Five IT Podcasts for learning in 2021

There is a podcast for everything these days and IT is no exception. Podcasts are a great way of staying up to date with current trends, news and discussion points in your field of expertise. They can also be a great introduction to new innovations and technologies that you are looking to learn more about. There are thousands of podcasts you can choose from but if you’re looking to expand your IT podcast horizons then these are a good place to start.

The Decoder with Nilay Patel

New to 2020, this show from the makers of the very successful Verge Podcast sees Nilay Patel talk to a diverse cast of innovators at the forefront of business and technology, about current trends and how businesses are solving current tech problems while continuing to tackle the challenges of tech development during the pandemic.

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The Cloudcast

As the name suggests the focus of this podcast is everything related to cloud computing and cloud programming. The series covers a wide range of areas with recent episodes discussing cloud solutions such as AzureStack, security information and event management (SIEM) technologies and SAP.

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Software Defined Talk

This podcast has a more fun delivery and is an easy listen but no less informative. The show covers many areas of enterprise IT with recent episodes discussing Kubernetes, cloud, DevOps. With over 275 episodes already available you are sure to find a subject matter of interest in their back catalogue.

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IT Visionaries

This podcast boasts exclusive interviews with trailblazing global IT leaders. Each episode sees a Fortune 100 tech leader shares their thoughts, experiences and goals. The speakers are genuinely key influencers in major global organisations and provide some real insights into how they are planning to utilise IT in their organisation.

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Network Disrupted

Another podcast that focuses on interviewing tech leaders on a number of IT topics such as digital transformation, innovation and AI and Automation. There are some really interesting guests on this relatively new podcast from former NASA software engineers, Vice Chancellors of Universities to CIOs of major organisation. The range of guest backgrounds makes this a very insightful listen.

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Five job-hunting tips for IT professionals

The candidate market can seem saturated at the moment with more talented candidates looking for work than ever before, and seemingly fewer jobs available than before. Whilst times are undoubtedly difficult, the teams at Whitehall are definitely seeing more businesses hiring again, and projects that were previously put on hold are now back on track.

With this in mind, it’s important to give yourself an edge that enables you to apply for roles as soon as they come available and stand out from the crowd.

Don’t rely on job boards alone

Job boards and search engines are an obvious and essential tool when seeking a new role but they aren’t the only place you should look. With thousands of jobs being posted online every day, it’s easy to become lost in a sea of jobs not suited to you or spend time time looking at the same jobs over and over again. This can become frustrating and time consuming.

Focus your efforts by seeking out specialists that are more likely to have roles that suit you. As well as checking roles from specialists, you need to ensure your details are registered with them. Recruitment consultants have large networks of candidate contacts and you need to make sure you are on their radar. If we have roles in your area of interest, be sure to register with us so our consultants have easy access to your details, so you are appearing in their searches, and be sure to set up job alerts to hear about the latest roles via email. We also have an app so you can be directly notified of suitable roles according to your preferences.

If there are specific companies you have an interest in working with, follow the company on LinkedIn, and connect with some relevant personnel. Many companies will advertise roles via their social media platforms before posting on numerous job sites so it can be a good way of seeing roles before the crowds.

Apply quickly

With the number of applicants for roles at high levels, make sure you do everything you can to have your application viewed and considered for the roles you apply for. Applying quickly can help you to stand out. As previously mentioned, setting up alerts will help you to see roles as soon as they become available. If you see a role that you like, apply as soon as possible. Don’t wait until an advertised deadline or until the weekend, you’ll be at the back of the queue. With the number of applicants applying for roles, some clients may even close the job early if they receive enough outstanding applications for consideration. Get yours in as soon as possible to ensure you have a better chance at being considered early. It isn’t unusual for an agency to receive 200+ applications for some roles so do everything you can to be one of the first they read.

