Corporate Social Responsibility

‘We never use the phrase Corporate Social Responsibility, or the initials CSR at Ringtons.’ said Richard from the Newcastle based tea and beverages company. ‘It sounds too much like a crime. Instead we focus on our business doing good things in the community.’ I was at Muckle LLP for a breakfast event as part of … Continue reading Corporate Social Responsibility

A Nokia person

Someone once described themselves as a Nokia person. I think it was Chaditsa at the CyberFest event in Teesside University. Everyone laughed as they understood what she meant. She was not at the bleeding edge of technical innovation and was more comfortable with the simpler user interfaces that we used to enjoy. I realised that … Continue reading A Nokia person

Smartphones? For how long?

It is the future. How we laugh at the thought of people typing things into computers. They used to sit there at wooden desks, in adjustable chairs, interfacing with their device at the speed of tapping. Those who were good typists could get a good speed going while the rest of them had to keep … Continue reading Smartphones? For how long?

Imagine a car

The opening speaker on day 2 of the Unit4 conference gave us his thoughts on the future of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). It was at the Conference Centre in Harrogate. I am not the greatest of advocates for ERP in that I don’t think grand systems solve anything and in the effort to combine all … Continue reading Imagine a car

#CyberFest Blyth

Once again I found myself on the banks of the River Blyth. The last time was at the Port of Blyth to talk about Low Power Wide Area Networks and this time it was as part of #CyberFest, the North East’s biggest cyber festival. I always love going to see the amazing ships that dock … Continue reading #CyberFest Blyth

Don’t know what you need?

How do you buy something if you don’t know what you need? That sounds like an easy problem, something that we have to deal with everyday yet it is not quite that simple. If I need to buy a car, I pop along to the showroom with an idea of what I, or rather we, … Continue reading Don’t know what you need?

Clash of the WiFi

I am suffering from a modern problem, something that just didn’t happen a few short months ago, something that reflects the way that I, and many others, live their lives today. Stand on the corner of any city street and you will see the majority of people scurrying along looking at, listening to or talking … Continue reading Clash of the WiFi