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Tuesday 31 March 2020

FOUR DAYS TO GO FOR A CHANCE TO PARTNER WITH CGI!

logologoTechMarketView is helping CGI, one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms, find innovative tech companies based in the North of England as potential partners. Apply now for the chance to be one of them.

This is a great opportunity to get onto CGI's radar and potentially leverage your business in these extraordinarily uncertain times. Many UK tech SMEs have already applied - don't be left out.

Applications close this Friday, 3rd April 2020.

Pitch event

We will be running virtual’ pitch sessions over Webex week beginning 27th April 2020 to identify businesses that are the best fit for a strategic partnership with CGI at a date and time to be agreed with successful applicants.

To apply, you must be a UK tech-focused company whose head office is based in the North of England or have a significant presence there. You should have innovative software solutions and/or skills that play to one or more emerging technology themes, in particular:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Agile/DevOps
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Customer and employee experience
  • Intelligent Automation
  • Smart Cities (including immersive, 5G, drones, digital twin)

These solutions should address particular use cases in at least one of the Manufacturing or Transport & Logistics or Local Government sectors.

Why partner with CGI?

  • Market access – CGI has extensive and strong business relationships with clients across the public and private sectors in the North of England and broader UK.
  • Regional development – the North of England is a key market for CGI. Working together your organisation can benefit from CGI’s growth, and expand its footprint in your local market.
  • Business growth – CGI will help build your pipeline, using its scale to help open large clients and opportunities up to your business.
  • Solution development – working together to meet client demand, CGI can help further develop and refine your solution, whilst respecting your IP rights.
  • Extend your Ecosystem – you’ll have access to CGI’s wider network of Ecosystem partners aligned to emerging technologies to help extend your market reach.

Applications

To apply for the pitch event, please complete the webform HERE by Friday 3rd April 2020. We will advise all applicants on the status of their applications by Friday 17th April.

You can find full details on our website HERE.

For further information please email programmes@techmarketview.com.

Posted by: HotViews Editor

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Monday 30 March 2020

MiPasa uses blockchain to power COVID-19 data

While staying at home is the most important thing we can do as individuals at the moment, safely re-starting socialising and re-opening the world’s economy will be dependent on governments having a deep understanding of the underlying patterns of COVID-19. By testing millions of people, we will be able to map who tested positive and where, where people can and can’t go, and how quarantine procedures can be most effectively used. mipasa

The challenge for decision makers, however, is the lack of integration of verified data sources. Furthermore, data being moved between hospitals, government agencies and other partners can be inconsistent and difficult to share.

MiPasa has been established to make improvements to data usage. It is a global-scale control and communication system to support rapid and more precise early detection of COVID-19 carriers and infection hotspots. Behind MiPasa is a multi-disciplinary group of health professionals, software/application developers and privacy experts – all trying to improve the quality of, and access to, data sources. The onboarding of the data is done through the Unbounded Network, powered by HACERA and running a production version of The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric. This sits across multiple clouds including IBM Blockchain Platform, Oracle Blockchain Platform, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

The MiPasa project is adapting the data analytics and privacy tools that were once the reserve of elite financial institutions for public health services and the greater good. Another example of how the COVID-19 outbreak might change the way things are done for good.

Interested and qualified researchers, data providers, developers or anyone else interested in collaborating can learn more at MiPasa.org.

Posted by: Kate Hanaghan

Tags: cloud   blockchain   covid-19  

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Monday 30 March 2020

Price of fish

FishIt seemed all too easy to predict who would lose and who would gain in the lockdown that COVID-19 has necessitated. Obviously everything that required a physical presence - like hairdressers, travel companies, cruise lines etc.- would likely suffer. Conversely, anything that helped remote working and home delivery would gain.

The FT, however, carried a report - Why food delivery apps are struggling even under UK lockdown -  reporting on a sharp fall in business for Uber Eats, Just Eat and Deliveroo. The majority of their business came from restaurant deliveries - many of which have closed and do not offer takeaways. Eg McDonalds and Wagamama. Conversely those involved in grocery deliveries - like Ocado - have been so overwhelmed with orders that they have had to close their websites.

We’ve been long-term, regular users of the CornishFishmonger. Fresh fish delivered from Cornwall. Again, what I hadn’t twigged was that retail sales accounted for only a small part of the trade landed by fishermen. The largest and most lucrative part was supplying restaurants. This trade had evaporated. The shellfish market has stopped completely, and the price of white fish has plummeted. Pollock has gone from £4 per kilo to 80p. See Fishing industry reeling from coronavirus shutdown.

