The importance of data as we move out of lockdown

In an increasingly customer-centric world, the ability to capture and use customer data to communicate effectively, shape products and solutions, and orchestrate the buying experience is becoming increasingly important. Research from McKinsey prior to the global pandemic showed that organizations that leverage customer data outperform peers by 85 percent in sales growth and more than 25 percent in gross margin. …

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Investment in cybersecurity start-ups defies lockdown slowdown

Cybersecurity startups in the UK have raised more than $880 million since lockdown was first enforced, a new report from Plexal and Beauhurst shows. The majority of investment, however, went towards relatively well established firms and only circa $16 million went to newly formed startups looking for their first investors. Investment into cybersecurity startups rose by more than half (52 …

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British SMBs think they’ve been more productive during lockdown

New research from Vodafone reinforces recent findings that remote and home workers are, in fact, more productive, compared to their peers in the office. Vodafone recently polled 1,003 small business employees about their thoughts and experiences with remote and home working, and found that 40 percent of them put in extra 642 hours, or 26 days, since the UK lockdown …

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Life in lockdown: How to run a remote retro

Retrospectives are a crucial part of the software development process. They’re an opportunity for teams to reflect together on the work delivered, consider how ways of working could be improved, and agree on new processes to use moving forward. A good retro needs to be productive, result in actionable outcomes and ensure genuine improvements are made every time. To achieve …

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Lockdown increased risks as security teams shrank

The Covid-19 health crisis has exacerbated the cybersecurity problems businesses in the UK and the US were already facing. According to a new report from Exabeam, based on a poll of more than 1,000 IT security professionals, organizations were forced to cut IT security staff to survive the pandemic. Fewer workers in the IT security sector, however, meant greater risk …

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