Provide a strong covering letter

A CV helps a recruiter and business understand your skills and work experience but a strong covering letter/statement can help them to understand why you would be a great candidate for a role. A covering letter should not be a repeat of your CV, nor should it be a list of your hobbies and interests. A good cover letter shows that you are serious about your application and understand the role well. Highlight elements of the job description and match aspects of your CV to these. Demonstrate your understanding of the business and why you wish to work for this company specifically. A good, tailored covering statement can help to put across your skills, understanding of the role, and personality prior to an initial interview.

Keep track of your applications

It’s easy to find yourself applying for numerous roles and sometimes you may not hear back from them for a few weeks. By then, it’s likely you will have forgotten elements of the job description and what interested you about the role. Create a file and note down the job descriptions of the roles you apply for. This will help you to keep track of the roles and enable you to quickly retrieve information about the role when a recruiter calls you to discuss the role. Having the job information to hand to discuss straight away helps you to come across as organised, professional, and focused on the opportunity at hand. Recruiters put through the best candidates to their clients, so if you’re not clear on the role, or are vague on why you are a great match, it’s unlikely your application will proceed further.

Stay positive

There’s no doubt that the candidate market is very competitive at the moment. Following all of these suggestions doesn’t guarantee your next application will be successful.  It’s important to try to remain positive when you receive knock backs, keep your persistence up, and seek out new opportunities to apply for. If you are unsuccessful in an application, where possible try to obtain as much feedback from the client or recruiter as possible, as this might help you to refine your future applications. Recruiters and clients might not always be able to give solid feedback (depending on how far you made it through the process) but feedback could highlight skills or experience that you did not promote enough on your CV. Learning this will help you improve your CV, cover letter and how you present yourself in conversations. Staying positive will not only help your mental health, it will also come across well in applications and eventual interviews.

The art of the remote interview

Lockdowns and travel restrictions in 2020 have resulted in the hiring process relying heavily on remote interview processes, with many organisations indicating that they will continue to interview this way even after the pandemic eases. While it can be more convenient to be interviewed via video from the comfort of your own home, it can still massively help or hinder your application based on your performance. Here are some tips for giving your remote interview that winning edge.

Dress for the occasion

A video interview is still an interview so you do everything you can to look as smart and professional as possible. While it is often tempting to only dress smartly from the waist up, as that is all that will be visible on camera, there is a lot to be said about getting yourself in a positive, fully focused mindset. The more you can get yourself in the same mindset as you would if you were going to face to face interview the more professional you will come across. Dressing fully as if you were going to such an interview can help you to achieve that.

Lighting, sound and positioning

You want to ensure that you are in a well-lit room with as little noise and distraction as possible. Try to have any light source either above you or facing you. Practice with your own camera to find out what works best for you. If possible try different rooms to see what gives you the best results. It may be that one room suits morning interviews whereas another suits afternoon ones due to light and acoustics. Also try to position your camera at eye level. If you are using a home office space and PC it is likely that the camera is already almost at eye level. However, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone the likelihood is that when the camera is operated you are looking down at it. Having the camera at eye level frames you better on the screen and also creates a much more direct and engaging angle, and helps you to sit more upright rather than in a leaning or slouched position. Also consider your background when finding somewhere suitable to sit. A jumble of clutter over your shoulder might give a negative impression, whereas a bookcase or tidy shelves will come across much better. If in doubt, use a plain wall.

Test connectivity

Despite your best efforts to look the part, poor connectivity can really distract and even result in you cutting out and not coming across clear and concise. All the leading video sharing tools allow you to test video and audio connectivity prior to joining the scheduled meeting. If you are having connectivity issues there are a couple of things you can do to improve this. Where possible connecting via Ethernet rather than WiFi can create a more stable connection. Also, try temporarily disconnecting other devices that are using the internet at the same time such as mobiles and smart devices.

