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Large IT Projects: More Likely to Lose Control

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Large IT Projects: More Likely to Lose Control

A large number of big budget IT projects within both public and private sectors are "ticking time bombs" potentially spinning out of control, University of Oxford researchers say. 

The research involves the analysis of 1500 global IT projects (with an average size of $170M) within the last 10 years-- with 1 in 6 projects either going over budget by an average of 200% or over running by an average of 70%. 

The conclusion? "IT projects routinely cost investors and taxpayers billions of dollars, pounds and euros in excess spending and destroyed benefits, Read more...

To Write or Not to Write

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To Write or Not to Write

by Beth Vanni, Director at Market Intelligence Amazon Consulting

When your children are young, it’s hard as a parent to not sit longingly and dream about all the wonderful things your kids could be, could learn, could accomplish.  Can they apply themselves in school enough to be a doctor?  Will they do humanitarian work?  Is pro sports in their future? How can they live up to their full potential, and how can I as a parent help them do that?

The long-standing debate about whether the generalist VAR business model is a thing of the past reminds me of this brain teaser.   Should VARs “grow up” and invest in a datacenter to become an MSP?  Should they hire hot-shot consulting resources and build a pre-sales assessment practice?  Can they invest in specialized IT solutions for a niche vertical market?  Every vendor has their own aspirations for their smaller, regional VARs – to both protect themselves and their run rate (albeit often small) product resale business but also to help the partners survive and be successful.  

In the June CRNTech article reviewing the myriad of software development platforms available for ISVs today it occurred to me that we rarely expect VARs to build application expertise.  Over the years, the vendor community seems to have agreed that understanding the business demands of end-users at the application layer gives solution providers the greatest insights and leverage.  But, the traditional VAR and ISV communities seem to have remained pretty darned separate and distinct over the years. Read more...

Gartner: W. Europe's PC Market Declines Further

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Gartner: W. Europe's PC Market Declines Further

Gartner reports Q2 2011 W. European PC shipments total 12.7M-- with a -18.9% Y-o-Y decline, down from Q2 2010 shipments totals of 15.6M.

Both consumer and professional sector suffer from weak demand as the market faces inventory issues, thanks to overstocking back in 2010.

Netbooks see a -53% Y-o-Y decrease in shipments as the entire mobile PC market declines by 20.4%, while desktop PC shipments decline by -15.4% Y-o-Y.

The above reflects the consumer PC market in general, whose Q2 2011 sees the market's biggest decline-- -27% Y-o-Y.

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E. Europe Leads in Fiber

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E. Europe Leads in Fiber

Europe's FTTH subscribers grow by 22% Y-o-Y-- thanks to E. Europe's booming broadband market, according to Ventura Team's Richard Jones. 

In a podcast with Telecoms IQ, Jones says E. Europe is the place to look at for ultra-fast fiber deployments, where telecoms and cable operators explore further options for overcoming the challenges of high speed broadband delivery. 

One example he gives is Hungary, where in parts one can find three fiber operators with FTTH competing in the same area. Another is Slovakia, which currently has 1 gig service. 

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SATA's New Standards

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SATA's New Standards

The Serial ATA International Organisation (SATA-IO) announces two new SATA standards-- SATA Express and SATA µSSD.

SATA Express combines the SATA software infrastructure with the PCI Express (PCIe) interface, enabing the development of SATA-compatible devices using the PCIe interface.

The technology will thus increase device speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s while using PCIe 3.0's performance and scalability.

SATA Express specification should be complete by 2011's end.

Meanwhile SATA µSSD eliminates the traditional SATA inteface's module connector, e Read more...

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