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Thursday 27 June 2019

*NEW RESEARCH* Has UK and Irish Tech funding peaked?

chartThere was a total of £1.58b invested in 252 UK and Irish technology companies by 294 investors in Q1 2019, according to the latest data from corporate finance firm, Ascendant. Although this is more than the same period last year, there has been a downward trend in both the number and aggregate value of investments in the sector since Q2 2018 suggesting that the market may have finally turned.

The latest edition of IndustryViews Venture Capital has more detail, along with a handy summary of a large selection of the quarter's UK tech venture funding deals.

TechMarketView Foundation Service subscription clients can click on the following link to download IndustryViews Venture Capital Q1 2019 Review.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '08:41' - Tagged: funding   startup  

Thursday 20 June 2019

*NEW RESEARCH* Securing the cloud: A case of shared responsibility

The uptake of cloud has been a drawn-out process, as organisations have gradually familiarised themselves with how to make best use of the opportunities afforded by cloud platforms, including which workloads can be successfully migrated to the cloud, and which would be best kept on-premises. secur

Another factor that has slowed the adoption of cloud has been the inevitable concerns over security. Cloud computing is, after all, basically about paying to run your applications and services on systems owned by another party. This inevitably means that an organisation has less than total control over the infrastructure being used to operate their workloads. This alone makes it likely that some applications involving sensitive data, especially in highly regulated industries such as financial services, may never be migrated to a public cloud environment.

Nevertheless, there has been a relentless drift towards the cloud over the past decade, as organisations weighed up the pros and cons of moving to an “IT as a service” model and paying to use resources owned and maintained by a cloud provider rather than continuing to bear the cost of procuring and maintaining their own IT infrastructure.

In Securing the cloud: A case of shared responsibility, we examine the steps the major providers offering cloud services in the UK are taking to ensure the security of their infrastructure and by extension the customer data stored within it. Suppliers included in this report are: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Rackspace, and Alibaba Cloud.

If you are not a TechMarketView subscriber, please contact Deb Seth for more information.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:43' - Tagged: cloud   security   cyber   hybrid  

Monday 17 June 2019

An Evening with TechMarketView: Mastercard's Gamino joins speaker lineup

MastercardTechMarketView is delighted to announce that our guest speaker for the seventh annual ‘Evening with TechMarketView’ on September 12 will be Mastercard’s EVP for Global Cities, Miguel Gamiño

MiguelMiguel is the perfect addition to the line-up for the evening during which TechMarketView’s expert analysts will also take to the stage to share their views on the trends and suppliers in the UK tech market under the banner of TMV’s 2019 research theme – ‘The Year of the Relationship: Extend. Evolve. Optimise’.

Miguel lead’s Mastercard’s global activities with cities and the City Possible platform. In a fireside chat with TechMarketView’s Martin Courtney, he will share Mastercard’s model for urban collaboration, where cities, companies and communities come together to surface common challenges and harness their collective power to co-create, pilot, and scale solutions to address the world’s most pressing urban issues.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Miguel served as the CTO of New York City, pioneering a new civic engagement and innovation platform for NYC. He stood as a voice of leadership in tech policy, including smart city and IoT programmes. Previously, Miguel was also the CIO for the City and County of San Francisco and the CIIO for the City of El Paso and founded the Council of Global City CIOs. 

We’re excited to have Miguel join us to share his insight at what promises to be another sell-out event. For more details of the evening and to book your place see below:

Event details

Date: Thursday 12th September 2019

Venue: Royal Institute of British Architects, London

Format: An extended networking drinks reception commences from 6:30pm, sponsored by InterSystems.
This will be followed by 90 minutes of speaker sessions and a first-class silver service dinner, sponsored by Datto.

CLICK HERE to book now!

Or for more information contact tx2events at 020 3137 2541.

An Evening with TechMarketView is proudly supported by:

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Posted by HotViews Editor at '08:00' - Tagged: event  

Sunday 16 June 2019

*NEW RESEARCH* OffshoreViews Q1 2019 review: TCS widens the UK gap

chartThe gap between the peer-group leader and the rest of the India-centric top tier offshore service providers widened yet again as TCS saw its UK revenues soar by 22% in FY19 (to 31st March), increasing its lead over second-ranked HCL.

The Top 6 offshore services firms generated aggregate UK revenues of £6.54b in the period, 12.4% higher than the prior year. With the UK IT services market still growing in low single digits, the India-centric firms once again gained material share.

This edition of OffshoreViews also includes snapshots of the leading players as well as a round-up of the volatile mid-tier scene.