Use your environment

One major advantage you have in interviewing remotely is that the interviewers can only see you and not your surroundings. This enables you to use your environment to help you to remember key facts, dates, statistics that you wish to get across during your interview. In a face to face interview, you would have to rely on either your memory or take numerous notes with you to refer to. While this is not unprofessional at all and can be a demonstration of your detailed research and preparation for an interview. Place notes and reminders at eye level on the wall behind the camera or around the camera so that you can quickly refer to them when required. Keep it to pivotal dates, statistics or a particular statement that you are keen to get across during the interview.

Always log on early

Just as you would leave early to get to a face to face interview allowing yourself time should there be travel hold-ups, you should adopt the same approach with video interviews. You could be as prepared as possible only to find that your laptop has suddenly decided to download annual updates before starting. The platform that the client or recruiter has invited you to join might by having performance issues. Attempting to log in early will help you to be in a better position to come up with a contingency and still make the meeting on time. If the platform itself is the issue then don’t be afraid to contact the interviewer as it is likely that they are experiencing similar issues and can maybe provide you an alternative link to join.

AI and Automation in the workplace: Jobs friend or foe

As many businesses look towards the next year and plan how to recover and grow there will be a renewed focus on business optimisation, efficiency and contingency to make processes and functions more streamlined and robust. This will lead to many researching new AI and automation innovations and seeking to implement them into their business processes. In August 2020 the International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that worldwide revenue in the AI market would increase year-on-year in 2020 by 12%, totalling $156bn.

So is this something to be feared? Will this lead to even fewer jobs available in 2021 and beyond. Absolutely not.

Firstly, not all business processes lend themselves to automation. Typically businesses will start with reporting and invoicing technologies, looking to streamline, automate and make these more powerful, less time consuming and labour intensive. Even these implementations require planning, building, testing, migrating and management. So it is feasible for a role to shift from manual management of a finance process to the supervision of multiple automated systems ensuring they continue to run optimally.

Increased AI and automation can also help business to grow and green light new innovative projects. Faster reporting, more powerful business intelligence and cost-effective processes enable businesses to see growth opportunities sooner, identify areas for improvement and development faster and also provide IT professionals key data to enable them to advance their project quicker.

Companies and those working within IT embracing the potential of automation will result in exciting and engaging transition projects over the coming years. The Swiss technology group, Buhler, is beginning a transition to SAP S/4HANA after 20 successful years of running R/3 thanks to a drive to increase performance. Jan Gilig, President of SAP S/4HANA said of the project:

“With increased automation of transactions, SAP S/4HANA enables us to increase the reliability and efficiency of Bühler’s core processes and to create the prerequisites for proactive, forward-looking corporate management with intelligent analysis methods,”

The project will take a minimum of 18 months and will result in a multitude of opportunities and projects to help the transition run smoothly and effectively.

As businesses seek to incorporate more innovative AI and automation processes we should see this as an opportunity. More jobs will be created, businesses will be able analyse performance and improve decision making, the data available to professionals will be faster and more insightful than ever before.

The rise and rise of FinTech

The FinTech industry has seen consistent growth over the past decade with no sign of slowing down. In 2018, the global FinTech market was worth $128bn, with a predicted annual growth rate of 25% until 2022, to $310bn. Even the global pandemic has not seemed to halt the growth of FinTech and has in fact resulted in businesses adopting new solutions to cope with the different ways of operating and trading during 2020 and to help them build for the future.

The pandemic has not revolutionised the way businesses use financial services but has accelerated the adoption of technologies that were already available. Paperless transactions are becoming less common, with a 60% fall in the number of withdrawals from cash machines in the UK in the first pandemic lockdown. In fact, the UK is the third most cashless country after Sweden and Canada.

Cutbacks in resources combined with increased demand for some services have resulted in more investment in chatbot and online support services. Conversational commerce and ecommerce are becoming more integrated due to the advances in AI in understanding the customer’s needs, and as a result, being able to direct them more efficiently to the solution they are looking for.

