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CA boss says "we're ready for takeoff"

Troubled systems management and security software vendor CA aims to get back on track in its current fiscal year after a series of unforeseen setbacks last year, its chief executive officer pledged to shareholders.

SAP's ERP 2005 'stable core' for five years

SAP is changing in the way it delivers ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications to customers, breaking with the traditional approach of upgrading the entire software release every 12 to 18 months.

Microsoft, IBM, others team up on SML

Ten major IT vendors including Microsoft and IBM on Monday released a draft of a new specification, the service modeling language (SML), which they claim will make it easier for customers to manage their heterogenous systems.

Servers, storage -- virtualise this

If you only had a single word to describe what 2005 meant in the world of servers and storage, that word would be "virtualisation." Announcements from IT vendors about what they were virtualising or planned to virtualise were rife throughout the year.

HP will focus on growth, efficiency in 2006

Hewlett-Packard's main focus as the company heads into 2006 will be on growing its operations and making all segments of its hardware, software and services business more efficient. HP is strong in developing innovative technology, but has tripped up in its sales efforts due to overly complicated internal reporting structures, according to the head of the company.

Novell: No comment on layoff rumours

Troubled software vendor Novell wouldn't comment on a growing number of reports and rumors circulating Monday that the company is about to lay off as much as 20 percent of its workforce as a way of cutting costs.