less than 10% in 2019, IDC said in this month's forecast.

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    8. The more customers Microsoft adds to Office 365, the less it makes from each subscriber

      3M more consumers take to 'rent-not-buy' Office, but per-subscriber revenue falls under $50 for the first time The more consumers that Microsoft puts on its Office 365 subscription rolls, the less it makes from each customer, data the company disclosed Tuesday showed. Even though Microsoft has increased subscriptions by double digits for six straight quarters, the average per-subscriber revenue has continued to decline, and for the first time fell under $50.

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    9. The obstacles to software-as-a-service adoption in banking

      Security is seen as a top obstacle to using software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for three-quarters of business technology decision makers at banks, according to a global survey. Banks have adopted cloud relatively slowly in comparison with firms of similar sizes in other sectors, and Forrester’s latest research reveals why.

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    10. HP tries to make sense of the 'super-disrupted' storage market

      'Super-disrupted' is not a word I'm used to hearing, but I heard it a lot when talking to Chris Johnson, HP's general manager for storage in EMEA. He used it half-a-dozen times when ZDNet spoke to him recently, while expounding HP's view of the evolving storage market. Over the course of an hour Johnson spelled out HP's plan for storage, which could be summed up in one word: flash. 

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    11. The Fall and Software Rebirth of Middlemen

      Silicon Valley was mostly successful in its quest to disrupt the middlemen, but now it is bringing them back with a vengeance. New software platforms, using natural language processing and machine learning, are creating all the convenience of middlemen, but with that Valley efficiency (unlike every time you try to take 101 at 5pm). This re-bundling of network consumer services bodes well for a simpler, less hectic life.

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    12. The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time

      The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time

      In a world of decreasing size and rapidly increasing technological development, the financial sector needs to keep up at the same pace. While physical supply chains have improved to keep track of the digital world, the financial supply chain has not kept pace. The race toward real-time financial services involves a wide array of stakeholders and possibilities, ranging from common standardization to re-engineering underlying processes and protocols through blockchain technology.

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    13. Is CMO vs. CIO the new Sales vs. Marketing?

      Is CMO vs. CIO the new Sales vs. Marketing?

      For decades, sales teams and marketing teams have been at loggerheads over the most divisive of items. Sales constantly says that “marketing don’t produce high quality leads for us to close,” and marketing exclaim that “the sales team couldn’t close a barn door.” The current wave started when Gartner predicted that the CMO will spend more money on IT than the CIO by 2017. Of course, not everyone shares that view. 

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    14. Why the open source business model is a failure

      Why the open source business model is a failure

      Open source software companies must move to the cloud and add proprietary code to their products to succeed. The current business model is recipe for failure. That's the conclusion of Peter Levine, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm that backed Facebook, Skype, Twitter and Box as startups. Levine says the conventional open source business model is flawed: Open source companies that charge for maintenance, support, warranties and indemnities for an application or operating system that is available for free simply can't generate enough revenue.

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    15. IT spending to drop nearly 6% worldwide this year, says Gartner

      IT spending to drop nearly 6% worldwide this year, says Gartner

      Spending on IT worldwide will drop by nearly 6 percent this year, Gartner reported, adding to the concerns of many IT leaders that the tech industry is not as healthy as many would otherwise believe. Research firm Gartner revised its annual IT spending forecast yesterday, stating that overall IT spending will decline 5.8 percent in 2015. Some organizations will benefit from lower prices on communications and IT services, but others will pay more for hardware this year.

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    16. Who is responsible for digital leadership in the boardroom?

      Who is responsible for digital leadership in the boardroom?

      Marketing executives are rubbing their hands in glee, and sometimes anguish, at the potential. Product development directors are dreaming up innovative applications. CEOs are envisioning how their business prospects will be transformed. We are, of course, talking about digital – the rise and proliferation of digital technologies which is disrupting companies out of existence and transforming entire industries. But what is digital and what’s really new about it? Who should drive it? Is there a need for a chief digital officer (CDO)? 

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    17. 1 trillion push notifications and counting: App engagement is the new customer experience

      1 trillion push notifications and counting: App engagement is the new customer experience

      Mobile developers and publishers sent somewhere north of a trillion push notifications in 2014 alone. But with turn-off rates approaching 60 percent, developers are having to dig deeper to reach users who already have their apps. One solution that’s working for some? Deep engagement in every part of the app. Get users and you have a shot at engaging them. Engage them and you have a shot at monetizing them. Monetize them, and you might be the new king of the new hill.

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    18. Oracle goes all in on cloud services

      Oracle goes all in on cloud services

      Oracle's transition from cloud critic to cloud convert is complete. The company launched a raft of new services Monday that it claims will provide enterprises with all the tools they need to run their operations in the cloud. "We're now able to call our cloud services complete. With today's announcement, you can now move all your applications out of the data center and into the Oracle cloud," Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison said during an event at Oracle's headquarters.

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    19. Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech

      Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech

      Slack’s valuation soared to $2.8 billion in less than two years, and has doubled in the past six months alone — all without any big marketing campaigns. The startup’s adoption curve and rave reviews are something many founders and investors dream about, but few actually achieve. startups in general have been on a tear over the past few years as the “consumerization” trend continues to churn and the ascendance of Big Data continues to transform the way business gets done.

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    20. By 2018, 62% Of CRM Will Be Cloud-Based, And The Cloud Computing Market Will Reach $127.5B

      By 2018, 62% Of CRM Will Be Cloud-Based, And The Cloud Computing Market Will Reach $127.5B

      Enterprise spending on SaaS applications is approaching 30% of all application spending, and is currently growing at a 17.6% CAGR from 2013 to 2018. By 2018, 62% of all CRM software will be cloud-based, with Salesforce solidifying its market leadership position. These and other insights are from Byron Deeters’ State of the Cloud Report 2015 from Bessemer Venture Partners.

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