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  • Open Source Insider

    Santa for sysadmins: I/O, shake it all about

    Question: What does every IT network administrator or sysadmin want for Christmas apart from a nasal hair trimmer and a local pizza shop gift card? Answer: A new network interface card (NIC) that does more than just add ports to a server but also offers access to additional processing power and 'on-circuit...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    2105: The Year of the Compliance-Created Cyber Confidence Collapse?

    We are bombarded with messages to promote new security technologies when most organisations the lack skills to make effective use of existing products and services to protect themselves and their customers against fraud and abuse. Too many compete for supposedly competant and experienced experts, rather th...

  • CW Developer Network

    SAP Press continues commitment to Sybase (sorry, SAP) ASE 16

    SAP has used its 'Press' publishing division to release a new volume entitled SAP ASE / Sybase ASE 16 Administration. Written by Jeffrey (Jeff to all that know him) Garbus, the book encourages readers to "skip the marketing jargon" and jump right into the heart of the major tasks for administering SAP ASE ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Is BT buying EE a step towards selling off Openreach?

    BT is changing. Under CEO Gavin Patterson, the former monopoly telecoms giant has expanded into content through BT Sport, paying heavily for broadcast rights to English Premier League matches, and now is on the verge of splashing out £12.5bn on EE to get back into the mobile market that it exited when it s...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Does current IoT technology stack up?

    I recently met Todd Greene, the CEO and founder of PubNub. This is a company that provides a real time data stream /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent...

  • Open Source Insider

    MongoDB puts a wild (wired) tiger in its tank

    The open source cross-platform document-oriented database company MongoDB has acquired WiredTiger for its database storage engine technology. Available for free under the GNU Affero General Public License, MongoDB is claimed to be among the world's fastest growing databases. The company (MongoDB) sells add...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The UK On-line landscape is being transformed in the week before Christmas

    The pledge by the mobile operators to spend £5 billion tackling mobile not spots   helps explain the speed of the EE (with £2 billion of its debts) sale to BT and the latter's plans for a £2billion rights issues plus £3 billion of extra debt The City appears to have welcomed BT plans but they app...

  • CW Developer Network

    There's not enough Dev in DevOps

    The 2014 technology marketing manual page #65718 advocates that IT vendors of all disciplines culture and refine a positioning statement on the portmanteau DevOps. DevOps (as a combination of Developer & Operations) is widely talked up by: a) firms selling software orchestration services who like this new ...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Predictions for 2014

    It's the time of year when we reflect on our progress (or failures) over the last year and anticipate the challenges of the coming year. Last year I made half a dozen predictions for 2014. How well did I do?  Let's examine them. Escape from monoculture A year ago I forecast that new security technolog...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Christmas indigestion for UK on-line retailers: what really is the effect of the new pan-EU VAT regime?

    If you have not yet read any of the arguments over what the new pan-EU VAT regime means for UK-based on-line retailers (large, small or micro) or are wondering how it will be implemented and enforced I recommend you do not do so over Christmas. It will merely give you a mix of apoplexy and indigestion lead...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Christmas Stocking Fillers for Digital Government Anoraks: 1) The Government Verify Invitation to tender.

    Press cover for the latest phase of the Government Online Identity framework is beginning to emerge. The invitation to tender to become one of up to ten suppliers for the Government Verify Framework was dated on Friday 12th December and published on 17th with a deadline for submission of  6th February...

  • Public Sector IT

    UK drone net got torture-grade CIA comms

    A computer network that the US Central Intelligence Agency began using a decade ago to conduct the kidnap and torture of terrorist suspects has become an integral part of the system now operating drone strikes in the Middle East and Africa.The means to send 'above top secret' intelligence communications ar...

  • Open Source Insider

    Spiceworks free Network Monitor system health check

    Spiceworks is offering its "free" (no, it actually is) Network Monitor software as 'now available' for download. The application claims to allow IT professionals to monitor and manage server and network devices in real-time. GEEK NOTE: All time (as we know) is relative and, as we also know, the concept of ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Many attacks may still be random, security should not be

    With all the talk of targeted attacks, it easy to lose sight of the fact that for the majority of us, especially in our lives as consumers, random malware is still the greatest danger. Random malware is distributed en masse, by whatever means, in the hope it will find its way onto the most vulnerable of de...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Introducing the Devereux-Hodge shambolicness scale for rating progress of Universal Credit

    If Universal Credit were made into a Hollywood rom-com, you just know that Margaret Hodge and Robert Devereux would be the central characters.Thrust into repeated opposition on different sides of a heated Public Accounts Committee (PAC) table, the two star-crossed combatants would bicker and argue in ever-...

