Thoughts on Tech

Month: April 2020

Inspiring the next generation of techies

Over the last few weeks on what seems like hundreds of conference calls I’ve had heard plenty of stories of the challenges of jungling work and family life, especially with little kids running around. Having recently having become a father myself, it has made me think about the challenges that the next generations will have and how technology will solve those problems. But the pressing question has been how us, as parents and ‘oldies’, inspire the younger generations into using technology to improve our health, planet and other pressing issues.

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Life as a Chief Technology Officer

Given its often impossible (even within the same team) to understand the challenges of colleagues in different roles, so I thought it’d be a good idea to ask ex-collegues and aquaintenaces to do some digging! This is the first of these series, where I get the views of various members of IT departments across the UK, to understand their roles, their challenges, adapting to the changing technology landscape and the difficult times affecting their times as the pandemic affects all businesses. The first of these is with Dan Pass, CTO of 1st Stop Group, a well-established finance firm based out of Blackpool, UK.

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Life as a Chief Information Security Officer

This is the third and final one of these series (1st one is HERE, 2nd one is HERE), where I get the views of various IT profressionals across the UK, to understand their roles, their challenges, adapting to the changing technology landscape and the difficult challenges with the ongoing pandemic . This time its a chat with Howard Pritchard, Co-Founder of AVORD and a man with over 10+ years of being a CISO.

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Oktane 2020. Okta’s virtual annual conference

Not one I’d originally been able to attend, but a bonus side-effect of the coronavirus isolation is that events such as these, are forced to cater for remote attendees, which is exactly what I am! Okta if you’re not aware, is the leader in Identity-as-a-service, so to you and me (techies, not sales folk) is that it is a service giving you SAML, OAUTH, etc (single sign on) to web apps, as well as a centralised directory that can be a huge differentiator in this new cloud-centric world. I’m keen to see what the new major announcements are, that I can utilise within Stagecoach (my employer) to improve the user experience or security.

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