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N Brown - the company behind brands JD Williams, Figleaves and Simply Be - is aiming to open up the use of data and analytics across its entire organisation by setting up a data academy. The retail group is developing a Data Fellowship programme which aims to empower employees to embrace data science and how it is applied in business. The company is working with training company Corndel and technology educator Decoded, which is also working with Marks & Spencer on a similar venture.
UK businesses are missing out on an estimated £85 billion in turnover each year due to a lack of basic digital skills, especially among sole traders, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Business and Charity Index.
The Government is expanding its Cyber Discovery scheme, designed to attract young people into the cyber security industry, by opening it up to candidates in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the first time.
The majority of the UK companies admit they need to make improvements in their data management strategies, with compliance, data security and data visibility among the leading concerns.
UK companies want to speed up investment in artificial intelligence to gain a competitive advantage in delivering personalised customer experiences at scale but are being hampered by a "triple whammy" of a lack of skills, an abundance of data and GDPR.
The vast majority (82%) of retailers are committed to implementing a data-centric strategy in the next five years, with almost a third stating this is already in place, according to a new report.
The Government has revealed plans to invest £50m in five technology centres of excellence across the UK that will explore advances in medical artificial intelligence, aimed at improving patient care and speeding up diagnosis.
Technology skills are dominating the expansion of the so-called STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) job market, according to research commissioned by education charity EDT.
The Information Commissioner's Office has launched a consultation over the creation of a statutory code of practice to regulate the use of personal data in political campaigns in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
South Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire claims to have become the first district council to implement a data analytics platform which helps budget efficiencies and protects vital services at the same time.
The Government is ramping up its commitment to tackling the digital skills crisis in the regions after approving what it calls an "unprecedented" transfer of power from Westminster to the North East.
The Government is to invest £3 million to help strengthen digital and data skills in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.
The fall-out from privacy scandals and the impact of GDPR are being blamed for a slowdown in Facebook's growth after the company revealed the loss of one million users in Europe during the three months to the end of September.
United Utilities has become the first water company in the UK to introduce large-scale artificial intelligence into its operational systems in an effort to cut waste and reduce household bills.
Industry body the DMA has issued a stark warning of the threat to the £240bn data economy posed by Brexit, reinforcing its call for the Government to strike an adequacy deal to ensure the continued free flow of data between the UK and EU.
DMA Talent, a division of the IDM and DMA, is launching a new programme designed to educate employers about how making adjustments to recruitment procedures and business environments will enable them to tap into a highly talented pool of neurodiverse people and tackle the data skills shortage.
Facebook has become only the second company ever to be hit with the maximum £500,000 fine for serious breaches of data protection law, after failing to convince the Information Commissioner’s Office that it had done nothing wrong.
Accenture, Cognizant and Experian have joined a number of global organisations to launch a Data Literacy Project, aimed at strengthening skills among the workforce in an increasingly digitalised economy and forge a society “fluent in data.”
The Court of Appeal has sent out a chilling warning to companies to ensure that they have robust measures in place to protect their staff data after upholding a judgment which found Morrisons "vicariously liable" for the leak of payroll information by a disgruntled employee.
Irish organisations are falling behind their European counterparts in the advancement of artificial intelligence, according to a new study by Microsoft which claims the slow take up could threaten AI roll out and ultimately, digital success.
The task of attracting young people into the UK’s booming digital economy is being hit by a triple whammy of regional divides in the education system, a lack of awareness of the opportunities available and a misaligned curriculum which is leaving students unprepared to engage with the sector.
Organisations continue to keep legacy IT applications alive because the historical data those systems hold remains useful, despite a recognition that running these obsolete systems poses a major risk to digital transformation, data privacy and security.
Brands are being urged to explore the opportunities that artificial intelligence-based personalisation strategies can bring to their marketing campaigns on the back of a survey which reveals that poorly-targeted and irrelevant activity is driving customers away from their favourite brands.

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