‘Half of IT leaders hesitant on future digital transformation programmes’

06 October 2021

Nearly half (44%) of UK IT decision makers (ITDMs) are less confident in taking on digital transformation programmes due to negative past experiences, according to new research from Citrix.

The new data was obtained through a study by Vitreous World, polling 500 IT decision makers at large organisations (250+ employees) in the UK, and aimed to reveal the extent to which previous experiences impact willingness to take on new digital transformation programmes. The poll revealed that even though many ITDMs have previously been involved with successful programmes, over half (51%) have been ‘burned’ by digital transformation projects that did not go according to the initial plan.

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Nasstar completes KCOM deal

06 October 2021

Broadband and communications provider KCOM has completed the sale of its national ICT business to Nasstar, the companies confirmed.

The deal, which was announced in June 2021, has made the buyer one of the largest independent providers of managed services in the UK with more than 1,200 employees.

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Darlington Building Society hires 8x8 for digital transformation

04 October 2021

Business communications and SaaS provider 8x8 said Darlington Building Society (DBS) selected 8x8 XCaaS (experience communications as a service) to support the organisation’s digital transformation efforts.

Due to the sensitive and high-value nature of daily calls, the institution needed a robust communications and customer engagement system that could reliably handle steep call volumes, facilitate employee collaboration and provide secure payment options, regardless of where employees and customers were located.

DBS selected 8×8 XCaaS, which includes integrated contact centre, voice, video meetings, and chat capabilities. It implemented 8×8 across the entire business, ensuring that callers are quickly directed to the correct person. Staff can communicate and collaborate from anywhere and with 8×8 Secure Pay, the DBS’ employees can provide “reliable and secure payment options to their members”.

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Mavenir to deliver UK’s first off-shore Open RAN-based vRAN private network for windfarm connectivity

04 October 2021

Cellular system integrator Vilicom has selected US specialist Mavenir to provide a private LTE network based on open RAN architecture for an off-shore wind farm in Scotland.

The project is the first of its kind in the UK, the companies said, combining open RAN in an off-shore private network.

Texas-based Mavenir said its virtualised (software-based) MAVair open RAN platform, working with commoditised radio hardware, will form the basis of a new LTE connectivity platform for sea vessels and workers within the boundaries of the Moray East offshore wind-farm project, off the coast of Scotland.

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