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Set against the backdrop of this weekend's International Women's Day  theme of Inspiring Change, I had the pleasure to sit down with Anne Bryson, Group Technical Manager at iomart. As one of Europe's leading cloud companies iomart has long championed the employment possibilities that working in the field of technology offers to women. Sadly current statistics show that our industry is still falling short. According to research by e-skills UK, only 17% of employees in IT & Telecoms are female. Anne was asked for her thoughts on why this might be and to provide some background to her own career journey in the hope that it encourages more women to consider this industry as a great career choice. What led you into the world of technology? Anne Bryson: My story is one of Music to Macs. I originally studied music as a student at Glasgow University. My course was one of t... (more)

Acid or Green Rain from Cloud Computing?

The world's data centers collectively are said to be producing more carbon emissions than consumers within many countries (Italy, The Netherlands and Argentina are some of the more headline-grabbing examples that have been cited of late). "The whole industry must be more efficient" is an all too common battle cry, in reaction to that. But does that really wash - or is it just more greenwash? As the need for computing technology grows, we are seeing more and more organizations considering building in house data centres, which will lead to a huge overall increase in carbon emissio... (more)

Will Cloud Computing Add Value to the Marketing Mix?

For the past 18 months the hype has suggested that Cloud Computing will be the next game changer. But will it? Or are we simply witnessing the next major land grab by a few technology giants on a perceived new market segment? A plethora of recent surveys has shown that whilst organisations are generally aware of the cloud, they are reticent to dive in and procure services. For every survey that suggests that a CIO is considering Cloud Computing as a priority for his or her organisation you will find another survey stating that business leaders haven’t a clue as to its meaning or ... (more)

iomart Hosting's Cloud Computing Platform Helps Nova International

More than half a million people will visit the site over this coming weekend for the Bupa Great North Run, as well as registering for Nova's other Great Run events in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Portsmouth which take place in October. Chris Kewin, IT Director at Nova International, said: "iomart Hosting's technical expertise and support provides relief to Nova's small but busy IT team. It's critical for our business that we have a 24/7 scalable service. Nova is looking seriously at cloud technology on which to build third generation systems that can scale out rather than up.  Cloud ... (more)

Why we need to get behind Scotland’s new E-skills Initiative

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 i... (more)