To anyone who takes only a cursory interest in the tech world, it's quite hard to understand how Microsoft has gotten itself into quite such a difficult situation. They were giants and pioneers, and they had it all. They were shaping the world, and suddenly the world left them behind - fascinating and terrifying to watch all at once.
For many in the technology sector, one of the most discussed topics in recent months has been digital fraud and online security. This is an area in which I have a great deal of interest, as it continues to play a significant role in the demand for specialist skills in the Financial Services & Banking Sectors.
All eyes turned to London this week, as Google announced its latest acquisition in the form of DeepMind, a company that specialises in artificial intelligence technologies. The £400m pricetag paid by Google and the reported battle with Facebook to win the company over indicate that this is a firm well worth backing.
The best big data is the data generated as a by-product of operational, customer and supplier processes. The data that people naturally share, and are willing to, in return for a better experience or end product. And the best big data is when it becomes information that is readily analysed by business users for useful insights.
There is rarely anything new under the sun. It's useful to remember this when there is great furore over new technologies and the effects they are having on us and the world we live in - especially when the stories are as serious as a teenager taking her life because of the 'toxic digital world' she had become so enmeshed in.
I'm from the corporate tech world, by which I mean that we don't make robots that can light barbecues - although a few of our staff might work on such creations in their spare time. I'm part of an organisation which, I think, has all the traits I listed above: great staff, a strong leadership team and a personality.
For example, Samsung has already produced, and Apple is about to produce, smart watches that can be connected to your phone. And smart glasses like in Sherlock are also on the way. I am not entirely certain why this technology is necessary, but I am sure we are moving closer and closer towards the time when smart phones will have proven themselves obsolete.