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  • ITWorks

    Calling all UK tech firms and evangelists: Skills London 2014 needs you!

    This is a guest blog by Barrie Hadfield, CTO of Workshare and London First board member. The UK tech sector continues to enjoy its greatest year of growth yet, becoming known as the 'silver economy' by many investors. With this success comes endless career opportunities for highly skilled graduates and new...

  • Downtime

    Don't worry developers - some of you are normal people after all!

    For any software developers worried about their social status - fear no longer. Apparently, some of you are quite like normal human beings after all!In a not-at-all patronising piece of research sent to Downtime, hosting company 34SP.com found that in fact as many as 28% of developers actually spend their ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    A bad week for retailers, or a good week for digital retailing?

    It's not been a great week for retailers. Look at Tesco - terrible; online sales grew by a whole 11%. And ailing DIY chain Homebase too - digital revenue up by 12%. Of course, you might only have seen the headlines about Tesco's profit decline and accounting errors, or Homebase shutting a quarter of its st...

  • Public Sector IT

    Geo data geared for stage-2 privatization

    The UK's public mapping data has been put on the road to privatization after the Ordnance Survey opened talks to become a govco.The controversial plan contradicts official claims that the UK is committed to turning its most valuable public data sets into open data. Such data is already being sold for profi...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    One day wonders

    Last week Dr Hugh Thompson of Blue Coat and RSA fame was in London. I was fortunate to find a slot with him to meet up and exchange ideas. I like Hugh because he's not like the regular, dull vendors or CSOs that churn out the accepted security mantra. And he understands the importance of the human and poli...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Security and the Internet of Things

    Whether you like the term or not the so-called Internet of Things is generating a huge amount of interest, and a growing amount of security research, including great opportunities for forward-looking security practitioners. The label of course is simply a passing fashion. Just like EDI or Knowledge Managem...

  • Open Source Insider

    Free work style analysis test

    Don't be disappointed, Jive Software's new WorkType Finder is not a personality test says the firm's exec VP Elisa Steele. We increasingly analyse our lifestyle today (especially so given the rise of the so-called Internet of Things) to calculate where we can digitise, automate and bring technology innovat...

  • Quocirca Insights

    BMC - turnaround or more of the same?

    A little over a year ago, BMC was not looking good.  It had a portfolio of good, but tired technology and was failing to move with the times.  Internal problems at various levels in the company were leading to high levels of employee churn.  Things did not look good. Led by CEO Bob Beauchamp...

  • CWDN

    How to build a community application platform

    Social reality number #1: companies today need individual employees to be ambassadors of the firm's brand. Social reality number #2: the job title 'head of community' is now very real. Social reality number #3: the IT industry is selling software to build professionally branded and 'gamified' communities. ...

  • Public Sector IT

    UK needs "mature debate" on open data, says senior official

    The UK's open data programme looks like it has hit a wall after a senior official intervened to call time on its release of the nation's most valuable public data assets.As the campaign bugle call for prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne, open data was at the heart of their plans to d...

  • Downtime

    Last QUANGO in town

    Downtime remembers the days when any organisation with a solid coupling with the government could be simply labeled a QUANGO and they were more than happy with that. There were QUANGOs, QUANGOs for QUANGOs and QUANGOs for QUANGO QUANGOs. But now it appears to be a dirty word. QUANGOs no longer want to be ...

  • CWDN

    JiveWorld 14: notes from day zero summit

    Jive Software kicked off its JiveWorld 14 event this October with an informal 'day zero' style executive summit. Initial sessions focused on using communication and collaboration solutions like Jive to span the communications challenges arising between baby boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y & the so-called millennials...

  • CWDN

    JiveWorld 14: one language for baby boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y & millennials

    Jive Software kicked off its JiveWorld 14 event this October with an informal 'day zero' style executive summit hosted by the firm's sharply dressed man CEO Tony Zingale. Jive is a company that specialises in modern communication and collaboration solutions for business - it produces an enterprise platform...

  • Public Sector IT

    UK open data "failed opportunity" says founding academic

    The UK has sent the world's open data movement up a wrong turn, fear its greatest advocates, by easing restrictions on profits that can be earned from the sale of public data.Their fears were roused by a reboot of regulations that will make it easier for public bodies to sell data. This was contrary to the...

  • ITWorks

    Will compulsory coding in schools solve the UK's IT skills shortage?

