Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 93

Marketing 12th November 2021

Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Friday Tech Round Up – your weekly dose of the latest and greatest tech news!

This week we discuss new funding aimed at the digitisation of diagnostics, Gartner urges Heads of IT to consider how they take their role forward, the UK and US governments are to develop quantum technology, The Bank of England has taken the next steps in a digital money plan and Microsoft announces a series of new offerings.

If you’d rather a five-minute rundown of the news, jump over to YouTube and watch Episode 93 of the Friday Tech Round Up.

Friday Tech Round Up Episode 93

New funding for diagnostics

The UK government has announced new funding aimed at the digitisation of diagnostics to reduce the administrative burden on the national health system, as well as turnaround times.

The £248m funding boost for 2022 is expected to support investments in technology underpinning diagnostic procedures, speed up the diagnosis of health conditions, deliver earlier treatment and reduce waiting lists – something that is desperately needed following the pandemic.

 

Gartner urges CIOs to consider strategies

Heads of IT are being urged to consider how they take their role forward, as organisations develop business strategies that rely heavily on digital technologies.

Gartner analysts have said technology can help CIOs gain freedom from historical insights, legacy business practices and bias.

Daryl Plummer, from Gartner has stated that “CIOs need to reconsider how they think about value, and how they get to that value. They need a more expansive view of the role technology plays in doing so, and they must be bold to reach beyond the ‘where’ to discover freedom.”

What freedom, we are not sure…

 

Big investments into quantum technology

The UK and US governments are to partner up to develop quantum technology.

This initiative will aim to promote research, build the global market, and supply chain, as well as train the next generation of scientists and engineers.

This partnership is part of a £1bn government and industry investment from the National Quantum Technologies Programme that aims to commercialise quantum innovations and ensure the UK’s status as a world leader in quantum science and technologies.

 

Hints of a possible digital currency for the UK

The Bank of England has taken the next steps in a digital money plan.

The Bank of England and the Treasury are to launch a formal consultation on a UK central bank digital currency, looking at the design and possible benefits.

The currency, for use by households and businesses, would sit alongside cash and bank deposits, rather than replacing them but no decision has been taken on whether to have such a currency in the UK.

 

Microsoft announces new services

At this year’s Ignite conference, Microsoft announced a series of new offerings including an Azure OpenAI Service, Azure Communication Services SMS short code and a cloud-native offering with Azure Container Apps – currently in preview.

Along with new offerings, Microsoft has also launched a number of improvements and features for its existing offerings.

If you’re interested to learn more about the announcement made, you explore them all in Microsoft’s Book of News, an interactive guide available online now.

 

ECS shoutouts:

We’ve already released the date for our next DevOps playground on Thursday 25th November, hosted by our very own Cameron Harper and focussing on how to keep your containers secure. This will be our last session before the new year, so make sure to register so you don’t miss out on Volume management, Vulnerable packages, User management in Dockerfiles and of course free Pizza!

Also, a big good luck to our ECS’ers taking part in the End Youth Homelessness sleep out tonight. You’re all fundraising for such a great cause and we hope this can help in the charity’s mission to support young vulnerable individuals nationwide.

And that’s it! Make sure to come back next week for even more tech news.

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