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Podcast interview with Adriana Karaboutis, CIO, Dell on women in IT
June 20, 2012 04:33 AM PDT
In this interview Dell CIO, Adriana Karaboutis discusses the challenges of making IT a viable career for young women and the need for greater sponsorship and mentoring programmes.Podcast interview with Adriana Karaboutis, CIO, Dell on internships
June 20, 2012 04:09 AM PDT
In this interview Dell CIO, Adriana Karaboutis, explains how summer interns are helping her managers understand what young people really want from IT and social media.Podcast interview with Adriana Karaboutis, CIO, Dell on adapting IT to the business
June 20, 2012 03:05 AM PDT
Dell has a world-class supply chain system, but as the company has moved from products to a services and solutions organisation, the IT was not able to cope. In this interview Dell CIO, Adriana Karaboutis, explains how IT at Dell has adapted.Using Big data alongside OLTP and data warehouses for real time fleet management
March 15, 2012 05:36 AM PDT
US Xpress has implemented a single data analytics user interface that pools in information from multiple sources. The logists firm collects 900 data elements from tens of thousands of trucking systems— sensor data for tyre and petrol usage, engine operation, geospatial data for fleet tracking, as well as driver feedback from social media sites.
All of this data is stream both in real time and collected for historical analysis. Information fed to appropriate online transaction processing systems, Hadoop and data warehouses,
In this podcast, Tim Leonard, CTO and vice president at US Xpress, explains how the company processes and analyses Big Data to optimise fleet usage, reduce idle time and fuel consumption and save millions a year as a result.Interview: Oke Okaro, global head of mobile at Bloomberg
March 02, 2012 08:07 AM PST
In this podcast, Oke Okari, general manager and head of mobile at Bloomberg, speaks to Cliff Saran from Computer weekly about the challenges of mobile web and apps development. The Bloomberg news service runs on a diverse range of tablet and smartphone devices. All all its apps and mobile websites are developed in-house.Interview with Valdis Filks, research director at Gartner
February 21, 2012 08:40 AM PST
In this podcast, Valdis Filks, research director at Gartner speaks to Computer Weekly and sister title SearchStorage.techtarget.co.uk about how storage is changing as a result of the take-up of virtualisation, and the impact on IT budgets.Interview with Stephen Glen, WorkIT
February 20, 2012 07:12 AM PST
In this podcast, Stephen Glen, software architecture engineer at WorkIT, talks to Cliff Saran, about hosting, cloud computing and how the company is using services from BSO Network Solutions for its price comparison products.Aleks Krotoski on Facebook's influence
December 22, 2011 12:40 AM PST
In this podcast recorded at the Business Cloud Summit 2011, US-born academic, and presenter of BBC2's Virtual World, Aleks Krotoski discusses how sites like Facebook and Google build an empirical model of human beings, which influences how people and society interact with their services.BAe Systems: Office365 misfires
December 06, 2011 07:55 AM PST
Defence contractor BAe Systems ditched plans to adopt Microsoft Office365, the online version of the Microsoft Suite. Speaking at the Business Cloud Summit 2011, Charles Newhouse, head of strategy and design at BAe Systems said, "We were going to adopt Office365 and the lawyers said we could not do it."Paul Higgins, Emea data centre leader at GE at the Gartner Data Centre & Operations Summit 2011
November 29, 2011 03:05 AM PST
In this podcast recorded at the Gartner Data Centre & Operations Summit 2011, Paul Higgins, Emea data centre leader at GE talks about how the company's data centres have become so strategic, the CEO and shareholders take an interest in them.Mike Lynch, CEO of Autonomy on the next information revolution
November 10, 2011 01:32 AM PST
Mike Lynch, CEO of Autonomy says it is no longer feasible to move information into a database: "You need to translate information in real time." Speaking at a packed session titled "The biggest transition in the history of IT" at the Gartner ITxpo in Barcelona, Lynch, said, "Rich media will become commonplace. It is not only about text. Communication by video is just as important as communicating by text."Peter Ayliffe, CEO of Visa Europe on why IT matters
November 09, 2011 06:44 AM PST
In this interview from the Gartner ITxpo 2011 in Barcelona, Peter Ayliffe, president and CEO of Visa Europe, discusses why he trusts his CIO, Steve Chambers.Interview: Gerry Pennell, CIO Olympics
November 08, 2011 06:08 AM PST
At the Gartner ITxpo 2011 in Barcelona, Gerry Pennell, CIO of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games answers a question from Gartner's Dave Aron about the similarities between outsourcing and the IT team for the Olympics.Paul Maritz keynote: CEO of VMware pushes cloud computing era at VMworld Copenhagen
October 20, 2011 03:19 AM PDT
In his keynote presentation, Paul Maritz, chief executive office at VMware, said, “One of the ways to categorise computing is the type of application. In the cloud, we are seeing the emergence of a new type of applications, which cannot cannot be done on a traditional RDBMS.” Maritiz describes this new type of application architecture as a computing fabric, built on top of a virtual server environment.ArtCoviello2011
March 02, 2011 05:03 AM PST
Art Coviello, executive chairman at RSA, explains the reason for moving Tom Heiser into his former role of president and details what his new role will be within EMC and its RSA security division.Dell adds X Factor to jazz up corporate laptops
February 07, 2011 08:48 AM PST
In this podcast, Kirk Schell, executive director for Dell's business PC range, speaks to Cliff Saran from ComputerWeekly.com about the changing personality of the business PC and laptop.Why IT must understand Facebook
February 01, 2011 03:57 AM PST
More marketing is being done digitally. It is very hard to measure its output and success. "You need tools to take the data and bring it into one place, to satisfy marketing and finance departments," says Brian Franz, CIO, Diageo. In this podcast he speaks about how IT captured the data from 200 million Facebook interactions, which occured during the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange online event.Understanding supply demand forecasting
February 01, 2011 03:10 AM PST
"The barrier is having a process of who you talk to and what is the service level agrements between the sales organisation and supply organisation. It won't work unless you have the right tools," says Brian Franz, CIO, Diageo speaking at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2011.Running IT efficiently at Diageo
February 01, 2011 02:10 AM PST
In this podcast, Brian Franz, CIO at Diageo, explains how he achieves a variable cost structure for IT, using outsourcing and running global business processes.How IT helps Diageo make its customers happy
February 01, 2011 01:48 AM PST
In this podcast, from the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2011, Brian Franz, CIO at Diageo speaks about the company's global IT operating model and how it relates to Diageo customers. "We want to make them happy, repeat customers and feel good about our proiducts and brands relating to tehir lifestyle."Top tips on being a great CIO from Brian Franz, CIO Diageo
January 31, 2011 04:27 AM PST
Brian Franz, CIO at global drinks firm, Diageo, presents his top tips on how to become a successful CIO. Franz was speaking at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2011, in London.Eleanor Bradley, Nominet director of operations, on web site take downs
December 10, 2010 09:25 AM PST
Prompted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Nominet, the .uk domain registry, is planning changes to its terms and conditions that will allow it to take down websites without a court order.
Eleanor Bradley, Nominet director of operations, on web site take downs
December 01, 2010 05:58 AM PST
Nominet director of operations Eleanor Bradley, speaks to Computer Weekly senior reporter Ian Grant about a proposal from the Serious Organised Crime Agency to formalise the process that allows Nominet to take down allegedly criminal web sites without a court order.Next Generation HP ProLiant Servers with AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processors – A powerful platform for Virtualisation
November 30, 2010 04:42 AM PSTTransforming your data centre into a converged infrastructure
November 30, 2010 03:04 AM PSTVirtualized platform
November 30, 2010 03:03 AM PSTBrad Arkin
November 19, 2010 07:03 AM PST
Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford speaks to Brad Arkin, senior director of product security and privacy at Adobe about security in the next generation of Adobe software.
