Category Archives: Digital Transformation

Cyber-Attackers Focus on Organizations That Have Failed to Invest in Modern Security Systems. Is this YOU?

So the HSE is widely known as a lagger in its use of IT. This is a huge red flag waving for all cyber attackers to see. This morning’s news was clearly inevitable. Continue reading

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The True Story of How the UK Post Office became a Failed Organization.

A modern fable. In 1999 the UK Post Office introduced a new computer system named Horizon into its network of post offices throughout the UK. The system managed the important tasks of transactions, accounting and stocktaking. Soon after it was … Continue reading

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Technology’s Crucible – Cause or Solution to Our World in Crisis?

Back in the 1970’s I, like many in the tech industry, followed the work of James Martin – a genuine guru and polymath who between 1965 and 2006 wrote over 100 books, many of which were huge best sellers. The … Continue reading

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My Personal Experience Highlights How Brexit has thrown a Spanner into Smooth Running 21C Businesses

I would never knowingly have placed an order for a relatively high value item knowing it was sourced from the UK post Brexit. And my experience is clearly one of at least hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of disrupted transactions. Every one of them is someone’s nightmare. However, I doubt very much that it will cost Messrs Gove and Johnson any lost sleep. And down the line it probably won’t lose them any votes either. Continue reading

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Are We Using Technology to Get us out out of the Covid19 Mess?

Here in Ireland we are recovering from Lockdown 3, case load is reducing but the hospitals and entire health service is incredibly overloaded. There is real concern that new variants may be more serious, transmissible etc, and not covered by … Continue reading

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Democracy is not a fragile flower still it needs cultivating.

Well it’s been one hell of a ride! I remember talking to a good friend and colleague almost exactly four years ago. He lives in the greater DC area and does a lot of government business, so I listened hard. … Continue reading

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Happy XMAS (War is Over?)

Should we simply return to what was normal in 2019? Or do we have an extraordinary opportunity to leverage not just the reduction in emissions but to learn from the experience of disaster that literally stopped us in our tracks. Continue reading

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Split up Facebook? No! Enforce Open Social Media Interoperability Standards to enable real competition.

I see today in the Guardian that “The US government and a coalition of 48 states and districts have filed parallel lawsuits against Facebook in a major antitrust offensive that accused the social media behemoth of anticompetitive behavior and could ultimately force … Continue reading

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How Ireland Can Return to Post Covid19 Normality

Listening to Michael McGrath (FF Finance) this morning he was asked whether his party, if in government, would make face masks mandatory in enclosed spaces such as transport and shops. His answer was interesting. He said that his thinking is … Continue reading

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It’s time to exert governance over the the Global Tech Leaders!

Nearly 20 years ago, in my research work I and colleagues identified the IT platform companies as implementing a radical new business model that would be profoundly transformational in many dimensions, in terms of potential for astonishing levels of growth, … Continue reading

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