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UK Businesses ‘reluctant’ to use cloud-based services

A recent global study by KPMG has found that cloud-based services are still failing to capture the popular imagination of UK businesses. The 8th annual KPMG ‘Service Provider and Performance Satisfaction’ study analysed almost 2,100 contracts covering deals worth £7.8 billion, including a detailed analysis of current IT spend in Britain by examining more than 330 UK-based contracts. The survey found that 71 percent of UK businesses are only spending 10 percent or less of their IT budgets on Cloud-based services. Rather than invest in cloud-based services, organisations are continuing to stick with familiar and ‘tried and tested’ outsourcing models, with the favoured destinations for IT support services including India (51 percent), Poland (8 percent) and South Africa (8 percent). Concerns over security and privacy were given as some of the main stumbling blocks which are preventing businesses from using cloud-based services. In greater detail the top 3 reasons given by UK respondents as to why they were wary of using cloud-based services include security, data location and privacy risks (26 percent), followed by concerns over regulation and compliance (16 percent) and a general attitude of cynicism of how cloud based services can integrate with current IT systems (15 percent). Jason Sahota, Director in KPMG’s Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory team stated, “Despite widespread acceptance that Cloud services offer access to the latest technologies, and make IT more accessible, adoption remains relatively sluggish.”He continued with, “While concern about the security risks surrounding new technology is understandable it may also be disproportionate, as Cloud options are just as safe as other outsourcing solutions.”The survey also found that despite the economy recovering, a number of companies across the UK are still nervous and unwilling to commit to long-term investments. When asked about their IT outsourcing plans for the next two – three years, only 43 percent of respondents plan to increase their spending. Which is down in comparison with last year’s figure of 77 percent.

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UK Businesses ‘reluctant’ to use cloud-based services

A recent global study by KPMG has found that cloud-based services are still failing to…

CES and ISE 2015

The team at RDI spoke with Stuart Tickle, Managing Director of AWE Europe Ltd and…

Digital Radio Trials

Ofcom have recently announced trials of a new technology which it believes could provide small…

