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The dirty secrets of project management revealed

For business systems, the project go-live date really does matter -- and project managers seem willing to sacrifice budget limits more often than they're willing to blow past a scheduled deadline. There are sound business reasons for doing this as bonuses, commissions and stock valuations depend upon the revenues and earnings for the quarter. So you don't want to make any changes that would mess up this quarter's results, but you do want to implement changes as early as possible next quarter.

MANAGEMENT CENTRE

CAREERS

Five key decisions before you use employee share schemes

In tech hotspots such as Silicon Valley, employee option schemes are commonly used in high-growth companies to incentivise talented people. Here is a guide to find out whether this option is right for your company, and what are areas to watch out for.

IT GOVERNANCE

Can't disconnect on vacation? These IT pros offer their hard-earned tips

We've all done it. Sworn to stay completely uncoupled from the office during a vacation, only to check email and get drawn into a work issue -- going from relaxed to tensed up in minutes.

LEADERSHIP AND MGMT

Home Office seeking technology COO reporting to CTO

New post must have knowledge of 'niche suppliers' in order to create new platform of delivery as department's large multi-year contracts expire.

LEGAL

Google harms consumers by favoring its own services, study finds

Google's favoring of its own services in search results doesn't just harm competitors, it also harms consumers, according to research sponsored by a complainant in the EU antitrust trial against the company.

OUTSOURCING

Singapore's banking industry to impose minimum standards on OSPs

According to the Association of Banks Singapore, the guidelines will raise the level of compliance standards among outsourced service providers (OSPs) while reducing the industry's compliance costs.

PROJECT MGMT

Multi-speed IT needs multi-speed CIOs

As the leader and advocate of the IT strategy, the CIO has to be the executive who can ensure rapid delivery without breaking the business.

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RESOURCE CENTRE

APPLICATIONS

Uber grabs mapping tech, employees from Microsoft

Uber is adding to its mapping smarts by acquiring technology used by Microsoft's Bing Maps, and has hired roughly 100 Microsoft employees who work on image collection and data analysis.

CLOUD COMPUTING

Local Measure addresses the importance of extracting value from Big Data

There are many opportunities surrounding the Big Data space and if businesses milk the value from all the data they've got, it can change the way they deal with customers, according to Local Measure founder and chief executive, Jonathan Barouch.

DATA CENTER

IBM Power Systems GM: Big scale and big data demand OpenPower

IBM's Power Systems division which sells servers and systems based on the Power system architecture, as opposed to the Intel-based x86 architecture used in most personal computers had been in free-fall for some time, posting year-on-year revenue declines of up to 37 percent per quarter over the past couple of years. According to the conventional wisdom, Power was another victim along with SPARC and, to a lesser extent, ARM of the inexorable march of the commodity x86 server.

IMAGING AND PRINTING

DxO One promises to turn your iPhone into a pro camera

This tiny camera clips to your iPhone and can capture photos as good as from a digital SLR, says its makers.

INDUSTRIES

Security Short Take: Samsung bows to pressure on Windows Update tweaks

It will stop changing the service on its PCs and tablets.

INTERNET

Google harms consumers by favoring its own services, study finds

Google's favoring of its own services in search results doesn't just harm competitors, it also harms consumers, according to research sponsored by a complainant in the EU antitrust trial against the company.

MOBILE AND WIRELESS

iPhones equipped with Force Touch tech are reportedly ready to roll

Production is said to be underway for the next iPhone models, and it looks like the new version's big selling point will be Force Touch.

NETWORKING

5 facets of the coming Internet of Things boom

A McKinsey study attempts to quantify the economic impact of IoT.

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Microsoft adds midrange Surface Pro 3 with i7 chip, 128GB storage

The new model is built for people who want more speed and don't mind less storage.

SECURITY

PayPal tweaks terms in wake of 'robocall' controversy

Express consent from customers will be needed for marketing related calls, PayPal said.

STORAGE

Red Hat builds on its open source storage portfolio

Red Hat continues to make inroads into the enterprise storage software market, improving two of its core storage technologies and striking partnerships with key IT system resellers.

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BLOGS

A trusted partner

The primary focus for SAS is to build strong and long-lasting relationships with its customers; and its key strategy is proactive and consistent engagement across all customer touch points.

What ICT professionals want

When asking ICT professionals what they’re looking for in their next role, the answer may just surprise.

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