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Introducing Tomorrow’s IT Professional: You

The vast range of devices and technologies in our lives means that we have huge numbers of networks and connections to manage, impacting on both working productivity and leisure time. To get the most from these devices requires us to embrace new tools and techniques. We need to become masters of automation and consolidation so that devices work for us, instead of the other way around. The Problem With Ubiquity Technology is more accessible than ever with incredible power concentrated into devices the size of your palm. These are networked to a range of other resources – including cloud-based services, e-commerce stores and other devices such as printers. The variety of these devices continues to grow: we’re already seeing wearable devices like ‘smart’ watches and ocular aids. T...

The Rise Of The Cloud Integrator

Three quarters of UK businesses are now officially ‘in the cloud’ in one form or another. The universal, horizontal cloud benefits of agility and utility are undeniable and compelling, but businesses still need to be able to translate these into enablement and competitive advantage. Getting the most from your cloud investment can be a challenge. The fact is, not all clouds are created equal, and depending on your drivers, required outcomes and preferences, some will be a far better fit than others. The current cloud market is fragmented and rapidly evolving, featuring niche startups, traditional infrastructure providers, telcos and a technicolour array of different propositions and services, making it hard to be (and stay) well informed. It’s sometimes difficult to know where to go and how...

Tablets: A Business Toy Or Business Tool?

Today’s business environment is continually changing, in part to keep up with numerous technological advancements and the shifting demands of the modern workforce. Some organisations have acted fast to implement a mobility business model in order to remain competitive and meet employee expectations, which are often strongly rooted in consumer experiences; but for those that have yet to invest in alternative mobility strategies and/or devices, a technological innovation gap between user experiences and business IT requirements has appeared. Organisations who do not respond to and work to bridge this innovation gap run the risk of being seen as an outdated company unable to keep up with technological advancements, ultimately labelled as an unattractive employer. The question is – what can be...

5 Trends That Will Shape The Future Of ERP

Businesses today are required to deal with technological advancements occurring at a pace never experienced before. What’s more, trends like the consumerisation of IT have lessened the CIO’s ability to regulate which technologies are used alongside the corporate network. As trends like BYOD continue to make an impact, it’s important that the IT department embraces new technologies for a number of reasons. Aside from missing out on any potential benefits, being too proscriptive regarding the technology employees can use risks the emergence of shadow IT; when IT solutions are built or adopted without explicit organisational approval. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in particular has a lot to gain from adopting an open approach to new innovations. Here are the five technology trends that I...

Managing The Millennial Tidal Wave Through Enterprise Communications

By 2025, millennials (Generation Y) will make up around 75% of the workforce. This new wave of people are not only tech savvy, but are accustomed to being connected anywhere, at any time. Unlike the generations before them, they: can’t recall life before the Internet, have always had a mobile phone, share their photos via Instagram and communicate with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter. In fact, according to a recent survey from Nielson, when asked what makes their generation unique, millennials ranked “Technology Use” first (24%). To leverage this emerging tech-savvy workforce, enterprises need to critically think through current technology resources and polices to bridge generational gaps and attract new talent. If accomplished, enterprises can leverage new strengths emanating ...

Business Of The Future: What Will The 2020 Workplace Look Like?

Cloud computing, digital and mobile technologies have started to transform businesses. Many of us now access documents from mobile devices, attend virtual meetings via teleconferencing and collaborate on tasks using social media. And all of this means we don’t have to spend so much time chained to our desks. In fact, a whitepaper by Citrix Systems found that 72% of UK employers are providing or expanding telework options. This focus on mobile and flexible working is happening across the board from sales people and tradesmen using tablets in the field to business owners bookkeeping on their smartphones on the way home. But, with technology constantly evolving, what will the workplace of the future look like for SMEs and how will this play out across different areas of the business? We’ve al...

