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Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss the CW IT sustainability think-tank, the launch of the very most Influential Ladies in UK Technology 2022 list, and Lambeth Council in the cloud
In this episode, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss the brand new Computer Weekly IT sustainability think-tank, the launch of the very most Influential Ladies in UK Technology 2022 list, and Lambeth Councils modernisation of its business applications stack.
Because the last podcast team episode, CWs managing editor (technology) Cliff Saran has published a few podcasts beneath the CW Downtime Upload banner, and Brian identifies those.
One was with Gartner research director Annette Zimmerman about reducing the carbon emissions of IT hardware, and another was with Shawn Edwards, chief technology officer at Bloomberg, concerning the changes he’s got seen over 2 decades in corporate IT.
Caroline have been missing from the previous group podcast while she was welcoming her Calabrian rescue dog, Bruno, who includes a growing social media marketing presence. She relates the way the young dog has been settling into west London, using its alarming road signs and big red buses. The team discuss that, the recent heatwave, and Brians undertake this years Love Island.
Caroline then gives a merchant account of Computer Weeklys heritage inside it sustainability coverage, as a prelude to highlighting two new things: the resuscitated Green Tech blog, and the launch of the publications IT Sustainability Think Tank.
It is a group of skillfully developed, to whom Caroline poses a normal question, they respond, and those responses are packaged through to ComputerWeekly.com. Its much like a think-tank the publication has operate on security matters for several years.
The initial tranche of opinion pieces beneath the think-tank banner was published in June. This issue was the circular economy, and something of the pieces is this by Praveen Shanker, head of technology, media and telecommunications at EY UK & Ireland: IT Sustainability Think Tank: Obtaining a measure on the circular economy.
The pieces for the July edition ‘re going out in a few days and the week after. They are about the need for partnerships in assisting enterprises achieve their IT sustainability goals, including when it comes to intra-organisational collaboration.
On the podcast, Caroline explains the explanation because of this venture how it really is about joining up our coverage up more and elevating it. Also, about applying more consistency to your IT sustainability editorial programme, just as as Clare McDonald along with other CW colleagues do with this ongoing concentrate on ladies in IT, and diversity and inclusion.
Cliff Saran and Sebastian Klovig Skelton may also be notable CW writers with this topic, the former often from the hardware perspective, and the latter from an ethical supply chain angle, centered on rare earth metals, and the human toll the mining of these takes. Carolines point of entry, and her lens, may be the sustainability of datacentres, and she’s written extensively on that, including on datacentres water consumption habits. She actually is driving the think-tank.
Caroline relates how individuals are demanding sustainability from the brands they buy, she says on the podcast; likewise, investors want to purchase companies which have focused on executing their sustainability strategies.
The think-tank can be an organic thing which will grow. At the moment, its members include experts from the Uptime Institute, the BCS, TechUK, EY, the Eco-Friendly Web Alliance and BackMarket. Additionally, there are some consultancies represented that either specialise in advising enterprises and SMEs on making their IT strategies more sustainable: CGI, 3 Step IT, Cervest and Posetiv Cloud. Nonetheless it is growing and can grow organically on ComputerWeekly.com.
Nominate influential ladies in tech
Another Computer Weekly venture that’s growing, and contains grown a good deal in the last decade, may be the Most Influential Ladies in UK Technology list that people do together with recruitment and talent firm Spinks. This showcases the very best 50 ladies in the UKs tech sector. When it first launched in 2012, there have been 25 women on the list.
Within the next segment of the episode, Clare discusses the launch article for the programme, Nominate: Most Influential Ladies in UK Technology 2022.
At this time, the priority is for readers to nominate candidates for the list. Last years longlist featured a lot more than 500 women. There’s simple online form found here where one can submit your nominations.
Clare explains the entire process on the podcast. At this time, though: get nominating!
This past year, Clare interviewed the winner,Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security firm Darktrace. Gustafsson said the technology sector increasingly requires a mixture of skillsets, including soft skills, emphasising that the main element to innovation is applying your skillset in an innovative solution to solve an issue.
Doing the Lambeth walk
Brian then moves the episode in to the realm of accountancy (along with other business functions) in municipality.
He discusses an incident study, recently published on the CW site, about Lambeth Councils modernisation of its business applications stack: Lambeth maps future with cloud applications. That is predicated on an interview with Hamant Bharadia, assistant director of finance at Lambeth Council, that was the first municipality body to implement the entire suite of Oracles Fusion applications in the Oracle cloud.
But first, Brian pauses to provide the cast-iron historical fact (many thanks, Wikipedia) that Lambeth was a landing place for lambs in the medieval period? Hence the name.
The gist of the story, as related by Bharadia, is that the council went on a cloud journey for the most common great things about simplicity, agility, and having the ability to work from anywhere. That became vital through the pandemic, needless to say.
A large theme for the finance team is promoting self-service available, thereby liberating the finance team to accomplish more high-value work. For instance, engaging with budget holders sooner, playing a far more advisory role regarding activities such as for example procurement, and so forth.
The picture as a whole does more with less the councils central government funding has been dramatically cut recently.
Brian highlights that towards the end of the interview, Bharadia said Lambeth Council really wants to do more with data. The main element technology here’s Microsoft, specifically Power BI. Indeed, the council had opted to the cloud first with Microsofts Office365 suite.
The Lambeth data science team is small and relatively new. It proved its value through the Covid-19 pandemic by identifying residents who have been particularly vulnerable through joining up various datasets, including housing and social care data. The team is continuing this effort in to the present cost-of-living crisis.
The podcast team then have a knockabout discussion concerning the journalistic, story-telling value that often lies by the end of an interview, when both parties are receiving ready to finish off, and it appears to be around. But its not.