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  • CW Developer Network

    How 'social' peer benchmarking between applications makes better software

    Software analysis and measurement company Cast that spells its name CAST in an attempt to gain extra kudos but it doesn't actually stand for anything in terms of it being a valid acronym so it just looks (arguably) silly has updated its product set. The firm's new version of Highlight bids to analyse 'comp...

  • WITsend

    What it means to be a woman in IT and a woman in the military

    Cliantha KayThen and Now: I was a Communication Systems Operator in the Royal Corps of Signals. This role gave me the opportunity to operate and maintain secure military radios and network infrastructures. I am now placed on site at LV= today as an FDM Consultant in a Junior IT Build Manager role.What...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Transforming participation in Digital Skills programmes by involving MPs to help publicise and reward those who participate in local success and ostracise those who say some-one else should ...

    Redeploying welfare funding to support 3 million new apprenticeships was one of David Cameron's most highly publicized election pledges. Meanwhile every survey of employers' current and expected problems, for well over a decade, has flagged shortages of digital skills. It is often said, including by me, th...

  • Data Matters

    Why data is more valuable when it's shared

    This is a guest blogpost by Glen Rabie, CEO, Yellowfin.  The role of collaboration in decision-making has been a question for academics and business leaders since modern business began. In fact, well before. In ancient Athens, back in 500 BC, the Greeks ran what can arguably be viewed as the world's f...

  • Management Matters

    Want more women in technology? Alter the entire pipeline.

    During London Technology week a panel on how to get more women into technology highlighted the importance of education, mentors and a change in industry attitude. During London Technology week I had the privilege of chairing an Interop panel on 'How to get more women into technology' featuring the industry...

  • CW Developer Network

    Automatic for the WP Engine people

    WP Engine wants web developers to use its product, really, honest. As such, the SaaS content management platform (for websites and applications built on WordPress) company (Ed - phew! long intro) has announced a new automated migration product. The software itself is intended to be used for the migration o...

  • Open Source Insider

    What Agile really means in BPM tools: changeable 'living' process apps

    BPM company Bonitasoft has proffered forth Bonita BPM 7. This is an 'end-to-end' business process management (BPM)-based application platform for developers to create personalised 'process-based' applications. The kind of apps that can be adapted to business changes in real time. Available now, all good ch...

  • Public Sector IT

    Data retention emergency was a fake

    The government appears to have a habit of passing anti-terrorism legislation in an emergency. Human rights lobby Liberty complained outside the High Court this month that the Home Office fabricated an emergency to pass a dubious snooping law. For Liberty, this was just a megaphone slur to catch people's at...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Securing joined-up government: the UK's Public Service Network (PSN)

    A common mantra of the New Labour administration that governed the UK from 1997 to 2007 (when the 'new' was all but dropped with the departure of Tony Blair), was that Britain must have more joined-up government. An initiative was kicked-off in 2007 to make this a digital reality with the launch of the UK ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Home secretary gives odd speech on Investigatory Powers

    Speech given by Theresa May, home secretary, in parliament on Thursday*"My right honourable members of parliament have been so taken in by this scandal over state snooping that they have even demanded we debate it here in the House of Commons today. Well let me tell you, I agree. It's an outrage that the i...

  • Public Sector IT

    Reforming snoops swap transparency for hush

    David Cameron's government doesn't do transparency when the establishment would find it inconvenient.You'll still get transparency where the government wants reform, as in local government, the NHS, public administration, and was the case yesterday, the train transport infrastructure. The government cannot...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Make eliminating legacy IT your personal legacy as an IT leader

    The term "legacy IT" is, in reality, something of a misnomer. It's recognised by every IT leader to represent the old software and hardware in their infrastructure, especially where it's since been superseded by newer technologies. Some 90% of IT chiefs say legacy systems are holding them back and hinderin...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Over 30 MPs contribute to debate on Broadband: the pressure for change is clear.

    I strongly recommend reading the contributions made during the debate on Superfast Broadband on Wednesday 24th June. 26 MP were named as down to speak. I have counted contributions from over 30, including all of those to whom I sent links to my previous posting. I will not try to summarise all the points m...

  • Public Sector IT

    The data retention swizzle

    The government's reform of state snooping powers is a bit of a swizzle.It was needed to address a "capability gap" that stopped police and intelligence spooks listening to the private communications of crime suspects, said a brief Prime minister David Cameron's office issued on 27 May. And they were needed...

  • Open Source Insider

    Red Hat: the Internet of (integrated connected usable hybrid) Things

    Red Hat has used its 2015 'Summit' event in Boston to take the wraps off of JBoss Fuse 6.2 and Red Hat JBoss A-MQ 6.2 - with both products introducing new capabilities for developers working on enterprise application and messaging initiatives. The latest versions of these offerings are designed to enhance ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Your middleware is beautiful, Atomic

    Infrastructure and middleware is sometimes hard to get excited about. All the more reason, then, to label it with a sexy name. Red Hat hasn't shirked with its latest product release in this vein and has labelled its most recent release the Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform. Not actually a product specific...

