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  • Public Sector IT

    Microsoft gets flack over "rubbish" UK data

    Data experts and government officials have fingered Microsoft's popular Excel spreadsheet as a source of gremlins troubling the UK government's reform programme.Four years after the coalition government began its attempt to create the most open and transparent democracy in the world, technical problems per...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    You get what you pay for when it comes to service. Why I would not risk switching from BT even though it costs more.

    This afternoon my BT Infinity line went down. Luckily I was able to browse the net over an old netbook using Vodafone and find a phone number (after the BT website I Googled told me my number was invalid and would not let me use online reporting: I suspect I was looking at a consumer website for a business...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Android One - smartphones for consumers in emerging markets

    For many, information and education are unobtainable. However, the internet has provided 'knowledge' to those who need it since its birth. It does not matter who you are - of you have an internet connection you can find out anything you want. Android's new Android One initiative aims to help people in unde...

  • CWDN

    IBM Watson Analytics versus Sarah Palin's modern anti-intellectualism

    There are IBM Watson lovers and haters. Watson haters (aka "cognophobes") deride IBM for showboating its Watson analytics natural language-based cognitive service as a contrived route to making traditional old Big Blue look sexy again. As the Economist wrote back in 2011... "Watson, as the computer is call...

  • Downtime

    Jail term for palace guardsman for dancing? Where's your sense of humour MoD?

    A video of a Buckingham Palace guardsman who was marching comically and showing his dance moves has become a YouTube sensation. The video has gone viral with nearly two million views. But what's more bizarre than the guardsman's moves is the MoD's reaction to it.The three and a half minute video shows the ...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Cloud wars just got spicier, thanks to Google

    Ambitious startups and developers around the world got a big treat from Google ahead of the weekend - $100,000 worth of Google cloud credits along with 24/7 support from the tech experts at Google. Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow launched the "Google Cloud Platform for Startups" initiative on Friday to help star...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    More insights not more data

    It is hardly surprising that businesses are obsessed with data. The online activity of consumers is constantly tracked whether at home or on the move. Businesses want to know what people want and when they want it so they can make them an offer they can't refuse. Businesses are also collecting masses of da...

  • CWDN

    What is the correct time for a keynote?

    It is technical conference season, let's face it -- the time has come. BoxWorks and Intel Developer Forum are already out of the way. London has even been getting in on the act with Gartner events and others -- Westminster's Park Plaza hotel and Grange Hotels group are becoming more and more familiar to ma...

  • Public Sector IT

    Computerized job cuts hitch up hokey austerity figures

    Tens of thousands of job cuts allowed the UK coalition government to firm up £14bn of otherwise flaky claims for austerity savings it said proved its frugal, "hard-headed" government was succeeding.But while it used the numbers to call the last government soft and wasteful, the cost-cutting Cabinet Office ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Does HP have the stomach to digest Eucalyptus?

    HP is acquiring Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is known for its Amazon Web Services compatible open source private cloud software. The company's cloud software is intended to coalesce compute, network and storage resources within to create on-demand (self-service) private cloud resources. Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mic...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Could IT hinder Scotland's desire for change?

    Whichever way Scotland votes on its independence, one outcome that is assured will be the need for one of the fastest and most ambitious IT projects the public sector has ever seen.If Scotland leaves the UK, it will need to set up IT systems to replace every one of the functions it currently shares with Wh...

  • WITsend

    Inspiring the next generation of women to blaze trails & embrace STEM careers

    This is a guest blog by Jill King, vice president of marketing at Adaptive Computing   I recently returned from vacation in Orlando, Fla. where I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center for the first time. It was exciting to see our customers and partners' logos lining the walls as ...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    iPhone 6 - features and functionality

    Consumers and businesses alike have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of the iPhone 6 and the constantly-discussed Apple Watch. We wrote our predictions about what we thought the new devices would offer, now it's time to fill you in on what the new iPhone is really capable of. The iP...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Scotland's independence will open new market to outsourcing

    Imagine all the new IT contracts up for grabs when an independent Scotland starts putting together its public bodies.Scotland shares over 200 institutions as part of the UK, which might have to be split if more than 50% of votes say 'yes' to independence. In April I interviewed Steria's UK head John Torrie...

