Chancellor drives IR53 forward

Chancellor drives IR53 forward

Chancellor pushes forward giving with one hand then taking with the other.Rushi Sunak pushes on with freelance reforms and considers higher tax for owner-managed Limited Company firmsThe Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to push ahead with plans to bring in cash grabbing tax reforms for freelance...

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CIO to set the new Board Table

CIO to set the new Board Table

As the tides change there are hard questions CIO’s must have with their CEO - aligning their new role post Covid-19 PandemicIf the CIO wants to be at the ‘Table’ they need to nurture their relationships with the CFO, CMO, and CHRO more than ever, using a non-technology language to address the...

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Looming IR35 Disaster

Looming IR35 Disaster

The sad day of IR35 looms post Covid19 and Brexit Will the Government open their eyes to the impact that this will have for hard-working knowledgeable consulting resources? Changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) are due to come into force this April 21. The legislation had been due to...

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Edge Computing

Edge Computing

Why is Edge Computing Necessary?A view from Schneider Electric™, who are an industry leader in physical infrastructure and software solutions.Edge computing is necessary to address shortcomings in cloud-based applications and services with respect to performance and regulatory requirements. In...

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AWS vs Azure vs Google

AWS vs Azure vs Google

The competition for leadership in the public cloud computing is fierce three-way race between AWS vs Azure vs Google.Clearly, for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) hold a commanding...

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What is Edge Computing?

What is Edge Computing?

Why Edge Computing matters in the 2020's and beyondWith deployments of IoT devices and the arrival of 5G fast wireless, placing compute and analytics close to where data is created is making the case for edge computing.Edge computing is transforming the way data is being handled, processed, and...

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Hyperscale Cloud in 2020

Hyperscale Cloud in 2020

Cloud Operations Changing In 2020 The three hyperscale cloud providers: AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft’s Azure invest in their cloud services in ways that ensure customers can't shift their workload to other cloud providers. “While doing some due diligence on the trending...

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Agile Project Management changing Business

Agile Project Management changing Business

Once considered a fad, Agile has matured into a respected set of PM development methods The question isn’t who can and can’t be Agile, Everyone can! -- The real question is: How does a programme lead ensure Agile software development maps to waterfall Change projects in your organisation? In fact,...

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COVID-19 RISK Management

COVID-19 RISK Management

Covid-19 Highlights Need For New Approaches To Risk Management If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is the need to be prepared for a wide range of scenarios to ensure business continuity. The pandemic has illustrated how corporate leaders and their risk management teams need to...

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The Dragon Revival or not

The Dragon Revival or not

Riding the wave of the revival of the dragon 2020! Or will the western world bite back?Since the spread of the COVID virus which hit the Western world in late January it took just over 6 months to remove trillions of $ of monetary value and assets and devalue corporate businessesCOVID has had a...

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Issues on Time-based one-time passwords

Issues on Time-based one-time passwords

TOTP: Three Pro's and Con'sTime-based one-time passwords can be phished, they are outside your business control to manage, and they are device dependant on a token generator or app on phone.If you’ve been using a dedicated authenticator app such as one from Google, Microsoft, or Salesforce, you...

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IAM Security Orchestration

IAM Security Orchestration

Customer Identity and Access Management Using Identity Orchestration TechnologiesFive Things CMO’s Need to Know About Customer Identity and Access ManagementThere was a time when a CMO’s didn’t need to worry about Customer Identity & Access Management (CIAM) solutions. CIAM was the province of...

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Virtual Shared Services after COVID

Virtual Shared Services after COVID

The new way of business in the Virtual Shared Services Centres post COVID-19 Social, Collaborative, Yet Virtual will be the New Shared Services model post-COVID-19 With each passing day, more countries are nearing lockdown amid fears of widespread COVID-19. While it obviously impacts business,...

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Homeworking In The Contact Centre

Homeworking In The Contact Centre

Homeworking In The Contact Centre Industry During COVID-19 Challenges of homeworking in the contact centre industry and why balance will be key in future flexibility COVID-19 has even more businesses talking about and having to engage with homeworking. Some advocate that they are ‘business as...

