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Technology

Technology

From Modernisation to Westernisation – China Does it its Own Way

Almost exactly one year after launching our China Desk, our chairman Philip Rodney and I touched down in China earlier this year for ten days cram-packed with meetings with contacts and clients.  It was an extremely fruitful trip, split as to half in Beijing and the other half in Shanghai, and it highlighted to us the incredible potential and tremendously exciting opportunities that exist in China in general, and for Chinese-Scottish business relations in particular.

It is over 11 years since I lived in China, and the scale of the changes since then are truly dizzying.  It

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IT Security - a Health and Safety Issue

The global malware attack which petrified the NHS has thrown into sharp relief that IT security is a health and safety issue.

Ransomware such as that used in the attack on the NHS and others works by blocking access to data until or unless a ransom in paid. And as we have seen, even if paid there can be no guarantee that access will be restored.

It can easily be imagined that if an organisation has no access to vital health and safety documentation such as risk assessments, lone worker systems and the like, that can only heighten operational health and safety risk.

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Cyber Security - Prevention is Better than Cure

My colleague Neeraj Thomas in his previous cyber security blog wrote of the old adage that “prevention is better than cure” when it comes to managing cyber security risk.

In the 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, IBM found that sixty per cent of all attacks were carried out by insiders, i.e.

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TEDx Glasgow Awards – Shortlisting the Very Best ‘Ideas Worth Doing’

Sam Moore

As one of TEDx Glasgow’s partner organisations, we were delighted to host the shortlisting of the final candidates for the first ever TEDx Glasgow Awards. From a list of thirty eight qualifying ‘Big Ideas’, TEDx Glasgow had the tough initial job of selecting just ten to take forward to their panel of judges.

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Scotland By Design

In both developed and developing economies, there is now a “mobile first” – and in some cases “mobile only” – trend.  We increasingly live in a world with indigenous digital natives, many of whom do not interact with the web in any other way than mobile.  This is driving profound changes in approach from all parts of the eco-system from content providers, infrastructure providers, handset manufacturers and everyone in between.  Indeed, the lines are increasingly blurred between these players – every single infrastructure provider I saw present at the Mobile World Congress in

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Open Banking - A Tech Revolution?

David Goodbrand

This week sees the launch of Stage 1 of the Open Banking initiative.   Responding to the concerns highlighted by the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) retail banking investigation, the Open Banking initiative aims to take advantage of the continuing developments in technology (and fintech in particular) to give customers more choice on how they manage their money and finances.  It will enable customers to share data securely with third parties, compare products on the basis of their own requirements and manage their accounts without having to use t

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Scotland Well Placed for 5G Revolution

Callum Sinclair

Fresh from the much talked about Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I’m struck by the sheer scale of this incredible tech conference, matched only by the breath-taking speed at which our digital world is changing. In this series of blogs, I’ll cover off some of the main topics and observations from the conference. I’ll also look at where Scotland is keeping up, leading, or falling behind in terms of tech.

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Partnering With TEDx Glasgow - Supporting Ideas Worth Doing

TEDx Glasgow

Scotland’s tech community is one of the most vibrant and exciting anywhere in the world – according to the Scottish Technology Industry Survey 2016, there are over 1,500 technology companies active in Scotland today, employing over 84,000 people and contributing over £5bn to the economy. As a city steeped in industrial heritage and innovation, Glasgow is more than ready to play its part in this incredible boom. The Glasgow tech scene is home to many exciting start-ups as well as established names, and there seems to be a real buzz around the city lately.

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LChalmers

Are You Part of the Fantech Frenzy?

Did you attend the rugby, football or any sporting event this weekend? And when you were there, how much time did you spend on your phone? After attending a Celtic football match, my brother was frustrated about the number of fans spending more time glued to their smart phones instead of actually watching the match.


The reality is that technology continues to disrupt our world and the sports sector is no exception. Digital advances mean that technology is transforming the fan experience like never before. Today, it is not just about watching a game.

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Simple Steps Can Help To Protect You From a Cyber Security Breach

It seems that hardly a day goes by without a cyber security story hitting the press. The focus is now on the Government and its preparedness to deal with potential threats.

A Commons Public Accounts Committee said UK cabinet ministers had taken too long and were still not full equipped to deal with the very real threat of cyber security risks.   In a damning summary of the Cabinet Office’s approach to such risks the Chair of the Committee, Labour MP Meg Hiller said:

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