Arkin details the changes that have been made to products like Adobe Acrobat and Reader to make them more resilient to hacker attacks.Vint Cerf interview: Net in crisis
November 17, 2010 02:45 AM PST
The internet faces three major crises, which if not solved, will lead to the net stalling as a communications medium and an engine for economic growth, says internet founder and Google’s internet evangelist Vint Cerf.Why me must all Hack Work - a podcast with Bill Jensen and Josh Klein
November 15, 2010 07:40 AM PST
In this podcast, ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran chats to Bill Jensen and Josh Klein about "Hacking Work - breaking stupid rules for smart results." Bill and Josh discuss how the old ways of doing IT no longer match what staff in the knowledge economy need.Vint Cerf at 6UK
November 12, 2010 07:23 AM PST
Internet founder Vint Cerf chats to Computer Weekly's Ian Grant about threats to the internet, cyber warfare and other topical issues. (15.32m)Gartner Symposium: Michael Dell interview
November 10, 2010 06:17 AM PST
In this podcast recorded at the Gartner Symposium in Cannes, analysts from Gartner quiz Dell chief executive officer, Michael Dell, about the issues facing the PC industry, the challenge from Apple and why he thinks Android is the future.Gartner Symposium podcast: How Darko Hrelic, CIO manages the Gartner CIOs
November 10, 2010 04:26 AM PST
Darko Hrelic either has the best or worst CIO job in the world. On the one hand, he has the expertise of Gartner on tap, to help develop his IT strategy, but he's also dealing with people who often know a heck of a lot about running IT departments. In this interview ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran finds out how he copes with the IT experts.Macro Wikinomics: an interview with Don Tapscott
October 26, 2010 04:16 AM PDT
In this podcast Don Tapscott, co-author of Macro Wikinomics speaks to ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran about how business and governments must reinvent themselves to survive the recession. Tapscott believes the internet can power a new way of thinking and learning, supporting collective intelligence, citizen regulators and the ability for governments to provide new services, without requiring extra funding.William Heath Mydex Launch Speech at Socitm 2010
October 19, 2010 09:38 AM PDTMichael Chertoff
October 15, 2010 06:05 AM PDT
Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, explains how nation states could go about setting and agreeing international conventions on cybersecurity.ArtCoviello2010
October 13, 2010 12:29 AM PDT
RSA president Art Coviello explains how organisations could and should influence regulators to shape better, less onerous regulations.Steve Ballmer at the LSE 4-10-10
October 05, 2010 04:09 AM PDT
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discuses Microsoft’s position in the cloud marketplace relative to its competitors.Empowered: an interview with Josh Bernoff
October 04, 2010 03:53 AM PDT
In this podcast interview, Josh Bernoff, co-author of Empowered, speaks to ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran about how IT people must support workers who use Twitter, Facebook and other non-corporate sites to help them do their jobsSpeech by Bill Murphy, chief executive officer at BT Openreach at the Cumbrian broadband conference
September 20, 2010 04:14 AM PDT
BT is going all-out to win the chance to provide Cumbria with high speed broadband, the CEO of Openreach, its regulated infrastructure division, told the Cumbrian broadband conference at the weekend.
Here is Murphy’s speech in full. (17.48 minutes)Internet Explorer 9.0 - how Microsoft plans to make the websafe
September 16, 2010 02:03 AM PDT
In this podcast Mark Quirk, Microsoft Internet Exporer 9.0 product manager speaks to Cliff Saran about how Microsoft is increasing "trust" within IE 9.Internet Explorer 9.0 - Drivers for interoperability
September 16, 2010 01:58 AM PDT
In this podcast, Mark Quirk, Internet Explorer 9.0 product manager, speaks to ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran about how Microsoft is working towards browser interoperability.Internet Explorer 9.0 beta - makign browsing faster
September 16, 2010 01:48 AM PDT
In this interview Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 product manager, Mark Quirk speaks to ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran about how the new browser speeds up graphics rendering, by using DirectX and hardware acceleration on PC's graphics processors.National Programme for IT: what really has changed?
September 10, 2010 04:19 AM PDT
In this podcast, Christine Connelly, chief information officer for Health, responds to questions about what has actually changed, the future of Connecting for Health and value for money on the £5 billion spent so far.National Programme for IT: how the money will be spent
September 10, 2010 03:46 AM PDT
In this podcast, Christine Connelly, Chief Information Officer for Health explains how much freedom Trusts will have to buy what they want, in terms of IT, and the future of the Summary Care Records system.National Programme for IT: financial liability
September 10, 2010 03:10 AM PDT
Christine Connelly, Chief Information Officer for Health is quizzed on what the NHS will have to pay BT and CSC.National Programme for IT: what happens to IT suppliers?
September 10, 2010 02:34 AM PDT
Christine Connelly, Chief Information Officer for Health answers how the revised IT plan for the NHS will affect existing IT suppliers.Podcast: Department for health CIO, Christine Connelly on National Programme's demise
September 10, 2010 02:07 AM PDT
In this podcast Christine Connelly, Chief Information Officer for Health explains why the management and organisation of the NHS National Programme for IT is being revamped.Orange introduces hi def audio
September 01, 2010 06:49 AM PDT
Orange has launched what it claims is the biggest advance in voice calls in 20 years. The so-called HD voice, uses noise cancellation technology in an attempt to improve the clarity of a mobile phone conversation, by filtering out background noise.Google Priority Inbox now live
August 31, 2010 03:33 AM PDT
Google has developed an alternative inbox view, called Priority Inbox for Gmail, which separates important messages by using data such as which people users email the most and which messages they actually open and reply to.
The system “learns” users’ priorities over time by analysing how they respond to messages from particular senders. Computer Weekly's Cliff Saran speaks to Matt Glotzbach, product management director, Google Enterprise, about how it works.
August 25, 2010 08:08 AM PDT
On cloud computingStephen Leonard IBM interview 2
August 25, 2010 08:04 AM PDT
On acquisitionsStephen Leonard IBM interview 1
August 25, 2010 07:58 AM PDT
On IBM not being the biggest IT supplierHow Telepresence helps the AT&T William Formula One team to keep ahead on the track
June 28, 2010 03:49 AM PDT
For the past six years Chris Taylor has been IT manager for the AT&T Williams Formula One team.
The Formula One environment is extremely hectic, but telepresence, provided by AT&T, is becoming an increasingly important communications and collaboration tool for the team.
ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran speaks to Taylor about how telepresence allows the team to keep travel costs down, while keeping its UK engineers up-to-date with the race car's track performance and safety issues.Interview with Werner Vogels part III
June 21, 2010 02:44 AM PDT
Mobile app development is the focus of the final part of Cliff Saran’s interview with Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon. Vogels says that on iPhone and Android devices, the apps are pretty innovative, yet they are being produced at break-neck speed. Developers are not building services themselves. They consume external services. Small lightweight apps running on your devices connect to cloud-based services, pulling together location awareness and context-based information. This approach to use cloud-based web services will become the building blocks of future enterprise applications.Interview with Werner Vogels - Part II
June 21, 2010 02:39 AM PDT
This is the second part of Cliff Saran’s podcast interview with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels during his recent trip to London. Here Vogels discusses how cloud is a perfect storm, continuing the concept of service-based architectures, which started with service oriented architecture. Traditional software licensing is also changing thanks to the drive towards cloud computing.Interview with Werner Vogels part I
June 21, 2010 02:36 AM PDT
Cliff Saran met up with Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon to find out about where cloud computing is heading. In the first of a three part podcast interview, Cliff catches up with Vogels during his recent trip to London, to ask him where the cloud is heading, how companies are using cloud computing to reduce their carbon footprint and even moving low-end mainframe apps in to the cloud, saving millions in maintenance.Interview, John Shewchuk, Microsoft technical fellow
June 04, 2010 05:08 AM PDT
Microsoft sees cloud computing as a way of enabling businesses to tap into the resources of the software company’s infrastructure which offers scalability and high availability on a global basis.
