Thursday, November 15, 2012

Still not believe in Big Data century?

Read about the Berkeley project and the "Web privacy census", aiming to measure online privacy (based on the cookies found on the most popular sites)...

Click to read the Blog post in NYT.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

European institutions about Cloud Computing in EU

New strategy to create single set of rules for cloud computing and increase EU GDP by €160 billion annually by 2020. Many of us are using ‘cloud computing’ without even realising it. Web based e mail, Facebook and Spotify all use the technology to store data such as pictures, videos and text files.
The files are stored in massive data centres containing hundreds of servers and storage systems that are compatible with very nearly all computer software. When you wish to access your information, you simply connect to the ‘cloud’ from your PC, smartphone or tablet.The advantages are numerous – users don’t have to buy or maintain expensive servers and data-storage systems. Over 80% of businesses already using the technology have reported a drop in IT costs of 10-20%, while 20% have seen savings of 30% or higher.
In addition to lowering IT costs, cloud computing saves office space and reduces the need for in-house IT support teams. But the EU is not yet reaping the full potential of cloud computing. Many businesses are put off by uncertainties over data security or moving data between different cloud providers.
In response, the European Commission is proposing a strategy to tackle these risks , introduce a single set of rules, and boost the use of cloud computing by European businesses.
The strategy has four key aims:
  1. Ensuring users can move data from one cloud to another – or withdraw data altogether
  2. EU-wide certification for trustworthy cloud providers
  3. Model contracts for cloud computing that make legal obligations clear
  4. A ‘European Cloud Partnership’ between the public sector and industry to identify needs and ensure Europe’s IT sector can meet them. This will make European companies stronger in the face of competition from abroad – primarily from the US.
Through new opportunities for innovation and access to technology that increases productivity, businesses could add nearly €600 billion to EU GDP between 2015 and 2020, estimates the report Cloud computing in Europe – demand & barriers to up take. By the end of 2013 it should be clear whether further action or legislation is needed to support cloud computing.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sharepoint 2013 & BI analytics

Ever wanted to implement a Business Intelligence or any enhanced analytics within your company? Well, based on this video, it seems that SP2013 will be very promising for the future. The XL Web Part integration provides the capability for most of the companies I know to dispatch and display real time quantitative information. This could be an affordable and easy way to deploy a BI solution within the financial sector. Have a look, this is a very valuable contribution from the guys from Gig Werks.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Win8, tablets and corporations

Announced for October, I'm quite excited with the idea to discover the Windows8 version - and the huge transformation on end-user interface level. Having had an interesting conversation earlier this week about the impact of Windows8 on the tablet (corporate) market, we came to the following conclusion:

1. Windows8 on tablet will be as good as IOS6 (yes, I dare to write that some Microsoft products will be 'as good as' Apple products. Sorry folks);
2. The corporate network integration will be optimal, in Microsoft environment at least;
3. The price per unit will be significantly cheaper than the Apple material;
4. Security will be better (sorry again...)

Microsoft and Ballmer not innovative enough? Will see....

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What after Twitter ?

What can we do in management consulting with Twitter? If you're not Lady Gaga, Madonna or Barack, what can you do with Twitter if you're an ordinary man, just working as CIO and not looking for over-exposure on the Internet....?

Well, I guess the answer will be: stay informed. I added quite a lot of well-known twitters in my following queue and I've to aknowledge, it's quite cool to read the latest news about the topics you selected. A kind of perpetual RSS feed, with real-time and online information about various topics (music, book, publishers, arts etc.). My real-time gazette, written by the people I allowed to write and I decided to read. Or not. Nothing changed, basically.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Twitter fans, here we go

Not sure it's a good idea though, but yes, finally on Twitter...hmm....can't be on the Net without it, hu..?
check: #MagmaConsult account and find some more there :-)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mobilizing innovation - KPMG 2012 survey

To gain deeper insights into future technology innovations, KPMG led a global survey in 2012 which assessed the scope of change over the next three to four years. With cloud and mobile technologies driving technological change, and China emerging as a true rival to the US, the findings indicate that the landscape for technology innovation is as fast-changing as the technologies themselves.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

General Assembly Opens London Branch

General Assembly, the New York-based education startup that offers classes and mingling space to tech developers and entrepreneurs, today officially opens its doors on its new London campus — marking its first expansion outside the U.S., and part of a bigger international strategy that will see the Yuri Milner/Jeff Bezos-backed company also expand to Berlin in July.

