Business, General, Innovation, Technology, WEB

Apple Card Coming Soon

Interesting #fintech development coming soon from #Apple apple.com/apple-card/ ... super cool user experience (similar in many ways to #Revolut which is a great service especially if you travel) and “no fees” <cough> apart from all your enriched payment data which shows what you buy, where you bought it, how much you paid, how many times… Continue reading Apple Card Coming Soon

Business, General, leadership, North East England, Stuart Lynn, Success, Technology

“I would like to look back and see how North East businesses have continued to grow, prosper and create jobs for our young people”

Five years ago today I featured in the North East Times magazine when I worked as the Chief Technology and Information Officer at Sage.

I rediscovered this article yesterday when I was cleaning up my PC and spent a little time reflecting on some of the comments:

North East England, Technology

Northern Powerhouse … is it working?

At yesterday’s Great Exibition of the North #NPHSummit a member of the press asked me how the Northern Powerhouse is impacting the North East? In my opinion the NPH, whilst being a good initiative in principle, is yet to have any real tangible impact to businesses across the region. I don’t want to be over… Continue reading Northern Powerhouse … is it working?

Business, leadership, Process, Success, Technology

Wipro vs National Grid billion dollar lawsuit what went wrong?

I picked up this story from UpperEdge on social media today about the billion dollar law suit between WIPRO and National Grid over a failed SAP implementation, which is well worth taking a few minutes to read. There was one sentence that jumped off the page for me : “Shortly after the start of the project,… Continue reading Wipro vs National Grid billion dollar lawsuit what went wrong?

Business, General, Innovation, North East England, Success, Technology

Sadness for Campus North but the future is very bright for the North East tech and digital sector

Like many across the region it comes as a shock and a hint of sadness to hear news of the closure of Newcastle’s Campus North co-working space. However, I also feel it’s a time for celebration of the achievements of Campus North and what it has done for Newcastle start-ups and for the region. In… Continue reading Sadness for Campus North but the future is very bright for the North East tech and digital sector

Business, Cybersecurity, General, Technology, WEB

Cybersecurity whose accountability is it anyway?

Today we live in a world with exponential growth in connected devices, in part driven by the sheer size of the population using online services and in part by the proliferation of devices used per individual as a byproduct of the likes of IoT (Internet of Things) The ability to reliably connect and issues around… Continue reading Cybersecurity whose accountability is it anyway?

Innovation, Process, Success, Technology

Highly effective execution is a team sport and culture is the key ingredient.

An excellent article from Marcel Schwantes on the 6 Things Bad Bosses Always Fear (but Great Leaders Always Do) which I completely agree with and I'd summarise as "Highly effective execution is a team sport and culture is the key ingredient." Peter Drucker famously said: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." The quote was actually attributed… Continue reading Highly effective execution is a team sport and culture is the key ingredient.

Business, leadership, North East England, Success, Technology

SCALE DON’T FAIL

For almost two decades, until retiring recently from corporate life, I worked for Sage Group where I held the position of Chief Product & Delivery Officer. You will all have heard of Sage. Three million customers across 27 countries, 13,000 employees, and a FTSE100 Tech Company with its spiritual home in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also,… Continue reading SCALE DON’T FAIL

Business, Innovation, leadership, North East England, Success, Technology

Newcastle Scale-up Summit – my takeaways      

I took the opportunity to attend the Newcastle Scale-up Summit recently and apart from being a fantastic networking event I found it highly informative and energising. Having worked with hundreds of start-up and scale-up businesses for many years I love hearing the stories of their success, and I’m intrigued to discover what makes some businesses… Continue reading Newcastle Scale-up Summit – my takeaways