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Innovation is everyone’s job

By Wael El Kabbany, Managing Director BT Middle East and North Africa

For a moment, cast your mind back to pre-industrial times. It was a period in which farmers and artisans had a close relationship with their customers; receiving direct feedback from them. It allowed these craftsmen to adjust their work to the tastes of their patron. The introduction of large scale organisations at the turn of the twentieth century resulted in employees losing that intimacy, as these companies split into divisions, departments and functions. The average employee became more specialized in their work and was cast further adrift from the actual customer. As cogs in the machine employees lost all sense of emotional attachment to the end product and the customer. 

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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...]

Yury Rozenman

Keeping collaboration secure – Interview with CEO of Exostar

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

Now more than ever, organizations need to collaborate with external stakeholders in a safe, secure manner. This is especially relevant to highly-regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare and aerospace & defense. Just how do companies manage to do this when sensitive and valuable information is involved? Is there an easy way to manage system access when thousands of users are involved – from many different organizations – without compromising security?

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Graham Dickens, Principal Enterprise Architect, BT Global Services

Getting really smart

By: Graham Dickens, Principal Enterprise Architect,  BT Global Services

In the IT industry it’s difficult to escape from buzzwords — new ones seem to emerge every other day. Take smart, for example. Smart cities, smart offices and even smart homes are popping up everywhere, but what does it really mean? The smart thing to do, of course, is to unearth the definition. Only when you pin down the real meaning can you begin to work out how effective it can be, and what it means for our buildings.

At BT, our definition of smart has evolved over the years. We’ve been invested in smart technology from the word go, so we’ve been right at the heart of its transformation. It was originally a nod to internet connectivity, but now, as Information Communication and Technology (ICT) is becoming more of a utility than a commodity; smart refers to the use of collaborative and connected technologies (e.g. Unified Communications). Smart buildings are those that successfully integrate ICT into their infrastructure: it’s the reason that close to zero net energy buildings can now be achieved and it plays a large role in the reduction of emissions. [Read more...]


Collaboration: planting the seeds of success

Increasing crop productivity, protecting the environment and improving health and quality of life — impressive stuff, and that’s what Syngenta does, on a global scale. Achieving these ambitious goals hinges on how well their employees, partners and customers can communicate and collaborate. Like most modern organisations, their employees work from all over the world and use a mixture of devices — smooth and cost-effective communication is vital to their success.

Find out how they used the BT One Collaborate managed services to host a virtual event that brought their global team together, involving 200 people, spanning 18 countries. It helped to cut costs, save time and enabled them to become more flexible and efficient. Read the full case study here. [Read more...]