UK technology during 2012

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This campaign, which will run throughout the year, will examine the state of our domestic IT industry at a time when the country will be at the centre of global attention.

There is huge opportunity this year for UK businesses of all sizes. However, many businesses are also set to experience disruption as millions of people attempt to crowd onto our already creaking transport systems. As a result, companies of all sizes are implementing flexible working practices, raising interesting security concerns.

We will be covering the biggest technology stories from 2012 and explaining their impact on the UK IT industry as a whole.



BT launches ‘hyper-fast’ 10Gbit/s broadband trial

ZTE XGPON 10Gbits network equipment in Cornwall
'Superfast' broadband rollout also gathers pace 27 Nov 2012

Cisco predicts capacity to 'print' food in 15 years

Cisco futurist also foresees artificial intelligence in the cloud, in Twitter interview 20 Nov 2012

Department of Heath selects Logica to provide payroll services

Entrance to the Department of Health
Seven-year deal will see firm responsible for payroll of 30,000 employees 09 Nov 2012 joins G-Cloud

Cloud computing use is a major government IT strategy
Applications and platform available through the government cloud network 26 Oct 2012

Joanna Shields quits as Facebook Euro chief to join London's Tech City

New TCIO executive begins in January 2013 22 Oct 2012

Cisco’s Legacy - Building on the success of London 2012.

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were a thrilling success, an awe-inspiring example of human achievement and endeavour. And as the official network infrastructure supporter of London 2012, Cisco played an important part. But Cisco’s technical contribution does not end there. Cisco is committed to a successful and sustainable legacy through a series of initiatives and support programmes aimed at small business. 15 Oct 2012

At the London 2012 Games, it’s not just the athletes who need to be flexible

London 2012 is proving to be a spectacular Games, not only for enthusiastic spectators, but also in the way technology is enabling flexible working in order to deliver the entire Olympic and Paralympic experience. 03 Sep 2012

ICO to investigate Essex County Council data breach

Concept image representing data protection rules
Security lapse has exposed 400 people to the threat of identity theft 20 Aug 2012

Ex-government CIO hits back at McCluggage’s 'failing IT strategy' claims

DWP's Joe Harley
Joe Harley says government is making progress towards its IT goals 17 Aug 2012

The IT legacy of the Olympics

Ian Foddering, CTO UK & Ireland, Cisco, talks to Computing about the long-term benefits the IT powering London 2012 will bring to the UK 01 Aug 2012

Crash Podcast: Nokia, Office 2013, Windows 8 & patent disputes

Crash is the regular IT news podcast from Computing 31 Jul 2012

Businesses warned not to underestimate remote working challenges during London 2012

Concept image of a cyber criminal
Firms must carry out audits to ensure their systems are 'not too open' 25 Jul 2012

Olympics website least robust of all key London 2012 sites, says traffic survey

Increased visits during Games could bring official 2012 site to its knees 25 Jul 2012

Advertorial: At the London 2012 Games, it won’t just be the athletes making a huge leap forward

23 Jul 2012

BT gets superfast Welsh broadband contract

96 per cent of country to have connections up to 80Mbps by 2015 20 Jul 2012

McAfee warns on Olympic NFC fraud risks

To catch a thief
Near-field communication payment trial at Olympics could attract fraudsters 09 Jul 2012

Video: Technology recruitment at Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer store in Westfield (Photo - Marks & Spencer)
Marks & Spencer CIO Darrell Stein talks to Computing about his plans to recruit 50 new software engineers in London 05 Jul 2012

Exclusive: Marks & Spencer to recruit 50 UK software engineers

Front of a Marks and Spencer shop
Retailer is building an elite software engineering team in London to increase innovation 29 Jun 2012

NPIA hails success of national police database

Riot police
National Policing Improvement Agency says data sharing has led to speedier arrests 22 Jun 2012

Raspberry Pi: Education in action VIDEO

Raspberry Pi PC
Computing talks to staff and pupils at Swallow Hill College, which is trialling the Raspberry Pi as a tool for teaching programming skills 18 Jun 2012

BBC and Press Association select MarkLogic to handle Olympics data

BBC Olympics
Websites are expecting huge volume of data during the London Games 13 Jun 2012

Maude sets out 'digital by default', single-platform vision for UK government

Tory Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude
Intellect speech sets out far-reaching vision for public sector IT - but forgets to mention security. Chris Middleton explores its meaning 12 Jun 2012

Get set. Go forward.

11 Jun 2012

Contactless payment on Tube delayed until late 2013

A London Underground sign by TfL
No 'Wave and Pay' on the Tube until the end of 2013, as TfL misses its contactless payment pledge by a year 25 May 2012

Crash: Big data, security and analytics

Computing's regular podcast features news of major IT projects at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, and analysis of why web coders often ignore basic security best-practise 14 May 2012

Government prioritises new laws on data monitoring and retention

An eye in close-up superimposted by a screen of random numbers
Queen's speech proposes draft Communications Bill based on the EU Data Retention Directive 09 May 2012

Remote working during the Olympics

Cesare Garlati, director of consumerisation at Trend Micro, discusses what enterprises need to consider as large numbers of staff prepare to work remotely during the Games 02 May 2012

Cashless Olympics increases opportunities for cyber criminals

London 2012 Olympics
A security expert has suggested that NFC technology can be used to steal sensitive card data with the swipe of a phone 24 Apr 2012

First the Internet. Now the Internet of Things.

The internet has changed the world. And now the world is changing the internet 12 Apr 2012

Crash Podcast: Cyber security concerns, SAP HANA and 4G

This week we discuss a former GCHQ CIO's concerns about UK cyber security, SAP's roadmap for real-time analytics tool HANA, and the potential arrival of 4G services to the UK this year 18 Apr 2012

How TfL will use passenger data during the Olympics

A London Underground sign by TfL
The network will equip staff with up-to-date information on passenger flow and network issues to keep traffic moving during the games 02 Apr 2012

O2 experiment finds more than one-third of staff work better remotely

3,000 workers stayed at home as O2 closed its head office in the remote working experiment, which also saved 2,000 hours of commuting time 03 Apr 2012

Crash Podcast: UK IT in the year of the Olympics

London Olympics Stadium
In this first in a special series of Crash, we take a look at what's happening in the UK IT industry at a time of intense international focus 30 Mar 2012

Ten per cent of UK CIOs believe Olympics chaos is guaranteed

Commuters at London Liverpool Street station
Organisations will struggle to get staff to and from datacentres in London, says managed services provider 28 Mar 2012

Short-term datacentre deals offered to reduce Olympics disruption

London Olympics Stadium
A firm is offering short-term colocation and hosting deals outside London to companies concerned by the potential disruption this summer 20 Mar 2012

Mobile technology at Transport for London

Commuters waiting on platform of underground station
Mobile technology is helping TfL improve its services in time for the Olympics 15 Mar 2012

Interview: Bloomberg's content moves with the times

Bloomberg's Oke Okaro
Bloomberg’s mobile guru talks about the impact smartphones and tablets are having on the way organisations disseminate and consume information 15 Mar 2012

Campaign: How IT can shine in the global spotlight

Cisco Olympic campaign logo
To launch Computing’s new campaign, ‘UK technology in the year of the Olympics’, Stuart Sumner highlights some of the opportunities and challenges facing IT leaders in 2012 08 Mar 2012
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