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.

How the CIO needs to see the evolution of no-code platforms: Security, ML, and democratising data

The low-code and no-code enterprise application platform space, one may have considered, was a part of enterprise digital transformation which has matured, served its purpose, and now been siphoned off by the bigger players in the space.

As far back as 2016, this publication was exploring the right direction for the technology as some of the contending horses fell; Reddo Mobility and StarMobile to name...

What should the role of IT be in low- and no-code application development?

No-code and low-code application development platforms are clearly catching on. Leading research firm, Gartner, predicts that “by 2024, low-code application platforms will be responsible for 65 per cent of all application development activity.” Much of the demand is driven by so-called citizen developers who are using rapid application development (RAD) tools like these to build the software they need to do their jobs, despite having...

It’s no longer time to think of ‘digital’ for manufacturing – it’s the new business as usual

The recent Industry 4.0 Exchange held in Derby, brought together digital leaders from some of the UK’s great manufacturing organisations from Astra Zeneca, BAE, Dyson and GlaxoSmithKline to Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Toyota. Hosted by the ‘Father of Industry 4.0’, Henrik von Scheel, the event brought together these industry leaders to share and delve into their digital ambitions for manufacturing.

Leading industry...