Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 94

Marketing 22nd 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 dive into the UK government pledging to make their tech sustainable, Snowflake rolling out native support for Python into its Snowpark engineering tool, Starling CEO, Anne Boden, having her sights set on Barclays – and so much more.

To watch our latest run down of the news, head over to YouTube and watch episode 94 of the Friday Tech Round Up.

Friday Tech Round Up Episode 94

UK Gov tech to go green

The UK government recently published a requirement to make government technology sustainable.

In order to meet their sustainability goals, the government has written a strategy with three main aims: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve our management of resources and waste, and to procure sustainable technology and digital services.


Amazon is to stop accepting Visa credit cards in UK

Amazon has said they are going to stop accepting Visa Credit cards in the UK – this is due to high credit card transaction fees, with Visa stating they’re “very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future”.

Amazon is even offering £20 for Prime customers to switch from using Visa to an alternative payment method, and £10 for other customers.


Could open source help us to go green? 

Lord Maude has spoken to computing about using open source in the fight against climate change.

The ex-Cabinet Office minister claims that businesses and governments across the world could accelerate their technological efforts to slow down the pace of climate change by adopting open source-like ways of working.

Apparently, using an open approach would make its own contribution to energy conservation, because you’re not constantly reinventing the wheel.


Snowday event updates

Snowflake has rolled native support for Python into its Snowpark engineering tool in a move the company claims will improve data governance and security.

Snowpark allows developers to program in their language of choice and then execute, extract, load, and transform data modelling, data preparation, and analytics on Snowflake. To further ensure data safety, Snowflake has also partnered with Anaconda for its open-source Python libraries.


Starling Bank outlines big goals

And finally number five, Starling Bank’s CEO, Anne Boden, has said that Barclays is ‘firmly in their sights, predicting that the FinTech bank will be bigger within five years.

The bold predictions come as the digital lending disruptor is getting ready for a stock market float. Boden went on to say that this was a “very realistic” timescale to surpass the Big Five player and more than double its 7 per cent share of the small business market.


ECS Shoutouts:

Today is International Men’s Day and to help celebrate the positive value men bring to their families, workplaces and communities, we have released a series of podcasts focused on the challenges men face today.

From men’s health to working fathers, better relations with women to progress in the LGBTQ+ community, we hope this series raises awareness around these challenges and promotes more positive conversations. Episodes one and two are already live on the Tech³ Podcast.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the last DevOps Playground – taking place on Thursday 25th November! This will be a free hands-on with Container Security training session, run by own very own Cameron Harper in our London Bridge office – covering off security aspects such as: Volume management, Vulnerable packages, User management in Dockerfiles.

Last but not least, we have several new blogs on the website, looking at the future of UX design, FinOps and the current problems blockchain solves.

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

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