But many organisations are still sceptical about the security of the cloud computing model.
In this podcast interview, John Shewchuk, technical fellow at Microsoft, speaks to Computer Weekly about how cloud can enable better security and regulatory compliance.Interview: Microsoft's John Scarrow
June 03, 2010 06:36 AM PDT
Microsoft is working hard to improve the reputation of its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser and is set to raise the security bar even higher in version 9 currently under development.
In this podcast interview, John Scarrow, general manager of Safety Services at Microsoft, speaks to Computer Weekly about the latest and coming security enhancements to IE and Windows Live Hotmail.Interview, Steve Lipner, Microsoft
June 02, 2010 06:50 AM PDT
Microsoft is among the emerging suppliers of cloud computing services that are seeking to win the confidence of enterprises.
In this podcast interview, Steve Lipner, senior director of security engineering strategy at Microsoft, speaks to Computer Weekly about what it is doing to allay business concerns.
Lipner describes how Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), Global Foundation Services, certifications and transparency combine to provide the necessary assurances.
He also lists the things that organisations looking to benefit from cloud computing should look at to ensure their data is adequately protected.Interview with Steve Lipner, senior director of security engineering strategy at Microsoft
June 02, 2010 06:03 AM PDTInterview: A better approach to IT business alignment?
June 01, 2010 08:41 AM PDT
In this podcast interview Alex Cullen, a research director at Forrester Research, speak to Computer Weekly’s Cliff Saran about how IT and the business can collaborate better if they both work on the basis of a Business Capability Map.
The theme of this year’s Forrester Forum (June 9-11, Lisbon) concerns making business technology real. Since IT is so intertwined with business, business and IT people need to consider both the business and technology implications of any business activity. It's a perennial problem, but Cullen believes there is a better way...Part 2 of interview with Frank Gillett, principal analyst at Forrester Research
May 17, 2010 02:45 AM PDT
This is the second part of the Computer Weekly interview with Frank Gillett, principal analyst at Forrester Research. In the last episode, Frank looked at the cloud infrastructure market. In this interview, Computer Weekly’s Cliff Saran talks to Franks about the development of the personal cloud, a concept which could make operating systems irrelevant.Interview with Frank Gillett, principal analyst an Forrester Research
May 17, 2010 02:33 AM PDT
In the first of a two-part podcast interview, Computer Weekly’s Cliff Saran talks to Frank Gillett, principal analyst at Forrester Research about his research on the cloud infrastructure market. Frank discusses the maturity of products like Google Application Engine, Microsoft Azure and Salesforce.com's Force.com platform. He also covers the distinction between hosted services, outsourced services and cloud-based services.Pacon
May 12, 2010 06:57 AM PDTVicon
May 07, 2010 06:37 AM PDTLoveBug
May 04, 2010 01:37 AM PDT
Paul Fletcher, member of the first team to intercept the LoveBug worm on 4 May 2000 describes how events unfolded on that day and why it landmark event.art coviello interview
March 04, 2010 09:10 AM PST
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) published a http://www.cloudsecurityalliance.org/topthreats.html report detailing the http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2010/03/02/240471/rsa-2010-cloud-security-alliance-lists-top-cloud-threats.htm top security risks of cloud computing at the start of RSA Conference 2010 in San Francisco.
January 29, 2010 04:20 AM PST
Computer Weekly went to Station X, Britain’s top secret World War 2 code breaking headquarters, to discover the story behind Colossus, the world’s first programmable electronic computer.
Senior reporter Ian Grant spoke to cryptographer Captain Jerry Roberts about the origins of Colossus.
Roberts worked in the Testery, the part of Station X devoted to cracking Tunny, the code used by Hitler and his top generals. His colleagues included Alan Turing and Bill Tutte, the man responsible for working out how the Germans encrypted their messages.
As Roberts makes clear, without Tutte, Post Office engineer Tommy Flowers could never have invented Colossus, the first digital programmable electronic computer, thus laying the foundation for all electronic computers.
And as Roberts makes equally clear, Tutte and Flowers have never received popular recognition of their roles as pioneers of the computer age.Interview: Don Tapscott beyond wikinomics
December 07, 2009 05:52 AM PST
Wikinomics became the number one management book of 2007. Don Tapscott’s latest book, Grown-up Digital”, is now available. In this podcast Cliff Saran speaks to him about the internet generation.
In Grown-up Digital, Tapscott argues that today’s youngsters have grown-up with the internet and are better suited to working in the digital age than previous generations. But business and governments are lagging behind. “We need to rebuild all our institutions. The corporation is broken. The financial system is broken. We need to change the basic modus operandi of government. Industrial age bureaucracies have been around a hundred years, and were a good idea because we had systems to prevent corruption. Now we have opportunities to move towards networked models, to create public value and change the nature of democracy.”Nick Leeson: Integrated IT could have prevented Barings Bank collapse
October 27, 2009 04:21 AM PDT
Integrated IT systems could have prevented the collapse of Barings Bank, says Nick Leeson, the trader who hid £826m in losses that led to the bank’s demise in 1995.
Computer Weekly’s Warwick Ashford asked Leeson at a media briefing during RSA Conference 2009 why most financial organisations still lack such systems.
Leeson describes the IT systems at Barings as “mishmash” as he answers this and other IT-related questions about how he was able to hide his losses for so long.RSA president Art Coviello, solving common security problems
October 21, 2009 04:10 AM PDTApollo 11 - Full Interview
July 17, 2009 11:08 AM PDT
Pat Norris was among the programmers who worked on the Apollo 11 mission that sent Neil Amstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon.Podcast: Microsoft claims increase in product security in Trustworthy Computing update
March 06, 2009 06:30 AM PST
Microsoft issues security updates for its products every month, despite the introduction of its Trustworthy Computing initiative to raise security standards in its software. These continual updates, coupled with several unscheduled, emergency updates have led some end users to believe Trustworthy Computing (TwC) is failing. ComputerWeekly’s Warwick Ashford asked Microsoft’s George Stathakopoulos, general manager for Trustworthy Computing security, for an update on a visit to the software company’s headquarters in Redmond.GSM Mobile World Congress: the mHealth for Development programme
February 16, 2009 04:18 PM PST
In this interview, Claire Thwaites, head of Vodafone Foundation and United Nations Foundation Partnership speaks to Cliff Saran about how mobile phones can be used to support mobile health programmes in developing nations. Mobile phones are being used in applications like SMS text alerts to enable patients to adhere to their prescriptions, education programmes to improve health awareness, data collection and training of health care workers.Exclusive podcast interview: Gary McKinnon's mum on why she believes her son should be tried in the UK
January 16, 2009 09:14 AM PST
Janis Sharp, mother of self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon, speaks frankly, movingly and exclusively to Computer Weekly’s Ian Grant about the struggle to stop his extradition to the US for committing what the Americans claim was the 'greatest military hack of all time'. She explains why she believes her son should be tried in the UK, what effect the events of the past seven years have had on the family, and how his case is attracting growing political support.How to change the business via the IT service desk
January 09, 2009 07:44 AM PST
The IT service desk is in a great position to identify problem areas relating to IT before other parts of the business are impacted. ASs such, it needs the internal clout to feed back its conclusions to the rest of the business. If this is done right then a change in IT support strategy can help business save costs, and help IT match more closely to what the business needs.BPM and SOA for business agility
January 08, 2009 08:23 AM PST
Translating business needs into software outcomes has long been an Achilles heel for the IT industry. Whether the approach has been to write bespoke applications or find a best-fit package, the result is normally an imperfect reflection of what was required. More seriously, the resulting systems are a static reflection of the needs of a particular moment in time. The weakness of this approach comes when a business needs to radically alter the way it operates, whether in response to changing market conditions or simply a desire to reinvent itself. When the systems that supposedly support the business can't be changed in a timely or cost-effective enough way to make that change happen, the business finds itself set in electronic concrete.How to use Web 2.0 at work
December 18, 2008 04:25 AM PST
Web 2.0 may have emerged from a slow-gathering wave of hype, but it describes a range of business models, ideas, methodologies and computing platforms that represent a sea change in the business world - partly driven by the ways consumers like to communicate and consume.
