Recently, the spotlight was on a man who has achieved perhaps the single greatest talent development, performance management and succession planning transformation in UK corporate history. For
Passpoint Promise Land
Samsung launched the new Galaxy S4 with great fanfare, but the greatest thing about that device is buried rather deep in the user's guide. It is the world's first smartphone to ship with Passpoint enabled! Passpoint is the Wi-Fi Alliance's designation for devices and network equipment that support the Hotspot 2.0 standard. There is almost no amount of hype that goes far enough when talking about the impact that Hotspot 2.0 will have on the wireless world. Seriously. Hotspot 2.0 has been...
Enterprise Social Media, And Why We Just Don’t Get It
Enterprise social media is currently one of the most hyped technologies in business, which has led to a wide range of companies and organisations jumping on the bandwagon but also to a lot of denial of the disruption it brings...
Pay If A Disaster Happens, Not Before
Although flooding, fire and acts of terrorism are the disasters that grab the headlines when businesses are affected, recent stories of high-profile cyber-attacks have again highlighted the need for a disaster recovery plan. But why should your business pay a...
Can The Government Conquer The Growing ‘Digital Divide’?
According to a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) there is severe danger of a ‘digital divide’ being created as more and more public services move online. There have been calls for the Government to take immediate action...
Winning The Impossible Game: A 26-Year Masterclass In Performance Management
Recently, the spotlight was on a man who has achieved perhaps the single greatest talent development, performance management and succession planning transformation in UK corporate history. For those of us who believe that managing talent drives company performance and valuations,...
SMEs: Security In The Cloud
Cloud security remains a key concern for SMEs. This is understandable, as security breaches can have major negative repercussions for a business, including potential litigation and damage to reputation. For most SMEs however, the risks need not outweigh the benefits of cloud services. It’s also important to remember that while most SMEs are not specialists in data security, cloud vendors need to be: they have a vested interest in maintaining the security of customer data. Nevertheless, cloud customers remain ultimately responsible...
Managed File Transfer And Its Advantages Over Consumer ‘Alternatives’
The growing popularity of consumer file-sharing software is clear. In March this year, a Strategy Analytics survey concluded that iCloud and Dropbox were the most widely used cloud platforms in the US. Worryingly, Dropbox also boasts approximately 2 million enterprise customers, with 95% of the Fortune 500 featuring on this list. In spite of this mass adoption, the security history for both of these solutions is not without blemishes and Dropbox in particular has had various issues in recent years. For instance,...
Does Working From Home Always Weaken Office Communication?
Remote working has always been a sticky subject among businesses as there are always questions raised over whether it can have a detrimental effect on colleague communication. Common themes often relate to feeling isolated, self-discipline, managing to separate your work...
Voice In The Cloud
As time goes on we are, without question, witnessing acceleration in the adoption of services being purchased as mainstream alternatives to on-premise, on a global scale. Whatever buyers are looking for, from CRM to business backup, a cloud option is...
Are You A Renewals Trendsetter?
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn were talking about trends on one of my favorite shows, Project Runway. They agreed that there is a rule among high-brow fashionistas: set the trends, don’t wear them. Now I am by no means a fashion...
What Can ‘Where’s Wally’ Teach Us About Data Visualisation?
Are you making a ‘Where’s Wally’ puzzle of your data analysis? At first, this might not seem like an obvious question to ask, but think about it. The challenge and enjoyment offered by Martin Handford’s puzzles stem from scanning intricate images, being visually tripped up by puns and tricks, whilst painstakingly searching for ‘Wally’. Looking for data in a spreadsheet, a vast set of rows and numbers, is a lot like searching for ‘Wally’. What are the lessons we can...
Customer Engagement Must Be At The Heart Of Smart Metering
At the recent Westminster Energy Environment & Transport Forum on smart metering, one comment really struck a chord with me: “The UK Government is approaching smart metering as a consumer engagement tool, most other countries are approaching it as an energy network management tool”. This one critical difference in the UK’s approach to smart metering could see the region become the benchmark for other successful deployments across the globe. There’s very little doubt that the UK’s Smart Meter Implementation Programme is a...
5 Top Tips To Spot A Trustworthy SEO Company
The Internet has forever changed the way people do business, and to deny its importance could mean a company going out of business. However, diving head first into this vast high-speed ocean of information can prove disastrous without the proper...
Data Centres: To Reduce Operational Expenditure, Bring Buying Decisions Back To IT
Anyone involved in the Data Centre business from design to operations continues to face significant challenges. The impact on the physical infrastructure of virtualisation and cloud computing has escalated the importance of specifying the most effective and cost efficient equipment...
