Kate's Comment

Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

2012 Budget Response – what the tech sector needs to help UK PLC

First, I am delighted that the chancellor has stated an intent to make the UK Europe’s technology centre. Now that the old “big three” of finance, retail and construction are floundering, technology really has the potential to become a major engine of growth for UK PLC. Cloud computing is a prime example; we already have something like a 10% global…

The High-Tech brain drain – We Need The Chancellor’s Help to stop selling our golden geese

Why I’m skeptical of why George Osborne’s ‘credit easing’ scheme is likely to help British SMEs if it relies on the existing banking system. Further, I believe that now is a golden opportunity for British technology, especially cloud services, with the potential for us to become a new global export and engine of growth for UK PLC. However, without change, ideally with the Chancellor’s help, we will keep selling our golden geese and fail to grasp this opportunity. Here is why and how.

Making Strategic Use of Twitter & Blogs

Blogging, microblogging and social networking services are rapidly growing in use by businesses. Can they be beneficial to businesses or are they a pointless waste of time? I take a detailed, frank (I may rename this post “How to lose friends and alienate people on Twitter by being too open about the calculating approach I take” 😉 and balanced look at one of the biggest, Twitter, with some tips on how you can make strategic use of it.

Running a Business on Open Source Software

We’ve been running all our business systems over the ‘net for years (including instant messaging, email, document management, project management & collaboration) by using open source software. Both Nick & I are huge fans of open source, so I thought I’d share why and how we use it within Memset.

How small businesses can take advantage of the cloud

The vast bulk of our customers are SMEs, and we have helped many migrate to the cloud. Here I shall explain what cloud computing is (from an SME perspective), why you should be thinking about it and share my tips on how to get the most benefit from the cloud.

OSCON: Government & Cloud, and cloud panel debate

I was recently asked to present at the OSCON conference in San Francisco in July 2010. I presented on the role of cloud computing in government IT and joined a panel to discuss the future of cloud computing.

Emergency budget: An IT entrepreneur’s perspective

Today we heard the emergency budget from the new coalition government. Here are the points most pertinent to me as an IT entrepreneur running a high-growth technology company.

Covered areas: Corporation tax, Depreciation & annual investment allowance (AIA), Loans for SMEs, Entrepreneur’s relief and VAT.

May 2010 budget and the high-tech SME

A look at the areas of the 2010 budget that are potentially good news for high-tech SMEs, including lending, capital gains tax freeze, investment incentives, education, broadband levy and government contract allocation.

Sanity-checking Twitter’s Valuation

Twitter has been valued at $1bn, but is that really sane? Time to get out my trusty calculator and offer a rather different assessment…

Intellect Regent panel with Paxman (video)

On 10th February I took part in a panel session at the 2009 Intellect Annual Regent Conference “Keeping ahead of changing markets”. The event took place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London, was attended by top executives from the high-tech industry and was chaired by the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman, who I left speechless at one point!