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The Northern Outhouse Powerhouse

I’ve been blogging a bit lately on UK technology policy and strategy lately, we’ve looked at the actual technology that the Northern Powerhouse requires and skills. I’ve tried to give some examples of where we’re really struggling and need that strategic help from but are sadly lacking in anything with substance.

Currently, the Northern Powerhouse is nothing more than a brand, a bit like TechCity, it means nothing. At best, it is a transport strategy; at worst, it’s the Londoners thinking we better pretend to de-risk the UK economy to global investors by adding the economies of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle together and get a sum that’s getting on a par with London… kind of… […]

By |June 22nd, 2015|Civil Infrastructure|0 Comments

Why Information Technology is like the Force

“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
It’s been bugging me this question for a number of years, and I’ve thought about the parallels between the IT department and the Force for some time but never really written a blog about it. Funny as at times I go through periods of writers block and this would have been an obvious one… […]

By |June 16th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

IT Consultant – fact or myth?

IT Consultant, what a great title and vastly over used when it comes to the world of IT. Most IT Consultants are simply salesmen, here today and gone in 6 months if they haven’t hit their sales targets. The definition of an IT Consultant says – Is a person that focuses on advising businesses on how best to use information technology to meet their business objectives. In addition to providing advice, IT consultancies often estimate, manage, implement, deploy, and administer IT systems on businesses’ behalf. This is according the font of all knowledge – Wikipedia.

By |June 10th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

The Northern Powerhouse: Where’s the skills?

Back in the days when I was a respected young professional, well before I had the delusions of grandeur and the audacity to become an entrepreneur (that’s entreprenoor up North) my career was very much intertwined with education and skills.

I was asked to join the board of ENERGUS in Workington, Cumbria whilst we were supervising the construction of a £21.5m facility to train apprentices for the nuclear industry. I’d also spent far too much time at Manchester University and at the time I was also back at the place studying an Executive MBA part time.

I was campaigning very hard to get Microsoft on-board with ENERGUS and had them lined up to become a Microsoft Training Academy, I desperately wanted to see more IT and software development skills in my home town – maybe so that the future nerds, like me could have somewhere to go and develop their skills in the area. Unfortunately, the Executive board didn’t share my vision. Not that I lost much sleep on the matter, they didn’t last in the organisation long after either!… […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Civil Infrastructure|0 Comments

The Northern Powerhouse: Where’s the tech?

I used to call the Northern Powerhouse the M62 corridor. Not quite as affluent as the M4 corridor, but it was ours, local and err, Northern.

The M62 corridor from Liverpool, past Manchester, across to Leeds and eventually ending in Hull is perhaps the largest and most easily accessible business area in the North of the UK. Unleashed have been carrying out IT consultancy and support activities right across this region for some time. Whilst I know there is an occasional nod to Sheffield and Newcastle in some Northern Powerhouse speeches. However, Warrington is often notable in its absence – and I find this to be a bit strange as it’s probably one of the largest areas for businesses in the Northwest due to its great transport links and history of chemical and other high tech industries.

Let us also not forget my home region of Cumbria and our brethren of another Sea over in the Tees Valley (we have almost the same accent)… […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Civil Infrastructure|0 Comments

Backup for SME’s

I suppose I could be classed as a sad person, why you may ask? Because I am passionate about backup, I know sad!

However, when you have seen a grown man cry because he has just […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Disaster Recovery|0 Comments