The increased penalties which will be fines for groups of companies of up to €20m or 4% of annual worldwide turnover, whichever is greater - should focus the minds of executives on the challenges of implementing robust cyber defences, but too often this is not the case. Many companies still seem to be unprepared for this important upcoming legislation.
I have to travel for business. It's a perk, and sometimes a drawback, of the job. And while I travel, there's nothing more important to me than to stay connected. Connected to work and family, yes, but also connected to 'things'.
Cloud computing - where IT resources and services are delivered remotely rather than on local platforms - is one of tech's biggest trends.
At first glance it may seem as though a meteor is about to hit us, but fear not, it's just a cloud! Images of a strangely
Inequality is one of the key challenges of our time. In developed and developing countries alike the poorest half of the population often controls less than 10% of the wealth. It is a universal challenge that the whole world must address.
For our economy to flourish again we need to stimulate innovation and have the skills to compete on a global stage and cloud can help enable this as it has a comparative low cost of entry compared with traditional methods.
The cloud isn't just for techies anymore. Understanding what's next for cloud computing is crucial for businesses at all levels. Managers are responding to the real opportunities that the cloud offers to develop new business models, forge closer ties with customers and tap into the expertise of employees and partners.
Wearable technologies - clothing and accessories incorporating computer and electronic technologies - are increasing in popularity and featured highly on the catwalks this season during recent global fashion shows. And it is likely their popularity will continue to grow further as their presence becomes the new 'norm' in our daily lives, appealing not just to computer geeks and fitness fanatics but everyone.
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.
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!