FS Fives: Tuesday, August 23

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, Highland Council is tomorrow expected to consider a fresh bid from Fujitsu to retain a contract for the IT work it does on behalf of the local authority. With an office in Inverness, it currently sustains up to 140 jobs across the Highlands in a deal worth around £65m. Offshoring firm Wipro, headquartered in Bangalore, India, is understood to be under consideration by the council for the contract. Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen Asset Management, Scottish Open venue Castle Stuart Golf Links, the four-star Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, and System2 Video have declared themselves ‘Friends of Fujitsu’, in support of the company.

IXScotland’s unrealised potential

Next, the London Internet Exchange (LINX) is calling for more ISPs and local businesses in Scotland to join one of their regional internet exchanges to lower latency and accelerate connectivity for Scottish networks and users. Following the release of a report by Audit Scotland and the Scottish Government, which identified an exchange as being one of six infrastructure ‘pillars’ needed to achieve a ‘world-class digital Scotland’, LINX has pointed out it established one in 2013. LINX chief executive John Souter said: “We worked very closely with the Scottish Government when launching IXScotland but unfortunately growth at the exchange has not been as rapid as we would have liked…IXScotland has so much potential.”

Preferred partners

Scottish cloud and data centre brightsolid,  has received preferred partner certification in Dell’s PartnerDirect programme, meeting the necessary technical and sales training requirements. Richard Higgs, brightsolid’s chief executive, said: “We like Dell’s model because there’s no technology lock-in, closed systems or unforeseen cost. Its approach to business complements our flexible, personal approach, really appealing to our ‘brightsolid family’ company value.”

Baillie Gifford appoints Edinburgh-based firm

Baillie Gifford has appointed Edinburgh-based APM Assure to give the investment house greater forensic insight and control of its IT systems. The agreement was sealed after Baillie Gifford, which has around £130 billion assets under management, piloted Assure’s advanced performance technology to monitor and manage its network, server and virtual infrastructure.

And finally…STV’s weather presenter Sean Batty is excited by their new graphics software.


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