It’s true that in the next year to 18 months as COVID-19 hopefully loosens its grip that some may revert back to pre-2020 financial means and methods but a large proportion of the population will be newly accustomed to using FinTech solutions. Small to medium-sized businesses will have fully embraced cashless transactions and enhanced their online presence.

This rise in FinTech and the expected continual rise creates a great deal of opportunity in the IT sector as businesses look to IT experts to help them develop, implement and maintain new solutions. If you are already working in the financial services sector you will likely see a higher demand for your skills in the coming year. If you are not currently working in this area then now may be the time to invest in some upskilling. Seek to understand the way your current business utilises FinTech, research online courses and material to improve your knowledge in this field. Also look for crossovers in ERP where your area of specialism can support and integrate with FinTech solutions.

With the continuing pandemic, Brexit looming and IR35 regulation increasing in April 2021 there is a lot of uncertainty as we head into the new year, but there is every indication that FinTech will continue to rise and is definitely a niche to watch in the next few years.

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CV writing tips for IT professionals

Competition for jobs in the UK is fierce, so as a candidate, you’ll want to do all you can to stand out from the crowd. Your CV is your first impression, and a good CV could open the door to your next interview.

1. Include all your basic details

It’s surprising how many people forget to add these: name, address, nationality, country of residence, contact number, email address, languages spoken (and proficiency). Some countries like to see a photo of the candidate on the CV – your recruiter will let you know if that’s the case.

2. Start with your most recent experience first

When a recruiter picks up your CV for the first time, they are interested in your most recent and relevant experience. To make a strong first impression, list your most recent job roles and projects at the top of your document. When listing your work experience, consider adding more information about relevant roles and less information about those with no relevance. The further back your CV goes, the less information is required on specific tasks and challenges performed years ago.

3. Tailor your CV to the job role

Although the style and layout of your CV is undoubtedly important, the proof is in the content. If you’re applying for a job that has been advertised, then take the time to match the language used in your CV to that used in the advert. If possible, make a copy of the original job advert and take note of the most important skills and experience. Adjust your CV so that it provides examples of these specific skills and strengthen your claims by highlighting what experience you have in those areas.

4. Quantify your achievements

Anybody can claim that they contributed to a company’s overall target, but only the most efficient candidates provide statistics and figures to back up their claims. Where possible, try to provide some context to your achievements: how quickly did you complete your project? How did this compare to previous projects under the same remit? Any specific numbers you provide will help a recruiter better understand your achievements, so the more specific you can be, the better.

5. Have a unique selling point

What genuinely makes you different from other candidates? Everyone has a particular strength that makes them valuable to a company, ensure you make a point of mentioning yours. Anyone can list ‘soft skills’ as a strength but highlighting a particular aspect of your personality that really stands out will ultimately be more relevant and impressive than generic skills that everyone has.

6. Use keywords

Just as websites these days are commonly optimised for search engines, your CV and online profiles should also be written in a way that makes them easy to find. Recruitment agencies and hiring managers often search for candidates online so you need to make sure your online profile is optimised. Identify the keywords you want to be identified by and make sure that your CV and online social profiles reflect this. Using terms like “the latest technologies” won’t help you, be specific. Ensure you fully complete Linkedin and job board profiles where the option is available and take the time to do so. It might lead to your next interview!

Tip: Have a look at a number of job descriptions of roles that you are interested in and include some of their keywords that match your skills and experience in your CV.

7. Do not exaggerate

Exaggerating your experience or some other detail on your CV is likely to end up in an embarrassing situation before, during or after the interview. When found out, it won’t look good, and will likely be the end of the process for you. Always ensure that the information you are giving is truthful.

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Lebenslauf schreiben: Tipps für IT-Profis

Der Wettbewerb um IT-Jobs kann hart sein. Als Kandidat möchten Sie also alles tun, um sich von der Masse abzuheben. Ihr Lebenslauf ist Ihr erster Eindruck, und ein guter Lebenslauf könnte die Tür zu Ihrem nächsten Interview öffnen.

