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The following papers have been prepared by the speakers invited to lead an exchange of ideas at a private FORUM to be held in London on May 27...

The NHS National Programme for IT is claimed to be the largest non-military ICT project in the world. In a recent BBC Radio 4 interview (Oct...

The partition of India and Pakistan sixty years ago this month was, despite appearance at the highest level, a tragic disaster for hundreds of th...

The Ministry of Justice has implemented a review of the National Offender Management Service IT project to track criminal offenders across the UK. ...

For a quarter of a century the above three aspects of business have enjoyed a muddled, costly and inefficient co-existence. The distinctive wealth cre...

A hearing opens today into the chaotic failure of the computer-based Medical Training Application System (MTAS) that was designed by the Department...

The future reform of western management will in no small part be dependent upon how carefully business leaders and academics study this remarkable ...

Register Offices across the UK have been totally failed by the latest instance of a government sponsored IT project designed to reduce costs and incre...
At the end of the first quarter of 2007 Toyota overtook General Motors to become the world's number one car maker by sales.  During the period it...
After hundreds of years of seeing himself standing aloft from the consequences of the Laws of Nature industrial man is at last coming to realise that ...

IT industry observers are beginning to think the unthinkable – that the whole approach to ICT may just be out of kilter. CRM and ERP have had...

The Observer newspaper today carries a report that it has seen a leaked document written and sent from the computer of David Kwo (who last year resign...
A quarter of a century ago, on 12 August, 1981, IBM launched its ground-breaking personal computer, the IBM 5150, the first in what it called its PC r...

Tony Collins of Computer Weekly who has specialised in tracking the progress of major public sector IT projects reports that The National Audit Off...

Rarely is an organisation characterised in its publicly perceived ‘true’ light by its leading officer. Only public accountability can a...

On May 10 Toyota announced record results for the past year just as GM was announcing further layoffs and plant closures. The Toyota/GM compar...

Events at the Home Office during April and May, relating to the failure of the authorities to deport over 1,000 foreign prisoners following the com...

Users are only running 50% of the functionality implemented in their ERP system, and are paying for functions they never use, according to the ...

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office project to roll out an enterprise resource planning system to 13,000 staff in the UK and more than 250 locations ...

The National Audit Office has reported to Parliament that the Home Office had not maintained proper financial books and records for the financial y...

Over the past months Management-NewStyle has been evaluating approaches to workflow that lend themselves to its FlowMap software ...

Purchasers get the ‘morning after’ feeling as competitive M&A market puts pressure on them to deliver benefits after the deal is done....
Alexandra Frean reports in The Times that British companies are losing millions of pounds a year in productivity because their staff do not feel value...

'The Economist' (p. 73; 7 Jan) reports that two US researchers, Thomas Griffiths of Brown University (RI) and Joshua Tenenbaum of MIT, have been st...

Management-NewStyle is pleased to announce that following three months of exploratory development work it has selected Cavendish Software of ...
Following the Bichard Enquiry into the Soham murders of August 2002 a £167 million computer system was ordered under Project Impact as a matter ...

For 56 years the Tokyo Stock Exchange has traded without fail. In preparation for its planned market floatation its computer system was upgraded ea...

Reform, a leading independent UK think-tank has recently reported that Public spending increases since 1999-00 have reduced productivity and ...

The Detroit News reports today that Ford is about to announce a restructuring plan that will lead to closure of some 10 plants and up to 30,...

Microsoft’s Windows SQL Server 2005 and the associated Visual Studio 2005 development tools were formally unveiled on 7 November 2005 in San Fra...
EDS has agreed to pay HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over £70m in compensation for its tax credits system’s failures from 2003. The syste...
For more than a year there has been specultation about which of the two great engines of American prosperity, Ford or GM, will file first for pro...
Supermarket retailer J Sainsbury decided last month (October 2005) to end its £1.8bn IT outsourcing contract with Accenture raisi...
The government has announced that its IT strategy for the next five years will aim to achieve closer integration between IT systems and its 'shar...
The Sunday Times of 13 November 2005 reports that leaked Whitehall e-mails indicate the £20M NHS 'Choose and Book' computer project, that is cen...
In the late 1990s at CERN Tim Berners-Lee was encouraging ever greater adoption of his pioneering concept to what he was calling the 'world wide web'....
Peter Drucker died, aged 95, on 11 November, 2005 following a highly successful life as one of the most widely respected observers of management throu...

FlowMap software developers have successfully completed preliminary testing of a business logic prototyping application that is intended t...

2004 was a banner year for CEOs and a dismal year for workers, according to a report released today jointly from the Institute for Policy Studies...
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