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BMJ CTO: ‘Consumerisation of IT brings massive risks’

Sharon Cooper, CTO of BMJ

As we approach Cloud World Forum in London this June BCN had the opportunity to catch up with one of the conference speakers, Sharon Cooper, chief technology officer of BMJ to discuss her views on the risks brought about by the consumerisation of IT.

Phil Carnelley, research director at IDC on cloud, big data, Internet of Things

Philip Carnelley shares his views on the big disrupters in IT

As we approach Cloud World Forum in London this June BCN had the opportunity to catch up with one of the conference speakers, Philip Carnelley, software research director at IDC Europe to discuss his views on the most disruptive trends in IT today.

Bring Your Own Encryption: The case for standards

BYOE is the new black

Being free to choose the most suitable encryption for your business seems like a good idea. But it will only work in a context of recognised standards across encryption systems and providers’ security platforms. Since the start of the 21st century, security has emerged from scare-story status to become one of IT users’ biggest issues – as survey after survey confirms. Along the way a number of uncomfortable lessons are still being learned.

Mark Evans, head of IT at RLB on BYOD, hybrid cloud, and standards

Mark Evans

As we approach Cloud World Forum in London this June BCN had the opportunity to catch up with one of the conference speakers, Mark Evans, head of IT at global property and construction practice Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) to discuss supporting BYOD, the need for standards in the cloud sector and the impact of working with large data models on the technology choices the firm has to make.

Cloud democratises retail investor services

Cloud has the potential to democratize investment services

Cloud services are opening up possibilities for the retail investor to create individual customised funds in a way that was previously the preserve of the super-wealthy. Coupled with UK regulation such as the Retail Distribution Review, the effect has been to make new business models possible, according to Michael Newell, chief executive at InvestYourWay.

The cloud beyond x86: How old architectures are making a comeback

x86 i undeniably the king of datacentre compute architecture, but there's good reason to believe old architectures are making a comeback

When you ask IT pros to think of cloud the first thing that often comes to mind is web-delivered, meter-billed virtualised compute (and increasingly storage and networking) environments which, today, tends to imply an x86-centric stack built to serve up mostly any workload. But anyone watching this space closely will see x86 isn’t the only kid on the block, with SPARC, ARM and Power all vying for a large chunk of the scale-out market, as enterprises seek to squeeze more power out of their cloud hardware. What will the cloud stack of tomorrow look like?

Can the cloud save Hollywood?

The film and TV industry is warming to cloud

You don’t have to watch the latest ‘Avengers’ film to get the sense the storage and computational requirements of film and television production are continuing their steady increase. But Guillaume Aubichon, chief technology officer of post-production and visual effects firm DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) says production and post-production outfits may find use in the latest and greatest in open source cloud technologies to help plug the growing gap between technical needs and capabilities – and unlock new possibilities for the medium in the process.

NXP: ‘Industry needs to ensure IoT is simple and secure’

Internet of Things devices need to be simple and secure if customers are to adopt

The entire telecoms industry needs to focus on ensuring the IoT delivers real value to consumers, and the security and user simplicity of connected devices should be of paramount importance, said Jeff Fonseca, the regional sales director, Americas at chip vendor NXP in an interview with Telecoms.com.

Every little helps: How Tesco is bringing the online food retail experience back in-store

Tesco is in the midst of overhauling its connectivity and IT services

Food retailers in the UK have for years spent millions of pounds on going digital and cultivating a web presence, which includes the digitisation of product catalogues and all of the other necessary tools on the backend to support online shopping, customer service and food delivery. But Tomas Kadlec, group infrastructure IT director at Tesco tells BCN more emphasis is now being place on bringing the online experience back into physical stores, which is forcing the company to completely rethink how it structures and handles data.

G-Cloud director Tony Singleton: ‘G-Cloud saves £23k in admin alone’

Tony Singleton spoke to attendees at the Cloud Expo conference in London this week

G-Cloud has the potential to offer savings of up to 50 per cent on a like for like procurement and around £23,000 in admin costs alone, said Government Digital Services director and head of the G-Cloud programme Tony Singleton.

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