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June 4, 2018  10:29 AM

Xero highlights the role of the modern software ecosystem

Dale Vile Profile: Dale Vile

I recently caught up with Gary Turner, co-founder and managing of director of Xero. I was interested in meeting him as Xero has a reputation as the company that broke all the rules of small-business...

April 30, 2018  10:46 AM

Windows, modularity, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Bryan Betts Bryan Betts Profile: Bryan Betts

For some time, my office PC had suffered from multimedia niggles. Some were relatively minor, such as Facebook and Twitter videos failing to play, but others were more problematic. For example, some work-related videos on YouTube would play, but others would not. The straw that broke the...


April 20, 2018  9:28 AM

Growth mindset lets Microsoft love Linux

Richard Edwards Richard Edwards Profile: Richard Edwards

Timed to coincide with the RSA security conference, Microsoft has announced Azure Sphere, a new solution for creating highly-secured, Internet-connected microcontroller devices. But there's a bit more to it than that. Enabled by the company's newly found 'growth mindset', Microsoft engineers can...


February 7, 2018  10:18 AM

Routes to AI goodness

Dale Vile Profile: Dale Vile

It’s all too easy to conflate the kind of AI being hyped in the industry at the moment with the science fiction notion of machine sentience. We are still a long way from the latter, though, whether you see it as WALL-E or the Terminator. What’s mostly on offer today from IT vendors and...


February 5, 2018  9:57 AM

Time to dump the all-flash scepticism

Bryan Betts Bryan Betts Profile: Bryan Betts

When we surveyed several hundred IT professionals on the topic of All-Flash Arrays, one thing that came out was just how broad was the chasm in thinking between those whose organisations already owned and used AFAs, and those who did not. Most current AFA users were positive about the...


February 2, 2018  12:40 PM

Microsoft’s challenge for 2018: mindshare & market relevance

Richard Edwards Richard Edwards Profile: Richard Edwards

Microsoft's revenues are up, but compared to its biggest competitors -- Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook -- its mindshare and perceived market relevance are down. Satya Nadella's Microsoft is still going through the process (and pain) of reinvention, morphing from the PC-based Windows &...


February 1, 2018  10:16 AM

Privacy lessons from the fitness fiasco

Bryan Betts Bryan Betts Profile: Bryan Betts

Most of us already recognise that technology has the potential to wipe out our privacy, if checks and balances are not in place – or at least I hope we do! What’s scary then in the recent hoo-hah about fitness trackers revealing secret locations is that it shows how bad we are – both as users...


January 29, 2018  12:45 PM

Information management is going mainstream – at last!

Tony Lock Profile: Tony Lock

Some assumptions have been held by IT pros for so long that they have almost become articles of faith. One of these is the idea that content management, particularly for files, semi-structured and unstructured content, is so...


January 29, 2018  12:19 PM

GDPR’s latest gift? Class action privacy cases

Bryan Betts Bryan Betts Profile: Bryan Betts

Europeans will in future be able to bring US-style class actions for (alleged) privacy violations, instead of having to sue individually and expensively. It’s thanks to a little-known clause of the EU’s GDPR, which comes into force in May. Rich and arrogant organisations have long relied on...


January 22, 2018  1:51 PM

How will Apple spend its cash in 2018?

Richard Edwards Richard Edwards Profile: Richard Edwards

Apple probably has more cash than it knows what to do with right now, and this “problem” looks set to intensify if the company decides to repatriate the $250 billion it's holding in overseas accounts.

Imagination and vision

Not knowing how to spend your money sounds like a nice...


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