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  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Gadget Show Live 2014: 3D printing

    Ever since last year, the 3D printing sensation has been steadily growing, with Gartner predicting that 3D printer sales will double by 2015. This year 3D printing is still a prominent trend, except now the printers are smaller and cheaper, making them more easily accessible to businesses or even home user...

  • Open Source Insider

    Why Heartbleed did not harm open source

    Unless you live in a cave, Victorian style external toilet or Bear Grylls style treehouse in the Outer Hebrides it is safe to say you will have read about the Heartbleed bug. The Heartbleed bug is an OpenSSL cryptographic library flaw that allows attackers to steal sensitive information from remote servers...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Surviving the post Heartbleed Cyber Security Skills Crunch

    IT users and suppliers, particularly those in financial services and its suppliers are about to be hit by an IT Skills shortfall akin to that during the run up to Y2K: for similar reasons. A surge in demand for skills in short supply is hitting an industry which has not recruited sufficient trainees for ov...

  • Open Source Insider

    Open source carrots, broccoli, celery, kale & coffee pods

    Reading over the Easter holidays (as one does) a good book like When Computing Got Personal: A history of the desktop computer [Kindle Edition] by Matt Nicholson, one is reminded that the birth of open source as a wider movement goes back further than the last 25 years of Linux. Nicholson helps to remind u...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    The Electronic Pearl Harbour gets a step closer

    As I expected we keep finding more and more security vulnerabilities in devices that shouldn't have them: essential control systems that govern the safety of critical infrastructure. The latest batch have been found by my IOActive colleagues in satellite communication (SATCOM) systems. IOActive analyzed an...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Security: From Theoretical Business Enabler to Essential Overhead

    Dropped through my door last week was the flyer advertising Infosecurity Europe 2014. The theme is "Security as a business enabler - are you fit for 2014?" It is an unfortunate choice of words, reflecting a profession that is hopelessly out of touch with reality. There is nothing remotely new about this id...

  • WITsend

    It's crucial we inspire women to consider a career in the industry

    This is a guest blog by Katrina Roberts, Vice President - Global Network and International Consumer Technologies Europe, American Express, from Brighton, winner of 'Leader of the Year in a corporate organisation category - sponsored by BP. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are a celebration of the c...

  • Public Sector IT

    Profit lures London councils into IT sales venture

    Two London councils have embarked on a scheme to sell IT services for profit after concluding their cost-saving backoffice merger could grab them a big slice of the £144bn local government market.Giving their project the code-name Romulus, after the rapacious founder of the ancient City of Rome, the London...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Internet of Things - Architectures of Jelly

    In today's world of acronyms and jargon, there are increasing references to the Internet of things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M) or a 'steel collar' workforce. It doesn't really matter what you call it, as long as you recognise it's going to be BIG. That is certainly the way the hype is looking - billion...

  • CWDN

    Jevons Paradox: why better technology leads to 'even more' technology

    Better technology innovation and more intuitive software application development should lead to more efficiency and therefore less technology being needed, right? Wrong. Comments made by Ovum's principal analyst for software Roy Illsley at his firm's recent industry congress meeting point to the Jevons Par...

  • Computer Weekly Data Bank

    IT & Telecom Spend - Distributive Trades Companies

    In the distributive trades sector, post & courier firms devote the largest proportion of their turnover to expenditure on IT & telecom.  At some 3% this is half as much again as the next tier consisting of water transport, land transport and transportation support organisations.Source: IT &...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Can BT claim a rates reduction for an "unbundled" exchange that has no other users?

    Further to my blog calling for readers to input to the Treasury Consultation on Business Rates, I have been asked "what is meant by unbundled?". The example sent to me is Shurdington which geography buffs will realise should be in the heart of one of the UKs high tech business areas - the "commuter belt" f...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Treasury Consultation on Business Rates: speak now or shut up

    The Treasury Consultation on the Administration of Business Rates gives a long overdue opportunity for those who believe that innovative broadband suppliers are unfairly treated. I have blogged regularly on the way in which the business rates system penalises the competitors to BT and how this has come abo...

  • CWDN

    Fusion-io's SQL Server-snuggle

    Second only to the programming spin that focuses on DevOps is the emergence of what we might call the rise of the true 'data developer'. The data (or database) developer is focused on tools that can reduce transaction latencies inside modern data warehouse environments, very often now employing in-memory c...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Steria and Sopra merge to get on more supplier lists

    Interesting story last week that two of France's IT service providers have come together in a "friendly" merger that will cut costs and probably more importantly make them more attractive to potential customers and get them on more multi-sourced IT lists. The merger will create a group with €3.1bn sales, 3...

