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  • Open Source Insider

    How real time data supply has changed

    RethinkDB is an open-source scalable database for what its makers call "the real time web", but what does real time data supply mean in terms of the way web-centric applications function today? Version 2.0 will contain options for commercial support, no surprise there - all "production-ready" open source i...

  • Public Sector IT

    < digital tr̶a̶n̶s̶f̶o̶r̶m̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ privatization >Transparency reform leaves names redacted

    If Contracts Finder had operated in the 19th Century it would have credited the Great Western Railway not to Isambard Kingdom Brunel but to [Redacted].A website the coalition built to fulfill its transparency pledge in 2011, Contracts Finder was supposed to carry copies of public contracts with private com...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    The Apple Watch signals the end of the wearables market

    There has been debate over the number of pre-orders made for the soon to be available Apple Watch, with an estimate coming in at over two million - more than the number of Android wearables sold in the last year. But Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at NYU, and founder of business intelligence compan...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    The missing election manifesto promise - educating MPs on the UK's digital opportunity

    Who is going to be the big digital winner after the 2015 general election? Congratulations to anyone involved with smart ticketing on public transport - you're in for a good time. The one area that all three of the Conservative Party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have committed to in their election man...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Smartwatch - wearable companion or independent app platform?

    Wearable technologies have started to pop up in a variety of form factors from a wide variety of sources, but the wrist has become a clear favourite in terms of acceptable and accessible location for deployment. It is familiar, convenient and yet something worn there can be unobtrusively masked by a well s...

  • ITWorks

    Scott Logic's 'A Day in the Life' employee stories

    Software consultancy Scott Logic has published a series of 'A Day in the Life' employee stories to give an insight into what it is like to work in technology. Those interested in working at Scott Logic, or just interested in hearing about different IT roles, can learn about jobs such as graduate developer,...

  • WITsend

    The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium 2015

    This is a guest blog from Helen Miles, research associate, Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University. This year's BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium was the 8th, and was the biggest in the event's history. This was my first ever Lovelace Colloquium, and I'm sorry to say it was only as a helper/pho...

  • Open Source Insider

    Kick boxing code monkey goes shopping: judo hits Xamarin

    Judo Payments claims to be "Europe's only mobile-first payments platform" - a somewhat overconfident and contentious assertion perhaps? Stripe, Apple Pay and even Pay Pal (and others) may not be quite be thought of as mobile-first (even if they are mobile compliant), so it will be interesting to see how lo...

  • StorageBuzz

    World War Datacentre: The VMware empire and its rivals

    In the real world we've seen centuries of wars, largely the result of old empires fading and new contenders arising. And the world of IT show similar parallels, albeit on much reduced timescales and with much less bloodshed. Currently the VMware empire - keen to expand and therefore cement its grip on larg...

  • CW Developer Network

    Neo Technology CEO: What is a graph database... and why big data needs one

    CEO of Neo Technology Emil Eifrem guest blogs below for the Computer Weekly Developer Network to explain what, really, we mean by the notion of the graph database. TechTarget's own definition states that a graph database (also called a graph-oriented database) is a type of NoSQL database that uses graph th...

  • Open Source Insider

    Intel investing in women developers at 2015 droidcons

    Intel says it wants to help increase the number of female developers, globally -- this is good news. The company has announced a new programme to sponsor women developers to attend droidcon conferences. What is droidcon? For those that don't know, droidcon is a global developer conference series and a netw...

  • CW Developer Network

    Varnish buffs up glossy new API engine

    A sub-editor headline writer's dream, the highly-lacquered and beautifully-polished Varnish Software (Ed - did we use 'lacquered' yet?) has released its new Varnish API Engine. The software helps developers manage what the firm calls the "proliferation of API calls" in the modern age of apps and the Intern...

  • WITsend

    Women in IT survey: How did you get into technology?

    The joint Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly women in IT survey is now live for the fourth year. Everybody has had a different journey into technology so this year we would like to hear your stories. We would like to know: What led you into technology?  How important is each technology hire? Could cr...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Wearable devices - now a reality for the workplace

    There has been a lot of hype about wearable technologies mostly focusing on smart glasses, watches and heath wristbands for consumers, but it is likely that there will be far more compelling reasons to use wearable devices in the enterprise. Here, wearable devices, perhaps often in combination with sensors...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    I forgot to mention that Plan B, for turning aspirations for the UK Digital Communications Infrastructure into action plans, needs to revolve around an incremental transition to IPV6

    I forget a key component when I used the analogy of the construction of the railways and canals in my blog yesterday on the means of implementing the Digital Communications Infrastucture Strategy and making a reality of Martha Lane Fox's vision for "Dot Everyone".  The success of both canals and railw...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Would GDS like to airbrush rural payments out of its digital exemplar history?

