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Time Warner Buys Google’s Stake in AOL for $283M

Posted by pridham on July 28, 2009

Time Warner paid $283 million for Google’s 5 percent stake in AOL, the Internet company says in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Time Warner, which plans to spin off AOL by the end of 2009, bought the stake from search company Google on July 8, AOL says. The price that the company paid for Google’s stake implies that AOL has a total value of about $5.7 billion.

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The 9 Dirty Little Secrets of CRM – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

Posted by pridham on July 28, 2009

CRM vendors cash in on your hopes for revenue, profitability, and collaboration. And it’s all true — except for the parts that they leave out. Here are some truths that they won’t share but you should understand.

via The 9 Dirty Little Secrets of CRM – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership.

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Wal-Mart Orders Suppliers to Go Green, and Some See Red – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

Posted by pridham on July 28, 2009

Wal-Mart has never been shy about telling its suppliers to make a big change, such as RFID tags. But its newest mandate to suppliers — a “green” product rating system — could be particularly complex and costly to achieve, some analysts say.

via Wal-Mart Orders Suppliers to Go Green, and Some See Red – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership.

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Tech Vendors Say Ignore Those Dollar Signs Behind the Curtain – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

Posted by pridham on July 28, 2009

Think your vendor’s ready to deal? Maybe not: New Forrester Research survey data shows that despite the recession, tech vendors are pushing customers buzzwords about innovation, value and ROI — not lowering prices.

via Tech Vendors Say Ignore Those Dollar Signs Behind the Curtain – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership.

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Outsourcing: How to Create a Transformation Roadmap

Posted by pridham on July 28, 2009

If you don’t know where you want to go, as the Cheshire cat once advised Alice in Wonderland, any road will take you there. But if you have specific and significant goals for your outsourcing engagement, you need a map to make sure you arrive at the intended destination.

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Outsourcing: Telecom Providers Give Their Networks the Boot – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

Posted by pridham on July 28, 2009

Plans from Sprint, BT, China Mobile and others to farm out network management may seem counterintuitive. If the network isn’t a core competency for a telecom provider, what is? But market forces are moving many providers in Asia, Europe–and now the U.S.–to relinquish control of their networks, and that could affect customers for better and for worse. Here’s what it means for you.

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Outsourcing Strategy: With Application Outsourcing Providers, Fewer is More – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

Posted by pridham on July 28, 2009

Accenture partnered with the Everest Research Institute to analyze the costs and complexity of managing multiple ADM suppliers and how the buyers can benefit from concentrating their work with fewer applications outsourcing suppliers. They interviewed leading organizations that have reduced the number of their supplier mix, as well as leading suppliers that observed the impact of supplier consolidation across their customer base. This article discusses the research and lessons learned that you can take away.

via Outsourcing Strategy: With Application Outsourcing Providers, Fewer is More – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership.

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Industry Depth Is Crucial When Selecting a PLM Vendor

Posted by pridham on July 27, 2009

Marc Halpern

Gartner Industry Research Note G00165742

When selecting product life cycle management software providers, large manufacturers must consider the expertise and presence of the candidates in their industry. This research reflects Gartner’s opinion of the five most prominent PLM software vendors across nine manufacturing vertical industries.

via Industry Depth Is Crucial When Selecting a PLM Vendor.

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Who’s Who in Distributed Caching Platforms: IBM, Microsoft and Oracle

Posted by pridham on July 27, 2009

Massimo Pezzini

Gartner RAS Core Research Note G00168872

Distributed caching technology plays a crucial role in IBM, Microsoft and Oracle strategy, although their products have different maturity and adoption levels. Users should plan for adoption in the near future and insource relevant skills, but also take precautions to avoid vendor lock-in

via Who’s Who in Distributed Caching Platforms: IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

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Magic Quadrant for International Retail Core Banking

Posted by pridham on July 27, 2009

Don Free

Gartner Industry Research Note G00169053

Although IT cost reduction has dominated bank agendas during the past year, most banks considering core banking replacement are not postponing these strategic programs. Gartner provides analysis on the evolving retail core banking software market.

via Magic Quadrant for International Retail Core Banking.

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