Student Loans Company earmarks £200m for digital transformation programme

Student Loans Company earmarks £200m for digital transformation programme

The Student Loans Company (SLC) has unveiled plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds transforming its customer interface and the technology estate that powers it.

SLC revealed on Wednesday it would be awarding £200m to its first strategic tech partner towards the end of the year, and that it has further IT procurement exercises in the works.

Council’s £2m plans for largest smart city project in UK

Council’s £2m plans for largest smart city project in UK

Peterborough City Council has unveiled £2m plans for the largest smart city regeneration project in the UK.
The city-wide scheme, The Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure project (PIRI), will be designed to cut energy bills and facilitate green heat, electricity and transport for people in the area by combining modern heat and electricity networks and electric vehicle infrastructure.

Accelerating the Evaluation and Deployment of uCPE-Based SD-WAN Solutions

Accelerating the Evaluation and Deployment of uCPE-Based SD-WAN Solutions

Unless you’ve been living on an Internet-free desert island for the past couple of years, it’s been hard to escape all the industry hype around Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN). While the business benefits of adopting SD-WAN are significant, there’s no denying the fact that evaluating and then deploying potential solutions is hard: typically, the solutions that deliver the best Return on Investment (ROI) involve products from multiple vendors, leading to complex integration and testing. A recently-announced software evaluation kit addresses these challenges, providing a pre-integrated open-source SD-WAN solution that runs on multiple white-box hardware platforms, all ready for a quick, efficient start to putting together a multi-vendor SD-WAN deployment.

Nokia mulls asset sale or merger

Nokia mulls asset sale or merger

The Finnish giant has reportedly hired advisors to help weigh their options

2019 was a difficult year for Nokia, with the company struggling to keep the pace of its rivals Ericsson and Huawei.

In October, the company decreased its earnings forecast and halted its dividend, blaming its fall in profitability on its choice of expensive 5G components. The company’s shares have been declining for the past year, falling around a third in value.

Now, Bloomberg is reporting that Nokia has hired advisors to help it explore the possibilities of asset sales and merges.

How the public sector is lighting the way with digital innovation

How the public sector is lighting the way with digital innovation

Where is ‘innovation’ truly happening? For some, the word conjures up locations prefixed by ‘Silicon’; for others, it’s just another buzzword. What doesn’t always come to mind is the public sector. Yet it’s here that technological innovation is actually happening: practical, applicable innovation that’s making a genuine difference to people’s lives every day.
At least, that’s the viewpoint of Matt Spencer, Head of Public Sector at O2. He took some time to speak with Public Sector Executive about exactly why he and the wider company are looking to the public sector to be the standard-bearers for real digital transformation.