About a third of all food used to be consumed outside of the home. The sudden cessation of that has had huge effects all the way through the supply and distribution change. If, as HMGovt is now suggesting, the lockdown extends for up six months, I really do wonder how many of these businesses will survive. Indeed, I understand that many young people are now turning to cooking at home. Maybe that trend will continue even when restaurants are open again.

Posted by: Richard Holway

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Monday 30 March 2020

Tech Goodness: Northern Ireland COVID-19 app launched

Civica logoNI covid-19 appIn another example of tech being rapidly developed to support the fight against COVID-19, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has launched a new COVID-19 information app, which was commissioned and delivered in just two weeks by Civica and its partner Big Motive. The app is designed to be a trusted single source of information to provide Northern Ireland’s population with immediate advice to ease pressure on GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals. 

The app has three core functions: an in-app symptom checker for COVID-19 leading the user to appropriate medical advice and onward links to further information; a chat bot with natural language interface to answer users’ questions which will be enhanced and expanded with time, usage and feedback; and a push notification service with the ability to push messages out to user’s devices alerting people to things like significant changes to official status or advice.

Like other tech companies, Civica told us it is making every effort to assist in response to the crisis and has also been working around the clock to update its software to support changing requirements, for example, enabling its Trac software to support specific temporary NHS recruitment.

Posted by: Tola Sargeant

Tags: software   healthcare   covid-19  

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Monday 30 March 2020

Tech Goodness: FutureGov and councils collaborate on COVID-19 response

Futuregov logoBuckinghamshire Council and Camden Council have begun prototyping a tool that will help people search for and find support services near them during the COVID-19 crisis.

The tool builds on code FutureGov, part of The Panoply, developed with Buckinghamshire Council to help citizens access adult social care support and the council’s coronavirus support directory. It also draws on Camden Council’s COVID-19 online guidance and support, and lessons learned from the NHS.

The online portal provides a shared directory of local services that pulls together insight and data from digital customer experience and voluntary community services. It is designed to enable citizens to access the information they need on voluntary community services and local support, including food packages, medical help, mental health support and pet care.

The portal has been built using open data principles and is available and open for reuse by other public service providers. The code is being shared on Github: http://github.com/wearefuturegov/camden-service-directory

The initiative forms part of the work FutureGov has been doing to help bring together councils, organisations and communities during the outbreak. It is reaching out to its network of public service providers to form a local response to coronavirus. By working together, the coalition aims to address the most urgent challenges and coordinate an agile response to shared problems during the crisis.

Local authorities are at the forefront of the fight against the virus. COVID-19 will have a substantial impact on their ability to continue to provide services to citizens and will lead to significant changes to how councils manage these responsibilities. Using digital resources such as the platform developed by Buckinghamshire Council, Camden Council and FutureGov, will help citizens find the help they need whilst reducing demand on council services. 

Posted by: Dale Peters

Tags: localgovernment   digital   open+source   councils   covid-19  

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Monday 30 March 2020

Lanister enters the fray armed with £2m

LanisterAnother banking startup has joined the UK fintech scene with the launch of neobank, Lanister. Armed with £2m of seed funding, mainly from family sources, founder Gurhan Kiziloz, is targeting the app-based bank at customers in the 18-35 age bracket.

Based in Hammersmith, Lanistar claims to have 45 full-time workers on its payroll and has bold plans for expansion. Similar to the now defunct Loot (see: NatWest's Bó picks up Loot team), the company aims to utilise aspirational and lifestyle branding to target the Generation-Z and Millenial demographics.

CEO, Kizilov, is something of a serial entrepreneur and has a varied background, having been involved in a number of previous ventures, including property and training consultancy. Lanister’s first product will be a debit card equipped with personal finance tools and is scheduled to launch towards the end of this year.

Although it is clearly a challenging time to be launching a business, the current Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the value of modern banking technology. It’s hard to imagine how we could have continued to function if we all still relied on physical cash and high street branches.

Posted by: Jon C Davies

Tags: funding  

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Monday 30 March 2020

Synnex puts Concentrix Spin-off on hold

ConcentrixUS IT distribution giant Synnex has announced last week that it is to delay the planned spin-off its Concentrix subsidiary into a separate company citing market uncertainty related to COVID-19.