CES and ISE 2015

The team at RDI spoke with Stuart Tickle, Managing Director of AWE Europe Ltd and asked him for his thoughts after visiting the CES show in Las Vegas, followed by a closer visit to the ISE show in Amsterdam. After a well deserved dose of jet lag, Stuart agreed to tell us a bit more about the events and relay his personal thoughts on technology and the future:Although incredibly busty and tiring, the annual pilgrimage to CES in Las Vegas is one I look forward too. Not much happens in the CI world early January, as most installer projects were finished prior to the Christmas break enabling families to enjoy their new entertainment systems, so January is somewhat the calm after the storm and this is the best place to see who is spending how much on what.BA decided to cancel my scheduled flight 4 weeks before I was due to go meaning I was on a later flight, resulting in the first afternoons meetings I had planned having to be cancelled. That is no good when you are only there for 4 days and trying to cram so much in, but I met up with some industry colleagues that evening and “acclimatised".To give you an idea, CES is a trade show that has 2.06 million sq feet of exhibition space and 3600 exhibitors spread over 3 locations. The main halls are dedicated into one of 20 distinct areas of consumer electronics ranging from mobile & computing, through to gaming and our main interest points covering all the major CE brands like Samsung, Panasonic, LG and so on. In addition, there are new smart home and wearable's areas areas at Sands Exhibition Centre 25 mins coach away, alongside 100's of suites at the Venetian Hotel where 1-2-1 meetings are held with the specialist partners we have, such as URC.ISE is Europe's largest systems integration show – it is a more specialist event covering commercial and residential integration. The big brands are there but tend to focus on commercial products, meaning it has a more specialist feel about it. The show is about 400k square feet, which trust me is still HUGE!So what were my take away's from the shows? In summary:4k TV's are here to stay:All TV brands investing heavily, including the ChineseThis year's message is one of quality, even when viewing SD contentPanasonic showed a 4k Blu-ray player promising it will launchNetflix have committed to over 300 hours of new in-house made 4k contentThe race is on to raise the quality of those 4k screens. A UHD alliance has formed to agree that higher standard and separate the lesser screens from the best.8k is unnecessary at this stage for consumers but does have a place in commercial applications.The battle is set between LED and OLED TV's:LED screens have taken a big jump with High Dynamic Range, wide colour gamut and other image enhancing technologies making big advancements. Dedicated content will be required to get the best out but the tech still benefits existing content. LG's premium screens are OLED and also look stunning. These are arguably the best in terms of black level and off axis viewing, and ideal for existing content, but restrictions in the tech mean LED will have the advantage in price and brightness.Curved TV is still here – get used to it:Samsung are making their best (S-UHD) screens only available in curved.LG and Panasonic will offer their best in flat or curved formats, all being wall mountable.Personally, I have grown to like the form factor and whilst subtle, it does add something to depth perception, especially on larger screens.Mass market smart home is not yet a reality: The big boys are all making big claims but standards and interoperability are not yet in place. This is a massive emerging market that will include mainstream DIY products, but for the foreseeable future you still need specialist knowledge and skills to put together a reliable and secure smart home. This is exactly why we have the Smart Home Academy and new partnership with the RDI to bring you a pathway to Smart Home Success.3D video is dead. Long live 3D audio:Dolby Atmos has the lead in 3D Audio and has MASSIVE interest from the industry.DTS will soon announce their version DTS-X. It's all top secret but I reckon it will sit alongside Atmos nicely, albeit with some differentiation, of courseAuro is a lovely company with fantastic technology, but no confirmed sign of major content delivery any time soonWearable tech is growing:Such as fitness bands built into watches and other more design orientated personal items.Wearables are simply going to weave their way in to our lives in the way that smart phones have.Follow me @stuart_awe to keep up to date or visit our website at AWE Europe Ltd

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UK Businesses ‘reluctant’ to use cloud-based services

A recent global study by KPMG has found that cloud-based services are still failing to…

CES and ISE 2015

The team at RDI spoke with Stuart Tickle, Managing Director of AWE Europe Ltd and…

Digital Radio Trials

Ofcom have recently announced trials of a new technology which it believes could provide small…

Digital Radio Trials

Ofcom have recently announced trials of a new technology which it believes could provide small UK radio stations with an affordable way to broadcast on a DAB digital radio platform, benefitting UK radio listeners through there being more local and community radio stations available.A new approach, pioneered by Ofcom engineer Rashid Mustapha, aims to overcome the barrier of cost of broadcasting on DAB radio which prevents many small radio stations from broadcasting on DAB. In greater detail, known as ‘small scale DAB, the new approach will use software which is freely available from opendigitalradio.org rather than the current systems which rely on expensive hardware equipment. The approach is best suited to allow broadcasting in small geographic areas, suiting local and community radio stations. Ofcom has announced plans for up to ten trials of the technology across the UK. Each trial will permit a new digital radio service to be broadcast in a local area and will also help to explore how groups of radio stations can work together. The trials will allow Ofcom to better understand how these services can be licensed and also help Ofcom to identify suitable broadcasting frequencies for smaller digital stations. Claudio Pollack, Ofcom Consumer and Content Group Director, said:“We’re looking for local and community radio stations to take part in trials to test this innovative new technology. If successful, this could significantly benefit digital radio listeners up and down the country.”Ofcom is inviting applications to take part in the trials which are expected to last for around 9 months.

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UK Businesses ‘reluctant’ to use cloud-based services

A recent global study by KPMG has found that cloud-based services are still failing to…

CES and ISE 2015

The team at RDI spoke with Stuart Tickle, Managing Director of AWE Europe Ltd and…

Digital Radio Trials

Ofcom have recently announced trials of a new technology which it believes could provide small…

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