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Wanna Cry ? Look At Boardrooms And CyberSecurity

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

It is extraordinary how UK boardrooms repeatedly manage to pass off cybersecurity as some sort of natural disaster that is outside their remit of accountability.

A timely message lands from Brussels making just this point - repeatedly explored by me in posts on Forbes  - but in a different way.

The WannaCry globally-coordinated ransomware attack on 12 May 2017 should put the spotlight on...

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Spare a Thought For CPOs Amid Global Risk And Digital Challenge

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Cost reduction and managing risk unsurprisingly top the list of procurement leaders’ business priorities in 2017, according to Deloitte’s annual global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) survey, just out.


The number one priority for 79% of CPOs is reducing costs. Over half (57%) are worried about managing risk - particularly true of those who are based in the United Kingdom, with uncertainty around Brexit and outcomes from upcoming trade negotiations.

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ARM Holdings : #Brexit Mascot? Acquiring a 'Crown Jewel' At A Steal?

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM

I know nothing makes sense any more after that vote, but really. I watched my BBC Breakfast News in horror this morning as I was repeatedly told by the BBC that Britain was clearly  'open for business' as UK technology firm ARM Holdings was to be bought by Japan's Softbank for £24bn.


(I was so impressed by

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Understanding Data Alert On UK Gender Pay Reporting

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 12:55 PM

It's Monday, it's freezing, and we can't stop talking about the UK weather. So let's talk about the semblance of fog in boardrooms when it comes to the use of data.


First up this morning was my piece on Forbes on European CFOS, their understanding of 'margins' and their use of data in pricing. The UK, by the way, is ...

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UK PLC : A 'Digital Divide', Says CBI

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 12:05 AM

It has been an open secret. But now  the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)  - under the leadership of its first female Director General, Carolyn Fairbairn, has called it out.



CBI Director General: Carolyn Fairbairn

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#BT: A Complete Disregard For The Individual As Customer

Posted on November 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

When did telecom companies delivering technology services stop focusing on the customer service element of their offering? Perhaps when we all became so desperate for the latest way to be 'connected' that they saw their opportunity to make a killing.


At any rate, as customers in the UK, we now seem to be in a bad place. We are expected to tbe DIY recipients of what they throw at us, grabbing at the latest offers (new customers only), neglected if loyal, unable to get hold of...

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