As the banking crisis of 2008 morphed into a global economic crisis, the Western World went into shock. The subsequent deep recession has felt traumatic.
Over the last few years the world has seen huge changes. The global recession has reshaped the ways organisations around the world can operate, and in the same way new technologies have revolutionised the way we get things done, and helped us come up with powerful answers to the challenges faced in a tumultuous economic environment.
Because nothing is certain, and it’s impossible to guarantee what the future holds, flexibility is increasingly one of the most valuable assets you posses. [Read more...]
The Public Services Network (PSN) is the proverbial Grand Projet, aiming to create a more open and competitive market for ICT services across the public sector. In any project of this scale you need to put in strong foundations, and while the work so far may have been unglamorous, it is essential to the future of the PSN programme.
The PSN frameworks were created in 2012 and are up and running. So far transactions have been on the smaller scale, but we’ve all gained valuable experience, while both customers and suppliers have been able to learn about how best to run and respond to framework procurements. [Read more...]
I recently visited a bakery that prominently displayed fresh-baked doggie treats in a clear glass jar next to the cash register – you know, one of those ‘old fashioned’ jars with the lid on top. Before I could even get the question fully out, I was told “yes, a number of people have eaten one… and commented on how good it was before we could tell them that they had just eaten dog food”. This made me laugh for obvious reasons, but also for the reason that we tend to talk about “eating our own dog food” within the technical services industry.
Bear with me while I explain. [Read more...]
Pushy parents have been around forever. You know the sort. They’re the ones shouting expletives from the touchline of an under-sevens football match, and taking notes at parents evening.
Tiger mothers and eagle fathers have been pushing their children to achieve at all costs for centuries, with mixed results. [Read more...]
London’s struggling restaurant trade has been given an unexpected boost by the rise of the set-menu.
Cash-strapped foodies are enjoying elaborate menus designed by the likes of Gordon Ramsay, for (relatively) low prices, and notoriously expensive restaurants such as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal have now introduced fixed price lunches offering affordable, unique dining experiences. [Read more...]
BT has selected Equinix data centres for the rollout of BT Radianz Venue, our cloud-based high-performance service suite.
Under the agreement, we will offer our BT Radianz Venue capabilities from Equinix’s data centres, adding another ten financial ecosystems in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific to the global footprint.
BT Radianz Venue is designed to enhance BT’s low-latency proximity hosting capabilities, delivering interconnectivity between trading venues in the world’s top financial markets. [Read more...]