Opinion on IT Hardware in Middle East and Africa

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MicroSD-led NFC products may do more harm than good

DeviceFidelity's launch of an NFC-enabling cover for the iPhone follows hot on the heels of other developments to convert mobile handsets into contactless form factors. Given the sensitivity surrounding the NFC business model, this will provide added impetus for acquirers to build contactless acceptance but risks alienating mobile operators from future discussions around mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2010
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Global recession drives green IT financing trends

The global economic recession is driving organizations to adopt aggressive green IT strategies and flexible financing options to fund them. Increasingly, enterprises are leasing IT assets and refurbished IT machines as a way to reduce capital expenses from their balance sheets, while corporate chief financial officers are involving themselves in green IT and its financing structure.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2009
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Adoption of home energy management systems restricted by cost and control issues

While home energy management systems are a useful way of reducing energy use, with benefits for consumers and utilities alike, the adoption of this technology is likely to be hampered by a number of factors including concerns over privacy and a lack of return on investment. As a result, uptake is likely to be optional and driven by sophisticated users and utilities struggling to meet peak demands.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2009
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ATM outsourcing: a viable option for struggling banks

In the current economic environment, banks should carefully analyze the current and future total cost of ownership of their technology assets, and evaluate the outsourcing alternative. With a widespread lack of capital for costly upfront investments, renting ATM hardware and associated services becomes an attractive, and in some cases the only feasible, option to struggling banks.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2009
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Is there a future for biometrics in retail?

Despite the collapse of the US's largest biometrics payment company earlier this year, some commentators are still predicting a rosy future for the technology. However, current credit and debit card readers remain cheap and effective. Unless banks push biometrics on to retailers due to fraud concerns, near field communication technologies are more likely to be adopted as alternative payment types.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2008
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Phishing gets between a rock and an easy place

For those without strong technology skills who want to set up in the identity theft marketplace, phishing represents a great opportunity. There is even a plug-and-play kit that enables non-technical users to launch phishing attacks. At the other end of the technology skills scale, it appears that this year's most successful phishing attacks are being launched by one particular group.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2007
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Enterprise IT budgets increase but in-house IT teams remain an obstacle for vendors

IT budgets globally are set to grow and the outlook for the market is positive. However, vendors hoping to cash in will be faced with competition not only from other providers but from enterprises' in-house IT teams. Indeed, while most enterprises in the US, Australia and Europe will be increasing their IT budgets from last year, they are likely to spend more with their in-house IT departments.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2007
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Enterprise security is fraying at the edges

An increasing amount of valuable business information is being stored at the 'edge' of the corporate network on laptops, PDAs, home computers, and USB memory sticks. As this data is typically collected and generated by customer- and partner-facing employees, it tends to be high in commercial value; yet one would hardly think so judging by the way organizations often fail to protect and secure it.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2007
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Mobile broadcast TV subscribers to exceed 150 million by 2012

Mobile broadcast television combines two of the most successful consumer products in history; television and mobile telephony. The number of mobile broadcast TV subscribers is expected to grow from a mere 4.4 million today to 155.6 million by the end of 2012. However, while mobile broadcast TV is continually being touted as the 'next big thing,' there are considerable hurdles to be overcome.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2007
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Organizations need to take a long-term approach to retention

Regulations in some industries dictate that data must be kept for long periods - potentially over 100 years, but many organizations do not consider long-term retention when archiving. However, if they do not take action now, when information has to be retrieved it may be unreadable, as the application that created it will certainly not exist, and the file format it was created in may be obsolete.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2007

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