  • Downtime

    Google helps taxman indirectly

    Watch out...the HMRC is using big data analytics to catch corporate tax avoiders. The taxman is taking advantage of open source Hadoop technology to scour tax returns for compliance. So it is rather poetic that the taxman is using Hadoop, an open source implementation of Google's proprietary MapReduce func...

  • Downtime

    Heartbleed perpetrators to receive babysitting sentences

    The perpetrators of the Heartbleed bug hack on UK parenting website Mumsnet are to be punished in the most appropriate manner if they are ever apprehended.Mumsnet members will receive a calendar of the next 10 years and will be asked to fill in days they need a babysitter. A clever matching engine will int...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Managing a PC estate

    Although there is much talk of a move towards virtual desktops, served as images from a centralised point, for many organisations, the idea does not appeal.  Whatever the reason (and there may be many as a previous blog here points out), staying with PCs leaves the IT department with a headache - not ...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Could Facebook/bank destroy the retail banking giants?

    I have written a few articles recently about how large internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter could be the biggest threat to retail banks for many of their services.Facebook is moving into financial services. Read this article I wrote.  In the meantime banks are struggling with a lack of...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Has Heartbleed done more than Snowden to dent consumer confidence in the online world?

    If Mumsnet, which takes the privacy of its users very seriously, has been compromised by heartbleed, who is safe? Until I read that Mumsnet had been affected, I was planning to say that incidence shows the strength, as well as weakness, of the open source software that runs the Internet. If the Wikipaedia ...

  • Downtime

    Vein technology to pay for your coffee

    We haven't even managed to get mobile payments up and running successfully and the furthest we've really got with fingerprint technology is being able to unlock our expensive iPhone 5s, but an adventurous student at Lund University in Sweden has decided to leap ahead of the trends by demonstrating how it i...

  • CWDN

    The geek is dead: a new superhero power-class emerges

    IT automation company Chef has played its annual PR joker trump card this week and suggested that a new 'power-class' of developers is emerging. NOTE: The firm produces a model for automating IT infrastructure and applications that drive what it calls 'self-reliance' across development and operations teams...

  • Computer Weekly Data Bank

    System Software Spend - Top Spending Industry Sectors

    Public administration organisations are the top spenders on system software with a commitment approaching £600m.  Next in line are telecommunication companies with an expenditure of over £400m.  Close behind are retailers with an outlay of £370m.Source: IT & Telecom Spend - 80 Industry Sector...

  • WITsend

    Male or female we're all here to get the job done

    This is a guest blog by Sheree Atcheson founder of Women Who Code UK (Belfast and London). Many of you will know me as Sheree Atcheson, a 23 year old software engineer who works at Kainos, or as Sheree Atcheson who founded Women Who Code UK (or more likely, Sheree Atcheson, who posts too many photos o...

  • Open Source Insider

    Opening Box to open source

    Online file sharing and cloud content management company Box is showcasing its now quite well populated open source repository. As a company Box has always come across as 'open enough' to third party projects, partnerships and promotions --- but now an appreciation for open programming steps forward in mor...

  • Networks Generation

    Benchmarking Integration...

    Just finished some testing at test equipment partner Spirent's offices in glamorous Crawley with client Voipex - some fab results on VoIP optimization so watch this space for the forthcoming report - and it made me think just how different testing is now.In the old days of Ethernet switch testing and the l...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Gadget show live 2014: SunnyCam video recording eyewear

    The wearable technology trend that is sweeping the world has so far mainly been about health monitors and fitness bands to track your activities.  But the SunnyCam is more towards the Google Glass end of the spectrum, and features a pair of cool sunnies with an embedded camera between the lenses to re...

  • Data Matters

    Is data science a science?

    Imperial College, London has officially launched its Data Science Institute, announced last year. And the government has announced £42 funding for the Alan Turing Institute, location to be decided. Data Science is, then, officially in vogue. Not just the pet name for data analytics at Silicon Valley compan...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Does Heartbleed show it is time to 'corporatise' open source?

    The exposure of the Heartbleed bug that causes a major security vulnerability in many websites has handed a gift to the anti-open source lobby.One of the most popular claims boasted by the open source community is that its code is inherently more secure because anyone can read it, and anyone can spot flaws...

  • CWDN

    TIBCO: data integration is more than just plumbing

    Never shy of a long product name, TIBCO this week is hanging out the bunting and flags to celebrate the arrival of TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks 6.0 -- a "technology-neutral platform" for data. Although there is BPM here (Business Process Management)... in fairness, ActiveMatrix is more than just BPM......