Malware Threat Grows, But It’s Not ‘Gameover’ Yet

Hardly a month seems to go by without a malware attack hitting the headlines, or reports of Government agencies taking down another global cyber-criminal network. This month was no exception, as the disruption of the Gameover Zeus botnet and CryptoLocker ransomware scam became front page news. The attacks involving these malware agents, which investigators believe they have stalled temporarily, are estimated to have infected over 1 million computers worldwide. It’s easy to think that the news coverage of these high profile malware and bot attacks distorts the truth, but the statistics don’t lie. A 2014 Security Report found that on an average day, the average enterprise business experiences: A bot infection communicates with its command and control centre every 3 minutes. A known malware v...

What Companies Can Learn From The Biggest Software Failures In History

Computers make a larger impact on our lives than we ever expected. Software is used in virtually every sector and is often a crucial aspect of running a business. Here we take a look at some of the biggest software blunders in history and how you can avoid making similar mistakes. Apple Maps When the 2012 Apple iOS 6 update occurred, Apple decided to remove the Google Maps platform in favour of their own system. However, mapping was not only poor, but entire towns were literally placed in the wrong location or completely removed. The New York Times went on to cite Apple Maps as the “least usable piece of software ever created” and eventually the tech giants decided to revert back to the far superior Google Maps platform. The Apple Maps blunder simply emphasises the importance of being read...

Personalisation: You Know It’s Important, But Do You Know What It Means?

In a relentlessly competitive marketplace, knowing what your customers want and promoting your products in the right way, with the right context and at the right time has never been so important. Most of today’s marketers already recognise the importance of personalisation, but only 72 per cent know how to implement a personalisation strategy, according to eConsultancy’s Multichannel Retail Survey. So many businesses across retail are missing out on the benefits of truly personalised customer experiences – namely increased conversion, loyalty and revenue. This missed opportunity is primarily due to the misconception of what personalisation really is and how it can be applied in real terms. Let’s take a closer look at what true personalisation means in today’s marketing landscape. Personali...

Taking Control Of The Global, Mobile Future Of Business

The European telecommunications market is entering a period of huge adjustment, fuelled by the needs of businesses increasingly operating across global markets, and by the pressure asserted by upcoming EU legislative changes that are designed to reduce the cost of international data roaming for users. Although a really positive step for the mobile industry, this legislation won’t come into force until December 2015 – and if businesses are to make the most of unprecedented international opportunities they need change now. Until now, businesses who operate internationally – whether through extensive executive travel, overseas employees, suppliers or partners – have often felt the need to either switch off mobile data roaming and international calling to save money, or bear the burden of high...

Cloud: The 60-Year-Old Hot Topic That Gives Data Centres A New Perspective

For something that started in the 1950s, cloud computing might seem to be late to the buzzword party. In fact, that pervasive, omnipresent trend of today is technically more than 60 years old. In those days, time sharing allowed multiple terminals to share the physical access and CPU time on mainframes. But the vision for cloud was already there: in the 1950s, scientist Herb Grosch predicted that the world would operate on dumb terminals powered by about 15 large data centres. Commercialised in the 1960s, cloud computing evolved through the early VPNs of the 1990s, virtualisation and the dotcom bubble that fuelled Amazon’s rise to success, until the point in 2008 when Gartner remarked that cloud computing could “shape the relationship among consumers of IT services, those who use IT servic...

Business Networks In The Cloud: Facebook Versus MySpace?

In this, the third in a series of articles on what businesses can learn from Facebook, I consider the impact of the network effect. The first article, a new information sharing model, considered how the principles of Facebook information sharing can be applied to business and the second turned attention on collecting and analysing data. When you sign up for Facebook today, the site already has dozens, maybe hundreds of friendship recommendations waiting for you. All you need to do is hit ‘accept.’ As odd, perhaps even a little creepy as that may feel, it is testament to the vibrancy of that community. It’s proof that the famous network effect has reached critical mass. It’s easy to forget though that it hasn’t always been that way. Just a few short years ago, Facebook and MySpace were roug...