Computer Weekly - 23 August 2011: Download this week's issue of the UK's leading technology publication, with our analysis of the latest news and IT trends

Computer Weekly - 23 August 2011: Download this week's issue of the UK's leading technology publication, with our analysis of the latest news and IT trends


Computer Weekly is the UK's leading business technology publication. In this week's issue, Oxfam's CIO talks about how IT supports a global aid operation; we ask if £530m government funding will be enough to roll-out superfast broadband; and we examine the security issues around moving to IPv6.

Cover story: Interview - Peter Ransom, CIO of Oxfam
Oxfam works in 98 countries and as one of the world's leading development charities, demands for a better IT service are on the rise, so a new global strategy involving better infrastructure and the cloud are being introduced.

Can government deliver UK-wide superfast broadband for £530m?
The government confirmed details of the funding on offer so to support next-generation broadband roll-out -when matched by local authorities, it amounts to just over £1bn, but experts are questioning whether this is likely to be enough to meet the aim of providing 90% of UK homes with superfast broadband by 2015.

NHS trusts already planning a way out of national IT programme contracts
Uncertainty over the future costs of NHS IT is leading health trusts to look for replacement deals for when the controversial national programme contracts expire in 2014.

Is blocking social media going too far in the response to the UK riots?
The UK government is considering blocking access to social media sites in the wake of the recent riots in London and elsewhere, but is this really the right way to go?

Opinion: Rumours of the PC's death are greatly exaggerated
If recent headlines are anything to go by, the days of the humble PC are numbered. That is far from the case - expect the PC to be an essential element of the corporate and personal computing landscape for a long time yet, writes Martha Bennett, vice-president and head of strategy at Freeform Dynamics.

Why technology and marketing teams must collaborate, not conflict
The IT department builds things that scale and last, while marketing wants the next big thing - and needed it yesterday. How can heads of technology work effectively with marketing?

Buyer's Guide to Big Data - part three
As demands for better value from more information stretch - and will eventually exceed - the capabilities of traditional computing platforms, big data processing promises to overcome current limitations by using massively parallel, distributed architecture to capture, store and iteratively sift through raw data on a large scale.

Prepare for the hazards of IPv6
The next version of the internet protocol is set for widespread implementation, but few IT leaders are aware of the security implications of making such a move.

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