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  • When IT Meets Politics

    Investigatory Powers versus Fighting Fraud Together and the Skills for Both

    There is much to be digested in the report of the Joint Committee of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bills  but it is noteworthy that its publication coincides with the Home Secretary's launch of a new anti-fraud task force and the publication of two joint DCMS/BIS reports on Review of Publicly Funded ...

  • Downtime

    Graduate from plastic to software

    In the Mike Nichols 1967 classic The Graduate, Mr Maguire tells Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin, "There is a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?So nearly half a century on, what is the future: plastic? PVC? Nylon? Lycra? Not according to analyst Forrester. "Software is to business ...

  • StorageBuzz

    Druva bets on the demise of the (big) datacentre

    Druva has added disaster recovery capability to its existing Phoenix product. But its what they don't plan to do with Phoenix that's perhaps more interesting. Phoenix allows globally deduplicated backup with the cloud as a target, from physical and virtual machine environments in ROBO-size deployments as w...

  • ITWorks

    Improving customer focus with intelligent systems

    In this contriibuted article, Mindtree's Suman Nambiar, europe head of travel and hospitality industry group, and Ranjith Kutty, senior director and head of solutions and new business / travel, transportation and hospitality vertical in North America, discuss how the future of technology will change the tr...

  • WITsend

    The danger of trying to have it all

    In this contributed blog post, Stephanie Trunzo, CDO and COO at PointSource, gives advice to those in and outside of the IT industry trying to achieve work-life balance.Born from good intentions as the title of a 1982 book for women looking to balance a career and family, the phrase "having it all" has mad...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The biggest digital skills gap is between education in professional disciplines and training in current practitioner techiques. How do we ensure digital apprenticeships are fit for purpose?

    The House Of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Enquiry into Digital Skills has so far focused on education, whether in schools or colleges or for the digitally excluded. It has yet to address the gulf between the skills (often technology or vendor specific) specified by employers when recruit...

  • CW Developer Network

    Jive aims to 'program' best practice into business

    Jive Software is aiming to ''program in' best practice into business -- the firm has released new packaged solutions for key industries and groups. New products include: Jive for Healthcare Collaboration, Jive for Employee Engagement and Jive for Customer Engagement. The software itself is driven by Jive W...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Privacy Shield is no solution for data protection - EU should put personal data in the hands of its citizens

    Many US and European businesses no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when the European Commission announced it had agreed a basis for replacing the defunct Safe Harbour data protection agreement with the US government. Now we have a Privacy Shield in place to ensure that European citizens' personal data is s...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Blue Coat, from surf control to riding the security wave

    The IT security sector is good for producing start-ups that soon disappear, seemingly without trace. Of course, this is not a bad thing. Whilst it is true some wither on the venture capital vine, many others get acquired as the good idea they came up with (or imitated) gets recognised as a necessity and th...

  • CW Developer Network

    What to expect from the Samsung Developer Conference 2016

    Software runs the world, of course... so much so that smartphone manufacturers now host software development conferences. The Samsung Developer Conference 2016 (SDC 2016) will be held from April 27 to April 28 at San Francisco's Moscone West Center The firm is going to host its event centered around the th...

  • Downtime

    Ninety nine million year old spider with nine legs discovered

    Scientists thought for a moment that they had made the momentous discovery of a spider with nine legs, but were disappointed to find the said arachnid actually had a hard-on.Not just a hard-on, but one that has lasted almost 100 million years. The spider, Halitherses Grimaldii, which is related to the Dadd...

  • The Full Spectrum

    How DNS information can help cut millions from your infrastructure costs

    A guest post by Chris Griffiths, director of new products and business development at Nominet.One of the hardest things about infrastructure planning in our web-enabled world is estimating capacity needs, especially from a network perspective. Having a piece of content go viral can mean the difference betw...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The rapid morphing of the 'datacentre'

    On-premise. Co-location. Public cloud.  These terms are being bandied about as if they are 'either/or', whereas the reality is that many organisations will end up with a mix of at least two of them. This is why it is becoming important to plan for a hybrid datacentre - one where your organisation has ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft Office Extensibility: did legal technology just get interesting?

    The world of law and the legal trade, for most people, is generally either a) incredibly fascinating b) deathly boring or c) a system you don't want to think about while you are serving an extended prison sentence. For those of who think of law as crusty, dull and altogether drab... the technology trade is...

  • CW Developer Network

    One louder: the DevOps toolchain stack

    Poor old DevOps, the 'Dev plus Ops' portmanteau has been subject to more hype than most burgeoning technologies. Just when you had gotten used to the notion of software application development and IT operations coming together... the industry starts to spin the nomenclature and naming conventions in this s...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Who is winning the Broadband war? BT, Sky, Virgin or the Altnets

    BT claims to have achieved a 71% share of new broadband customers  in the most recent quarter. But Thinkbroadband reports the number as 177,000 of which only 130,000 were new to BT. The difference appears to include many of the 120,000 upgrades. Meanwhile the number of BT's new TV customers is 97,000 ...