    This is a guest blog by Emily Dauris, group marketing manager of G2 Legal Limited & Skillsearch LimitedIn September this year, Michael Gove launched his new scheme to making computer coding a mandatory part of the curriculum for primary school children in the UK. So beginning this term five y...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The churn of information security staff is even more dangerous than the shortfalls in quality and quantity

    You might like to scroll down and read the last paragraph of this blog entry first.   "The Consultant" was first published in 1978 during the run up to a previous "IT Skills Crisis". It was based on a cautionary industry case study. Think what has changed since. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Last ye...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Quocirca - security vendor to watch - Pwnie Express

    Branches are where the rubber still hits the road for many organisations; where retailers still do most of their selling, where much banking is still carried out and where health care is often dispensed. However, for IT managers, branches are outliers, where rogue activity is hard to curb; this means branc...

  • Open Source Insider

    Intel INDE tools make programming not suck

    Intel has released what it says is 'the first' suite of tools for the development of native applications across architectures, operating systems and integrated development environments (IDE.) The acronym Intel INDE stands for Integrated Native Developer Experience. This is essentially a productivity suite ...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Apple announces iPad Air 2

    Apple has announced the new iPad Air 2. We won't lie, we were expecting a more innovative name...Somehow as soon as an Apple event rolls around, everyone already knows what's going to happen. As predicted, just a month after the release of the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 operating system, Apple has announced it...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    How Ucas keeps downtime away with DRaaS

    Business Continuity is often perceived as a concept only followed by the biggest of big business, but the reality is that the need and corresponding services increasingly underpin everyday life. An invisible safetynet making sure important everyday events continue - no matter what is crucial for all vertic...

  • CWDN

    What to expect from JiveWorld #jw14 2014

    JiveWorld 2014 kicks off next week, so what should attendees (and watchers from afar) expect? As those hip to the groove with Jive's beat will know, the company is a collaborations and communications solutions specialist. • Jive itself is the eponymously named social collaboration software - this is not ju...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Shropshire broadband stalemate part two: the missing £11m and how to find it

    After learning last week that one of the more vocal rural broadband campaign groups - the Shropshire and Marches Rural Broadband Campaign, was pulling out of its partnership with Shropshire County Council - the Full Spectrum reached out to campaign spokesman Patrick Cosgrove.As you may remember, the group ...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Tesco hudl2 tablet

    If you wanted to buy a high-end tablet, for example and iPad Air or a swanky new Surface Pro 3 you're probably looking at a price tag of around £400 at the least. But sometimes, you just don't have that much money to spend, especially if the new tablet is to keep your kids away from your corporate device. ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    An alternative three-point plan for IT suppliers to government

    TechUK, the IT industry trade body, kindly invited me to chair a panel debate at their launch this week of a "three-point plan" to improve the relationship between IT suppliers and government buyers.At such a critical time for the progress of digital government, any initiative to position the IT industry b...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Through the VDU, and what Alice found there

    "I'm sure I'll take you with pleasure!" the Queen said. "Two pence a week, and video conferencing every other day."Alice couldn't help laughing, as she said, "I don't want you to hire me - and I don't care for video conferencing.""It's very good video conferencing," said the Queen."Well, I don't want any t...

  • CWDN

    Salesforce.com partner FirstRain gets personal with analytics

    Silicon Valley data specialist FirstRain is at Dreamforce 2014 to put what it calls personal business analytics power into the new predictive data offerings from Salesforce.com. Joining the Salesforce Analytics Cloud ecosystem now, FirstRain brings its branded to the central Salesforce Analytics Cloud to p...

  • Open Source Insider

    Platfora's big data iceberg and other stories

    Platfora has lots to say this week by golly. Platfora who? Okay yes, sorry, we haven't spoken about this firm much yet -- the company is a big data analytics specialist and its software works in tandem with the open-source software framework Apache Hadoop. The technology proposition here is the firm's abil...

  • StorageBuzz

    VMworld 2014. No limits! Err, yes there are!

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  • Downtime

    Harry Potter and the Badly-Researched Press Release

    (With apologies to JK Rowling)The sound of a public relations owl tapping on the window of Harry Potter's office caused him to look up, suddenly.This was odd. Since Harry had left the news desk at the Daily Prophet to take up a more hands off role as director of content on the Muggle Desk the hordes of wiz...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    What has happened to the Prime Minister's Digital Taskforce?

    In July, the government revealed the existence of the Prime Minister's Digital Taskforce - notable at that time mainly for the fact that Tech City chair and former Facebook Europe managing director Joanna Shields had become its first appointee,The taskforce, we were told, was headed by Cabinet Office minis...