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November 12, 2019  3:10 PM

Calling tech leaders: Should you stay or should you go?

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During Gartner’s recent Symposium event in Barcelona, CIOs heard the latest thinking from the analyst firm about where it sees the role of IT leader heading. Each year, CIOs head...

October 28, 2019  4:21 PM

Time to unplug PowerPoint

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Can a corporate piece of software change the culture of an organisation. It happened in 1983 when Mitch Kapor developed Lotus 1-2-3 for the IBM PC, the PC’s first killer application. Aldus Pagemaker revolutionised desktop publishing. Email on the global internet revolutionised global business...


October 14, 2019  2:56 PM

Software development spires and foundations

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CCS Insight has predicted that by 2023, psychometric testing of software developers will become commonplace. The analyst firm believes that ethical psychometric testing will appear more regularly as part of the interview process, particularly in areas where software developers are being hired...


October 2, 2019  12:37 PM

Programmes and projects in an age of data applications

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During the Future Decoded conference in London, Microsoft discussed a paradigm shift in application development. But it was not setting out its plans for a new software...


September 20, 2019  8:11 AM

To be strategic, IT companies must align with business strategy

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Last year, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced a strategic relationship with the Chinese cloud giant, Alibaba. The term “strategic” is often bounced around the IT industry and usually means the organisation in question has an IT strategy in which a major component is based on products and...


September 13, 2019  12:46 PM

There is nothing new in IT

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Once a new technology becomes mainstream the industry needs to find a new thing to sell its customers. It’s been this way since the time IBM provided big metal boxes with integrated software and called the system a mainframe. The


August 23, 2019  1:01 PM

Gigging for robots

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A few months ago Automation Anywhere began collaborating with freelance software developer recruitment platform, Toptal, on robotic process automation in the human workforce. The concept is called the “digital worker”. There appears to be a number of forces coming together. The so-called...


August 15, 2019  1:10 PM

IBM floats another cloud strategy

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Gartner's latest magic quadrant report on cloud infrastructure puts IBM in the bottom left quadrant, as a niche player, alongside Oracle and Alibaba. IBM is hoping the £34bn it has spent on buying Red Hat will...


July 29, 2019  8:19 AM

Use Windows 7 end of support to reboot desktop IT

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What does a modern desktop look like? For the last few decades since the desktop PC established its place in offices, the role of desktop IT has been to provide end-users with access to corporate approved software and enterprise data, file servers and printers. But the ease with which end users...


July 15, 2019  8:01 PM

Apollo 11: The human factor in autonomous systems

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“Once you put someone in orbit, it is a lot harder to fix it if something goes wrong,” says Paul Kostek, a senior Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)...


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