The Web 2.0 economy is no longer about where information or service originates (i.e. who it belongs to) but how easily it can be consumed, personalised and shared by a target community, outside of the strictures of format, date, ownership and hierarchy. Every stream of information means defining a community, and then satisfying its demands with supplementary information and the opportunity for conversation. Social bookmarking services such as Delicious, Digg it, Reddit, Stumbleupon and MyStrands either aggregate feeds or allow users to leave a trail of recommendations for others to follow, use, annotate and expand.What CIOs need to know now about generation Y and emerging technologies
November 26, 2008 03:58 AM PST
Kelly Dempski, technology research director at Accenture's European technology lab in France tells Warwick Ashford what CIOs need to know about Generation Y - the 'Millennials', web 2.0, social networking, and emerging technologies.Inside the mind of the cybercriminal: Ian Amit shares insights from his research
November 21, 2008 08:26 AM PST
Security researcher Ian Amit was given a keen insight into the working of the cybercriminal world when he found a way into a database of stolen access credentials. Amit, who is the director of security research at Aladdin Knowledge Systems has since drawn up a report on his research. Computer Weekly’s Warwick Ashford spoke to him on his recent visit to London and asked him to highlight some of the findings in the report.Free MS software for start-ups
November 19, 2008 06:44 AM PST
Microsoft is giving away free development tools and server software to start-ups less than three years old. Cliff Saran find out more about the initiative, called BizSpark, from Dan'l Lewin, corporate vice president responsible for strategic and emerging business development at MicrosoftGet Safe Online: MP Alun Michael on how government and business can fight e-crime
November 18, 2008 07:54 AM PST
Computer Weekly’s Warwick Ashford asked MP and EURIM e-Crime Group Alun Michael how Get Safe Online fits in with other e-crime initiatives and what role business has to play. Get Safe Online is a government-private sector initiative aimed at boosting online security, currently running its fourth annual Get Safe Online Awareness Week.Get Safe Online: MD Tony Neate on why the initiative matters to business
November 17, 2008 09:54 AM PST
Get Safe Online, a government-private sector initiative aimed at boosting online security, has launched the fourth annual Get Safe Online Week. Computer Weekly’s Warwick Ashford asked Get Safe Oline’s MD Tony Neate to outline the importance of the initiative for small and medium businesses in the UK and detail the role of businesses with Get Safe Online.Optimising data centre operations (Next-generation enterprise IT)
November 17, 2008 08:02 AM PST
Brian McKenna, Editor of Computer Weekly magazine, introduces the first article in a “Next-generation enterprise IT” series, sponsored by IBM.
November 12, 2008 06:17 AM PST
SAP's controversial decision to roll out Enterprise Support to all customers dominated the general sessions of the SAP UK & Ireland User Group 2008 conference in London. Computer Weekly’s Warwick Ashford spoke to Forrester Research enterprise applications and strategies vice president Ray Wang about this issue. Wang outlines seven areas the business can look at to assess and improve the value delivered by software and maintenance contracts with suppliers. He also discusses how business organisations can improve their bargaining power with suppliers and the role of user groups in getting better value from suppliers and influencing future directions.Why CIOs must get out of the backroom: Tips from Gartner's Tina Nunno
November 07, 2008 09:30 AM PST
Traditionally CIOs are backroom people but as IT becomes crucial to helping companies respond to market changes they need to get out of the glass room. Ian Grant, senior reporter at Computer Weekly, speaks to Tina Nunno, Gartner senior vice president of research, at Gartner's Symposium in Cannes this week, about what's in it for them if they do.Gartner's Steve Prentice sorts the hype from the hot in the current crop of online technology
November 06, 2008 10:21 AM PST
Steve Prentice, Gartner fellow, tells Computer Weekly's Ian Grant how to sort the hyped from the hot in the current crop of online technology, from cloud computing to web 2.0.Gartner's Steve Prentice on IT in the economic downturn
November 06, 2008 09:04 AM PST
Gartner fellow Steve Prentice talks to Computer Weekly's Ian Grant at the Gartner Symposium / IT Xpo in Cannes, November 2008. Steve discusses what to do when times are hard, from where to cut costs, to where to spend.Google's future according to Gartner analysts Richard Hunter and Hung LeHong
November 05, 2008 05:26 AM PST
In this podcast from the Gartner Symposium in Cannes, Gartner analysts Richard Hunter and Hung LeHong discuss how Google could grow to become one of the biggest companies in the world.Martin Sadler of HP Labs
November 05, 2008 04:33 AM PST
Martin Sadler, director of HP Labs, predicts a 20,000 fold increase in processing power within the next 20 years using nanotechnology to build a new generation of super-computing PCs and mobile devices.RSA Europe 2008: Interview with Art Coviello of RSA on current issues in IT security
October 30, 2008 10:16 AM PDT
ComputerWeekly.com's Warwick Ashford speaks to Art Coviello, executive vice president of EMC and president of EMC’s security division, RSA, at the RSA Europe 2008 conference in London. Topics covered in the interview include: the effects of economic uncertainty on IT security spending; what strategies businesses should adopt in order to maintain high information security despite the tough economic climate; whether EMC and RSA are planning any cost-cutting measures; and how Coviello views the responsibility of IT security suppliers in the war against data loss and cybercrime.
McKinnon, IT outsourcing, and flexible IT procurement: IT news for the w/e 17 October 2008
October 17, 2008 09:11 AM PDT
McKinnon's extradition now unavoidable; the inside track on Specsavers deal for flexible IT procurement with Fujitsu Siemens; the outsourcing dilemma facing today's CIOs - outsourcing to cut costs, or to improve business innovation. All this and more in this week's IT news round-up from ComputerWeekly.com.IT in the credit crunch: UK IT news round-up for w/e 10 October
October 13, 2008 04:24 AM PDT
IT in the credit crunch, and the future of high-speed broadband in the UK, in the latest UK IT news round-up from ComputerWeekly.com, for the week ending 10 October.Weekly round-up, 3 October
October 06, 2008 07:17 AM PDT
Weekly round-up, 3 OctoberLabour's record on IT projects and other IT news for w/e 26 September
September 29, 2008 03:11 AM PDT
Tony Collins discusses Labour's poor record on government IT projects and, separately, the current landmark BSkyB / EDS legal dispute with Warwick Ashford of ComputerWeekly.com in this week's IT news round-up for the week ending 26 September.Interview with Johan Krebbers, group IT architect at Shell
September 24, 2008 07:12 AM PDT
Shell recently began the first phase of a massive IT infrastructure outsourcing project involving EDS, AT&T and T-Systems. It also has contracts with IBM, Accenture, Logica and Wipro for application development and support services. In this interview recorded at the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit 2008, Cliff Saran speaks to Johan Kreebers of Shell about the company's IT and the role of its major outsourcing suppliers.London Stock Exchange IT failure and Newcastle Trust exit from NPfIT: Weekly round-up of IT news for w/e 12 September
September 12, 2008 08:51 AM PDT
In this week's round-up of IT news affecting the UK, Warwick Ashford talks to Tony Collins about why the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust decided to break away from the £12.7bn National Programme for IT in the NHS. Also: Karl Flinders finds that trading firms are demanding details of the technical problems that brought down certain systems at the London Stock Exchange on Monday.IT security in a rapidly changing business technology environment - with Richard Jacobs of Sophos
September 09, 2008 07:15 AM PDT
