IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Public sector IT staff see largest cut in 25 years
Useful article which brings together in one place some of the top stories of public sector IT in 2011. A reduced staff is using innovative methods to deliver value, such as the use of personal equipment and beginning the (seemingly) inevitable floatation off into the Cloud. Read the story, here.

Lotusphere 2012: Lotus Notes/Domino Social Edition
Ed Brill reports back from Lotusphere with some updates on the development of Notes. The vision is to have as seamless an experience using Notes on a browser as a client; oh, and there’s stuff to read about mobile devices. See the blog, here.

Analysis: Is there a need for social analytics in the enterprise?
In a hopeless attempt to claim that these news digests aren’t just thrown together, I offer a story that comes from Lotusphere, as mentioned above. There is an audible echo from inside this blog when I write the words ‘social media is on the up in enterprises’. Read the analyst opinion, here.

McAfee tackles ‘spam hijack’ flaw in anti-malware code
A botnet attack had caused affected users’ computers to be extremely active – spamming caused one user to have as much mail sent in one day as in a normal 10 month period. Oh, and don’t forget to ensure that you have updated your antivirus. Read about it, here.

And finally…
Status update: Six feet under
The rhetorical question ‘is nothing sacred?’ is comprehensively answered by a new online service. Still, if you have a partner with a well lubricated jaw, it might allow you to get the last word in for one final time. See what you think, here.

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Is Social Media a Corporate or a Personal Tool?
Interesting Gartner blog which muses about how enterprises can use social media. It draws a compelling distinction between the social company versus the social individual and how best to enable the benefits to be seen. See what you think, here.

Almost a third of BI projects fail to deliver on business objectives
Article that makes the rather obvious point that if you are going to fork out for a business intelligence solution, you might want to think about getting your money’s worth. Leveraging analytics isn’t easy but you can derive significant value by doing it properly and none if you don’t. Read it, here.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes coding course
Really interesting story about a famous politician joining thousands of others in learning the basics of coding. You can learn how to write Javascript for free: what’s not to like? Find out about it, here.

Apple chief Tim Cook in $378m pay package
It’s amazing: top cat in loadsamoney shocker. In these straitened times, it’s nice to know that Steve Jobs only earned a dollar a year; this pales in comparison to this proligacy. Read the actual facts, here.

And finally…
After its meteoric rise the iPad has come back down to earth with a bang.
Gadget chucked from 100,000 feet and wasn’t knackered after landing. From this we discover that some people will sell anything by doing anything. Read the story, here.

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Five ways to improve your IT project management
There shouldn’t be too much new here if you are doing your PM properly but this is an excellent brief guide to some best practice. Make sure you have proper backing from ‘the management’ and project resources, under no circumstances make promises you can’t keep and keep a keen eye on the bigger picture within the business. Read the detail, here.

Your Family’s Privacy and the Xbox 360 Kinect
If you or one of yours have an XBox Kinect, Trend Micro offer a rather good summary of things to be concerned about (albeit a year old). In short: read the privacy rules; understand the privacy rules; and, ensure that you adhere to these rules. Read the full Trend article, here.

Seven Questions With IBM’s Manoj Saxena About Watson and Cancer
Not content with winning a game show, IBM’s Watson computer has set its sights on helping in the battle against cancer. This is a good article as it ably illustrates Domain’s business partner, IBM’s, attitude toward innovation: perform research in one area and it may have implications elsewhere. Read the full article, here.

Microsoft sues retailer Comet
Strange story of a high street store allegedly breaching copyright of the mighty Microsoft. It seems that both sides have taken legal advice so the courts will probably have to pick the bones out of this one. Make your mind up, here.

And finally…
Apple iPhone malfunction leaves Tesco red-faced
Potty-mouthed telephone expresses distain for a 12 year-old. In fairness, most kids of that age will hear worse in the playground but you don’t expexct that sort of language in Tesco. If you are not easily offended, click here.

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

IT recruiters upbeat about 2012 jobs outlook, says REC
I’m not sure how rooted this is in reality but apparently IT recruiters are looking forward to next year with their only concern being the lack of suitable candidates. It seems that, while the rest of the economy has caught pneumonia, there’s never been a better time for candidates to acquire skills that the market wants. Read the story, here.

A few things I am looking forward to in 2012
An interesting end-of-year prediction Gartner blog for the direction of IT in the year to come. I must confess that I can’t disagree with any of it in terms of where IT should be headed rather than where it will necessarily end up. See if you agree, here.

