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  • Open Source Insider

    In-the-field debugger, when offsite is a bugger

    Undo Software has released UndoDB Out-and-About. Described as a "new way of licensing" its reversible debugging software, this product is aimed at vendors whose software is deployed on: • customer sites, • in the field, • on a customer machine, • in real life (OK, we get it -- Ed) The software is used by e...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Standing up for government IT - despite the e-Borders fiasco

    It may be an unfashionable thing to do this week, but I'd like to stand up for government IT.Whitehall IT has been under particular scrutiny lately, eliciting a Financial Times editorial piece, and a lengthy analysis in The Guardian, among widespread national newspaper coverage.The catalyst for this was un...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Microsoft Azure goes down for users around multiple regions including Europe and Asia

    Just when I thought to myself: Cloud services must be improving as there are fewer outages reported this year than there were last year, Microsoft Azure cloud service went down for many users, including European ones, earlier this week. Microsoft's Azure status page currently displays a chirpy:  All g...

  • Data Matters

    Andy Jennings, chief analytics officer, FICO on mainstreaming of big data

     2014 has seen a steady move to the mainstream of the characteristic themes of the big data movement: ways and means of dealing with unstructured data; how to operationalize big data analytics; how to build up a data science capability. One of the stimulating conversations I've had about the big data ...

  • Downtime

    K9 privacy campaigner fakes death on Google, or was it killed?

    Not to be outdone by its two legged friends one dog in Chile decided to fake its own death on Google. Back in June just for a laugh, a garage owner in Edinburgh faked an assault while a Google StreetView camera was driving by. A bit of clever police work soon revealed that it was a prank and the victim was...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    A local digital exchange in every market town?

    Yestrday I posed the question of how the UK moves from a mish mash of semi-incompatible pre-internet fixed and mobile communications networks to a seamless mesh. fit for the post-Internet age, when everything is interconnected. This morning I received a rather good  answer, sent from a smart-phone at ...

  • ITWorks

    Assessing opportunities for technical skills growth in emerging economies: Skills gap or skills trap?

    Employers must act so that emerging markets can close the skills gap says Jinuk Shin, vice president and head of Corporate Citizenship Group, at Samsung.   High levels of investment in human capital and strong education systems are drivers of economic growth. From Germany to Japan, economic powerhouse...

  • Downtime

    Greggs uses Twitter to turn bad press into brand engagement

    On Googling Greggs today (as many are being encouraged to do so on social media), you might notice that its logo is not quite right. The logo which Google associates with the brand now reads: "Greggs - Providing sh*t to scum for over 70 years" Quick to respond to the torrent of Twitter comments, Greggs' so...

  • Downtime

    Look who's talking

    Statues across London and Manchester are finding their voices, thanks to Sing London. Sing London have commissioned writers and actors to animate 35 public statues across London and Manchester. Russell Tovey brings Alan Turing to life in Manchester, while Ed Stoppard reads words written by Antony Horowitz ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    How does the UK move from a handful of semi-incompatible, pre-internet, national networks to a world class, high resilience, secure and ubiquitous, post-internet, any-to-any "mesh"?

    A couple of days ago I said that the importance of the consultation to get inputs to a new Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy  cannot be under-estimated. There may be flaws in the "vision" behind the consultation paper but that makes YOUR response all the more important.  The consulta...

  • CWDN

    Rackspace DevOps Breakfast: DevOps is a learning process

    The great and the good of the cloud computing community gathered at the Rackspace DevOps Breakfast Panel Debate this week in London's glittering Soho district. Attending this month's "discussion panel breakdown session" were speakers from DevOps Guys, Dataloop, Skelton Thatcher, Eagle Eye and, obviously, R...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    PUE - the benevolent culprit in the datacentre

    Internet of Things, big data, and social media are all creating an insatiable demand for scalable, sophisticated and agile IT resources, making datacentres a true utility. This is making big tech and telecom companies to drift a bit from their core competency and build their own customised datacentres - ta...

  • Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

    CIOs need to nurture raw IT talent to power the future economy

    Each year, with the publication of A-level results, hundreds of thousands of school leavers embark on a journey that ultimately fuels the talent pool feeding the UK economy. Some argue that a generation brought up on the internet have different expectations of work than previous generations. But, while the...

  • Open Source Insider

    Hadoop is only a 'landing zone', THEN you start big data analytics

    Pentaho thinks its new Streamlined Data Refinery solution architecture (optimised for the HP Vertica Analytics Platform) could provide a better (more "refined & sophisticated" route to big data analytics. This software is designed to help create analytic datasets within Hadoop and immediately push that da...

