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  • CW Developer Network

    Fast data isn't really fast data, it's just data

    Fast data isn't really fast, it's just data that we decide we want to engage with faster than some other bits of data, What fast data really is... is real-time (or near real-time data) that requires instant awareness, faster decision-making and immediate action. That hasn't stopped the industry attempting ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Watch the DCMS Select Committee creeping dissection of the BT copper bound monopoly

    The evidence sessions for the DCMS Select Committee Enquiry into World Class Broadband Connectivity make for excellent reading. As yet their evidence session at Russell's Water is only available on video but is well worth watching. Malcolm Corbett very politely began the session by avoiding a condemnation ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Why are so many organisations bringing outsourced IT back in-house?

    To outsource or to not outsource? That, for many IT leaders, has been something of a religious question for a long time. You're either a follower or you're not. But we are no nearer to answering the question of whether outsourcing works. In recent months, Computer Weekly has talked to numerous large organi...

  • CW Developer Network

    Cirba sets cloud decision control for the heart of the sun

    If software runs the world, then shouldn't software-defined infrastructure control solutions form the mantle and liquid magma at the core of the planet? This is perhaps the gambit that Cirba is going for with its workload routing and management support for hybrid cloud environments offerings. Cirba's team ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Connected to the mobile world, but not to the room?

    Mobile devices provide a mix of connectivity and compute power on the move for most employees, and with the huge upsurge in adoption of tablets and smartphones this personal power can be used anywhere and remotely from other colleagues. However, it is still important in most working environments to get tog...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Investigatory Powers versus Fighting Fraud Together and the Skills for Both

    There is much to be digested in the report of the Joint Committee of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bills  but it is noteworthy that its publication coincides with the Home Secretary's launch of a new anti-fraud task force and the publication of two joint DCMS/BIS reports on Review of Publicly Funded ...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    EU-US Privacy Shield: A viable alternative to Safe Harbour?

    In a joint guest post, Rafi Azim-Khan, the European head of data privacy, and Steven Farmer, Counsel, for Pillsbury Law set out the reasons why cloud firms and users must tread carefully around Safe Harbour's replacement The European Commission and the US Department of Commerce have reached an accord ...

  • Downtime

    Graduate from plastic to software

    In the Mike Nichols 1967 classic The Graduate, Mr Maguire tells Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin, "There is a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?So nearly half a century on, what is the future: plastic? PVC? Nylon? Lycra? Not according to analyst Forrester. "Software is to business ...

  • StorageBuzz

    Druva bets on the demise of the (big) datacentre

    Druva has added disaster recovery capability to its existing Phoenix product. But its what they don't plan to do with Phoenix that's perhaps more interesting. Phoenix allows globally deduplicated backup with the cloud as a target, from physical and virtual machine environments in ROBO-size deployments as w...

  • ITWorks

    Improving customer focus with intelligent systems

    In this contriibuted article, Mindtree's Suman Nambiar, europe head of travel and hospitality industry group, and Ranjith Kutty, senior director and head of solutions and new business / travel, transportation and hospitality vertical in North America, discuss how the future of technology will change the tr...

  • WITsend

    The danger of trying to have it all

    In this contributed blog post, Stephanie Trunzo, CDO and COO at PointSource, gives advice to those in and outside of the IT industry trying to achieve work-life balance.Born from good intentions as the title of a 1982 book for women looking to balance a career and family, the phrase "having it all" has mad...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The biggest digital skills gap is between education in professional disciplines and training in current practitioner techiques. How do we ensure digital apprenticeships are fit for purpose?

    The House Of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Enquiry into Digital Skills has so far focused on education, whether in schools or colleges or for the digitally excluded. It has yet to address the gulf between the skills (often technology or vendor specific) specified by employers when recruit...

  • CW Developer Network

    Jive aims to 'program' best practice into business

    Jive Software is aiming to ''program in' best practice into business -- the firm has released new packaged solutions for key industries and groups. New products include: Jive for Healthcare Collaboration, Jive for Employee Engagement and Jive for Customer Engagement. The software itself is driven by Jive W...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Privacy Shield is no solution for data protection - EU should put personal data in the hands of its citizens

    Many US and European businesses no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when the European Commission announced it had agreed a basis for replacing the defunct Safe Harbour data protection agreement with the US government. Now we have a Privacy Shield in place to ensure that European citizens' personal data is s...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Blue Coat, from surf control to riding the security wave

    The IT security sector is good for producing start-ups that soon disappear, seemingly without trace. Of course, this is not a bad thing. Whilst it is true some wither on the venture capital vine, many others get acquired as the good idea they came up with (or imitated) gets recognised as a necessity and th...

