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Adrian Bridgwater

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Everything will be on the cloud. It almost sounds like overstatement even in 2016 doesn’t it? Could we really get ourselves to the point where we regard the cloud layer as our first, primary, default and de facto location for data? The answer is: yes, we do already… although perhaps n...
Leaving aside (most of) the deeper technical details of the situation, an interesting development occurred in the open source community this week. Under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, a new ‘neutral’ coding community emerged as a result of the coming together of the Node.js and...
People will tell you that ‘software is eating the world’. It’s a good line and it has a good degree of truth in it, so it’s one of those terms that tends to get repeated. A more accurate statement might be: ‘software is eating into the core operational mechanics of the business world ...
The list of ‘new paradigm’ technologies that now surrounds us appears to be at an all time high. From cloud computing and Big Data analytics to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT), today we have to deal with what the industry likes to call ‘paradigm shifts’ at...
The information technology sphere undergoes what we like to call a paradigm shift, sea change or plain old ‘upheaval’ roughly every five years or so. Don’t ask anybody why this half decade cyclicality exists; it just has to be so. Accept that reinvention happens constantly and that m...
The evolution of the database is under constant upheaval, discussion, debate and (if you will excuse the expression) 'analysis.' This basic truth is now more relevant, pertinent and pressing than ever due to the prevalence of Big Data (and the need to impose analytics of insight upon ...
Labor market analytics firm Wanted Analytics recently assessed the market for technology professionals and found that demand for people with proficient levels of Hadoop expertise had skyrocketed by around 33% since last year – it is true, Hadoop is hard technology to master and the lab...
When should High-Performance Computing (HPC) be considered an integral and essential part of the so-called ‘business transformation’ process? This is not a question often posed. We normally center our fascination with the business transformation process around any given firm’s path t...
Transaction management is not just for technical geeks; it is very much a subject that ‘business suits’ should be focused on. But should it be seen as a business issue for technologists or a technology issue for business people? Or doesn’t it matter and should transaction management...
If you Google “detachable computing” today you will mostly get a selection of links relating to removable storage media. It’s a trend that’s slowly changing, but detachable computing is also coming closer to meaning the use of laptop devices that function and fully working laptops wit...
A newly established firm sent out some basic information collateral to introduce itself this summer – and a new type of business model would seem to be emerging. The company here in question described itself as a non-integrated silo-based business that was disparately fragmented into ...
We talk a lot about so-called ‘business transformation’, but what do we really mean by this expression and how does it change the way (as workers) now operate on the shop floor? Read any history of the industrial revolution and you will understand the massively impactful swings that o...
The fundamental mechanics of business have changed. Well, they haven’t quite. The basic laws of supply and demand still govern the economic principles inside which firms in all industries bring goods and services to market inside a common monetary system on an international level. ...
Let us pose the question: Is business transformation a dirty word? Okay it’s words plural, but you get the point. To start with we must realize why we are asking the question. It’s probably because the phraseis so prevalent at the moment. Every IT management guru worth his or her sa...
As we know, the subject of Big Data and the ‘space race’ to produce software application development functions that will enable us to extract insight and (therefore) value from the Big Data mountain remains one of the most discussed issues in information technology today. Increasingly...
Good optimization best practice can help a CIO to lower operating costs, increase asset utilization and employee productivity Somewhere back in the mid-nineties we started talking about optimization (or optimisation if you prefer) as if it were some part of the de facto terminology th...
It’s a logical suggestion after all, i.e., that the mission-critical enterprise is getting wider. In truth, the mission-critical enterprise is getting wider, deeper, longer, broader and altogether bigger. But what does that mean? In practical terms we are stating that the “granular ...
We all want usability, that’s a given right? We exist in an enterprise world, but we want to behave as naturally as possible with all of the technologies and devices that we come into contact with every day. The co-called ‘consumerization of information technology’ suggests that we as...
Transformation, or more specifically ‘technology transformation,’ has become something of a de facto accepted term within the technology industry today. But how did the transformation to transformation happen? Is it down to the vendors trying to champion their business and applicati...
Java 8 has been reengineered and the most significant enhancement in this release is Project Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language. To be more comprehensive, the standout features of JDK 8 are Project Lambda the Nashorn JavaScript Engine and a new Date and Time API. Al...