1. Geben Sie alle grundlegenden Details an

Es ist überraschend, wie viele Personen vergessen, diese hinzuzufügen: Name, Adresse, Nationalität, Wohnsitzland, Kontaktnummer, E-Mail-Adresse, gesprochene Sprachen (und Kenntnisse). Einige Länder möchten ein Foto des Kandidaten im Lebenslauf sehen – Ihr Personalvermittler wird Sie wissen lassen, ob dies der Fall ist.

2. Beginnen Sie zuerst mit Ihren neuesten Erfahrungen

Wenn ein Personalvermittler Ihren Lebenslauf zum ersten Mal abholt, interessiert er sich für Ihre neuesten und relevantesten Erfahrungen. Um einen guten ersten Eindruck zu hinterlassen, listen Sie Ihre neuesten Jobrollen und Projekte oben in Ihrem Dokument auf. Erwägen Sie beim Auflisten Ihrer Berufserfahrung, mehr Informationen zu relevanten Rollen und weniger Informationen zu Rollen ohne Relevanz hinzuzufügen. Je weiter Ihr Lebenslauf zurückreicht, desto weniger Informationen werden zu bestimmten Aufgaben und Herausforderungen benötigt, die vor Jahren ausgeführt wurden.

3. Passen Sie Ihren Lebenslauf an die Jobrolle an

Obwohl der Stil und das Layout Ihres Lebenslaufs zweifellos wichtig sind, liegt der Beweis im Inhalt. Wenn Sie sich für eine ausgeschriebene Stelle bewerben, nehmen Sie sich Zeit, um die in Ihrem Lebenslauf verwendete Sprache mit der in der Anzeige verwendeten zu vergleichen. Erstellen Sie nach Möglichkeit eine Kopie der ursprünglichen Stellenanzeige und notieren Sie sich die wichtigsten Fähigkeiten und Erfahrungen. Passen Sie Ihren Lebenslauf so an, dass er Beispiele für diese spezifischen Fähigkeiten enthält, und stärken Sie Ihre Ansprüche, indem Sie hervorheben, welche Erfahrungen Sie in diesen Bereichen haben.

4. Quantifizieren Sie Ihre Erfolge

Jeder kann behaupten, dass er zum Gesamtziel eines Unternehmens beigetragen hat, aber nur die effizientesten Kandidaten liefern Statistiken und Zahlen, um ihre Ansprüche zu belegen. Versuchen Sie nach Möglichkeit, einen Kontext für Ihre Erfolge bereitzustellen: Wie schnell haben Sie Ihr Projekt abgeschlossen? Wie war dies im Vergleich zu früheren Projekten unter demselben Aufgabenbereich? Alle spezifischen Zahlen, die Sie angeben, helfen einem Personalvermittler, Ihre Erfolge besser zu verstehen. Je spezifischer Sie sein können, desto besser.

5. Haben Sie ein Alleinstellungsmerkmal

Was unterscheidet Sie wirklich von anderen Kandidaten? Jeder hat eine besondere Stärke, die ihn für ein Unternehmen wertvoll macht. Stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie Ihre erwähnen. Jeder kann „Soft Skills“ als Stärke auflisten, aber das Hervorheben eines bestimmten Aspekts Ihrer Persönlichkeit, der wirklich auffällt, ist letztendlich relevanter und beeindruckender als generische Fähigkeiten, über die jeder verfügt.

