Computer Weekly – 19 February 2013: Software developers in demand
In this week’s Computer Weekly, we look at why companies are struggling to attract the right talent for in-house IT and speak to IT experts on the challenges of attracting and retaining talented software developers. We investigate why CIOs are not happy with Oracle's Fusion strategy, speaking to IT experts and CIOs who are concerned that Oracle is coercing organisations to upgrade. Betting company William Hill also tells us how mobile technology has changed the company and helped it attract new customers. Read the issue now.
Skills shortage a concern as software development returns in-house
Recruiting new IT talent is becoming one of the biggest challenges facing chief information officers as companies invest in the next generation of software tools. After decades of trying to move software engineering offshore, companies are once more investing in in-house skills that can work more flexibly.
Do price hikes and reduced support feature in Oracle’s Fusion strategy?
A report by analysts at Forrester Research paints a bleak picture of Oracle’s applications business, suggesting CIOs should be wary of the supplier’s motives to avoid being locked into expensive contracts.
Buyer's guide to green computing - part one: Top technologies that can make your datacentre green
Driven by rising electricity costs, green legislation and corporate social responsibility, green IT is increasingly on most IT professionals’ minds. Hhaving an energy-efficient datacentre helps the environment and also saves businesses money, so we look at some of the main technologies that can help your datacentre go green.
Standards are the key to realising the benefits of connectivity
The idea of all manner of devices – from home appliances to state-of-the art home entertainment – sharing information on a common network is fast becoming affordable. Such a network of smart appliances could revolutionise energy efficiency but suppliers must agree on common specifications.
European banks’ IT transformations grow in ambition but fly over budget
About half of IT transformation projects at European banks go over budget by more than 25%, largely because early success stories lead to projects increasing the scope of their remit.
Case study: William Hill bets on mobile for gambling on the go
We look at how mobile technology has changed the high street bookmaker and helped it attract new customers.
Reducing downtime by using sensors and predictive analytics
Vice-president of software at GE Research, William Ruh, talks about building a services business that aims to push the realms of modern technology.
Opinion: One Barnet legal challenge could result in outsourcing catastrophe
Mark Lewis, head of the outsourcing practice at law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, considers what a Barnet resident's legal case against her local council’s outsourcing plans could mean for future projects across the UK.
This week's issue is sponsored by Gartner and RES Software.