  • Networks Generation

    Shock - WiFi Actually Generating Revenue Streams

    I recently had the "pleasure" of visiting Milton Keynes; the railway station was packed with what were surely tourists - some mistake here? Admittedly, all looking in a hurry to get back to London... does "Stratford-Upon-Avon" translate aurally as "Milton Keynes" in some languages?Anyway, point being MKC h...

  • ITWorks

    Social media and the evolution of the job hunt

    This is a guest blog by Andy Summer, managing director at Monster.co.ukThe way we search for jobs is constantly evolving and has historically been shaped by major technological developments. For example, in the nineteenth century the railways opened up new frontiers, driving candidates to out-of-town jobs....

  • Open Source Insider

    Red Hat nibbled FeedHenry, now dines out on new mobile app platform... Samsung also eats

    First the Earth cooled, then the dinosaurs died out and after that Red Hat got hungry. The company clearly identified the need for more mobile platform intelligence within its IT stack and so back in Sept 2014 the firm acquired FeedHenry. FeedHenry provides a cloud-based enterprise mobile application platf...

  • Open Source Insider

    Red Hat: women in open source, anything less would be akin to proprietary

    This week sees Red Hat host its 11th annual 'Summit' conference, exhibition, symposium, developer hackfest, analyst & press outreach session and all round communications to partners and customers smorgasbord. Restroom barometer Attend any major tech industry event these days and you can always sense the im...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Is the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua really waterproof? VIDEO

    These days it seems like every new phone that hits the market has to have a gimmick. For example the new curved Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with its fancy 'AnyPen' technology. Well the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is allegedly waterproof. It's the one you'll have seen being wielded by booth babes ...

  • Management Matters

    Europe: What are we doing to lose our title as the Earth's e-waste capital?

    This is a guest blog by Niclas Rydell, director of product certification, TCO Development According to the United Nations University's (UNU) 2014 Global E-Waste Monitor report, Asia generates the most electronic waste at 16 million metric tonnes per year. However, this equates to only 3.7 kg per person, wh...

  • Downtime

    Hot sauce QR code too hot for some

    Heinz went red in the face recently as one of its consumers pointed out a QR code on the back of its Tomato Ketchup bottles pointed towards a porn site. The brand had set up the interactive codes to allow customers to design their own label for the new Heinz Tomato Ketchup Hot, but where the QR code pointe...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Points to bear in mind when MPs debate broadband, including the deepening digital divides, on June 24th

    The summary produced to help MPs contributing to the Westminster Hall debate on Superfast Broadband roll-out helps explain why debate is so confused and bitter. The  Librarians of the House of Commons preface a summary of the official sources (particularly the Ofcom "European Scorecard") with links to...

  • Open Source Insider

    Pulp Friction: SourceForge brings out too much GIMP

    Free and open source SourceForge has blotted its copy book. The web-based source code repository, download mirroring site, collaboration hub and bug tracking service has been giving users more than they would normally have expected. The site is reported to have been 'inserting' advertisements and other for...

  • ITWorks

    A trip to Silicon Valley with Founders4Schools

    This is a guest blog by Claire Higgins, a student from Notre Dame High School in Scotland, who recently visited Silicon Valley after winning the Founders4Schools Appathon competition. Claire and her team mates thought of the winning app idea Smart Wardrobe. Monday Monday morning rolled around after mu...

  • ITWorks

    A trip to San Francisco with Founders4Schools

    This is a guest blog by Ellie Stevenson, a student from Notre Dame High School in Scotland, who recently visited Silicon Valley after winning the Founders4Schools Appathon competition. Ellie and her team mates thought of the winning app idea Smart Wardrobe.Day 1 - Monday 8th JuneUpon the day of flying to t...

  • Quocirca Insights

    IBM labs: people having fun while changing the future?

    As an industry analyst, I go to plenty of technology events.  Some are big, aimed at a specific vendor's customers and prospects.  Others are targeted just at analysts.  Many are full of marketing - and all too often, not a lot else. However, once in a while, I get a real buzz at an event.&#...

  • CW Developer Network

    What is application retirement?

    Application retirement is a thing. Of course it is, software applications don't live forever, not even legacy ones. It is sometimes also known as application decommissioning, application sunsetting, application neutering, application big-banging or application euthanasia. Circle of life It's just one of th...

  • Data Matters

    Alan Turing Institute head Howard Covington has opportunity to boost UK economy

    This is a guest blog by David Richards, President, co-founder and CEO of WANdisco Alan Turing may not have known it at the time, but he was one of the first pioneers of the data science industry. Seventy years on, we're seeing the rise of the data scientist, fuelled by an increasing realisation by organisa...