ITV's tech plan up in the cloud
ADVOCATES of cloud computing got a boost this week with the news that ITV is to invest in what it calls "key technologies" from Google and Apple as it looks to upgrade its technology infrastructure as part of its five year "transformation plan".
"The new systems are part of ITV's goal to transform ways of working across the organisation, with the aim of offering employees fit-for-purpose solutions in order to enhance communication, collaboration and creativity," ITV said.
As part of the deal, staff's "primary devices" will be replaced with Macs, while the remainder will receive "state-of-the-art" PCs. ITV will begin to roll out the new technology over the next 18 months.
The broadcaster will also deploy Google Apps, the web-based communication and collaboration product, designed to enable employees to quickly and efficiently work together.
The product includes moving to Google Mail, with integrated IM (Google Talk) and Google Calendar. Using Google Docs will allow users to create, edit and share documents, presentations and spreadsheets in real time. The company will also adopt Google Chrome as its standard browser.
Chief technology officer Paul Dale said: "When I arrived at ITV one of my tasks was to implement a company-wide plan for workplace technology in order to enable our staff to deliver ITV's transformation plan.
"I am delighted to announce these collaborations with leading technology providers, who offer the depth and scope of service we need to transform our ways of working across the business."
Google's head of enterprise for the UK, Ireland and Benelux, Robert Whiteside, commented: "More and more leading businesses are waking up to the wider benefits of cloud computing, realising how the right technology can support business transformation, innovation and a new working culture."
Where this will leave the legions of tech support in big corporations however will be anyone's guess. PostScript will watch with interest.
Tesco Mobile tops six figures
TESCO Mobile says it now has over 100,000 customers, which would seem to cement its position in the Irish market.
"This landmark number has proven that recession-hit mobile users are seeking out the best value, attracted by Tesco Mobile's competitive costs for Irish and international calls," Tesco said.
"The growth in customer numbers has been credited to the availability of the latest handsets and call credit in Tesco stores around the country, opening up the service to lots of new customers," it added.
Tesco Mobile Ireland's MD Noel Burrows said the business has grown because of the focus on the customer and giving them the best value for their mobile needs.
"What we are seeing is groups of customers, friends and family, moving across to Tesco Mobile together, so they get the benefit of free calls to each other," he said.