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Mike Simons is the Editor of ComputerWorldUK and Techworld. He joined IDG in 2006 after almost a decade at Computer Weekly. An award winning IT and business journalist, Mike has a particularly focused on major IT projects and public sector IT. His fascination with the business and social impact of technology began at university, where he obtained an MSc at the Science Policy Research Unit of Sussex University.

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Where have all the virtualisation savings gone?

Everybody is virtualising their infrastructure. Go to any gathering of IT professionals, and you’d be hard pressed to find an organisation that isn’t in the throws of a project. Press a bit further and there is a wide disparity...

Gary McKinnon and the minister who ran away

The decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge NASA hacker Gary McKinnon and instead leave him to be extradited to the US highlights the mass of contradictions around the government’s attitude to hacking and cybercrime. Many IT...

Worth a read

Some of the stories on ComputerWorld UK and elsewhere that caught my eye today. NetApp lays off 500, but CEO buys £2m jet Merrill Lynch to ditch Satyam for Tata Woman sues Microsoft over XP downgrade charge Swift uses...

Are your suppliers making 80% margin from you?

How much does your enterprise software supplier make on maintenance contracts? Are their margins 30%, 40 % or 80%? Well, according to Ray Wang, the Forrester analyst who has become a real champion of enterprise IT end users, some...

How much damage will software as a service do?

We all know the economic downturn is driving IT organisations towards software as a service. We all know SaaS is causing grief to the established enterprise vendors, who are trying to scramble into that space. And, because of the...

Will the Tories really turn the public sector open source?

I’ve heard of small government, but are the Tories really serious about open source and public sector procurement? I’d love to have heard what shadow chancellor George Osbourne really thought when the IT procurement report he commissioned landed on...

Offshoring loses its USP

The Satyam debacle calls into question many of the assumptions behind offshoring. For CIOs and IT directors, a source of cheap, high quality work has, if nothing else, been called into question. For UK-based IT professionals keen to hang...

Will Microsoft give us a virtualisation headache?

Microsoft is about to change the way it licenses its software for virtualisation. That’s according to Burton analyst Chris Wolf whose sharp eyes have noticed the changes flagged up deep on the software giant’s website. Good on Burton for...

Location matters

Two very interesting points by veteran analyst Richard Holway on his site UKHotviews . The first concerns Dell’s decision to switch production from Ireland to Poland, hitting, axing 1,900 jobs in the process. With Dell contributing 5 per cent...

Can Broadband save the world?

In a rare moment of political unity, both Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron have decided that high speed broadband infrastructure will play a vital part in digging the economy out of recession. Brown declared on...