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Brazilian PC market shrinks by 36 percent

The PC market in Brazil has seen a 36 percent drop in sales in 2015 – the worst performance of the last ten years, according to analyst IDC. Some 6,6 million computers were sold between January and December last year. Of which, 2,6 million were desktops and 4 million were notebooks – both categories saw a 36 percent drop in ... Read More »

SAS Brazil launches program to train unemployed techies

Data analytics giant SAS has launched a training program to help Brazilian technology professionals find a new job as the country economic climate worsens. Some 20 places in eight different courses will be offered from now until December 2016, which include SAS programming, data mining, statistics, business intelligence and visual analytics. To be able to take part in the program, ... Read More »

Can off-the-shelf software survive the cloud onslaught?

When it first appeared on the scene three decades ago, off-the-shelf software was revolutionary. Instead of having to hire programmers to code and build systems, organizations and individuals were able to buy complete solutions, spreadsheets to enterprise resource planning, all packaged up and shrink-wrapped within a series of disks. Vendors such as JDEdwards packaged up ERP systems covering everything from ... Read More »

HP seeks to provide the missing piece of the Microsoft Continuum puzzle

The new six-inch HP Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile phablet announced today at Mobile World Congress is focused squarely at business users, not consumers. That focus means being able to run Windows Store/Windows Universal apps only isn’t enough. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Continuum technology — which allows users to connect large screens, mice and keyboards to their phones — is limited ... Read More »

Microsoft curtails its support for Skylake-based Windows Embedded 7 and 8 devices

As it did recently in regards to Intel-based Skylake PCs, Microsoft is revising its previous support policies for Windows Embedded devices using Intel’s 6th generation Core Skylake processors. The new support guidance, which Microsoft issued today, February 19, mirrors what Microsoft is doing with Windows PCs. To guarantee full support, Windows Embedded users — like Windows PC users — need ... Read More »

Brazilian IT departments brace for "horrible" year

This year is going to be a challenging one for IT decision makers in Brazil as the current recession is forcing them to reduce their departments as well as overall technology costs, according to recent research. Some 35 percent of organizations in the country will be reducing their IT departments, while 10 percent will be replacing more senior staff for ... Read More »

No need to fret about shadow IT apps, survey suggests

A new survey suggests people are getting more comfortable with shadow IT, and that shadow apps — cloud and mobile-based — are delivering tangible benefits to their businesses. Photo: Joe McKendrick These are the key takeaways from a recent survey of 400 executives, published by Canvas. The results suggest that “organizations increasingly view shadow IT as an opportunity to drive ... Read More »

Microsoft starts providing release notes for Windows 10 updates

Microsoft is launching a Windows 10 Update History site today, February 9, which will provide users with information on what’s in the Windows 10 updates the company is pushing. The new Windows 10 Update History page will provide release notes about previous and current updates to Windows 10. Microsoft’s official statement about the new site, courtesy of a spokesperson: mary ... Read More »

As cloud computing spreads, survey shows IT managers getting more resourceful

Not too long ago, cloud computing lurked in the shadows, seen as a workaround to bottlenecky IT departments. Lately, however, that perception seems to have turned around almost entirely. Organizations are almost pleading with IT managers to help them navigate the new cloud world. Photo: Joe McKendrick This is one of the key takeaways in a recent survey of 1,060 ... Read More »

IT spending to top $2.8 trillion by 2019, says IDC

IT spending by enterprises, government, SMBs and others is forecast to grow to more than $2.8 trillion in 2019, according to a report from IDC. The research firm’s latest figures represent an increase from $2.46 trillion in 2015. The largest IT spenders will come from the discrete manufacturing, banking, and telecom verticals with each delivering more than 8 percent of ... Read More »

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