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Why you should join the FinTech revolution

The popular perception of the average tech industry worker varies from the fresh faced, hoodie wearer, pitching an outlandish app or social media idea, to bearded men perpetually hunched at their computers. While both caricatures do exist, the...

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Our wireless world: predicted by Isaac Asimov in 1964

We take for granted the technology that enables us to remain connected and communicate with the rest of the world on the go. This was not the world in which Isaac Asimov lived in 1964 when he made a set of predictions. The renowned science...

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The rise of UDP-based DDoS attacks

The DDoS war is ramping up with the use of network time protocol (NTP) amplification to paralyse, not just individual organisation’s networks, but potentially large proportions of general internet traffic. The largest ever DDoS attack to...

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Understanding the hidden costs of Windows XP retirement

Official support of Windows XP ends in April 2014 and despite being over a decade old, it remains the dominant OS in most firms today, and by a significant margin. In fact, according to a straw poll of our own customers, Windows XP still runs on...

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Is compliance 'clouding' your judgment?

Cloud computing is growing, both as an external business tool and as a way to better manage IT in the enterprise. According to the Cloud Industry Forum, over 75 per cent of UK businesses will use at least one cloud service by the end of 2013 as...

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Software vulnerabilities: Bugs v Flaws lessons from June

When it comes to software defects, we generally categorise vulnerabilities to be as the result of a bug or a flaw. A bug is generally caused by a failure in implementation, so the design could be perfectly fine, but some aspect of the...

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What would it take to switch off the Internet?

In the majority of developed countries, Internet access is seen as “the fourth utility.” Similar to having a water and electricity supply, Internet access is now considered part of key infrastructure, supporting things as varied as...

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Using Data to Drive Strategy - Tapping into the Business Value of MDM

The way businesses view their data is changing all the time. Today, they increasingly see it as an asset which they can use to help meet business goals rather than a difficult-to-manage resource. Yet, while the majority of organisations...

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Simplify IT management; eliminate shadow IT

Public cloud computing has empowered business units in ways never imagined just a few years ago. With Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other service providers offering fast, agile and easily accessible resources, increasing numbers of end users are...

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The eternal IT stalemate: how network automation can improve collaboration

In theory, IT professionals should be the most adaptable workforce in any organisation. I can’t think of any other department in your average business that deals with as much constant change as IT - working practices and the tools that go...

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Going for gold? A common philosophy for technology deployments in the new era of communications

Around the world, the rapid and widespread adoption of smart devices and applications is raising expectations of communications at home, at work and at play. This means that at a national level infrastructure investments need to cater to a...

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R&D tax relief myth buster - top five misconceptions shared by software developers dispelled

Many software development companies are missing out on hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax reliefs they are entitled to each year. This is because they have never heard about it or mistakenly believe they are not eligible to receive it.Time...

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Future power shortages are cause to prepare, not panic

OFGEM has announced that spare electricity production capacity in the UK could fall to two percent by 2015, increasing the risk of blackouts. The regulator said more investment in power generation was needed to protect consumers - at a time when...

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Let IT Govern Itself

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination” is a famous quote from Leo Cherne. And indeed, it has made sense to delegate all...

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What does the future hold for defence IT?

The defence sector is one of the silent innovators around software, hardware and new processes. However, because of the importance of what each organisation does and the levels of secrecy that have to be maintained, this is not often heard...

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The End of the Mobile Device Workflow Problem

All of these mobile devices were supposed to make our jobs easier. On a flight? Edit your presentation from your tablet at 10,000 feet. Working from home? Review a time-sensitive document on your smartphone. This was the popular narrative...

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Migrating to a data centre - Part 3: Moving data to the cloud without a hitch

The cloud is something you can’t escape at the moment; everyone seems to be talking about it while more companies are now considering it as a viable alternative to running their own infrastructure. However the idea of migration to the...

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Enterprise App Stores: all the reasons why they are a good idea

The consumerisation of IT and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trends have been sweeping through organisations up and down the country, complicating the lives of many good IT managers. However, it is not just the devices themselves that create a big...

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Migrating to a data centre part 2: What to do with your old infrastructure?

We have looked at migrating to a data centre while keeping downtime to a minimum. Now we will consider what you do with the old hardware and infrastructure that you are left with after completing the migration. Dealing with your old...

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Flexible working for all: breaking down the corporate class system

We’ve all experienced the shackles of a “traditional” nine to five working culture - having to take annual leave to visit the GP because it’s not open out of hours, queuing around the block for the bank during lunch or...

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