Category: Blog

IBM z14 plays the trust card, but does it hold a winning hand?

It’s that time again, the time that most observers in the industry say will never happen. IBM is releasing the next generation of its z Systems mainframe products called the z14. IBM has seen an acceleration of sales across its z Systems business unit helped, in part, by the LinuxONE models. With z14, IBM will…

Will IBM reinvent software licensing with containers?

Two months ago at DockerCon 17, IBM announced it was to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems. This was an announcement that IBM had widely trailed having talking about multiple container technologies and the mainframe for some time. What was different this time was the detail around the announcement.…

Sluggish online growth raises questions for GPs servicing NHS England

The results of the NHS England’s latest GP Patient Survey are just out. Jointly published with Ipsos MORI the survey, conducted between January 2017 to March 2017, “provides information on patients’ overall experience of primary care services and their overall experience of accessing these services”. Given the focus on digital transformation we have witnessed in other…

What’s good about IBM and Cisco’s security hook up

IBM and Cisco have announced that they are to collaborate and better integrate their solutions to improve cybersecurity. In their joint press release announcement, the collaboration will include: “IBM Security’s QRadar, Watson for Cybersecurity, App Exchange, X-Force Threat Intelligence, Resilient IRP and managed security services, and Cisco’s Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), Next-Generation Intrusion Protection System (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)…

Starting up a business: Avoid the common mistakes – part 3

My previous blogs detailed the first four common mistakes when setting up a business (part 1, part 2). This blog seeks to address the fifth and arguably the most key one. Especially when seeking investment or funding; when you are ready to scale up; or launch your product overseas. Protecting your Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property…

Profitability tips for your PSO

“Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and expense. This makes you look smart.” – Scott Adams Reducing costs and increasing revenues are the simplest way to increase profitability. There is however a third way of doing so. Every Professional Service Organisation (PSO), in fact every organisation should also strive to improve efficiency.…

Preparing for investment or exit – are you ready?

I was a panellist in a seminar recently and the topic of discussion was ‘Preparing for investment or exit’. It was very well attended and we had lots of audience engagement. The attendees were a mixture of start-up businesses looking to go to market for funding and more established business looking to prepare for exit.…

Starting up a business: Avoid the common mistakes, part 2

This series of blogs hopes to secure your success by avoiding these common mistakes. These are mistakes I have both made and experienced through my clients. My blog last month detailed two common mistakes when setting up a business: not choosing the right advisors and mismanaging cash flow. The next two mistakes are: Poorly drafted,…