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January 8, 2016  10:39 AM

Will 2016 be the year we find out which ‘traditional’ IT suppliers survive the digital revolution?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CIO, cloud, digital, innovation, IT Strategy, Open source, research, Software

The combined revenue of the five biggest global corporate IT suppliers declined by more than $12bn over their past four financial quarters - at a time when the use of technology worldwide is booming.  

That $12bn isn't money that has disappeared from the market - it's simply being...

November 20, 2015  2:32 PM

Software is never perfect – and that includes the Post Office’s controversial Horizon system

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Horizon, Postmasters, Software, Software development

Software goes wrong. Every developer knows that. Even the most thoroughly tested piece of software can come up with an unexpected set of circumstances that cause it to behave in an...


September 11, 2015  1:37 PM

Buy vs build and the rise of open source are driving digital transformation

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Agile, commoditisation, Digital skills, Digital strategy, Linux, OpenSource, Software, Software development, Software licensing

One of the defining characteristics of digital transformation for most organisations is the realisation that software development is a core business activity. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, building your own software was something to be outsourced - often to low-cost offshore providers. "We're...


May 28, 2015  4:23 PM

The software legacy that haunts businesses

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Business Continuity, Nats, Postmasters, RBS, Risk management, Software, Software development

Imagine this: The new century is barely a year or two old. You're a programmer, working on one of the most critical software projects in the UK, to build the


February 7, 2014  1:42 PM

No matter what else you think, Microsoft’s new CEO is a safe hand for enterprise IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Bill Gates, cloud, Microsoft, Mobile, nokia, Satya Nadella, Software, Steve Ballmer, Windows 8

In the space of a few days, a chap called Satya Nadella has become the most written about individual in global IT.

Even though few people outside the circle of journalists...


June 21, 2013  11:58 AM

Smart CIOs understand the distinction between digital and IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CIO, cloud, digital, Mobile, Skills, Software, Software development, Strategy

Language has always been a barrier between business and IT. For years, technical jargon protected the IT department because their business colleagues assumed they needed these well-paid experts to understand all this complexity.

More recently, that jargon has been understandably used...


April 11, 2013  1:22 PM

UK gives Belgium €300m for cloud, and other indicators of change

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Android, Apple, cloud, Gartner, Google, government, IDC, Internet, Microsoft, Open source, PC, smartphone, Software, Tablet

Anyone who has read this blog over the past few months will have seen there are several recurring themes I've been banging on about lately. It's been interesting to see a few things happening recently that, to me, reinforce some of the points I've been discussing, so here's a bit of a random...


April 27, 2012  1:25 PM

Open means open – why transparency matters

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Microsoft, Open source, Software, Transparency

The Cabinet Office yesterday scrapped the output from a key part of its open standards consultation over an undeclared conflict of interest from a central participant.

The...


September 8, 2011  11:49 AM

Quietly, cautiously, carefully, government IT may just be getting it right

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
digital, Government IT, Open source, SME, Software, Strategy

Public sector IT remains - rightly - under great scrutiny in the UK. Right now, it faces a set of challenges unique to the political cycle, but they are challenges that warrant patience from the many critics of Whitehall IT policy.

Last year,


February 25, 2011  3:46 PM

Whitehall open source plan heralds a behaviour change for suppliers

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
government, Government IT, Microsoft, Open source, Procurement, Software, Strategy

Has anyone kept a count of the number of times the government has said it is going to move to open source software? It's been a favoured goal for many years...


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