Politicians still don’t understand technology and are much more comfortable regulating it than working out how to use it to improve public services, says Tony Blair. According to the former UK Prime Minister, discussions about technology should be at the heart of government: “My view is you need to reorder politics around handling this technology revolution. It should become central to the political debate.”   By Steve Ranger on ZDNet
Businesses might be collecting more data than ever before but many firms still don’t know what to do with it. As consulting firm McKinsey suggests, the process of actually deriving meaningful insight from that information – and converting that knowledge into action – is easier said than done.   By Mark Samuels on ZDNet
Microsoft Teams users can now converse with colleagues privately after the long-awaited introduction of private channels – one of a variety of updates announced by Microsoft at its Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla. this week. The company also highlighted enhanced integration with Outlook and a multi-window feature.   By Matthew Finnegan on ComputerWorld
Europe’s data protection legislation is still missing the point and will remain a ‘paper tiger’ until internet giants are hit with big fines, according to NSA-contractor turned whistleblower and privacy campaigner Edward Snowden. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the European Union on 25 May 2018 and is designed to give EU citizens more control over their personal data.   By Steve Ranger on ZDNet
Dell Technologies updated its VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure system with new platforms designed for SAP HANA and similar workloads, multi-cluster deployments and enhanced management analytics. The Dell EMC VxRail additions were announced at VMworld Europe.   By Larry Dignan on ZDNet
Embrace Digital Transformation and Turn Your Organisation into a Super Being Everything is going digital. There’s no denying it and no escaping it. From the way organisations operate and generate value to the nature of their communication and interaction, remarkable digital products are positioning these companies as leaders in the digital revolution. But what makes this possible? The answer: immense transformations in application and software development. First Technology, together with Dell Technologies, will equip you with these innovative tools, providing…
The best CIOs have moved beyond just operational IT concerns and now spend most of their time thinking about how they can help their company to make bigger profits. That’s a big change for an executive who has traditionally been tasked with spending money, not making it.   By Mark Samuels on ZDNet
Smart Spaces: Empowering Your Workforce to Take Charge of the Future The nature of the workplace is going through one of the most monumental transformations in history. Young minds are abandoning the archaic practices of the past in search of flexible and intuitive work environments, a space where you can collaborate and communicate with colleagues in a natural and seamless way. First Technology, in partnership with Dell Technologies, not only provides your business with the opportunity to embrace these emerging…
IT Transformation is Leading the Digital Revolution We are in the midst of the digital revolution and it is our IT departments that will spearhead our campaign through the wilderness of transformation. They are the primary drivers of innovation, not only predicting and adapting to the future… but building it.
Security Is Not an Impediment. It’s an Accelerator of Innovation Conventionally, security has been viewed as an obstacle to innovation and risk has been seen as an anchor that weighs your business down, something to fear and avoid. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The time has come for organisations to change their perception of these notions. Security needs to be seen as an accelerator for your organisation.