6. Verwenden Sie Schlüsselwörter

So wie Websites heutzutage häufig für Suchmaschinen optimiert sind, sollten auch Ihr Lebenslauf und Ihre Online-Profile so geschrieben sein, dass sie leicht zu finden sind. Personalagenturen und Personalmanager suchen häufig online nach Kandidaten, sodass Sie sicherstellen müssen, dass Ihr Online-Profil optimiert ist. Identifizieren Sie die Schlüsselwörter, anhand derer Sie identifiziert werden möchten, und stellen Sie sicher, dass Ihr Lebenslauf und Ihre sozialen Online-Profile dies widerspiegeln. Die Verwendung von Begriffen wie “Die neuesten Technologien” hilft Ihnen nicht weiter. Stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie Linkedin- und Jobbörsenprofile vollständig ausfüllen, sofern die Option verfügbar ist, und nehmen Sie sich dafür Zeit. Es könnte zu Ihrem nächsten Interview führen!

Tipp: Sehen Sie sich eine Reihe von Stellenbeschreibungen der Rollen an, an denen Sie interessiert sind, und fügen Sie einige ihrer Schlüsselwörter, die Ihren Fähigkeiten und Erfahrungen entsprechen, in Ihren Lebenslauf ein.

7. Übertreiben Sie nicht

Wenn Sie Ihre Erfahrungen oder andere Details in Ihrem Lebenslauf übertreiben, kann dies vor, während oder nach dem Vorstellungsgespräch zu einer peinlichen Situation führen. Wenn Sie es herausfinden, sieht es nicht gut aus und ist wahrscheinlich das Ende des Prozesses für Sie. Stellen Sie immer sicher, dass die von Ihnen angegebenen Informationen wahrheitsgemäß sind.

Interoperabilität mit Oracle Cloud und Microsoft Azure

Oracle und Microsoft haben im vergangenen Jahr eine Interoperabilitätspartnerschaft zwischen Oracle Cloud und Microsoft Azure angekündigt. Dies erfolgte, nachdem Microsoft Azure als erstklassiger Host für Oracle-Workloads und als perfekte Plattform für den Betrieb der Oracle-Cloud bezeichnet wurde. Kunden, die nach serverlosen und agileren Systemen suchen, wird empfohlen, für eine nahtlose Migration in die öffentliche Cloud auf Microsoft Azure zu wechseln.

Die größte Differenzierung, die die Partnerschaft bietet, ist die Anwendungsinteroperabilität, da Oracle eine vollständige Zertifizierung für die E-Business Suite anbietet, wenn sie auf Azure läuft. Kunden können nun nahtlos einen Teil eines Workloads innerhalb von Azure und einen anderen Teil desselben Workloads innerhalb der Oracle Cloud ausführen, wobei sie das Beste aus beiden Clouds nutzen und Zugang zu einer breiten Palette von Enterprise-Cloud-Lösungen und Microsoft-Portfolios haben.

“Oracle und Microsoft bedienen seit Jahrzehnten die Bedürfnisse von Unternehmenskunden. Mit dieser Partnerschaft können unsere gemeinsamen Kunden ihren gesamten Satz an bestehenden Anwendungen in die Cloud migrieren, ohne dass sie etwas umstrukturieren müssen, wobei die bereits getätigten großen Investitionen erhalten bleiben. – Don Johnson, geschäftsführender Vizepräsident, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

Neue Möglichkeiten der Oracle-Azure-Partnerschaft

  • Die Partnerschaft verbindet Azure und Oracle Cloud nahtlos miteinander und ermöglicht es Kunden, ihre lokalen Rechenzentren auf beide Clouds zu erweitern.
  • Einheitliches Identitäts- und Zugriffsmanagement über Ressourcen in Azure und Oracle Cloud.
  • Unterstützte Bereitstellung von benutzerdefinierten Anwendungen und Oracle-Paketanwendungen auf Azure mit Oracle-Datenbanken in der Oracle Cloud.
  • Ein kollaboratives Unterstützungsmodell, um IT-Organisationen bei der Bereitstellung dieser neuen Funktionen zu unterstützen.
  • Die Oracle-Datenbank wird weiterhin für die Ausführung in Azure auf verschiedenen Betriebssystemen, einschließlich Windows Server und Oracle Linux, zertifiziert sein.

