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David Howell

David Howell is a freelance writer, journalist, broadcaster and content creator helping enterprises communicate.

Focussing on business and technology, he has a particular interest in how enterprises are using technology to connect with their customers using AI, VR and mobile innovation.

His work over the past 30 years has appeared in the national press and a diverse range of business and technology publications. You can follow David on LinkedIn.

UK Silicon Valley plans are ‘antiquated and misguided’
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Policy & legislation

UK Silicon Valley plans are ‘antiquated and misguided’

The government risks missing out on the next phase of innovation entirely by going full throttle on long-held ambitions to turn the UK into the next S…
17 Jan 2023
Getting started with the quantum cloud
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Technology

Getting started with the quantum cloud

As the era of quantum computing edges closer, will the quantum cloud become how businesses harness their power?
1 Nov 2022
What the brain-computer interface (BCI) means for business
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Technology

What the brain-computer interface (BCI) means for business

This emerging technology could be a catalyst to supercharge productivity, but also poses a means by which employers can spy on their workers
21 Oct 2022
Can 'smart water' fix Britain's broken water supply?
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Technology

Can 'smart water' fix Britain's broken water supply?

Experts hope technologies like IoT, machine learning and digital twins will deliver an integrated and reliable water management system
18 Oct 2022
The standard of tech education is letting businesses down
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Careers & training

The standard of tech education is letting businesses down

Is there a disconnect between how schools and higher education teach technology skills, and the needs of business leaders?
8 Sep 2022
What will it take to make the UK's 2022 Digital Strategy a success?
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Policy & legislation

What will it take to make the UK's 2022 Digital Strategy a success?

Failure to see the plan through will see the UK become the “low-skill, low growth backwater of the developed world”
9 Aug 2022
Priming your business for the new age of quantum computing
The inner-workings of a quantum computer
Technology

Priming your business for the new age of quantum computing

As quantum computing begins to shape business processes, how will enterprises determine their quantum future?
26 Jul 2022
Why enterprises are resurrecting the intranet 
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Network & Internet

Why enterprises are resurrecting the intranet 

Businesses are embracing the next-gen intranet as they seek to create engaging and inclusive communications experiences
21 Jul 2022
Why does the UK government want to replace GDPR with the Data Reform Bill?
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Policy & legislation

Why does the UK government want to replace GDPR with the Data Reform Bill?

Critics brand the EU's regulations as inflexible and counterproductive, but do the claims stand up to scrutiny?
11 Jul 2022
What is metaverse security?
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Security

What is metaverse security?

As the metaverse evolves, businesses need to think differently about virtual security to protect their IT infrastructure, staff, and customers
9 Jun 2022
A new age of asset management
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Active Directory

A new age of asset management

Can migrating a business’ Active Directory to the cloud become a core resource as the consumerisation of tech continues?
1 Jun 2022
The cookie phase-out might precede an AdTech apocalypse
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digital marketing

The cookie phase-out might precede an AdTech apocalypse

With the industry phasing out third-party cookies, what does this mean for businesses reliant on them to track and improve their campaigns?
20 May 2022
Gaia-X: The last chance saloon for Europe’s visionary cloud project
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Cloud

Gaia-X: The last chance saloon for Europe’s visionary cloud project

Beset by technical and political problems, is Gaia-X finally ready to secure European data sovereignty – or is it a “byzantine” project that's doomed …
4 May 2022
Redefining the ‘where’ of hybrid work
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flexible working

Redefining the ‘where’ of hybrid work

As working patterns become more fluid, where are the best locations to work remotely and how will hybrid work evolve?
28 Apr 2022
The decades-old vision of “pervasive computing” is blueprinting today’s smart cities
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smart city

The decades-old vision of “pervasive computing” is blueprinting today’s smart cities

As first alluded to in 1988, cities are becoming invisibly intelligent spaces, often entirely unbeknownst to us
22 Mar 2022
The 'new normal' is pushing us closer to the edge
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cloud computing

The 'new normal' is pushing us closer to the edge

Businesses are tapping into edge computing to join up decentralised workforces, kicking this longstanding technology into the mainstream
9 Mar 2022
Why now is the perfect time to start a side hustle
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Careers & training

