Is it time for the UK government to regulate the IoT?

14 June 2018

Marco Hogewoning, senior external relations officer, RIPE NCC

Marco Hogewoning, senior external relations officer, RIPE NCC

The IoT is here to stay and will only keep growing in size.

While IHS Market expects the number of connected devices worldwide to  increase by 12 per cent on average annually, reaching 125 billion by 2030 globally, Intel is more ambitious and predicts there will be 200 billion by 2020.

Regardless of whose research you go with, the stats remain big.

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Solving the IoT growth dilemma with passive optical LAN

14 June 2018

Alan Bertsch, chairman, Association for Passive Optical LAN

Alan Bertsch, chairman, Association for Passive Optical LAN

The number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide is expected to increase by 12 percent on average annually, reaching 125 billion by 2030 according the IHS Markit. 

If the prediction comes true, it would equate to approximately 15 device connections for every person currently on the planet. However, these numbers are not surprising if you consider the limitless number of applications that IoT can deliver. 

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Uniting the business and employees with shadow IT

14 June 2018

Michael Papadopoulos, chief architect, digital problem solving, Arthur D. Little

Michael Papadopoulos, chief architect, Arthur D. Little

Keeping pace with today’s rapidly evolving business landscape requires organisations to recognise that technology innovation can no longer be the preserve of a single business department. 

It can get controversial when internal users find their own systems to use for business purposes, outside of IT’s knowledge or control – a practice known as ‘shadow IT’.

IT departments complain that using shadow IT creates inconsistencies, inefficiencies and security risks, as well as adding extra costs to the business. However, end users often credit shadow IT as central to driving innovation, business transformation and increased productivity. 

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Time to refresh your approach to the PC refresh cycle?

12 February 2018

Prof Mark Jolly, head of sustainable manufacturing, Cranfield University

Prof Mark Jolly, head of sustainable manufacturing, Cranfield University

The average PC is a lavish and exotic piece of work: copper from Chile, gold from Mali, iron ore from Brazil, nickel from the Congo, bauxite from Peru.

Many components depend on rare earth or platinum group metals highlighted as under threat in the EU’s Critical Raw Materials, the fragile supplies of which are described as Europe’s ‘Achilles heel’.

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Network opacity and clarifying the muddy waters of hybrid IT

04 January 2018

Destiny Bertucci, ‘Head Geek’, SolarWinds

Destiny Bertucci, ‘Head Geek’, SolarWinds

The benefits of hybrid IT have been well documented – agility, scalability, greater potential for ROI, cost efficiency, just to name a few.

However, many IT professionals find it difficult to adopt hybrid IT.

Hybrid IT is an entirely new way of managing an IT environment, requiring IT pros to handle applications and services across on-premises and cloud deployments.

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