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  • When IT Meets Politics

    Digital skills shortages go much wider than "just" IT. How the "creative industries" are addressing their skills gaps with "creative" approaches to recruitment and training

    I am indebted to David Pitcher for an advance sight of the material he plans to present to MPs at the event on the 9th July to recruit "Digital Ambassadors" to help get the skills and jobs of the future for their constituencies. It illustrates just how much is being done to turn FE Colleges into learning h...

  • Open Source Insider

    What is upstream & downstream software?

    It's a simple question, but one that we don't ask out loud enough, perhaps? What is upstream software? This question came up during conversations with Red Hat's Chris Wright, a Linux kernel developer and a principal software engineer with the company. Of course, in non-tech business speak, upstream tends t...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Masters of Machines II - lifting the fog of ignorance in IT management

    In 2014 Quocirca published a research report looking of the value European organisations were deriving from operational intelligence. Now, in June 2015, there is a sequel; Masters of Machines II. Both reports were sponsored by Splunk a provider of an operational intelligence platform. The new report is fre...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Immigration is a dirty word - but it's one the IT sector has to address to solve short-term digital skills gap

    The political climate in the UK makes it difficult to talk about immigration and its effect on the IT sector, given the wider sensitivities around the subject. But it's a topic that needs to be considered if the UK is to make the most of the opportunity to become a world leader in the digital economy.In li...

  • Downtime

    Smartphones are making us dumb, finds Kaspersky

    Are you a smartphone user that's ever struggled to recall the mobile phone numbers of your significant others? Then you, dear reader, could be a digital amnesiac. According to Kaspersky Lab, it's a condition all too many of us are blighted by these days, as we continually opt to commit these deta...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft open sources Worldwide Telescope (WWT)

    Microsoft "hearts" Linux and open source, remember? Well yes it does, even if the long term goals are commercial -- enough already, it's a business just like the one you work for, so it is allowed to make money unless it reinvents itself as a non-profit overnight, which it doesn't need to. Can we just look...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Broadband Competition spreads from Shropshire to Shoreditch: Results: BT - 1, Gigaclear - 1, Split - 2 Rematches - 1.

    We can now see the result of last year's change of policy and leadership at BDUK accompanied by rediscovery by Ofcom to its duties as a competition regulator. Those Counties which held out from pledging everything in support of extending BT's twenty year-old 21CN infrastructure appear now to be getting rat...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Uber's success suggests enterprises need to think like startups about cloud

    Cloud-championing CIOs love to bang on about how ditching on-premise technologies helps liberate IT departments, as it means they can spend less time propping up servers and devote more to developing apps and services that will propel the business forward. It's a shift that, when successfully executed...

  • CW Developer Network

    Cloud architecture means testing 'in the cloud' too, who knew?

    It couldn't be that logical, could it? Cloud-centric software application development and the migration of IT shop operations to cloud-based environments demands that software engineerings teams also embrace the idea of using cloud-based testing tools. (Ed - don't be ludicrous, no wait, really?) Mike Coope...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    How will retailers know if polymer banknotes are real?

    Many retailers are still unaware that polymer bank notes are on their way to the UK, so how will they identify a real one during the purchasing process? Everyone knows that if you hold a traditional British note up to sunlight a legitimate one will have the Queen's face smiling back at you. But in the seco...

  • 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

    Redeploying welfare funding to support 3 million new apprenticeships was one of David Cameron's most highly publicized election pledges. We can expect to hear more in the budget this week. Meanwhile every survey of employers' current and expected problems, for well over a decade, has flagged shortages of d...

  • 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...