Big Purple? BlueHat? What’s next after the acquisition of RedHat by IBM

I'm trying to think of a new name for IBM/RedHat, now the 'Big Blue' has acquired RedHat for the mind-boggling 34 billion US dollars. I'm currently between 'Big Purple' or 'BlueHat' - $34bn represents almost half of IBMs 2017 turnover figure, so it only seems fair to give RedHat some real estate in the new [...]
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Black Friday and Cyber Weekend are nearly upon us… is your tech ready?

Is your ecommerce ready for Black Friday, Cyber Weekend and beyond? Ah yes, it's rapidly approaching that oh so joyous time of year... not Christmas (yet) but Cyber Weekend! There used to be a time when the 'Boxing Day Sales' or 'Blue Cross Events' were the highlights of the year for savvy shoppers, though it's [...]
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Simon Says: B2Bs Fall into Two Camps Regarding Data Privacy – Which one are you in?

'There are two major camps in the B2B space that businesses fall into regarding data privacy regulations. Businesses that put their customers at the centre of their universe, and ones that don’t.' Simon Evans, CTO, AMIDO GDPR is a hot topic, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. But there are still a [...]
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Save the Children International Uses Microsoft Azure to Bolster Cross-border Charity Work

As seen published in Computer Weekly.  Graham Kent, director of IT shared services at Save the Children International, talks about using Microsoft Azure to boost cross-border collaboration between the charity’s member organisations and present a more united front to the world. When geographically dispersed groups are all working towards the same goal, it is essential [...]
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How to Successfully Implement a Decentralised Organisational System

As an IT Project Manager, I have the opportunity to work on different projects with various clients, suppliers, and business functions. It allows me to observe and learn how different businesses, departments and teams actually operate. I have always been interested in how organisational structure can impact projects. So often project success or failure is [...]
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The Future of Cloud Applications in a Hybrid World

Our Senior Consultant, Chris Priest joined the live panel discussion on May 10th to discuss the latest trends, technologies and future predictions for hybrid cloud infrastructures. Watch this interactive Q&A session to hear from Cloud, MSP and Infrastructure experts on: - The future of data services for hybrid cloud platforms - How to modernise your [...]
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The Digital Marketplace Contenders

As seen published by THINK Digital Partners Regardless of the sector, though, all sorts of organisations benefit from solutions that reduce IT overheads, transform businesses and improve human experiences. Amido is a London-based supplier of cloud-first solutions for both private and public sector organisations. We recently sat down with its Chief Delivery Officer, Chris Gray, to [...]
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Azure Functions – Scaling with a Dedicated App Service Plan

After my last few posts on the scaling of Azure Functions I was intrigued to see if they would perform any better when run on a dedicated App Service Plan. Hosting them in this way allows the functions to take full advantage of App Service features. However, to my mind, this is no long a [...]
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Azure Functions vs AWS Lambda vs Google Cloud Functions – JavaScript Scaling Face Off

I had a lot of interesting conversations and feedback following my recent post on scaling a serverless .NET application with Azure Functions and AWS Lambda. A common request was to also include Google Cloud Functions and a common comment was that the runtimes were not the same for .NET Core on AWS Lambda and .NET [...]
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Security Spectres: Why the IT Industry is in a Meltdown

Over the past week there has been a growing sense of uncertainty across the webosphere as the discovery of two fundamental flaws in processor designs revealed one of the most serious security issues of the decade. For those still unaware of the recent revelations, here is a quick overview to bring you up to speed: [...]
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Why MSFT and AWS Still Lead the Cloud Industry Pack

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft demonstrated exactly why they are the big dogs of the cloud industry when they released their revenue earnings last week. Speculation was rife in the days before Microsoft’s announcement, with Wall Street analysts predicting a revenue report of $23.56 billion, up from last year’s $22.33 billion. However, pundits were [...]
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Lean: The Not so New (but still trendy) Buzzword

Lean is not a new approach, but it is a popular one, with awareness of this delivery approach at an all-time high as it continues to be adopted widely. More and more organisations are looking to adopt Lean principles with the aim of gaining greater return for their investments. Lean is now a well-recognised management [...]
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Digital Transformation: How ASOS is Innovating the Online Retail Industry

 ASOS’ digital transformation was all Bob Strudwick, CTO of ASOS, could talk about at last week’s MuleSoft Summit in London, and with a 27% jump in sales this year, we can see why. Working closely with Amido, an independent technical consultancy that specialises in implementing cloud-first solutions, the billion-pound ecommerce fashion retailer began its ambitious transformation when [...]
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GDPR: Can Customers Bring Their Own Consent?

One of the most profound changes facing businesses as part of the impending GDPR legislation is the obligation to capture and store consent in order to process each individual’s personal data. Regardless of the approach chosen, GDPR places the burden on every organisation with customers inside the EU (or EEA) to capture, manage and prove [...]
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The GDPR Roadshow: Unearthing the Three Universal Areas of Concern

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been the hot topic of concern across industries for the past year. With less than a year to go until the regulation comes into effect, the rhetoric has not always been constructive, with the focus often wavering towards the doom and gloom: primarily the large fines for poor [...]
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Argos Web Crash Proves Retailers are Still Not Ready for Customer Shopping Peaks

As seen published on Retail Bulletin. With Black Friday just two months away, Argos experienced yet another major website crash when a pricing error on an Xbox One games console went viral after a bargain finding firm shared the link on their 60,000 strong facebook page. Due to a pricing error, the usually £300+ console was [...]
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Positively Toxic: How to Avoid Poor Implementation and Gain Value from Effective Personalisation

As seen published in Information Age. Personalisation of the online experience isn’t a new concept. Today, businesses in every sector are attempting to connect with their customers, seeking competitive advantage through targeted advertising, or recommendations based on previous purchases and browsing behaviour. AS PWC’s Miles Lethbridge noted, today’s online shoppers want an eCommerce fulfilment service that’s [...]
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The Fog of Change: Four Lessons from the Frontline of Digital Transformation

The fog of change To understand what is meant by “the fog of change” we must first go back to 1960s America and discover Harvard graduate Robert S. McNamara. A statistician under USAAF bomber command during WWII, McNamara went on to become Secretary of Defence during the Cuban missile crisis and later, President of the [...]
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Know Your Customer: Identity-Driven Personalisation

As seen published in Engage CX Marketing. Personalisation is an increasingly important pillar of effective ecommerce. It is embraced by sectors well beyond its retail roots: in utilities and logistics, financial services and automotive. Customers’ enthusiastic embrace of online, mobile and omni-channel commerce, along with social media, produces great lakes of data. When this personal [...]
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Common IdAM Implementation Mistakes

Identity and Access Management (IdAM) solutions provide organisations with the ability to manage users’ identities and create logical access to an organisation’s applications. IdAM products identify, authenticate and authorise those users who utilise the organisations IT resources, as well as the hardware and applications employees need access to. Investment in IdAM solutions is on the [...]
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