By Nicola Leske
(Reuters) – IBM Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reports earnings after the bell on Tuesday and investors are hoping strong software demand will make for a repeat of last year’s first-quarter performance, when the company raised its full year forecast.
After Oracle Corp’s (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) strong first-quarter software sales and outsourcing firm Accenture Plc’s (ACN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) positive outlook on IT spending, there is a chance that IBM – which competes with both companies – may raise its full year outlook. Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a recent note that there was a “fair likelihood” IBM would “modestly raise” its outlook.
April 11 (Reuters) – Global PC shipments increased in the
first quarter of 2012 as demand in Europe, Middle East and
Africa was stronger than forecast on the back of robust demand
by business, according to the research firm Gartner.
The results exceeded Gartner’s earlier projections of a 1.2
percent decline for the quarter, the firm said on Wednesday, as
global shipments grew to 89 million units in the first three
months of the year.
April 11 (Reuters) – IBM is taking aim at
competitors such as Hewlett Packard Co and Oracle Corp
with PureSystems, a new product line that helps
companies reduce time and money spent on increasingly complex
information technology maintenance.
Data from both IBM and research firm IDC shows that
companies spend upwards of 70 percent of their IT budgets on
simple operations and maintenance, leaving little to invest in
innovation. Perhaps more alarmingly, two-thirds of corporate IT
projects exceed the allotted budget and are delivered behind
March 27 (Reuters) – Advanced hacking attacks by groups such
as Anonymous and the prevalence of mobile devices like Apple
Inc’s iPhone are spurring demand for more sophisticated
protection, making niche network security firms prime takeover
targets, analysts and experts said.
“Mergers and acquisitions will become more prominent,” said
Ben Ramirez, an analyst at Frost and Sullivan. “Predators will
be those with high capital expenditures and high market share
and the prey will be those that have little market share and
weak product diversification.”
LONDON/NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s
newest iPad looked like another hot seller on Friday as
hundreds lined up at stores around the world to get their hands
on the tablet, though the crowds and waiting times in some
cities were less than in previous years.
The third-generation iPad has only a few new features
including faster wireless connectivity and a crisper display,
but analysts nonetheless expect Apple to dominate the tablet
market well into next year.
By Nicola Leske and Tova Cohen
(Reuters) – Cisco Systems made its first major acquisition in over two years with a deal to buy NDS, which develops pay TV software, for $5 billion, aiming to boost its presence in the video communications market.
In its biggest acquisition since it bought Norway’s videoconferencing company Tandberg for $3.3 billion in 2009, Cisco said NDS was a strategic fit for its video system Videoscape, as NDS’ software allows cable and satellite TV companies to deliver encrypted content through televisions and other devices.
By Nicola Leske and Tova Cohen
(Reuters) – Cisco Systems (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has reached a $5 billion (3 billion pounds) deal to buy NDS, which makes set-top box software for cable and satellite TV companies, a move the network equipment maker said would accelerate its expansion into the video communications market.
NDS technology, which is used by BSkyB (BSY.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Sky Italia in Europe, is expected to complement Cisco’s Videoscape video delivery system. In North America, the company’s customers include Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research), and Rogers Communications Inc (RCIb.TO: Quote, Profile, Research).
March 15 (Reuters) – Cisco Systems has
reached a $5 billion deal to buy NDS, which makes set-top box
software for cable and satellite TV companies, a move the
network equipment maker said would accelerate its expansion into
the video communications market.
NDS technology, which is used by BSkyB and Sky
Italia in Europe, is expected to complement Cisco’s Videoscape
video delivery system. In North America, the company’s customers
include Cablevision Systems Corp, Comcast Corp
, and Rogers Communications Inc.
March 6 (Reuters) – Online streaming music service
Pandora Media Inc said it will remain in the red for at
least another year, wiping nearly half a billion dollars off its
Ironically, the bigger Pandora’s audience gets, the more it
must pay record labels in licensing fees, hurting the mostly
free radio service’s chances of becoming profitable.
NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp
may be ready to ratchet up its sales outlook for the
2012 U.S. auto market after two months of stronger-than-expected
demand in the industry, a top executive at the Japanese
automaker said on Tuesday.
Toyota is still forecasting U.S. industry sales of 13.6
million this year, but strong January and February demand is
causing officials to rethink that prediction, Yoshi Inaba,
president and chief operating officer in charge of Toyota’s
North American operations, said after a speech in New York.