Online sales are a real eye-opener

More and more opticians are gradually drifting online, but in a sector where service and attention to detail are as important as the glasses themselves, what are the implications for eye health and the high street? Dan Matthews investigates

Get in gear and get the geeks in

Dan Matthews discovers what it takes to understand the masses of data now available – without getting in a muddle

Another industrial revolution?

The adoption of big data in the UK is increasing apace across commercial sectors, writes Leo King

Prediction versus explanation

Neil Cantle, principal at Milliman, poses the question ‘What do you want most from big data?’ and offers some answers

Banking on big technology gains

Data analytics is an increasingly mainstream tool which can inform and grow business, writes Stephen Pritchard

A cloudy start for business promises a bright future

A nebulous concept for some, the cloud is clearing away limitations for smaller businesses that need bigger computing power, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

Cloud spotting is the shape of things to come

Gregor Petri, research director at Gartner, sheds light on how the cloud may evolve from an interesting innovation to a new way of getting things done within and across organisations

Patients become health consumers in digital age

Tweets and posts can hold hospitals and doctors to account, and can also educate, support or misinform, as Danny Buckland discovers