Sophos CTO Richard Jacobs talks to ComputerWeekly’s Warwick Ashford about tackling the problem of managing IT security in a rapidly changing business technology environment. In this podcast Jacobs discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches that businesses are adopting.Google Chrome, rural broadband, the latest banking merger and the IT news for w/e 5 September from ComputerWeekly.com
September 05, 2008 09:23 AM PDT
Weekly round-up of IT news from ComputerWeekly.com. This week's highlight include Google Chrome - of course - plus rural broadband access, enterprise resource planning at Irwin's Bakery, and the IT impact of Commerzbank's plans to purchase Dresdner Bank, making savings through headcount reductions post-sale.IT at the Beijing Olympics: Jeremy Hore of Atos Origin on the tech behind the Olympics
September 01, 2008 04:37 AM PDT
ComputerWeekly’s Warwick Ashford talks to Jeremy Hore, Atos Origin’s chief integrator for the Beijing Olympics IT programme, to find out how things went. Hore led Atos Origin's 400-strong team working on IT systems for the Beijing Olympics. The Atos Origin team was responsible for project management, architectural design, IT security, IT operations, and key software systems.Google Apps, software licensing and the IT news for w/e 29 August from Computer Weekly
August 29, 2008 09:27 AM PDT
Warwick Ashford presents Computer Weekly's round-up of the latest news in IT with a UK perspective: this week highlights include Ian Grant's investigation into why software producers are getting tougher on users, and Cliff Saran with a look at Google Apps in the enterprise as Google approaches its 10th birthday.My eBay PC purchase included the bank details of 1m+ people: Computer Weekly interview
August 27, 2008 06:49 AM PDT
The response of the Financial Services Authority and the Information Commissioner’s Office has been disappointing, says the man who discovered the personal bank details of more than one million people on a computer bought on eBay last week. Andrew Chapman, an IT manager at the University of Oxford, found the details when exploring a second-hand computer he had bought to store music files. ComputerWeekly’s Warwick Ashford spoke to Chapman to get his perspective on the discovery.Mergers and acquisitions make life interesting for top CIOs: Weekly IT news round-up from Computer Weekly for 22 August
August 22, 2008 09:57 AM PDT
Warwick Ashford rounds up the UK IT industry news highlights for ComputerWeekly.com, including a report from Ian Grant on how a recent spate of company mergers has made life “interesting” for the CIOs at British Airways and Iberia, the Co-op and Somerfield, and EDF and British Energy.Interview with ten-year-old who passed Computing AS Level
August 15, 2008 06:42 AM PDT
Computer Weekly reporter Rebecca Thomson speaks to ten- year-old Shayan Ahmed, who has become one of the youngest students to pass the Computing AS Level in the UK.Nokia S40 hack: An interview with the researcher who discovered the Nokia and Java vulnerability
August 13, 2008 04:02 AM PDT
In this interview Adam Gowdiak, founder and chief executive officer of Polish security start-up, Security Explorations, speaks to Cliff Saran about the holes he uncovered in the Nokia S40 handset that could be combined with weak security in Mobile Java, to take control of the phone's functions, without the user's consent.Credit crunch: Why the IT industry can't escape its effects
August 12, 2008 04:01 AM PDT
Leading technology industry analyst Richard Holway tells Mark Watts that the IT sector will be hit by the effects of the credit crunch.Podcast: My country let me down, says hacker Gary McKinnon
July 30, 2008 08:53 AM PDT
My country has disappointed me, says the man accused of the biggest military hack in history, Gary McKinnon.
The self-confessed hacker today lost his appeal in Britain’s highest court against extradition to the United States where he faces charges that, if convicted, could lead to him spending the next 60 years in jail.
Ian Grant spoke to Gary McKinnon just after the law lords handed down their decision. Here’s what he had to say.Outsourcing and the credit crunch - Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford round-ups recent IT news
July 28, 2008 07:51 AM PDT
Stories include: Westminster City Council outsources all IT services; how IT suppliers are avoiding the worst effects of the credit crunch; Royal Mail's future IT spending plans.The inside view of the BCS IT Industry Awards 2008
July 25, 2008 09:46 AM PDT
As the closing date for entering the British Computer Society’s IT Industry Awards approaches, Warwick Ashford talks to two of the moderators of this year's awards, to find out more about the selection process.Computer Weekly's UK IT news round-up for 18 July: Job losses at Sun Microsystems
July 18, 2008 09:38 AM PDT
In this week's UK IT news round-up from Computer Weekly stories include: Sun Microsystems axes 1,000 staff positions in the US and Canada. The cuts come as the first of 2,500 job losses Sun Microsystems announced in May, which are expected to include further redundancies in Europe and other regions.UK IT news round-up for 4 July 2008: Can IT help to reduce corporate carbon footprints?
July 04, 2008 09:26 AM PDT
The biggest contribution CIOs can make to fighting climate change may not be in the datacentre but by applying IT innovatively to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the business itself. Taking Tesco's current measures to reduce its carbon footprint as an example, we ask can IT really make a contribution to reducing a company's carbon footprint?UK IT news round-up for 1 July 2008: Government data handling after the Poynter report
July 02, 2008 02:31 AM PDT
Highlights include an exploration of proposed changes to Government data security measures following two recent reports criticising HM Revenue and Customs for its poor handling of data, which resulted in the loss of two computer discs containing 25-million child; and the trend among multinational companies towards outsourcing to single voice and data services suppliers.Banking technology update from Computer Weekly with Avivah Litan from Gartner
June 24, 2008 07:08 AM PDT
Avivah Litan, information and security analyst at research firm Gartner, talks to Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford about the effectiveness of chip and pin bank card technology in combating fraud and the risks that may result from the introduction of faster payments. Litan’s area of expertise includes financial fraud, authentication, identity theft, and fraud detection and prevention applications.Geoff Huston: Prepare to pay for your IP addresses
June 24, 2008 03:57 AM PDT
The internet is running out of addresses. As it stands today the internet can support four billion addresses and Geoff Huston, chief scientist at APNIC estimates that there won't be any left by 2011.
In this interview, Cliff Saran speaks to Geoff Huston about how an open market for IPv4 addresses will emerge.Computer Weekly IT news round-up 20 June: IPv6, Internet meltdown and the iPhone 3G
June 23, 2008 08:58 AM PDT
Internet meltdown could follow if you don't make the switch to IPv6, says Cliff Saran in discussion with Warwick Ashford in this week's UK information technology news round-up. Also: is the iPhone 3G enterprise ready?Consumerisation of IT: Tom Rogerson from Computer Sciences Corporation
June 16, 2008 09:26 AM PDT
Computer Sciences Corporation CTO financial services EMEA, Tom Rogerson, talks to Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford about the consumerisation of IT. Rogerson discusses how businesses are responding to the trend to mitigate the threats and exploit the opportunities it present.Computer Weekly IT round-up 13 June: New look Computer Weekly magazine
June 13, 2008 10:22 AM PDT
Warwick Ashford charts the most popular IT news stories on Computer Weekly.com in the past week and discusses the new look Computer Weekly magazine, which will debut on Tuesday 17 June 2008, with editor Brian McKenna.UK IT news highlights from Computer Weekly for w/e 9 June
June 09, 2008 06:16 AM PDT
Includes a report from Warwick Ashford that the number of computing students in UK universities and colleges has dropped almost 50% since 2001 to below 1996 levels, confirming that IT departments are on the verge of a new skills shortage unless some action is taken soon.
June 04, 2008 09:55 AM PDT
Accenture CIO Frank Modruson talks to Computer Weekly's Bill Goodwin about Accenture's moves to exploit social networking technology within the business to maximise employees' collaborative potential.
