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Automating public services – a careful approach

vchalup – stock.adobe.com By Published: 09 Jul 2024 The use of AI and automation in the public sector involves both public-facing systems and behind-the-scenes tools aimed at streamlining operations and freeing up staff time. But we know that these benefits are not guaranteed. Public sector organisations must approach automation with caution to avoid the pitfalls…

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Databricks bids to marry AI and BI

Data warehousing gave birth to Business Intelligence. This was a point memorably made to me by the analyst Mike Ferguson when I interviewed him for one of our articles celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Computer Weekly. He said, in 2016: “Data warehousing had to happen and was absolutely aimed at the BI market. Up till…

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Pure Storage hit by Snowflake credential hackers

Pure Storage has stepped forward as the latest known victim of the fast-spreading Snowflake credentials breach, joining a list of over 150 organisations to have had their data stolen by a cyber criminal gang after their Snowflake instances were breached. The data storage specialist said it had confirmed and addressed a security incident involving unauthorised…

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IT Sustainability Think Tank: Helping CIOs and IT directors navigate the green IT landscape

In the contemporary landscape of corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability has become a vital concern. With enterprises facing increasing regulatory pressure to record and mitigate their carbon emissions, energy usage, and overall sustainability practices, CIOs and IT departments find themselves at the forefront of this paradigm shift. As stewards of digital infrastructure and data management, CIOs…

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Google Develops In-House Arm ‘Axion’ CPU for Datacenters

Google was among the first hyperscalers build custom silicon for its services, starting first with tensor processing units (TPUs) for its AI initiatives, and then video transcoding units (VCUs) for the YouTube service. But unlike its industry peers, the company has been slower to adopt custom CPU designs, prefering to stick to off-the-shelf chips from the major…

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Interview: How a fundraiser became more data-savvy

Data analysis is critical in the charitable sector but research has found that charities in the UK are missing out on funding due to poor data management. The Sagacity survey of 50 finance and revenue professionals in UK charities and not-for-profits found that almost half (47%) of charity revenue leakage can be traced back to…

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Chancellor targets £36bn productivity boost with £4.2bn digital transformation plan

Chancellor of the exchequer Jeremy Hunt has announced £3.4bn in additional funding for the NHS to deliver 2% annual increases in productivity through new technology and digital transformation across the health service in England. The cash for the NHS – which Hunt claimed is doubling investment in digital transformation – is the largest part of…

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Oracle CloudWorld 2023: Ellison heralds dawn of generative AI era

Oracle chief technology officer and founder Larry Ellison endorsed a radical vision of what generative artificial intelligence (AI) could achieve in the future during his keynote speech at Oracle CloudWorld 2023 in Las Vegas. He told attendees not to underestimate the technology. “ChatGPT has captured our imagination. Most new technology does not capture the attention…

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Node4 helps performing arts charity revamp staff home working setup with IT infrastructure overhaul

Managed cloud services provider Node4 has revealed details of how it helped one of its charity clients overcome its remote working technology woes in the wake of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic through the deployment of a VMware-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) setup. Its client – the Manchester-based performing arts charity, The Lowry Theatre and Arts…

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CXL in the datacentre: Boosting memory for hungry workloads

Compute Express Link, otherwise known as CXL, is set to revolutionise the datacentre. So, what is it and what are the benefits?  Memory management is a key element that enables datacentres to utilise the optimum memory configuration, especially as they pivot towards increasingly data-intensive workloads, such as data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).…

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