Hyper Think

Thoughts on all things tech from CSC’s Distinguished Engineers and Distinguished Architects


Putting machine learning into context

machine learning

Machine Learning is getting a lot more air time these days but are we actually sure what it is? The most common definition goes along the lines of: It gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed” (Arthur Samuel, 1959). This is an old quote but it has held the test of time. […]

Now’s the time for the C-Suite to take joint responsibility for application platform decisions

Business Meeting

Here’s a novel, but controversial statement, “it’s time for the CEO, COO, CIO to start to take joint responsibility for application platform decisions.” For too many years now technical meritocracy has led the decision-making for the business with regard to platform selection. This includes, but is not limited to, servers, operating systems, virtualization, cloud and […]

Bitcoins and blockchains


Before we really get started, I want to point out that there is a common misunderstanding that bitcoins and blockchains are terms for the same things – they are not. More of that to come. Blockchain has some rather superfluous statements surrounding it; such as ‘The Great economic leveler’, or Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen refers […]

The Web platform: 2016 technology of the year

Agility Platform update

We’re now seeing predictions about what’s going to be hot in enterprise technology in 2017. (In fact, CSC’s CTO Dan Hushon released his 2017 tech predictions not too long ago.) Cloud (yet again), Blockchain, Big Data/Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) are all among the top of many of the lists out there. However, it was Krish Subrumanian’s […]

Internet of Things: Revolution or evolution?


Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the technology terms that will appear in every organisation’s strategy document in 2017. (Skeptical? Our CTO Dan Hushon has put it on his list of technology trends to watch.) But some of you may be wondering if it’s really a revolutionary change, or simply a fancier badge on something that’s been happening for some time. […]

2017: Bigger, faster data makes for smarter machines


It’s that most wonderful time of the year, a time when our CTO, Dan Hushon, makes his technology predictions for the year ahead. For me, those predictions set the tone for the year to come and help me focus my attention on the trends that really matter. This year, the topic that has me most […]

Blockchain architecture: Diving deeper at CSC’s TechCom24


By now we’ve all heard about Bitcoin as this magical, decentralized digital currency. You may even have bought and spent some bitcoin, but most of us are not quite sure how or even why it works. Perhaps more puzzling is that we keep hearing that Bitcoin is just the beginning and that we’ll start seeing […]

48 hours at the GE Minds + Machines 2016 Hackathon


It’s amazing what sometimes fits into 48 hours. In a blog post about how to become a distinguished technologist, I recommended the following as a general, long-term heuristic for building a distinguished career: Learn a lot about things that matter Work on genuinely useful projects… with people you like and respect I watched that wisdom […]

Right-sizing the duration of IT engagements

Businessman watching with binoculars from a building

A large part of my role at CSC is focused on guiding and supporting teams in the development of strategies that meet client goals and objectives across all geographies, all industry sectors and all technologies. This is a role I find both challenging and fascinating. In a recent session, we were discussing a transportation sector […]

Infra store – the next IT marketplace


We are all familiar with the Apple App Store or Google Play Store we visit every day to download apps, games and necessary updates for our phones and tablets. The app store model revolutionized the marketplace idea, making it easy for both software vendors and consumers to publish and install software without the hassles of […]