SMEs urged to keep up to date with the latest technology

Andrew Savory is the new Chief Technology Officer at Sirius, the systems integrator for open source software. He has said that it is time for SMEs to get more recognition for the work they do. He stated that smaller companies are often just as capable of delivering the same services the bigger companies can, and they are even capable of doing it at competitive prices.

Mr Savory left his position at the LiMo Foundation in order to take the role at Sirius. Previously he was working on creating the first version of the Linux operating system for a smart phone. He has a history of working for small businesses and it is obvious that he thinks they are just as capable of performing in the market as their larger counterparts.

He recently commented, “The G-Cloud is a government initiative that is causing a great deal of excitement in the technology industry. It has a focus on providing services very quickly and allowing the government to test them out to see if they work. I think it is absolutely the right step forward and this is the future of delivering technology services to the government.

“The previous system around development of new software for the government meant that the development process was so long that by the time it was actually completed, the need for the software had disappeared. Obviously this is a very bad way of doing things and it causes a lot of taxpayers’ money to go to waste. This new system eliminates this problem and allows new software to be brought into action at a much faster rate.”

Mr Savory went on to comment about how companies no longer want to wait for new technology to be actioned in the business. They want new technology to be implemented very quickly and they don’t want to have to wait years before an appropriate system is created for their company. This is putting a great deal of pressure on technology companies to develop the services faster and this is something that they are capable of. Those companies that fail to act quickly will be overtaken by their competitors.

Mr Savory also commented about what he believes will stimulate the growth of the technology sector in the UK. He commented that education about technology is absolutely essential to the sectors development. Most notably he commented that children should not be trained on company specific programmes such as Microsoft Office, instead they should be taught how to use spreadsheets and word processors in a general sense.

About this he said, “We might be facing an enormous problem in the future because people will be trained only how to use products by Microsoft, like MS Word. If Microsoft gets overtaken by a competitor then people are going to struggle to make the switch to the new software.

There is going to be a serious lack of education and this is going to cost companies a great deal of money as they will have to retrain their staff. I think it is better to tackle the problem at the school-age and not teach children how to use specific, branded, programs.”

He also mentioned how he welcomes the move by the government to change the focus on IT education from the use of software, to children learning basic programming skills. He welcomes the fact that many universities and schools are now offering Linux computers as well as those that are running Windows