After losing out to Amazon at the CIA, some consolation for IBM and its federal government Cloud ambitions in the form of a ten year, $1 billion contract with the US Department of the Interior (DoI).
There are now billions of mobile devices in use around the world proving Mobile technology is not a fad that will die away, it is here to stay. The question now is how can the public sector make the move to mobile and provide high value mobile applications and services to citizens and employees in a truly secure way?
The UK Border Agency's (UKBA) "inadequate" IT systems are among the reasons why the Home Secretary Theresa May has finally decided to scrap the under-attack agency.
CIOs have an opportunity to put innovation back in their job description and contribute more effectively to business strategy through the effective use of Cloud Computing.

For many people Cloud is seen as an evolution of outsourcing. By moving the traditional IT resources into a public Cloud customers can focus on their core business differentiators. Cloud doesn’t take away the need for the hardware, software, and systems management, it just encapsulates and shields the user from them.  

You may not be that surprised, but it seems if there’s one area firmly resistant to the lure of Open Source - it’s storage.
This according to a survey, based on FoI requests, by a supplier in the area, Nexenta Systems, of 44 local and central government bodies’ storage “buying habits”.
Respondents confirmed that they prefer to source the big brands like IBM, NetApp, HP, HDS, and EMC – not their Open Source competitors.
Indeed, just one local council admits to us
Researchers at the University of Glasgow are working on a search engine for Smart Cities based on their own Open Source technology.
Specifically, researchers at the Uni say they are part of a new European-funded project, SMART, (Search engine for MultimediA Environment geneRated content).
The project aims to develop and implement a system to allow Web users to search and analyse data from sensors
The on-going contraction in the IT hardware market’s just been made plain by market watchers IDC – which has reported Europe bought just under 12% fewer servers in the first three months of the year than it did a year before.
Though that number is still big - $3.1bn – the first quarter’s drop comes hard on the heels of another decline in the last three months of 2011, it warns.
Quarter-on-quarter performance was even weaker than the annual one, with double-digit declines in both the value and the volume
A share of a £3.7m award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has allowed the University of Southampton to upgrade its IBM-based supercomputer and offer a huge boost to research, allowing it to tackle harder problems for an even greater number of users.
Thanks to its £2.2m share of the EPSRC grant, Southampton’s &ldq

Five vendors dominate the IT operations management (ITOM) software market and account for 53.5 percent of its global revenues which totaled $18.3 billion in 2011, an increase of 8.7 percent from 2010.

According to Gartner, the top five are IBM, CA Technologies, BMC, Microsoft and HP. 

Of the Famous Five, Gartner comments: