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  • Open Source Insider

    Clearing up muddied waters in the 'Data Lakes'

    This is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog by James Dixon, CTO at open source Business Intelligence (BI) products company Pentaho. Four years ago when Pentaho first released Hadoop support, Dixon coined the term 'Data Lake' to describe a vessel for holding data from a single sour...

  • WITsend

    Bletchley Park's unheard stories: The Imitation Game's female tech trailblazers

    This is a guest blog by Anne Marie Neatham, chief operating officer at Ocado Technology Last week saw the release of The Imitation Game, a new film about WWII code breakers at Bletchley Park. Much has been made of the man portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, brilliant polymath Alan Turing, but the film is a...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Cyber security: Can businesses put a value on trust?

    Who can you trust in a digital world? The most dispiriting part of the technology revolution is the growing lack of trust felt by individuals and businesses as a result of cyber security threats.For example, I learned this week that HP is being asked by some large customers to provide legal assurances that...

  • WITsend

    Does diversity actually add value?

    This is a guest blog by Nabila Aydin, VP of global marketing operations, at FDM Group. Diversity is a topic that is widely discussed nowadays. A lot of companies have Diversity Leaders within the business whose actual roles revolve around making sure the business is diverse. Some may think that this is a w...

  • Downtime

    Drones - another reason not to trust estate agents?

    The use of drones in business is looking to become a regular occurrence in the near future, and this month Amazon proposed plans to test its prototype same-day delivery drones in the UK. But use of the unmanned aircrafts backfired on an Australian business earlier this week when using the robots ...

  • Downtime

    Google arrives in Streatham, but for how long?

    Apparently the UK's first 'Google House' is being kitted out in a flat in Streatham. Will Davies, head of property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk said the "normal flat", on a very normal street, is being fitted with all of the future hi-tech gadgets and gizmos that make it the house of the future, today. "W...

  • Open Source Insider

    Wang & Prokharchyk are top 2 CloudStack 'committers'

    It's tough to cover the thorny subject of women in technology without saying the wrong thing. Should this subject even be news or a discussion point? Well, it is - so unfortunately, we do have to highlight the issue to hopefully redress the imbalance to some degree. In conversations at the CloudStack Colla...

  • Networks Generation

    It's CA Jim But Not As We Know IT

    I was at a Gartner event in Barcelona last week, where Computer Associates were playing host.Not only was there the amusement of the excellent and straight-talking EMEA CTO Bjarne Rasmussen referencing Forrester several times at a Gartner event (especially amusing for my Forrester analyst mate Nikki Babato...

  • Open Source Insider

    CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe 2014 #ccceu

    You might have heard of OpenStack as an industry consortium/community in the cloud computing marketplace - but then there is CloudStack. This is a community 'overwhelmingly' made up of users, rather than vendors. Often described as one of the best kept secrets in cloud, CloudStack is in fact big in Japan -...

  • Open Source Insider

    ShapeBlue: why enterprise-grade CloudStack wins

    Big service providers want to remove proprietary software from their stacks. This opening gambit is the core (claimed) truism tabled by Giles Sirett, who is CEO is founder of ShapeBlue, a firm that provides a range of strategic and technical consulting (and implementation) services for IT service providers...

  • Identity, Privacy and Trust

    Privacy Seals and Privacy Snake Oil

    One of the constant problems of privacy is knowing who to trust with your data. Laws, policies, technical controls and trustworthy brands go a long way to building consumer confidence in an organisation's data handling, but it's only a matter of time before some bright spark suggests "maybe we could have a...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Video Review:BlackBerry Passport

    I've spent a few weeks using the BlackBerry Passport, which was launched at the start of October. BlackBerry positions the Passport as a business device. It is instantly recognisable by its Qwerty keyboard and large 4.5 inch display. It also supports Android and provides direct access to the Amazon Android...

  • Open Source Insider

    Why cloud needs annoying micromanagers

    Everyone hates over-involved 'micromanagers' who refuse to allow employees to just get on with their jobs, but in cloud the case if different. Downtown San Francisco based GroundWork, Inc. has nothing to do with gardening -- the company specialises in monitoring solutions for IT operations with particular ...

  • CWDN

    Windows 10 Technical Preview, where is the START menu?

    As the Computer Weekly Developer Network blog seeks to track the work of the global community of software application developers working on Microsoft's new operating system, this post is merely meant to serve as some informal additional hands-on reportage. For a more fully prepared sequential step-by-step ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Should Broadband advertising be 'legal, decent, honest and truthful'? If so ...

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Further to my recent blog on the way in which the Advertising Standards Authority has been accused of approving serious "misrepresentation" of the broadband offerings from dominant suppliers and thus helping prolong the current dist...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Car ownership - a dying thing?

    At a recent BMC event, CEO and Chairman Bob Beauchamp stood on stage and gave a view on how the rise of the autonomous car could result in major changes in many different areas. The argument went something along these lines - as individuals start to use autonomous cars, they see less value in the vehi...

  • Open Source Insider

    What to expect from CloudStack Collaboration Conference & ApacheCon 2014

    CloudStack Collaboration Conference & ApacheCon 2014 is staged next week in Budapest from the 17-21 November. Actually, there is more to that statement... The Linux Foundation and The Apache Software Foundation have already 'co-produced' this year's ApacheCon and CloudStack Collaboration Conference events ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    However many 'modes' you choose, the IT department needs to change

    The age of the "command and control" IT department is over - of that fact most experts are agreed. The balance of power in corporate IT has shifted away from the IT team - and away from their technology suppliers - to their users in the business. But plenty of IT leaders are still trying to come to terms w...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    So what is the value of SIAM?

    With the large number of different suppliers, offering IT for businesses, with trends like cloud computing and the consumerisation of IT this will increase further. Although multi-sourcing is nothing new it used to mean managing a few suppliers, but now it can run into the high double figures and even more...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Why IT Projects Fail - forty years on and what is new?

    One of latest downloads from the Computer Weekly website is entitled "The psychology of IT projects: why they fail"  It is almost 40 years to the day since Computer weekly published the last in a series of ten articles on "Computer Assisted Bankrupcy" based on my London Business School project: "Busin...

  • Downtime

    Dutch bloke gets cash injection

    A Dutch cryto -currency fanatic has taken the start-up term "cash injection" a little more literally than expected. Martijn Wismeijer, who runs a company called MrBitco.in in Amsterdam, has put NFC tags under the skin in his hands to store digital cash. Not put off by the fact that the manufacturer of the...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Advertising Standards Authority wrecks attempts to promote "genuine" fibre broadband

    I have just been told of the Advertising Standards Authority ruling that copper to the home from a fibre connected cabinet can be called "fibre". Meanwhile, it would appear that those offering "true" fibre connections cannot drop the "up to" in front of the speeds they offer.Even more interesting is the re...

  • Downtime

    Silicon Roundabout to be renamed Silicon Traffic Calming Scheme

    New Transport for London (TfL) plans revealed by the Evening Standard have shed light on the future of London's Silicon Roundabout, heretofore actually less of a roundabout and more of a polluted, congested, six lane cycling death trap.The new scheme, approved by Boris Johnson as part of a multi-billion po...

  • Open Source Insider

    How to choose an open source license

    Open source license management provider Protecode has put together a simple overview (and accompanying infographic) on choosing the best open source license for a project. NOTE from blog editor: We're about as keen on infographics as we are on tortoise sandwiches, but this one may just about be permissible...

  • CWDN

    Apple Pay is easy peasy & never cheesy on Payeezy

    Apigee is trying to developers integrate Apple Pay into their retail and gaming applications. The company (Apigee) itself is actually an API management and predictive analytics platform specialist -- and Apple Pay (in case you hadn't noticed) is Apple's "mobile digital wallet" for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch....

  • CWDN

    Apple Pay is easy peasy & never cheesy on Payeezy

    Apigee is trying to help developers integrate Apple Pay into their retail and gaming applications. The company (Apigee) itself is actually an API management and predictive analytics platform specialist -- and Apple Pay (in case you hadn't noticed) is Apple's "mobile digital wallet" for iPhone 6 and Apple W...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    City of London to use market forces to bulldoze broadband blockages while Vodafone parks tanks on BT's lawn

    The Corporation of the City of London has just voted to publicise and build on their surveys of local broadband supply and demand  with a two stage project. The first stage is to identify the range of solutions that are available and to map demand for fibre broadband, building by building, in the Squa...

  • Open Source Insider

    UK Ministry of Defence opens up to FOSS, a bit

    The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is opening up, technologically speaking. Earlier this year Computer Weekly reported news of the MoD's £2m in sponsorship for a competition to find innovative ways of automating cyber defences. Continuing this 'openness to community contributions' policy, Her Majesty's Gov...

  • StorageBuzz

    Cloud storage future shown by current limitations. Chapter 96: Ctera

    I've written recently that despite relatively low enterprise take-up of cloud storage - due to concerns over bandwidth, availability, security, compliance, data portability etc - vendors big and not so big are making moves into cloud storage; usually hybrid cloud storage, and always limited by the current ...

  • ITWorks

    FDM's military personnel take to the streets for Poppy Appeal

    As a Royal British Legion Poppy Collector myself, I was pleased to hear that FDM Group had its own uniformed personnel supporting London Poppy Day this year.In its efforts to close the IT skills gap the company offers a training programme for ex-military personnel, which was first launched in the US and ca...