Category Archives: Business and Finance

Plan I for innovation

NESTA’s Stian Westlake is encouraging government to look at the evidence for good innovation and support ambitious start-up businesses. As an innovation think tank, NESTA wants the economic debate to move beyond...

Driving up productivity

Regional productivity remains low after 56 years of policy analysis. Our innovation discussion group called for focused support for innovators, clustering and mentoring to change the trend. “Productivity isn’t everything but in...

Funding plans spark debate

John O’Dowd’s proposed changes to school funding have come up against strong opposition. Proposals to change the common funding formula for schools have sparked a heated debate which is likely to continue...

BYOD: Changing IT

Shane Haslem, eircom UK’s Head of Managed Network Services and Data Solutions, reviews the ‘gallant march’ of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement and what this really means for IT. In...

Digital Britain: the next steps

Better connectivity and content, along with improvements for customers, are Westminster’s top digital priorities in its media and telecoms policy paper. The UK Government has set out its main priorities for digital...

The wrong recovery

John O’Farrell calls for an honest critique of the downturn’s causes rather than a focus on rising property values. Twenty years ago, Leonard Cohen marked the democratic revolutions which ended the Cold...

Myths of outsourcing

Several misconceptions have built up around outsourcing (also known as external service delivery) but if handled well, they need not cause controversy and the same quality of service to the public can...