Many people selecting a new piece of business software have been involved in software projects before. They remember the dreamy vision painted by the software seller, they had expectations that the solution would fix all their problems, that the implementation process would be as smooth as slipping on a silk glove and that life would suddenly be wonderful. The reality was often quite different. In surveys around 75% of software implementations either failed to deliver the agreed objectives, drastically exceeded the budget or were delivered long past the intended go-live date. Continue reading
For many years the recycling and environmental sectors have lagged behind many other industries in their application of technology. Having now worked in IT for a quarter of a century I thought it was time to reflect on what the real benefits of technology are, and then predict how different technologies may be adopted in this sector over the coming year. To put it in simple terms, technology (when implemented correctly) brings one of two benefits; it either improves efficiency or it provides reliable and appropriate information upon which better decisions can be made. I have chosen five technologies that fall into one or both of these categories, and I would predict that at least four of them will be a hit during 2014. What do you think, hit or miss? Continue reading
Just read the Smart City article in the Resource Efficient Business magazine (www.rebnews.com) for October. It’s a good read. Sad bloke that I am, I was looking in my own bins wondering how much potentially recyclable material we as a family put into the general waste bin – quite shocking really, I will have a word with myself. Continue reading
Big Data is omnipresent, yet relatively unknown. It is a technology that affects our everyday lives in so many ways, though most of us do not know it exists. In this blog I attempt to uncover a phenomenon that has become pervasive in many aspects of life and is now impacting, amongst others, the waste, recycling and environmental sectors.
Before offering some insight into what Big Data is, let’s put forward a few examples that are easy to relate to: A 20’s something female updates her relationship status on Facebook from single to engaged. She then begins to see subtle (and sometimes less than subtle) advertising for wedding dress shops, romantic holiday destinations and even hotels in her home vicinity that offer the full wedding package. Now, Facebook do not employ huge teams of data ninjas that monitor your every change in circumstance to then present you with appropriate advertisements, they employ Big Data. Recently, a piece of research from Cambridge University and Microsoft across 58,000 volunteers demonstrated a remarkable ability to predict a person’s age, gender, political affiliation and even sexual orientation just from their “Likes” on Facebook. Apparently clicking “Like” on subjects such as “Britney Spears” or “Desperate Housewives” were among the signs of homosexual orientation! Continue reading
The world of software is ever changing, and increased choices are making the investment decisions more complex. Cloud computing has added a new dimension and this can, to the uninitiated, create some confusion. Here I try to tackle the cost aspect of cloud computing versus more traditional purchase models. Continue reading
To address the issue of metal theft, the government has amended various bills to implement a cashless system for purchasing in the scrap metal industry. Here I look into the implication of this and how companies need to focus on their IT systems to make it happen, particularly in light of key exceptions.
Metal theft has rapidly become a scourge on our industry, with public sympathy focusing on the victims and eyeing anyone involved in the industry with distrust. The recent amendments to the Bill announced in May and due to come into force in August are generally welcomed in the industry as they offer scrap metal merchants the opportunity to confirm their honesty and integrity. However, the system won’t be foolproof as the Government has had to provide exemptions for itinerant scrap metal collectors who often have no way of receiving payment via any other means than cash. Continue reading
It’s a long time since the metal trade made the news with such regularity. From the tap-rooms in local pubs all the way up to the Houses of Parliament, the discussion around metal theft has never been so vociferous. Metal theft has become a national issue and Jason Fazackerley discusses how technology is leading the fight to combat it.