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Contact Centre post Covid19

Contact Centre post Covid19

Life after COVID-19 in the Contact CentreLet’s not all despair as there is easy ways to move and migrate to more agile flexible working and its not going to bring the business to their knees.During these unprecedented times, businesses and consumers are having to adapt to new ways of working and...

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Best Outsource locations in 2020

Best Outsource locations in 2020

Top Outsourcing location 2020 India is 2020’s most favoured offshore location, according to Ryan Strategic Advisory survey India is the most favored offshore location for contact center delivery among enterprise customer experience decision-makers in 2020, according to research conducted by Ryan...

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Red Card to HMRC on IR35 Law

Red Card to HMRC on IR35 Law

HMRC given red card as referee judgment gives pause for thought on IR35 An appeal judgment with major ramifications for self-employed workers and IR35 has been made in the upper tribunal that has gone against HMRC. In the ruling, HMRC yesterday (6 May) failed in its appeal against a first-tier...

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Gartner’s 1st Magic Quad for RPA

Gartner’s 1st Magic Quad for RPA

Gartner publishes first Magic Quadrant for robotic process automation market (RPA)Gartner Inc. has published its first Magic Quadrant for the robotic process automation software market, shining a light on the leading players and key trends in the rapidly growing technology segment.Gartner Inc....

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Evolution of Cloud Contact Centres

Evolution of Cloud Contact Centres

The Evolution of Cloud Contact Centres : CCaaS Round Table What’s next in the Contact-Centre-as-a-Service (CCaaS) environment? Views from Genesys, 8x8, NICE-inContact, Content GuruThe cloud contact centre is growing at an amazing pace. As more companies continue to recognise the value of having...

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IR35 riddled with problems

IR35 riddled with problems

The House of Lords state that IR35 is ‘riddled with problems’The IR35 rules are ’riddled with problems, unfairnesses, and unintended consequences’, according to a House of Lords committee looking into the impact of off-payroll working reforms.The Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-Committee said...

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Coronavirus cruelly exposes offshore outsourcing

Coronavirus cruelly exposes offshore outsourcing

The fragility of the offshore outsourcing industry put to the ultimate test driven by the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic  Will clients trust all their eggs in one basket again when this is over? Posted in www.horsesforsources.com by Phil Fersht The outsourcing industry is fast-becoming be the first vital...

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Seven cloud myths demystified

Seven cloud myths demystified

Don't let misconceptions cast a shadow over your organisation's ability to get the most out of the cloud. Here are 7 cloud myths that should be relegated to the history books. “Having spent a substantial time within the Financial Services sector in my Interim IT Consulting capacity I have seen...

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Coronavirus delays UK IR35 reforms

Coronavirus delays UK IR35 reforms

Government in shock delay to private sector IR35 reform, thanks to peers and covid-19The stress and concern from many of those in the consulting space have had a well deserved reprieve ! 18 March 2020  The government has sensationally delayed private sector IR35 reform by a life-changing 12...

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The Dunning Kruger Effect

The Dunning Kruger Effect

The Dunning Kruger Effect: The Pitfalls and Solutions Do you face people in the work place who think they can do everything but in reality that's not the case?On the face of it, the Dunning Kruger Effect is pretty simple. Someone’s performance is bad, but they (1) don’t realise their performance...

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What’s the new Chief Data Officer?

What’s the new Chief Data Officer?

Why your data officer is now your head of digital valueIn a recent Fortune 1000 survey it was found that 68% have appointed a Chief Data Officer compared to 12% in 2012 (Source: NewVantage Partners)A CDO is a senior executive responsible for organization-wide governance, management and...

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Disruptive Tech 2020

Disruptive Tech 2020

Disruptive Technologies: Five areas to keep a watchful eye on technology trends for the 2020'sTransitions, disruptions, and transformations … and the steps you can take in 2020 to harness their potential '“Scanning the vendor blogs on tends for the twenty twenties I came across this interesting...

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Choices driven by IR35 legislation

Choices driven by IR35 legislation

Limited company or umbrella consulting Since HMRC have introduced IR35 for the Private sector there has been so many unanswerd questions!  Payment structure options When you plan to start contracting you will need to set up a way to get paid. And as a first time contractor you have two tried and...

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What is IR35 really doing

What is IR35 really doing

IR35 drives Mass Exodus of UK contractors putting business projects at risk! 47 per cent of respondents have seen companies offshore their contract work as a result of the reforms. By Robbie Harb (The Register) 12 Feb 2020 More than half of the contractors and consultants working for private...

