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
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...
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...
5 Steps To Implementing A Mobile Data Security Policy
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 ports and ensuring staff weren’t sending...
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 trendsetter, but I do relate to her advice as I think it applies to a lot in life. Lead, don’t follow. Do what’s right for you. Individualise what’s popular. I especially like this rule when thinking about business today. The big...
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...
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...
When Email, Dropbox, YouSendit Are Not Enough
Businesses always encourage employees to use their initiative. If something appears difficult or impossible at first, there’s usually a way around it. It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge. This concept has already hatched the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) phenomenon,...
Data Centres: Boutique Or Big Boys?
Tesco or the local grocers and butcher’s shop? Starbucks or the family run café? Weatherspoons or…. well, you get the idea. We all have to make daily decisions as to whether to go for the convenience (and possible value for money) offered by large chains, or to support local businesses. Historically things haven’t been great for the latter, although recent controversy about how much multinationals pay in tax, together with a government drive to support new business has seen a resurgence...
Early 4G Land Grab Is Set To Take Place In The Corporate Market
With the UK’s 4G auction a distant memory, it is clear the early 4G land grab is set to take place in the corporate market; and the emphasis on quality of service, network availability and corporate specific data mining will become a critical component in service differentiation. The UK is now tasked with making 4G a success and first mover advantage will be essential. The Telco that can swiftly gain insight into both network performance and customer behaviour can achieve rapid...
How Intellectual Property Promotes Systematic Innovation And ‘Eureka Moments’
From patents to trademarks, copyrights and design registration, intellectual property (IP) protection can provide very tangible benefits for business. For start-ups and SMEs in particular, properly identifying, protecting and strategically positioning a company’s IP can help to provide an edge...
The IT Department Holds The Key To Unlocking Millions Of Pounds Of Training Vouchers
Training vouchers hold the key to better use of IT products, better return on investment and a reduction in IT support requests – so why aren’t they being used? When chatting to an associate at Microsoft recently, I was astounded to...
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
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
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
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 th
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
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
Businesses always encourage employees to use their initiative. If something appears difficult or impossible at first, there’s usually a way around it. It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge. This
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 cl
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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