  • CW Developer Network

    What to expect from the Samsung Developer Conference 2016

    Software runs the world, of course... so much so that smartphone manufacturers now host software development conferences. The Samsung Developer Conference 2016 (SDC 2016) will be held from April 27 to April 28 at San Francisco's Moscone West Center The firm is going to host its event centered around the th...

  • Downtime

    Ninety nine million year old spider with nine legs discovered

    Scientists thought for a moment that they had made the momentous discovery of a spider with nine legs, but were disappointed to find the said arachnid actually had a hard-on.Not just a hard-on, but one that has lasted almost 100 million years. The spider, Halitherses Grimaldii, which is related to the Dadd...

  • The Full Spectrum

    How DNS information can help cut millions from your infrastructure costs

    A guest post by Chris Griffiths, director of new products and business development at Nominet.One of the hardest things about infrastructure planning in our web-enabled world is estimating capacity needs, especially from a network perspective. Having a piece of content go viral can mean the difference betw...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The rapid morphing of the 'datacentre'

    On-premise. Co-location. Public cloud.  These terms are being bandied about as if they are 'either/or', whereas the reality is that many organisations will end up with a mix of at least two of them. This is why it is becoming important to plan for a hybrid datacentre - one where your organisation has ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft Office Extensibility: did legal technology just get interesting?

    The world of law and the legal trade, for most people, is generally either a) incredibly fascinating b) deathly boring or c) a system you don't want to think about while you are serving an extended prison sentence. For those of who think of law as crusty, dull and altogether drab... the technology trade is...

  • CW Developer Network

    One louder: the DevOps toolchain stack

    Poor old DevOps, the 'Dev plus Ops' portmanteau has been subject to more hype than most burgeoning technologies. Just when you had gotten used to the notion of software application development and IT operations coming together... the industry starts to spin the nomenclature and naming conventions in this s...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Who is winning the Broadband war? BT, Sky, Virgin or the Altnets

    BT claims to have achieved a 71% share of new broadband customers  in the most recent quarter. But Thinkbroadband reports the number as 177,000 of which only 130,000 were new to BT. The difference appears to include many of the 120,000 upgrades. Meanwhile the number of BT's new TV customers is 97,000 ...

  • WITsend

    It's time to make Imposter Syndrome a thing of the past for women in technology

    In this guest post, Denise Hudson Lawson, enterprise learning architect for online learning provider Pluralsight explains why women should build a network to leave imposter syndrome behind. I recently had the privilege of speaking at a GeekGirl Meetup, an event aimed at women working in technology as well ...

  • WITsend

    FDM everywoman in Technology Awards finalists announced

    The finalists for this year's Everywoman in Technology Awards have been announced prior to the awards ceremony in February 2016. After filtering hundreds of applications, judges from IBM, EMC, Microsoft, American Express, Salesforce and Fujitsu, amongst others, have selected 34 women to appe...

  • Downtime

    A drone in the claw is worth two in the bush

    The Dutch police has launched an initiative to target drones. We've some people use air rifles to shoot down drones. Now here's a totally natural alternative: a proper bird of prey who will happily grab any quadropter out of the sky... You know what they say about blokes with transmitters that have extra ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Is Government willing to pay for a surveillance regime that is fit for purpose? The question to which the Science and Technology Select Committee report leads.

    Do read the full report of the Science and Technology Select Committee "Investigatory Powers Bill: technology issues" released this morning, not just the press cover or even just the summary. It is barely 30 pages (plus appendices) long. Then think about the tension between the desire of Government to cons...

  • Open Source Insider

    Open source contribution is not just code

    Contributing to open source technology is all about code contributions and code commits -- right? Actually, no... it kind of goes further than that. Feed back feedback A subject that we have covered on Computer Weekly's Open Source Insider blog before, this week opensource.com itself digs through the other...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    More CISOs looking to recruit cyber-security trainers than leaders, analysts, engineers or pen testers

    I have often said our IT skills crises is not of skills, but of employers who train and have been looking at why that is. Evidence is emerging that the shortage of trainers is a prime cause. The headlines from the Harvey Nash/PGI 2016 Cybersecurity are not unexpected: "Half of all boards lack real understa...

  • Open Source Insider

    Walmart's bricks & mortar to digital business journey

    Walmart has released its OneOps cloud management platform for continuous app lifecycle management - and, in line with this news, Couchbase has announced support for @WalmartLab's release of OneOps to the open source community through Github. Walmart uses Couchbase Server in a cloud environment to power a d...

  • Data Matters

    Mike Ferguson on a decade of Hadoop

    This is a guest blogpost by analyst Mike Ferguson on the 10th anniversary of Hadoop's becoming a separate Apache subproject. In the 10 years since Hadoop became an Apache project the momentum behind it as a key component platform in big data analytics has been nothing short of enormous. In that time we hav...