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IT Consulting Straight Talk

IT Consulting Straight Talk

PERHAPS CORPORATE Business needS more "Straight Talking" IT Consulting ?There’s one thing that’s in short supply in almost every organisation, and at every level, and that's "straight talking" – business frankness. It’s business’s biggest dirty little secret that in most organisations, people...

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New Enterprise SD-WAN

New Enterprise SD-WAN

Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure Published 26 November 2019 WAN edge infrastructures are undergoing major changes as infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for networking face dynamic and expanding business demands. I&O leaders must identify vendors that address the...

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CIOs benefiting from Interims

CIOs benefiting from Interims

4 key objectives CIOs can benefit from using Interims to deliver less politics, and more actionTaking charge of a programme by an interim for what’s considered a short period of time doesn't mean the Interim can't make a big impact to an organisation.Full-time positions allow CIOs to get their...

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Is Interim Management Dead

Is Interim Management Dead

Is the market changing the way that we engage and work with the use of Interim Management?In short, the answer is no, Interim Consulting is not dead! In fact, perhaps the question we should be asking instead is: “are we all interims now anyway?”Permanent contracts are still dominant in businesses...

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Is contracting the future

Is contracting the future

Is tech turning contract work into the future of employment?Technology has made it easier than ever for employees to work remotely. This article has gathered comments from experts and CEOs about why more and more companies are using contract workers.Technology has made working remotely easier than...

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Interim Consulting Demand

Interim Consulting Demand

IT contractor demand at highest point for over a yearIT Consulting and Interim management skills are at the highest demand in more than a year now that post Brexit has kicked off.Demand for freelance IT contractors rose to a 14-month high in March 2017, according to the REC national index. The...

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Boardroom Technology time bomb

Boardroom Technology time bomb

Board member time bomb for those not focused at Technology We should actually be concerned about things boards are ‘NOT’ discussing There have been many articles written about placing IT technology agendas on the boardroom table and also many recent blogs about the potential demise of the CIO role...

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How PMs succeed in procurement

How PMs succeed in procurement

How project managers can succeed with procurement management Check out these tips on how to successfully use procurement management in your projects. Also, two experts share their experiences on what simplifies the procurement process for their businesses Procurement management is critical to...

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IT role in Corporate Acquisitions

IT role in Corporate Acquisitions

IT role in Acquire, or Not-to-Acquire The changing landscape of the IT Technology arena within corporate Merger or Carve-out To acquire, or Not-to-acquire – The question most CEOs ask their CFO is:- Will the transaction drive financial rewards and what are the risks, but really the glaring missing...

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Hiring the old guy

Hiring the old guy

Do you or don't you, hire ‘the old guy’! Perhaps I am just getting a bit older, but the IT industry seems to be more of a game for younger people these days. Although, to be fair, Police Officers are looking younger all the time too. “As time goes by attending the various IT related...

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Breaking bad news to stakeholders

Breaking bad news to stakeholders

8 steps to breaking bad news to difficult project stakeholders There is no easy way to deliver bad news to anyone, especially difficult project stakeholders. Cushion the blow with clear open transparent PM communication. Bad news is inevitable at some point during a project—the important thing to...

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Website Hacking on the increase

Website Hacking on the increase

Here are the top 6 ways websites get hacked, according to Google Google recently noted that it had seen a 32% rise in hacked website over 2016. Here are the most common tactics it found. In 2016, the number of hacked websites rose by 32%, according to a blog from Google. And, unfortunately, the...

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Shadow IT and the CIO

Shadow IT and the CIO

Do CIO's just turn a blind eye to 'Shadow IT'? The debate goes on as many CIOs remain the 'IT Technology Gatekeeper' versus embracing 'Shadow IT' to become the innovation leader IT governance in the era of shadow IT is one of the most important CIO change areas for the 2020s as lack of control or...

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Dual paths of the CIO Role

Dual paths of the CIO Role

Why do we spend so much time scrutinising the role of the CIO? Much of the reason is probably as a result of the pace of technology change With every major computing paradigm that comes along driven by vendor marketing departments, CEOs tend to worry when their competitors do well at quarterly...

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