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Enrico Campagna

Get BIGGER Data by linking to IT modernisation

By Enrico Campagna, Global Practise Head BT Advise Compute

Top trends aren’t just for the catwalk, this season’s buzzwords in IT are cloud, IT modernisation, and Big Data. Of course, it’s important to consider any strategic requirements that your IT infrastructure needs to meet — such as expansion into a new market, product launches, or supporting new strategies and operating models — before getting on board.

Big Data is playing an increasing role in building great solutions that support organisations in doing any, or all, of these things successfully. It’s not all about increasing the amount of data you receive or store, or about finding new ways to manage it — Big Data allows you to see a new level of detail in the information you receive. It gives you an insight into your customer and the chance to make the right business decisions. [Read more...]

Jeremy Ridgway

UK branches have reached their technology tipping point

By Jeremy Ridgway, Director of Keyfact

2014 will go down as the year when key players on the financial high street finalised their “branch of the future” models. The previous decade saw all manner of branch pilots, from broadcasting Bluetooth messages inviting people into a branch (HSBC) to using retina-recognition technology to recognise and greet customers by name (Nationwide). Barclays, Lloyds TSB and others used Brickstream “computers with eyes” to capture and assess the movement and behaviour of branch visitors, and a lot of money was spent tweaking branch designs, choreography and merchandising. [Read more...]

Lucy Cowcill

If you don’t ask, you don’t get

By Lucy Cowcill, head of communications, BT Global Government and Health

For many years, if a frontline or operational worker in the public sector asked their IT team for the latest new widget, they were told no. IT projects were often centrally run, done to an organisation and not with them and not user led. In those days, you didn’t ask, because you didn’t get.

But times are changing.

IT teams know they can do more to help transform the way that services are delivered, improving the experience of the patient or citizen and cutting costs for the organisation, by thinking more creatively. [Read more...]

nuclear security summit

Strength and security in partnership

With 5,000 delegates in attendance — including 58 world leaders and representatives from the United Nations, European Council, European Union and Interpol — the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague was an exceptionally high-profile event, with some important discussions on the table, so cyber security, as well as physical security, was a top priority.

We believe that true partnership is central to security, and it’s the epitome of collaboration — relying on smooth and seamless connectivity and communication. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs approached us in their search for partners who could ensure the safety of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. As the official London 2012 official communications partner, we had some impressive security credentials, and a wealth of knowledge to share. [Read more...]

Save energy

Saving energy is as easy as switching off a light

When you’re on a plane at night and you can see a city approaching in the distance, the glow of the millions of lights are (provided you’re not asleep) a lovely spectacle to watch as you drift by. Most of the time this glow is created by the street lights that line the roads — but have you ever wondered how much electricity is wasted by keeping the lights switched on, right through the night, when the majority of people are sleeping?  

Cutting the energy consumed by street lights is something that’s very important to Vossloh-Schwabe, a specialist provider of LED lighting management. They’ve created systems that control light duration and intensity in intelligent street lights, meaning energy is saved, but no one’s safety is compromised. [Read more...]