Synnex CEO Dennis Polk put it “We can’t bring this business to the market ... when the focus will be on the virus pandemic, response, and recovery. We will bring Concentrix to the market when the focus will be back on the strategies and prospects of the business,’ 

Synnex acquired Concentrix back in 2006 when it was a “mere” global marketing company and has grown it, primarily through acquisition, into a $4.6bn customer management specialist servicing a very different market to its parent. 

To succeed over the next decade Concentrix’s operating model is going to have to change dramatically with significant investment required in new technologies as it pivots to digital. The theory at least, will be that as a separate entity it will be easier for Concentrix to secure the necessary investment into its core business which often got a little lost when wrapped into the wider Synnex story.

Posted by: Marc Hardwick

Tags: customerexperience   covid-19  

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Monday 30 March 2020

Tech Goodness: Eton College offers free online courses

Eton logoEton College has provided another welcome example of people and organisations pulling together to support the national effort. As well as staying open to support the children of key workers and vulnerable children in the local area, Eton is offering its EtonX online self-study courses to every secondary school in the country, free of charge. Its Future Skills Programme is a series of short online courses designed to equip young people with the practical, entrepreneurial and soft skills they need for university entrance and a successful career beyond. The courses include guidance on writing CVs and preparing for interviews, as well as improving creative writing and essay writing skills. For further information visit www.etonx.com.

Posted by: Tola Sargeant

Tags: education   covid-19  

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Monday 30 March 2020

Capita updates on COVID-19

CapitaCapita updated the market on Friday on the impact COVID-19 was having on the business, withdrawing its financial guidance for 2020 issued at the beginning of March.

COVID-19Capita remains one of the largest private sector employers in the UK with some 40,000 staff based here, and confirmed that employees not able to work from home or required to come into their normal workplace (as key workers) would have their roles “furloughed” in accordance with the Government scheme covering 80% of base salary. It has also temporarily closed a number of offices not required for the provision of “essential services”.

Capita has seen its share price hammered over the last month and was looking to reassure investors, outlining £100m worth of measures being taken to mitigate the virus’s impact on profits. This will include reducing central overheads to a bare minimum, reducing the use of contractors and discretionary spend, temporarily cutting senior management pay and putting £25m from planned restructuring and capital expenditure on hold. Capita is also making use of HMRC’s policy to defer VAT payments of c.£100m to 2021. The firm also outlined it has cash available of more than £450m to help see it through.

The government’s response to the crisis will inevitably throw work Capita’s way, and the company confirmed that it was “exploring more than 100 situations to support the UK Government COVID-19 response with additional services”, including contributing resource to healthcare call centres as well as being part of an initiative to set up health testing centres. Some private sector clients have also asked for additional help to respond to higher customer demand.

Separately, Capita confirmed that it had won a number of new contracts post results, including a three-year extension to an Ministry of Justice contract (worth £114m), new work with a high street bank (worth £33m over three years) and a healthcare contract win in its Software division (worth £19m over seven years).

Posted by: Marc Hardwick

Tags: Capita   update  

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Monday 30 March 2020

FIVE DAYS LEFT FOR A CHANCE TO PARTNER WITH CGI!

logologoTechMarketView is helping CGI, one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms, find innovative tech companies based in the North of England as potential partners. Apply now for the chance to be one of them.

This is a great opportunity to get onto CGI's radar and potentially leverage your business in these extraordinarily uncertain times. Many UK tech SMEs have already applied - don't be left out.

Applications close this Friday, 3rd April 2020.

Pitch event

We will be running virtual’ pitch sessions over Webex week beginning 27th April 2020 to identify businesses that are the best fit for a strategic partnership with CGI at a date and time to be agreed with successful applicants.

To apply, you must be a UK tech-focused company whose head office is based in the North of England or have a significant presence there. You should have innovative software solutions and/or skills that play to one or more emerging technology themes, in particular:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Agile/DevOps
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Customer and employee experience
  • Intelligent Automation
  • Smart Cities (including immersive, 5G, drones, digital twin)

These solutions should address particular use cases in at least one of the Manufacturing or Transport & Logistics or Local Government sectors.

Why partner with CGI?

