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The Ukrainian tech industry is invoking business continuity plans after 150,000 Russian troops began a military invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, crossing its borders and bombing military targets near big cities.
Kerry Hallard, CEO of the Global Sourcing Association (GSA) — which represents IT outsourcers — said she had been in touch with members in Ukraine. N-iX, an Eastern European software development service company, told the GSA its offices, including those in Kyiv and Lviv were unaffected. Eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are more likely to be first affected.
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The outsourcing of tech services from Ukraine, a sector that has bounded ahead in recent years with customers in Europe and the U.S., is at risk after Russia attacked the nation on Thursday.
Following the incursion, internet outages occurred across the country, according to a monitoring dashboard run by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kerry Hallard, chief executive of U.K.-based trade group, the Global Sourcing Association, said that at one member business in Kharkiv, 80% of computers had no internet access.
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EXL’s progress towards becoming a ‘Billion Dollar’ company was delayed by twelve months as COVID caused the business to decline in FY2020. 2020 was however, a good year for sales, which have now fed through into revenues.
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Unisys Corporation has reported its Q4 and full-year results for the period ended 31 December 2021. Q4 revenue was down 3.3% year-on-year to $539.3m (Q4 2020: $576.9m), with operating income down 6.5% to $44.5m (Q4 2020: $47.7m).
The AI Public-Private Forum (AIPPF) created by UK regulators to examine the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on financial services has published its report. Launched in October 2020 by the Bank of England (BoE) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the forum has received input from the private sector to help assess how innovation the potential future impacts of AI on the industry.
Several European digital companies and cloud providers – with Atos amongst them – have launched an initiative, called Structura-X (the Lighthouse project) to build a Gaia-X compatible infrastructure in Europe. The purpose of Gaia-X is to create a next-generation, federated and secure data infrastructure; amongst other activities, it defines the technical framework for data sovereignty. Structura-X aims to have initial Gaia-X complaint cloud services offerings ready by the middle of next year.
CGI has won a two-year contract with the MOD’s Defence Learning and Management Capability (DLMC). It will work alongside LEO Learning to provide E-Learning Applications Support & Development.
Ukraine has been hit by more cyber-attacks, which its government says are "on a completely different level".
The latest attack began on Wednesday afternoon when internet connectivity company NetBlocks tweeted about the outages, saying "the incident appears consistent with recent DDoS attacks".
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Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled several ambitious artificial-intelligence projects, describing AI as "the key to unlocking the Metaverse".
Over the last couple of years automation has been one of the main beneficiaries of technology investment deployed in response to the pandemic. Technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) have helped organisations modernise their heritage IT estates and bridge the gap into digital. That said, organisations continue to struggle to scale automation, having often deployed technologies in a fragmented and piecemeal manner, and whilst RPA is good at keeping legacy systems functioning – particularly in the back office – it is not always the best route to genuinely transform digital operations.