Nick Wallace, Direktor von Microsoft, bestätigte kürzlich bei der Oracle Open World in London, dass 95% der 500 Fortune-Unternehmen bereits Microsoft Azure verwenden. Die Branchen reichen von der verarbeitenden Industrie, der Automobilindustrie, den Fluggesellschaften und dem öffentlichen Sektor und umfassen Marken wie Honeywell, BMW und Walmart. Viele dieser Unternehmen sind auch Kunden von Oracle und werden von Microsoft bei der Migration ihrer Arbeitslasten in die öffentliche Cloud unterstützt.

“Wir glauben wirklich, dass wir zusammen besser sind, und diese Lösung ist unserer Meinung nach wirklich eine der besten öffentlichen Cloud-Lösungen für Unternehmen. Wir sind wirklich gespannt auf die Möglichkeiten, die dies für Sie, unsere Kunden, in der Zukunft eröffnen wird” – sagte Herr Wallace.

Interoperability between Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure

Oracle and Microsoft announced an Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure interoperability partnership last year. This comes after Microsoft Azure was designated as a first-class host for Oracle workloads and the perfect platform to run the Oracle Cloud. Clients looking for serverless and more agile systems are recommended to move to the public cloud on Microsoft Azure for seamless migration.

The biggest differentiation that the partnership offers is application interoperability, as Oracle provides full certification for E-Business Suite  when running on Azure. Customers can now run seamlessly one part of a workload within Azure and another part of the same workload within the Oracle Cloud, taking advantage of the best of both clouds and have access to a wide range of enterprise cloud solutions and Microsoft portfolios .

“Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this partnership, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made.” – Don Johnson, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

New capabilities of the Oracle-Azure partnership

  • Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premise data centres to both clouds.
  • Unified identity and access management across resources in Azure and Oracle Cloud.
  • Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications on Azure with Oracle databases deployed in Oracle Cloud.
  • A collaborative support model to help IT organisations deploy these new capabilities.
  • Oracle Database will continue to be certified to run in Azure on various operating systems, including Windows Server and Oracle Linux.

Nick Wallace, Director of Microsoft confirmed recently at the Oracle Open World event in London that 95% of 500 Fortune companies already use Microsoft Azure. Industries range from manufacturing, automotive, airlines and public sectors, and includes brands like Honeywell, BMW and Walmart. A lot of these companies are also Oracle costumers and will be receiving Microsoft’s support when migrating their workloads to the public Cloud.

“We do truly believe we are better together, and this solution, genuinely, we believe is one of the best enterprise public Cloud solutions and we are really excited to see the possibilities this will unlock for you, our customers, in the future” – said Mr Wallace.

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Best tech expos and conferences 2020

From developer summits and Big Data conferences to showcases of AI and robotics, here is our list of the biggest and best exhibitions, technology festivals and other tech events around the world in 2020.


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Q-Con London

A conference for senior software engineers and architects on the patterns, practices and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops.

When: March 2-6, 2020
Where: London, United Kingdom

DataFest 2020

A series of 60 events running across Scotland including data science and artificial intelligence showcases and a networking platform where you can interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts.

When: March 9-20, 2020
Where: Across Scotland

DATA Centre World

Data Centre World is the compelling and practical event for everyone involved in running and building data centres. Whether you are responsible for a server room or a tier 4 data centre, and everything in between.

When: March 11-12, 2020
Where: London, United Kingdom

Expo Global 2020

A series of co-hosted events that include 5G, Cybersecurity & Cloud, AI & Big Data, Blockchain and IoT Tech Expos.

When: March 17-18, 2020
Where: London, United Kingdom

London Tech Week

Uniting tech and talent in a world-class hub of innovation.

When: June 8-12, 2020
Where: London, United Kingdom

Big Data LDN

A free to attend conference and exhibition, hosting leading data and analytics experts, and providing you with tools to deliver your most effective data-driven strategy.

