The evolution of cloud computing

These days, cloud computing has become ubiquitous, with many businesses using some form of cloud computing technology to run day-to-day operations. Computing started with the idea of one person operating one machine and only evolved into the concept of multiple users and virtualisation when data scientists needed to find a way for more than one person to use the same computer...

24 · NOV ·20150

Do you know your SIP from your ISDN?

In the technology industry, we all love an acronym but do you know your SIP from your ISDN and which is best for your business? According to Wikipedia, Integrated Services for Digital Network (ISDN) is a set of communication standards for simultaneous digital transmission of voice, video, data, and other network services over the traditional circuits of the public switched...

20 · NOV ·20150

VoIP is 40 years old?

Most people associate the beginning of Voice over IP (VoIP) with the introduction of mass-market services in late 2003 / early 2004. In reality, VoIP began a long time before that in the 1970s.

Back then it had another acronym, NVP, which stood for Network Voice Protocol. It was first developed in 1973 by Danny Cohen and others in...

19 · NOV ·20150

SMEs need to embrace new technologies

We looked earlier in the week at the growth of Internet telephony. It is not hard to understand why so many businesses have taken it up given the cost savings involved. In the global economy in which we all now live and work, we have to be able to make international calls at a fraction of the cost they...

13 · NOV ·20150

Is cloud the best option for healthcare?

In many ways, the healthcare industry is leading the way when it comes to innovative uses of technology. You only need to look at the applications of 3D printing to know that.

But in other ways the industry has some catching up to do. This is especially true of the NHS, as it is held back with legacy systems...

13 · NOV ·20150

The changing world of telephony

The rural broadband debate continues on with David Cameron’s latest promise to deliver superfast broadband to every home and business that wants it by 2020. While the industry continues to debate how, why and where the money comes from it is important to look at what the internet enables and why it is so important for the industry to...

11 · NOV ·20150

How connectivity boosts business for tourist attractions

Some tourist attractions, such as museums and exhibitions have been quick to embrace next-gen technology to help them create memorable experiences. However, technology is also crucial for the smooth running of the organisation behind-the-scenes.

In many museums now, visitors can use their smartphones to download the official app. The Natural History Museum, for example, has apps that offer...

5 · NOV ·20150

Bars & Pubs: how connectivity can attract more customers

In 2014, Casio found that 67% of Generation Y respondents were more likely to choose a pub that offered wi-fi connectivity. Millennials (and the current teenagers of Generation Z) are digital natives. They are used to living in a world that allows them to spend as much time online as they want to – whether at work, school, home...

4 · NOV ·20150

Why restaurants need to focus on connectivity

It wasn’t all that long ago that restaurants didn’t need to worry about technology – outside of the latest kitchen innovations anyway – but the internet has become pervasive in recent years. Many of us choose to stay connected almost 24/7 and rely on our ability to check emails and update our social media accounts even when in the middle...

2 · NOV ·20150

The NIC: planning for digital innovation

The Government announced the formation of its new independent National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) on 5th October. The commission will analyse the infrastructure needs of the UK, examining how the needs have changed every five years, and projecting future changings for the following 30 years.

Lord Adonis, who will lead the commission, said:

“Major infrastructure projects like...

30 · OCT ·20150

The promise of Building Information Modelling

Earlier this week, we introduced the Government’s strategy to modernise the construction industry with Building Information Modelling (BIM), in order to achieve a 20% reduction in construction and operating costs of new builds.

According to the Government: “Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working, underpinned by the digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of...

28 · OCT ·20150

Connected construction: what the modern industry needs

Construction companies often find themselves managing large scale projects throughout the country. These sites need be able to communicate with each other and with head office. Telephone isn’t good enough, they’ll need to review construction plans and collaborate with colleagues around the country, allowing decisions to be made faster and the job to get done quicker.

Communication and collaboration

26 · OCT ·20150