• Progress needed for UK fibre roll-out to catch up to peers

    With national ultra-fast, gigabit broadband more essential than ever to drive the UK economy from the fallout of Brexit and Covid-19, research from WIK-Consult has identified a number of key areas that need to be addressed before the UK government’s full fibre targets can be realised.

    In the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019, Boris Johnson’s then newly elected government indicated that it would introduce laws to accelerate the delivery of gigabit-capable broadband across the UK by 2025, a legislative journey that began in January 2020.

    The government promised to support the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband across the UK

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  • Nordic CIO interview: Janne Puustinen, Valmet

    In March 2013, Janne Puustinen faced an unusual situation. He was an IT director at Finnish industrial engineering giant Metso when the decision was made to demerge the corporation into two independent listed companies.

    Puustinen was given nine months to build an entirely new IT organisation for what would become Valmet, an industrial technology company with more than 13,000 employees worldwide.

    “It was a new challenge for me,” says Puustinen. ”My responsibility had been IT for one of Metso’s business divisions, and I got all our infrastructure services from group IT so I could focus mainly on business applications. Infrastructure

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  • Accurate data in, better insights out

    In Covid-19 coronavirus daily news briefings, the epidemiology “R” reproduction value is regularly plucked out as a metric policymakers use to show the general public the infection rate of the virus. The mathematical model behind the R value has driven policy decisions during the crisis, such as when to impose the lockdown, and when and how to loosen restrictions. 

    The importance of accurate data during crisis management was highlighted in a global crisis survey by PwC in 2019, which found that three-quarters of those in a better place following a crisis strongly

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