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  • Nok Nok adds a risk engine for FIDO driven authentication

    In February 2014, Quocirca reviewed the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) standard for authenticating consumers to web service providers (I am not a dog, FIDO a new standard for user authentication). In 2014, the FIDO Alliance had attracted over 100 supporters; the site now lists around 250.

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  • DRM 2.0

    There nothing new about the need for digital rights management (DRM). However, what DRM tools are expected to achieve has changed over the last decade or so. DRM aims to limit what can be done with copy-righted and sensitive material through asserting access controls.

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  • Observations from Hitachi Strategy Session day.

    Hitachi-EH5000-e1342006114266Hitachi recently invited around 40 analysts and influencers to an event in Las Vegas to hear what i

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  • A ‘Smart’ Product is not a ‘Smart’ Solution

    The term ‘smart’ suggests that a product helps the user solve an everyday problem. However, solutions to problems mostly require a number of different man-machine systems to interact. they must register, analyse, take action and monitor outcomes. Data from health monitors data needs to feed into a professional decision system such as the family doctor, the hospital specialist or an AI system. This ensures that examination, diagnosis and treatment regime  result in the beneficial outcome. That requires a lot more than just a ‘smart’ product.

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  • IBM – something old, something new, something borrowed, still Big Blue?

    IBMIBM recently held its customer event, Edge, is Las Vegas. Although totally new announcements were a little thin on the ground, there were various items that are newsworthy.

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  • Where are the SD WAN companies outside North America?

    Historically, the global tier-1 telecom infrastructure market has been dominated by vendors evenly spread out across the Northern Hemisphere for example Cisco, HP and Dell in the US, Nokia Networks and Ericsson in Europe and Huawei in the Far East.

    However, below that level much technology innovation has come out of the US in recent years. This has supported the development of a strong tier-2 line-up, that Europe and the Far East have been hard pressed to match.

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  • Dismantling data centre and WAN silos

    Two data processing trends are joining hands and moving towards wider availability for SMEs: hyperconverged data centre infrastructures and software defined WAN (SD-WAN) connectivity. What was just a year ago a daunting deployment and management challenge has now been packaged and centralised. This allows for much easier adoption into SMEs with cloud application and enterprises with branch environments.

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  • Unified Communications and Collaboration – still missing a vital ingredient?

    Communications technologies are definitely improving markedly and offer many new and exciting ways for people to connect and share. Rarely a day goes by without a new announcement of some innovation or improvement, often wrapped up in marketing terms about ‘improving collaboration’.

    But successful and effective collaboration requires much more than just technology. Mainly it requires more emphasis on people, especially the user experience, and the processes that intelligently connect them to the rest of their team.

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  • Not set in concrete – tailoring IoT to the business

    Tailored services and personalised advertising is great isn’t it? People and organisations are no longer bombarded by things they are not interested in or can not respond to, only those things that are relevant.

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