O2 has put about $4 million into its cloud-services platform, O2 Digital Solutions, hoping to get more small and midsized businesses to use cloud-based business services. "With our new Digital Solutions for business we are expanding our cloud portfolio, bringing a new suite of marketing, productivity and security solutions to our business customers, all delivered as cloud-based applications," said O2's Nicola Mortimer. The portfolio includes e-commerce, security and videoconferencing offerings.
IBM paid an undisclosed amount to acquire Coremetrics, a cloud-based analytics provider. The company said the additional services provided by Coremetrics will offer clients insight into their customers' interactions online and help brands personalize customer contact as they work to build loyalty. The deal is expected to close later this year.
Hewlett-Packard says its new and upgraded business-management products will help IT simplify and automate application deployment in hybrid environments and not increase the risks inherent in using virtualized and cloud-based systems. HP also is encouraging partners to expand beyond just hardware solutions to foster new software innovation aimed at the public sector.
Consumer adoption of mobile devices and an improving economic climate will boost PC shipments this year by 19.8% over 2009, according to research firm IDC, which expects worldwide shipments to hit 354.8 million by year's end, a healthy jump over last year's 296.1 million.
The nation's top IT leader says it's time to shutter the tech gap between the public and private sectors and shore up project and performance management on the government level. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra plans to expand agency TechStat meetings regarding IT project status and collaborating with other agencies on top concerns such as security.