  • WITsend

    It's time to make Imposter Syndrome a thing of the past for women in technology

    In this guest post, Denise Hudson Lawson, enterprise learning architect for online learning provider Pluralsight explains why women should build a network to leave imposter syndrome behind. I recently had the privilege of speaking at a GeekGirl Meetup, an event aimed at women working in technology as well ...

  • WITsend

    FDM everywoman in Technology Awards finalists announced

    The finalists for this year's Everywoman in Technology Awards have been announced prior to the awards ceremony in February 2016. After filtering hundreds of applications, judges from IBM, EMC, Microsoft, American Express, Salesforce and Fujitsu, amongst others, have selected 34 women to appe...

  • Downtime

    A drone in the claw is worth two in the bush

    The Dutch police has launched an initiative to target drones. We've some people use air rifles to shoot down drones. Now here's a totally natural alternative: a proper bird of prey who will happily grab any quadropter out of the sky... You know what they say about blokes with transmitters that have extra ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Is Government willing to pay for a surveillance regime that is fit for purpose? The question to which the Science and Technology Select Committee report leads.

    Do read the full report of the Science and Technology Select Committee "Investigatory Powers Bill: technology issues" released this morning, not just the press cover or even just the summary. It is barely 30 pages (plus appendices) long. Then think about the tension between the desire of Government to cons...

  • Open Source Insider

    Open source contribution is not just code

    Contributing to open source technology is all about code contributions and code commits -- right? Actually, no... it kind of goes further than that. Feed back feedback A subject that we have covered on Computer Weekly's Open Source Insider blog before, this week opensource.com itself digs through the other...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    More CISOs looking to recruit cyber-security trainers than leaders, analysts, engineers or pen testers

    I have often said our IT skills crises is not of skills, but of employers who train and have been looking at why that is. Evidence is emerging that the shortage of trainers is a prime cause. The headlines from the Harvey Nash/PGI 2016 Cybersecurity are not unexpected: "Half of all boards lack real understa...

  • Open Source Insider

    Walmart's bricks & mortar to digital business journey

    Walmart has released its OneOps cloud management platform for continuous app lifecycle management - and, in line with this news, Couchbase has announced support for @WalmartLab's release of OneOps to the open source community through Github. Walmart uses Couchbase Server in a cloud environment to power a d...

  • Data Matters

    Mike Ferguson on a decade of Hadoop

    This is a guest blogpost by analyst Mike Ferguson on the 10th anniversary of Hadoop's becoming a separate Apache subproject. In the 10 years since Hadoop became an Apache project the momentum behind it as a key component platform in big data analytics has been nothing short of enormous. In that time we hav...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Google tax debate is just an early example of social upheaval from the digital revolution

    In many ways it is a shame that the most likely reason for a technology company to hit the headlines in national newspapers and on TV is because they don't pay enough taxes. For all the largely justified criticism of Google's £130m tax settlement with the UK government, surely most people in the technology...

  • Open Source Insider

    And now for something completely analytical... Pentaho goes native Python

    Pentaho (let's remember to call it a Hitachi Group company) has announced news of its labs team now completing development of native integration for Python. So what? Well, the core spin here is: that new thing called 'data science' being placed in the hands of the developer community with added crispy topp...

  • Downtime

    IT to automate domestic chores

    Jones has not had much success with Version 1 of his efforts to connect his washing machine to the internet. But help is at hand. Panasonic is working on creating a 'Laundroid,' a washing machine robot that washes, dries and folds clothes. Yeah, but does it wear the clothes, says Jones. His Version 2 lets ...

  • Downtime

    Google staff don't like to be poached... with chicken eggs anyway.

    It had all the ingredients for a smart way of letting London's tech talent know that they exist, but one company in the recruitment game didn't bank on Michelin Star tastes Clozer, which is a platform to connect sales professionals and companies anywhere in the world, tried to attract talent through free p...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    BDUK "state aid" to be brought into line with EU law and good practice

    Thee is much to be welcomed in the BDUK "focused market engagement" exercise to get views, by 24th February, from Local Authorities and Network Operators on the replacement for its previous procurement arrangements to get superfast (whatever that means) broadband "to 95% of premises by 2017". The State Aid...

  • StorageBuzz

    Object storage vs NAS . . . in the same product

    It has been an interesting month in object storage, with developments that push the technology along but also provided an interesting footnote regarding file access that illustrate an interesting stage of the evolution of object storage. On the one hand HPE and Scality announced a partnership that will see...