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Untapped talent: the business case for an autistic workforce

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When trying to formulate a game-changing plan or a crucial business breakthrough, organisations need all the sharp minds they can get.

As such, widening the recruitment net to cover new talent pools is a key strategy for many major firms, including software giant SAP, which is seeking to tap into the autistic community to uncover fresh talent.

We spoke to the group's senior product manager Florian Michaelsen to find how why he thinks autism is significant for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) world and how SAP is growing its autistic workforce. Continue reading...

Top 10 business apps for iPad

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The iPad has invaded our personal lives, but it also has a place in the business world. Whether you're a large company with employees who have access to iPads for work, or a small business running your entire enterprise from the device – the key to productivity is in the App Store. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 picks for the best business apps which you can get for your Apple slate. Continue reading...

10 things Google should fix on the Chromebook

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There's a lot to like about Chromebooks: they're lightweight, start in seconds, have amazing battery life and of course are dirt cheap.

But the platform has problems, too. There's a shortage of quality apps, limited video and audio playback support, various PDF issues, no direct access to network shares, outdated documentation and more. Continue reading...

In the BI of the beholder: Tableau on what it means to be 'data driven' in 2014

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Tableau Software is a data visualiastion company that was founded back in 2003 by Stanford University PhD student Chris Stolte (now the company's Chief Development Officer), his PhD supervisor at the time (and Pixar co-founder) Pat Hanrahan, and Christian Chabot, the company's CEO.

Tableau's software connects data sources - like spreadsheets, big data and databases - allowing companies (or individuals) to combine them into visual representations using drag and-and-drop and point-and-click mechanisms in a bid to understand and make better decisions from data. Continue reading...

What are the challenges of running a data centre in central London?

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Located in Tech City's Shoreditch area, City Lifeline is the second-longest established data centre in the UK. It began by providing business continuity services for firms located in the capital before becoming a major centre for telecommunications, and in later years, the internet.

A Tier 3-rated co-location data centre that's carrier neutral, City Lifeline has run up against some interesting challenges since being founded in 1993 - from making the most of limited space in a highly built-up area to ensuring that equipment doesn't keep local residents up at night. Continue reading...