  • Open Source Insider

    National Geographic takes Raspberry Pi to Botswana

    Newswires this week suggest that a team National Geographic explorers have taken open source technology into the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa. The team of African wilderness specialists will use a Raspberry Pi and a selection of 'other' open source software and hardware to complete their studies of t...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    How to assess your tech needs according to Intel Services

    In this guest blog Joel Reid, new business sales leader at Intel Services, explains what brands and retailers need to know when specifying technology in an ever evolving world.Weighing up the options: how brands can assess their technology needsBy Joel Reid"In the latest Gartner CMO Spend Survey Report 201...

  • CW Developer Network

    7 reasons to love the BlackBerry Passport

    Okay so hands up, guilty as charged, I didn't think I would be writing this post. As a lifelong BlackBerry user I never 'rubbished' the Alicia Keys reinvention years and the decline of the brand, but I did turn away from an old friend and adopt the use of an Android and Windows Phone with gusto as I joined...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft plays more open games

    The all-new "we love Linux" Microsoft company has continued its sluggish crusade into openness by talking up plans to open source Project Orleans. Project Orleans has been used by software application development pros to build the type of essentially distributed (but highly connected) cloud-based services ...

  • WITsend

    Calling for a tech startup overhaul

    This is a guest blog by Trilby Rajna, Editor at Approved Index .     Recent research from Approved Index shows female representation on tech start-up boards is appallingly low. What's worse is it seems to be continuing in a downward trajectory hitting a dismal 8% representation in 2014...

  • ITWorks

    Inspiring the next generation of STEM talent

    This is a guest blog by Phil Dunmore, vice president of Cognizant Business Consulting. The issue of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills - or lack thereof - among the next generation is never far from the news agenda. It has been suggested by many organisations, including the Confedera...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    A Christmas Message for the Digerati on the practical meaning of social inclusion

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A Christmas Message for the Digerati on why we need to give priority to social inclusion not to "digital by default".  : Luke 2.7 "... because there was no room for them in the inn".   Joseph to Innkeeper: "But I can show ...

  • Open Source Insider

    VMware is nuts for clusters (and containers)

    VMware has announced a batch of integrations with a number of technology entities as it strives to create a common platform for building and operating applications at scale. VMware VP Kit Colbert has said that the firm seeks to minimise the integration costs, time and effort to securely run and manage cont...

  • Open Source Insider

    How do you solve a web-scale deployment problem with MariaDB?

    MariaDB Corporation (the artist formerly known as SkySQL) is polishing up its open source database products this month. A new version of MariaDB Enterprise has arrived, but so what? Luminescent luminaries Well part of the "so what" factor is that MariaDB was built by an "engineer-led team of luminaries" be...

  • Management Matters

    Huddle secures $51m series D funding

    This week saw the cloud-based collaboration platform secure $51m in series D funding. Is it close to IPO? It's too soon to tell, but the company has gone from strength to strength over the last eight years; from London-based startup in 2006 to opening offices in San Francisco, New York and DC. < The mo...

  • WITsend

    Becoming a public company board member: A roadmap for the emerging director

    This is a guest blog from Tracy Houston president of Board Resources Services, LLC We are living in unprecedented times of uncertainty and challenge. Never has it been more critical for directors and officers to be capable of leading in the boardroom. In light of increased regulatory changes and reduced pu...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The Chancellor's Christmas present for employers who take skills seriously: Cost of apprentices cut by 20% + 50% towards update modules. Will this break the log jam?

    For nearly forty years most  IT employers have declined to take on trainees or retrain older staff but  have queued up to employ those with two years of more of supposed experience. Only the skills in demand have changed. There is no shortage of talent, only of employers who will work with local ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Yesterday I learned why our forecasts of broadband demand are so wrong

    Yesterday I attended the excellent INCA Super Connected Cities seminar in Birmingham at which two contrasting examples of the effect of providing fibre services to commercial centres and business parks were presented. A light switched on in my head. Neither analysis has yet been published and I plan to blo...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    The key themes from this year's UKtech50: digital, recruitment, and out-of-touch suppliers

    Soon after Computer Weekly launched our UKtech50 programme to identify the most influential people in UK IT, over four years ago, we were approached by a couple of the female IT leaders that made the list at that time. They were in a clear minority - only eight or nine women on the list, even if that was r...

  • WITsend

    Emily Brook CEO of Blaze wins everywoman Iris Award for cyclists left turn solution

    The founder and CEO of Blaze, Emily Brooke, has been crowned winner of the everywoman Iris Award 2014. Now in its 12th year, the NatWest everywoman Awards, features the Iris Award category - sponsored by IBM - which aims to shine a light on a female who runs a business that sees technology in an innovative...