Computer Weekly – 20 March 2012: The open data revolution

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In this week’s Computer Weekly, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude talks about releasing government datasets to the public and why open data will drive the next industrial revolution, in an exclusive interview. We review the latest test version of Windows 8 and see how it shapes up for tablet computers and business users. Our buyer's guide examines how to decide on your cloud strategy. And finance directors talk about why they see an uncertain future for the role of the CIO.


Francis Maude hails open data as the fuel of the new industrial revolution

Open data will drive the next industrial revolution, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. Transparency, accountability and citizen choice has been the government’s mantra for open data since first making public sector datasets available. But there is also hope that, by doing so, it will help boost economic growth, with small businesses in particular taking the data and creating apps and software.


Product review: How does Windows 8 perform?

Windows 7 was an easy upgrade decision when it appeared in October 2009. It was unequivocally better than Windows Vista. Windows 8, for which Microsoft has just released a public beta called Consumer Preview, is a different proposition, and businesses will be more cautious.


Buyer's Guide to private cloud – part two: How to decide your cloud strategy

We set out the issues that must be addressed by companies moving their applications to private cloud.


CIO role headed for choppy waters with shift towards finance, say CFOs

Big-bang, long-term, strategic, transformational IT projects no longer make sense, according to IT and finance chiefs.


Case study: Law firm replaces SAN for growth and offsite business continuity

Law firm Stevens & Bolton has extended a Dell Compellent storage area network into the cloud, to take advantage of offsite business continuity.


Nurturing the next generation of in-house government IT talent

Ministry of Justice head of ICT strategy Jan Ford talks about the government's Technology in Business fast-track scheme to bring fresh talent into public sector IT.


Case study: Eat tackles Olympic challenge with business intelligence

Eat is a familiar sight in London. But there is more to sandwich-making than bread and butter. Sophisticated back-end IT and front-of-store systems are feeding the company’s growth strategy.


Opinion: Can Raspberry Pi transform the state of IT education?

Is the $25 Raspberry Pi – a basic computer on a single printed circuit board – capable of transforming the sorry state of IT education in our schools, asks Tony Roberts, founder of Computer Aid international.


This week's digital edition is sponsored by Intel and Oracle.

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