    Last month, I wrote in this blog about the problems that caused the new rural payments digital service to be withdrawn from use by farmers and replaced by paper forms. The system was one of the 25 "exemplars" that the Government Digital Service (GDS) intended to showcase its digital transformation drive. G...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Samsung edges ahead with the Galaxy S6

    Do Samsung's cutting-edge edges give it the edge?After a disappointing run of results for its mobile division driven in part by indifferent response to recent product launches, Samsung needed to make a bold statement. 'Innovate, don't iterate', came the cry, 'but please, no more of those cheap plastic and ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Couchbase CEO: the real rationale for enterprise open source

    This is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog by Bob Wiederhold, CEO at Couchbase. The new stack Cloud computing, big data and mobile are driving enterprises to redefine their software stack. Open source will be a huge part of that. But why open source? It is usually not any one si...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Plan B: bringing customers and suppliers together to reduce the cost and risk of turning our heterogeneous patchwork of legacy communications networks into a resilient mesh of smart, future proof utilities.

    Shortly after the budget I blogged a welcome for the DCMS-Treasury Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy. Last week I welcomed Martha Lane Fox's vision for Dot Everyone, albeit expressing my fear that a national institution, let alone a "plan",  will constrain growth and innovation (in line w...

  • ITWorks

    "Lessons will Be learned": Safeguarding in schools

    This is a guest blog from Martin Baker and Mike Glanville are former chief officers of Dorset Police, now directors of One Team Logic, providers of MyConcern safeguarding software for schools.   Question: Which Google search returns 366 million hits?  Answer: 'Lessons Will Be Learn...

  • Data Matters

    Bobbies beat the self-service BI conundrum

    This is a guest blog by Michael Corcoran, SVP & CMO at Information Builders Having recently attended the Gartner BI and Master Data Management Summits in London, it is clear that now is an exciting yet confusing time for data discovery and analytics. Of course, they have always been exciting areas for ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Delivery by drone or dead duck?

    Tiny autonomous delivery drones dropping off everything from your book orders to pizza? There have been trials in many parts of the world by serious names - Amazon, DHL, Dominos Pizzas - but is this a serious post-cyberpunk instant gratification-by-delivery dream or a dystopian nightmare? It is easy to thi...

  • CW Developer Network

    Preparing campuses for Bring-Your-Own-Behaviour

    This is a guest post on the Computer Weekly Developer Network by Andy Butcher, higher education evangelist at Extreme Networks. A new definition for BYOB The traditional education model of lecture-based learning and exams is changing as more distributive approaches hit our educational institutes. With both...

  • CW Developer Network

    To boldy code... IBM builds 'space apps' with NASA

    IBM is offering its Bluemix platform up for the NASA Space App Challenge virtual event to help developers build applications that contribute to space exploration. Bluemix is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) -- it is an implementation of IBM's Open Cloud Architecture (OCA), based on the Cloud Foundry open Paa...

  • Downtime

    Monkeys responsible for Indian internet outage

    Those struggling to access rural broadband services can thank their lucky stars that they don't have to deal with monkeys.In India, reports BBC Monitoring, the government of Narendra Modi is currently undertaking its own version of BDUK on a massive scale, and hopes to lay over 430,000 miles of fibre cable...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Delivering the digital infrastructure for Dot Everyone - The F Plan

    I was not able to watch this year's Dimbleby Lecture when it happened but over the Easter week-end I made time to watch the challenge that Martha Lane-Fox made to the Dimbleby's (and the other media figures and journalists present) to help educate politicians and industry leaders on the actions needed to h...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The case for On-line Age Verification has gone political with a Conservative pledge. We can expect other parties to follow.

    Sajid Javid (current Secretary of State at DCMS is reported in the Guardian as having pledged to enforce on-line Age Verification. The Digital Policy Alliance Age Verification working group announcement on which I blogged on Thursday had its genesis at a meeting (on Smart Cities and the role of standards) ...

  • Downtime

    Tech industry now beyond parody

    There used to be a kind of art to April Fools' Day.In 1977, for example, The Guardian famously concocted an island state named San Seriffe, which was essentially a series of puns dreamed up by its sub-editors.The newspaper memorably received a number of angry letters from travel agents who had been fending...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Times have changed: robust consent based, confidential, on-line age verification is now not only practical, it makes good business sense

    Some players see publicity and support for the NSPCC Childline campaign announced on Tuesday  as a potential threat to the "freedom" of the Internet. Others see it as an opportunity to rally support for activities to help provide children, families and silver surfers with freedom from fear and abuse o...

  • ITWorks

    Technology security in schools - how digital safeguarding isn't just managing online access

    This is a guest blog from Stone Group and Advanced Security Consulting.Stone Group's Simon Harbridge and security consultant Jay Abbott of Advanced Security Consulting recently got together to discuss the worrying issue of security in schools and how technology helps and hinders its progress. What they tal...