Tuesday, 23rd October 2018


Great Ormond Street Hospital’s new DRIVE unit plans to leverage AI and digital technology to revolutionise clinical practice; UK’s Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock launches his technology vision; patients willing to have surgery performed by AI; NHS Digital has selected Cisco and Computacenter to help secure the network that provides connectivity for health and social care services across the UK.

Episode 5

Untrained staff are the biggest security risk; complexity mars security and analytics initiatives; digital payments are booming; AI and honeybees – it’s all in this week’s edition of DigiTalk.

Episode 4 Part 2

Part 2 of this week’s DigiTalk news podcast covers emerging technology trends, issues surrounding both legacy hardware and software applications, security and a new data centre for Dubrovnik Airport.

Episode 4 Part 1

Part 1 of this week’s DigiTalk news podcast covers intelligent automation, including AI and IoT successes – actual implementations seem to be well under way, the need for a balance between humans and robots in the retail environment and blockchain conservatism – collaboration seems to be the solution.

Episode 3

This week’s DigiTalk podcast covers risk aversion and adherence to the status quo as significant stumbling blocks along the road to digital transformation; password behaviour in the workplace, including the fact that any given employee now shares six passwords with coworkers; the importance of modern application architectures– such as APIs, microservices and containers – in concert with modern development best practices like DevOps, DevSecOps and Agile; football fan energy and the arrival of 5G. Presented by Phil Alsop, Editor of Digitalisation World.


Last week, the World Economic Forum published a report identifying more than 65 ways blockchain can be applied to the world’s most-pressing environmental challenges and calling for new global platforms to incubate ‘responsible blockchain ecosystems’ rather than just individual applications or companies. This week The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D, has published the results of a survey on the adoption of blockchain in the pharmaceutical and life science industries. According to the survey, 60 percent of pharmaceutical and life science professionals are either using or experimenting with blockchain today, compared to 22 percent when asked in 2017 Ahead of our major blockchain focus in the October issue of Digitalisation World, we contacted a range of IT vendors and consultants to ask them how they saw blockchain developing outside of its cryptocurrency and gaming sweetspots. The response was huge and the following snapshots give some indication as to just how all-pervasive blockchain could become in the business world in the near future. Presented by Phil Alsop, Editor of Digitalisation World.

Episode 2

Last week’s news was dominated by artificial intelligence, this week, digital business and, in particular, business agility, are major themes. The vast majority (84%) of organisations believe an inability to quickly roll-out new services and applications to their workforce is impacting their ability to stay ahead of the competition, according to new research from Capita and Citrix. Meanwhile, research from Econocom, a European digital services company, has revealed that over half of office workers believe access to the latest workplace technology would make them more productive. Additionally, 43% said this would make them feel more valued, while 38% said it would motivate them to work harder. Sticking with the workplace, Ian Pearson, UK Futurologist, and Intel UK have created a report that proposes 5G will create an environment so productive that we no longer need our workforce to work a five-day week. Presented by Phil Alsop, Editor of Digitalisation World.

MSH Summit UK 2018 Special

It sounds suspiciously logical, and very, very sensible, but the revelation that Channel organisations need to pay more attention to what their customers want was the major theme of our recent Managed Services + Hosting (MSH) Summit. From the first keynote onwards, the importance of the customer was centre stage at the MSH Summit. While customer relations has always been important, it seems that the ‘sell and forget’ mentality of the traditional channel model – perhaps not strictly accurate, but rather too prevalent nonetheless – guarantees failure. Customers want their channel suppliers to understand their needs, to work alongside them and, above all, to be able to trust them. After all, with the responsibility for IT increasingly devolving from the end user (who, once upon a time, bought tin and fitted it all together, or got an SI to do this), to the channel and service providers, who not only sell solutions, but then have to run and support them on behalf of the customer. In simple terms, MSPs are becoming the IT departments for many end users. Presented by Philip Alsop, Editor of Digitalisation World.

Episode 1

In our launch week, there’s no shortage of headline news, with digitalisation itself taking centre stage. The World Economic Forum’s been busy in China recently, publishing research which suggests that the ‘robot revolution’ will create an extra 133 million jobs by 2022. With 75 million jobs being lost along the way, all this means that there should be a net gain of some 58 million jobs. Meanwhile, PricewaterhouseCoopers has released a report, timed to coincide with the WEF Summit, which examines the impact of automation on China itself. This report states that AI and related technologies could create 90 million more jobs in China alone over the next two decades. And when you add in research carried out by Goldsmiths, University of London, which reveals that organisations augmented by automation technologies are 33 per cent more likely to be ‘human friendly’ workplaces and to be 31 per cent more productive, well, are there any downsides to the AI revolution?! Presented by Phil Alsop, Editor of Digitalisation World.