Week Ending: 12th February - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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As many of you flock online this week to buy your last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, we have been busy monitoring the headlines to make sure that amongst the hearts and flowers, you’re kept right up to date on what’s been happening in the world of tech and I.T.

This week we delve into the increasing popularity of computer science, I.T. hardware disposal, York’s broadband improvement and how software developers have helped businesses survive the pandemic.

Let’s get you up to date.

UK college courses show a rise in computer science popularity

We never thought we’d hear the words ‘computer science’ and ‘popularity’ in the same sentence, but we’re so pleased it is.

According to figures released from UCAS this week, computer science has seen a steady rise in popularity over the last decade.

The 2020 figures for university and college-level applications demonstrated the growth in computer science as well as other, so called, ‘less-than-hip’ subjects. With acceptance on courses rising almost a half from 20,420 in 2011 to 30,090 in 2020.

And given that we’re all more tied to our computers than ever before, a rise in tech students will certainly be well received.

Another subject on the up is AI, which as the technology continues to develop, has seen a 400% uptake in the last decade.

Julia Adamson, director of education at BCS commented that the National Centre for Computing Education offered

“a positive experience of computing at school and helped stimulate demand for the subject at degree level. A growing and diverse pipeline of talent in Computer Science and AI is essential for the UK’s economic recovery and its global competitiveness.”

This is certainly good news, and we look forward to seeing what the next generation of computer scientists bring.

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1 in 12 I.T. directors ‘taken hammer to hardware’

What happens when your computer no longer works? Do you throw it away? No! Many business laptops and computers contain sensitive data that if not disposed of properly could lead to a data breach or something much worse.

However, when it comes to disposing of company hardware such as permanent deletion and destruction of data, some businesses take some drastic measures to make sure no data can be retrieved. A survey conducted by DSA Connect, an I.T. asset disposal company, revealed that 8% of I.T. Directors have taken an actual hammer to dispose of hardware!

The survey showed that 12% admitted to submerging devices in water to try and destroy the hardware and 18% have used handheld drills to complete the job. The reason for such drastic measures is down to security issues around the disposal of I.T. hardware, with 82% agreeing to this issue.

Harry Benham, Chairman of DSA Connect commented

“Our findings show a real concern amongst I.T. Directors about the disposal of hardware and data. They are right to be worried because if they get this wrong, they could face a huge fine, and damage to their reputation. There are also a number of companies claiming to be professionals in erasing data and I.T. destruction, but they are not, and they can leave their clients exposed and liable for the mistakes they make.”

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York sees biggest improvement in broadband speeds

CompareTheMarket, one of the UK’s biggest comparison sites, has conducted research into broadband speeds and has revealed that York has seen the biggest improvement over the last 12 months.

The research analysed the average broadband speed for locations around the UK (including all London boroughs) to see where internet connectivity has improved the most, as well as which areas fall below the Universal Service Obligation (USO) standards.

The results showed that York saw the biggest improvement in broadband speeds, increasing from 56.1 Mbit/s in 2019 to 147.1 Mbit/s in 2020. The Yorkshire city was closely followed by Kingston upon Hull with an improvement of 31.6 Mbit/s.

Holly Niblett, head of digital at commented

“With the UK back in lockdown, internet connectivity is more important than ever, whether it be for working from home or streaming movies and TV shows. While it is encouraging that broadband speed has improved in some parts of the country, there is still some way to go. Whilst the government recently pledged to increase broadband infrastructure spending, there are still hundreds of thousands of homes without decent broadband and the vast majority of these are in remote areas. With a significant number of people now working from home, lack of connectivity could be a serious cause for concern.”

2020 did prove to be a difficult year for internet providers with many people changing their work routines to remote working and children needing to learn at home. Keeping everyone connected put a significant strain on broadband use. Connectivity is key during this pandemic, whether it be for mental health or work we can all agree we need the internet to be fast and reliable.

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If your business is struggling with connectivity issues due to the coronavirus pandemic get in touch at so that we can help get your business running smoothly whilst remote working.

Developers played a central role in helping businesses survive the pandemic

Recent research has shown that 90% of businesses believe software developers have played a crucial part in overcoming competition during the coronavirus pandemic. As many people are forced to stay at home to work remotely, many companies have needed to rely on software developers to maintain business continuity.

Jeff Lawson, founder of Twilio, highlights the damage misconceptions can cause in the book ‘At its core, Ask Your Developer’. He said:

“At its core, Ask Your Developer is about empowerment. People in any field rise to the expectations set for them, Ask Your Developer is about setting high expectations for developers - not how much code they can grind out, but how well can they use their ingenuity and creativity to solve the world’s biggest problems. They do this only if they’re empowered and given a wide enough berth. The most important thing is to give developers problems, not solutions.”

The study showed that 70% mistakenly believe that developers are merely technical workers, this is not true. Software developers are keeping businesses afloat during these troubling times and will continue to do so long after the pandemic.

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