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Mike Simons

Mike Simons


Mike Simons is the Editor of ComputerWorld UK and Techworld. He joined IDG in 2006 after almost a decade at Computer Weekly. An award winning IT and business journalist, Mike has a particularly focused on major IT projects and public sector IT. His fascination with the business and social impact of technology began at university, where he obtained an MSc at the Science Policy Research Unit of Sussex University.

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NHS IT: Another project over budget, late and with a functionality shortfall

The public sector spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, has slammed the NHS for signing off and paying for a £40 million IT system that was not fit for purpose, that was delivered late and which still cannot provide the public service intended. The Department of Health’s GP Extraction Service is more than twice over budget and with the NHS estimating it will deliver less than two years’ service instead of the expected five. read more »

Making sense of Big Data

Organisations that manage and analyse Big Data successfully know success begins with a clear business case for an initial product plus a technology infrastructure that can offer scale and management capabilities across private and public cloud. Are you ready for the challenge? read more »

Wearables - from fashion to the enterprise

Wearable technology is moving beyond the hype to become a business reality. But for the enterprise, the challenge is to use wearables to enhance productivity, create new customer experiences and revenue streams, and secure a whole new wave of endpoint devices. read more »

Preparing for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to drive fundamental economic and social change. However, there are serious obstacles to be overcome if we are to gain the full benefits of what could be the building blocks of a new technological revolution. read more »

APIs - The key to unlocking new markets

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are becoming key drivers for the data and mobile economy and the creation of new services right across the board. There are promising API and IoT innovations in healthcare, retail and travel, and the technology is poised to take over the world. read more »

What to do about Windows Server 2003

By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, enterprises can achieve concrete benefits including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of business response. So why have millions of businesses not yet made the move? read more »

The Datacentre of the Future - From Hybrid Cloud to Rack-Scale Architecture

The data centre of the future will be highly agile, software-defined, and based on modular, Rack-Scale architecture and hybrid cloud technology which is currently being deployed by the likes of Google and Amazon Web Services. Whether they deploy themselves or use cloud service providers, enterprises will be the real winners. read more »

Workplace transformation: the work has just begun

The latest trends and technologies driving workplace transformation all centre on unlocking staff potential; and with new mobile device form factors, 7Gbit/sec wireless and wire-free displays, there are plenty of ways to modernise your workplace. read more »

Technology-enabled business transformation

Mobility, Internet of Things, wearable computers, cloud and social business were at the heart of this year’s CeBit Business IT conference in Hannover, Germany. And Intel was at the heart of the event, showcasing innovation with an impressive range of technologies and partners. read more »

Hutchison puts up £10bn for O2, BT aggressively targets mobile consumers

Hutchison Whampoa is acquiring mobile operator O2 for a price that could reach £10 billion, giving a company that already owns Three an even bigger share of the British market. BT meanwhile has responded with aggressive price offerings for consumers, following its purchase of EE from Deutsche Telekom and Orange last month for £12.7 billion. read more »

Atos in £670m takeover of Xerox global outsourcing operations

French outsourcing giant Atos gives itself an expensive Xmas present. read more »

SAP faces communications battle with its customers

SAP faces a major communications battle with its UK users. The issue became apparent from the opening session of the SAP UK and Ireland User group conference in Birmingham today. read more »

Marks & Spencer - why the CFO should resign for a website failure

When Marks & Spencer relaunched its website in February after a £150 million revamp, none of its directors could have expected it to drive away customers, yet that is precisely what happened. When M&S warned in May that problems at its... read more »

How IBM announced System/360 to the world

This is the text of an IBM Data Processing Division press release distributed on 7 April, 1964, System 360 a family of computers build with the then revolutionary concept of a single, unified architecture. read more »

Capita beefs up security offering with Network Technology Solutions buy

Outsourcing giant Capita has acquired IT security specialist Network Technology Solutions (UK), a privately-held security reseller that provides support and managed services across the private and public sectors. read more »

Creative IT and government smokescreens

Something very strange is going on. We all know that IT lies at the heart of most of the most creative social and business changes around today, but why has the government labelled IT a creative industry? Why, suddenly do large parts the... read more »

Dreamforce 2013: KLM using social to boost sales by 700%

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OFT to scrutinise public sector IT procurement

The Office of Fair Trading has launched an inquiry into the supply of IT goods and services to the public sector. read more »

BT CEO resigns to become government minister

Ian Livingston has resigned as CEO of BT to become Minister of Trade and Industry. read more »

Gartner: Business intelligence leaders and laggards

Many organisations have yet to begin using systematic data analysis techniques in HR, marketing and social, according to analyst house Gartner. read more »

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