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An FD abacus by Bill McConkey

Opinion

Computers and the internet surpass inventions of the past

Has a single invention since 1970 has been worth a dime? The short answer is ‘yes’

26 Nov 2014

FD sling by Bill McConkey

Opinion

Tech: Ignoring an increasingly complex world is not an option

Making things simple has been a hallmark of our past, but it won’t do for the future

24 Oct 2014

Opinion

Automation has made certain professions an endangered species

The list of professions that have been automated or redistributed out of existence is growing fast

24 Sep 2014

Opinion

A clear and tangled vision to benefit from the cloud

Be innovative, brave and use a multitude of suppliers to make the cloud work effectively - and be safe, writes Peter Cochrane

04 Aug 2014

Opinion

Old technologies struggle to meet new demands

Old systems and technology can never scale to meet new demands, writes Peter Cochrane

04 Jun 2014

Opinion

Social media marketing can get lost in translation

There is money in data, if only the business world were better at exploiting the potential of social media

28 Apr 2014

Opinion

Moving to VOIP can be filled with glitches, test it ahead of time

The mobile and flexible working revolution is breaking down the thinking of the bygone telephone era

25 Mar 2014

Opinion

Predictive selling to become part and parcel of commerce

Amazon is pioneering predictive selling, but will it work?

04 Feb 2014

Opinion

Investing in technology should be at the heart of the business

Outsourcing of IT on a grand scale has created a dearth of capability and deep understanding

16 Jan 2014

Opinion

Bring your own device, be your own boss

Social networking, mobility and clouds are empowering, but many businesses see them as an unknown threat

25 Nov 2013

Opinion

Kids have mastered real-time resource allocation. Have you?

Young people are addicted to gaming, but oldies must learn from their mastery of real-time resource allocation

30 Oct 2013

Opinion

Think about the IT minefield when you want M&A

Transition problems with M&A are akin to walking through an IT minefield wearing a blindfold: fraught with risk

20 Sep 2013

Opinion

Drop-in centres provide a treasure trove of inside information

Business drop-in centres can provide a treasure trove of inside information from the unwary

23 Aug 2013

Opinion

Windows XP bytes the dust

Nothing lasts forever and the demise of XP is just part of a natural progression. There is absolutely no need to panic

19 Jun 2013

Opinion

IT interfaces heading for Star Trek future

Cars are becoming increasingly like KITT from Knight Rider. IT interfaces could go the same way

23 Apr 2013

Opinion

Working From Where? - Making mobility real

The FD can help in the push to make the office environment more 'jellyfish-like', says Peter Cochrane

22 Mar 2013

Opinion

The internet must remain borderless

The internet must remain borderless and not under the control of any one country, government or organisation

30 Jan 2013

Opinion

IT strategy: Where are my bits?

The internet, servers and service providers are leaky buckets with data seeping out and in

25 Oct 2012

Opinion

The big Data

Business data now spans the simple bar code and the complex and seismic

27 Sep 2012

Opinion

A self-inflicted tech debacle

The software debacle at RBS had the potential to be a mass extinction event

30 Aug 2012

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With a complex transition period ahead and the deadline for mandatory compliance set for 1 January 2018, financial services firms need to start thinking about the new standard now

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