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  • When IT Meets Politics

    Treasury Consultation on Business Rates: speak now or shut up

    The Treasury Consultation on the Administration of Business Rates gives a long overdue opportunity for those who believe that innovative broadband suppliers are unfairly treated. I have blogged regularly on the way in which the business rates system penalises the competitors to BT and how this has come abo...

  • ITWorks

    Nesta quiz reveals attitudes on innovation and technological change

    Nesta has published research into Britain's attitudes on innovation and technological change, categorising respondents of its quiz into five personas.   The Innovation Population quiz revealed the differences in attitudes between men and women and affluent and less affluent people.   One in five ...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Steria and Sopra merge to get on more supplier lists

    Interesting story last week that two of France's IT service providers have come together in a "friendly" merger that will cut costs and probably more importantly make them more attractive to potential customers and get them on more multi-sourced IT lists. The merger will create a group with €3.1bn sales, 3...

  • Downtime

    Google helps taxman indirectly

    Watch out...the HMRC is using big data analytics to catch corporate tax avoiders. The taxman is taking advantage of open source Hadoop technology to scour tax returns for compliance. So it is rather poetic that the taxman is using Hadoop, an open source implementation of Google's proprietary MapReduce func...

  • Downtime

    Heartbleed perpetrators to receive babysitting sentences

    The perpetrators of the Heartbleed bug hack on UK parenting website Mumsnet are to be punished in the most appropriate manner if they are ever apprehended.Mumsnet members will receive a calendar of the next 10 years and will be asked to fill in days they need a babysitter. A clever matching engine will int...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Managing a PC estate

    Although there is much talk of a move towards virtual desktops, served as images from a centralised point, for many organisations, the idea does not appeal.  Whatever the reason (and there may be many as a previous blog here points out), staying with PCs leaves the IT department with a headache - not ...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Could Facebook/bank destroy the retail banking giants?

    I have written a few articles recently about how large internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter could be the biggest threat to retail banks for many of their services.Facebook is moving into financial services. Read this article I wrote.  In the meantime banks are struggling with a lack of...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Has Heartbleed done more than Snowden to dent consumer confidence in the online world?

    If Mumsnet, which takes the privacy of its users very seriously, has been compromised by heartbleed, who is safe? Until I read that Mumsnet had been affected, I was planning to say that incidence shows the strength, as well as weakness, of the open source software that runs the Internet. If the Wikipaedia ...

  • Downtime

    Vein technology to pay for your coffee

    We haven't even managed to get mobile payments up and running successfully and the furthest we've really got with fingerprint technology is being able to unlock our expensive iPhone 5s, but an adventurous student at Lund University in Sweden has decided to leap ahead of the trends by demonstrating how it i...

  • CWDN

    The geek is dead: a new superhero power-class emerges

    IT automation company Chef has played its annual PR joker trump card this week and suggested that a new 'power-class' of developers is emerging. NOTE: The firm produces a model for automating IT infrastructure and applications that drive what it calls 'self-reliance' across development and operations teams...

  • Computer Weekly Data Bank

    System Software Spend - Top Spending Industry Sectors

    Public administration organisations are the top spenders on system software with a commitment approaching £600m.  Next in line are telecommunication companies with an expenditure of over £400m.  Close behind are retailers with an outlay of £370m.Source: IT & Telecom Spend - 80 Industry Sector...

  • WITsend

    Male or female we're all here to get the job done

    This is a guest blog by Sheree Atcheson founder of Women Who Code UK (Belfast and London). Many of you will know me as Sheree Atcheson, a 23 year old software engineer who works at Kainos, or as Sheree Atcheson who founded Women Who Code UK (or more likely, Sheree Atcheson, who posts too many photos o...

  • Open Source Insider

    Opening Box to open source

    Online file sharing and cloud content management company Box is showcasing its now quite well populated open source repository. As a company Box has always come across as 'open enough' to third party projects, partnerships and promotions --- but now an appreciation for open programming steps forward in mor...

  • Networks Generation

    Benchmarking Integration...

    Just finished some testing at test equipment partner Spirent's offices in glamorous Crawley with client Voipex - some fab results on VoIP optimization so watch this space for the forthcoming report - and it made me think just how different testing is now.In the old days of Ethernet switch testing and the l...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Gadget show live 2014: SunnyCam video recording eyewear

    The wearable technology trend that is sweeping the world has so far mainly been about health monitors and fitness bands to track your activities.  But the SunnyCam is more towards the Google Glass end of the spectrum, and features a pair of cool sunnies with an embedded camera between the lenses to re...

  • Data Matters

    Is data science a science?

