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  • Open Source Insider

    Why dairy fresh openSUSE Linux is even creamier

    The openSUSE Project is taking the development version of openSUSE (known to family and friends as Factory) to distribution using the "rolling release" development model. Huh? What is rolling release? A rolling release is a continually developing software system where software is recurrently updated to be ...

  • Management Matters

    Think customer first, not technology first

    CIOs need to be thinking about the end customer and their experience of technology, not just technology for technology's sake, said Eamonn O'Hare, ex-CFO of Virgin Media and Tesco. Talking to O'Hare this week, he said the top challenges of technology, media and telecoms (TMT) companies is that they're not ...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Can social media giants move money around better than banks?

    I have written quite a lot about the new competitors in financial services. Large internet companies as well as social media giants are looking into how they can provide transactional financial services. In the past I don't think people could see beyond traditional players for these services but the financ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The security and visibility of critical national infrastructure: ViaSat's mega-SIEM

    There has been plenty of talk about the threat of cyber-attacks on critical national infrastructure (CNI). So what's the risk, what's involved in protecting CNI and why, to date, do attacks seem to have been limited?   CNI is the utility infrastructure that we all rely on day-to-day; national networks...

  • CWDN

    Dell Software VP: lightweight app monitoring is, well, just too lightweight

    Dell sells software as well as hardware. Well, honestly -- you knew that anyway... and what IT vendor company doesn't now position itself as a services, cloud, datacentre, applications and software-centric business? To be clear, Dell of course still sells an awful lot of hardware where some vendors have sh...

  • WITsend

    All Aboard?

    This is a guest blog by Ann Brown, senior vice president HR, Capgemini UK   Patrice Merrin's appointment to Glencore's board last week was cause for celebration, as now every FTSE 100 Board has at least one women member. Whilst this is a momentous occasion for UK business, it's hard to believe that it...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    A non-reviewer's review of the HTC One M8 smartphone

    I find it's becoming increasingly difficult to review mobile devices unless your audience really is interested in the detailed minutiae of the technology. Even though I'm a technology journalist, I'm not really a product reviewer. I'm not megabothered about the megahertz of my quad-core processor or the me...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    AWS is not the only pretty one in the room anymore

    It may be too early to conclude that the party at AWS towers is over but the cloud provider is definitely feeling the heat of the competition and the commodity cloud price wars - its quarterly earnings report showed.Amazon's net sales increased 23% to $19.34bn but it reported a second-quarter net loss of $...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Boris Johnson's 5G pledge? Don't make me laugh

    5G promises lightning-fast mobile speeds. Want to download a full-length movie in under a second? Want to stream ultra-HD TV on the go? Fancy trying out immersive gaming? Augmented reality apps? Oh boy, it's the mobile networking standard for you.There's only one small problem. Nobody really knows what 5G ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Will SAP HANA developer tools actually now code 'for the cloud, in the cloud'?

    Like a lot of companies who appear to have experienced an 'open epiphany' somewhat akin to the sudden legitimatisation of green politics in the heady days of Thatcherism... SAP has also pledged its troth to at the holy alter of openness in recent years. July finds the Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg based firm...

  • WITsend

    Q&A with Claire Darley, head of O2's Women in Leadership Programme

    What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the tech sector? In my view, the biggest hurdle women face in the tech sector is stubborn stereotypes. For too long, the tech sector has been viewed as a 'boys club', while careers with 'softer skill' requirements were assumed to be better suited to women...

  • Management Matters

    Government drives away from Silicon Roundabout investment

    Back in 2012, the government announced to huge fanfare that it was putting aside £50m investment to regenerate Old Street's Silicon Roundabout (aka Tech City) in London. The money was meant to be used to create facilities for startups and entrepreneurs by building incubator facilities in the East End. But ...

  • StorageBuzz

    Death of the LUN: Another nail in the coffin from Gridstore?

    Has the LUN had its day? It has been the de facto method of creating logical volumes on physical storage for decades, but in this era of virtualisation that may be becoming a thing of the past. In VMware or Hyper-V environment the LUN still exists but only as a single large pool in which the virtualisation...

  • CWDN

    NASA developer challenge protects Earth attack by deep space Asteroids

    Bah humbug, not another developer competition surely? Well yes, but if we said NASA and Asteroids would you read on? NASA has been working with Appirio's [topcoder] community of 630,000 data scientists, developers and designers to kick off the "Asteroid Tracker Challenge". The challenge begins July 25 2014...

  • Downtime

    The importance of punctuation on Twitter, a lesson learnt by the Associated Press

    The Associated Press learnt an important lesson about using correct punctuation within a 140 character Tweet. Yesterday the news wire sent out a Tweet to inform the world that a Dutch military plane, carrying the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, had landed in Eindhoven. Sadly, AP's Twitt...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Congratulations to GDS on open document formats - but will Microsoft resort to litigation?

