CSC UK's Smart Business blog
Welcome to CSC UK's Smart Business blog. Hear our experts' views on topical stories and share with us your thoughts on how technology can help organisations achieve their objectives3.
- In biological psychology, "Awareness", is defined as a perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event. Realising that something is bad for you, or costing you money, for example, can cause action to be taken to prevent it from happening. How can you stop putting on weight? Becoming more aware of how much saturated fat and calories certain foods contain will make you think twice about putting them into your shopping basket.
- Star Trek (The Original Series) my favourite TV show of all time. Wednesday night at 7.10pm on BBC2 was the highlight of my week when my parent's new colour TV blasted out Alexander Courage's memorable theme tune.
- I've been keenly interested in the BMW i3 since its announcement as a concept at the 2011 Frankfurt car show. Hailed as an 'urban electric vehicle' (meaning it can't travel far) having finally had a chance to see one at my local dealer, as far as specifications and coolness factor goes, it's very impressive .
- For most people that question entails locking the doors, switching all the downstairs lights out, turning the TV off and turning the heating down. For others it also includes feeding the cat, filling the dishwasher up and emptying the bin. What a chore!
- What's the ideal source of energy? One that is clean, perpetual, reliable, safe, abundant and cheap of course. Can you think of one? Fossil fuels are dirty. And they are becoming harder to find and harder to extract. And more expensive. While statistically, nuclear is safe, Chernobyl and Fukushima said otherwise.
- The IoT finally gains momentum…. though one could argue that it's been around since 1991 when RFID was seen as a prerequisite to enable the identification and integration of everyday objects.
- How are you planning for the digital revolution? For some it's a rapid evolution, for others a true revolution while some might still say it’s passing them by. So what are the challenges, threats and opportunities that the digital revolution offers?
- Ever since the idea of Smart Metering was conceived, there's been a lot of discussion, dissent and fear of energy retailers having access to personal information. Taken to extremes, some customers have been arrested because they have objected to the installation of what they have perceived as a 'surveillance device'.
- If the lights went out in your town and you had no power – you would wonder why. While more than 20% of overhead network power cuts are caused by adverse weather, there is an increasingly more pernicious and unpredictable threat from cyber attack. And it’s not just the threat of loss of power: cyber attacks threaten loss of control of the infrastructure; loss of customer data and loss of confidence in our energy suppliers.
- A few days ago, I received a call from a colleague who was being asked by a client regarding implementing a new TeleHealth programme. The client was keen to know which technology they should be looking at – who is the market leader. While the technology is clearly important and quickly evolving as we wrote in one of our recent white papers, it isn’t the starting point when deciding which TeleServices to implement