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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. So says a new study from UK digital trade body BIMA ahead of this year's BIMA Digital Day, an event which is designed to increase the interaction between digital sector businesses, schools, teachers and career advisers, students and their parents.
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.
Oracle technology may power some of the biggest marketing companies in the world but the business is now using its data analytical expertise to tackle the declining honey bee population.
The Government is urging tech firms to embrace a new voluntary code of practice for manufacturers of connected devices, developed to tackle widespread data privacy concerns by ensuring that security measures are embedded into the design process.
Internet of Things (IoT) technology is now moving into the mainstream, according to a new study which shows that nearly nine out of ten (87%) of business leaders now expect tangible results from their projects within three years.
Wales is aiming to rival London and Scotland as a major hub for data professionals with the launch of the Welsh Data Science Graduate Programme, designed to give the country’s top talent added incentive to build their careers in the Welsh data sector.
The Geospatial Commission is to invest £5 million to help its six partner bodies - the British Geological Survey, Coal Authority, HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, UK Hydrographic Office and the Valuation Office Agency - unlock the value of location data by making it be available for analysis by private companies.
Despite the negativity surrounding data sharing practices, more than a quarter (27%) of UK consumers would be happy for service providers - such as water, energy and telephone companies - to hand their personal data over to other suppliers or third parties, to help them better manage their bill payments.
The threat of enforcement action and huge fines is putting data compliance at the top of the agenda for many businesses, triggering increased investment in governance and the adoption of new self-service tools.
Finance firms are continuing to pay a high price for not tackling their data management issues with more than a third (37%) admitting that legacy platforms are the biggest obstacles to improving their data management and analytics capabilities.
Most retail loyalty schemes are being held back by a failure to recognise the key drivers of what makes customers want to come back for more, according to a new study which shows only a fifth of businesses can be described as "loyalty experts".
Nationwide Building Society has committed to invest another £1.3 billion in tech to help simplify operations, as part of plans to drive forward digital, data and analytic strategies in a move which will bring its total tech investment to a massive £4.1 billion over the next five years.
Up to 75 million current job roles may be displaced by machines by 2022 but for those working in data and marketing, the only way is up according to a new report which shows these professions will be among the main winners of an expected 133 million new jobs to emerge at the same time.
Over three months after GDPR came into force, the vast majority of firms have been found wanting when it comes to giving consumers access to the information that is held on them, with 70% of businesses worldwide failing to meet the 30-day deadline even though others responded within a single day.
EU policy makers and member states are facing calls for an urgent review of the current ePrivacy Regulation draft to ensure that the final text provides the right balance between protecting individuals’ privacy and continued economic development across Europe.
Retailers aiming to embrace new technology to boost both online and offline sales are facing a difficult balancing act between personalisation and privacy, according to a new study.
Retailers are planning to embrace a raft of data-driven technologies to turnaround their struggling high street operations as well as boost their online efforts, with artificial intelligence and data analytics set to play a crucial role in their revival strategies.
Companies have been struggling with the plight of dirty data for years but, despite increased scrutiny around data privacy, two-fifths (42%) of firms' total data environments have not been modified for between three and seven years.
Data may be increasingly crucial to the majority of organisations - with 80% claiming they are unable to function without their data sources and 25% totally reliant on data in daily operations and decision-making - but a third of business leaders are still failing to recognise its importance.
The Information Commissioner is urging organisations to be more transparent with consumers' personal details, after a survey revealed trust and confidence in how organisations handle personal data is still low, despite an improvement across sectors.
The NHS has been singled out as the leading light in the UK's aim to become a world leader in artificial intelligence, with a new study showing that more than half of British consumers would be happy to share their personal data with the health service if it led to an improved service.
The Department for Transport is backing a new data-led initiative to tackle roadworks - the scourge of every motorist up and down the country - by investing up to £10 million in a new scheme that will provide real-time information on the current state of British roads.

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