  • Market access – CGI has extensive and strong business relationships with clients across the public and private sectors in the North of England and broader UK.
  • Regional development – the North of England is a key market for CGI. Working together your organisation can benefit from CGI’s growth, and expand its footprint in your local market.
  • Business growth – CGI will help build your pipeline, using its scale to help open large clients and opportunities up to your business.
  • Solution development – working together to meet client demand, CGI can help further develop and refine your solution, whilst respecting your IP rights.
  • Extend your Ecosystem – you’ll have access to CGI’s wider network of Ecosystem partners aligned to emerging technologies to help extend your market reach.

Applications

To apply for the pitch event, please complete the webform HERE by Friday 3rd April 2020. We will advise all applicants on the status of their applications by Friday 17th April.

You can find full details on our website HERE.

For further information please email programmes@techmarketview.com.

Posted by: HotViews Editor

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Sunday 29 March 2020

Early-stage funds still investing but at lower valuations

logoA straw poll conducted by our very good friends at Corporate Advisory network, ScaleUp Group, suggests that early-stage funds (Series A and up) are still investing, although the vast majority expect valuations will be significantly lower than pre-C-19. The poll included both VCTs (venture capital trusts) and non-VCTs.

Among the funds who responded, nearly 80% said that C-19 has not stopped them investing in new opportunities or in their existing portfolio, but of those, 90% said that they expected valuations to be significantly lower, especially for sectors such as hospitality, travel, sports and leisure.

However, most (90%) of funds who continue to invest in new opportunities did not expect that the C-19 crisis would significantly lengthen the due diligence process.

It must be said that this poll is not a fully representative selection of the more than 80 funds that ScaleUp Group regularly deal with. However, the polarisation of the responses to each question suggests that these responses may be a useful indicator as to the thinking of other funds. If so, I think these results are encouraging. Since the beginning of March, we have published commentary on funding rounds of no fewer 30 startups and scaleups in UKHotViews (TechMarketView research subscription service clients can search on posts tagged ‘funding’) compared with 31 in February and just 23 published in March 2019.

TechMarketView research service and UKHotViews Premium subscribers can also see some of the anecdotal comments from the funds polled in UKHotViews Extra.

We will be publishing our regular quarterly analysis of UK tech funding deals in the next edition of IndustryViews Venture Capital in a few weeks’ time. The Q4 2019 edition is available now for download by TechMarketView research service and UKHotViews Premium subscribers.

Posted by: Anthony Miller

Tags: funding   startup  

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Friday 27 March 2020

Recruiter FDM scraps final div as COVID-19 precaution

logoEmployed contractor-focused tech recruiter FDM Group has announced it will scrap its final dividend and has postponed its AGM in light of COVID-19. CEO Rod Flavell reported that only a few ‘Mounties’ (employed contractors) have returned from client deployment, while “the vast majority of them continue to work on their client engagements, typically remotely.”

Just a couple of weeks ago, Flavell was predicting a further year of “good operational and financial progress” after a “promising” start to 2020, albeit with caution over COVID-19 and the associated “challenges relating to remote working” (see Recruiter FDM shines again as storm clouds gather).

I’ve said it before, FDM’s business model has seen them weather many market storms. While not immune to the impact of COVID-19, they seem to be more resilient than traditional tech recruiters.

Posted by: Anthony Miller

Tags: recruitment   covid-19  

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Friday 27 March 2020

Recruiter Gattaca cuts pay by 20% due to COVID-19 impact

logoThe effect of COVID-19 on some companies has been like kicking a man while he’s trying to get back up. Such is the case for Fareham-based group of Engineering and Technology recruitment firms, Gattaca. This time last year, Gattaca was celebrating a return to profit despite being one of the many victims of the collapse of construction and outsourcing group, Carillion (see STEM recruiter Gattaca back to black).

By January 2020, Gattaca warned of declining revenues for all the usual pre-COVD-19 reasons (Brexit etc etc) along with the (now postponed) introduction of changes to HMG’s IR35 legislation (see UK ill winds hit FDM, Gattaca).

Today’s interim results not surprisingly paint a bleaker picture, with CEO Kevin Freeguard announcing he is placing over one-third of their UK workforce into the Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and reducing working hours and pay for the remaining (now work-from-home) workforce by 20%. Gattaca is also planning to close its loss-making business in China.

Like almost every other business, management is not giving guidance on the financials, and is in ‘constructive dialogue’ with its bank ‘to address any covenant issues’. Gattaca had £19m cash in the bank at the end of H1 after paying back a £16m working capital facility. The business generated £23m net operating cash.

