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  • Open Source Insider

    CloudStack Collaboration Conference & ApacheCon 2014: in pictures

    The CloudStack Collaboration Conference & ApacheCon 2014 event was held in Budapest this month. This isn't a trade-show masquerading as a conference: the CloudStack community says it focuses on making great software and this conference was designed reflect that ethos. NOTE: In retrospect, having seen the ...

  • Downtime

    Go away, Black Friday, nobody likes you!

    It's fair to say Downtime is a fan of the fine American tradition of Thanksgiving. It's not so much the sentiment behind it (why hello mass genocide of native cultures), more the excuse to binge on massive amounts of food. It's sort of like a pre-Christmas warm-up.I myself will be spending Saturday evening...

  • Identity, Privacy and Trust

    Identity assurance and the sharing economy

    The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has released Debbie Wosskow's independent review on the potential of the sharing economy,"Unlocking the sharing economy: an independent review".I haven't had an opportunity to read the document in full yet, but there are recommendations in there for GOV....

  • Data Matters

    What do businesses really look for in open data?

    This is a guest blog by Harvey Lewis, Deloitte   "The value of an idea lies in the using of it." Thomas A. Edison, American Inventor.   In 2015, the UK's primary open data portal, www.data.gov.uk, will be six years old. The portal hosts approximately 20,000 official data sets from central governm...

  • Data Matters

    Data quality everywhere

    This is a guest blog by Jean Michel Franco, Talend Data quality follows the same principles as other well-defined, quality-related processes. It is all about creating an improvement cycle to define and detect, measure, analyse, improve and control. This should be an ongoing effort - not just a one-off. Thi...

  • Public Sector IT

    BT answers drone death complaint with pettifoggery

    You would think British Telecom might have been terribly grateful when legal charity Reprieve pointed out that the US military was using one of its network systems to assassinate suspected insurgents in the Middle East, without trial and using drone strikes that had been going tragically wide of their targ...

  • Downtime

    Aha! Partridge was right. Norwich is cool.

    A bus company has chosen is putting Norwich on the IT map through a trial to send bus users adverts from local retailers.FirstGroup has put low energy Bluetooth beacons on buses in Norwich which sends hot news of discounts and offers as they travel through the city.The app will learn and tailor what future...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The pan-European rush to create a new generation of communications monopolies and put up prices

    Further to my recent blog on why the possible BT - O2 or EE merger is born of weakness or strength, one of my readers has drawn my attention to Benoit Felten's recent analysis of the pan-european attempts to shut out competition from new network operators and create a new generation of monopolies to protec...

  • ITWorks

    No classroom required?

    Everything changes - no more so than in the world of technology. As tablets and mobile devices outsell laptops and desktops the opportunities for education abound. Students and teachers have access to a bewildering array of devices and software applications are rapidly moving from a device based model to ...

  • ITWorks

    Can adopting a corporate philanthropy culture help in the attraction and retention of staff?

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE This is a guest blog by Patrick Feast, director - training & development at IT recruiter Harris Global. According to recent figures from KPMG, the technology sector is expanding faster than any other UK industry.  Not surprisingly, then, the latest r...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Is BYOD changing the developer stereotype?

    At the recent Motorola Enterprise Appforum 2014, now owned by Zebra technologies, the usual sea of middle-aged men in suits was interspersed with many younger faces. It's no secret that when someone says "software developer" people, sometimes incorrectly, picture a particular type of person, much the same ...

  • Downtime

    Metro bank goes to extremes in customer satisfaction battle

    Downtime believes Metro Bank has crossed a line in the battle to improve customer satisfaction.Banks are throwing online apps customers as well as introducing iPad wielding staff into branches to make life easier for customers. But Metro Bank has taken this to a new level by offering a customer accommodati...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Is a telecoms merger (BT and O2 or EE) born of weakness good for UK plc?

    The news that BT is in talks with both O2 and EE in order to re-enter the mobile market should come as no great surprise but is it good? BT spun-off what was then Cellnet and mortgaged its exchanges when it was faced with £30 billion of debt after local loop unbundling destroyed the business case for its p...

  • Downtime

    A new breed of banking IT failure

    Online money transfers and banking apps are on the rise, leading to so many branch closures that even bank robbers have given up visiting branches these days. It's a good job they have as well, as an unsuspecting customer was locked in the Uxbridge branch of Metro Bank this week after the door technology f...

  • Open Source Insider

    Berners-Lee: new HTML5 'open web' milestones

    The Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog noted on January 1 2013 that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) made note that a stable specification of the HTML5 web markup language has been laid down for web application developers to now focus on. You can rely on HTML5 The W3C (praise be upon them) has now...

  • WITsend

    Encouraging entrepreneurial spirit

    This is a guest blog by Joanne Smith, CEO of The Consulting Consortium, and finalist in the NatWest everywoman awards in the 'Iris' category sponsored by IBM - for a female technology entrepreneur that provides real solutions in the world today and ultimately is instrumental in building a smarter planet. ...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Expert guide to multi-sourcing IT in government

    Last week this blog featured a guest post about Service Integration and Management (SIAM). A colleague also wrote a story about the challenges facing HMRC when it splits up its Aspire contract with Futjitsu.Aspire is one of the biggest IT outsourcing deals ever signed by the UK government, costin...

  • Open Source Insider

    An open source Christmas with Kano

    It's November 24th, so it's now officially Christmas right? What better time then to be thinking about open source Christmas gifts -- or, if you happen to prefer more politically correct (PC) terminology: Now is the "holiday season also incorporating Kwanzaa" for the PC-aware. So this season, what every op...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Where is the Cabinet Office Identity Programme going?

    Over the past few weeks I have received a flow of e-mails regarding the status of the Cabinet Office IDAP programme.  Is it making steady progress towards creating a market framework for inter-operable identity systems? Or is it muddying the waters by trying to coerce users into new and unproven syste...

  • 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...