IR35 research: 85% of contractors will quit public sector if tax status changed

IR35 research: 85% of contractors will quit public sector if tax status changed James Thew – Fotolia Research by tax advisers QDos Contractor suggests few public sector off-payroll workers would be willing to stick around if made to pay the same tax as salaried staff The soon-to-be-introduced IR35 anti-tax avoidance reforms could prompt a mass…

Digital Economy Bill amended to protect Openreach pensions

Digital Economy Bill amended to protect Openreach pensions evievee09 – Fotolia The government introduces an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill to protect the pensions of BT employees transferring into the newly independent Openreach business The government has tabled an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill to ensure that thousands of Openreach employees who are…

CIO interview: Simon McCalla, Nominet

CIO interview: Simon McCalla, Nominet Gajus – Fotolia Nominet, the registry for more than 10 million of the UK’s internet domains, is expanding into the internet of things and internet security services Simon McCalla’s idea of fun this winter was to spend 13 hours climbing Ben Nevis in heavy fog. “The route was not hard,…

HPE, Dell and IBM suffer Q4 server sales slumps, as demand for ODM hardware grows

HPE, Dell and IBM suffer Q4 server sales slumps, as demand for ODM hardware grows vladimircaribb – Fotolia IDC’s latest EMEA-wide server market sales tracker suggests soaring demand for ODM servers is hitting tier-one manufacturers hard The titans of the server market saw year-over-year revenue plummet by 12.9% across Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea)…

Broadband controversy will linger despite BT Openreach split

Broadband controversy will linger despite BT Openreach split Communications experts have welcomed the news that the legal separation of BT and Openreach will go ahead, but it remains unclear how, or when, the state of the UK’s broadband will change for the better Almost two years to the day after Ofcom first announced its Strategic…

BT agrees to Ofcom’s terms over Openreach split

BT agrees to Ofcom’s terms over Openreach split BT agrees to Ofcom’s requirements for the legal separation of its arm’s length infrastructure division Openreach, which is now to become a distinct business BT has formally agreed to telecoms regulator Ofcom’s requirements for the legal separation of its network unit Openreach, which will now become a…

Nordea brings social aspect to saving with fintech startup Spiff

Nordea brings social aspect to saving with fintech startup Spiff Nonwarit – Fotolia Nordea launches a mobile savings app from Norwegian finanical technology company Spiff Nordea Liv has joined forces with Norwegian fintech startup Spiff to launch a mobile app for social saving. Through the app, the pension and insurance arm of financial services group…

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt: “Enterprise must move to the cloud now”

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt: “Enterprise must move to the cloud now” sheelamohanachandran – Fotolia The executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, says the “speed limit” to moving to the cloud has been lifted, and enterprises need to pick up the pace of their plans to move off-premise Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company…

Google: Democratisation of AI tech to ‘greatly improve’ quality of life

Google: Democratisation of AI tech to ‘greatly improve’ quality of life NicoElNino – Fotolia Fei-Fei Li, Google’s chief scientist of artificial intelligence and machine learning, talks up societal benefits of making artificial intelligence tools and technologies accessible to all The democratisation of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will create the greatest improvements in quality of life…

Can you work around SAP indirect access software licensing?

Can you work around SAP indirect access software licensing? rimom – Fotolia The SAP legal case against Diageo highlights the seemingly arbitrary rules governing software licensing The High Court has ruled that “only named users” are authorised to use or access SAP’s mySAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software directly or indirectly. It found that Diageo…