When: November 13-14, 2020
Where: London, United Kingdom

Tech For Good Gathering

The Tech for Good Summit 2020 will feature speakers who are using technology to make our world a better place, celebrating how tech is being used to make positive social change.

When: December 5th, 2020
Where: London, United Kingdom

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Tech events in Europe


This event invites the best and brightest hackers in the ever-expanding Swift community, includes speakers, training sessions and networking opportunities.

When: February 3, 2020
Where: Paris, France

CPX 360 Vienna – Cyber Security Conference

Get insights into preventing the latest cyber threats through keynotes, conference sessions, and hands-on labs.

When: February 4-6, 2020
Where: Vienna, Austria


This event invites 850+ of the best and brightest hackers in the community to explore new horizons.

When: March 30, 2020
Where: Paris, France

droidcon 2020

A two-day conference with presentations, workshops, and an interactive exhibition, droidcon brings together 1000+ Android developers, designers and project managers to learn, share and network.

When: April 16-17, 2020
Where: Turin, Italy

Bucharest Technology Week

A one-week festival for tech lovers that includes Business Summits, a Tech Expo and a series of partner events.

When: May 19-24, 2020
Where: Bucharest, Romania

WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2020

Speakers from around the world will provide their professional insights on the current and future trends that will keep you up to date with the skills needed for the field’s accelerating pace.

When: May 28-29, 2020
Where: Berlin, Germany

Expo Europe 2020

A series of co-hosted events that include 5G, Cybersecurity & Cloud, AI & Big Data, Blockchain and IoT Tech Expos.

When: July 1-2, 2020
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

2nd International Conference on Advanced Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Artificial Intelligence 2020 offers a great opportunity to make new contacts in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Automation Engineering which involves the designs and discoveries of new Technologies.

When: July 28-29, 2020
Where: Berlin, Germany

Future Port Prague

The largest Central European festival about the latest, future and break-through technologies, products and ideas.

When: September 10-11, 2020
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

IT Arena

Productive networking, business matchmaking and festival spirit are IT Arena trademarks. Three intensive conference days catalyse exponential growth and inspire new solutions and business ideas.

When: September 25-27, 2020
Where: Lviv, Ukraine

.NET DeveloperDays 

The biggest event in Central and Eastern Europe dedicated exclusively to application development on the .NET platform.

When: October 19-22, 2020
Where: Warsaw, Poland

AI and Blockchain Summit

Bringing together thousands of investors and innovators in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

When: November 18-19, 2020
Where: Malta


Tech events in Asia

DATA Centre World Hong Kong

Data Centre World is the compelling and practical event for everyone involved in running and building data centres. Whether you are responsible for a server room or a tier 4 data centre, and everything in between.

When: May 20-21, 2020
Where: Hong Kong


The innovation hub of Asia that includes exhibitions, pitch contests, matchmaking sessions, and more on-site events.

When: June 3-5, 2020
Where: Taipei, Taiwan

SLUSH Shanghai

Ranked by Forbes magazine, Slush Shanghai has become the leading international start-up and technology event in China.

When: TBC
Where: Shanghai, China

AI and Blockchain Summit

Bringing together thousands of investors and innovators in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

When: June 08-09, 2020
Where: Manila, Philippines

EmTech Asia 2020

Co-organised by MIT Technology Review, EmTech is a showcase for the emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives and an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world.

When: August 4-5, 2020
Where: Singapore

GITEX Technology Week

GITEX will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. This tradeshow, exhibition and conference is one of the biggest in the Middle East and a showcase for the latest technologies worldwide.

When: September 27 – October 1, 2020
Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


CloudAsia is a premier case study-driven conference in Asia – the event sees the gathering of key decision makers from government and public sector organisations, private sector solution providers and end-users, and academia.

When: October 14-15, 2020
Where: Singapore

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