  • CWDN

    Windows Phone 8.1 update for developers

    Microsoft's recent Windows Phone 8.1 Update for developers includes the UK beta for Cortana. For those not in the know, Cortana is Windows Phone's digital personal assistant (think Android Google Now, or Apple Siri, of course) and it is powered by Bing, obviously. Cortana speaks British, don't ya know? Cor...

  • Public Sector IT

    Data retention snoop law >all you need to know<

    When the British government claimed emergency snooping powers in July, it did so in contempt of a court ruling that said they ought to be illegal.Ought to be. The government got its snooping powers all the same. But it stirred up a stink in the process. And rightly so: the affair has exposed how it has tak...

  • Open Source Insider

    Could fundamental open cloud freedom die?

    The Open-Xchange Summit will be held in late September in the Germany city of Munich. Its organisers describe the gathering as a four-day event for technologists committed to developing open standards for the formation and continuation of a trusted cloud ecosystem. The event includes a guest keynote addre...

  • ITWorks

    Computer science student convinces comparethemarket.com to help source hardware

    18 year old BTEC IT student James Elmour contacted Computing at School to help with finding hardware for his project where he needed to test Android mobile software applications.  Elmour, who studies at the City of Liverpool College, was pointed in the direction of comparethemarket.com where he pitch...

  • Open Source Insider

    Compuware & the 'horizontal' Agile LoB DevOps dream

    Compuware has been vocal recently on the subject of open source and its impact upon DevOps -- (the confluence of both software application development and 'operations'). Creepy open source The firm suggests that open source can often creep in to organisations without central IT knowing i.e. as side project...

  • CWDN

    1&1 launches WordPress user/developer community portal

    Everyone's favourite "we buy more double page advertisements in the technical press than any other company" web hosting company 1&1 Internet has launched a new software application developer cum user community portal. The portal is at this stage in beta form. The firm's communications sage Richard Stevenso...

  • Downtime

    That's torn it. Where are Man U supporters meant to code now?

    A kick in the face for Wi-Fi suppliers who talk of little else but their latest stadium installation? That's how Downtime first reacted to the news that Manchester United was banning people from taking tablets and laptops into Old Trafford. But then we received an email from a fine practitioner of the arc...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Time and place: related, or inextricably linked?

    High rainfall over the last week has led to flooding.  Last night, there was a large number of burglaries.  An escape of toxic gases this morning has led to emergency services requesting everyone to evacuate their premises.  There are billions of barrels of crude oil that can be recovered ov...

  • Management Matters

    Government needs to play the Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Government is dependent on the big IT players, but they need to stand up for their share of power. Speaking to Duncan Jones principal analyst serving sourcing and vendor management professionals at Forrester, he believes Cabinet Office minister Fra...

  • CWDN

    Greek style blog-hurt

    This is an exceptional 'personal' technology blog rarity, normal CWDN content resumes immediately after posting. It's rare that I ever have cause to spend a 24-hour period offline, but when Mrs B asked to go and see the 'jewel of the Med', a trip to the Aegean paradise of Santorini was inevitable -- but co...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Dux iPad Air case

    It's almost impossible to complete a daily commute in London without spotting someone using a sad looking phone with a badly bashed up screen. Smashed iPads are spotted less frequently, but it has been done, and there's nothing sadder than squinting through a myriad of cracks as you try but fail to make ou...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Now is your opportunity to help change the future of the UK economy, not just of communications infrastructure policy.

    The importance of the consultation on inputs to a new Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy  cannot be under-estimated. The Treasury/DCMS Consultation may have been launched during the silly season (August 6th) but it is anything but silly. I apologise for not blogging earlier on this opportu...

  • Data Matters

    Digitalisation feeds big data

    This essay is a guest blog by Yves de Montcheuil, Vice President of Marketing at Talend.   Knowingly or not, many enterprises have embarked on a path to digitally transform their organisation. Also known as "digitalisation", this transformation takes many forms, which can range from the introduction o...

  • Downtime

    Brits prove they are obsessed with the weather

    Britons download the BBC's weather app 19,000 times a day, with eight million downloads since its June launch date. This makes it the fastest growing app for the broadcaster. As temperatures have soared this summer, mixed with sudden onslaught of thunderstorms, the UK has been turning to the trusty BBC to ...

  • ITWorks

    Computer Weekly partners with Create! Campaign for Appathon

    Computer Weekly is pleased to announce a media partnership with the Create! campaign's Appathon competition.   The Create! campaign was launched by Founders4Schools and SVC2UK to help students to link the STEM skills they are learning at school with creating the IT businesses of the future. As part of...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Large IT suppliers are using small suppliers to buy their drinks

    Large IT service providers are hanging around off licenses to get small IT suppliers to buy their cans of larger.Well sort of. The UK government has set lots of targets for departments to get them to spend certain amounts of money on SMEs which inevitable means less for the big suppliers.In a reverse in ro...