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IT professionals suffering from poor work-life balance

UK IT workers have a worse work-life balance than their American counterparts, according to a report from PagerDuty. The firm surveyed more than 800 IT professionals from the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Australia to find out how the ‘always-on’ culture is affecting the personal lives of IT pros in the three countries. The study… Read More


Midcounties Co-operative chooses Six Degrees for IT services

The largest independent Co-operative in the UK has chosen cloud managed service provider Six Degrees to host its data and IT services at the firm’s Birmingham South data centre. The Midcounties Co-operative’s portfolio contains food, healthcare, funeral care, travel, energy, childcare, flexible benefits and postal products. As such, it requires quite significant IT services and… Read More


Why government IT contract terms need to open up to smaller companies

Michael Mudd, managing partner at Asia Policy Partners, discusses the need for change in the way government IT contract terms are operated, particularly in a way that means smaller companies are able to compete. First, some general points on government contracts: Government and industry should aim for “win/win” contracts: a major problem at present is… Read More


95% of data centre traffic to come from cloud by 2021

Researchers at Cisco have predicted that the vast majority of data centre work will go into fuelling the cloud by 2021. The Global Cloud Index report looks at the way in which cloud services have grown to dominate both consumer and business applications. These huge demand levels and their expected continual rise means that nearly… Read More


Cloud remains strong for Microsoft in second quarter earnings

Microsoft beat analyst expectations in the most recent quarter, with a big rise in its Intelligent Cloud division, though a tax repayment impacted profits. For the second quarter of the 2018 financial year, the Seattle giant saw a 12% increase in revenue, amounting to a total of $28.9 billion (approx. £20 billion). Operating income increased… Read More


IT teams struggling to meet digital transformation demands

Organisations are keen to move ahead with digital transformation projects but most currently do not have the capacity to do so, according to the results of a survey. The results of the Digital Transformation Readiness Survey, sponsored by Appian and conducted by DevOps.com, found that many organisations do not feel they are able to meet… Read More


The past, present and future of cloud from an industry veteran

Ian Moyse, Board Member at Cloud Industry Forum and Director at Natterbox, spoke to The Stack about the lingering concerns over cloud adoption and the rapidly approaching ‘tipping point’, ahead of his session at Cloud Expo Europe, London 2018 Given the extent to which the cloud is ingrained in every part of our lives, and… Read More


Why cloud is key to building a mature open government

Barry Lowry, CIO at the Government of Ireland, discusses the challenges and opportunities for digital transformation in government ahead of his address at Cloud Expo Europe, London 2018 In many respects, there is a ‘push and pull’ situation developing in Ireland. There are those who carry out most of their banking, shopping and many other… Read More


Smartsheet acquires business bot firm Converse.AI

Workplace automation and efficiency firm Smartsheet has bought Converse.AI, the creator of ChatFlow, which uses conversational bots to improve business processes. The Washington based firm has acquired Converse.AI for an undisclosed amount, in order to integrate the latter’s services into its own. Smartsheet customers will now have access to conversational user experience and workflow automation… Read More


IT spending to hit $3.7 trillion by 2018, says Gartner

Emerging technologies such as blockchain, IoT, big data and artificial intelligence will drive IT spending up to record levels, according to Gartner. The research house expects IT spending worldwide to rise to $3.7 trillion (approx. £2.7 trillion) in the coming year, a rise of 4.5% compared to 2017. This attributed to the growth in digital business,… Read More


Businesses failing to measure success of digital transformation projects

Many businesses are not adequately measuring the success of their digital transformation projects, according to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF). Research from the cloud trade body and managed hybrid IT firm, Ensono, illustrates the gulf between what businesses expected to get out of digital transformation and what they have found to have got out of… Read More


London leads record year for UK tech despite Brexit

Business is good for UK technology as it topped the European investment tables, spearheaded by London. In the first full year since the Brexit vote, happy venture capitalists plunged £2.99 billion into tech firms in the UK in 2017; nearly twice what was invested the year before. The vast majority of that investment happened within… Read More