Showing articles written by Dave Sharp

Investment deals that are subject to a IT due diligence process have a higher chance of success. IT due diligence creates evidence-based reporting that contributes to making informed decisions by driving the quality of information available to decision makers. This article covers the basics of the due diligence process.

While the activity of playing video games can be seen as trivial and frivolous, the industry around developing, and publishing video games is now big business. There are 2.7 Billion video game players around the world, one third of the population of the planet, creating global revenues of £160Billion by the end of 2020, and the sector is still growing. A compound annual growth rate of 12% is forecast between 2020 and 2025, is an indication that there is a lot of room for the sector to continue to grow.

Makerspaces are physical locations with donated equipment that members can use to develop new skills and to further develop personal DIY or creative projects. Arguably, they have been around for decades; just in the background. The new trend towards community enterprise and the rise of the makerspace has me positioning this as a real hidden gem within the broader entrepreneurial sector, but am I right?

Entreprenurism is a massive mental strain in almost every regard. The challenge around developing the product or service, financing the development, what technology to use finding the right employees, procurement etc. is just massive. "Doing the right thing" in an ethical sense sometimes will seem like a very low priority, so what stance can entrepreneurs take to get some ethics into the company culture early on?

Going back to the pre-internet era, expertise was probably determined through academic qualifications, publications or just having been doing something longer than everyone else. When the internet came along, everyone became an expert at something and set out to prove it by blogging, posting, commenting, flaming or out-right promoting. This article is really a reflection of how I see it and not off the back of any empirical study.

One of the most frequent calls/emails I get is someone getting in touch because something has gone wrong with their web developer or their hosting provider. This article looks at the process of appointing the right software developer.

There are ever increasing threats to business in cyberspace. DDOS, Ransomware and Phishing to name but a few. There are some proactive steps you can take as a business to help mitigate against these threats. This article outlines 7 of the more common tactics businesses can use.

The Covide19 Crisis [April 2020] has driven office based workforces across the world to work from home. Internal IT teams went into meltdown trying to understand the new paradigm and to get their teams set up to work securely from home. Most companies have introduced new software, policies, process and procedures to accommodate the new IT horizon. This article offers some practical advice for home working and data security.

How do you grab peoples attention and bring them in your door? There are a variety of techniques and approaches, this article looks at "The Velvet Rope" approach.