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NCC Weekly News Update 29 November 2016 - 01 Dec 2016

Here is your weekly update on the latest IT news stories. You can comment on these stories if you are logged on. Tech jobs set for big pay rises in 2017 Do you have what it takes to be a great CIO? ... read more..

Tech jobs set for big pay rises in 2017 - 01 Dec 2016

From InformationWeek IT professionals looking to boost their career and salary in 2017 should take a look at new research prepared by specialised staffing agency Robert Half, which recently published a series of new guides to help workers and employers prepare for the New Year, including The Top 10 Technology ... read more..

Do you have what it takes to be a great CIO? - 01 Dec 2016

From What sort of personality do you need to be a great chief information officer? You might think being competitive, outgoing, quick to adapt to technology and having strong people skills will turn you into a great CIO. But you would be wrong. Deloitte has interviewed and surveyed 1,200 ... read more..

Applications for technology visas 'rise after Brexit' - 01 Dec 2016

From IT Pro Applications for visas to allow non-EU immigrant tech workers to work in the UK has increased in popularity post-Brexit. According to Tech City UK, the government body responsible for processing tech talent visas, more than 300 applications have been received since April, a huge increase compared to ... read more..

Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement: what it means for technology in the UK - 01 Dec 2016

From Computerworld UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has outlined some of the Conservative government's fiscal policy in his Autumn Statement, placing a keen emphasis on science, technology, startups and 'productivity'. Although it's unclear precisely what Hammond meant by productivity, he announced a £23 billion 'national productivity investment fund' that will ... read more..

Tablets: why businesses are falling in love with them - 01 Dec 2016

From ZDNet Are businesses finally falling in love with tablets, just as consumers fall out of love with them? According to figures from IDC, 8.2 million tablets were shipped into Western Europe in the third quarter of this year, a 6.7% decline year-on-year. But while sales of consumer tablets dropped, ... read more..

Britain's wartime codebreaking base could host a national cyber security college - 01 Dec 2016

From CIO Plans are afoot to build the UK's first National College of Cyber Security at Bletchley Park, the birthplace of the country's wartime codebreaking efforts. It was at Bletchley Park that Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, was built during World War II to crack the Lorenz code used ... read more..

IT security shouldn’t be ‘because I told you so’ – consult employees on policy - 01 Dec 2016

From IT security shouldn't be dictated from on high, as trusting and involving employees helps to nurture a greater security culture, an industry panel representing leading banking, media, engineering and security solution firms have agreed. Speaking at Computing's 2016 Enterprise Security and Risk Management Summit, Anton Karpov, CISO at ... read more..

Cloud-driven IT decentralisation increases security risk - 01 Dec 2016

From Dark Reading IT management has become increasingly decentralised in the last three years and businesses are struggling to address it. Many believe tech departments aren't ready to face this trend, which they believe will increase enterprise security risk. These findings come from new cloud research on IT management, commissioned ... read more..

99 in 100 UK companies are not capitalising on the digital economy - 01 Dec 2016

From Information Age Just one in every 100 companies in the UK are capitalising on the digital economy compared to 41% in Germany, according to new research. In a study of more than 4,000 executives in 21 countries, Oxford Economics found that while European business leaders are beginning to ... read more..

And finally…Are iPhone owners really less honest than Android users? That's what this study says - 01 Dec 2016

From ZDNet Some people believe a car tells a lot about its owner so why not smartphones, one of the most personal devices we own? Dozens of mobile analytics firms study Android and iOS users' preferences, location and habits, but a group of psychologists claim to be the first to make a ... read more..

NCC Weekly News Update 08 November 2016 - 15 Nov 2016

Here is your weekly update on the latest IT news stories. You can comment on these stories if you are logged on. 40% of employers worldwide face talent shortages, driven by IT Tesco Bank theft shows need to take cyber security ... read more..

40% of employers worldwide face talent shortages, driven by IT - 15 Nov 2016

From TechRepublic Employers, start your engines: the race to capture top tech talent is at its toughest level in nearly a decade. Some 40% of employers globally report that they are experiencing difficulty filling jobs the highest number since 2007, according to ManpowerGroup's 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey. To ... read more..

Tesco Bank theft shows need to take cyber security more seriously - 15 Nov 2016

From Cyber theft from 20,000 compromised Tesco Bank current accounts shows traditional approaches to security are not working and that companies are not taking the threat seriously enough, according to experts. Tesco Bank halted online banking after 40,000 current accounts were compromised and half of those were hit by ... read more..

CIOs get strategic as IT budgets stay flat - 15 Nov 2016

From InformationWeek IT budgets may look flat when you look at the average, but if you take a closer look at individual budgets, there's tremendous volatility and variation among companies. That volatility is coming amid a huge change in how IT organisations function within their enterprises more often as ... read more..

