• SMEs poised to reap tech and agility advantage in wake of Covid-19

    The Covid-19 pandemic has created huge challenges for businesses across sectors and of all sizes. Organisations large and small have had to adapt and adjust to unprecedented conditions, moving at speed to pivot their operations and leverage technology to meet new types of demand.

    But the experience hasn’t been uniform for all – and indeed, data that we have released from this year’s Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey shows that it has been the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that have, in many key respects, reacted more nimbly. As a result, they have put themselves in a better position to

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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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  • Salesforce confirms rumoured Slack acquisition on eve of Dreamforce 2020

    Salesforce has announced the acquisition of Slack, reported on last week, ahead of the virtual iteration of its Dreamforce event.

    The CRM supplier said it has agreed to buy Slack Technologies for $27.7bn in stock and cash.

    As noted by the Financial Times, the deal is the largest in the cloud software-as-a-service industry, eclipsing Microsoft’s $26.2b splurge on LinkedIn in 2016.

    Marc Benioff, chair and CEO of Salesforce, said: “This is a match made in heaven. Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape the future of enterprise software and transform the way everyone works in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world.

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  • Makers partners with Coding Black Females

    Makers has partnered with Coding Black Females to provide a small cohort of women with free software engineering training.

    The coding bootcamp will also offer members of Coding Black Females discounted courses going forward.

    Claudia Harris, CEO of Makers, said: “Coding Black Females is helping the next generation of women to enter the digital sector and thrive in their chosen career path. Its commitment to community and diversity is shared by Makers.

    “Together, we can play a big role in narrowing the skills gap in tech, while also providing a steady supply of well-trained talent that reflects the society we

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  • More than 1,300 teachers trained by National Centre for Computing Education

    The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) has helped train more than 1,000 teachers to deliver the computing curriculum.

    Since its launch two years ago, the NCCE has trained about 1,300 teachers to deliver GCSE computer science classes, and has provided resources to 29,500 teachers from 8,500 primary schools and 3,000 secondary schools.

    Simon Peyton Jones, chairman of the NCCE, said: “The NCCE is playing an important part in re-imagining computing as a foundational school subject like maths and natural science, which all children should learn to equip them for life and work.

    “Computer science is now an explicit

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  • How to modernise identity governance and administration

    Digital identities are at the heart of digital transformation, information security and privacy. Therefore, if organisations have not done so already, no time should be wasted in reviewing their identity governance and administration (IGA) capability, which is at the heart of identity and access management (IAM).

    While most organisations understand the importance of IGA, business cases for new IGA projects may be difficult to make because of past project failures and the resultant reticence of the business to invest further.

    However, by outlining the business benefits and drawing up a plan to avoid and/or mitigate the risks of failure, security

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