We are all aware that business needs to change into business 2.0 today – or even some version of business 3.0 if you truly want to start placing new social and semantically-aware labels on the modern business model of today. It sounds simple enough on paper doesn’t it? Bring in and ...
We talk a lot about digital transformation, the drive to bring legacy systems into new and more contemporary usage channels and the need to push mobile, cloud, social and more to the fore today. If we look at what Capgemini has done by pulling all its most vital digital assets and tec...
The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of times, so there’s no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus Torvalds’ “just a hobby, won't be big” comments too often. But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyist...
First and by way of clarification – as all fans of archaic English colloquial language will know, ‘poppycock and bunkum’ are appealing euphemisms for a useful four letter word starting with C that rhymes with clap. Nuances of language out of the way so that we all know what we’re talk...
Somewhere along the line in between the 1990s and the so-called post-2000 ‘naughties’ a change occurred. This change was subtle but important if you took an interest in enterprise-level management theories, methodologies and delivery mechanisms. Outsourcing, as we once knew it, became...
If the title of this piece is a little too obtuse for you, then it is probably best that you know the alternative heading for this content was going to be: How many C-level execs do we really need? But first a personal confession. The first time your humble writer here heard the expr...
People care a lot about technology augmentation, refinement and fine-tuning. We talk about performance acceleration, pushing processing power and the required levels of storage we need to underpin modern IT needs. It’s a never-ending cycle of regenerating work all focused on producing ...
It’s that time of the year again. That time when we humans like to celebrate the annual revolution of our arbitrary measure of chronological quantities and units known as time. Or to put it another way, it’s that time of the year for 2014 predictions, postulations and hypothesizing on ...
As an industry, information technology is fond of relabeling, reclassifying and renaming things. Part of the art of innovation is the reinvention of those things that we know we need to fix. But true innovation is argued to be the reinvention of those things that we don’t think we ne...
Mobile is almost old news now isn’t it? What more can we say about how important mobile technology is in the workplace? The visionary CIO trusts in a mobile device future with employees securely connecting to the corporate datacenter from an array of tightly locked-down devices – stop ...
So Big Data is everywhere, well – it is if you believe all the hype. But hype and hyperbole or not, what matters now is that we’re talking about Big Data a lot because vendors are continuing to develop their applications, data models, cloud frameworks and supporting analysis functions...
There’s a great management book called “The Other Guy Blinked” by the ex-CEO of Pepsi that describes the episode when Coke tried to change its formula and make its core product better. The company re-wrote its product recipe and tried to shake up the market. In the case of Coke, the c...
This history of email predates the modern form that we know on our desktops and mobile devices as it tracks its early origins back to the terminals and green screens of the 1960s. Sometime into the following decade we saw the first “electronic mail” message sent on ARPANET, one of th...
Project management analysis is a dangerous topic. It is very easy to sit back and talk about flawed project direction and targets as we point to the number of failed IT programs that seem to crop up repeatedly. If we are honest about it, do any of us even notice survey statistics clai...
The mobile device market is mushrooming, this we know to be true. Whether you think Microsoft’s recent moves to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone unit will change the world, Apple’s tablet and smartphone legacy will endure for the foreseeable future, Google has had an even bigger impact tha...
Let’s get straight to the point – there are too many IT management theories out there. There are too many software program delivery methodologies, too many project delivery mechanisms and too many ideas to explain how technical management should oversee the production of everything fr...
Technology commentators and analysts love to try and predict which pieces of technology terminology are going to become extinct. They revel in theorizing over which elements of our tech vocabulary are going to become so subsumed and absorbed into the fabric of the way systems work that...
The average CIO doesn’t think with enough clarity and granularity about the type of device used by employees within the corporate data pool. Actually we hope they do. So this statement is posed as more of a question than a definitive judgement, proclamation or observation of any kind. ...
There are only two certainties in life – death and taxes, said Benjamin Franklin. What the theorist and founding father clearly meant was: There are only three certainties in life – death and taxes and information security changeability. In the constantly changing dynamic world of ma...
Back in the good old 1990s we were actually concerned with software application performance factors such as processing power clock speed along with system memory and storage. While memory is still an important determining factor, the questions of microprocessor megahertz and total syst...