The cloud has been a boon for VoIP vendors, and combined, the two technologies are creating a robust hardware-sales opportunity, Laura Stotler writes. However, there are challenges tied to regulatory compliance, customer demands and service expectations, Stotler writes.
The fourth-quarter earnings outlook for IT companies isn't encouraging, analysts say, with a projection of a 1.1% overall decrease compared with the year before. Chipmakers are expected to be a big part of the decrease, analysts say.
The growth of the smart-electricity industry is benefiting software and services firms that help build and manage smart-grid deployments, a study by Pike Research says. The research firm estimates that the IT services and software market saw 20% growth between 2011 and 2012.
Oracle hopes to entice SAP users into using its latest prebuilt business-intelligence software -- Financial Analytics for SAP -- for enterprise resource planning systems. Oracle is targeting SAP enterprises that haven't jumped on SAP's own BI offering, and its own customer base that uses SAP.