The UK Government has this week finally thrown its weight behind the campaign
to improve the teaching of computer science in our schools. As it reviews ICT
provision in the curriculum it will be the responsibility of government to
work with industry to ensure that computer skills are now taught properly.
The government’s statement follows the publication in February of the Next
Gen report co-authored by Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope, which highlighted
the poor quality of computer teaching in schools as one of the biggest
obstacles to growth for the video games and VFX industries in the UK. Next
Gen reported that only one-in-five ICT teachers described themselves as being
able to write or modify even basic computer programmes. Ian Livingstone,
who’s the life president of British video-game publisher Eidos, wrote a
compelling article about the issue in this week’s Inde... (more)
Two news items have caught the attention this week, and both brought the John
Lennon and Paul McCartney penned Beatles classic “The Fool on the Hill”
to mind (more specifically the line “Well on his way, his head in a
One piece compares data centers with rock stars and the second, globally
reported, contained President Obama’s $3.8 trillion 2011 budget blueprint
designed to pull the US economy’s deficit out of the danger zone.
Although the headlines might appear unrelated, the actual content of both
pieces reveal two sides of the same coin. The coin being Cloud computing... (more)
It is now official. 2010, according to the United Nations, was one of the
deadliest years for natural disasters experienced over the past two decades.
Statistics released yesterday are both shocking and heartbreaking in equal
measure. Some 373 natural disasters claimed the lives of more than 296,800
people last year, affecting nearly 208 million people at an estimated cost of
nearly $110 billion. To put this in perspective the loss of life equates to
losing the entire population of a UK city the size of Nottingham or
The research was compiled by the Centre for Research... (more)
It was former Presidential Candidate and founder of Electronic Data Systems
(EDS) Ross Perot who famously said “The activist is not the man who says
the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.”
A quote which may strike resonance with the world’s politicians as they
continue to wrestle with the major challenge of setting a global green agenda
whilst battling tough economic conditions.
President Obama’s second term inaugural speech certainly won plaudits for
his determination to tackle climate change, his powerful statements
deliberately pitched to be emoti... (more)
Like many organizations across the globe today iomart is celebrating the 25th
birthday of the World Wide Web.
iomart would not exist had a young British computer scientist called Tim
Berners-Lee not submitted his idea for allowing scientists to share
information to his manager at CERN. Today our data centers provide the
physical infrastructure that enables start-ups, SMEs and large enterprises to
deliver their services online.
To mark this anniversary we asked our staff to share their memories of the
early days of the World Wide Web and we’ll come to their recollections in a