Stories by Denise Dubie

CA buys Oblicore to manage cloud services

CA Monday announced it had acquired for an undisclosed sum privately held Oblicore, a maker of service-level management technology that could enable CA to develop IT service catalogue capabilities for customers looking to extend management into cloud computing environments.

IBM still leads in US patents

IBM garnered 4,914 U.S. patents in 2009, setting an all-time high for Big Blue and maintaining its lead against competitors such as Samsung with 3,611 patents and Microsoft with 2,906.

HP abandons EDS brand

HP Wednesday announced it would leave the EDS brand behind and rename its IT services provider business HP Enterprise Services.

EMC fine tunes its management software portfolio

EMC Wednesday introduced the fruit of many acquisitions, organic development and integration work with its Ionix IT management software and services portfolio, which the vendor says will help customers more easily control next-generation networks.

Gartner adjusts 2009 IT spend downward again

Gartner Tuesday released updated worldwide IT spending numbers that show the ongoing economic recession and declining revenues across all major segments of IT drove forecasts down 6% in 2009 to a total of US$3.2 trillion.

US IT salaries, perks continue to shrink

As the economy continues to languish, IT salary trends offer little hope to both working and unemployed IT professionals, as companies cut wages and fewer high-tech positions become available due to attrition.

Network usage climbs while IT budgets, staff remain down

LAS VEGAS -- The economy may be sluggish, but that hasn’t decreased demand for network services, which could be why enterprise network managers at <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/050409-interop-planning-guide.html">Interop Las Vegas</a> say they plan to <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/052009-interop-job-skills.html">maintain current staff</a> and expect to see <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/nsm/2009/051809nsm1.html">budget dollars return</a> in the coming months.

Some IT skills see pay hikes during downturn

Budget dollars may be tight for most companies, but that doesn't mean enterprise IT departments can do without the technology skills, talent and certifications they need to better navigate a down economy.

HP extends virtual systems management

HP Thursday introduced an expanded software suite designed to help data-center managers rapidly and accurately deploy new technologies and more quickly recover remote servers in the event of a failure.

SolarWinds acquires Kiwi Enterprises

SolarWinds announced Monday it had acquired for an undisclosed sum the assets of New Zealand-based software maker Kiwi Enterprises, best known for its free management and configuration tools.

CA unveils simplified suite, SaaS portfolio

CA this week introduced a slew of product enhancements that industry watchers say reflect how enterprise IT executives want to buy management software now: as integrated bundles and via subscription.

Sixteen hot roles for IT pros

IT professionals who want to become irreplaceable to their organisations should cultivate existing skills and pick up a few new ones, according to Forrester Research, which recently identified 16 IT roles that CIOs will need to fill in the near term.