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  • Quocirca Insights

    BMC - turnaround or more of the same?

    A little over a year ago, BMC was not looking good.  It had a portfolio of good, but tired technology and was failing to move with the times.  Internal problems at various levels in the company were leading to high levels of employee churn.  Things did not look good. Led by CEO Bob Beauchamp...

  • Public Sector IT

    UK needs "mature debate" on open data, says senior official

    The UK's open data programme looks like it has hit a wall after a senior official intervened to call time on its release of the nation's most valuable public data assets.As the campaign bugle call for prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne, open data was at the heart of their plans to d...

  • Downtime

    Last QUANGO in town

    Downtime remembers the days when any organisation with a solid coupling with the government could be simply labeled a QUANGO and they were more than happy with that. There were QUANGOs, QUANGOs for QUANGOs and QUANGOs for QUANGO QUANGOs. But now it appears to be a dirty word. QUANGOs no longer want to be ...

  • CWDN

    JiveWorld 14: notes from day zero summit

    Jive Software kicked off its JiveWorld 14 event this October with an informal 'day zero' style executive summit. Initial sessions focused on using communication and collaboration solutions like Jive to span the communications challenges arising between baby boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y & the so-called millennials...

  • CWDN

    JiveWorld 14: one language for baby boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y & millennials

    Jive Software kicked off its JiveWorld 14 event this October with an informal 'day zero' style executive summit hosted by the firm's sharply dressed man CEO Tony Zingale. Jive is a company that specialises in modern communication and collaboration solutions for business - it produces an enterprise platform...

  • Public Sector IT

    UK open data "failed opportunity" says founding academic

    The UK has sent the world's open data movement up a wrong turn, fear its greatest advocates, by easing restrictions on profits that can be earned from the sale of public data.Their fears were roused by a reboot of regulations that will make it easier for public bodies to sell data. This was contrary to the...

  • ITWorks

    Will compulsory coding in schools solve the UK's IT skills shortage?

    This is a guest blog by Emily Dauris, group marketing manager of G2 Legal Limited & Skillsearch LimitedIn September this year, Michael Gove launched his new scheme to making computer coding a mandatory part of the curriculum for primary school children in the UK. So beginning this term five y...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The churn of information security staff is even more dangerous than the shortfalls in quality and quantity

    You might like to scroll down and read the last paragraph of this blog entry first.   "The Consultant" was first published in 1978 during the run up to a previous "IT Skills Crisis". It was based on a cautionary industry case study. Think what has changed since. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Last ye...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Quocirca - security vendor to watch - Pwnie Express

    Branches are where the rubber still hits the road for many organisations; where retailers still do most of their selling, where much banking is still carried out and where health care is often dispensed. However, for IT managers, branches are outliers, where rogue activity is hard to curb; this means branc...

  • Open Source Insider

    Intel INDE tools make programming not suck

    Intel has released what it says is 'the first' suite of tools for the development of native applications across architectures, operating systems and integrated development environments (IDE.) The acronym Intel INDE stands for Integrated Native Developer Experience. This is essentially a productivity suite ...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Apple announces iPad Air 2

    Apple has announced the new iPad Air 2. We won't lie, we were expecting a more innovative name...Somehow as soon as an Apple event rolls around, everyone already knows what's going to happen. As predicted, just a month after the release of the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 operating system, Apple has announced it...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    How Ucas keeps downtime away with DRaaS

    Business Continuity is often perceived as a concept only followed by the biggest of big business, but the reality is that the need and corresponding services increasingly underpin everyday life. An invisible safetynet making sure important everyday events continue - no matter what is crucial for all vertic...

  • CWDN

    What to expect from JiveWorld #jw14 2014

    JiveWorld 2014 kicks off next week, so what should attendees (and watchers from afar) expect? As those hip to the groove with Jive's beat will know, the company is a collaborations and communications solutions specialist. • Jive itself is the eponymously named social collaboration software - this is not ju...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Shropshire broadband stalemate part two: the missing £11m and how to find it

    After learning last week that one of the more vocal rural broadband campaign groups - the Shropshire and Marches Rural Broadband Campaign, was pulling out of its partnership with Shropshire County Council - the Full Spectrum reached out to campaign spokesman Patrick Cosgrove.As you may remember, the group ...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Tesco hudl2 tablet

