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I originally wrote this after the news broke of HP buying the Autonomy. I have now been upstaged in reality that life is stranger than fiction with the rapid departure of Leo Apotheker from HP on the back of his decision, the appointment of Meg Whitman. I thought it worth publishing after the revalations from ...

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The rise of social networking and the use of social content (Facebook, Twitter etc) are having dramatic effects on our societies. With any new technology this has opened the door of opportunity as well as some tricky problems. It has been widely acknowledged that Facebook and associated social networking has played a major role in ...

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On my way to work I have listened to a lot of discussion on the radio waves of fairness in the face of the unpalatable budget cuts the new coalition needs to deliver. In our complex society Citizens rely on the provision of Justice in an open and fair manner. With advances in forensic science, ...

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It was a pleasure to attend the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Forum organised by NESTA.  Here we could bask in the collective wisdom of the über entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley USA. The attending aspiring UK entrepreneurs have created some astonishing products and services for the digital world.  What they wanted to hear was how to build ...

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The team is just back from a busy few weeks hosting Alfresco Developer Conferences in Paris and New York. The feedback has been very positive and there was particular interest in Activiti BPM & Alfresco Web Quick Start. With Activiti BPM, the vision we saw of a universal capability to manage – with seamless coordination ...

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Charles Arthur’s recent article in The Guardian was both accurate and scary. It’s particularly timley given David Cameron’s will be visiting China this week. Like the Labour government before it, the current UK government seems to be continuing the trend of believing that big is best (or at least might is right). They have become ...

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Reading Oliver Diedrich’s recent article I have to agree that on the surface the hype surrounding open source appears to be over. However, far from seeing his conclusions as negative, I see much to commend the continued growth and use of commercial open source. But is the hype really over? Well if by hype we ...

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Accenture recently released a survey revealing investment in open source software (OSS) is set to rise in the next 12 months – no surprise to many of us, but interestingly they report that quality has overtaken cost as a primary adoption driver. This reflects Alfresco’s experience, where the value of OSS for organizations is no ...

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The WCM market has been one of the most fragmented in enterprise software and today’s announcement of Day’s acquisition was inevitable. This is further evidence of consolidation of the proprietary software market and we have seen the disappearance of proprietary WCM as a stand-alone market with a logical progression to developing marketing applications. Other examples ...

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I read with interest the article in The Register which highlighted the way UK Government has approached IT. As many commentators have covered, the UK Government in the last 12 years focussed on large, risky IT projects with a catalogue of high profile failures. In order to minimise the risk of failure government civil servants ...

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