Computer Weekly - 2 October 2012: How data analytics swept Team GB sailors to gold
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Computer Weekly – 2 October 2012: How data analytics swept Team GB sailors to gold

In this week’s Computer Weekly, we talk to the gold-medal winning GB sailing team about how business analytics helped them to Olympic glory. Ahead of the launch of Windows 8 this month, our Buyer's Guide looks at what Microsoft's new operating system means for businesses. We examine the use of video conferencing technology and ask if it's ready for widespread use. A global user of cloud-based HR software offers 10 key questions to ask of a supplier. And Co-operative Group CIO Andy Haywood talks about the challenges of running retail and banking IT. Read the issue now.

 

How data analytics swept Team GB sailors to gold

Business analytics software helped British sailing team Skandia Team GBR sweep up five medals at the London 2012 Olympics. In the run-up to the games, the team used data analytics to measure factors affecting the team’s performance.

 

Buyer's guide to Windows 8 - Windows 8 looks to reclaim territory in the enterprise

Every few years a new Microsoft desktop operating system arrives. The latest version of Windows sees a shift in the company, which it hopes will influence how corporate IT regards desktop computing.

 

Will video conferencing find its business market in 2012?

As networks expand and mobile consumerisation familiarises the technology, video collaboration looks poised to enter the business.

 

How government is progressing in opening public-sector IT to SMEs

Government predilection for mega-contracts has been pegged as a key factor in the exclusion of small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) from the public sector IT market. Deputy government CIO Liam Maxwell and a number of SMEs discussed strategies for breaking the IT oligopoly of the big suppliers at a recent public-sector IT roundtable.

 

Managing a global workforce with a human resources system in the cloud

Inchcape Shipping Services is implementing a cloud-based HR system to manage 3,700 staff around the world, its choice of supplier based on 10 key questions.

 

Co-operative CIO shows how the supermarket and banking group is good with IT

CIO Andy Haywood has his plate full as the Co-op group takes over hundreds of Lloyds bank branches and overhauls its retail supply chain.

 

The case against mobile apps

Choosing to develop mobile-friendly websites instead of apps offers a number of technological and financial advantages.

 

Opinion: How IT staff can make effective use of social media in searching for jobs

If you are searching for a job, expect to find an increasing number of opportunities via social media platforms beside traditional internet job sites, writes career coach Jeremy I’Anson.

 

This week's digital edition is sponsored by T-Systems, Thames Valley Training, Unicom and the World of Learning,

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