BizTech Brief #20

Week Commencing 2nd January 2017

After the Christmas period, everyone is refreshed and ready to tackle the next year ahead. However as usual within the tech industry, it never slows down and there has already been big news. This issue of my BizTech Brief summarises some of the biggest content within the industry.

A Major Bank Will Fail

If 2016 seemed politically tumultuous, 2017 promises to be equally tumultuous on the technology front. One of the major trends in tech in 2017 that will continue to be headline news is CyberSecurity. 

Prof Richard Benham, chairman of the National Cyber Management Centre, gives a dire warning: "A major bank will fail as a result of a cyber-attack in 2017 leading to a loss of confidence and a run on that bank." 

"Cybercriminals are targeting human vulnerabilities," says Prof Benham. "Millions is being spent on technology, but nothing on awareness training."

It is also predicted that throughout 2017 criminals will continue renting out their ransomware infrastructures - the tools that enable hackers to break into your system, encrypt all your data, then demand a ransom to decrypt it.

So that was 2016! What's next?

2016 is now long gone and we are now hurtling into 2017. With the pace of change within IT being faster than ever before, we wanted to take a few minutes to reflect and ask the community what their main take away's were from 2016, in terms of IT trends and ask 'What is likely to be the major trends for 2017'? Finally what advice would they give to those in IT for 2017.

Below, here from ComputerWorld Director Barry Coombs about his predictions for the technology industry within 2017 and what hurdles he believed we all faced within 2016.

To watch other videos from IT community experts and hear what their predictions are for 2017 including; Commoditisation of Backup and DR, AWS, Azure, Cloud Native Applications and more, click the button below. 

Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

Bitcoin has surpassed the US$1,000 mark for the first time in three years.

The high water mark was breached Monday trading at US$1,019 at the time of publication.

It follows a steady increase in the value of the crypto currency in recent months buoyed by China's devaluation of the yuan, the removal of high valuation bank notes in India in November, and increasing interest in the digital coin.

Click the button below to read the full article;

Why Cloud-based software boosts company productivity  

Every company wants to boost its productivity, and according to the UK Chancellor, the whole country needs to do the same. “It takes a German worker four days to produce what we make in five,” he noted in his 2016 autumn statement.

There are a bewildering number of suggestions about how to boost productivity, but moving to an integrated, secure, cloud-based office suite delivers unique tools that can make a big difference. Here are three highly practical examples intrinsically linked to your choice of productivity software:

  • Work Smarter and collaborate
  • Multi-device support
  • Security matters

To read the full article and dig deeper into these benefits, click the button below