Accenture has recently launched an internal social networking platform specifically aimed at aiding internal collaboration, called Accenture Collaboration 2.0, including, among other features, document preview search, a 'people profiles' tool and a fledgling internal company wiki. He explains how such web 2.0 tools can be used to help speed knowledge transfer within a business, and for other benefits.Computer Weekly UK IT new highlights: 30 May 2008
June 03, 2008 02:49 AM PDT
Stories this week include: reactions to Fujitsu’s withdrawal from the NHS National Programme for Information Technology; Tesco’s plans to centralise IT applications across its stores worldwide, with a single Cable & Wireless network; and the installation of analytics software to report on performance of individual Boots stores following the Boots merger with Alliance Unichem.Against the Machine - an interview with Lee Siegel
May 30, 2008 07:49 AM PDT
How can we be sure that what we read, hear or see on the Internet is real? The Internet has changed the way we work and the way we spend our leisure time. We no longer need to queue in shops. Products can be bought in an online catalogue; dream holiday can be booked from a travel web site. Its supporters say the Internet can cater for almost every human need. We can even find love on the Internet.
May 28, 2008 08:17 AM PDT
Warwick Ashford rounds up the UK IT news highlights according to Computer Weekly, for the week ending 23 May 2008, together with a look ahead at the news agenda for the coming week.
Stories include: London Stock Exchange recoups £40m cost of electronic trading platform in under 12 months; and the UK Identity and Passport Service awards ID card contracts worth 1.5 billion pounds over 10 years.The death of the IT department: Interview with Carl Bate, CTO of CapGemini
May 28, 2008 06:43 AM PDT
Cap Gemini CTO Carl Bate explains to Computer Weekly's Karl Flinders why the IT department - at least in its current form - will soon be a thing of the past.Software Development: Navigating the pitfalls.
May 23, 2008 07:16 AM PDT
There are many factors that can cause a software development project to run into problems. The most common are imprecise specifications, insufficient planning and analysis, poor project management, continually moving goalposts, unrealistically short timescales, weak quality assurance and underestimated costs. In this podcast Cliff Saran speaks to Paul Michaels, director of consulting at Metri measurement consulting, about how to steer a software development project in the right direction.Bennie Vorster of BMW discusses renewable energy in data centres
May 15, 2008 07:06 AM PDT
BMW is two-thirds of the way through a three year green IT programme to improve the efficiency of its data centres.
In Munich BMW’s data data centres are taking ground water from the city council to cool the data centre using a heat exchanger. BMW pumps the water from its Munich data centre back into the water system at a more manageable temperature, which warms up the mains water coming out of household taps in winter. BMW is also using gas from a waste dump, to generate electricity for its data centre in South Carolina.
In this interview Cliff Saran speaks to Bennie Vorster, vice president, IT solutions & technology standards at BMW Group about the programme, which is using renewable energy resources to lower cooling costs in its data centres.Columbia space shuttle: the recovered disc drive
May 12, 2008 12:39 PM PDT
Last week, the Internet was buzzing with news some research had been published based on data that was recovered from a hard disc on the Columbia space shuttle which exploded in 2003, killing its seven crew.
Data recovery specialist Kroll Ontrack recovered data from the mission stored on a 400 Mbyte hard disc that fell to earth.
The data on the disc was the result of 370 hours of experiments that cost the US government millions of dollars. In this podcast Cliff Saran interviews Jeff Pederson, manager of data recovery operations at Kroll Ontrack about the task of saving the data from the experiments.Business continuity is not just an IT issue: Russell Price of the Continuity Forum
May 07, 2008 09:19 AM PDT
The responsibility for business continuity has to reside at the highest level or any organisation and not just with the IT department. Russell Price of the Continuity Forum talks to Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford about the issues involved.Microsoft Brad Goldberg on Live Search: more focus than Google
April 30, 2008 09:00 AM PDT
As the bid for Yahoo quietens down, Microsoft has revamped its Live Search engine, expanding the types of searches users can run.
In this telephone Cliff Saran speaks to Brad Goldberg, general manager, search engine business at Microsoft. Goldberg believs the company is well-positioned to be a strong search engine company. He says Microsoft has been making long term investments in data centres and search technology to become the alternative to Google.Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner on how to earn the big bucks in IT
April 21, 2008 04:51 AM PDT
Microsoft hired Kevin Turner to be its Chief Operating Officer and offered him base salary of $570,000 (£285,000) per year and a $7m (£3.5m) up-front payment in 2005.
Kevin Turner, previously CIO at Wal-Mart, gives his top tips in six minutes on how IT staff can make the progression to managers and earn the big bucks.Top tips for powering and cooling datacentres
April 17, 2008 01:59 AM PDT
Powering and cooling data centres can be expensive if done incorrectly. Gartner analyst Rakesh Kumar gives the latest advice on how to spot the symptoms of a data centre under stress and how to control and measure power to correct the problem.IT news round-up 11 April: New York Stock Exchange and Terminal 5
April 11, 2008 09:28 AM PDT
Weekly IT news round-up from Warwick Ashford at ComputerWeekly.com. This week: The New York Stock Exchange implementing off the shelf technology to cut time taken to access business critical data; and MPs aks questions about what really went wrong at Heathrow’s Terminal 5: people, processes, or IT?Interview: Emergency telecoms - Oisin Walton from Telecoms Sans Frontières
April 11, 2008 06:37 AM PDT
Oisin Walton of Telecoms Sans Frontières talks to ComputerWeekly.com's Cliff Saran about establishing emergency telecommunations in disaster relief situations, including the technical solutions available, and how volunteers are trained for field work in an emergency situation.Interview: Telecoms Sans Frontières and the Mozambique floods
April 10, 2008 03:10 AM PDT
Fabien Doléac has recently returned from Mozambique where he setup a telecommunication centre. Working for Telecoms Sans Frontières, Doléac set up a BGAN satellite phone which was used to allow people affected by severe flooding to talk to relatives and loved ones. Computer Weekly's Cliff Saran interviews Doléac.Interview: Shell's $4bn IT outsourcing deal with EDS
April 07, 2008 07:59 AM PDT
Shell’s $4 billion IT outsourcing deal announced earlier this month, will see outsourcer EDS take over the risk and governance of the oil company’s key networks and data centre IT suppliers. In this podcast Cliff Saran speaks to Swee Chen Goh, vice president for IT infrastructure and services for Shell globally, about this innovative contract.IT news round-up 7 April – Anti-fraud measures for debit cards and the Phorm privacy debate
April 07, 2008 07:07 AM PDT
Round-up of UK IT industry news including last week’s top five stories on ComputerWeekly.com and a look at the main stories in this week’s issue.
