• What next for the now-profitable app-based Starling Bank?

    Starling Bank can set ambitious targets now its revenues exceed its operating costs, but potential acquirers should know the company’s mission is to change banking and not to sell up.

    Receiving its UK banking license in 2016, the app based challenger bank was one of the early cohort of new banks harnessing the latest technologies to take on the traditional high street giants. Last month, it reported its first profit and the first of the UK’s consumer-facing challenger bank community, a major landmark for any new bank and a launchpad for raising the bar.

    Starling’s rise is no secret. It

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  • S/4 Hana projects come off back burner, but skills shortage impedes progress

    The UK and Ireland SAP User Group’s Digital Insights Symposium learned this week that the slowing down of S/4 Hana projects that members have seen during the pandemic year of 2020 is to be followed by a significant ramp-up, for which skills are in perilously short supply.

    This is the time of year when the user group’s members gather for their pre-Christmas conference in Birmingham.

    To the perennial delight of a handful of IT journalists, the group usually publishes some user group research that confirms whatever bold new innovation SAP has trumpeted at its annual Sapphire conference in Orlando, Florida,

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  • Hyperforce shifts Salesforce to public cloud

    Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, gave way during his keynote at the virtual version of Dreamforce in San Francisco to chief operating officer Bret Taylor to announce “Hyperforce”, seemingly a badge for the cloud CRM supplier’s more intensive move to public cloud provision.

    The supplier’s software-as-a-service sales and marketing automation products have always had a measure of delivery over the type of public cloud infrastructure associated with AWS, Google, Microsoft and Alibaba.

    But Hyperforce announces a significant increase in the use of infrastructure from, it would seem, the big four of the public cloud, and on a worldwide basis.


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