Have you heard the latest buzz word in the business world? Big data is the talk of the town, and it's no surprise. Consumers have been pledging their undying love for data visualizations for a while now, and data is just so darn fun to mine, aggregate, analyze and visualize that it's easy to obsess over a data set all day long.
4G has a lot to offer, and we are constantly reminded that the UK is behind on its roll-out, with the promise that it will eventually be available to more of us than 3G. As things stand, EE has had a head start on the other providers, but Vodafone and O2 have joined the exclusive club with their own new deals.
The move to the connected vehicle is already in full swing with manufacturers such as Ford, Audi, Toyota and BMW offering systems that enable their vehicles to hook up to the web through mobile phone networks. But the connected car isn't just about keeping up with the competition; consumers are driving it too.
As the market enters its first extended period of growth for half a decade you would be forgiven for thinking that the hard work is all but done. After a turbulent five years UK businesses have now reached a cross-roads - they understand the need to spend, but are fearful that one wrong move may mean ruin.
Is it even reasonable to compare the music purchasing habits of 10 years ago with those of today? The remarkable advancements of the digital age over the past decade would have made the CD far less relevant today with or without Spotify's existence. Spotify isn't here to replace the CD and it isn't here to make up the shortfall for the dramatic decline in physical sales over the past decade.
Our phones and tablets share data with their manufacturers and our mobile service providers as a matter of course. Apps collect data for the use of the developer as well as "data aggregators," third-party information gatherers that look to use this information as you bounce from app to app to better target you for advertising offers.
Technology has come a long way over recent years with advancements in areas such as broadband, data accessing solutions, and IT benefiting consumers and businesses. However, despite these advancements it seems that many businesses in the UK are continuing to miss out on the benefits due to failure to deploy IT.
When you take the time to think about all the information held by all the companies you've ever done business with, in either your professional or personal life, it is frightening to think that at any moment it could be put at risk. But it is in fact the consumer who should be able to wield the most power when it comes to compelling businesses to take greater responsibility for information security.