This week’s highlighted stories include: The Royal Bank of Scotland’s plans to roll out a debit card payment system with sophisticated anti-fraud technology; the BT trial of Phorm’s advertising services and the debate over privacy concerns; and the Fujitsu-NHS “contract reset” issue.Computer Weekly UK IT news round-up for 28 March 2008: Speedy Hire saves by rationalising software licensing
March 31, 2008 02:35 AM PDT
Our weekly round-up of UK IT industry news including the top five stories on ComputerWeekly.com last week, and a look ahead to the focus of next week's issue. This week's stories include how tool hire firm Speedy Hire expects to save £2m over the next six years after rationalising the way it licenses Microsoft software.Computer Weekly IT news round-up for 20 March 2008
March 20, 2008 09:32 AM PDT
Weekly round-up of UK IT news. This week, stories include a warning to IBM customers to check they're protected from patent lawsuits by third-party software developers and news that over two-thirds of UK IT workers claim that they have suffered workplace bullying.Computer Weekly IT news round-up for 17 March 2008
March 17, 2008 04:56 AM PDT
In this week's UK IT news round-up, how the government is using old legislation to keep Gateway reviews secret; a report on how Eurostar has attracted record passengers and boosted sales 15.5% after implementing a revenue management software package; and news of share trading exchange Turquoise which is due to complete the implementation of its IT infrastructure in the first week of April, using off the shelf trading applications.Computer Weekly IT news round-up for 17 March 2008
March 17, 2008 04:54 AM PDT
Computer Weekly IT news round-up for 10 March: UK national ID card scheme
March 10, 2008 03:10 AM PDT
Stories around the government’s controversial 5.4 billion pound national identity card scheme feature prominently this week. Ian Grant reports on the findings of the Crosby report into ID cards, while Tony Collins reports that the Office of Government Commerce is determined to keep secret early independent assessments of the ID card scheme by going to court to stop their publication. Other news includes BAA’s rejection of RFID in favour of barcodes for baggage tracking at Heathrow Terminal 5; a change in the way businesses are negotiating outsourcing deals; and how audit software could help you get a better deal on virtualisation licences from software suppliers such as Microsoft, SAP and Oracle.Computer Weekly IT news round-up: 3 March 2008
March 03, 2008 03:42 AM PST
This week: Computer Weekly’s quarterly survey of the IT jobs market, conducted by SSL, reveals that the demand for IT professionals in financial services is starting to drop, as the credit crunch causes turmoil in the markets; executive editor Tony Collins reports that a new national database of confidential patient records is being opened to access by NHS staff without professional qualifications; and deputy technology editor John-Paul Kamath reports that budget airline EasyJet is redesigning its website using Web 2.0 technologies to allow customers to plan complete holiday itineraries, rather than just book flights.Adrian Davey, Tube Lines: Making the most of your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement
February 29, 2008 03:12 AM PST
In this interview Adrian Davey, head of IT at Tubelines, speaks to Cliff Saran about how Tube Lines has made the most from the company's Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. With the availability of Windows Server 2008, Tube Lines has looked at using Windows 2008 Terminal Services to replace an existing Citrix Metaframe server farm. Davey has also used the Home Use Rights option in the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement to give end users the option of buying Office 2007 for home use and gain valuable experience of the new version, in preparation for a company-wide roll-out.Computer Weekly IT news round-up: 25 February 2008
February 25, 2008 07:45 AM PST
Stories this week include a report from executive editor Tony Collins that the UK government is planning a 'green' strategy for the public sector; news on Barclays Bank's two-year project to link legacy systems to frontline applications using Java-based web services; and Windows Server 2008, implementation plans at General Motors (GM), Tubelines, Newham Borough Council and frozen food supplier Windrus; and an analysis by deputy technology editor John Paul Kamath on how proposed changes to relax the rules covering BT’s wholesale broadband division have met with criticism from industry experts.Computer Weekly IT news round-up: 18 February 2008
February 18, 2008 02:25 AM PST
Topics this week include revelations that Tony Blair tried to shorten the timetable of the NHS National Programme for IT in order to deliver results in time for a May 2005 general election date, an allegation that executive editor Tony Collins says is a case of "politics interfering with practicalities". Also in this podcast, Cliff Saran discusses a novel approach taken by a number of companies to meet skills shortages by employing people with autism in the field of software testing, helping to meet their special needs while also making the most of their special skills.Ralph Szygenda - driven by innovation
February 15, 2008 04:34 AM PST
Ralph Szygenda, chief information officer and group vice president of General Motors, has used IT to save the company £6 billion in 10 years. In this podcast, Cliff Saran discovers the secrets behind his successful strategy.Weekly IT news round-up: 12 February 2008
February 12, 2008 09:52 AM PST
Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford brings you the UK IT news highlights for the week ending 12 February. Stories include a backlog of unpaid invoices at Birmingham City Council following an SAP-system upgrade, a new XML standard for mortgage sales, and details of the latest issue of Computer Weekly.Computer Weekly IT news round-up: 2008-01-05
February 05, 2008 07:23 AM PST
Computer Weekly reporter Warwick Ashford presents a round-up of the UK IT news for the week ending 5 February 2008. This week's main story concerns the UK government's U-turn decision to release papers first requested by Computer Weekly under the Freedom of Information Act in 2005. The papers are expected to detail how policy decisions were taken at Downing Street prior to the launch of NPfIT, the NHS systems modernisation project which is the world's largest civil IT-based scheme.UK Atomic Energy Authority switches to Active Directory (exclusive interview)
January 30, 2008 08:57 AM PST
The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (AEA), has pioneered the development of civil nuclear energy in the United Kingdom.
Harwell was the site of the UK’s first nuclear reactor. Harwell was also a centre of early fusion research in the 1950s. Britain’s original large-scale experimental device, ZETA, was housed in one of the RAF hangars at this site.
ComputerWeekly.com has been given exclusive access. In this podcast Cliff Saran speak to Chris Broad, Head of Information Systems and Technology at the Atomic Energy Authority to talk about his decision to migrate from a Novell desktop infrastructure to Windows and the Active Directory.Cisco Networkers 2008: Conference Round Up Special
January 30, 2008 06:50 AM PST
John-Paul Kamath talks to network managers and the Cisco training director about how to get higher salaries; what trends suppliers think will affect the way the network is run; and how Cisco responds to claims that its third party partners aren’t up to scratch to help customers.Computer Weekly IT news round-up: 2008-01-29
January 29, 2008 04:39 AM PST
Reporter Warwick Ashford presents the first of Computer Weekly's UK IT news round-up podcasts, for the week ending 29 January, 2008. This week's stories include a report that Fujitsu may withdraw from the NHS NPfIT (National Programme for IT), and news that Accenture and BAE Systems have withdrawn from the bidding process for the UK's national ID card scheme.Women in IT: Computing isn't just a man's world
January 25, 2008 06:30 AM PST
Rebecca Thomson talks to senior female figures working in the IT industry about issues including the gender pay gap, the perception of computing as a 'male' profession, the lack of opportunities for older women, and the cultural issues that turn women off taking up a business career in IT.Green IT - What is it? Why is it important and what can you do about it? (Forrester)
January 16, 2008 07:26 AM PST
Green IT is climbing the corporate agenda, generated by the hype around climate change and corporate social responsibility.
In this podcast, John-Paul Kamath speaks to Euan Davis, principal analyst at Forrester Research, to get an executive briefing on what green IT is, why IT managers should care and what they can do to go green.IT on the London Underground: Adrian Davey of Tube Lines
January 14, 2008 02:55 AM PST
Millions of passengers rely on the London Underground every day. It is one of the busiest subways in the world and technology plays a crucial role in keeping people moving.
In this podcast Cliff Saran speaks to Adrian Davey, head of IT at Tube Lines, the company which manages the Northern, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines on the London Underground, to find out how Tube Lines uses cutting edge technology to keep everything running smoothly.Business Process Management: The next wave of IT (Gartner)
January 03, 2008 08:30 AM PST
Cliff Saran speaks to three experts in Business Process Management (BPM). According to analyst group Gartner, IT directors and CIOs will take more responsibility for business processes over the next five years. There is a growing number of products IT directors can implement for automating business processes in order to improve operational efficiency. Janelle Hill of Gartner feels BPM is the next big thing. Paul Tuffs of Orange talks about his experiences of working on a BPM project and BEA's Martin Percival discusses how BPM is being used in the UK.Nortel CTO John Roese on unified communications
January 03, 2008 07:52 AM PST
Where does a business begin if it wants to install unified communications? How should go about doing it? And how can a network manager make the career jump to CTO?
Deputy Technology Editor John-Paul Kamath talks to Nortel’s CTO John Roese who discusses how the growing importance of IP networks is shaping future business trends.Mobile IT in the construction industry
December 07, 2007 03:25 AM PST
At the Construction Computing Event held in London’s Emirates Stadium, Warwick Ashford interviews Neill Pawsey, strategic alliance manager of Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT (COMIT).Pfizer preps WAN optimisation
November 21, 2007 02:54 AM PST
Pfizer is rolling out wide area network optimisation technology for a series of 30-day trials across sites in India, Costa Rica, South Africa, Romania and the US. The numbers of users at these sites range from 75 to 10,000. Feedback from end-users has been key.
In this podcast, based on a presentation at the Burton Group Catalyst conference in October, Ron Rapp, associate director in Pfizer's worldwide technology engineering division discusses the approach the company has taken.CIO priorities: How IT helps Skanska tackle complexity, environmental and safety issues
October 29, 2007 09:14 AM PDT
As in any successful business, Swedish construction company Skanska needs to balance quality with the need to maintain profitability. At the same time, Skanska is addressing environmental issues and becoming safety conscious.