Adam Pritzker, one of GA’s co-founders, says that London was an ideal first move abroad because the tech world here “has a lot of the same dynamics New York did 1-2 years ago.” But that doesn’t mean this will be a carbon copy of the original: he also says that GA wants to cater to the local clientele, and will be expanding its program accordingly.

That could see GA put a new emphasis on big data development in the future, he says — speaking more to the finance and finance tech community here in London, as well as other industries big in the city and ripe for technological innovation.

“Some of the most exciting opportunities are those in legacy industries like retail, publishing, finance and advertising,” he told me when I interviewed him on the roof terrace office GA occupies in Clerkenwell, a location he said they chose because it straddles a few worlds: retail, publishing and advertising in the West End, finance in the City, and all the cook developer kids in the East End.

It also happens to be around the corner from Skillsmatter, a local outfit that has been providing software education around the corner from Clerkenwell for a number of years.

As with New York, the premise in London is the same: the world is catapulting ahead in technology, but it is doing so at a rate where many people cannot keep up: GA provides a place for developers and non-developers to pick up those skills and get more engaged.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020

When you are in the middle of a crisis, it's always wise to have a financial strategy, isn't it?

The multiannual financial framework (MFF, formerly ‘financial perspectives’) is a spending plan that translates the EU priorities into financial terms. It is not a seven-year budget, but the basis for the annual budgetary exercise; it limits expenditure over a fixed period and defines the maximum amounts available for each major category of spending. It therefore provides a political as well as budgetary framework for focusing resources and investments where needed.

The current MFF period started in 2007 and will end in 2013. To put in place reforms and start implementation of the new programmes on time, the MFF should be adopted before the end of 2012.

Link to the web site of the financial framework

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Code club in UK

Good to read that learning coding to children is not that easy....every programming book I read always repeat the same processes (what are integers, variables, routines bla bla etc.) but never found something funny to explain or to show to my 8 years son...

That's why the code club is that great!!

Check their blog and donate!! and BTW, when the same everywhere in Europe???

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Being green while selling consulting services?

KPMG was voted Sustainable Firm of the year at this month’s inaugural industry awards by the International Accounting Bulletin.

Avind Hickman, editor of International Accounting Bulletin, said KPMG was able to demonstrate with hard data how much its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives across the KPMG network had made a difference. “It also showed thought leadership by holding the sustainability summit which has underscored KPMG’s already very strong reputation on sustainability services.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Industry recommendation on cloud computing in Europe

Attending the 2012 European Cloud Computing Conference yesterday in Brussels, I was very happy to hear that a strategy paper had been proposed to VP Nelly Kroes.

This kind of position paper will hopefully support a strong IT take-off of cloud computing in our complex European landscape.

Monday, March 19, 2012

IT Skills Shortages Inside Companies Hamper Profitability, Productivity

Data from a recent survey conducted by CompTIA shows that skills shortages inside IT departments negatively impact corporate profitability, productivity, innovation, speed to market, customer service and security.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MS Lync available on the cloud

You can now test the new Lync technology (Unified communication product from Microsoft) in the Cloud. It's integrated in Office 365 and you can enrich online experiences without installing any package.
Just follow this link right here!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

                                      Security but freedom

Any concerns about Windows Azure security?

Have a look at this Channel 9 video, explaining the security controls and components in place.