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Yury Rozenman, Head of Business Development, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Secure collaboration for all industries – Interview with CEO of Exostar continued

By: Yury Rozenman, Head of Business Development, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Last week I shared an excerpt of a discussion that I had with Richard Addi, CEO at Exostar. As a reminder, Exostar is Specialist Member of the BT for Life Sciences partner ecosystem. They are also a global industry-leader in identity management for secure cloud-based solutions. Below is a continuation of our discussion. [Read more...]

Nicola Millard

Are reports of the high street’s death greatly exaggerated?

By: Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist, BT

It is easy to see the effects of our changing shopping habits on our local high streets. Are we turning into a nation of online shoppers? Is the high street becoming irrelevant? Or is there an upcoming renaissance linked with convenience and the fact that we are no longer doing a weekly ‘big shop’ anymore (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29442383)?

New technologies, the changing structure of family life and financial pressures caused by a long and deep recession have observably changed the way that we shop, possibly forever. Significant players of the past are now struggling as relative newcomers exploit consumer cynicism by providing new choices, new technologies and new value options.

So are we all becoming disloyal, connected and virtualised consumers? [Read more...]

Alan Nance - Vice President of Technology Transformation at Royal Philips

All eyes on Philips in the big switch to consumption-based cloud services

While most CIOs of large global companies will claim to have a cloud strategy of some form, it mostly is little more than that, a strategy or vision. Most companies do tinker with SaaS services and many are investing in private clouds, but a complete shift to a cloud-based model is usually deemed impossible if not a little naive.

The implications of such a move, in areas like legacy, security, the network and the internal organisation, are such that prudence is warranted. Not so for Philips, a company that is making the Big Switch. We speak to Alan Nance, Vice President of Technology Transformation at Royal Philips. [Read more...]

Tim Furmidge

This call will be recorded for regulatory purposes

By Tim Furmidge, Head of Product Management, BT’s Financial Technology Services

Regulation mandating the recording of all mobile communications leading to a financial trade has had far reaching implications for financial firms across the globe – and not just in the UK and the US where the regulators were the first to move.

In November 2011, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), now the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), introduced a regulation stating that all financial institutions’ mobile communications must be recorded. The US-based Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform followed the UK’s lead with a similar directive in early 2013. [Read more...]

Brazil

Trailblazing Technology Brings Economic Dynamism to Brazil

Seen as one of the globe’s fastest-growing countries, and already the seventh largest economy in the world, figures published by The Economist predict Brazilian GDP increasing by over 40 percent by the year 2020*. The evidence points to the country’s trailblazing attitude to technology as a significant contributor to that success.

For example, when L’Oreal, the cosmetics giant, wanted cutting-edge video conferencing worldwide, the group’s Brazilian team led the way. On one hand, IT leaders there had already embraced the technology as a way of improving communications. They needed it simply to do business across the fifth-largest country in the world. [Read more...]