In this interview Peter Thomson, chief information officer of Skanska, discusses how his IT strategy helps the company to minimise the environmental impact of new buildings and to improve safety.How much security is enough?
October 05, 2007 01:40 AM PDT
IT security is a problem that won’t go away. No matter what chief information officers and IT directors do, there always seems to be a security problem.
In this interview Martin Sadler, director of HP’s Trusted Systems Lab discusses how much should chief information officers and IT directors be expected to spend and how much security is enough. Martin also reveals some of the work the Trusted Systems Lab is doing to secure the desktop PC environment.CIO priorities: IT's role in the airport business
September 28, 2007 02:33 AM PDT
In this interview Martin Smith, director of group technology and innovation at Manchester Airports Group discusses how his IT strategy is aligned to business needs. The airport plays a critical role in the prosperity of the North West of the UK and . He is joined by Michael Earl, a professor at Oxford Said Business School and Mark McDonald, a vice president in Gartner’s Executive Programs (EXP), who quiz Martin on how the 240 companies that operate at Manchester airport are able to work together to improve customer service and achieve greater levels of efficiencies.Future trends in software development: interview with Dr Graham Spittle of IBM's Hursley labs
September 07, 2007 08:55 AM PDT
Technology reporter JP Kamath talks software development with IBM’s director at the Hursley laboratory , Dr Graham Spittle.
Research at Hursley is critical to companies around the world and the labs are a hotbed for UK IT graduates looking to further a career in software design.
What new software is being developed at the labs and how will businesses put this to task? What role will technologies such as Second Life play? And, how should IT graduates steer a career in software development?
Download or listen to this podcast to find out moreFive reasons why outsourcing fails
August 10, 2007 06:51 AM PDT
Almost 50% of IT outsourcing projects fail. In this interview Cliff Saran speaks to Paul Michaels, senior consultant at Metri Measurement Consulting, who shares some of his experiences of why so many IT outsourcing projects fail. Paul believes there are a number of warning signs IT directors and CIOs should check on a regular basis. These metrics should be used as a dashboard to enable the CIO to work with the outsourcer in order to guide the project through difficult and easier times.Alexa Bona on Virtualisation: the hidden licence costs
June 25, 2007 07:27 AM PDT
In the past applications were run on their own dedicated server hardware. More applications meant more servers. Virtualisation reduces server sprawl, as IT departments can consolidate several applications on a single box. Virtualisation also has a role in Green IT: it can improve the efficiency of servers and lower the amount of electricity consumed.
But, virtualisation comes at a cost. In this podcast, Cliff Saran speaks to Gartner vice president, Alexa Bona, about the licensing costs that can erode any financial savings.Don Tapscott: The economics of Web 2.0
June 04, 2007 03:10 AM PDT
Unlike the field of dreams of the old days of the Web - building an attractive and useful site is no guarantee that it will foster a community. Communities grow organically. In this podcast Cliff Saran interviews Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics - How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Don believes businesses can learn a lot from the growth of web communities like Flickr and peer collaboration such as open source development.IT Skils: Preparing the UK for the knowledge economy
May 18, 2007 03:15 AM PDT
There is a growing concern that the UK is falling behind the skills race, which could mean we do not have people with the right skills for the UK to compete effectively in the 21st century knowledge economy. Cliff Saran speaks to Microsoft's UK managing director, Gordon Frazer and Mike Rodd, Director, Learned Society & External Relations, at the British Computer Society about the IT skills crisis.Linux guru Alan Cox discusses GPL 3.0, the technical and commercial presures of open source
May 07, 2007 03:06 AM PDT
Cliff Saran interviews Alan Cox who used to maintain the Linux kernel and now works at Red Hat. Cox discusses what is happening with Linux and open source systems in terms of technical breakthroughs like KVM, a virtualisation device driver. He also covers some of the key challenges facing Linux as it becomes more pervasive. Open source is one of the topics being covered on Cliff Saran's new blog.How does Microsoft SQL Server stack up against the open source MySQL database?
April 16, 2007 07:13 AM PDT
In this podcast Cliff Saran speaks to Mark Ridley, who is head of technology at online recruiter, Reed.co.uk, about his assessment. Also this week, Nick McGrath, director of platform strategy at Microsoft UK, reveals whether Microsoft still thinks Linux and open source software is a threat to its Windows Server family. And Gary Barnett, research director at Ovum, gives his appraisal of Windows and open source interoperability.Insecure software: Whose fault is it anyway? (Phil Cracknell)
March 26, 2007 06:48 AM PDT
In an interview with Cliff Saran, Phil Cracknell, president of the Internet Security Systems Association (ISSA), speaks frankly about the challenges in creating applications that balance new functionality with tight security. Phil also discusses the need to develop mentoring to help IT security professionals progress their careers.James Gosling, father of Java, discusses the challenges ahead
March 19, 2007 07:39 AM PDT
In this interview, Cliff Saran speaks to James Gosling, father of Java and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems. In 1995, when Java 1.0 was released, developing software for websites was quite restrictive and relied mainly on scripts run on the server. Today, in the age of the rich internet client, users can run fully-fledged interactive applications on their web browsers over the internet. In spite of alternative approaches such as interoperability via web services using open source code to develop cross-platform applications Gosling believes Java still has a role to play.Give your company a green star for IT
March 12, 2007 08:03 AM PDT
Far from being green, IT equipment such as desktop PC and servers running in data centres, are contributing to global warming. They are putting massive demands on the electricity grid. Worldwide, the cost of electricity is going up, and while some businesses may have the option to relocate their datacentres to areas where there is a cheap and abundant electricity supply, many more will not have that option.
Listen to Cliff Saran’s interview with Andrew Fanara, a leading member in the product specifications development team at the US Environmental Protection Agency, on the need for data centre operators, IT directors and CIOs to plan to do tackle green IT issues that are most cost-effective to deliver savings to the business.Give your company a green star for IT (Part 2)
March 12, 2007 07:49 AM PDT
CIOs and IT directors should look at inefficient use of power and cooling in all datacentre components, from routers to servers and in other network equipment - across the whole power delivery infrastructure.
The US Environment; Protection Agency is working on standards as part of its Energy Star programme to help people buying PCs, servers and data centre equipment identify energy efficient hardware. In the second part of his interview with Andrew Fanara of the product specifications development team at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Cliff Saran finds out about the programme.
According to Fanara, "Datacentres represent a great opportunity for companies to cost-effectively reduce energy consumption, particularly during peak times. At the same time, their efforts will contribute towards the global challenge of tackling climate change."What's the buzz with SOA, Pt II? An interview with Andy Mulholland
February 26, 2007 09:33 AM PST
Service oriented architecture, SOA , complements the next version of the web, web 2.0, by allowing people to create applications and applets that can easily be reused. It is easy to see how Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps) can be used to create completely new applications using the idea of a mash-up to embed the Google code.
Now imagine the possibility of using a service oriented architecture to develop an application that could be embedded on third-party sites. This code could actually be used as a marketing tool. Those sites that embed it would, in fact, be promoting your brand.
Andy Mulholland, global chief technology officer of Capgemini, explores this in the second part of his interview with Computer Weekly (www.computerweekly.com/podcasts).Andy Mulholland - What's the buzz with SOA?
February 26, 2007 08:00 AM PST
It is hard to avoid service oriented architecture. SOA is a technology the whole IT industry is talking about. Microsoft, IBM, HP, Sun, Novell, BEA, Tibco and other leading suppliers all have an SOA product line. SOA represents the latest method to link enterprise systems together using EAI (enterprise application integration).
The internet and HTML has shown the value of global standards and this has led to the concept of web services. As he explains in this ComputerWeekly.com interview (www.computerweekly.com/podcasts), Andy Mulholland, global chief technology officer of Capgemini believes that SOA makes IT integration easier because it deals in standards.
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