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  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Amazon Web Services is showing traditional IT players how they need to change

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is clearly doing something right. The e-commerce giant has split out AWS revenues for the first time in its latest financial results, revealing a $5bn business growing at nearly 50% year on year.AWS has shown the big, traditional IT players the way to do public cloud - defining th...

  • Data Matters

    The Rise of Punk Analytics

    This is a guest blog by James Richardson, business analytics strategist at Qlik and former Gartner analyst. England's dreaming ... By the mid-1970s rock music was dominated by "prog-rock" and long, complex, concept-laden albums. The music was created using multi-track recording and very difficult to replic...

  • CW Developer Network

    Box Dev: 4.5 billion API calls can't be wrong

    Box has hosted its Box Dev event, for developers, by Box - called Box Dev. Following through its logical naming convention, Box used Box Dev to launch Box Developer Edition, an edition of Box for developers. This software release includes a new user and authentication model for building apps on Box. Box wa...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The changing face of project management

    Historically, a project has been defined as a time-bounded set of tasks.  That is, a project has a start date, a desired set of deliverables and an end date, along with human and cash resources that need to be allocated to it to make it happen. So easy to describe, so difficult to do.  A whole ma...

  • Downtime

    Why Slough is where it's at for cloud

    There's no getting away from the fact that the quaint Berkshire town of Slough has an image problem, with the general perception being that it's an ugly place with a funny smell. That's not us being mean, by the way. Slough was named the UK's third ugliest town in a 2013 poll, and "why does Slough smell" i...

  • Downtime

    Broken PC loses fight for life after shooting in US back alley

    The name Lucas Hinch may not be immediately familiar to you, but we sense he may go on to become a folk hero in computing circles, in light of his dramatic approach to PC tech support. Having grown frustrated at the inability of his defective computer to respond to the CTRL+ALT+DELETE PC reboot command, Hi...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    In-depth review of the Garmin Fenix 3 smart watch

    With all the hype surrounding the Apple Watch, it is easy to forget that health and fitness watches are not a new thing. Runners, cyclists and triathletes have been using smart wearables for years, to help them improve their performance.I have owned three running watches: a Garmin Forerunner 405, a Nike+ S...

  • Public Sector IT

    Open contracts only so convenient for GOV.UK

    UK corporations and government have slipped into a cosy understanding about the coalition's transparency policy.The government had pledged to make its business dealings wholly accountable to members of the public. That meant publishing all its contracts in full. But it arranged instead to let corporations ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Coalition c̶a̶b̶a̶l̶ network breached computer c̶a̶r̶t̶e̶l̶ state

    The coalition government sought to catalyze the dissolution of big public bodies by publishing their contracts.It wanted ultimately to "transform" lumbering government departments employing lots of people in big call centres, turning them into into whizzy web apps that rendered most government jobs in soft...

  • Public Sector IT

    Oxford experts erased from public spending records

    The coalition government's habitual redactions of crucial information from major contracts is seriously contrary to declared transparency policy. But its redactions can also get a bit silly.Take Cabinet Office, government department responsible for implementing the coalition's transparency policy. It publi...

  • WITsend

    Women Who Code Belfast Hackathon

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  • Public Sector IT

    Maude's ginger radicals staged 80s revival

    Soon after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude began his parliamentary career in 1983, he co-founded a group of Conservative MPs whose ideas where so pariahic they dubbed themselves the gingers.This  "No Turning Back" group wanted to privatize the National Health Service and hand its financial contr...

  • Open Source Insider

    How to find good open source code libraries: Sourcegraph code browser

    The beauty of open source programming is that there are a lot of code libraries available to software application developers, obviously. Some would call it a 'goldmine' of open source code. Some would call it a 'confusing mix' of poorly categorised and classified resources Sourcegraph answer Sourcegraph ai...

  • Public Sector IT

    Thatcher reborn in digital tr̶a̶n̶s̶f̶o̶r̶m̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ privatization

    The coalition government's "digital transformation" of public services continued a programme of privatization begun by prior Conservative governments - most especially Margaret Thatcher's government of 1983.Its big idea was to replace the big suppliers who did most public sector IT with an ecosystem of SME...

  • Public Sector IT

    Labour plan to save NHS defies tech-driven doom

    Technology threatens to disrupt NHS institutions and hasten their privatisation. Yet the Labour Party reckons it has a plan to "save the NHS". It had better be a good one.It wasn't entirely convincing when Labour leader Ed Miliband sketched it out in a speech yesterday.Step one of the NHS rescue involved h...

  • Open Source Insider

    HP Moonshot lands on planet DataStax: to boldly cluster & scale for data-driven apps

    DataStax is a firm that dedicates itself to providing a commercially-supported version of the open source Apache Cassandra database. For the uninitiated, Cassandra is a distributed storage system for managing very large amounts of structured data spread out across many commodity servers while providing hig...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The rise and rise of bad bots - part 2 - beyond web-scraping

    Anyone who listened to Aleks Krotoski's 5 short programmes on Radio 4 titled Codes that Changed the World will have been reminded that applications written in COBOL, despite dating from the late 1950s, remain in widespread use. Although organisations are reliant on these applications they are often impossi...

  • CW Developer Network

    How the IT universe moves to software-defined data warehouse life, and everything

    Teradata has launched what it calls its 'Software-Defined Warehouse' as an enhancement to the firms own-brand Teradata Database. As we move to a world of software-defined everything, this is clearly a play to enable firms to consolidate multiple data warehouses into one system without sacrificing service l...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The rise and rise of bad bots - part 1 - little DDoS

    Many will be familiar with the term bot, short for web-robot. Bots are essential for effective operation of the web: web-crawlers are a type of bot, automatically trawling sites looking for updates and making sure search engines know about new content. To this end, web site owners need to allow access to b...

  • ITWorks

    The growing importance of critical thinking in IT education

    This is a guest blog by Dr Arosha K. Bandara, senior lecturer in Computing at The Open University A criticism often levelled at IT education is that by the time you come to apply the skills, they might be out of date. Why learn technology skills when that technology might not be in use in a couple of years...

  • 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...