There are many systems which exist to help businesses save money and resources. These Enterprise resource planning systems are designed to suit any size business and determine that all programs ar
Carriers are excited by the prospect of Hotspot 2.0 (HS2.0) not least because it takes many of today’s manual Wi-Fi tasks, like authentication, and automates them; it lets users roam without hassl
As technology evolves, more and more gadgets and gizmos are introduced to the marketplace, which makes it difficult to decide which ones are worth acquiring, and which ones are better left on reta
While I’ve touched on the subject of World of Warcraft phishers (and the Trojans they attempt to spread) a handful of times in the past several months, it’s worth mentioning the ongoing problems p
This top ten list of 2011 shows that software failures are costing companies and consumers large amounts of money. What is worse is that people are losing jobs and in some cases their liberty beca
Remote working has always been a sticky subject among businesses as there are always questions raised over whether it can have a detrimental effect on colleague communication. Common themes often
The safe and efficient exchanging of corporate files, is not a new problem. Not so long ago employees used USB keys to exchange information and the challenges for the IT department was locking USB
Businesses today increasingly see technologies like big data as being disruptive in the sense that they force organisations to look at new routes to market and new business models. Rather than hav
Social Engineering: Talent Within A Business Is Biggest Problem
Nothing is infallible – but when it comes to cyber security, it is people, not computers, that are often the weakest link. There are plenty of horror stories circulating the internet about identity thefts, nations waging cyber warfare against each other, malicious coercion at the hands of fake authority figures and even Nigerian funds waiting … Continued
Is The Industry Driven By Compliance, Or Security?
Many organisations fall into the dangerous trap of unmanaged file sharing. The situation often arises when a project group starts to collaborate and version control, via email exchanges, starts to become an issue due to the complexity of the edits and number of people involved. Project groups eager to get on with the business at … Continued
Bringing Your Own Device To School: How To Stay Top Of The Class
With Government cuts to technology funding for schools over the past few years making it increasingly difficult to raise the standards of IT teaching, many schools in the UK are looking into the possible benefits of introducing bring your own device (BYOD) policies. With the greater push nowadays towards one-to-one access, schools need even bigger … Continued
The Changing Face Of E-Commerce: Seeing Is Believing
For all of the advances in e-commerce technology, the majority of businesses selling products and services online are still providing much the same experience to their customers as they were five or ten years ago. The average web store is still cumbersome and unintuitive, bombarding consumers with too much information which is often disjointed and … Continued
Ruby On Rails Is Ready For Your Business, But Are You Ready?
Heard of the Ruby on Rails framework? If not, or it rings only a faint bell, read on as Rails is ready for your business, if you are ready to reap its benefits. The Ruby programming language was created almost 20 years ago by Japanese developer Yukihiro Matsumoto in response to the need for a … Continued
The Importance Of Employees Being Earnest
British businesses have faced relentless challenges over the last few years. There has been a constant stream of depressing news about financial problems both locally and globally. In the last month alone, several large British companies have suffered serious issues, with high street giants announcing job cuts and HMV facing administration. According to research from … Continued
What The Boston Bombings Taught Us About Technology
Following the recent tragedy in Boston, the response widely came to be seen as a test of new technologies and ways of working in action, in particular with Reddit’s attempt to use crowdsourcing to find the perpetrators. While very high-profile, this was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of how mobile technology was … Continued
The Challenge Of Managing Professionals On The Move
According to Intel, there will be more than 15 billion devices connected to the internet by 2015 – many of which will be mobile devices as sales of laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Interestingly, British Airways reports that nine out of 10 flights carry more mobile devices than passengers. Mobile computing is literally taking off! … Continued
Is The All-Flash Hype Bubble Set To Burst?
Like many other parts of the IT industry, the storage industry has had its fair share of disruptive technologies over the years. The latest is flash and all-flash arrays. There are all kinds of claims being made for all-flash arrays. Maybe you’ve heard some of them. Like the one that they can run your OLTP … Continued
Hotspot 2.0: Wi-Fi Will Never Be The Same Again
Carriers are excited by the prospect of Hotspot 2.0 (HS2.0) not least because it takes many of today’s manual Wi-Fi tasks, like authentication, and automates them; it lets users roam without hassle and network operators to focus on more important things than simple administration. It achieves this through a truly revolutionary overhaul of the Wi-Fi … Continued