Why now is the perfect time to start a side hustle

The pandemic has pushed many to re-evaluate their working lives, swelling a sector that's now worth £72 billion for the UK economy
1 Mar 2022
Making office culture great again
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flexible working

Making office culture great again

With the post-COVID workplace taking shape, efforts are underway to resurrect the collaborative benefits of the age-old water cooler moment
22 Feb 2022
Building IT antibodies to fight future shocks
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IT infrastructure

Building IT antibodies to fight future shocks

As enterprises look towards their post-COVID futures, they must ensure their IT systems are robust, secure, and resilient
9 Feb 2022
Hired by machines: Exploring recruitment's machine-driven future
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recruitment

Hired by machines: Exploring recruitment's machine-driven future

As HR begins to incorporate AI, psychometrics, and digital twins, what does this mean for job seekers and businesses alike?
8 Jan 2022
The business of the metaverse
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collaboration

The business of the metaverse

As Facebook’s rebrand once again resurfaces the concept of the metaverse, is this a space all businesses should finally be paying attention to?
20 Dec 2021
How can your small business attract top-class tech talent?
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Careers & training

How can your small business attract top-class tech talent?

With a finite pool of technical talent available, less well-resourced firms must think laterally when hiring and holding onto their expertise
7 Dec 2021
Gatekeeping the internet: Is UK net neutrality under threat?
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Network & Internet

Gatekeeping the internet: Is UK net neutrality under threat?

As Ofcom reviews the UK's net neutrality regulations, we explore whether the web is a level playing field for all businesses
26 Nov 2021
Immersive tech can be more than just a gimmick
A woman using a VR headset
augmented reality (AR)

Immersive tech can be more than just a gimmick

Technologies like AR and VR are falling in price and expanding in potential applications, but are business leaders any more tempted?
28 Oct 2021
Why Big Brother could be your friend
Graphic of several CCTV cameras honing in on individuals
privacy

Why Big Brother could be your friend

As high street stores join the NICE Investigate Digital Evidence Management system, what does this mean for the wider business community?
19 Oct 2021
Nurturing your business’ citizen developers
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software development

Nurturing your business’ citizen developers

With enterprises increasingly struggling to locate skilled developers, what if the developers your business needs are already in your company?
7 Oct 2021
The technology powering the future of shopping
Illustration of a futuristic shopping centre with different tech-driven experiences
Technology

The technology powering the future of shopping

With the likes of Morrisons and Amazon Fresh embracing till-free checkout, will this trend lead to a new shopping experience?
16 Sep 2021
Is it cloudy in manufacturing?
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cloud computing

Is it cloudy in manufacturing?

The cloud may be a dominant presence across most sectors and businesses, manufacturing has been more hesitant
22 Jul 2021
More customers, more threats?
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Security

More customers, more threats?

The pandemic has increased the use of all digital channels, boosting customers numbers – but at what security cost?
19 Jul 2021
Does your business need a digital twin?
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digital transformation

Does your business need a digital twin?

Developing a digital twin for your business could open a new era in connectivity, profitability and ensures your company is post-COVID ready
16 Jul 2021
Post-pandemic tech jobs
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Careers & training

Post-pandemic tech jobs

How has the pandemic changed the tech jobs landscape, and which tech jobs will be in demand throughout 2021?
1 Jun 2021
Taming the machine: AI Governance
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Taming the machine: AI Governance

As machine learning expands, ensuring these tools are properly managed is a critical priority for all businesses
29 Apr 2021
Next generation CX
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customer experience (CX)

Next generation CX

Post-COVID, consumers will demand integrated experience from every business. How will these new experiences be built and delivered?
20 Apr 2021
Assessing your cloud strategy after COVID
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cloud computing

Assessing your cloud strategy after COVID

Is the cloud still the perceived panacea that delivers cost reductions, efficiency gains and a platform for businesses to thrive post-COVID?
16 Apr 2021
The new generation of technologists
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Development

The new generation of technologists

What if workers could create their own applications and digital services without the need for IT specialists? Welcome to the new tech leaders
13 Apr 2021
Neo digital transformation
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digital transformation

Neo digital transformation

In a post-COVID business landscape, do enterprises need to rethink how they acquire and implement technologies?
9 Apr 2021