10 ways AI is improving new product development

Startups’ ambitious AI-based new product development is driving AI-related investment with $16.5B raised in 2019, driven by 695 deals according to PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree Report, Q1 2020. AI expertise is a skill product development teams are ramping up their recruitment efforts to find, with over 7,800 open positions on Monster, over 3,400 on LinkedIn and over 4,200 on Indeed as of today. One in ten enterprises now uses ten or more AI applications, expanding the Total Available...

How to win friends and influence people: Using workplace technology to attract and retain staff

For years we have been promised that the gap between consumer and workplace technology is closing – from the introduction of policies such as bring your own device (BYOD) to some businesses directly consulting employees on which new technologies they’d like to use.

This sounds great in theory, but the reality of workplace technology is much less perfect for many of us. While the technology people use in their home lives seems to continue improving at an exponential rate,...

It’s time for the CIO to take their opportunity – with IT to secure business continuity

The last few months have brought in some drastic changes to the way we work and live. One thing that it has highlighted is the extreme value that IT brings to all organisations.

It’s clear to people at all levels of organisations that we’re not just about providing laptops and printers and keeping them running – suddenly we’ve become part of the business continuity team. We’re delivering consistency of service despite what’s happening around the world, and we’re...

How a fast route to the cloud will meet the Covid-19 business continuity challenge

The resilience, scalability and reliability of the cloud are taking centre stage as organisations strive to keep businesses operating as normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have already dipped their toe in the water when it comes to moving workloads across to the cloud; often with mixed results. But with the spotlight now firmly on cloud technology and its ability to enable working across time zones and regions, it’s become a business continuity lifeline for companies of all sectors...

As the nature of software development evolves, so should your dev team

Companies have been leaning on the waterfall method of software development since the 1970s. But tech has changed a lot since then — so shouldn’t development processes, too?

The waterfall method offers a linear, structured approach. Deliverables are clear, and the scope of any project is easily defined. A company receives a job, someone figures out what needs to be built, the next person builds it, the next person tests it, and so on until the product is delivered. For the...

Five key reasons to adopt API management SaaS

In our modern technology infrastructure, API usage is growing rapidly, driven in many cases by digital transformation, a platform approach, growing ecosystems, innovation demands and increasing regulations.

But APIs have been in the technology canvas for nearly two decades, with almost all the major software vendors releasing their APIs after the year 2000. For example, Salesforce and eBay released their APIs in 2000, Amazon in 2002, and Facebook in 2006. Today, APIs are a...

CIOs don’t need to reach out to HR – it needs to be the other way around

Digital isn’t one person’s problem. It’s not even one department's problem. Yet all we hear every day is that CIOs should be reaching out across the business to improve data culture and persuade people to get on board with transformation projects.

Rubbish. It’s the job of every department to explore how new technologies can enhance the work they do and that’s as true of the HR department as it is any other part of the business.

The benefits of...

Unqork secures $51 million in series B funding to further no-code enterprise mission

No-code application platform provider Unqork has announced the close of a $51 million (£39.6m) series B funding round to further its mission of providing high-quality software for large enterprises at low cost.

The round was put together by existing investor Goldman Sachs, as well as new investors Aquiline Technology Growth and World Innovation Lab, and is part of a wider $131m (£101.7m) round of funding led by Alphabet investment fund CapitalG.

The money will be...

Gaurang Torvekar, CEO, Indorse: On finding the right business model for a skills marketplace – with blockchain

For any budding entrepreneurs with an idea and a head full of dreams, here are two key lessons that Gaurang Torvekar, CEO of Singapore-based Indorse, has learned: the business model is more important than the idea, and don’t let your technology be the only selling point.

Torvekar (left) firmly describes himself as a founder in the blockchain space, having developed in Ethereum over the past four...

How to deal with technical debt to fully go through the gears of digital transformation

It’s an interesting conundrum that even as enterprise organisations are being urged to embrace digitalisation and move on from legacy applications and outdated platforms and processes, in reality, they can’t begin to invest wholeheartedly until they pay off their technical debt. Technical debt? In this context it’s the cost that organisations have to bear in order to maintain old systems.