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

Say ‘hello’ to your new colleague, the Cobot

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Robotics have been around for many years, with the idea of robots helping humans being depicted in Science Fiction in early books, comics and films.  Robots have continued evolving with design and use as we have been working with them to carry out various tasks. So what is a cobot? Wikipedia defines Cobots as: A cobot or […]

Science camp and STEM with Scouts

After some months of planning and organisation, this past weekend  (17th to 19th March 2017) I ran a Science Camp for around 50 Scouts at a local Scout camp site. Being a STEM Ambassador is another part of spreading the importance of STEM subjects to young people. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM […]

On the blockchain, nobody knows you’re a fridge

Making Smart Things Smarter with Smart Contracts Quote credit Richard G Brown: On The Blockchain Nobody Knows You’re a Fridge I happen to be the tech guy in my house and anything that breaks is automatically my problem and fault. This includes laptops, tablets and smartphones and extends to appliances and the occasional plumbing problem.   […]

Do voice activated assistants have a place in business?

Does the Voice Activated Assistant have a place in the business?   Yes it does. There are lots of voice activated assistants available to help us with our daily tasks. Some are built into mobile devices and some are purchased as specific items. The key is that they all respond to commands and can interact with […]

The ‘why’ of microservices

Microservices (μServices) are a fascinating evolution of the Distributed Object Computing (DOC) paradigm. Initial design of DOC attempted to solve the problem of simplifying developing complex distributed applications by applying object-oriented design principles to disparate components operating across networked infrastructure. In this model, DOC “hid” the complexity of making this work from the developer regardless […]

Putting machine learning into context

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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

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

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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. […]