In many ways, thanks to technology, it has never been easier to connect people. For the recruitment industry, this is particularly pertinent, as meaningful connections are precisely the foundations on which the industry is built. After all, people don’t trust companies – they trust other people. In our digital age, however, the industry faces a host of technology-based challenges.
The GDPR deadline day of 25th May has been and gone, but sticking to the legislation remains as important as ever. This is because GDPR is, in fact, not something that can just be ‘done’; instead, it is ongoing and needs to be constantly changed and updated. The onus is on housing associations to comply with GDPR not just today, but in six months, a year, two years, and beyond.
As such, the question housing associations need to be asking themselves now is: ‘how do we maintain our compliance?’ GDPR is often seen by housing associations as lurking like a monster, demanding to be defeated. But if they examined it more closely, they’d see that GDPR isn’t a creature to face down – and there certainly isn’t a silver bullet to get rid of it.
When N3 contracts expired in March 2017, NHS Digital was faced with the challenge of replacing it. The idea was to replace a long-term single supplier contract with a marketplace of network options.
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is the new data network for health and care organisations. HSCN provides the underlying network arrangements to help integrate and transform health and social care services by enabling them to access and share information more reliably, flexibly and efficiently. It is designed to meet the requirements of an integrated and evolving health and social care sector, helping to deliver integrated ICT services. Continue reading “HSCN – A digital aid to vital health and care organisations”
The portmanteau “Fintech” has been an increasingly large part of everyday language in recent years. Fintech hasn’t just changed our language, it’s changed our financial culture. New technologies, like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and predictive behavioural analytics, have the potential to take the guesswork and habit out of financial decisions.
It’s true, we’ve all been hearing about innovation, digital transformation, mobile, and paperless offices for almost our entire careers at this point (unless you’re nearing the end of yours). The reality is that it’s not stuck, it’s not worked, and it certainly hasn’t transformed anything; so, what’s changed?
Digital transformation is one of the key buzz phrases of 2016. Over the last two years, searches for the phrase have surged. Businesses are starting to embrace a shift to digital working, and the most forward-thinking are reaping rewards. Customers are more engaged, and new technologies make staff more productive than ever.
I joined Exponential-e at a recent roundtable event for the retail sector, enjoying an evening of insightful and enlightening conversation. It was interesting to see how one group of IT professionals within the retail sector believed one thing, whilst another thought exactly the opposite. Clearly proving there is no single magic formula for retail success.
The evolution of technology has been exceptionally fast paced in recent years, with the development of artificial intelligence and virtual reality being two such innovations that are bound to revolutionise the way the world works and operates in years to come. These innovations have not avoided the medical industry either, and in fact have enabled the sector to improve upon both patient care and the services that they are able to offer.
Advertising has been something that we have been surrounded by for so long that we often forget it is there – until it is done badly. With the changes in technology and the way in which we expect things to be delivered to us, when we choose to view them rather than when they are forced upon us, advertising has missed the mark when it comes to staying effective and relevant in our new digital lives.
What challenges are faced by the financial sector when it comes to technology and regulations? Could the restrictions imposed mean that such organisations aren’t able to operate at their best – and instead mean that they are spending more time meeting stringent regulations than implementing technology that could enable them to work more effectively?
Cloud and Big Data are making great advancement within the technology world, with headlines heavy across press and industry publications, and businesses across the UK are taking note –no more than the housing association sector.
In our first post of this series we looked at a short history of PSN. If we step away from the implementation of PSN and get back to the root reasons the UK government created the PSN, we recall that it was originally about ensuring the safety and appropriate handling of sensitive data shared between multiple parties.
In order to understand the UK’s PSN we need to first delve through a bit of alphabet soup. PSN for example – what does it mean? According to the government’s website, the PSN is “the government’s high-performance network, which helps public sector organisations work together, reduce duplication and share resources.” A broad and interesting definition to be sure, but we need to go back, further to the original plan to start to really understand it.
There’s been a lot of press lately about the EU court’s ruling in the case Schrems vs Facebook as it pertains to something called Safe Harbor. What really are we talking about? Turns out that really, there’s no such thing as Safe Harbor when it comes to data. Originally, the EU Data Protection Directive which became effective in 1998 had a section in it called the “Safe Harbor Principles” which meant that while European firms were generally prohibited from transferring or otherwise copying personal data overseas, there’s the except to anywhere that “voluntarily agreed to meet EU standards”. So what did that mean in practice?
Due to compliance issues and concerns surrounding the security of client data, the legal sector is often one of the slowest industries to adopt the latest technology. However, they needn’t be missing out on the benefits that the latest solutions can bring them, such as Cloud computing, because in fact there are products available that can cater exactly to their needs. I have researched the 5 biggest chellenges faced within the legal sector, so let’s take a look at the results…
It’s now just over one month since our inaugural market focus roundtable event at the Ritz. This event was all about the Third Sector and discussing how technology and our changing lives have created both challenges and opportunities for charitable organisations.
Every part of our personal and professional lives is being impacted by the transition to the Cloud. We once outsourced each of our utility services to large private enterprise and created professions dedicated to specialist areas of knowledge. Now, the same is happening to the data and computing systems that we work with and in no industry are the implications of this so profound, as in the legal profession.
The UK is leading the way in the world of virtualisation within education. Many tools to make this type of educational environment possible are coming in to the mainstream, and inventions such as Raspberry PI have put good, low-level computing development tools in the hands of more people than ever before.
Naturally the focus for the public sector is on costs and budgeting. This can often mean that they are unable to make the investment in technology that they may want or need to; however by adopting cloud they could in fact save money through making use of the Capex/Opex model and by using hardware that they have already invested in.
Cloud adoption is increasing across companies in various industries, however the legal sector are slow adopters. Whilst firms are required to keep all client data in the strictest confidentiality, this is not a boundary to Cloud adoption and there are many other strong reasons for the legal sector to begin to adopt Cloud and no longer shy away.
With the recent influx of public sector events and the increase in the use of Cloud technology within this sector, you have no doubt heard a mention of G-Cloud and perhaps even their latest introduction of G-Cloud 6. Whilst this is all well and good, how many of us know just what this is and how it could benefit those within the public sector?
Following on from our previous article “From Chalkboard to Interactive Whiteboard” we continue to look in to the ways that Technology has edged its way in to education and how it can be used for both the benefit of students and teachers. But, with such a wide range of providers, just how can schools choose the right services for them?
Not necessarily always at the forefront of the technology world, schools are often limited by a budget and governmental constraints. However with children being introduced to a wide range of gadgets from a young age, are they hindered by not being able to make use of these within the school environment? Continue reading “From Chalkboard to Interactive Whiteboard”