Cloud Computing

What Happens When Cloud Goes Wrong?

Roger Keenan | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Roger Keenan

It's a well known fact that technical things will go wrong, although of course this doesn't stop consumers becoming increasingly frustrated when services they pay hard-earned money to use fail.

Nurturing the European Midmarket

Garry Veale | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Garry Veale

A key characteristic for midmarket companies in general is a focus on growth and innovation. They are inherently more nimble than their larger competitors. They are also more adept at meeting change quickly and consequently can thrive even in the toughest environments.

When Two Heads are Better than One

Andrew Carr | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

To be competitive, firms need to streamline processes, raise productivity and meet targets. Yet real innovations often demand a little time dawdling in the slow lane, thinking rather than ticking boxes.

The Perks and Perils of Working From Home

Claire Broadley | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Tech
Claire Broadley

Over the years, people have told me that working from home is more stressful than working in their office. Their number one concern is a drop in productivity. Distractions drain your energy at the best of times, but when your boss is looking over your shoulder, you can feel an immense pressure to get things done.

Carson, My Trusted PDM (a Story From 2020)

Yves de Montcheuil | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Tech
Yves de Montcheuil

It is 5:23am. The alarm just went off. It has been a short night - the season 16 finale of Downton Abbey was on TV last night and I went to bed late. But I have a train to catch this morning and I'd better not miss it - I am starting a new job and I am due for orientation and training at headquarters.

The Government and the Cloud: The Perfect Combination for SMEs

John Davis | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Tech
John Davis

Today, there is likely to be at least one app that helps with each of these challenges. The tech sector is constantly building cloud applications that help with all sorts of small business needs - taking a look at GetApp reveals over 5,800 app listed.

Generation Z Is Coming, Workplaces Need to Adapt

Garry Veale | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Tech
Garry Veale

As a result, this group has spent its entire life with immediate access to an abundance of data on any and every subject that crosses their minds. They have never had to experience the frustration or the effort of searching through the M-O volume of the encyclopaedia to find out about Olive Oil.

Cloud and Data Analytics in Sport is the Difference Between Winning and Losing

Sam Seddon | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport
Sam Seddon

Fans want to get as close as they can to the sports they enjoy and innovation in cloud and analytics technology is helping create a better fan experience than ever before. Today, sports fans can access real-time information on the sport of their choice on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.

The Migration Conundrum

Dan Russon | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Russon

As a company, Facebook has realised that the gap between "IT" and "the business" has all but disappeared, and that the ethos driving its developer ecosystem must work hand in hand with the business to grow profitability and market share. This represents a major transformation journey encompassing multiple migration initiatives.

Another Cloudy Public Spending Debate?

Andrew Carr | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

It's clear that county councils have some major cultural and structural issues to address to enable them to start taking full advantage of new technologies such as the cloud. Until then, I'm afraid, there will be more tut-tutting and exasperated sighs.

The Benefits of the Cloud

John Davis | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
John Davis

Nowadays everywhere you look people are on their smart phones or engrossed in whatever it is they are doing on their tablets. It seems that everyone is connected all the time, whether they are at work, at home or out and about...

Bing Search Engine to be Supercharged With Programmable Chips

Marc Pinter-Krainer | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Tech
Marc Pinter-Krainer

Microsoft is set to give its Bing search engine a performance boost of an unconventional kind - by using programmable processors.

CIOs Must Use Their Voice...

Andrew Carr | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

Stereotypes always have a certain amount of accuracy and truth about them. For example, many IT professionals live up to their perceived image. In other words, they are not always great at communicating.

Why Intelligent Toothbrushes Might Make Your Working Life Easier

Robert Williams | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech
Robert Williams

The recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was dominated by two things - wearable technology and AI assisted gadgets. From toothbrushes telling us how to polish our teeth, to smart beds suggesting how to sleep, to video games that adapt to our style of play this year saw AI come of age from a consumer perspective.

Clouds Will Make Us Invisible

Dr. Peter Cochrane | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. Peter Cochrane

First: social clouds will see all the activities of social networking in virtual space translated into real space. If you know someone virtually and they drift into your real space, our mobile devices recognise this and flag the situation. It will be irresistible not to meet and greet!

CIOs Need to Extend Their Horizons...

Andrew Carr | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

I've been looking at the five key areas that look set to drive business success over the next few years and then considering how chief information officers (CIO) can use these to carve themselves out a more pivotal and sustainable role within their organisation.

ERP Software in 2014: Six Predicted Trends

Mark Braund | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

2013 was an eventful year in ERP, with notable positive developments including the increase in mobile and business intelligence (as many predicted twelve months ago) and the increase in adoption of SaaS and cloud solutions. The year saw a number of major ERP implementations, with successes and failures at all levels.

CIOs Have Customers Too...

Andrew Carr | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

A survey carried out by Bull earlier this year produced some real insight into the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). The results showed that CIOs feel frustrated by a lack of freedom and influence. This set us thinking about what they must do to adapt to shifting business patterns and to make their voices heard more clearly in the boardroom.

Making Personal Technology, Professional: Where Will We Go Next?

Brendan Walsh | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Walsh

Individual employees can use the cloud to connect with each other even when working outside the office, and mobiles are today as ubiquitous as having a pen to write with.

Open All Hours - How Technology Has Led Us to 24-hour Recruitment

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Thirkill

The importance of your digital profile can't be overlooked. It can propel you into the stratosphere of cyberfame within minutes, as the two chaps above know well. More realistically, a complete, professional, grammatically-correct digital profile can give you a huge advantage when it comes to recruitment.

The Cloud - A Perfect Forecast

Chloe Watts | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Tech
Chloe Watts

The cloud differentiates in three ways from traditional hosting, as it is sold for the time the customer needs to use it, its services are flexible and accessible with nothing more than internet access.

Cloud It: Barclays Bold Move Into Personal Data Stores

Colin Strong | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

The service, from Barclays, is called Cloud It and is a form of Personal Data Store (PDS) where consumers, rather than companies, become responsible for their own data management.

IT Security: Can You Really Rest Upon a Cloud?

Lee Mannion | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Tech
Lee Mannion

In the pre-internet era, data security was essentially endless files filled with thousands of documents. It is hard to believe that there was a pre-internet way of doing business securely at all, or that any business that operated during those times is still going today. It must have been a head spinner to adapt to new technologies.

Enterprises Are Unprepared for the "New Normal" of Massive Software Migrations

Vincent Smyth | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Tech
Vincent Smyth

Continual software migrations are now the "new normal." Today while massive software migration projects such as the move from Windows XP to Windows 7 are underway, already the next wave - virtualization - is gaining steam. Critically, CIOs aren't equipped to handle it.

How Reliable is the Cloud?

Matthew Finnie | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Tech
Matthew Finnie

The great thing about "cloud based computing" is that - like networks - you can get redundancy without penalising performance or cost.