NHS Wales flings £39m at Microsoft for Office 365 and Windows 10

The Register

Far away, my Office is calling… Outlook alerts do chime

The Welsh, it seems, just cannot get enough of Microsoft as 100,000 NHS staff across the country are set to receive a bucketload of the company’s productivity wares. comes hot on the heels of a £1.2m deal to see 1,521 “maintained” schools in the region getting their sticky fingers on Office 365 ProPlus.

While nearly half a million young people, aged between three and 19, were set to benefit from the education scheme, the NHS agreement is aimed at a good deal fewer people for considerably more cash.

As well as Office 365, lucky staff will also receive Windows 10 as part of the E5 subscription.


Revenue and profits tumble at Redcentric

Channel Web

MSP makes interim CEO permanent and appoints new CFO

Redcentric has seen its full-year revenue drop below £100m, despite a successful H2. The AIM-listed MSP reported a tumble of 6.7 per cent to £93.3m for its year ending 31 March 2019. Its EBITDA also…

‘Just about any Brexit will damage UK economy’

Public Finance

A think-tank has warned most forms of Brexit will damage the UK economy – while the Office for National Statistics has predicted borrowing will increase this financial year. 

A report from the think-tank UK in a Changing Europe has said that “most forms of Brexit will worsen the government’s fiscal position, probably significantly” and added that this will impact on policy initiatives and the timing of the Spending Review.

The study predicted that economic damage would disproportionately hit those in the country who are already worse off.

“The impacts of Brexit on regions and sectors are, if anything, likely to disadvantage those which are already lagging behind,” it said.

NHSX completes tech review and sets its mission


In a recent blog published by NHSX ahead of its official launch, the organisation announced it has completed a major review of NHS tech spending, with some programmes to close, merge and some that have naturally come to an end.

Over the past few weeks NHSX CEO Matthew Gould has traveled around the country to hear from frontline staff, Gould said “As I’ve travelled round lots of different parts of the NHS in the past few weeks, clear patterns emerge. Number one is the need for interoperability. Too many NHS systems can’t talk to each other. It could be a blood test taken in one part of the NHS that can’t be viewed in another, a GP’s system that doesn’t update when a hospital switches a patient’s medication, a mental health crisis team who have no idea the patient also has a heart condition.”

“Our siloed systems put patient safety at risk because clinicians end up treating patients without the full information. They stifle innovation because developers can’t build on them.”

“We also know that too many clinicians are frustrated by clunky tech getting in the way of their ability to do their job.  Across the country, doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers and others – all stretched and time-poor – are wasting huge amounts of time on painfully slow log- ins, fighting with old kit, or having to remember dozens of different passwords over the course of their day.”

Following the review by NHSX the organisation set its mission to reduce the burden on clinicians and staff, so they can focus on patients, giving people the tools to access information, improve productivity and ensure clinical information can be safely accessed, wherever it is needed.

Innovation Summit – Tech Will Automate 90% of Our Procurement Decisions within 3 Years

Spend Matters

I hadn’t realised that Denmark is internationally recognised as a leader in several aspects of innovation, including clean technology, biotech and IT. It’s no surprise then that Tradeshift chose to host their 2019 Innovation Summit in Copenhagen. Add to that the fact that Copenhagen is the ‘birthplace’ of Tradeshift and you have a good springboard for a two-day immersion with their customers, prospects, and team members from across the globe and functions.

UK geodata and digital chiefs to step down

Goblal Government Forum

The heads of the UK’s digital unit and its geospatial data strategy are both to leave their jobs, with digital chief Kevin Cunnington moving to a new role promoting UK government services to public sectors overseas.

On Friday the Cabinet Office announced that Thalia Baldwin is to become director of the Geospatial Commission, following an open competition. She is to replace William Priest, who founded the commission following his appointment last year.

Why are UK cities finding it so hard to become SMART?

Business Leader

The term ‘Smart Cities’ is frequently used but will mean different things to different people. In this report, Business Leader looks at what a Smart City is and investigates why UK cities are so far behind their global counterparts.

A ‘Smart City’ might conjure up futuristic images of flying cars, high spec tech and a large metropolis straight out of a sci-fi movie, but the reality is that it has real world applications that are taking over the world’s major business regions.

Smart city developments are designed to incorporate all facets of data, telecoms and people-centric technology to enhance the quality and performance of urban services.

Whether it is transport links, utility services, or a way for businesses and homes to reduce wastage and cost – smart city applications are the future for major cities across the world.

Carrier services help expand healthcare, with 5G in the offing

Network World

Many telehealth initiatives tap into wireless networking supplied by service providers that may start offering services such as Citizen’s Band and 5G to support remote medical care.

There are connectivity options aplenty for most types of IoT deployment, but the idea of simply handing the networking part of the equation off to a national licensed wireless carrier could be the best one for certain kinds of deployments in the medical field.

Telehealth systems, for example, are still a relatively new facet of modern medicine, but they’re already among the most important applications that use carrier networks to deliver care. One such system is operated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, for the treatment and education of diabetes patients.

Virgin Media Preparing New Cloud UI for Hub 3 Broadband Routers


Customers of UK cable TV and broadband ISP Virgin Media may soon be getting a new User Interface (UI) for their Hub 3.0 wireless routers, which is currently being trialled. The new “Cloud Connect” UI is described as offering a seamless and real-time “Netflix like” cloud based experience.

The use of the word “cloud” tends to denote some sort of remote web-based management system (i.e. controlling your router remotely over the internet or via an app), which may well build on the changes that were introduced as part of their recent “Intelligent Wi-Fi” upgrade; the latter was similarly described as being a “smart cloud-based, adaptive system“.