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  • Intel - the end of speeds and feeds?

    Every year, Intel holds its tech fest for developers in San Francisco - Intel Developers' Form, or IDF.  For as long as I can remember, one of the main highlights has been the announcement of the latest 'tick' or 'tock' of its processor evolution, along with a riveting demonstration of how fast the processor is with a speed dial showing the megahertz of the processor (yawn).

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  • Matching the Internet of Things to the pace of the business

    I must be a fan of smart connected things - sitting here with 2 wrist wearable devices in a house equipped with thirteen wireless thermostats and an environmental (temp, humidity, co2) monitoring system. However, even with all this data collection, an Internet of Things (IoT) poster-child application that works out the lifestyles of those in the household and adapts the heating to suit would be a total WOMBAT (waste of money, brains and time).

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  • IT service continuity costs - not for the faint hearted?

    IT service continuity - an overly ambitious quest that is pretty laughable for any but those with pockets deeper than those in the high-rolling financial industries?  Is it possible for an organisation to aim for an IT system that is always available, without it costing more than the organisation's revenues?

    I believe that we are getting closer - but maybe we're not quite there yet.

    To understand what total IT service continuity needs, it is necessary to understand the dependencies involved.

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  • The growing role of cloud in unified communications

    As communications systems evolved from the analogue, 'plain old telephone system' (POTS) into the digital world we were promised 'pretty awesome new stuff' (PANS), and part of that was 'unified communications' (UC).

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  • The rise of digital natives and their enthusiasm for cloud services

    Two years ago Quocirca published a research report, The Adoption of Cloud-based Services, which looked at the attitude Europe organisations had to the use of public cloud platforms (sponsored by CA Inc.) The research showed two extremes, among the UK respondents, 17% could not get enough cloud; we dubbed them enthusiasts, whilst another 23% were proactive avoiders. In late 2014

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  • The rise of digital natives and their enthusiasm for cloud services

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    Two years ago Quocirca published a research report, The Adoption of Cloud-based Services, which looked at the attitude Europe organisations had to the use of public cloud platforms (sponsored by CA Inc). The research showed two extremes, among

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  • The new Sage - does it know its onions?

    The herb Sage has a Latin name of Salvia Officinalis - Salvia coming from the Latin for 'well' or 'unharmed'. 

    Sage, the UK-based company famous for its accounting software, seems to have been living up to its name.  Even with a raft of new on-line competitors, Sage's revenues have been relatively steady, as have profits (barring 2013, where a swathe of non-core assets were disposed of, including Interact - Sage's bad incursion into full customer relationship management (CRM) software of ACT! and SalesLogix).

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  • Confidence in data security part 2 - Weak links - the info supply chain

    A previous blog post, Room for improvement, showed that organisations which invest in user education, advanced technologies and the ability to co-ordinate both security policy and incident response, improved their confidence in data security. All well and good, but what does this do for an organisation other than help prove it is able to meet various regulatory requirements?

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  • Do simple single function consumer wearable devices have a future or are they just a passing fad?

    The current market driver for wearables appears to be fitness applications and there are plenty of fitness devices already on the market with new entrants popping up all the time.

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  • Securing the Internet of Things - time for another look at Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)?

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad area that is attracting much discussion. Wikipedia starts its IoT definition as follows: 'the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to enable objects to exchange data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices....' Such capabilities are nothing new. However, three things are happening that drive the current discussion:
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