Subscribers to the TechMarketView Foundation Service can download OffshoreViews Q1 2019 review here.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '16:18' - Tagged: offshore  

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Latest TechMarketView Research

TechMarketView analysts have once again been busy publishing a range of reports and in-depth articles. Take a moment to catch up and make sure you haven’t missed any of our latest research! 

If you’re a TechMarketView subscription client the titles below take you straight to the in-depth article or report:

ReportsOpen Banking momentum starts to build

Securing the cloud: A case of shared responsibility 

Intel: In Place to Power Data Centre Transformation

Recruitment Outsourcing – Is there a better way?

Shifting gear

Salesforce: $15.7bn to visualise a future with Tableau

Partnerships help drive growth at LBB Infoshare

Share Indices for May 2019

Getronics targeting double-digit growth

If you don’t currently subscribe to one of our research streams or UKHotViews Premium and you’d like details of our 2019 subscription packages email Deb Seth (dseth@techmarketview.com) to learn more.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:20' - Tagged: research   research   research   research   research  

Tuesday 11 June 2019

*UKHotViewsExtra* Salesforce: $15.7bn to visualise a future with Tableau

logoThe bare facts are that Salesforce is to buy data analytics and visualisation specialist Tableau Software for whopping $15.7bn in an all share transaction.

logoIt will be its largest acquisition by far (outstripping the 2018 $6.5bn Mulesoft purchase) and has roused plenty of debate over the generous valuation (Tableau was valued at just under $11bn prior to the announcement and FY19 revenues are expected to be in the $1.24bn to $1.4bn range); and the impact on Salesforce’s FY20 operating margins (a 75 basis point reduction is anticipated). Tableau is expected to add $350m-$400m of revenue to the Salesforce pot, based on a closing date in October 2019.

logoThree things that stand-out from this proposed transaction: Salesforce’s deeper move into high value data and analytics; the Tableau/Mulesoft combo value proposition; and how Salesforce is adjusting to the hybrid environment. Further insight into Salesforce’s Tableau acquisition is available here in HotViewsExtra, available to TechMarketView clients including UKHotViewsPremium subscribers. 

Posted by Angela Eager at '09:54' - Tagged: acquisition   cloud   software   analytics   data  

Tuesday 11 June 2019

*NEW RESEARCH* Securing the cloud: A case of shared responsibility

The uptake of cloud has been a drawn-out process, as organisations have gradually familiarised themselves with how to make best use of the opportunities afforded by cloud platforms, including which workloads can be successfully migrated to the cloud, and which would be best kept on-premises.

teaseAnother factor that has slowed the adoption of cloud has been the inevitable concerns over security. Cloud computing is, after all, basically about paying to run your applications and services on systems owned by another party. This inevitably means that an organisation has less than total control over the infrastructure being used to operate their workloads. This alone makes it likely that some applications involving sensitive data, especially in highly regulated industries such as financial services, may never be migrated to a public cloud environment.

Nevertheless, there has been a relentless drift towards the cloud over the past decade, as organisations weighed up the pros and cons of moving to an “IT as a service” model and paying to use resources owned and maintained by a cloud provider rather than continuing to bear the cost of procuring and maintaining their own IT infrastructure.

In Securing the cloud: A case of shared responsibility, we examine the steps the major providers offering cloud services in the UK are taking to ensure the security of their infrastructure and by extension the customer data stored within it. Suppliers included in this report are: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Rackspace, and Alibaba Cloud.

If you are not a TechMarketView subscriber, please contact Deb Seth for more information.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:03' - Tagged: cloud   security  

Tuesday 11 June 2019

*UKHotViews Extra* Shifting gear

logoI’m only now becoming aware (maybe I’m slower than you are) of a class of startup which at first blush appears to be undifferentiated, on-demand services for consumers, but are in fact rather sophisticated asset optimisation platforms for businesses.

Take, for example, Walthamstow-based Snap, formerly Sn-ap (yeah, I know …). On the face of it, an on-demand, cheap intercity coach service. But under the covers, a marketplace for private coach operators to deploy spare capacity on dynamically created interurban coach routes (see Sn-ap gets its wheels in motion and related posts). Neat.

I tell you this because at first I couldn’t work out how on-demand ‘man-and-a-van’ startup Shift was ever going to be successful (see Backers fuel ‘man and van’ marketplace Shift with £2.5m).