    If you wanted to buy a high-end tablet, for example and iPad Air or a swanky new Surface Pro 3 you're probably looking at a price tag of around £400 at the least. But sometimes, you just don't have that much money to spend, especially if the new tablet is to keep your kids away from your corporate device. ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    An alternative three-point plan for IT suppliers to government

    TechUK, the IT industry trade body, kindly invited me to chair a panel debate at their launch this week of a "three-point plan" to improve the relationship between IT suppliers and government buyers.At such a critical time for the progress of digital government, any initiative to position the IT industry b...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Through the VDU, and what Alice found there

    "I'm sure I'll take you with pleasure!" the Queen said. "Two pence a week, and video conferencing every other day."Alice couldn't help laughing, as she said, "I don't want you to hire me - and I don't care for video conferencing.""It's very good video conferencing," said the Queen."Well, I don't want any t...

  • CWDN

    Salesforce.com partner FirstRain gets personal with analytics

    Silicon Valley data specialist FirstRain is at Dreamforce 2014 to put what it calls personal business analytics power into the new predictive data offerings from Salesforce.com. Joining the Salesforce Analytics Cloud ecosystem now, FirstRain brings its branded to the central Salesforce Analytics Cloud to p...

  • Open Source Insider

    Platfora's big data iceberg and other stories

    Platfora has lots to say this week by golly. Platfora who? Okay yes, sorry, we haven't spoken about this firm much yet -- the company is a big data analytics specialist and its software works in tandem with the open-source software framework Apache Hadoop. The technology proposition here is the firm's abil...

  • StorageBuzz

    VMworld 2014. No limits! Err, yes there are!

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  • Downtime

    Harry Potter and the Badly-Researched Press Release

    (With apologies to JK Rowling)The sound of a public relations owl tapping on the window of Harry Potter's office caused him to look up, suddenly.This was odd. Since Harry had left the news desk at the Daily Prophet to take up a more hands off role as director of content on the Muggle Desk the hordes of wiz...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    What has happened to the Prime Minister's Digital Taskforce?

    In July, the government revealed the existence of the Prime Minister's Digital Taskforce - notable at that time mainly for the fact that Tech City chair and former Facebook Europe managing director Joanna Shields had become its first appointee,The taskforce, we were told, was headed by Cabinet Office minis...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Picking the cloud service that's right for you

    Organisations tend to have one of two IT strategies today: those who are already planning and eventually implementing cloud strategy, and those who are going to be doing it soon. But, the options that companies are faced with are dizzying, often contradictory, and usually dangerously expensive. So what's t...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    When IT fails to meet politics: why the non-discussions at the 2014 party conferences were so dangerous.

     Antony Walker's summary of the differences between the Labour, Conservatives and LibDem conferences  on the TechUK website Is excellent but should  be read alongside a rather less polite commentary in the Register on the similarities between them. There are overlaps between the indivduals i...

  • WITsend

    Inspiring the next generation of female tech pioneers - Ada Lovelace Day 2014

    This is a guest blog by Catherine Scutt, head of creative teaching & learning at the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST)Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a bona fide 'game changer'. Her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the 'Analytical Engine', includes what is commonly recogni...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    There is no shortage of cybersecurity talent - only of employers willing to retrain their existing staff or recruit trainees

    I have said this before and I will say it again, when I blog on the next stage of the work with which I have agreed to help e-Skills, but the objective of this blog is to draw your attention to some of  the FREE training available to upgrade the basic security skills of all staff, whether in large fir...

  • Data Matters

    The rise of the Chief Data Officer

    This is a guest blog by Karthik Krishnamurthy, Global Business Leader for Enterprise Information Management, Cognizant   While there is a huge amount written about data scientists, much less has been said about the role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO).  However, the value of this individual to an...

  • Downtime

    Nadella gets an instant taste of bad karma

    Men should be particularly careful when giving opinion on as sensitive a topic as gender disparity in the corporate world. Especially if the man in question is the chief executive of one of the largest IT companies of the world and is addressing an event celebrating women. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has l...

  • Downtime

    Office old boy in court after sacking worker in a dream

    Being sacked is never good but being told you are no longer required or not wanted by text, email or via any other modern form of communication is impersonal. Not only does it make it easy for the sacker but also removes the possibility of retaliation.But one senior/old staffer at Downtime has taken it too...

  • Downtime

    Is it sh*t or just a sh*t idea

    A major communications firm has taken time and presumably paid money to carry out a survey of where SME workers get inspired.The finding in the survey that has been sent out to the press is the fact 1% of business owners have their best ideas when they are using the toilet. Another 3% said they have their ...