Microsoft releases emergency critical security patch
The software giant releases an interim patch to clear up recently discovered vulnerabilities. It just goes to show that the battle against the hackers is ongoing. Read the specifics, here.

Odd technology job interview questions revealed
A list of some fairly terrifying interview questions asked by techie recruiters. I’m willing to wager money on the fact that the candidate who rolled up for an interview with Amazon hadn’t prepared an answer to world hunger. Read the rest, here.

And finally…
Gaming gecko
A heartwarming story of man and his companion working together for a shared aim. The fact that the aim is to complete a game on a telephone shouldn’t detract from this seminal moment in inter-species cooperation. See the story, here.

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

IBM 5in5: IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives within Five Years
IBM cast a techie glance into the future to predict the sort of changes that will happen in the short term future. It seems as though the headline story is that analytics might make unsolicited mail more relevant to you but at the cost of seeming more intrusive. That’s my take, judge for yourself, here..

UK’s top 10 2011 YouTube videos put dog above royals
Doom and gloom pervade the world of business but, as it’s Christmas, here’s something a little different. The BBC list the top 10 youtube videos of the year headed by a talking dog; yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s right: a talking dog. Magnificent. Read the rest, here..

Yuletide Backbytes
A little bit of lightweight Christmas cobblers from Computing magazine. They gather together 5 frivolous stories to lighten everyone’s mood: from nerd dating to super-strength finger nails. Enjoy a couple of minutes respite, here..

Government lacks skills to deliver ICT strategy, says NAO
In the latest salvo, the NAO admit that the Government have an IT strategy but they just don’t have the skills to deliver it. Computer Weekly’s solution?: keep talking internally and externally to identify gaps and to plug them. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Judge for yourself, here..

And finally…
The Nativity like you’ve never seen before
Not being a young person, I should frown upon such attempts to tell the old story in an updated way. However, I am reliably informed that you can’t wack a bit of beatboxing Nativity so I will maintain a slightly baffled silence. Er, happy Christmas, here..

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

CIOs reveal technologies making the most impact in 2011
Study finds that virtualisation and cloud technologies are most significant in CIOs driving down the cost of IT. The study gives a bit of a V-sign to mobile devices which are perceived to make much less of a contribution. Read the report, here.

Silent updating for Internet Explorer
Microsoft announce that updates for IE will happen ‘while you sleep’. This is important as it should keep users more secure as they clearly can’t be trusted to apply updates themselves. Read it, here.

Social Media Doesn’t Change Business Basics. But.
At the risk of sounding like a Gartner-groupie, here is another excellent Gartner blog about the use of ‘the social’ in business. It makes the valid point that adopting social methods is not going into the scary unknown, but using new technology to aid business. Sage advice and analysis, here.

FBI says hackers hit key services in three US cities
Worrying news story that hackers have turned some of their attention to breaking into utility facilities. The 2 revolutionary main conclusions of the story are: 1. have passwords of more than 3 characters; 2. if it’s not too much trouble, go wild and change your password once in a while. Duh! Be concerned while reading the blindingly obvious, here.

And finally…
Back in my day……..we didn’t have apps
We are never more divided by a common language than between age groups. This application is the boom-ting (I think) and will help those who speak English as a first language understand our younger brethren. Probably. Er…innit. Read more, here.

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Atos boss Thierry Breton defends his internal email ban
Company boss has the courage of his convictions in allowing staff to rely on social media techniques rather than internal email. This is a major challenge to a mentality that you copy the world and his labrador on every email to prove you are doing your job. Read the interview, here.

Beware misleading marketing of “private clouds”
Interesting Gartner blog which, horrifyingly, implies that some of the marketing surrounding the Cloud might be a bit iffy. The author identifies 3 porkies told by those trying to get us to float into the Cloud. Read the entry, here.

Made in IBM Labs: Breakthrough Chip Technology Lights the Path to Exascale Computing
IBM unveil a new type of chip that should dramatically increase the speed of computing. In other news, this article has introduced the word ‘Nanophotonics’ which would go a long way to winning any game of Scrabble. Read the IBM article, here.

Martha Lane Fox launches Government Digital Service
Article about the change of mindset in government that will make services ‘digital by default’: or, I suspect, online unless it is simply impossible to achieve. This is broadly a good idea as it could represent huge efficiency savings but I can’t wait to see how they deliver meals on wheels over t’interweb. Read the story, here.

And finally…
Laptops may fry more than just thighs
Report that using your computer might affect you in the downstairs frontal-type trouser area. Is this a co-incidence or another form of Darwinian selection? I’ll let you decide by reading, here.

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