    Back in February, when the UK government's consultation on the use of open document formats closed, I described the decision to be made by the Cabinet Office as the acid test of its commitment to open standards.Well, congratulations to all involved, for it is a test they have passed with flying colours. Th...

  • Management Matters

    e-Commerce tech provides online magazines with seamless retail channel

    Bauer Media has begun a partnership with Atosho to allow readers of their online magazines to purchase products without having to be redirected to the retailer's website. Bauer's Mother & Baby website will be the first magazine to implement the distributed e-commerce service, which claims to be the onl...

  • CWDN

    Does guaranteed datacentre PUE engender better applications?

    While software developers focused on the more cerebral design-centric and user interface level of the application structure might not spend too much time thinking about the architectural back end, there could be a rationale for more inner introspectiveness. 1. mobile relies on back end power to feed the de...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Azure brings sunshine to Microsoft's lacklustre earnings. And how!

    Satya Nadella is going to be a happy man as his "mobile-first" "cloud-first strategy" is gathering momentum. Microsoft's cloud business has reported a triple-digit YoY growth, the company's earnings report for Q4 ended June 30, 2014 showed. Microsoft's commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annual...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 930 first impressions

    In this guest post David McClelland gives his impressions of the Nokia Lumia 930,the first high-end handset to launch with Windows Phone 8.1.HardwareThe Nokia Lumia 930 is a substantial handset in more ways than one. First up, the body: Nokia has adopted a sturdy aluminium unibody for its latest flagship, ...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Are local councils falling out of love with BDUK?

    Is a groundswell of public anger causing local government to fall out of love with the BDUK Superfast Britain project? The Western Daily Press reported this week that Wiltshire County Council is considering its options and may not sign up to the second phase of a £35m BDUK deal to deploy superfast broadba...

  • Downtime

    Security firm supports ovine CCTV

    Downtime always like to see technology put to good use, and in this case CCTV security firm AlertSystems agrees.After a report in The Daily Record, AlertSystems has come out in support of a farmer in Scotland who has installed a high-quality CCTV system to protect his 11 Valais Blacknoses worth an estimate...

  • CWDN

    Bridging the Java to .NET interoperability divide

    The following piece is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Developer Network by Wayne Citrin, an interoperability specialist at JNBridge. Citrin is also CTO and the architect of JNBridgePro -- the company is a provider of interoperability tools to connect Java and .NET frameworks. Bridging the Java to .NE...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Is the BT Business Broadband monopoly about to crumble? How will it respond?

    I recently blogged on the demand aggregation exercise being organised by the City of London  A couple of days later I received a note on the current state of INCA plans in response to the recent Federation of Small Business report on how small businesses are often left out of the national superfast br...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Why does the Bletchley Park Trust wish to airbrush Colossus out of history?

    The Daily Mail press cover for the visit of the Duchess of Cambridge to Bletchley includes a photograph of Collossus, hidden among the fashion photographs. That was more than was evident on the day. Apparently the Trust took down all the signs leading to the Colossus site, locked all the gates and invited ...

  • Management Matters

    Free iBeacon tech for retailers - but do they even know what to do with it?

    A specialist company has announced its ambitious plan to kit out FMCG, alcohol and publishing retailers - big and small - with free iBeacon technology. Set up in 2013, Appflare has said it will provide the hardware, installation and management of the Bluetooth beacons for free to qualifying retailers for t...

  • CWDN

    Institutionalised omnichannel commerce analytics

    The arrival of that job title we now call CAO (chief analytics officer) comes with a few other new realities for the 'next-generation' IT shop. This next-gen IT Nirvana sees analytics now driven from a top-down perspective (i.e. the boardroom and the central IT function) and, also, successfully disseminate...

  • CWDN

    Will Apple Swift fly higher than Google Go?

    Swift is a popular term, name, noun and thing. Quite apart from SWIFT as a type of Suzuki Jeep, a bird, an alternative metal band from North Carolina and an Australian netball team -- swift crops up in technology circles several times. OpenStack Swift, (sometimes also known as OpenStack Object Storage) is ...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Cloud-first? Cabinet Office seeks £700m datacentre partner for 'top secret' data

    The Cabinet Office and GDS (Government Digital Service) have issued a service contract notice seeking a private partner that can provide datacentre colocation services to handle UK government's information classified as "official", "secret" and "top secret". The government has earmarked up to £700m for the...

  • ITWorks

    Can you help? Technopop festival on hunt for loaned laptops, screens, Wi-Fi and more for 100,000 students

    I spoke with Technopop recently about its London festival due to take place over a course of four weeks, in East London. Supported by Oxley International Holdings, the festival aims to provide an environment to inspire young people to consider IT in both their future careers and social lives. Due to take p...