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  • Monetising free information? D&B Credit emphasises analytics and ease of use

    Freely available company information may seem a challenge to monetise. However companies like Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), Experian, Bureau van Dijk, Graydon, Equifax and Creditsafe have been doing it for many years. D&B still sees a bright future in delivering in-depth company information on 265 million companies worldwide – but now with a twist: Cloud delivery that directly interfaces with customers’ existing systems. It’s all about providing the right information and alerts seamlessly at the right time.

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  • The UK’s answer for Identity Governance and Admin

    Quocirca is always pleased to see innovation from the UK IT sector and, over the years, IT security has produced many successful companies, often eventually acquired by US giants. Quocirca’s March 2016 Computer Weekly buyer’s guide on external identity management focussed mainly on US vendors, which dominate the identity and access management (IAM) market. However, there was one UK company covered in the report, ProofID which remains independent and continues to innovate.

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  • Maritime network connectivity – all at sea?

    Over two thirds (around 70%) of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, mostly the oceans. So, when it comes to thinking about universal coverage for wide area networks (WAN), there are some challenges. Undersea cables make fine point to point connections, but do not provide maritime connectivity on the sea surface in between.

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    So it has to be wireless over the waves?

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  • Printing, IoT and Blockchain

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  • Why consumers need to care about the IoT

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  • When IT goes critical

    A new Quocirca research report, Masters of Machines III, sponsored by operational intelligence tools vendor Splunk, shows that European organisations are suffering an average of three critical IT events a month. When the cost to the IT department and the broader business are added together, on average each incident runs up costs of over €100K. Do the sums – that is tens of millions of Euros per year.

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  • Business Continuity and networking resilience

    Problematic events happen and organisations need to be able to cope when things go wrong. Business resilience has always required organisations to consider many diverse elements – premises, people, suppliers, equipment and tools. However, IT has become such an important component of almost every business process that it merits special attention. Where once the primary focus was data backup or keeping systems running in the event of component failure, attention has now shifted to networks.

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  • The shape of things to come – advanced networking security for the IoT

    There is all sort of potential for IoT-related (Internet of Things) applications to streamline business processes and provide new ways of interacting with customers. This was recognised by a cross section of industry sectors surveyed in a new Quocirca report that covered the UK and German speaking region (European Perceptions, Preparedness and Strategies for IoT Security, Oct 2016). 68% said the IoT was already having an impact or would do soon.

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  • Red Hat – the open source conglomerate

    As successful companies grow, they accumulate products; new ones are developed and additional ones are acquired. Managing diverse portfolios is a challenge, not least when it comes to putting it all together on a single presentation slide to make it appear there is an overall coherent product strategy.

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  • The Yahoo hack – a numbers game

    Have you got a Yahoo email account? Was it one of the 500 million accounts compromised by the breach disclosed by Yahoo in September 2016? Does it matter if it was?

    Those who use Yahoo to provide their principal email account should have been concerned by news of the leak. Many others, with an old Yahoo account that they do not use much, may not have been that bothered. Is such complacency justified? That depends, to gauge the risk you need to understand the cyber-crime opportunity represented by 500 million accounts.

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