    Imperial College, London has officially launched its Data Science Institute, announced last year. And the government has announced £42 funding for the Alan Turing Institute, location to be decided. Data Science is, then, officially in vogue. Not just the pet name for data analytics at Silicon Valley compan...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Does Heartbleed show it is time to 'corporatise' open source?

    The exposure of the Heartbleed bug that causes a major security vulnerability in many websites has handed a gift to the anti-open source lobby.One of the most popular claims boasted by the open source community is that its code is inherently more secure because anyone can read it, and anyone can spot flaws...

  • CWDN

    TIBCO: data integration is more than just plumbing

    Never shy of a long product name, TIBCO this week is hanging out the bunting and flags to celebrate the arrival of TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks 6.0 -- a "technology-neutral platform" for data. Although there is BPM here (Business Process Management)... in fairness, ActiveMatrix is more than just BPM......

  • CWDN

    Portuguese developer event hosts HTML5... to ZX Spectrum and Atari inspired retro coding jam

    A new Silicon Valley here in Europe? A Portuguese Costa do Silício (coast of code) perhaps? Could Portugal really be the "next great technology hub for Europe" or is the country's national investment authority curiously adept at the black art of spin? SAPO Codebits is named thusly as SAPO is a subsidiary c...

  • Computer Weekly Data Bank

    IT & Telecom Spend - Management Consultancy Firms

    Management consultancy firms commit almost 5% of their turnover to IT & telecoms spend.  The corresponding all UK value is 2%.  For larger management consultancies the proportion is over 8% whilst smaller concerns devote less than half that amount.Source: IT & Telecom Spend - 80 Industry ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Web security 3.0 - is your business ready?

    As the web has evolved so have the security products and services that control our use of it. In the early days of the "static web" it was enough to tell us which URLs to avoid because the content was undesirable (porn etc.) As the web became a means distributing malware and perpetrating fraud, there was a...

  • Downtime

    No emails after 18h00, we're French

    If a 35-hour work week and six weeks of paid vacation is not enough reason to move to France, the no email after 18h00 rule is pretty compelling all on its own. A deal signed by tech industry employers and unions in France means many companies are now forbidden by law to contact employees electronically af...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    I hope Amazon's pay as you go cloud is easier to cancel than Lovefilm

    Could cancelling Lovefilm subscriptions be the only blemish on Amazon's almost dreamlike customer services?I recently wrote an article on this blog about Amazon Web Services. The article was about how IT services firms all want to be friends with AWS so they can build services on top of the raw computing p...

  • Public Sector IT

    Councils stage open source revival

    Local councils behind an ambitious public open source software scheme that flourished briefly with boom-time investment under the last government are attempting to revive it under the cost-cutting coalition's digital strategy.But their old rival Microsoft is making its local government come-back too, after...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Gadget show live 2014 hands on: Toshiba Encore tablet and Toshiba Kira Ultrabook

    With Windows XP reaching the end of its days, a lot of people are considering moving onwards and upwards. We've reviewed devices running Windows 8.1 before, such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, and once you get used to it, it's a simple and easy operating system to use. These Toshiba products, namely the T...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Could IT arise from the Ukraine turmoil stronger?

    I was one told by someone that It suppliers have an attitude of "any news is good news." What they meant is if a journalist is writing about you in a reputable magazine it is good news even if the actual news isn't good.In other words if you are on the journalists radar it is good news.The troubles in Ukra...

  • CWDN

    Microsoft CTO for cloud: Azure Preview Portal will fuel real cloud programming

    Developers are getting their hands dirty inside the mechanics of the cloud to an increasing degree every day. Given this truism, we can expect cloud players to start producing new "code spanner friendly" services suited to the way software application development pros need to work within the big data envir...

  • WITsend

    GoDaddy teams up with Anita Borg Institute

    Small business service provider GoDaddy has teamed up with the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) to expand the awareness of women's contribution to the tech sector and to encourage more participation in the industry.   ABI is a nonprofit organisation founded by Anita Borg, a computer-scientist who pushed fo...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Analysing G-Cloud: A need for wider awareness and promotion?

    Few could doubt that the government's G-Cloud purchasing framework has been a success so far. More than £100m has been spent through it, opening up the market to SMEs and saving taxpayers' money compared to traditional procurement routes for IT.There is no evidence to quantify those savings other than anec...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Two areas where businesses can learn from IT

    Many IT industry commentators (not least Quocirca) constantly hassle IT managers to align their activities more closely with those of the businesses they serve; to make sure actual requirements are being met. However, that does not mean that lines of business can stand aloof from IT and learn nothing from ...