That is, until Mark Fishleigh, managing partner of one of its backers, Oxalyst, arranged for me to meet Shift founder and CEO, Jacob Corlett. I was warned that Corlett was ‘a bit of a force of nature’ and it’s true I needed an extra dose of medication after the meeting. But when the 25-year-old entrepreneur explained what Shift was really all about, the penny finally dropped.

TechMarketView subscription service clients can read more on UKHotViews Extra.

Posted by Anthony Miller at '07:46' - Tagged: funding   startup  

Monday 10 June 2019

Tech Talent Charter: Tackling the female talent pipeline

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Signatories of the Tech Talent Charter met last week to debate practical solutions for the lack of women in technology roles in the UK. Those in attendance included Channel 4, Lloyd’s Bank, Accenture Digital, and the BBC, with the discussion focusing on ways to retrain women and help others return to the profession after time away.

Less than 20% of tech professionals in the UK are female, and while there are programmes in place to encourage more younger women and girls to study science and technology subjects, a multi-pronged approach is critical to fundamentally changing the composition of the workforce.

TTC event LeedsResearch by HP shows that c70% of women surveyed in the UK would be interested in retraining for a job in the tech sector. Meanwhile, we’re hearing that placements for re-training in organisations at the BBC and Sky have been over-subscribed.

The challenge for employers is to create retraining programmes that are both attractive and practical – and therefore effective. More broadly, the culture within their organisations must be inclusive and flexible to ensure women (and men) can juggle important family commitments outside of the workplace.

The Tech Talent Charter is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater gender diversity in the UK tech workforce. TechMarketView is among more than 300 signatories. See techtalentcharter.co.uk.

Posted by Kate Hanaghan at '10:00' - Tagged: skills   diversity   Inclusion  

Monday 10 June 2019

*UKHotViewsExtra* Partnerships help drive growth at LBB Infoshare

Infoshare logoAvid readers of TechMarketView research will know that we like to keep in touch with the companies that have been through our various SME programmes, following their progress from start-up to scale-up and beyond. We have a special affinity with the disruptive SMEs that took part in our inaugural programme - the ‘Little British Battlers’ or LBB Programme– so we were delighted to catch up with the CEO of one of these LBBs, Pamela Cook from Infoshare, a UK-owned software company that works with organisations to create single views of people, objects, locations and account information.

We were particularly pleased to hear how successful Infoshare has been with its partnering strategy. Often the SMEs that we talk to complain about the challenges of partnering with larger SIs, or the lack of business they’ve won through formal SME partnering programmes, but for Infoshare the experience has been a very positive one. In particular, Pamela highlights the success they have had with AccentureAtos and most recently Agilisys.

TechMarketView subscription clients and UKHotViews Premium subscribers can read the full story today in UKHotViewsExtra: Partnerships help drive growth at LBB Infoshare.

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '08:30'

Monday 10 June 2019

Want To Stand Out From The Crowd?

Want to Stand Out from the Crowd?

Posted by HotViews Editor at '00:00'

Monday 03 June 2019

*UKHotViews Extra * Share Indices for May 2019

The good times stopped rolling in May (compare  Share Indices for April 2019) with most of the indices we track reversing during the month, notably the FTSE100 (-3.5%), Nasdaq (-7.3%) and the Techmark 100 (-1.6%). Nonetheless all three are still ahead ytd. Among the UK indices, only the FTSE SCS (our proxy for listed software & IT services stocks) showed another gain in May (+2.8%), and is now close to 30% up on the year.

TechMarketView subscription service clients can read more on UKHotViews Extra here.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:39'

Monday 03 June 2019

*NEW RESEARCH* Intel: In Place to Power Cloud Data Centre Transformation

Intel: In Place to Power Cloud Data Centre TransformationIntel has been at the heart of the IT industry since the days of the first personal computers, but like every organisation it must constantly review its operations and transform itself to stay on top of the technology pile.

The company has spent the last seven years steadily altering the mix of its traditionally PC orientated business to put itself at the core of a new world of cloud computing. Its CPUs and chipsets power much of the server, storage and networking architecture that shifts enormous volumes of data around cloud hosting facilities and enterprise data centres.

To that end we paid close attention when Intel launched a raft of CPUs, memory components, solid state hard disks and network/storage adapters in April. Those include its 2nd generation Xeon Scalable CPUs (dubbed Cascade Lake) enhanced to deliver greater throughput and scale and engineered to better support data centric workloads like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and Internet of Things (IoT).

Subscribers to SecureConnectViews can read our report Intel: In Place to Power Cloud Data Centre Transformation report here.

For subscription enquiries, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:38' - Tagged: servers   datacentre   storage   AI   networkinfrastructure   ML