The PC is having its mid-life crisis, just a little bit early - 15 Nov 2016

From ZDNet The PC market has been buffeted by some pretty strong winds recently: sales this year will decline for the second year running (they'll be about flat next year too) as consumers and business switch to tablets and smartphones. And for the first time internet usage on mobiles and ... read more..

When will enterprise wake up to MacOS security threat? - 15 Nov 2016

From SC Magazine Researchers at AI security vendor Cylance have uncovered a low rent malvertising campaign on Google AdWords that targets high-end MacOS users. Without wishing to get into the 'your Windows machine is a gazillion times less secure than my Mac' nonsense, and whilst admitting that this latest threat ... read more..

Docker, machine learning are top tech trends for 2017 - 15 Nov 2016

From CIO With 2017 fast approaching, technology trends that will keep gathering steam in the New Year range from augmented and virtual reality to machine intelligence, Docker and microservices, according to technology consulting firm ThoughtWorks. In its semi-annual Technology Radar report published last week, ThoughtWorks calls out four IT themes ... read more..

SAP unveils SAP Hana 2 in-memory database platform - 15 Nov 2016

From SAP has unveiled its SAP Hana 2 platform, the company's in-memory database technology, combined with microservices and made available in the cloud via SAP Hybris-as-a-service. The company announced the SAP Hana 2 platform at its SAP TechEd Barcelona event. Current customers and users of SAP Hana include bakery ... read more..

AI and automation will be far more significant than Brexit - 15 Nov 2016

From Information Age Last month both the UK and US governments published reports on how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will impact society in the coming years. It was a landmark moment, thrusting AI into national and political conversations. At the same time Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, called ... read more..

Government seeks cyber security heroes with retraining courses open to all - 15 Nov 2016

From The government has announced the launch of a 10-week boot camp training initiative designed to churn out more skilled cyber security experts as part of the newly unveiled National Cyber Security Strategy. The Cyber Retraining Academy course does not require those interested to have any prior cyber expertise, ... read more..

And finally…US election result correctly predicted by AI - 15 Nov 2016

From An AI known as 'MogIA' has correctly predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2016 US election, giving it four correct US election results in a row. According to US network CNBC, MogIA uses 20 million data points from online services including Google, Twitter and YouTube to generate ... read more..

NCC Weekly News Update 31 October 2016 - 04 Nov 2016

Here is your weekly update on the latest IT news stories. You can comment on these stories if you are logged on. Microsoft enterprise cloud and software pricing to increase in January Gartner's 10 tech predictions that will change IT Average ... read more..

Microsoft enterprise cloud and software pricing to increase in January - 04 Nov 2016

From Microsoft is to increase its enterprise software and cloud service prices for UK customers significantly, in reaction to the falling value of the pound. From 1 January 2017, prices for on-premises enterprise software will increase by 13%, whilst enterprise cloud prices will increase by 22% 'to realign close ... read more..

Gartner's 10 tech predictions that will change IT - 04 Nov 2016

From InformationWeek One of the reasons people go to the annual Gartner Symposium ITxpo is to hear Gartner analysts offer predictions for the future. This year was no different and Gartner didn't disappoint, offering predictions and prognostications on a variety of subjects. One of the most talked about lists of ... read more..

Average European firm loses £3 million per year from critical IT events - 04 Nov 2016

From Information Age The average European organisation loses more than £3 million pounds every year from 36 critical IT events, according to a new study. A critical IT event occurs when a business application or infrastructure is down or has a malfunction. This results in a business process being halted, or users ... read more..

IT teams are being pushed to the sidelines - 04 Nov 2016

From TechRepublic Most businesses are in the midst of a digital transformation but only 21% have implemented a firm-wide strategy, according to a recent survey from SAP and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The CIO is the most likely member of the C-suite to take ownership of digital transformation efforts ... read more..

Industry reaction: UK cyber security strategy - 04 Nov 2016

From SC Magazine The UK government has confirmed nearly £2 billion of investment in cyber security as part of its new cyber security strategy. UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, presenting to Microsoft's Future Decoded conference, made a speech in which he set out the government's landmark cyber security strategy for the next ... read more..

Just how 'pro' are the new MacBook Pro and Surface Studio? Not very... - 04 Nov 2016

From ZDNet We've known what 'professional' computers have looked like for at least 40 years and neither the new Apple MacBook Pro 15 nor Microsoft's Surface Studio fit the bill. Both products sacrifice performance, functionality and upgradability for appearance. This is not to say they can't be used for professional ... read more..

IT spending on ‘innovation’ is now a priority - 04 Nov 2016

From CIO Businesses are increasing their spending on technology, with cloud services as the big beneficiary. Hardware and software spending is declining as spending on cloud services rises, particularly on SaaS, according to the most recent annual survey from the Society for Information Management (SIM). Analytics/business intelligence and cyber security ... read more..



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