Jimmy Wales co-founded free online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia in 2001. By 2006, Time magazine had named him in its list of the world’s most influential people and today, Wikipedia is the largest information resource on the web (ranking 6th globally). CambridgeElevator.com – the free social network for startups – met Wales at Tech Entrepreneurs Week where he shared his top three tips for succeeding in business. Be persistent; Don’t waste time doing something useless – give up sooner; Do something that you are passionate about rather than something you think will succeed. The American Internet entrepreneur left his second PhD to become a futures trader but was such a super-geek that he went home and worked on his own web browser.[…]

Hiring an unsuitable candidate for a job is usually not only a costly and time-wasting exercise, it can also result in lower productivity, damaged customer relationships and a lot of stress – for employer, employee and other members of staff. Research indicates that replacing an employee can cost up to 150% of their annual salary. Now, Onetest Express, an online pre-employment testing service, is being launched in the UK for businesses and other organisations looking to hire the best job candidates quickly, efficiently and affordably. Onetest has conducted millions of assessments for thousands of clients in Australia. Large organisations in both the private and public sector have come to rely on pre-employment assessments as the most effective and objective way[…]

The Technology Strategy Board has announced that the UK-wide consortium bid from Carbon Trust, National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) and Ocean Energy Innovation has been selected to play a central role in setting up the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. The centre will establish its primary location in Glasgow, alongside a number of organisations with complementary interests in the International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ) with the operational centre in the North East of England (Northumberland) close to Narec. It will receive up to £10m per annum over five years (£50 million) from the Technology Strategy Board. The new Catapult will focus on technologies applicable to offshore wind, tidal and wave power. It will also build strong links with centres[…]

New research from business-to-business energy supplier, Opus Energy, suggests a growing level of interest among small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in generating renewable energy from their own businesses, with one third (32%) expecting to introduce solar panels, wind turbines or anaerobic digestion for example, and 38% expecting to be generating their own renewable energy within five years. Despite recent cuts in energy tariffs, and perhaps faced with finding new ways to generate income (42% highlight the revenue opportunity behind any decision), a large number of SME business leaders questioned in the Opus Energy survey expect to be generating renewable energy within the next five years*, with younger business owners (aged 18-34) more likely to make the investment sooner. Opus Energy[…]

Cloud computing and managed hosting services provider iomart Hosting has announced that it has carried out a group- wide virtualisation project for office2office (o2o), the sole provider of offices supplies and Closed Loop document recycling services for the UK government. The project involved moving over 200 servers into iomart Hosting’s London data centre. The resulting group-wide virtualisation has vastly reduced o2o’s server hardware. There is a large VMware platform with built in backup, which provides the group’s DNS services, Active Directory plus SAN storage. There are also two dedicated database servers – an MSSQL Cluster and MSSQL Mirror. o2o’s IT had been focused around a single set of offices and one server room in Norwich as a legacy of its[…]

Orchestra Networks, a multi-domain Master Data Management software provider and Steria, a European provider of IT-enabled business services, announced today that they have extended their partnership across Europe. Master data management and data governance is one of the top priorities for large companies; the ability to create, manage, enrich and access shared data across the enterprise has become critical. Orchestra Networks is recognised by leading analysts as one of the only true multi-domain MDM software providers. Its EBX5 solution is a model-driven MDM software with embedded data governance capabilities for business users. With EBX5, companies can standardise governance of shared data across all business lines, including finance, HR, sales, supply chain and operations. The collaboration of Orchestra Networks and Steria has[…]

With World IPv6 Day fast approaching on 6th June this year, it is time for organisations to deal with the impact of IPv6 on their networks. “The address pool for IPv4 was exhausted last year,” said Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group,  “Major Internet service providers, (ISPs), manufacturers and web companies around the world are coming together to enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6th June. With these moves, and to take advantage of the increased scalability of IPV6, organisations have to plan now to deal with the impact of IPv6 on their business infrastructure.” Kilpatrick stressed that most organisations weren’t looking for a ‘Big Bang’ approach to IPV6, not least because of the cost and disruption. “While[…]

HRVision Ltd., an next generation employee assessment solutions provider has announcde the appointment of Total Retail Control Ltd. as their distributor for the Ireland and UK retail market. A provider of retail epos solutions, TRC will offer HRVision’s accurate and cost effective integrity testing software, SavvyIntegrity to complement the TRC Ltd. current retail solutions product suite. “In the retail segment where employee theft is an especially crucial issue, TRC recognizes the need to offer our clients innovative, forward looking technologies that can effectively aid retailers in identifying dishonest candidates before they become employees,” says Gavin Peacock, CEO, TRC. SavvyIntegrity is HRVision’s revolutionary SaaS tool for the recruiting or loss-prevention division of an organization. It has high sensitivity to theft and[…]

Nebulas, the UK’s largest independent network security specialist has just launched a new, high level review service to help organisations reduce costs and improve efficiency by simplifying their IT security. Nebulas’Security Operations Review (SOR) is consultative review which looks at all aspects of a company’s security infrastructure. In addition to analysing the different technologies deployed, the review looks far more widely: at security policies, processes and procedures, how resources are used, network architecture, change management and risk mitigation strategies. The four-step review process uses remote and on-site information gathering to build a complete picture of an organisation’s security profile. From analysing the information, Nebulas’ consultants draft a detailed report which outlines ways to simplify the estate and increase operational efficiency. Based[…]

1st Touch, the UK’s leading supplier of mobile technology to the social housing and local government sectors has launched version 4.5 of its acclaimed mobile workforce software. Whilst, the new version has been developed using Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld technology it now includes additional support for Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets. This represents a significant investment in R&D and innovation by 1st Touch and is a response to evolving market demand for these platforms, coupled with the growing variety of devices available. 1st Touch applications can bring significant efficiencies and productivity increases to any application where field based workers are equipped with mobile devices to provide services. 1st Touch has already won widespread acclaim in the social housing[…]