Computer News - In Brief

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- In one of the strongest endorsements of Linux as a viable mid-range business platform to date, Sage and IBM have inked an Africa-wide agreement to deliver Sage’s business management solutions (BMS) on IBM’s Linux-running hardware.

- Meta Group has released a report, 2003 IT Staffing and Compensation Guide, indicating that over 60% of ICT managers spend between 25 and 50% of their budgets on salaries.

- Distribution powerhouse Sahara has confirmed it is in talks to buy the computer products group of Arrow Altech Distribution.

- Barbican is to invest US$700m in a retail banking project using an information technology system called equation used by other competitors such as Century Bank, Trust Bank and Zimbabwe Banking Corporation.