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How can AI and robotics technology solve the UK’s supply chain crisis? How have the priorities of the CIO shifted during the pandemic? Where does accurate time fit in an increasingly digital world? These questions and many more were answered by our clients last month.

Read all about it in November’s Coverage Highlights: 



CRN A-Listers on what lockdown habits they will keep going post-Covid  

Aptum’s CEO Susan Bowen was featured in CRN’s 2022 A-List, which highlights senior figures within the UK channel space. Susan was asked ‘what lockdown habits will you keep going post-COVID?' To which she said that piano playing, a skill which she learned during her teens but abandoned in her 20s, is something she would love continue.   


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Paynet taps Clear Junction for cross-border payments  

Clear Junction announced a new partnership with Paynet, Moldova’s first electronic wallet platform. By partnering with Clear Junction, Paynet will enable those in Moldova to receive funds from their friends and family members based in Europe. The partnership marks part of Clear Junction’s strategy to become the leading payments solutions provider for regional financial institutions.  

The power of DevOps in retail’s founder Calum Fitzgerald featured in ITProPortal discussing how DevOps can be used in the retail sector and combat the challenges associated with accelerated levels of digital transformation. With customer experience fast becoming the top concern of consumers today, understanding customer needs and providing them with a smooth, personalised experience has never been so important. 



How AI and robotics can help solve the UK’s supply chain crisis  

With Christmas fast approaching, retailers are warning customers that gifts and festive essentials may not be available due to supply chain issuesOne-way retailers can solve part of this challenge is by integrating AI and robotics into fulfillment centers. GreyOrange’s CTO, Akash Gupta, explored how AI could help alleviate the pressures that the supply chain has been under in OpenAccessGovernment 



The cloud continues to dominate  

As businesses look to solve the challenges brought on by the pandemic and the cloud continues to dominate, HeleCloud’s CEO Dob Todorov sat down with Digitalisation World to discuss HeleCloud’s acquisition by technology behemoth SoftwareONE. He spoke about the optimistic outlook that HeleCloud and SoftwareONE share for both businesses and the benefits that customers will receive because of the acquisition.   



Hoptroff: Where Does Timing Fit In an Increasingly Digital World and the Future of Fintech?  

With an increasing portion of financial service providers embracing digital technology, Richard Hoptroff took to The Fintech Times to ask the question: ‘Where does timing fit in an increasingly digital world?’ Considering the rapidity at which the finance industry has adopted cloud technology and digital wallets, Richard believes that now is the time where the importance of accurate timekeeping is at an all-time high.   


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CIOs prioritise innovation to improve digital customer connections (Page 25)  

The results yielded from Logicalis’ 2021 Global CIO Survey were published in this month’s edition of ‘Intelligent CIO’. Toby Alcock, CTO at Logicalis, discussed the effect that the pandemic had on the role of the CIO and how CIOs can ensure they keep up with consumer demand. Alcock puts the change in the CIOs priorities down to the pandemic moving a lot of business activity online, and therefore the digital experience has become the most important interaction that businesses have with their customers.   


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Logicalis shines light on importance of data to CIO plans 

The results of Logicalis’ 2021 Global CIO Survey showed that data analytics is becoming more important to CIOsMark Benson, CTO at Logicalis UK&I said that the pandemic has brought on an incredible amount of uncertainty.” He added that identifying and using the right data to carry out a successful digital transformation is crucial to business speed and gaining a competitive advantage.” 



Vulnerabilities associated with ransomware increased 4.5% in Q3 2021  

Ivanti’s Ransomware Index Update Q3 2021 report found that vulnerabilities exploited by cyberattack groups grew by 4.5%. Furthermore, it also showed ransomware groups continue to grow in sophistication, boldness, and volume, with numbers up across the board in comparison to the last quarter. This data, published in Help Net Security, comes as cyberattacks become more dangerous and more frequent.  


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IIoT technology: The holiday miracle for the supply chain crisis   

With the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) predicting that the supply chain will have issues until 2023, Marcus Jeffery, Ivanti Wavelink’s Territory Manager UK & Ireland, says that enacting Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies can serve as the antidote businesses need. This is primarily because an IIoT platform allows businesses to improve accuracy, productivity, safety, and make decisions with data accuracy.  


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TMF’s Willetts: maintaining vendor status quo “dangerous”   

TM Forum’s CEO Nik Willetts shared his thoughts on the state of digital transformation in the telecommunications sector with TelcoTitans. After TM Forum’s Digital Transformation World Series, Nik believes that the industry is displaying a ‘renewed sense of purpose’. One lesson from DTWS was that operators should be listening to vendors more which are beginning to take place with Vodaphone and BT amongst others rethinking their strategies to involve vendors more in the procurement process.     



Graphene: The Powerhouse Behind The Fourth Industrial Revolution   

Versarien’s CEO, Neill Ricketts, featured in Finance Monthly discussing the reasons why the UK government is showing interest in graphene as an investment opportunity. The Innovation Strategy announced last year aims to entice innovation back to the UK with billions of pounds in R&D investment. Neill explains that this is welcome news as graphene promises to become more powerful with more investment.  


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