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IT budgets 2020: How the money will be spent, and who will spend it

Since 2016, discussions and forecasts of IT budgets for enterprises and other organisations have taken place under a cloud of uncertainty. In the US, this currently revolves around trade disputes and other geopolitical tensions, while in Europe the still-unresolved Brexit saga casts a shadow over the UK’s economic prospects. [1] [1] By Charles McLellan on ZDNet

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Microsoft prods customers with Windows 10 retirement dates

Microsoft is reminding customers that one version of Windows 10 received its final security update this week and that another will fall off the support list around this time next month.The concluding update for Windows 10 Enterprise 1703 and Windows 10 Education 1703 was handed out Tuesday, John Wilcox, a Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) evangelist, said in a post to a Microsoft blog. [1] [1] By Gregg Keizer on ComputerWorld

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Technology and social change: How government CIOs can improve outcomes for citizens and society

Tackling current issues such as social instability, austerity, populism, generational gaps or sustainability requires governments across the world to invest more in technology solutions, according to Gartner. Looking at the most pressing goals for public organisations, the research agency has identified a set of technology-focused trends that could be the key to delivering more efficient policies. [1] [1] By Daphne Leprince-Ringuet on ZDNet

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Research: Mixed reality usage at companies down from previous years

Popular with gamers, mixed reality — a combination of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) — also provides many workforce solutions for businesses. These include, but are not limited to, simulation exercises, computer modeling, activities, and employee training and testing. By Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman on ZDNet

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Hit by ransomware? Victims of these four types of file-encrypting malware can now retrieve their files for free

People who have fallen victim to FortuneCrypt, Yatron, WannaCryFake or Avest ransomware should now be able to retrieve their encrypted files without giving into the extortion demands of cyber attackers. Three of the decryption tools have been released for free as part of No More Ransom, a joint initiative by tech security companies and law enforcement that is designed to help businesses and consumers in the fight against cybercrime. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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How to pick the right collaboration suite

Collaboration software has emerged as a key component of the modern office environment. But in selecting collaboration tools, it’s important to take into consideration the needs, work style and culture of different departments. Otherwise your organization may actually see reduced productivity or even face security risks. [1] [1] By Paul Heltzel on InsiderPro

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GDPR: Only one in three businesses are compliant – here’s what is holding them back

Under one in three organisations are fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation, despite the privacy legislation coming into force across Europe almost a year and a half ago. Consultancy firm Capgemini surveyed over 1,000 compliance, privacy and data protection personnel and found that despite three quarters of them having previously been confident about being compliant by the time GDPR came into force in May 2018, that isn’t the case in reality and many are still struggling to adhere to the legislation….

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Innovation: How to get your great ideas approved

Innovation might be something that all companies claim to aspire to in an age of digital disruption, but that doesn’t mean every organisation is taking a strategic approach to creativity. While most CIOs (59%) say their goal is to have sector-leading innovation capabilities, a quarter admit their organisations’ innovation capabilities are non-existent and just 11% rate their current capabilities as excellent, according to research from consultant Deloitte. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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