The results themselves show Gattaca fell back into a small net loss in the six months to 31st January 2020, attributed to the effect of loss-making discontinued operations. Revenues declined by 8% to £298m, but a 12% decline in net fee income (gross profit) shaved NFI margins by 50bps 10.8%. Operating profit was halved, leaving operating margins at 1.1%. Gattaca’s UK business comprises 96% of its worldwide revenues.

It will indeed be a very difficult year.

Posted by: Anthony Miller

Tags: recruitment   covid-19  

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Friday 27 March 2020

*NEW RESEARCH* Public Sector Supplier Prospects 2020 and Beyond

Prospects Report TitleTechMarketView's Public Sector Supplier Prospects 2020 report is now available. In this publication we look at the Top 20 suppliers in the UK public sector software and IT services (SITS) market, reviewing recent progress, looking at the key market challenges and assessing what suppliers need to do to maximise their potential in 2020 and beyond.

The Brexit impasse that had been hanging over the UK was finally resolved in 2020 and we appeared to be entering a period of renewed investment in public services. However, as 2019 came to an end the first reports of a viral pneumonia outbreak in China were starting to appear; little did we know, just a few months later, the world would be facing the unprecedented challenge of tackling the spread of COVID-19. For public sector SITS suppliers, success in 2020 will first and foremost rely on an ability to navigate this crisis.

Notwithstanding the impact of COVID-19, there are steps that suppliers must take to make sure that they remain relevant for the future. The relative importance of these steps varies across the Top 20 UK public sector SITS suppliers featured in this report, but each should be considered if suppliers aim to position themselves as an indispensable partner to public service providers.

Suppliers featured in this report: Accenture, Agilisys, Atos, BAE Systems, BT Group, Capgemini, Capita, CGI, Civica, Computacenter, Dell Technologies, DXC, Fujitsu, IBM, Leidos, Microsoft, Northgate Public Services, Oracle, Serco and Sopra Steria. This report should be read alongside our UK Public Sector SITS Supplier Rankings 2019 and UK Public Sector SITS Market Trends & Forecasts 2019-2022 reports.

If you are an existing PublicSectorViews subscriber, you can read the report now. If you’d like to discuss an extension to your existing subscription or would like details of how to subscribe to TechMarketView, please email Deb Seth.

Posted by: Dale Peters

Tags: government   legacy   transformation   prospects   covid-19  

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Friday 27 March 2020

Microsoft joins the 5G telco push

logoThere is a definite slant towards the telco sector with Affirmed NetworksMicrosoft’s latest acquisition, which also adds to its 5G and edge computing capabilities.

The tools provided by network specialist Affirmed Networks are geared towards managing capacity on wireless communication networks and network slicing (prioritising types of traffic on the network). Through integration with Azure, Microsoft aims to bring this capability to the cloud, which aligns with the trend within the telco sector to move from proprietary platforms to cloud based systems. An end goal is the provision of software defined networking services to operate and manage 5G networks in the cloud. 

Terms were not disclosed but Affirmed Networks brings over 100 customers, including Vodafone, Orange and AT&T. As the company had previously secured funding of $155m, the purchase price was probably not insubstantial.

Microsoft is not the only supplier courting the telco sector at a time when 5G is bringing change and opportunity. Google Cloud has an Anthos version for telcos and announced the Global Mobile Edge Cloud earlier this month. AWS has Wavelength which combines its compute and storage services with 5G networks capability. HPE has the 5G Core Stack and VMware has a version of its NSX product providing virtual networks for telcos. 

Posted by: Angela Eager

Tags: acquisition   cloud   software   networkinfrastructure  

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Friday 27 March 2020

Tech Goodness: NHS plans Covid-19 response with AI support

NHS logoAWSMicrosoftPalantir and UK tech SME Faculty AI are working together with the NHS to help plan the response to the Coronavirus pandemic. According to a report from the BBC, the project stemmed from a meeting of tech suppliers at 10 Downing Street on 11 March and is due to be signed off by Health Secretary Matt Hancock shortly. 

