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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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Implications of rich web applications for business are multifold

As organizations roll out service-oriented architecture, they will turn to rich internet and web applications for the final link: the human-machine interface. Businesses therefore need to devise a web strategy and the question of using rich web applications, as well as experimenting with web 2.0 concepts, needs to be part of the consideration process.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 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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Volatility in global commodities markets drives spend in risk management IT

Analysts expect that increased volatility in commodities markets globally will drive spend in risk management IT. However, commodities present their own unique characteristics that must be observed, making it fundamental for IT vendors looking to capitalize on the opportunity to have a full understanding and appreciation of the underlying physical market and of their potential client's business.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Venture Preference: announces plans to rebrand

Venture Preference, the broking arm of AXA, has announced plans to rebrand itself as Bluefin: a move which will come into full effect in January 2009. The rebranding should enable the company to build a strong brand presence in the small and medium enterprise market.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2008
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Opportunity knocks for big pharmaceutical companies in the credit crunch

Although the credit crunch has left non-financial services companies, including those in the biotechnology industry, without cheap debt, the pharmaceutical industry avoided relying on this resource and has remained cash-rich. As a result, pharmaceutical companies should weather the financial storm and be able to make significant acquisitions, unlike their biotechnology counterparts.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Boutique wealth managers: a once in a lifetime opportunity

As the world's largest private banks reel from customer desertion, brand damage, staff defections and now integration problems from the mega-deals, boutique wealth managers have a unique opportunity to push their businesses forward. For those wishing to take full advantage, nothing less than a board-driven, end-to-end action plan is needed.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

McDonald's: capitalizing on the downturn with an even greater presence

McDonald's has announced plans to open 1,000 new restaurants in 2009, even though the recession is starting to impact on its results. The company could succeed in its gamble by encouraging more consumers to downsize to its cheaper food offering, but it must not completely forget the importance of health and premium trends.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2009
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Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth brings scale but will fail to deliver sustainable sales growth

The Pfizer-Wyeth merger will create a prescription pharmaceutical company of unprecedented scale. The combined entity would have recorded total company sales in excess of $70 billion and prescription pharmaceutical sales of over $60 billion in 2008. However, the deal is not a solution to the companies' declining sales outlooks, and profit growth will only be achieved through further cost cutting.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Money market funds: back in fashion

In the wake of large-scale outflows from money market funds late last year, Datamonitor argued that investors' fears around this fund class were unjustified, and predicted significant movements of cash back into the category. The latest data shows that we were right: money market funds are back in fashion, although they will have to fight for investors' attention during 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2009

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