  • Quocirca Insights

    It's all about the platform

    Content sync and share systems are available from many players - Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive are just a few of the many for those who want to be able to access their files from anywhere via the cloud.  However, the ubiquity of systems and the lack of adequate monetisation at the consumer level is...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Another consultation whose importance may have passed you by: GCSE Computer Science. Why we need a new Micros in School Programme - inspected by Ofsted

    Among the more interesting questions in the recent House of Lords call for inputs to their enquiry on Digital Skills were: Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE How are we teaching students in a way that inspires and prepares them for careers in the future workforce in occupations that may not yet...

  • CWDN

    Intel Developer Forum 2014

    One of the (arguably) better tech events of the year is staged this week in San Francisco, Intel Developer Forum. With sessions devoted to wearables, mobile processors, datacentre computing power and most things in between, Computer Weekly has already reported news of the company planning develop smartphon...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    iPhone 6: The specs we're all hoping for

    Rumour has it images of the iPhone 6 were leaked last week, with pictures alluding to a potential release date of September 9th for the much coveted next generation device. A number of other speculations have also been flying around, including NFC potential, heart rate monitors and wireless charging. But w...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Would the UK be a happier or more sinister if the police routinely wore body cameras?

    The Home Secretary's suggestion that to save time the police should routinely wear body cameras sparked a rush of publicity, much of it from those opposed to the concept for a variety of reasons, including because it might lead to a fully digitalised criminal justice system   In my entry for the ...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    FIRST LOOK: Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch

    With Apple's big announcement approaching, there has been much speculation about whether the technology giant will be releasing its own smartwatch. In the meantime, other innovators are speeding ahead with their version of the latest wearable trend, and Motorola is no exception. The telecoms company, which...

  • Data Matters

    Opportunities and challenges for data processing in the Internet of Things

    This is a guest blog by Michael Hausenblas, Chief Data Engineer at MapR Technologies. According to Gartner's Hype Cycle, the Internet of Things (IoT) is supposed to peak in 2014. This sounds like a good time to look into opportunities and challenges for data processing in the context of IoT. So, what is Io...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Reconciling the Cabinet Office Digital by Default strategy with DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy

    The responses to my attempt to drum up inputs to the DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy Consultation are beginning to come in and it looks as though the short order round table to begin the process of identifying who is willing to work with whom on what will be over -subscribed and more of the exercise w...

  • ITWorks

    Why is the BBC launching Make it Digital?

    This is a guest post from Jessica Cecil, project controller at the BBC.    Last October, director-general Tony Hall said he wanted the BBC to embrace one big education project a year. In 2014 it is World War One. I'm delighted to announce that in 2015, the BBC's new Make it Digital initiative wil...

  • CWDN

    Moki CEO: developers should prioritise security

    With the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit kicking off today in London, UK -- the Computer Weekly Developer Blog figured that this would be the right time to feature guest commentary from Tom Karren, former developer and CEO of Moki, a mobile application security company. Why prioritise security It...

  • CWDN

    Verisign & Webroot: the next layer of security is in the cloud

    The Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit is held this September in London, UK. Now you might occasionally deride Gartner for its (arguably) not-very-enchanted Magic Quadrants, but the CWDN blog will come out in defence of Gartner this week because: a) The organisation has some amazing software applica...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    We need to speed up security

    I'm finally back blogging after a delightful summer break. Surprisingly, not a lot has changed in the cyber security world. Big security breaches have been surprisingly thin on the ground. And most have resulted from predictable human failings or greed, rather than technical weaknesses. There have been few...

  • Open Source Insider

    Community revolts against ISO software testing standards

    The International Standards Organisation (ISO) wants us to adopt a new standard for software testing. Known as ISO 29119, the standard aims to join (and in some cases replace) existing ISO software testing mandates for concepts and definitions, test processes, test documentation, test techniques and one fo...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Want cloud success? Eat your greens!

    Cloud computing is becoming a default option of delivering IT services but to reap all the benefits of the cloud, enterprises must do the boring stuff first. On Thursday, I attended a Westminster eForum seminar on the future of cloud computing where I witnessed very interesting conversations around cloud a...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    IFA 2014: Samsung's first business tablet

    Samsung is well known for its consumer offerings, providing everything from TVs to connected fridges. So the technology firm surprised us all today when it announced its first ever business-focussed tablet designed for use in enterprises. The ruggedised Galaxy Tab Active has been developed for portabl...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Speak English! IT industry must take its jargon out of the cloud

    We all had a bit of a giggle, didn't we, when the Daily Mail tried to explain "the cloud" to its readers.In a story about the apparent hacking of Apple's iCloud service that led to the publication of various celebrities' naked selfies, the Mail wrote: "The moment you snap a photo with an iPhone, for instan...