Top digital transformation tech investment priorities for 2019: Cloud, cybersecurity and AI

ZDNet

According to the “State of Digital Transformation” research, in 2019, it is clear that digital transformation is maturing into an enterprise-wide movement. Digital transformation is modernising how companies work and compete and helping them effectively adapt and grow in an evolving digital economy.

Now in its fifth year, our annual State of Digital Transformation research continues to document the constantly evolving enterprise. As disruptive technologies and their impact on organisations and markets continue to progress, our research aims to capture the shifts and trends that are shaping modern digital transformation.

Farmers Bemoan Poor UK Rural Mobile and Broadband Connectivity

IspReview

The National Farmers Union has published the results from its latest online and telephone based survey of 812 members, which found that just 16% of farmers had access to “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) speeds (up from 4% in 2015) and only 17% have a “reliable” outdoor mobile signal. But the situation has improved.

The news that farmers, which tend to work in some of the United Kingdom’s most sparse and remote rural areas, suffer from slow broadband and weak mobile signals shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Many of the locations where farmers operate are often last on the list for upgrades due to the economic challenges of building expensive networks to cater for so few users over a wide area.

Courts service flags up GovWifi capability

UK Authority

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has urged professional users and court visitors to sign up for the GovWifi service as it aims to deliver faster wireless connectivity to all criminal courts by 2021.

It is rolling out GovWifi around criminal courts as a central element of the programme. The service has been developed by the Government Digital Service and includes an automatic Wi-Fi sign-in for government buildings with cloud based authentication, enabling users to access networks as they move between sites.

2019 Predictions And The Start Of 5G

IT Security Guru

With 2019 well underway, the hype of 5G and the growth of IoT are filling my thoughts, with both – especially the fifth generation of mobile networks – in a relatively early stage. So, how will 5G and IoT develop in the New Year?

First Operational 5G Networks
This year is expected to see the first operational 5G networks become available in selected areas. However, the iteration of mobile network technology won’t fully replace existing 3G and 4G networks, leaving many of us questioning what 5G’s real benefits will be, and how much extra will it cost?

As previously, when new generations of networks have been introduced, 5G will need to coexist with existing networks to support all subscribers and the broad diversity of the installed base. This presents an opportunity for service providers to review and adjust their strategy, based on lessons learned during the earlier deployments of what worked best for their customers.

One in eight new homes are built without broadband speeds that meet Government standards, leaving thousands across Britain frustrated

Daily Mail

  • One in eight new homes have speeds so slow they fall below govt requirement 
  • Problem blamed on developers who do not want to pay for costly infrastructure 
  • MPs said it was unacceptable for families in new homes to have slow broadband 

Thousands of new homes are being built without decent broadband connections.

One in eight new properties has speeds so slow they fall below the Government’s minimum requirement – and four in ten are built without fibre optic cables, according to advice website Thinkbroadband.

Public Technology

Value of eSourcing framework shoots up from £4m to £10m as buying agency expects platform to process an increased amount of spending

A high level of demand from the public sector has seen the Crown Commercial Service more than double planned spending on its underlying tech platform for public sector procurement.

Cloud hardware spend edges ahead of traditional setups for the first time

The Register

Abacus-strummer IDC has clocked that quarterly revenues of IT infrastructure (that’s servers, storage, and Ethernet switches) for the cloud have officially squeezed past sales into traditional environments.

In a report this week, based on its quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, the analyst said cloud sales had overtaken traditional environment in the third quarter of 2018.

During that period, vendor revenues from sales of IT infrastructure into cloud environments edged out sales into traditional environments, reaching 50.9 per cent of total worldwide IT infrastructure vendor revenues, up from 43.6 per cent the year before.

However, for the full 2018, the company said spending on cloud infra would remain below the 50 per cent mark at 47.4 per cent – although IDC director for IT infrastructure and platforms Natalya Yeshkova said the inexorable shift towards cloud spend would continue.

NHS England digital chief moves to digital GP company

HSJ

NHS England chief digital officer Juliet Bauer is leaving to work for one of the new digital GP companies working on NHS contracts, focusing on NHS partnerships.

According to an internal memo obtained by HSJ, Ms Bauer will leave “with immediate effect” and move to the digital company Livi in April, where she will be an executive with responsibility across Europe and NHS partnerships. Livi, also known as Kry in its native Sweden, holds several contracts in the NHS to provide video GP consultations. 

Ms Bauer was NHS England’s first chief digital officer and had responsibility for digital projects focused on patients, including the NHS app, NHS 111 online, the NHS app library, and widening digital patient participation.

She will be replaced on interim basis by Tara Donnelly, the current chief executive of the Health Innovation Network, from 4 February.

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