Author: Chris Weston

Software – it’s all about delivery

We are not all capable of, or willing to engage in, building and running a software team. So we look to a development partner, either onshore, nearshore or offshore to build this for us. I am now going to tell you the ONE thing that should be on your mind when you make this choice.

RPA

Is RPA right for your business?

From out of nowhere, the term “Robotic Process Automation” is suddenly one of the must-have technologies for businesses that operate at scale. Despite being one of a set of tools that have been around for years, it has had a serious makeover with the sprinkling of some Artificial Intelligence fairy dust and a new love for the ‘bot’ in business.

Common Sense

Artificial Intelligence – rare common sense

Last week I enjoyed the company of a room of IT leaders in Birmingham, and spoke on the subject of Practical AI. Artificial Intelligence is suddenly the topic du jour. Whether it’s sinister activities by the likes of Cambridge Analytica, or maybe-not-quite-as-sinister demonstrations of systems like Google Duplex, it’s a hot topic.

A CIO’s guide to Quantum Computing

It’s a sign of advancing age when one realises that many people that will read this article didn’t exist in 1982. That was the year the first CD player was sold in Japan, and the year that Time Magazine declared the computer their ‘person of the year’. It was also the year the Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman came up with the idea of the quantum computer.

Computing

Who’s using your computing power?

As the value of bitcoin increases,. so does the temptation for people to use your hardware and electricity to ‘mine’ this currency. Can you be sure that this isn’t happening to you, from external or even internal sources?

Data

Tackle GDPR with a Minimum Viable Dataset

If you manage your data badly it can lead to a blow to reputation, a cost to fix the result of a data loss, and at worst action from the ICO. So maybe we should think of it like stock in a warehouse, great to have, and an asset on the balance sheet, but costly to maintain.

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