The plan is to model the consequences of moving resources to best tackle the coronavirus pandemic by combining data that the NHS and its partners already hold. Data collected via the NHS 111 telephone service, for example, can be combined with data on ventilator usage, levels of staff sickness, patient occupancy levels, capacity of A&E departments and the length of stay of patients with Covid-19. This would enable the NHS to understand how the virus is spreading at a local level in order to identify risk to vulnerable populations; proactively increase resources in emerging hotspots; ensure critical equipment is supplied to facilities with the greatest need; and divert patients to the facilities that are best placed to care for them. An excellent example of AI being used for good.

AWS is understood to be providing the cloud computing resources, Microsoft Azure is to be used for the data store, and Palantir is providing its Foundry software to draw all the data sources together. The involvement of Faculty AI alongside these US-headquartered giants is noteworthy. The London-based SME has previously worked with the Home Office to detect terrorist propaganda online and announced a partnership with NHSX to build its new AI lab two weeks ago. It’s another example of very small tech companies playing an important role in the battle against Covid-19 – in its last fiscal year (to end March ’19) Faculty AI employed an average of just 74 people and was too small to need to file full accounts with Companies House.

There is the potential for the project to raise privacy concerns but to counter these the NHS has reportedly said it intends to only use anonymised data and will destroy the records once the crisis is over. It's a reminder that, despite these unprecedented times and the need to act quickly, it is important that any exceptional measures that may be required – whether related to privacy concerns or procurement processes, for example - are clearly justified, then evaluated and if necessary rolled back once the crisis has passed.

Posted by: Tola Sargeant

Tags: AI   healthcare   covid-19  

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Friday 27 March 2020

Services Exec to become Softcat UK MD

softcatColin Brown, Softcat’s UK Managing Director, is set to step down from his role at the end of July. Brown has been at the firm for almost eight years, having previously had senior positions at Microsoft (GM, UK Services) and Computacenter (CEO, Germany).

Brown worked with former CEO, Martin Hellawell, to IPO the company back in 2015 and has been a critical part of the business, which has enjoyed a long period of success. Reports in the media suggest his successor will be Softcat long-timer, Richard Wyn Griffiths, who joined the firm back in 2002 as a graduate sales executive. He currently runs the Solutions Sales teams, which includes managed services, networking, security, cloud and end user computing. In FY19, Services revenue was £84.4m (of total turnover of £991.8bn, +24.4%), up 21.8%.

The first half of the current year was strong again (see Softcat charges through H1), with CEO, Graeme Watt, reporting no "material impact from the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak” at the time. However, he warned there could be “uncertainty for the remainder of the financial year”. Indeed, the difficulty in making accurate forecasts is having a significant impact across the industry.

Richard Wyn Griffiths will provide excellent continuity and we’ll be interested to see if the firm’s strategy around solutions/services changes course once he is in the Managing Director position.

Posted by: Kate Hanaghan

Tags: people   leadership  

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Friday 27 March 2020

Tech Goodness: COVID-19 tracking apps

COVID-19In another example of the important role tech is playing in the fight back against COVID-19, a number of organisations have been working on apps to help track the spread of the virus.

KCLKing’s College London launched earlier this week a new app that tracks symptoms related to COVID-19, allowing anyone to self-report daily. To trial the app King’s has recruited around 5,000 twins and their families from the TwinsUK cohort study, which will track in real time how the disease progresses. The aim of the app is to help slow the outbreak, by helping researchers identify how fast the virus is spreading in specific areas, the high-risk areas of the country and who is most at risk, by better understanding the symptoms linked to underlying health conditions.

Separately NHSx is in the process of developing a contact tracking app to monitor the spread of coronavirus. This app, which requires an opt-in, will alert people to new cases in their area as well as allowing people to input their own symptoms. If an individual develops symptoms of the virus, they are able to put that information into the app, which then shares the data with relevant health authorities. The information is then used to track where the virus is spreading and also alert other app users that cases are rising in their area. The data should also help NHS Digital develop an “algorithm” which will help identify patients who are most at risk of developing complications from coronavirus. The algorithm will consider factors such as age, clinical history and prescribing history.

NHSxMatthew Gould, chief exec of NHSX, said: “NHSX are looking at whether app-based solutions might be helpful in tracking and managing coronavirus, and we have assembled expertise from inside and outside the organisation to do this as rapidly as possible.”

To see other ways in which the tech sector is reacting to COVID-19 please access our brand new research - COVID-19 Tech Sector Impact  - published today.

Posted by: Marc Hardwick

Tags: nhs   app   covid-19  

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