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Edtech - finding a way to lead students through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond

Alex Haffner, Tim Wright, Ravi Goonesena, James Earl |

Schools, universities and other educational providers, as well as students and their families, are facing serious disruption resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The EdTech sector already offers a vast array of possible solutions. To harness this potential in the medium-longer term, it is clear that suppliers need to be able to rise to the challenges […]

COVID-19: Assessing and managing the impact on supply chain contracts

Tim Wright, Jan Hoppe, Thomas Edwards, Yasmin Daswani |

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving. As countries around the world act to try and stem the contagion, businesses face serious disruption to their supply chains. In recent years, supply chains have become increasingly global, frequently supporting just-in-time and similar manufacturing techniques, and are often complex with component parts crossing borders at various stages of […]

COVID-19: time to review your outsourced Managed Security Services arrangements

Tim Wright |

Even before the current pandemic, as enterprises have adopted techniques and practices such as digital transformation, cloud and mobility, they have faced an increased risk from a range of established and emerging cybersecurity threats, such phishing attacks which seek to introduce malware capable of compromising sensitive business information, ransomware and other fraud campaigns. The risk […]

COVID-19: casting a spotlight on Facilities Management outsourcing

Tim Wright |

At the time of writing, the UK is officially moving to the “delay” phase, with government advising that anyone with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature self-isolates for at least 7 days. With the FM sector already facing some headwinds such as the fallout of Carillion and other high profile insolvencies, the prolonged […]

BT to switch off the IDSN and PSTN Telephony Networks

Tim Wright |

In August 2018, Gavin Patterson the then CEO of BT Group plc announced that BT will switch off ISDN services from its Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) in 2025, starting with a cease in supply from 2020, and moving to a full migration by 2025 (although the final date will be dependent on how successful […]

EDPB consults on connected vehicles Guidelines

Tim Wright |

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has launched a consultation[1] on its draft guidelines on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles and mobility-related applications. The EDPB’s Guidelines 1/2020[2] were adopted by the EDPB at its 17th Plenary Session on 28 and 29 January 2020 and focus on the processing of personal data […]

EU publishes study on supply chain due diligence requirements

Tim Wright |

The EU recently published a Study[1] into current due diligence requirements through the supply chain for the possible development of regulatory options at the EU level. The study, which was published on 20 February 2020, and runs to some 572 pages, was commissioned by the European Commission (EC) and carried out by a research consortium […]

IOSCO weighs in on the regulation of cryptoasset trading platforms

Tim Wright, David Lee |

The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published a report[1] identifying what it sees as the key issues and risks associated with cryptoasset trading platforms (CTPs). Running to some 50 pages, the report entitled “Issues, Risks and Regulatory Considerations Relating to Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms” was released on 12 February 2020 following […]

New guidance aimed at Irish organisations when contracting with cloud service providers

Tim Wright, Joshua Bennett |

Businesses are increasingly using cloud services for an ever-growing range of IT and related services, often categorised as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructures as a Service (IaaS), and as Platform a Service (PaaS). Key characteristics of cloud services often include internet delivery of the services, self-provisioning, elasticity (i.e. on-demand) and subscription models. Another distinction […]

Swiss banks given green light for outsourcing

Tim Wright |

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has implemented changes to its supervisory requirements in relation to outsourcing solutions at banks, securities dealers and insurance companies (referred to as companies). FINMA issued a revision[1] to Circular 2018/3 “Outsourcing – banks and insurers” (the Outsourcing Circular) which came into effect on 1 January 2020 although there […]

Is your outsourcing strategy fit for 2020? Take a fresh look at the Vested® model

Tim Wright, Michelle Waknine, Joshua Bennett |

The award-winning Vested® outsourcing/business model has been around since around the end of the noughties. In case you are not familiar with it, the Vested[1] model and movement grew out of pioneering research and development by a team at the University of Tennessee. Their research looked at companies that worked with business partners and were […]

Vendor Software Audits

Tim Wright |

Software Audits – are you ready? T Wright, Partner, Fladgate If you use software provided by the likes of Adobe, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP or VMware, it is quite likely that you will have been, or will be audited, to see whether your use of their software complies with the terms on which their […]