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5G, Hong Kong International airport and the importance of moving fast in a digital world

In a recent article, I wrote about the amazing customer experiences to be had in airports such as Changi and ways to enable that customer experience. Here, I propose to extend my stopover by looking at what goes on landside, rather than airside, and how one carrier is leading the way in using the latest digital tools to reimagine operations. 

Just as Changi embodies how airport operators are reworking the customer experience, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is a template for how smart use of data, communications and infrastructure can reinvent the back-end processes that enable passengers to move swiftly from point A to B.


2020: The year of edge computing and HCI

2020 will be a momentous year, and a great start to the decade, for edge computing, IoT and data protection. We should expect to see major changes to the way organisations adopt these technologies, as well as how consumers respond to various innovations. 


Blockchain & GDPR: Facts vs Fiction

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about blockchain and GDPR’s compatibility. According to experts, some of blockchain’s key characteristics, including immutability and transparency, collide headfirst with the EU’s data regulation. However, data protection officer Olga Stepanova believes the two can work in harmony! Speaking at TechWeek Frankfurt, Olga discussed the ways… Read More


IBM Q4 financials buoyed by Red Hat wins

IBM’s latest financials reveal the tech giant’s $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat is already positively impacting its bottom line.

IBM closed Q4 with solid growth in its cloud and software businesses, helping to end a five-quarter streak where the company posted consecutive falls in revenue. 


Are we heading for a major cloud security storm?

Over the last five years, global cloud adoption has grown at an astonishing rate. To put this into context, a recent study by Bitglass into 2019 cloud adoption trends found that almost 90 percent of businesses have now deployed some sort of cloud-based infrastructure or tools to aid productivity and performance.

As more and more sensitive data enters the cloud, it’s critical that businesses invest in the necessary security tools in order to protect it. Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be the case. The same study found that only a third of the businesses who had adopted cloud solutions had implemented even the most basic cloud security tool; single sign-on (SSO).


TSB signs hybrid cloud strategy partnership with IBM Services

Announcement follows Bank’s pledge to invest £120 million to transform digital channels over the next three years TSB today announced it has selected IBM Services as its partner to accelerate the Bank’s ambition to become a truly digital business with IBM cloud capabilities. The services agreement will see IBM build and manage TSB’s private cloud… Read More


Data-informed decision making — 10 skills you can’t do without

“Making good business decisions is a critical part of every executive’s job and is vital to every company’s well-being.” So says McKinsey and Co, in an article on the importance of decision-making. It’s undeniable that being able to take action rapidly is the difference between success and failure in today’s markets – consider how many once-leading businesses have atrophied as their ability to make the right decisions has diminished.

Yet knowing what to do is hard, doubly so when you consider the amount of information we are all assailed with on a day-to-day basis. How can anyone make definitive decisions when faced with so many choices, so much data?


NTT Ltd. consolidates data centre firms into global unit

London-based NTT Ltd. has formed a new division incorporating the data centre companies that previously sat under NTT Communications.

NTT Ltd. was formed after Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Corp. consolidated NTT Communications and two other of its key IT businesses into a single $11bn (£8.7bn) entity, making it Japan’s largest IT company.

The IT provider’s newly-formed Global Data Centers division incorporates e-shelter, Gyron, Netmagic, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter, RagingWire and others.


Google and Microsoft clash over proposed EU facial recognition ban

An EU proposal to temporarily ban facial recognition technology has divided opinion in the upper echelons of the techsphere, with leaders from Google and Microsoft offering divergent responses to the proposed bill.

Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai was quick to back the proposal, that leaked online this week, over concerns the technology could be misused. Meanwhile, Microsoft President and chief legal officer Brad Smith said an outright ban would be a step too far and called for a more measured response.


Lloyds Banking Group lines up Microsoft Azure as part of £3 billion tech splurge

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) has partnered with Microsoft to accelerate the group’s digital transformation as part of a multibillion-pound tech investment pledge announced two years ago.

The strategic partnership will see the tech giant develop a “modern digital workplace” for the group, which has committed to investing £3 billion in technology to bring its offerings up to speed with agile challenger banks like Monzo and Revolut.

Under the partnership, LBG will get the full force of Microsoft Managed Desktop: Office 365 productivity tools, Microsoft-managed security and feature updates, and a cloud-based “advanced device solution” to support the group’s currency management. 


Intel planning Data Center Group job cuts

According to reports that surfaced late last week, Intel is planning to lay off a substantial number of employees within its Data Center Group as part of a significant restructuring of the division.

SemiAccurate and Anandtech both reported Friday that between 35 and 33 percent of staff within the company’s data centre unit face losing their jobs, just days before the semiconductor giant is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter results to media and investors.


Winning The Digital Transformation Race

The biggest challenge across all industries is that most organisations are treating digital transformation as a loose correlation of technology projects. But, digital transformation is more than a project, it’s a re-writing of the business which requires significant cultural change.



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